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I'm going to roast a pork tenderloin tonight, but I'm not sure what the vegetable will be; it's getting to be slim pickings in the crispers and by Monday I'll have to go shopping.  I normally do kale or collard greens with pork, but I don't have any of either left.  Maybe I'll roast Brussels sprouts.  The salad will be pretty basic, again owing to limited ingredients.

But when I do venture out to shop every couple of weeks, I'm thankful it's still very easy to get fresh produce here.  What bread and pasta is available is a crapshoot, and when I pass by the aisles it seems toilet paper and cleaning products are still being stockpiled, but fresh meat and produce aren't remotely picked over.

Right now I'm going to make breakfast (yes, at 1:30 in the afternoon) - an egg white scramble with bacon, asparagus, spinach, and jack cheese.

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Ordered takeout from a yummy Mexican place so a huge feast of carnitas and since I am trying to not use 3rd party apps used their newly poorly designed takeout website and accidentally ordered twice the amount of margaritas I intended, oh well what is a weekday hangover anymore!

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On 4/11/2020 at 11:15 AM, ethalfrida said:

I learned to make bacon out of banana  peels. It is really awesome. 

Recipe for Vegan bacon

Wow! never would of thought of using banana peels, I did come across using strips of carrots for bacon 

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I made chicken noodle soup for lunch with the rest of my rotisserie chicken. Tonight will be grilled steaks (from Omaha Steaks), baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli.

I got my second order from Omaha Steaks today. My husband took it to the garage to put in the fridge's freezer. He came back in and said the freezer was totally full. Time to stop buying. 😉

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16 hours ago, Nicmar said:

Wow! never would of thought of using banana peels, I did come across using strips of carrots for bacon 

And I will have to try the carrots. Recipe or link you recommend?

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14 hours ago, biakbiak said:

Made a spicy meatloaf with some leftover sausage and ground beef, roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes.

I love meatloaf. I've used sausage before but usually just ground pork. Is the spicy just the sausage or do you add something else like green chilies? I use poblano peppers sometimes. I'm a wimp when it comes to heat.

 

Edited to add, I made some curried rice and was not a fan. I usually love curry, but not that recipe. Used basmati rice and it was a bit too sweet.

 

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I got take out today from our locally owned neighborhood place. Tortilla chips with guac, salsa, and queso, Maryland crab soup, margaritas, and a special they call a California salad - blackened shrimp, avocado, strawberries, pineapple, feta, and walnuts over mixed greens.

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9 hours ago, nokat said:

I love meatloaf. I've used sausage before but usually just ground pork. Is the spicy just the sausage or do you add something else like green chilies? I use poblano peppers sometimes. I'm a wimp when it comes to heat.

In this case it was spicy sausage, jalapeños and a Sriracha glaze. 
 

Pan roasted chicken thighs with grapes and a vermouth sauce over polenta with Brussels sprouts in the side.

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On 4/24/2020 at 9:07 PM, biakbiak said:

Made a spicy meatloaf with some leftover sausage and ground beef, roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes.

This interests me--a little spicy sausage mixed in with ground beef. I'm going to do this next time I make meatloaf. 

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Our farm box delivery got moved to tomorrow so it’s clean out the veg bin quiche (asparagus, mushroom and goat cheese) and a big salad with carrots, cucumbers and radishes and a carrot top pesto vinaigrette.

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I'm slow roasting a pork shoulder, so I'll have pulled pork to make various things out of throughout the week.  Tonight it will go in quesadillas with a pineapple-avocado salsa.

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We had grilled pork chops, Spanish Roasted Potato Salad with my own aioli, and sliced cucumbers, radishes & red onions w/ a Greek vinaigrette. My sister keeps telling me to use Schwans or Fresh Chef. But if I do that, I'd have no excuse to visit my grocery store once a week (wearing mask & gloves, with antiseptic wipes in the car) 😷😁 

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11 hours ago, Bastet said:

I'm slow roasting a pork shoulder, so I'll have pulled pork to make various things out of throughout the week.  Tonight it will go in quesadillas with a pineapple-avocado salsa.

I love a slow roasted shoulder. I do high heat to get the fat sizzling, then drop the temperature down. So tasty. Will have to search for the salsa recipe.
 

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Meal one was open faced sandwiches with whipped goat cheese with lemon and green garlic on homemade sourdough and topped with smoked salmon.

Dinner was shrimp scampi with fettuccine and salad with green garlic vinaigrette.

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On 4/24/2020 at 11:30 PM, ethalfrida said:

And I will have to try the carrots. Recipe or link you recommend?

I want to say Popsugar.com is where is saw it at. apparently you make hot dogs out of carrots, never knew that also

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I defrosted too many shrimp last night for scampi so made shrimp salad sandwiches for lunch. 

Have a perfectly ripe avocado so will make a big Cobb salad for dinner. 

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Working on getting into the Omaha Steaks stash in the freezer - grilled cheeseburgers.

And why is there no tonic water in the grocery store? We're not going through a malaria pandemic. Amazon is doing some serious price gouging on tonic water - over $5 for a 32 oz. bottle that retails for $1.79 in the store. 

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1 hour ago, chessiegal said:

And why is there no tonic water in the grocery store? We're not going through a malaria pandemic. Amazon is doing some serious price gouging on tonic water - over $5 for a 32 oz. bottle that retails for $1.79 in the store. 

You joke but because hydroxychloroquine is a malaria drug people were also lumping tonic into possible cures. A few tonic manufacturers even issued statements saying the amount of quinine in today’s tonic was minimal and wouldn’t be effective treating anything. 

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15 hours ago, biakbiak said:

You joke but because hydroxychloroquine is a malaria drug people were also lumping tonic into possible cures. A few tonic manufacturers even issued statements saying the amount of quinine in today’s tonic was minimal and wouldn’t be effective treating anything. 

As a scientist, that kind of nuttiness makes me SMH. Liquor stores and mom and pop convenience stores near me have plenty of tonic water. Just means an extra stop. As long as I'm already suited up, it probably shouldn't annoy me, but I find I'm cranky these days.

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Chicken pasta casserole with left over rotisserie chicken. The recipe calls for egg noodles, but apparently they have gone the way of toilet paper.

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On 4/28/2020 at 8:35 AM, Nicmar said:

I want to say Popsugar.com is where is saw it at. apparently you make hot dogs out of carrots, never knew that also

I had no idea these alternatives existed. Although not vegan or vegetarian, I really enjoy both those food options. Then you!!!!

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We did pick up from a Lebanese restaurant and for lunch  and ordered sort of a lamb dip sandwich and because I have been craving onion rings for a few makes I made a batch with a blue cheese dressing.

Lunch was so filling that dinner was some savory pastries (lamb and pomegranate, spinach and onion, and cheese that I ordered from the same restaurant with a small salad and baklava for dessert.

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I couldn’t get matzo for Passover but I got some a few days ago so I made matzo ball soup with chicken and dill. 

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Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and a biscuit with hot honey, all from a local restaurant that is now doing takeout and delivery. It was delicious, and so nice to eat food prepared by someone else (for the first time in 2 months).

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On 4/27/2020 at 7:46 AM, nokat said:

I love a slow roasted shoulder. I do high heat to get the fat sizzling, then drop the temperature down. So tasty.

I actually don't particularly care for it.  I like everything - meat, vegetables, pasta - cooked only just as much as it needs to be.  So a pork shoulder, which cannot just be cooked to 145 degrees because it would be tough and thus has to be cooked to a very high internal temperature to be good, is not my preferred cut of meat.  It's fine, but I'm not excited by it. 

But I had it in the freezer (one of many gifts from a neighbor when she used to divide her time between here [Los Angeles] and her Missouri farm), and figured it was about time to go ahead and cook it, especially since I could get so many meals out of it and I wanted to put off a grocery store run as long as possible.  I finished it off last night, and I had roasted a chicken for the week, too, so I wasn't always eating pork. 

I finally got groceries yesterday, so it's nice to again be able to make meals out of whatever ingredients I want rather than being limited to what's on hand.  (Well, except for my salads - I forgot lettuce, so it'll be spinach, kale, or cabbage based salads for a while.) 

But tonight I'm going to order Thai food.  I haven't decided which restaurant yet or what dishes I'm going to order, but I've decided I'm in a Thai mood.  (I pick one local restaurant a week to order delivery from to help keep them in business, and I generally do it on Saturday nights since almost all of them have cut their hours during the week and I like to eat late.)

 

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For meal one I took the leftover broth from last nights matzo ball soup, simmered it with some ginger, garlic, scallions and soy for about a half an hour than strained and dropped in some homemade wontons from the freezer and some spinach.

Tonight is a pork and asparagus stir fry with rice and chili crisp. 

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Thanks to a break in rainy days (yay! Thunderbirds & Blue Angels flew over our 'hood) we grilled burgers and brats, had potato salad and a tossed salad.  Rain returns tomorrow but it's so green here that I feel we're competitive with Ireland right now 😷😉

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2 hours ago, annzeepark914 said:

Thanks to a break in rainy days (yay! Thunderbirds & Blue Angels flew over our 'hood) we grilled burgers and brats, had potato salad and a tossed salad.  Rain returns tomorrow but it's so green here that I feel we're competitive with Ireland right now 😷😉

Us too with the Blue Angels nd Thunderbirds! And we had grilled hamburgers after the deluge that flooded Dock Street in Annapolis yesterday, not that it mattered, since everyone (almost) is staying home. We live on an inlet off the South River, and have seen power boaters defying the governor's ban on recreational boating. As sailors, we don't get the disregard for the ban. Yes, we'd like to be out on the water, but the safety of others is more important.

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I took the leftover chicken and vegetables that I had strained from my matzo ball soup to make wonton soup and made chicken “pot” hand pies with a big salad. It was so tasty and there were enough to freeze for snacks later. 
I also made a crumb cake with my starter discard. 

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1 hour ago, Mindthinkr said:

I think I have it perfected. Well, at least to my taste. Now I’ll always grill the onion. AB0DC784-25E5-4F00-BCB6-AED49C7896EE.thumb.jpeg.e98e5d87f346126f82c5f3a71a403144.jpeg

I could just reach into this picture and grab that gorgeous burger.  Yum!

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That looks delicious! 
I made a bunch of dumplings this morning for freezing so had several for lunch when I finished. 
 

Dinner is salmon cakes, parsleyed potatoes, and roasted asparagus.

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A huge bowl of mashed potatoes, with a lot of butter. It's been that kind of 48 hours. 

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5 hours ago, Anela said:

A huge bowl of mashed potatoes

I hear you, sister. I had a crown fall out the other day, with no hope of going to the dentist. So the first thing I did was make a batch of mashed potatoes. Sometimes nothing else will do.

Fortunately, the empty spot is in the back, so I don't look like a hobo when I smile, but still . . .

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I made a spinach and ricotta lasagna with homemade pasta and a Cesar salad. So tasty! 

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Mr P914 picked up two dinners at Coastal Flats, one of a local chain of wonderful restaurants in our area. I had my favorite: Crispy Shrimp with Two Noodles (along w/ Prosecco). Then we had a store-bought birthday cake for my self-isolation era birthday. I got 2" roots and I cut some layers in my hair, so I'm glad I wasn't out at a restaurant--I look like a grown up nerd or dork or whatever kids call a goofy lookin' person these days.  I am it!!! 😷😏

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A southern feast from a neighborhood restaurant so fried chicken, Mac and cheese, collards with pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and biscuits with hot pepper jelly. 
Because that wasn’t enough dessert was double chocolate macaroons made with egg whites leftover from making pasta.

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1 hour ago, biakbiak said:

A southern feast from a neighborhood restaurant so fried chicken, Mac and cheese, collards with pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and biscuits with hot pepper jelly. 
Because that wasn’t enough dessert was double chocolate macaroons made with egg whites leftover from making pasta.

Where are you finding flour? My last trip to the grocery store on Tuesday had some cake flour and a few boxes of cake mix, but no regular flour.

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3 minutes ago, chessiegal said:

Where are you finding flour? My last trip to the grocery store on Tuesday had some cake flour and a few boxes of cake mix, but no regular flour.

We have been lucky because we bought 20 lbs at Costco in January to replace all we used at the holidays and than we were getting low when my boyfriend did a Costco run last week and got  25 lbs so we have never been low of flour or yeast. 

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I restarted my Blue Apron subscription which I only used once on a trial several years ago. My first box arrived today - 3 meals for 2. Tonight will be roasted salmon with a panko crust, and roasted snap peas and cubed sweet potatoes with some kind of dressing on them. I don't like sweet potatoes, but I'll give them a try. Maybe the dressing will make them palatable.

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Spicy cabbage rolls with homemade sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Also, bread pudding with some sourdough that need to be used.

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Turkish spiced ground beef with rice, tomatoes and cucumbers and a tzatziki sauce (courtesy of EveryPlate) and hot fudge from a jar (courtesy of Smuckers).

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I got take out from our favorite watering hole. A salad they call California, blackened shrimp, pineapple, strawberries, grape tomatoes, feta, avocado on baby spinach. Also got an order of margaritas.  I'm amazed restaurants can sell alcohol to go because Maryland has some wacky liquor laws, as do many states. I'm glad they can, that's a big part of their profit.

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I had some leftover meat mixture from my cabbage rolls so added some bell peppers, onions and a few other spices and made empanadas (dough made from schmaltz instead of lard) with an avocado sauce. Didn’t have any Escabeche so used some homemade giardiniera and cooked it with some rainbow chard. 
One of the very few upsides of our current circumstances is it’s sort of fun to experiment and improvise new recipes. 

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1 hour ago, chessiegal said:

I got take out from our favorite watering hole. A salad they call California, blackened shrimp, pineapple, strawberries, grape tomatoes, feta, avocado on baby spinach. Also got an order of margaritas.  I'm amazed restaurants can sell alcohol to go because Maryland has some wacky liquor laws, as do many states. I'm glad they can, that's a big part of their profit.

Regarding the bolded: Where I am in Indiana, I think they’re running commercials for a restaurant where you can get Margaritas for carry out with your food—only you provide the booze.

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2 hours ago, chessiegal said:

A salad they call California, blackened shrimp, pineapple, strawberries, grape tomatoes, feta, avocado on baby spinach.

As long as it's not too sweet, that sounds delicious!  What kind of dressing?  I have all those ingredients, so I may put something like that together for lunch tomorrow. 

(It always amuses me when I see something, especially burgers, with avocado and pineapple called "California [Whatever]" in other states, and then here in CA, it'll sometimes be listed as a "[Maui] Whatever".)

Tonight I have a pork chop brining, and will have that with a side salad (kale based), roasted Brussels sprouts, and Kraft mac & cheese.  I'm a little sad not to be able to have dinner with my mom (we usually spend Mother's Day together most of the day, culminating with me making dinner at my parents' house), so I'm consoling myself with my beloved neon orange chemical packet.

 

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@Bastet I think the dressing was Ranch. It's not a regular item on their menu. They offer it occasionally. Yesterday's occasion was Mother's Day.

I love their blackened shrimp tacos. They come with beans and rice. 

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