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Day 99: Jajangmyeon & Chicken Tenders

For lunch I made some packets of jajangmyeon Matt bought at H-Mart. They didn’t have the fresh noodles so he got this instead of us making our own from scratch. It was pretty good! We had one pork chop left from the 3 we had for dinner last night (I saved it without the sauce) so I diced that up and tossed it in.

I prepped mustard greens to pickle tomorrow and left them to dry on the enclosed porch.

For dinner I made chicken tenders. I missed the really fluffy battered kind we get at one restaurant so I tried to make a lemon pepper version. It turned out great! The physical piece of chicken seemed to greatly expand when it was frying (??) because the final pieces were huge despite the chicken tenderloin (when raw) being rather narrow and only about the length of my hand when I took them out of the package. I don’t really understand what happened but I don’t normally fry large pieces of chicken breast or boneless meat too often. We also tried Aldi brand tots (not bad, maybe needed an extra minute in the oven) and a bagged salad. Since I’m making so much food so often I really need to have some meals with only one labor intensive part to it. Since the chicken was freakishly big once cooked, we have some leftover.

Hogan has opened the state (and our mayor, the city) to basically 50% capacity everywhere despite he sharing that he personally, with his health issues, doesn’t feel comfortable dining in at a restaurant. Of course he thinks it’s fine if you have those same conditions and work there! People really can’t think past their own selves. Like how Trump hate germs and illness and no one is allowed near him with a cough but it’s all fine if we get a virus and die.

Non-food related activities:

We watched Greta on DVD (Netflix) which seemed like two movies stitched together. I wonder if there was some drama during production?

Matt worked lateish and got a call during dinner so we didn’t do much.

I finished a book and started the new Vera Kelly book.

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Day 93: Nachos & Spaghetti

For lunch I made sheet pan nachos with the leftover pork from yesterday, onions, cheese, black beans and salsa.

For dinner I made tuna meatballs in tomato sauce. I’m going to post the recipe next week on Coconut & Lime so look for that. It was really tasty and made with all pantry ingredients.

Non-food related activities:

Matt removed a ton of poison ivy from the backyard.

We watched more Spirited on Prime and The Good Fight on the CBS app. I want to finish that up so we can cancel it until something else we like premiers.

I worked on C & L and finished the last book in the series by Kate White.

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Day 91: Chicken Sandwiches & Cucumber Salad

For lunch I made sandwiches with the leftover chicken thighs, tomato and lettuce and served them with leftover lentil salad.

In the afternoon I made some cucumber salad to have with dinner. For dinner we had smoked salmon with red onions and cream cheese on English muffins (Matt) and crackers (me) and some chips.

Non-food related activities:

We watched Eve’s Bayou on DVD. Matt had somehow never seen it!

We watched the last A Touch of Cloth on Prime.

I listened to some of the Your Own Backyard podcast. The host seems like someone I’d want to punch.

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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 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 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.