cornbread (lacto-ovo vegetarian)

Published November 23, 2017 by lisaolisa

Buttery and sweet, this is basically a dessert masquerading as cornbread. It’s good! It was perfect for an occasion when calories don’t count in our home: Thanksgiving.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  2. Over low heat, melt the butter, then allow it to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a smaller bowl, beat the melted butter, milk, and egg until well-mixed.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, then stir just until the flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy).
  6. Pour the batter into the skillet and smooth the top.
  7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Source: Adapted from


movies 2017

Published November 1, 2017 by lisaolisa
  1. The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)
  2. Aliens: Special Edition (1992)
  3. Welcome To Leith (2015)
  4. Chronic (2015)
  5. Monsters (2010)
  6. They Call Us Monsters (2016)
  7. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
  8. Homeland: Season 5 (2015)
  9. Alien: The Director’s Cut (2003)
  10. Written on the Wind (1958)
  11. Night of the Hunter (1957)
  12. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
  13. Stranger Things (2017)
  14. A Ghost Story (2017)
  15. Schitt’s Creek: Season 3 (2017)
  16. The Big Sick (2017)
  17. It Follows (2015)
  18. The Naked City (1948)
  19. Transparent: Season 4 (2017)
  20. The Infiltrator (2016)
  21. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
  22. I Love Dick: Miniseries (2017)
  23. Shimmer Lake (2017)
  24. Southcliffe: Miniseries (2013)
  25. Master of None: Season 2 (2017)
  26. Oh, Hello on Broadway (2017)
  27. Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 (2017)
  28. House of Cards: Season 5 (2017)
  29. Yojimbo: The Bodyguard ()
  30. House of Cards: Season 4 (2016)
  31. Bloodlines: Season 3 (2017)
  32. War & Peace (2015)
  33. Seven Samurai (1954)
  34. Krampus (2015)
  35. The Boss (2016)
  36. The Patriot: Season 1 (2015)
  37. The Hateful Eight (2015)
  38. Bridge of Spies (2015)
  39. Happy Valley: Series 2 (2016)
  40. Happy Valley: Series 1 (2014)
  41. Sugar Coated (2015)
  42. Respectable: The Mary Millington Story (2016)
  43. I Am Road Comic(2014)
  44. The Witness (2016)
  45. Tower (2017)
  46. That Gal … Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015)
  47. Documentary Now!: Season 1
  48. Documentary Now!: Season 2
  49. Sample This (2012)
  50. Schitt’s Creek: Season 2 (2015)
  51. Schitt’s Creek: Season 1 (2016)
  52. Maron: Season 4 (2017)
  53. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  54. Bad Moms (2016)
  55. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  56. The Gift (2015)
  57. Brooklyn (2015)
  58. Manhunter (1986)
  59. Westworld (1973)
  60. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
  61. The Danish Girl (2016)
  62. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Season 3 (2016)
  63. Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (2015)
  64. True Detective: Season 2 (2015)
  65. Veep: Season 5 (2016)
  66. The Martian (2015)

pizza dough from red star yeast (vegan)

Published May 21, 2017 by lisaolisa

I made this via the stand mixer method. There’s something appealing about the though of meditatively kneading by hand, but my back can’t handle it. I couldn’t find my paddle and had to use the wire whisk, which was a sticky mess of a situation. I was able to scrape the dough wad out from the middle of the wires, but it took more time than I’d like, so it’ll do in a pinch, but do try harder than I did to find a paddle. No matter how organized I think my kitchen implements are, there’s always something hidden away who knows where.

I made the basic white flour dough, refrigerated one half, froze the other half, and used both halves three days later. The dough continued to rise in the refrigerator, and the frozen dough rose as it thawed. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two. I had just as much trouble shaping this recipe as I do every pizza crust recipe, and the consistency was pretty much what they all wind up being: a firm, cracker-y topping delivery system. The happy difference was that this one cooked all the way through. Baking the crust halfway, then again after adding the toppings was key to getting this to come out at all in our stupid broken oven. Every other recipe burns on the edges and doesn’t cook in the middle. I think I’ll try that trick with other pies I try baking on cookie sheets. The bread stone has been a failure every time, even when preheated.

 Yield: Two 12-inch pizzas


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2¼ tsp (one package) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast


Preheat oven to 400°F

  1. Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and salt. Combine liquids and heat to 120°-130°F.
  2. Combine 1 cup of dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  3. Let dough rest 15 minutes. Divide into 2 parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. (I don’t use much cornmeal because it doesn’t make much difference to us.)
  4. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes in pre-heated 400°F oven until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown.
  5. Add desired toppings.
  6. Bake an additional 15 minutes.

Here are all of the instructions and methods from the Red Star website:


Have liquid ingredients at 80°F, all others at room temperature. Place room temperature ingredients in pan in the order listed. Select Dough/Manual cycle. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 Tbsp at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time. At the end of the last kneading cycle, press STOP/CLEAR, remove dough from pan. Proceed to Rising, Shaping and Baking instructions below. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.


Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and salt. Combine liquids and heat to 120°-130°F.

Hand-Held Mixer Method

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.

Stand Mixer Method

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.


Have all ingredients at room temperature. Place dry ingredients in processing bowl with steel blade. Process briefly to blend. While motor is running add water and oil. Process until mixed. Continue processing until dough cleans the sides of bowl.


Let dough rest 15 minutes. Divide into 2 parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes in pre-heated 400°F oven until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown. Add desired toppings and bake an additional 15 minutes.

*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use ½ tsp Instant Yeast OR ¾ tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.


A whole wheat crust can be made by substituting 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour for the 3 cups of bread flour called for in the recipe. A cheese crust can be made by adding ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend to the original recipe.


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!



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