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Day 4 Recap: Pork Chops, Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad (5/16/20)

I made our main meal for lunch again. I made pork chops (expiration date 3/20/20) with zucchini (again, the zucchini was about a week old and I didn’t think it would last until tomorrow) that I served with baked potatoes. Normally I’d serve it with rice but I’ve had these large baking potatoes a couple of weeks and I wanted to use them up. I posted my recipe for stove top pork chops with zucchini sambal oelek .

We are a family of two but even in non-quarantine situations I normally make twice as much food as we need for dinner and we have leftovers the next day for lunch–me at home and Matt at work. Since we are both home, I don’t have to just reheat the leftovers for lunches, I can turn them into something different to add some more variety. It also will help stretch out my fresh meat reserves because cooked meat keeps longer than opened packages of fresh and I won’t have to totally cook from scratch so much. Normally I’d be making something totally fresh (normally involving some sort of meat or seafood) for dinner every night but now I can plan one easier meal a day like sandwiches, canned soup, brunch foods etc and only cook one meal’s main protein every other day or less.

For example, yesterday we had chicken for dinner and tomorrow we are going to make chicken fried rice with it. Today we had pork chops and I am planning to make a noodle dish with the leftover pork on Wednesday.

I made cookies using a bag of Reese’s Pieces and mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups I’ve had in the cabinet since the fall. I posted the recipe on Coconut & Lime. I also made a batch of cold brew concentrate. I’m not a huge coffee drinker but I do love caffeine and want to stretch out my supply of my true love, cans of Coke.

For dinner we had salad made with arugula (leftover from last week’s trout salad), beets (I used Love Beets which are precooked and vacuum sealed and available at Costco for less than I pay for fresh beets but you can roast your own), blue cheese, and red onion drizzled with balsamic vinegar along with crackers with smoked salmon we bought last month from Costco and this 3x protein cream cheese spread.

Non-food related activities:

Matt worked from home successfully. I did a Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask while watching season two of Big Little Lies and answering emails. I’m not sure why they needed a season two?

I turned in some work I did for a local food related book that will hopefully be published this spring. I also wrote up and posted the three recipes I mentioned above. I pointed out that getting take out endangers the delivery person who can get infected and spread the disease to their family, coworkers and those getting the delivery and should be avoided (buy gift cards instead if you want to help!) to the dining reporter, Christina Tkacik, of the Baltimore Sun who tweeted a comment suggesting getting take out was our civic duty and she blocked me on twitter after making a really in bad taste, flippant joke. People are dying. Please stay home and limit interactions to what is truly essential. Take out is not a necessity for any able bodied person.

In the evening we watched the newest Murdoch Mysteries on Acorn and a couple of episodes of of Columbo –one about an orchid collector who fakes a kidnapping and one guest starring Myrna Loy and Blythe Danner. Anyone else comfort watching out there? I don’t have the attention span for anything too involved or subtitled.

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