What are we having for lunch?!

In this time of semi lockdown, it is all about food.  As my husband says, ‘what else is there?’

I am sick of cooking and thinking about what to have for dinner (or lunch).  I have not embraced ‘the trying new recipes wave’ that has taken on a life in social media.

I made one thing I think is tasty and will stand the test of time – Blue Zones homemade granola.  And it was so easy that I am embarrassed that I have purchased granola in the past. (recipe below since I couldn’t find a link).

What frequently happens is that I find a recipe then can’t find the ingredients at the grocery store.  Enter Amazon.  I couldn’t find orzo in our overstuffed pantry so ordered it from Amazon.  The kind I got is Greek and I am sure it will do the trick.  It arrived the next day. But come to find out, orzo was hidden in my pantry the whole time. (pantry photo above)

My husband is more interested in cooking during these times than I am.  He was lamenting that he couldn’t find self-rising flour for a recipe.  I said, ‘don’t worry, I’ll order it from Amazon’ (or maybe it is in the pantry??)

I am a person who likes to go OUT to eat.  Not all the time, but rather frequently.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, just tasty.  And for some reason, even sitting in my car eating a Taco Time mini meal isn’t nearly as appealing as eating inside Taco Time – go figure.  I am also not enamored with take out.  It just doesn’t quite fit the bill!

Of the many things I miss, eating in a restaurant with my husband or friends is a big one.  And then there is happy hour………

Granola Every Day, Every Way (from the Blue Zones Kitchen – highly recommended)

Ingredients

  • 3 c old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups raw nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans)
  • ½ c maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • ¼ t cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper
  • In a bowl, combine oats, nuts, oil, syrup and cinnamon
  • Spread onto baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring once in a while. Bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Combine with dried fruit if desired.
  • If using roasted nuts, subtract 10 minutes from the cooking time.

Masks, continued

I thought this was a great Vogue article on gender differences in mask wearing.  It came to me via Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper (highly recommended).

Allene

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