Sometimes, I really, really like cooking alone. My favorite cooking situation involves the following:
1. Plenty of time to prep and do things right (pie crusts are homemade, vegetables are chopped before the stove is turned on, etc).
2. Guests or housemates not showing up until just before dinner/brunch/whatever is to be served.
3. Loud music of my choosing. Music so loud that it covers up my terrible singing. Music that I know every single word to, and that my roommates and friends are sick of.
So today's MoFo post is my top five favorite albums to cook to. Don't make too much fun of me. Here they are in sort of random order:
1. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
This one was introduced to me by Patrick and Stephanie, and it is definitely for brunch. I've never heard this band properly classified. They're always described with several genres, and they're rarely the same from review to review. Punk/bluegrass/rock/country/folk/whatever. They are fantastic, and I play a whole lot of spatula banjo when this album is on.
Also, they've got the Hot Jesus thing down pat. *Swoonswoon*
2. The Misfits - Self titled
Danzig may be kind of a jerk, but this album is awesome if you have several dozen cookies to crank out.
3. Ben Kweller - Sha Sha
One of my old roommates appropriately renamed this "Sing Along with BK." This album is cozy, and I like it best for soups, pot pies, and other wintery foods.
4. Cat Power - The Greatest
She is so lovely, and her voice is so smooth and and sultry. For some reason this album makes me want to drink red wine, and so dinner is usually pasta and bruschetta.
5. Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block
This is also one of my favorite albums to ride bicycles to. I think it's because of all the whistling.