Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gza the Genius

This is my first post; I really had nothing that important to say up until this point. Ladies and Gentlemen, one of the greatest rap lyricists of any time is going to be in Iowa City tomorrow, Gza/Genius! At the Englert Theatre April 1st(tomorrow), one of the founding members and leaders of the Wu-Tang Clan, the Gza will grace us with his presence. I am not afraid to say that this will be the best show in Iowa City. So go and enjoy as he play’s his entire electrifying album Liquid Swords. Thanks Mission Creek.
And on a hip hop/rap note, this week is full of related events, including KRUI’s 25th Anniversary Bash on Saturday the 4th, as they host the Cool Kid’s at the IMU...fo' free! So check out some coolness happening in Iowa City.-mark(the male of the f15)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Check...

...this out. An incredible culinary arts school in NYC dedicated to teaching the art of naturally gourmet, high-end, marketable cuisine. 

www.nationalgourmetschool.com

NOW, that's my idea of a Graduate School! ech.ech.ech.

And Bethenny, from Real Housewives of New York, is an alumne. OMgOmgOmGlasdkfj;owiemfnOmgOMgoMGLOLOL!!:) I love celebrities. 

mwah.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Break was sooo 5 minutes ago.

Well actually, it ended about 48 hours ago. But nonetheless, I can speak for Mark and I both when I say we are begrudgingly happy to be back. The last half of the semester has gotten off to a rather grey start. And, to top it off, I'm reading existential French lit. Not the most uplifting of scenarios, and my spoonfulls of Nutella have done nothing to ease the pain. And so with that, I am uploading my father's meatloaf recipe (an all-time fave comfort food). And because nothing goes better with meatloaf than dancing, next week's show will (tentatively) feature me and Mark E. Mark's fave groovin' tunes.

12 oz ground beef chuck
12 oz ground beef round
(1.5# of hamburger would be ok--or even mix with turkey. Sometimes I do .5/.5/.5 beef, turkey pork sausage)
15. c finely chopped onions
1 c roled oats, or breadcrumbs
2.3 c catsup
2.3 c. finely chopped parsley
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1t ground thyme
1t salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together. Fill a loaf pan, place pan on sheet. Bake about 1-1.25 hours. Pour off grease. Eat.
let's make a bet at who can get mark to post a post first...tag, you're it.

ketch ya latur.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Psychedelic Power Hour



It's a grey grey world. So come groove and let go...

Today's Playlist:
Incense and Peppermint by Strawberry Alarm Clock
Drummer of Your Mind by United Travel Service
Sky Pilot by Eric Burdon and The Animals
Itchycoo Park by Small Faces
Time of the Season by The Zombies
Somewhere by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix
Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles
Still I'm Sad by The Yardbirds
Soul Kitchen by The Doors
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
See Emily Play by Pink Floyd
Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann

During the show, I couldn't help but laugh - hippies are crazy. What a life - living to figure out what living is all about. It sounds exhausting. And getting high makes me paranoid, so no thanks.

But regardless, a girl needs her chocolate, and baked goods are usually the best vehicle of delivery. Here's my mother's prized brownie recipe:
INGREDIENTS:
2 (yes, 2!) sticks of butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
3/4 cup Hershey's coco
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup "spices" (not optional)

Stir together vanilla, sugar, and melted butter. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure that each eggs is blended in well before adding the next. Add coco, beat well (a whisk or hand blender works well...my mom uses a wooden spoon). Then add the flour, baking powder, and salt - beat well until blended thoroughly (and get rid of those effing lumps). Stir in chips, nuts, and other "condiments." Pour into greased 9"x13" pan. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edge of the pan. NUMMERS!

enjoy. love you all.
-lex

Friday, March 6, 2009

Little Thoughts


This is where we live. In Iowa City the past summer, our little town was drowned in river water, so much so that the radio station was closed. It was a sad time indeed - no live broadcasts of great music. I think I speak for the both of us how happy we are that the water has subsided and the music has been turned wayyyyy up. Iowa City doesn't sit well with silence. Yay music!

Just Saying Hey

The Freshman 15 here. Mark Smith and Alexis Baker are proud to present our newly-created blog. Just checkin' the waters at the moment. We love food and music and food about music...I mean music about food. Tomorrow's show will be a groovy hour of a time, so stay tuned. KRUI 89.7 The University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa