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  1. I had a piece of the gingerbread this morning, it is moist, a bit sweeter than I'd like for breakfast (Whole Foods gingerbread is good), but perfectly snackable. Sliced, wrapped, froze the rest.
  2. Currently in the pantry I have some wild rice (not rice), farro (nice chew), quinoa (good vegetarian protein source), kasha/buckwheat groats (not in love with them, likely to give up and toss), barley (love the texture). Couscous I have in both traditional small grain (white and whole wheat) and large "Israeli" style. The larger grain is good for salads. I tend to use grains more than rice because with a husband who is diabetic, having white rice, for him, is like eating straight sugar.
  3. Trader Joe's run this afternoon, the line to get in (one in/one out) moved quickly. I found everything on my list, including some Holiday indulgences like Gingerbread Cream Liquor (it's probably going to be horribly sweet, but for the price, I'll put it in coffee or something). Vegan gingerbread (nice loaf, going to slice/wrap and freeze), single serving size marzipan stollen (99 cents) - tasty, Fuyu persimmons (bought 2, have never had them), and of note: the gift box with the maple syrups is back...they have not advertised this and it was pretty hidden when I did find it, for $9.99 it's a st
  4. Used some LGD mixed with additional vinegar as a simple salad dressing (romaine, cherry tomatoes, avocado cubes), it was a nice counterpoint to the creamy avocado. The mint flavor seems more noticeable cold vs when I used it to dress warm vegetables.
  5. BeeZee

    Dinner 2020

    Similarly, when you make something time and labor intensive, and someone says “next time you make this maybe you could change X, Y, and Z” (ie, completely different flavor profile).
  6. The lesser clean up this year was a pleasure. Once I carved half of the turkey breast and plated it, we decided to leave the dressing and twice baked potatoes on the counter and do “buffet style”. Also left the gravy in the small saucepan it was made in. I realized how much of the clean up was due to both the baking pans and the serving dishes! To cap off our minimal dish meal, pint of ice cream was shared on the couch, one spoon, passed back and forth.😋 Don’t tell my mother.
  7. BeeZee

    Dinner 2020

    I am going to use this hack, I have a box of cornbread stuffing mix in the pantry (DH request) and will add some plain cornbread to it, since the sodium level made me not want to use it.
  8. “Melts in your mouth”. Blech. The only thing that should describe is ice cream.
  9. All I prepared today are the toasted bread cubes for the dressing. Worked a half day, ran to the market for a few items, wound up making risotto for dinner and lost interest in further cooking. The 2 of us are having bone in turkey breast, dressing with caramelized onions and kale (new recipe), roasted or pan browned brussels, twice baked potatoes, gravy, cranberry from the can. Ice cream for dessert. I am cooking enough for 8 people, I think...leftovers are welcome.
  10. BeeZee

    Dinner 2020

    Grill pan tuna, butternut squash risotto, snow peas. The risotto recipe called for a little bit of miso in the roasted squash puree, which added a nice savory flavor.
  11. Absolutely remember Baked Alaska...when I was experimenting with cooking as a kid, my Mother let me make one for dessert when she had some friends over. So much fun!
  12. BeeZee

    Breakfast 2020!

    Brunch? Mid/late morning wheat bagel with provolone melted on top.
  13. I have a blender that sits in a cabinet, for once a year smoothies. I've had it a long time but I don't feel like I can get rid of it. I didn't purchase, but was re-homed, a nice little espresso machine (Sicilian BIL rejected it) which I've NEVER used.
  14. @JoNorvelleWalker, I agree about the food processor. I hand chopped the garlic and shallot, used the machine for the herbs. Had to fish out some larger leaves of parsley that didn’t get minced.
  15. BeeZee

    Dinner 2020

    Baked chicken tenders with panko/ET bagel seasoning, barley (just cooked in chicken broth), and sauteed escarole with some LGD dressing drizzled over.
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