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.



movies 2015

Published December 31, 2015 by lisaolisa
  1. Genius On Hold (2013)
  2. Let the Fire Burn (2013)
  3. Back In Time (2015)
  4. Little Odessa (1994)
  5. Girlfriends (1978)
  6. The Interview (2014)
  7. The Suicide Theory (2015)
  8. Guidance (2014)
  9. The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)
  10. Derek: Season 2 (2014)
  11. White Heat (1949)
  12. Birdman (2014)
  13. The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
  14. Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)
  15. Haunter (2013)
  16. Dream House (2011)
  17. Train Wreck (2015)
  18. I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
  19. Housebound (2014)
  20. Jessica Jones: Season 1 (2015)
  21. A Most Violent Year (2015)
  22. Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015)
  23. Killer Legends (2014)
  24. Women Who Kill (2013)
  25. Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
  26. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
  27. Homeland: Season 2 (2012)
  28. Maps to the Stars (2015)
  29. Homeland: Season 3 (2013)
  30. Veep: Season 2 (2013)
  31. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
  32. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
  33. Cake (2015)
  34. Eugene Mirman: Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store (2015)
  35. Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden (2015)
  36. Hawking (2013)
  37. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (2015)
  38. Donald Glover: Weirdo (2012)
  39. Hot Girls Wanted (2015)
  40. Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional (2012)
  41. Atari: Game Over (2014)
  42. The Babadook (2014)
  43. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
  44. The Raven (2012)
  45. Seconds (1967)
  46. The Voices (2014)
  47. Oculus (2014)
  48. Tammy (2014)
  49. Big Eyes (2014)
  50. The Imitation Game (2014) (Netflix DVD)
  51. Beautiful Boy (2010) (Netflix DVD)
  52. The Designated Mourner (1997) (Netflix DVD) (review on
  53. The Lunchbox (2014) (Netflix DVD) (review on — autoplays trailer)
  54. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) (review on
  55. Invisible Woman (2013)
  56. Non-Stop (2013)
  57. Foxcatcher (2014)
  58. Nightcrawler (2014)
  59. Predestination (2014)
  60. Worst In Show (2011)
  61. The Act of Killing: Theatrical Cut (2012)
  62. The Fall: Season 2 (2014)
  63. Boyhood (2013)
  64. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
  65. Shadow Company (2007)
  66. Maron: Season 2 (2014)
  67. Koch (2012)

say it right

Published December 1, 2015 by lisaolisa

Ugh. So many mispronunciations and wrong words in these here voiceovers and audiobooks and the news. Let’s go over this one more time:

  • CAHIER. It’s kah-yay’, not kah-yee-err, or however Cary Elwes pronounced it in his audiobook. Or was this another example of an English person intentionally mangling a French word they know how to say?
  • GEEGAW. It’s gyoo’-gaw, not goo’-gaw.
  • TRAWL, TROLL. While fisherpersons are out hard at work trahl’-ing for fish, sad losers are in trole’-ing the innerwebs.
  • HUNG, HANG. Wallpaper is hung. People are hanged.
  • GRASS. When it goes brown, it’s dormant, not dead.
  • PRAGMATIC, PRACTICAL mean different things.
  • FOIE GRAS. It’s fwah-grah, not foy-grah.
  • KUTZTOWN. It’s coots’-town, not cuts’-town.
  • FIENNES. It’s fynz, not fyn. Patten Oswalt.
  • INCHOATE – It’s in-coe-itt, not inch-oh-itt.
  • APALACHIN – It’s app-ah-lay’-kin, not app-al-lay’-chin. This town is at the tippy top of the Appalachian mountain range, which is pronounced app-ah-latch’-inn.
  • DELHI – It’s dell’-high, not dell-ee. Dellee is in India. Dellhigh is in Upstate New York. In a book about Upstate New York, in a town where the author’s father lives, this is lazy, lazy, lazy.
  • SUSQUEHANNA. It’s sus-kwa, not sus-keh. Lawrence Fishburne, Hannibal.
  • CAVALRY. You’re waiting for the cavalry to save the day. You’re not hiking to cavalry.
  • FIFA – It’s fee-fah, as in Fi Fie Fo Fum.
  • DES MOINES. Unlike Iowa, if you’re in Washington, it’s audibly plural, duh-moynz’.
  • AUBURN. It’s awe’-burn, not owe’-burn. The owe-pair is going to awe-burn.

books 2015

Published November 22, 2015 by lisaolisa
  1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (9:27) (2010) (nf) (on
  2. I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan 208 pp. (2015) (nf) (on
  3. Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (8:54) (2014) (nf) (on
  4. The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg (9:27) (2008) (nf) on
  5. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (6:27) (2012) (nf) on — Read by the author.
  6. The Coloring Book by Colin Quinn (4:47) (2015) (nf) on — Read by the author.
  7. The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds (9:06) (2012) (nf) on
  8. The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (6:22) (2010) (on — Read by the author.
  9. Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear (19:00) (2014) (on — Read by the author.
  10. I Must Say: My Life As Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (8:40) (2014) (on — Read by the author.
  11. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (19:41) (2004) (on
  12. The Johnstown Flood by David G. McCullough (9:04) (1968) (nf) (on
  13. The Dog Says How by Kevin Kling (3:37) (2007) (nf) (on
  14. Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman (13:59) (2012) (nf) (on
  15. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (7:38) (2005) (nf) (on
  16. Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man by Mark Kurlansky (5:57) (2012) (nf) (on
  17. Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan Stack (11:04) (2010) (nf) (on
  18. Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn (10:10) (2015) (nf) (on
  19. Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari (6:14) (2014) (nf) (on — Read by the author. 
  20. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (27:51) (2011) (nf) (on
  21. Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder (12:12) (2012) (nf) (on
  22. The Complete Collection of The Tragedy Series: Secret Lobster Claws and Other Misfortunes by Benjamin Dewey (2015) (on (on tumblr) (Huffington Post review)
  23. The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker (8:17) (2015) (nf) (on
  24. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (20:49) (2010) (nf) (on
  25. 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method by Tamar Geller (9:40) (2010) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  26. Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings by Jane Isay (5:15) (2012) (nf) (on
  27. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (10:41) (2014) (on
  28. Truth in Advertising by John Kenney (11:42) (2013) (on
  29. Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film by Patton Oswalt (4:07) (2015) (nf) (on — Read by the author. 
  30. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (10:30) (2011) (nf) (on
  31. How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman (15:18) (2007) (nf) (on
  32. The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee (9:00) (2007) (nf) (on
  33. The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind by David Cay Johnston (12:14) (2012) (nf) (on
  34. The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young (7:29) (2009) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  35. Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner (12:58) (2009) (nf) (on
  36. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3:05) (2004) (on
  37. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (10:41) (2012) (on
  38. The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII by Jack El-Hai (8:52) (2013) (nf) (on
  39. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (9:47) (2009) (nf) (on
  40. Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage (13:20) (2015) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  41. The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan (10:54) (2012) (nf) (on
  42. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie A. Fast, John D. Preton (10:54) (2004) (nf) (on
  43. Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work by Mark Bowden (7:36) (2013) (nf) (on
  44. Not my Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (6:28) (2014) (nf) (on — Read by the author.
  45. How to Survive a Robot Uprising by (3:07) (2005) (nf) (on
  46. The Possibility Dogs by (11:18) (2013) (nf) (on
  47. When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden by Bill Maher (3:00) (2002) (nf) (on– Read by the author
  48. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy (8:45) (2015) (nf) (on — Read by the author
  49. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (7:34) (1955) (on — No one, no one, not anyone, not any one person can touch this masterful storyteller’s mastery of the short story.
  50. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (7:38) (nf) (2007) (on
  51. The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances by Mark Milhone (5:26) (nf) (2009) (on
  52. The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA’s Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America by Mark Kurlansky (11:54) (2009) (nf) (on
  53. The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II by Iris Chang (8:03) (1997) (nf) (on — read by the author. Holy hell, why wasn’t I taught this in school? What made this holocaust not worth learning about. Must read.
  54. Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier by Peter Stark (10:55) (2014) (nf) (on
  55. How Did You Get This Number? by Sloane Crosley (6:34) (2010) (nf) (on — read by the author. Why do I bother?
  56. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (11:44) (2009) (on
  57. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly (9:43) (2013) (on
  58. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks (11:06) (2007) (nf) (on
  59. Just Mercy by Bryon Stevenson (11:04) (2014) (nf) (on
  60. Starter House by Sonja Condit (11:49) (2014) (on
  61. Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields by Charles Bowden (9:57) (2010) (nf) (on — Read by the author
  62. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy (13:24) (2015) (on
  63. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (4:56) (2010) (on
  64. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (10:59) (2015) (on
  65. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (9:49) (2012) nf) (on
  66. Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Randi Kreger and Paul T. Mason (8:02) (1998) (nf) (on
  67. Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman (6:09) (2011) (nf) (on
  68. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (8:54) (2014) (nf) (on (review in the Wall Street Journal) (review on
  69. Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) by Elaine Lui (6:05) (2014) (nf) (on — Confirms the controlling manipulation and hooey that the grandmother of a lying buyer of a former residence pulled over on us.
  70. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (13:04) (2015) (nf) (on — Held together nicely as a story — a very sad and horrible and maddening story. Fuck you, Winston Churchill.
  71. City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist (9:33) (2012) (nf) (on — People sure said “I shudder to think” a lot back then.
  72. I Shudder and Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey by Paul Rudnick (10:00) (2009) (nf) (on — Do you like David Sedaris and Jiminy Glick?
  73. The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow (8:10) (2010) (nf) (on (David R. Dow’s TED talk: “Lessons from death row inmates)
  74. The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates (7:49) (2007) (on (january magazine review) — Tales of dread and very slow train wrecks, cringing while the inevitable happens, waiting for the inevitable to happen but then something else doesacts, and being socked in the gut. The socking happens in the first story, and if you read nothing else, start there, and end there, it’s tempting to advise. It’s the most powerful turn in the collection. The rest is slow burn JCO, so if you’re a fan, read on.
  75. City of Thieves by David Benioff (8:29) (2008) (on — Seeming certain death becomes a lifesaver. Narrow escape becomes a death sentence. And then things get depressing, because it’s Russia, and that’s The Law of Russian Prose. By a lord of white suburban tinfoil cardboard sword daydreaming Game of Thrones pretenders. Gorgeously voiced by the ridiculously talented Ron Pearlman. Warning: Graphic cruelty toward dogs and unspeakable cruelty toward elephant.
  76. Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Sandeep Juahar (10:37) (2014) (on — Surprise! Health care is a game of cash money, graft, and fraternal palm greasing. The result? You get a zillion unnecessary procedures, insurance that sucks, and doctors who are paid to process, not care. Like writers who go into journalism to help people and go out of it to eat decently.
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vegetarian gravy — lacto vegetarian

Published October 17, 2015 by lisaolisa

Is  any good? We’ll find out.




small onion

4 -5 mushrooms

1 clove garlic

to taste butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 -1 1/2 cup vegetable broth

to taste cream or to taste milk



1.Saute small onions and 4-5 mushrooms and 1 clove garlic in butter (or just heat up some butter if you want it plain.. I like onions)

2.When they soft, add about 2 Tbsp flour and mix it around until it is absorbed.

3.Pour on 1-1.5 cups vegetable broth and stir.

4.When that starts to warm up, pour a cup or less of cream or milk in and stir.

5.Let boil stirring a lot in the beginning to keep it from lumping.

6.and voila! The amount of flour is kinda if-y.

7.I like it thick, and usually end up adding more flour later on in the process to make it thicker.