Just a few random thoughts and some interesting recipes. If you'd like to contribute, please do!
April 1, 2020
This is the best not-April Fools joke ever: the Class of 2020 will be graduating early and it will be live streamed so everyone can participate. Details will be posted when they are finalized. As most of you know, the firsties stayed behind when all the other cadets were sent home and apparently it has been quite the experience. (Reading about it, I couldn't help but remember the isolation hot boxes in SERE.)
The recipe of the day is contributed by Jeff Kubik: banana boats desserts cooked on a grill or a campfire. He says they are better than s'mores and more fun to cook. With endless variations, they are not only tasty but an entire experience. Best done if you have a backyard, but you could also do these in the oven if you're stuck in a small apartment or condo with strict patio regulations.
March 31, 2020
The new normal has some benefits: a slower pace allows one to observe the subtleties of spring in all its glory. From the popping of the leaves as they burst forth to the complex vocalizations of the birds as they partner up, the world continues to emerge from the depths of winter.
Maybe you're thinking of starting a garden. Plan now for herbs that you can dry and veggies that you can pickle so you can enjoy your efforts over the winter as well. Make it a Victory (over coronavirus) Garden.
And while you're thinking about food, how about taking a world journey through cooking? Try this easy recipe for Cinnamon Chicken from the Marquesas: it's delicious!
March 27, 2020
We reached a grim milestone last night, passing every other country in number of COVID-19 cases. It's sobering.
But life goes on and focusing on our routines, our friends, our neighbors, and the things that are important to us helps. One foot in front of the other -- keep going.
Today's recipe is a fun one to make with your kids. It comes together magically and fills the house with a lovely baked cheese smell. Yes, today's recipe is Gougeres. Enjoy!
March 26, 2020
Today dawned gloriously, bringing to mind the lyrics to the Cat Stevens song "Morning Has Broken". The bright yellows of the daffodils, the soft pink of the cherry trees, and the exuberance of the forsythia paint the glory that is Maryland in the spring. And it is so poignant to watch the emergence of life after the winter while the storm clouds of coronavirus darken above our beloved home.
To lighten the mood, here's a fun little recipe to try. It's my take on Greek Salad: wonderfully fresh and even better if you have fresh herbs to add to the mix.
March 25, 2020
Thanks to everyone who is giving ideas and resources to add to the website. I hope you are finding this useful.
Getting into the swing of virtual socializing and it's actually working well. One neighbor can't get Skype audio to work, so we FaceTime with her. Spent 30 minutes having a virtual happy hour with her yesterday. Followed up with an hour with friends in Somerset, England. I was a little leery of the quality of the internet connection, since the UK (particularly the rural areas) is pretty infamous for terrible bandwidth, but the Skype connection held for the entire hour. Using my iPad, I gave them a tour of the garden and discussed growing plans for the year. So, it works! And it was surprisingly relaxing to have such a nice chat.
Another simple recipe: a quick barbecue sauce descended from a Rick Bayless recipe.
March 24, 2020
For those of us of a certain age, hunkering down in a comfortable house is easier than it might be for those living in a small apartment and pinching pennies. Our thoughts are with all of you. If you'd like to share your story, please do. I can post it anonymously if you prefer. Sharing experiences is an important way of staying human.
Here's a simple recipe to start things off: Chicken Salad. Believe it or not, it is one of my most requested recipes. I hope you enjoy.