mere Mere

meals, musings, and meditations.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jack White Sure Knows how to Keep a Girl Interested

I have a love for Jack White and his music that runs deep in my veins. I am not sure what it is, but when I listen to him sing, I get chills. I think it maybe because he and I (or at the very least his music) have been some pretty wild places together.

Well ladies and gentlemen, hang on to your butts! Jack White has a new band in the works. It is called The Dead Weather. Debut album, "Horehound," comes about June-ish. Sure to be my summer's anthem.

The Dead Weather's first single, "Hang You From the Heavens"

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This Makes Me Happy



Judd Apatow making Ghostbusters this I gotta see!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

So I must finally admit something; I am a vegan! And I really can't believe it took me this long to post a recipe, blurb, or anything about that part of me. I try not to be a very soap-boxy vegan, but when much of my daily thought is revolved around a concern or heightened consciousness about what I eat, it is hard not for me to fall under a "fundamentalist" category once and awhile. This just being one negative aspect about being a vegan, besides the elimination of nutella or blue box mac and cheese from my diet. But I really do love this lifestyle choice. I could go on and on about this, but I will let my blog speak for myself.

My mother is a big cookie baker. And once I turned vegan I knew I was going to have to find a recipe that would satisfy those cravings my mom left resonating in my palate. If I had to choose my favorite vegan recipe, it will probably have to be these chocolate chip cookies. The secret ingredient to this cookie is the banana. When baking vegan, bananas tend to act as the egg for the binding process. One half of a banana equals one egg. The small hint of the banana with the chocolate chips creates a really balanced flavor that keeps these cookies flying out of my cookie jar faster than they go stale. I have tried so many recipes, but none have both an equal gooey and crispy factor like these. I will even go as far to say that these maybe the best cookies I have ever tasted.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup vegan margarine
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe banana. Then add softened vegan margarine, both sugars, vanilla, and combine. I recommend using an electric mixer, to really cream the sugars, butter, and banana together. It will make for a fluffier cookie. Once combined, add the flour, baking soda, salt and mix. You should have a mixture resembling cookie batter at this point, but do not forget the most important part. The Chocolate Chip. It is the title of the cookie after all. Many recipes have a specific amount of chips one should add, but I say add to your hearts content. Place spoonfuls of the cookie batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for about 9 minutes. Let cool and then share (especially with me)!

Disclaimer: Depending on the size and ripeness of the banana, and how strict you are with your measurements (I tend to be pretty liberal), these cookies can sometimes vary in texture. But if you know how a cookie works, you should end up with the cookie you want. The more sugar you add, the crunchier and flatter the final product will be. If you like a cakier cookie add more flour. I like my cookies somewhere in between these two textures, so I found this ratio of sugar:butter:flour to work he best.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

How I Spent My Saturday Night

So my dear friend Heather recently acquired a new piece of art from our friend Eddy Lezema. Though his art is made mostly out of found objects, they rarely come out looking like trash. But the tale of the acquired art goes something like this: Heather goes home to Fort Lauderdale. Eddy has birthday. Heather calls Eddy and she says, "Happy Birthday! What are you doing for your birthday?" Eddy's reply, "We are about to play pin the penis on the Shaw." However, to Heather's dismay, there was no penis pinning to be had, but she claimed the big prize anyway. In the form of one cardboard peenloon shaw, and one detachable peenloon shaw's penis. We had many grand ideas for what could become of this art, but it was our dirtiest idea that most inspired us. The real masterpiece may take many weeks to do, but the first minute didn't turn out too bad. Check it out below, and don't mind the sexual content. It is a penis afterall.

"The Missing Penis"
by Heather Greenley and Meredith Nein
Artwork by Peenloon

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Narcoleptic Cat

The narcoleptic dog's archnemesis!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Self Proclaimed Villian

I have a rather bad addiction to the television show "Arrested Development." If you get me started watching one episode, it is likely that I will find the time to watch the rest in succession. And although I do love it with all my heart, I haven't watched it in sometime because I was getting a little tired of the three-seasoned story. At first I could watch it and always find a new punchline, but I don't think there are any more hidden complexities for me to explore, so I tend to only put it on per requests.

But recently, there has been more and more internet gossip about the likelihood of an AD movie. How amazing would that be!?!? This was alluded to in the series finale, but its reality has only recently been coming into fruition. However, there is one AD actor that doesn't share the writers, producers, and cast members excitement about the project. Mr. Michael Cera. O' the days before Juno, when you were pint-size, awkward George Michael. I sure hope his "Superbad" attitude doesn't ruin the fun for the rest of us.

Also, hit the link to read an old interview by him. We officially (and hypothetically) broke up after I read this.

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