fluffy whole wheat pancakes from alton brown (lacto-ovo vegetarian)

Published March 5, 2017 by lisaolisa

Today was attempt #1 at these, and they were mostly a bust but have potential. I didn’t have buttermilk, and rather than making sour milk per usual, I experimented with substituting plain yogurt. A 1:1 swap did not work. The batter was too thick, the cakes were too thick, and the cakes did not fully cook in the middle. While melting, the butter pats decided it would be best to explode and spew all over the inside of the microwave. While heating the syrup, attention was not fully paid, leading to a molten maple flow on top of the butter mess. And I added blueberries, as I do to most whole wheat pancakes.

Here’s what I used and any notes about my choices.


the dry goods

2 cups whole wheat flour (I would normally substitute pastry flour, but I wanted to try it with regular, which I always have on hand. I tend to run out of pastry flour. They are probably more fluffy with pastry flour, which I’ll use next time.)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar (I would normally substitute molasses, which I’ll try next time.)

the wet works

2 large eggs
2 cups plain yogurt (Bad idea. Next time, I’ll cut the yogurt to 1 cup and add 1 cup of soured milk. If the cakes are still too thick, I’ll use all milk.)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (I will probably resort to olive oil at some point, which is already liquid and always on hand.)

the mix-in

2 cups frozen blueberries


  1. Mix together all the dry stuff in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the wet stuff. Do this in the best order: barely beat the eggs, add in the yogurt and milk, and then add the butter. If you add hot butter to raw eggs, some of the egg is going to congeal.
  2. Mix in the wet stuff to the dry stuff and stir just until batter comes together. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Use 1/4 cup batter for each cake. Flatten the batter down to a reasonable thickness with the back of the measuring cup or your finger, which will be all right because of course you scrupulously wash your hands before preparing food.

If you need more advice on how to cook pancakes in general, read through his original directions, which follow.

The original recipe

the dry goods
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
the wet works
2 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. in a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. (i just melted the butter slightly before adding it in with the eggs and buttermilk.).
add the wet stuff to the dry stuff and mix just until batter comes together. do not mix smooth. set aside batter to rest for 5 minutes.
* heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees or place a nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat.
*test the griddle by flicking water on it. if the water dances across the surface, you’re good to go.
* rub down the griddle with a little butter or spray with nonstick spray.
ladle 1 scoop of batter onto the griddle. (batter will be thick! just spread it out with the bottom of your ladle or the back of a spoon.) cook until bubbles form in the batter and bottom is golden, approximately three minutes. flip and cook until the second side is golden, another a minute or so. adjust the heat as necessary as you go along. serve while hot!



movies 2017

Published February 1, 2017 by lisaolisa
  1. The Witness (2016)
  2. Tower (2017)
  3. That Gal … Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015)
  4. Documentary Now!: Season 1
  5. Documentary Now!: Season 2
  6. Sample This (2012)
  7. Schitt’s Creek: Season 2 (2017)
  8. Schitt’s Creek: Season 1 (2017)
  9. Maron: Season 4 (2017)
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  11. Bad Moms (2016)
  12. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  13. The Gift (2015)
  14. Brooklyn (2015)
  15. Manhunter (1986)
  16. Westworld (1973)
  17. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
  18. The Danish Girl (2016)
  19. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Season 3 (2016)
  20. Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (2015)
  21. True Detective: Season 2 (2015)
  22. Veep: Season 5 (2016)
  23. The Martian (2015)

books 2017

Published January 7, 2017 by lisaolisa
  1. Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

read at some point but not added to any list

  • The Great Hurricane: 1938 by Cherie Burns (5:50) (nf)
  • The Apartment

partway through

did not finish

on the list



movies 2016

Published December 31, 2016 by lisaolisa
  1. A Haunting at Silver Falls (2013)
  2. A LEGO Brickumentary (2015)
  3. A Picture of You (2014)
  4. Adult Beginners (2014)
  5. Aileen Wournos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993)
  6. Apartment 143 (2011)
  7. Better Living through Chemistry (2014)
  8. Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989)
  9. Blondie’s New York (2014)
  10. Bloodline: Season 1 (2015)
  11. Bloodline: Season 2 (2016)
  12. BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish
  13. BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (2015)
  14. Bojack Horseman: Season 2 (2015)
  15. BoJack Horseman: Season 3
  16. Can’t Stand Losing You (2015)
  17. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1
  18. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2
  19. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3
  20. Creep (2014)
  21. Dark Places (2015)
  22. David Cross: Making America Great Again! (2016)
  23. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
  24. Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
  25. Deadfall (2013)
  26. Deadpool (2015)
  27. Do I Sound Gay? (2014)
  28. Don Verdean
  29. Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
  30. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  31. Estranged (2015)
  32. Ex Machina (2015)
  33. Fairlane Road
  34. Finders Keepers (2015)
  35. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
  36. Fortitude: Season 1 (2015)
  37. Four Christmases (2008)
  38. Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)
  39. Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2010)
  40. Game of Thrones: Season 2 (2011)
  41. Game of Thrones: Season 3 (2012)
  42. Game of Thrones: Season 4 (2013)
  43. Game of Thrones: Season 5 (2014)
  44. Glitch: Season 1
  45. Goodnight Mommy (2015)
  46. Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (2015)
  47. Grace and Frankie: Season 2
  48. Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (2016)
  49. Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (2014)
  50. Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (2015)
  51. Headhunters (2011)
  52. Hellions (2015)
  53. High-Rise (2015)
  54. Homeland: Season 4
  55. Honeymoon (2014)
  56. Interstellar (2014)
  57. Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
  58. Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed (2014)
  59. Jim Jefferies: Freedumb (2016)
  60. John Dies at the End (2012)
  61. Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster (2010)
  62. Kids for Cash (2013)
  63. Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (2016)
  64. Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (Color) (1902)
  65. Lemmy (2011)
  66. Let the Fire Burn
  67. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2014)
  68. Lucky Them (2013)
  69. Making A Murderer (2015)
  70. Manson Family Vacation (2015)
  71. Maron: Season 3 (2015)
  72. Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 1
  73. Master of None: Season 1
  74. Michael Che Matters
  75. Minions (2015)
  76. Mr Robot: Season 1 (2015)
  77. Mr Robot: Season 2 (2016)
  78. My Winnipeg (2007)
  79. My Winnipeg (2008)
  80. Now You See Me (2013)
  81. Orange Is the New Black: Season 3 (2015)
  82. Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 (2016)
  83. Our Brand is Crisis(2016)
  84. Paranoid Park
  85. Passion
  86. Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
  87. Paul Williams: Still Alive (2011)
  88. Portlandia: Season 1 (2011)
  89. Portlandia: Season 2 (2012)
  90. Portlandia: Season 4 (2014)
  91. Portlandia: Season 5 (2015)
  92. Portlandia: Season 6 (2016)
  93. Portlandia: Season 3 (2013)
  94. Run All Night (2015)
  95. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  96. Sharknado (2013)
  97. Snowpiercer (2014)
  98. Soaked In Bleach (2015)
  99. Spanish Lake (2014)
  100. Spotlight (2015)
  101. St. Vincent (2014)
  102. Stonehearst Asylum
  103. Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
  104. Straight Outta Compton (2016)
  105. Stranger Things (2016)
  106. Tab Hunter Confidential
  107. Taken 3 (2014)
  108. Talking For Clapping (2016)
  109. Tangerine (2015)
  110. Teacher’s Pet (1958)
  111. Team Foxcatcher (2016)
  112. Tenured (2015)
  113. That Gal…Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015)
  114. The Big Short
  115. The Captive (2014)
  116. The Fall: Series 3
  117. The Fundamentals of Caring
  118. The Holiday (2006)
  119. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  120. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
  121. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Season 2 (2012)
  122. The Invitation (2015)
  123. The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1
  124. The Judge (2015)
  125. The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (2015)
  126. The Overnight (2015)
  127. The Prince of Pennsylvania (2015)
  128. The Propaganda Game (2015)
  129. The Rewrite (2014)
  130. The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz (2013)
  131. The Suicide Theory
  132. The Thing on the Doorstep (2014)
  133. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (2016)
  134. The Visit (2015)
  135. The Witch (2016)
  136. The Wrecking Crew (2008)
  137. They Look Like People (2015)
  138. They’re Watching (2016)
  139. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
  140. To Be Takei (2014)
  141. Todd Margaret: Season 2
  142. Tom Segura: Mostly Stories
  143. Top of the Lake: Season 1 (2013)
  144. Transparent: Season 2 (2015)
  145. Transparent: Season 3 (2016)
  146. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
  147. Trophy Kids (2013)
  148. True Detective: Season 1 (2014)
  149. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
  150. Turbo Kid (2015)
  151. Valkyrie (2008)
  152. Very British Problems: Season 1
  153. Visions
  154. We Are Still Here (2015)
  155. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
  156. Welcome To Me (2014)
  157. You’re the Worst: Season 1 (2016)
  158. You’re the Worst: Season 2 (2015)
  159. You’re the Worst: Season 3 (2014)

coconut yellow curry (vegan)

Published November 25, 2016 by lisaolisa

Adapted from a recipe by Meredith Laurence.

You can increase the vegetables considerably and still have enough broth for ladling. Increase the seasonings accordingly. The original recipe called for just the cream from the coconut milk, but I use the whole can — it’s easier and doesn’t greatly affect the dish’s consistency. It just gives you more broth for the rice. I also increase the spinach from 2 cups to 2 pounds, because the broth picks up enough sweetness to perfectly balance any bitterness from the spinach, and the leaves come out tender but not slimy. Don’t sweat precise measurements of the vegetables, or if you are out of potatoes, cauliflower, or broccoli. I rarely have broccoli on hand. Whatever ratio everything ends up being in will be fine and just impart a slightly different taste. It’s no big whoop.


* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 onion, chopped into large chunks
* 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into large chunks (or red, or orange — just not green)
* 2 carrots, sliced
* 4 dried red chili pods, whole (the recipe called for fresh, so use a few of those instead if you happen to have them)
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
* 1 tablespoons really good curry powder
* 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
* 2 tomatoes, chopped, or 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
* 2 white potatoes, scrubbed and cut into large chunks (or yellow — any waxy potato)
* 1 cup cauliflower florets, plus stems
* 1 cup broccoli florets
* salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
* 2 pounds fresh spinach leaves


These are for a pressure cooker. If you’re using the stove, just increase the simmer time until the tougher vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli) are tender. You can keep the chili pods in any leftovers or remove them before serving. Just don’t break them open, which will scatter overly hot seeds, or eat them.

1. Heat the oil and sauté the onion, carrots, yellow pepper, and red chili for about 5 minutes.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, and curry powder and cook for 1 minute.
3. Add the stock, tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, and broccoli and stir to combine well.
4. Season with salt and pepper and lock the lid in place.
5. Cook on HIGH pressure for 6 minutes.
6. Release the pressure using the QUICK RELEASE method and carefully remove the lid.
7. Add the coconut milk while the curry is still hot, stirring to combine well.
8. Stir in the spinach and let it wilt while the curry heats through. (If you’re using a full 2 pounds, you might need to add the leaves in two portions; my pressure cooker lid won’t close unless I add 1 pound, let it wilt, then add the 1 remaining pound.)
9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve over brown rice. If you want to get all fancy and use garnish (I don’t, unless it’s summer and I happen to have fresh cilantro growing that I’ve managed to not let go to seed and grow bitter, which is once about every 5 years), serve with chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped cashews, and lime wedges for squeezing.

Adapted from a recipe in a friend’s cookbook, I think Delicious Under Pressure: Over 100 Pressure Cooker Recipes, or possibly Comfortable Under Pressure.

Original ingredients list:

* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 onion, chopped into large chunks
* 1 yellow pepper, chopped into large chunks
* 2 carrots, sliced
* 1 red chili, sliced (optional)
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
* 1 tablespoons really good curry powder
* 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
* 2 tomatoes, chopped, or 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
* 2 white potatoes, scrubbed and cut into large chunks
* 1 cup small cauliflower florets
* 1 cup small broccoli florets
* salt and freshly ground black pepper
* the coconut cream from 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
* 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
* 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or basil, for garnish
* 1/2 cup chopped cashews
* 1 lime, cut into wedges

books 2016

Published October 6, 2016 by lisaolisa
  1. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (8:07) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  2. The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker (9:53) (2011) (nf) (on goodreads)
  3. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello (18:40) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  4. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (15:05) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (7:31) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  6. Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar (6:43) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  7. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel (3:43) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  8. Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself by Anneli Rufus (7:57) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  9. How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (10:27) (2007) (nf) (on goodreads)
  10. They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine (8:40) (2016) (on goodreads)
  11. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (6:28) (2016) (on goodreads)
  12. Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry (8:42) (2016) (nf) by Nicholas Dodman (on goodreads)
  13. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (11:23) (1998) (nf) by Philip Gourevitch (on goodreads)
  14. Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffery Lieberman (9:46) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  15. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (6:56) (2012) — read by Molly Ringwald (on goodreads)
  16. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman (8:54) (2011) (on goodreads)
  17. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (8:06) (2016) (on goodreads)
  18. Bucky Fucking Dent by David Duchovny (6:18) (2016) (on goodreads)
  19. The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack (3:43) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  20. Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People by Jackson MacKenzie (7:57) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  21. Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay by Lauren Weedman (8:33) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  22. Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition by Nisid Hajari (11:43) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  23. After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey (8:05) (2013) (nf) (on goodreads)
  24. You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Deckle Edge (9:11) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  25. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (14:22) (2014) (on goodreads)
  26. Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (13:33) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  27. The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City by Laura Tillman (6:47) (2016) (nf) (on goodreads)
  28. A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America by Tom Zoellner (10:08) (2011) (nf) (on goodreads)
  29. After The Parade by Lori Ostlund (12:06) (2015) (on goodreads)
  30. North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State by John Sweeney (10:27) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  31. The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook (9:29) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  32. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by (9:14) (2012) (nf) (on goodreads)
  33. This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. by Augusten Burroughs (6:31) (2012) (nf) (on goodreads)
  34. The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine by David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt (8:43) (2012) (nf) (on goodreads)
  35. Mumbai New York Scranton by Tamara Shopsin (2013) (nf) (on goodreads)
  36. The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne (9:22) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  37. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein (7:04) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  38. Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss (13:40) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  39. F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems by Michael Bennett MD and Sarah Bennett (12:43) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  40. Anger is an Energy by John Lydon (18:29) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  41. Shelter by Jung Gun (2016) (on goodreads)
  42. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by by Christopher Moore (15:20) (2002) (nf) (on goodreads)
  43. True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society by Farhad Manjoo (7:26) (2008) (nf) (on goodreads)
  44. The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden (9:23) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  45. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes & Joe Layden (7:01) (2014) (nf) (on goodreads)
  46. Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyar (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  47. The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery by George Johnson (6:43) (2013) (nf) (on goodreads)
  48. Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello (18:40) (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)
  49. The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr (12:27) (2010) (nf) (on goodreads)
  50. The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping (2015) (nf) (on goodreads)

chocolate pudding

Published July 15, 2016 by lisaolisa


Total Time: 4 hr 20 min

Prep: 5 min

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream, for garnish (optional, and kind of a pain, but impresses people, if that’s your aim. kids sure aren’t gonna want to wait around for your fussiness. just give ’em the damn pudding already.)


Before doing anything, get the egg yolks in order. If you do this during the milk simmering part, you’ll have a problem stirring the cocoa in. Because the cocoa is super awesome to play with as you stir it in. Because the air bubbles get coated in cocoa and then you can play with them for ages.

Put 1 1/2 cups of the milk, the sugar, and the cocoa in a saucepan that won’t turn any of the listed ingredients into an alternate form of itself. So, like, a nice enamel saucepan that you got at the discount store when you were poor and had no money that just happens to be one of the most-used and useful items in your adult arsenal of fancy pans. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup of the milk, cornstarch, salt, egg yolks, and vanilla in a bowl. Gradually whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Return to the saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until the pudding comes to a full boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and continue whisking until thick, about 2 or 3 minutes more.

Pour the pudding into 6 small cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or ideally overnight until set.

Just before serving, pour the cream into a chilled bowl. Whip the cream with a whisk or a hand-held mixer, and continue beating until soft peaks form. Take care not to over-beat the cream or it will be grainy. Serve each pudding with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/chocolate-pudding-recipe.html

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