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Day 90!!! Chili Dogs & Lentil Salad

I felt like I dialed it in a bit today. I made chili dogs with the leftover Cincinnati-ish chili for lunch (using the remaining hot dogs from last week).

For dinner I made a beluga lentil salad (using a package of par-boiled lentils from Target) with the rainbow chard from our produce box and some garlic scapes. I had some (baked, obvi) frozen breaded shrimp on the side and Matt had some noodles and cottage cheese.

We have some salad left so I think we will have that with something tomorrow. We don’t have a lot of meat left in the fridge and it’s hot and sticky out so I’m trying to stretch stuff out as much as I can and do minimal effort cooking. We don’t have central air conditioning and the house gets really hot when we cook.

Non-food related activities:

We started The Leftovers (Netflix DVD) and are on the fence. So many dog killings and I’m not that invested in anyone yet.

So much is going on in the world that it’s hard to concentrate on anything.

Hogan is opening up things further next Friday. He’s so awful. He says he doesn’t feel safe eating inside restaurants because he is old and had cancer but it’s fine to make those people go back to work to serve him on the patio. It’s sick. I don’t understand why more people aren’t enraged the government isn’t doing everything it can to keep us home and safe. Especially since it is disproportionally effecting Black people and people are finally coming around to being against the police and unfair workplace situations like the latest Bon Appetite debacle. I guess it’s okay if they die as long as you get your haircut and they watch your kids and serve you dinner?

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Day 89: Baked Chicken & “Breakfast Tacos”

At lunch time I baked some boneless, skinless chicken thighs with hot and spicy breadcrumbs I had bought early in the year. I roasted radishes, Hakurei turnips, red onion and zucchini. We had the rest of the potato salad I made on Sunday. It was all really tasty and not too much work!

Matt stopped work on time today and made us each 2 breakfast tacos with bacon, leftover boiled potatoes from Sunday, scrambled eggs, cheese and mushrooms from the produce box that arrived today.

Our produce boxes are slowing getting into the season when they are very good! I normally don’t get them as early in the year as I did this year because not much is in season until June here. I thought it would be a good idea to start getting the boxes early just in case they start limited who got boxes as the pandemic went on. I know they aren’t adding new customers. It’s great getting delivery but it isn’t cheap and there were a lot of weeks of just kale, onions, potatoes etc that I could get much cheaper else where. This week was still kale but also some crazy rainbow chard, peaches, bok choy, mushrooms, apples, garlic scapes and spinach.

That chard barely fits in the fridge.

I was talking about maybe going back to the store next week and then I realized it will be three weeks tomorrow since I last went! No wonder we were getting low on a few things. I had been thinking it had only been 2 weeks. Time is so weird now and it didn’t help that Matt worked a lot of the weekend. Today doesn’t seem like it is only Tuesday.

Non-food related activities:

Started a new podcast but don’t know if I am going to keep going with it.

Watched some of At Home with the Braithwaites which we watched years ago but the last two seasons were never available here. I noticed them on Prime so I’m rewatching what we saw and look forward to the “new” episodes.

We watched an episode of A Touch of Cloth. We tried a new show, Sticks and Stones (or The Man, apparently) on Britbox but reviews said it was the most uncomfortable and stressful show ever so Matt didn’t think he could handle it. He can’t handle the awkward situation shows! I might watch it myself one day.

Read more Kate White. She really likes certain turns of phrase!

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Day 88: Ricotta Muffins & Chili

Day 88! Wow!

For lunch I heated up the leftover ribs and mashed potatoes, there wasn’t a ton left but it was enough for lunch.

After lunch I made my personal favorite of all the muffins I’ve been making: ricotta with dried blueberries and walnuts. I don’t love walnuts but they weren’t mostly for me. It was a great way to use up the ricotta we had leftover from making pizza over a week ago.

For dinner we had chili I had put up in the slow cooker in the morning. I used Cincinnati style seasonings and we had it over pasta.

Non-food related activities:

We watched A Touch of Cloth on Prime. It was very Airplane! Type humor, not the typical British style.

I listened to more Gee, Thanks! Just Bought It. The host is so different than me.

I finished one Kate White book and started another. Her latest one, that they aren’t really pushing as part of the series, really is her best one. The other ones have been a little dated and use some of the same phrases over and over again.

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Day 87: Leftovers and Lamb Chops

For lunch we had leftover mochiko chicken (I heated it up in the oven) and fresh rice. For dinner we had corn on the cob from our produce box with parm and spices, potato salad and lamb chops. Everything was so good!

Non-food related activities:

We defrosted our basement freezer. Not a fun task! It was kind of frosty back in March (we rarely used for anything but cranberries and other seasonal ingredients for recipe developing out of season) but I had brought home a lot of frozen food and had to use it. It was getting even more frosty since we’ve been using it a lot. It’s really small (not chest style) but it can hold a lot more now.

We watched A Slight Case of Murder on DVD and it was funny. I hadn’t seen it before.

Then we watched some Ramy on Hulu. We liked last season a lot; I think it is one of those shows where the main character is the least likeable and interesting though. Which is odd since the writer/creator is the main.

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Day 86: Soup & Country Ribs

I forgot to take pictures today! Matt had to work most of the day so I was thrown off. We just had canned soup for lunch and some crackers.

For dinner I had made some pork country ribs in the slow cooker with some spices and chili sauce. Then Matt made mashed potatoes with the leftover coleslaw mix, blue cheese and a little sour cream. They were really good! We have a lot of leftovers too.

Non-food related activities:

Argued with people on the internet. Found out that Vince’s Crab House is racist which is not only awful but I feel bad we got crabs there last week! I even googled them to see if there were any issues before we placed the order.

Read more of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

We watched Local Hero on DVD. It was fun seeing so many actors we know so young but the end was abrupt.

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Day 85: Scallops & Hot Dogs

For lunch I mixed together the leftover sticky rice and okra from yesterday with the wild rice-spinach pilaf and added some frozen bay scallops leftover from another lunch. Bay scallops cook up very nicely (and quickly!) from frozen right in the pan.

For dinner we had hot dogs and salad with tomatoes, red onion and cucumbers from my trip to Aldi last month and radishes and lettuce from our produce delivery. I tried some Bitten dressing from an Influenster box I received this week. Their gimmick is that it is made with real fruit. It was tasty! Creamy without being too heavy.

Non-Food Related Activities:

We watched Safe House season one on Sundance Now (they lured us back with a $30 for the year package) and enjoyed it. Season two took a dark turn so we turned it off and tried some of Hollywood on Netflix. We saw the Scotty Bowers documentary so the first episode is very familiar. I always get the impression that Ryan Murphy doesn’t know or like many women.

I organized the kitchen a bit while listening to Gee Thanks, Just Bought It. I have very different pop culture tastes than the host.

We still don’t know the results of the mayoral race and they seem to be processing ballots at a glacial rate.

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Day 83: Pizza & Shrimp

Our fig trees all have a ton of figs on them! That will be a treat later this year! We really did try to plant expensive and hard to find fruit in our yard. The figs are our only really non-native plants but they are so good!

I wasn’t really in the mood for cooking today and I wanted to get rid of leftovers so not much cooking today!

For lunch I had the last two tiny pieces of pizza and Matt had noodles, cottage cheese and OTAMOT sauce.

For dinner I had some frozen breaded shrimp and Matt made me some wild rice pilaf with spinach and garlic mixed in. He had the leftover chicken and broccoli and made fresh rice.

Our produce box arrived after some strange emails back and forth with Washington Green Grocer. It seemed a little worse for wear so I wanted to use up that spinach right away!

Matt marinated chicken to make mochiko chicken tomorrow and we frozen some chicken thighs I bought last week. There is only so much chicken I can stand.

Non-food related activities:

Following the news about the protests.

Trying to get Matt through more of The Good Fight so we can cancel the CBS app until something we watch has new episodes.

One of our drawers is falling apart in the kitchen (old house, old drawers) and I want to clear out our freestanding butcher block cabinet drawers to hold stuff from the old drawers so I looked for under bed storage to slide under the free standing cabinet. Right now the drawers are full of baking stuff we don’t use constantly but I don’t want to put it in the basement where it might be musty and won’t be handy. I found one reasonably priced at Target so I did a Shipt order. I added some toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, floss, toothpaste, vitamins etc) too. It really was a reminder of how much shopping we still do in person. We hadn’t bought that sort of thing since February. The under bed container too. They were insanely expensive else where online and it was as such a basic $15 item.

I didn’t see a line for a tip on Shipt (there used to be one, I think, I had a subscription a while back when I partnered with them) so I left a cash tip in an envelope on the steps. Then after the delivery, I was prompted to give a tip so I didn’t but I oddly felt bad. It’s silly because my cash tip was more than what they suggested and I’m sure he’d prefer cash.

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Day 82: Pork Chops & Cheese Plates

For lunch I made pork chops on the grill pan with leftover rice (from two meals) with leftover kale from Matt’s birthday mixed in. I tossed an egg into the rice to moisten it a bit and sauteed up the last of the kielbasa we used in Matt’s various dishes on his birthday before adding the rice and kale. It was such a small amount of sausage left (the kale already had some) that I’m not sure what else I’d use it in.

For dinner Matt made us some meat and cheese plates with cheddar, a red brie I bought a long time ago at Aldi, ‘nduja that was made at our Italian market, some Three Little Pigs pate I had added to an Amazon Fresh order a while back in case Matt wanted it for his birthday, fancy crackers and an apple. It was really good and an excuse to break out of individual slate boards (from Aldi, of course) and not have to really make anything for dinner.

Non-food related activities:

Watching the votes come in. Following the protests.

I wrote 15 or so reviews for Netgalley.

We watched Marked Woman (Netflix DVD) which, despite having Bogart and Bette Davis was sort of boring.

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Day 81: Pizza & Chicken with Broccoli

Our raspberries are growing! These are on the bush that fruit twice (once in spring and once closer to the fall) and they are reliably tasty!

The world is wearing me out today. Our horrible president, the protests, the awful police. It’s so much every minute of the day.

For lunch we had leftover pizza (we had made 3 small pizzas; we still have a couple more slices) and for dinner Matt made chicken and broccoli. It was supposed to be green beans but they got really gross overnight. Our cooking was a little thrown off this week due to Matt’s birthday and his long weekend.

Non-food related activities:

Developing a twitch in my eye when I read Twitter.

Finished Blood & Water on Netflix. I hope there is a new season. With the virus, who knows! The acting was so good!

My homemade Worcestershire sauce spilled in the fridge which was a treat to clean up! At least we noticed it right away.

Read more of the Kate White mysteries. Some are oddly dated but I think they are only say 10 years old? The one I read first was 2019 and that was the best one so far.