Alice Laussade is a James Beard nominated food writer in Dallas, working for the Dallas Observer often under the nom de plume Cheap Bastard. Her legendary wit and outrageous deadpan style has garnered her an enormous following. Alice also hosts the Annual Meat Fight and Pie Slam which is currently by invitation, but she mumbled something about this being a public event possibly in 2012.
This year I had the opportunity to tag along with Alice as she plowed through a heap of odd fried foods at the Texas State Fair. Today she shares memories of holidays past.
What is a favorite holiday memory?
I was 6 and I went to a friend’s house on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. My friend was super excited that tonight was the night that “we put out milk & cookies for Santa!” I corrected her, “No, dude. It’s not milk and cookies, it’s beer and cookies–my dad says Santa doesn’t like milk.” My Santa still gets a Corona with a lime and some sugar cookies.
What is your favorite holiday cartoon as a child and why:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, claymation version (any other version is stupid). Why? Duh: The Bumble.
Tell us about your favorite holiday foods.
My mom’s corn and jalapeno tamales on Christmas Eve. Black Forest Crinkle Cookies. Best dessert: Big Mom’s Pink Confection.