The last time we went to the grocery store, my mother told me that I should lay off of pre-packaged and frozen special-made vegetarian and vegan foods because they are too expensive and I need to be more resourceful. After all, when I am in college, I will need to learn to cook. By the by, just typing about college makes me get butterflies in my stomach. I am so excited.

Anyway, I bitched and moaned about “OMGZ, Mom, I’m vegetarian! You can eat anything I can eat, but I can’t eat everything that you can eat! Make a Venn Diagram! UGHGHGhghghghhh!” I think that I was so irritated because of two reasons. One, my period was on its way. Two, I have wanted to cook for myself from scratch for a long time (because it would give me more of an opportunity to slip into going vegan), but I have always figured that my mother would be pissed about it. The fact that she was not even remotely pissed somehow set me off.

So I ate my boxed couscous and pondered on gathering recipes.

I am the sort of person who always needs a project. I rarely finish my projects, but what I get done is grand. So in order to aid my attempt at veganism/learning to cook, I decided that I must gather recipes. And in order to organize that, I should gather them in a cookbook of sorts. Since I love composition notebooks, I grabbed one from my drawer.

The question was then where I should gather them from. Well, a while back, I found this website featuring a Jenny Lewis interview–and at the bottom of the page, it had her recipe for vegan “chicken” and then Mike Mogis’ recipe for vegan gravy and this recipe for vegan Worcestershire sauce. Although I had bookmarked it, I lost all of my bookmarks once in a Firefox update sesh, but FORTUNATELY, I had preserved my bookmarks on my LiveJournal in anticipation for the move. And let me tell you, this modest site has changed so much.

The site is actually called Cooking With Rockstars, a…I want to say subsidiary…of Jenville. Cooking With Rockstars chronicles a bunch of interviews conducted by the lovely Jennifer Robbins with various stars in the musical mainstream. But I don’t want to say mainstream. I almost want to call it the indie mainstream. You know, the artists you know and love. Probably. I mean, considering you’re on this blog. Rufus Wainwright, Ben Gibbard, Sam Beam, Britt Daniel, Annie Clark. I mean, just to name a few. And the artists contribute recipes, and Ms. Robbins publishes them on her site. I actually think that she is Mrs. Robbins, because she has an official “Wedding Site.” And also, she is a charming interviewer.

Fortunately for vegans, there are many vegan recipes on there (mainly salads, but I should think that Jenny Lewis’ “chicken” should be grand), as well as several vegetarian recipes where you’d only need to alter one or two minor ingredients (like swap butter for vegan margarine). While there are a few non-vegetarian recipes on there, eh, I took eighteen edible ones away (and those were just some of the ones that were to my taste).

Anyway, I guess as I begin the transition and learn to cook, I shall chronicle my adventures. You know, what tastes good, where I got my recipes from. Yeah.

On a completely different note, I am the creepiest creepster with Facebook. Every time I see that someone has a new album, I’m all over it. Like, holy shit yes. I’d like to think that it is all about my obsession with aesthetically pleasing things. But maybe I am just a lurker.

Now. All weekend, I sat on my ass, collecting music to offer to you-all. My first noteworthy find is “Wake The Sun” by the Matches. It’s quite a catchy, cheerful tune, like 10/10, almost sure to start off a good day. It is necessary, kind of like coffee or OJ. In retrospect, I now realize that I heard it once in art class when someone plugged in his (probably his, maybe her) iPod to the art room speakers. Actually, that day, someone was playing spectacular music that I did not recognize. It was one of those rare days.

Wake The Sun | The Matches
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The Matches’ MySpace
The Matches’ Website

The next song is a Vampire Weekend, equally impeccable and equally catchy. Automatic love right here. Plus, the lyrics are familiar in a good way. Maybe I’ve never been in a situation like that before personally, but it sounds like something that happens all the time.

Campus | Vampire Weekend
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Vampire Weekend’s MySpace
Vampire Weekend’s Website

This last track is actually my mother’s finding. While she was at the Matt Nathanson concert with her friend, she texted me and told me that I would like the band that opened for him. Of course, the text was in like teeny bopper talk, with “u” for you and “r” for are. That’s not important. I looked up the opening act, since she omitted the name, and came up with the name Honeyhoney. There was also like Jason Reeves or something, but I figured she was talking about the band. I checked for them on the Hype Machine and failed. Then I iTunes’d them and came up with five tracks–apparently they have recently released an EP. I laughed at the clips I heard. They sucked. This is an example, though, of iTunes sucking at picking out 30-second clips. Gaddamn.

This morning, my mother slipped into my room and sat on my bed and started unwrapping this CD case. She gave me the CD and told me I would probably like them because they were an “off” band. I kind of cringed, but loaded it on my computer anyway. And then I gave them a second shot.

While I didn’t love the first two songs, the last three were slower and more my style, and they really allowed Suzanne Santo’s voice to shine. I basically loved the last three tracks. Thus, I am jealous of my mother.

My madre was sort of concerned about the parental advisory on the CD, and then she asked me if I ever buy CDs with that. I was thinking, “You should hear some of the music I listen to,” but instead, I just affirmed that I do, indeed. Well, I did not hear any explicit lyrics in the first three songs, so I was wondering why there was a warning (maybe because the first song is about a gun?). That is, until the third song came on. It’s raunchy and sexy, but mellow at the same time. Thus, I shall present you the reason for the parental advisory.

Thursday Night | Honeyhoney
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Honeyhoney’s MySpace
Honeyhoney’s Website

Also, while I’m at it, I might as well say that I love being a senior in Pennsylvania and getting to sleep in again tomorrow because underclassmen have to take the Terra Novas and PSSAs. LOVE IT.

*By the by, I have revised my host site so that mp3s show up on the Hype Machine.  You now have a variety of options for downloading them.  I really recommend MediaFire or the direct link because there is no waiting time, but if you’re more familiar with YouSendIt, just click on the title.  Or if you’re more familiar with zShare, click on that link.  Anyway, I am not sure how long I am going to keep this three-host thing up because it will get old fast.  I guess I am just transitioning.  Also, I am in debt to the Hype Machine help staff.  They’re so nice and easy to work with.  Plus, they responded to me right away.  No guarantee that they will always do that, but I was impressed.


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Okay so last year around this time, I was still rushing around visiting colleges. I came to Boston over Spring Break to look at a few schools here, and didn’t send in my paper to say that I would be going to Emerson until like, 2 days before it was due. We had to send it rushed. So I’m proud of you that you are way ahead of the ball. Haha.

But isn’t it so exciting? All last summer I was so excited to go buy things for school. But here’s a tip: if you think you need it, you don’t. Haha. I brought way too much stuff and even though I’ve sent about a million boxes of shit home, I still have way too much than I need.

And anyway, I don’t know about other schools, but mine has a wide variety of food offered in the dining hall for vegetarians and vegans. While I am neither, the stuff is really good!

And are you living on campus? If you are, you probably don’t need to know how to cook. I live off frozen meals and meals from the dining hall. Except you’re going to a much larger school, so you’ll probably have more than one dining hall to choose from. My school’s very small. Very very small. It’s all situated on like, half a city block. Which I like; I didn’t want to go to a large school.

But anyway, I miss cooking. I grew up helping my mom make supper. Our common room has one stove, so I had my mom send me up a pot and a pan so I could make myself grilled cheese. I would also make large portions of things and save them in the fridge if I could, but I live with 4 girls so our fridge is always full of their stuff, no room for mine.

I’ve realized that my comments to you start off with me wanting to make one point, but then end up with me just ranting and raving about random things.

But today, I have a proposal. I don’t know if you’re going to be staying in Lewisburg this summer or not. But if you are, I’m more than happy to help you out with your college shopping. Because you will need to do some college shopping, ha. But more specifically, next year, I’m living in a single (SO EXCITED. I don’t like people in close proximity to me, ha.), and I want it to look beautiful, so I’m going to be making a trip to Ikea, just outside of Philly, this summer. Probably in the beginning of the summer sometime. And Ikea is the best place to go to buy cute little lamps and bed spreads and all that fun stuff because it’s super cheap and makes your dorm feel like home, so if you like, you are more than welcome to come along! I’ll probably go to the King of Prussia mall then, as well. Because I love it there. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there or not, but it’s AMAZING, if you like shopping. If you don’t like shopping, then I’m sorry. Ha. It’s still good for people watching.

But anyway, yes. We can go to Ikea if you like. And we can bring Travis, too. Since he is our mutual friend. Even if he will be weird and annoying. We can play good music the entire way and educate him. Even though I love some of the stuff he listens to, he needs to learn to appreciate listening to people that are under the age of fifty. I mean, come on.

Comment by wellwell

I’m in love with Vampire Weekend. Thank you for putting up another one of their songs!

Comment by swaziprincess

mm yeah, a lot of colleges nowadays offer vegetarian and vegan dishes. i know mine will so i’m happy and i’m pretty sure yours does too. they can’t not, because there’s so many of us out there!!
remind me to give you a buttload of my mom’s recipes. there’s some really good stuff that isn’t even indian that she makes that is vegan and i don’t think she knows it :) and of course everything else is vegetarian. just let me know if there’s a particular taste you’re craving and i can get it for you.
BTWWWWW we need to go to PF Chang’s sometime this summer- i didnt know how good their shit is but it’s amaaaaaazing. thai diner’s good too but i’ve heard things about their sanitation that is not pleasing.

Comment by divya

and my dad texts like that too. haha i only do it when i’m really lazy or trying to cram a longer message into the 160 possible characters.

Comment by divya

he even friggin’ says “tan q” instead of “thank you”. FOR ALL THAT HE COULD HAVE JUST SAID “THX” or “TY”. laksdhglkasdhg.

Comment by divya

and i like the “about the music posted” section ;)

Comment by divya

tehehehe…”make a venn diagram”
ahh, that totally made my day.

Comment by christina

My dad is like that…always knowing things about the bands he’s listening to. I suppose it’s because the bands he’s listening to have been around forever and it’s easy to know stuff about them, but whatever. I used to be like that. I would know all of their names, where they’re from, funny little things about them like who certain songs were written for and when they were written or first performed. I’m not so much like that anymore, but it’s probably just because I’ve been listening to the same stuff for months and months. Since I’ve started college, I haven’t listened to a new band. But in the past week I’ve started to, so that’s good. I wasted a good two hours on the internet last night reading reviews and articles about all sorts of bands.

And I’m excited to read the article that that boy writes about Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin. He has a phone interview with them sometime soon and they’re coming to Boston on April 19th. I was really excited when I found that out, but then I remembered that I’m going to be in Lewisburg that weekend. Blah. But I’m excited to go home for a little bit.

Comment by wellwell

Oh! And I downloaded “Wake the Sun.” Um…I never ever ever liked The Matches. BUT THAT SONG IS AMAZING! So fun.

I was supposed to go see them last night. Well, they were with other bands, too. But my friend backed out of it and it was in Worcester, which is 2 hours away and I definitely wasn’t going by myself because Worcester is one big ghetto.

Comment by wellwell

oh my gosh, someone else has heard of some still loves you boris yeltsin! i never though i would see the day :-)

Comment by christina

someone still loves you boris yeltsin came to my college. mostly because my college is the coolest thing ever, but yes. i have heard of them as well.

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