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First new recipe of the New Year: Creamy Spinach Soup [Jan. 9th, 2010|03:52 pm]
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Creamy Spinach Soup

Makes about 8 bowls

Six Yukon potatoes
Four zucchini
Two medium sizes yellow onions
Four cups fresh spinach
Four cups (give or take) vegetable broth
Black pepper
A few mushrooms


First chop the onions and place them in the large pot with about a cup or so of water, just enough to cover them. Turn the stove to medium heat and allow onions to simmer for three minutes or until soft.


Wash, peel, and chop the potatoes. Slice the zucchini.


Put the potatoes and zucchini into the pot with 6 cups of water and the vegetable broth. Stir.

pot of soup

Bring to boil for about a minute and turn down to medium low for 30 minutes.

boil soup

Add the four cups of spinach to the pot, stir, and allow to cook for two minutes.

spinach cup

Blend soup in batches in a blender or food processor until creamy. Place back in pot and add chopped mushrooms and some freshly ground black pepper. Stir and heat until warm.

spinach soup final

Then enjoy!
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(no subject) [Dec. 29th, 2009|08:34 pm]
It's that time of year again. I think my goals are pretty okay, though.

  • Do yoga everyday

  • Cook a new recipe every week

  • Read one book a month during the semester and one a week during breaks

  • Eat better (less processed food/less in general)

  • When cooking new recipes, properly document them on here

  • Raise my GPA

I think these are productive and at least moderately enjoyable goals.
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Summer Goal [Aug. 16th, 2009|01:54 pm]
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Book Update:
One book a week during the summer. [[Sixteen books]]

Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut- April 29
The Red Pony John Steinbeck- May 2
The Roots of Desire Marion Roach- May 7
Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen- May 8
The Autograph Man Zadie Smith- May 14
Anthem Ayn Rand- May 17
Post Office Charles Bukowski- May 17
{{Constantine Hellblazer- May 15}}
{{The Sandman: Season of Mists Neil Gaiman- May 19}}
{{A Game of You Neil Gaiman- May 20}}
{{The Sandman: Fables and Reflections Neil Gaiman- May 21}}
Siddhartha Herman Hesse- May 22
{{Brief Lives Neil Gaiman- May 23}}
{{Worlds' End Neil Gaiman- May 24}}
{{The Kindly Ones Neil Gaiman- May 25}}
{{The Wake Neil Gaiman- May 25}}
Sellevision Augusten Burroughs- June 13
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution Leonard Shlain- June 19
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald- June 29
Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck- July 8
Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey Chuck Palahniuk- July 15
The Best American Science Writing 2008 edited by Sylvia Nasar and Jesse Cohen- August 4
Diary Chuck Palahniuk- August 10

In Progress:
Palm Sunday Kurt Vonnegut
Catch 22 Jospeh Keller
Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut
The Double Helix James Watson
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
On the Road Jack Kerouac
The Island Robert Creeley

[[EDIT:]] All graphic novels are recorded but not counted.
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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2009|04:04 pm]
August 13th at Chaosome, Lexington, KY
Joe Mangum, Madeline Ava, Pink Houses, Vision of a Dying World, and Andrew Jackson Jihad

Wow. Just the trip was soooo much fun with my boy and three good friends.

Chaosome is an all ages converted house venue in Lexington, KY. No AC, but who needs it when you can just open the doors and windows and jam.

Joe Mangum was just a fun chill opener. He and Madeline Ava have a split and tour together from time to time. Madeline is a hometown favorite and quite earns the title of "cuddlecore". Very positive and I'd suggest you listen.

So I gave up after the very first set on trying to get pictures because I'm short and the flash was being messed up. Still, I'll provide a photo of the sign in which I accidentally got the back of the head of the lead singer of Pink Houses.

I really dug these guys. I'll admit I had never really listened to Defiance, Ohio (members are in Pink Houses) before last night but I'm glad because I had no bias either way about this band. Very different sound than the other acts but awesome. Thumbs up.

The Vision of a Dying World was good. The most traditional kind of sound but beautiful. He sang "Barges" which is a favorite song of mine especially from a camp I used to attend and work.

So it was more than worth the five hour round trip to Kentucky to see Andrew Jackson Jihad. They are one of my favorite bands and the show did not disappoint. I have a bunch of videos on youtube so I'll link them instead of just embedding them.

They played a really good set including some songs off of their recently released album.

But it was just amazing. I REALLY, REALLY recommend checking them out as soon as possible.

Troy took my picture with the guys, which he said was payback for having him meet Thurston Moore.

Wanna listen?
Joe Mangum
Madelina Ava
Pink Houses
The Vision of a Dying World
Andrew Jackson Jihad
AJJ- People
AJJ- Cigarettes
AJJ- Personal Space Invader
AJJ- Powerplant
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OMGG!! [Jul. 16th, 2009|01:04 pm]
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July 10th at the Bijou

So this show was fucking amazing. Like super crazy amazing. Second row then RIGHT UNDER THURSTON. Yeah, it was good. And I was also super excited when they started out with a song, "Tom Violence", from my favorite album EVOL. I also learned that I want to be as bad ass as Kim Gordon when I'm 56 years old. Holy crap.


Thurston was glowing.

And Lee rocking the fuck out of that guitar.

All you need to know about the show is GO AND SEE THEM [if you ever have that chance]. GO GOGOGO.

And for the funny parts:

Troy and I had two [kind of] run ins with the band before the show. Between the opening band and the main set, we ran to the car to drop off a shirt and grab a sweater. Right in front of the Bijou, in the crosswalk, we almost get hit by a guy on a bike. Troy turns to me and said, "Now you've not only seen the drummer for Sonic Youth but the original drummer for the Crucifucks." Yup, it was Steve Shelley.

But earlier that day was much more exciting meet. We went to the Book Eddy, off of Chapman Highway next to the Disc Exchange, around six thirty. Troy and I split up, he to poetry then records and me to science then art. I was almost done and wanted to see what he was up to so I went to the back of the store. Troy was standing near the edge of the section looking at some 1950s recording with this weird look on his face. I look at who he's looking at and see a GIANT man in a plaid shirt and glasses. Before I can look again, Troy kind of scurried out. I follow, and he grabbed me, "That was Thurston Moore!"

We went to the Disc Exchange and Troy was very... excited. After ten minutes, I told him I wanted to go back to the Book Eddy to see if they have a book on Mucha. As I was looking and asking, Troy ran out to his car and grabbed his copy of The Enternal. He walked up to Thurston and said, "Thurston, I don't want to bother you but could you sign this for me?" And he did. I'm still surprised that he didn't hyperventilate.
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Farmers' Market Cooking Date [Jun. 24th, 2009|09:05 pm]
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Today was the local Farmers' Market so Troy and I went on down to check it out. Not only did we find a wealth of produce but it was an intense fight to even buy them. Still, even the shopping was a lot of fun.

The side dish was Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Chives from the AMA's Type 2 Diabetes cookbook.
Potatoes!Collapse )

The main dish was Fettuccine with Spring Vegetables also from the same cookbook.
Pasta!Collapse )

There was even room for a dessert of fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.
Berries!Collapse )
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2009|05:15 pm]
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June 16th at the Pilot Light
Fecal Japan and Holy Fuck

I'll be honest. I really only saw Fecal Japan's set and about two songs of Holy Fuck's before leaving. I felt the rest of the set because I was on the roof making fun of the hipsters, though.

Still Fecal Japan was awesome. Experimental music as to be expected but a very enjoyable set. With lots of feedback and beer breaks. There weren't too many people in the crowd for them but suddenly, during the set, the place filled up super fast. And the crowd was comprised mainly of hipsters. When the next band started up, they were good- but very, very dance. Great dance music but I wasn't there to dance. The guy in the cape, however, certainly was. From my spot in the back, it looked as if he was stuck in a potato sack and trying to work his way out.
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(no subject) [Jun. 1st, 2009|12:17 pm]
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May 29 at Dishaus
Some scene band, Brain Wrecked, Sarah Impalin', and Dance Machine

We got there after the first band had played, but according to everyone it was something to be glad about. Brain Wrecked was pretty good. Nice show, just nothing mind blowing. I was outside for Sarah Impalin' but Smiddy's vocals have improved.

And Dance Machine was Dance Machine and many clothes were shed.
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(no subject) [May. 2nd, 2009|09:08 pm]
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April 20 at Dishaus
Dissociative Rhythm Machine, Think Twice, Kontatto, and Dance Machine
So I go to shows all the time and I need to commit to keeping track of them. I went with Troy and about two minutes after we pulled up, we knew it was going to be rough. At the last house show we went to, this group of kids started shit and were just generally assholes. They and a few more came piling out of Charlie's car. The minute they saw Troy, they started shouting stupid shit. Big surprise.

Still, I was very excited for the show and ready to blow off some steam. The first band, Dissociative Rhythm Machine, started off awesome then shit went down. Someone latched onto someone else and they went down. People broke up fights and then were targeted by the instigators. Finally after a few tense songs, they got kicked out. We got a call from Charlie, who was trying to drive them home, that the two biggest assholes kept jumping out of the car. When they tried to start shit directly with him, he made sure they didn't get back in the car. I also stayed inside for the rest of the set which was good if not still tense.

There was a second band but I stayed outside fuming with Josh, Troy, and everyone else.

Think Twice was their usual awesome selves. Things started to loosen up even if reports of the two guys waiting to jump cars and/or people leaving later.

Finally, Kontatto was up. An Italian crust punk band stopping in Knoxville. Nice. I have to say this: epic. Words fail to describe what it was like. So if you get a chance to even just listen to them, jump on it. Afterward, we were buying an LP and whatnot when someone just starts singing Bohemian Rhapsody. I now have seen Italian crustpunks, in their broken English, sing
Bohemian Rhapsody beautifully.

Dance Machine was as Dance Machine does. Awesome.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2009|09:11 am]
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April 30 at the Catalyst

New(ish) venue and a band I've never seen before. Both were good, band was awesome. The crowd seemed dubious when we walked in as the collection of people looked more at home in the pit at a metal show but once it started, holy shit.

Very highly entertaining, the set was super interactive. Not just one song but rather during "Mad Tiger" they gave people masks and bread tins and drum sticks to join them on stage and later in the set, they set up their instruments in the middle of the pit so we could circle pit around them. Totally worth $8 and totally awesome.
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