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    Columbus, OH; Dallas sometimes

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  1. Salad of a bit of leftover coleslaw mixed with Romain and grape tomatoes. Topped with Parmesan cheese and a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. Eggplant casserole from the freezer. Cooked eggplant mashed with breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian sausage and whole shrimp. I put some breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese on the top and ran it under the broiler for a pretty brown crust.
  2. A salami sandwich with mustard and coleslaw on a crusty roll.
  3. Shrimp and andouille jambalaya. I packaged up some of it to share with the neighbors. I thought I had celery and green onions, and I had neither, so I think the finished product was good, not great.
  4. Sunday gravy. Hot Italian sausage, chunks of pork, and about 3/4 of a pound of leftover smoked brisket went in along with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and a jar of unremarkable grocery store brand pasta sauce. I added some Cabernet, typical Italian spices, onions, garlic. Simmered it forever. Served it with a simple green salad and a glass of Merlot on the balcony overlooking the ocean. It was a delicious meal, but I was sad not to be able to share it with someone. #SocialDistancing
  5. I broiled salmon with a mustard barbecue sauce from a takeout place that I didn’t like very much (The sauce, not the barbecue), but I added some Sriracha and it seemed like a good idea. And then I sprinkled it with black sesame seeds, and that made it look fancy. I served The fish with French green beans from the frozen section at Trader Joe’s, and some boiled little potatoes from one of those fancy bags of mixed potatoes from the grocery store. social isolation, day 637.
  6. I used some of the leftover taco meat from Tuesday’s tacos to make taco salad. For dressing I mixed spicy salsa into sour cream, and then thinned it with a little olive oil. I dressed the greens, added cheddar cheese, and then put the meat on top. I should have crushed some tortilla chips on the top, but I totally spaced on that.
  7. American style turkey tacos. Seasoned ground turkey, salsa, sour cream, shredded romaine, grated sharp cheddar.
  8. Inspired by many of you who are so creative with leftovers, I made black bean soup out of the black beans I had smashed and seasoned to use in tacos. I reseasoned the beans and thinned them out with chicken stock. I topped it with chopped tomatoes and sour cream. I found hatch chili corn muffins in the freezer. So I had one of those.
  9. Tuna salad on a whole-grain toasted English muffin. Crudités and Trader Joe’s hummus.
  10. Friends who live in my building, and who are more like family, decided it was very low risk to get together for dinner last night, since we had been seeing each other every day before the social distancing order. We have all been behaving properly since then. So... A salad of arugula and Romaine with grape tomatoes and homemade Caesar dressing plus Parmesan cheese. Chicken paprikash served over egg noodles. Lovely Italian pastries brought over by the neighbor. Corona beers and cheap white wine!
  11. Black bean and potato tacos. I roasted tricolor baby potatoes with smoked paprika and cumin till crispy. I had mashed some black beans for dip (garlic, cumin, smoked paprika) and I put those in the bottom of the tacos. Then I added the crispy potatoes, sour cream mixed with salsa, grated cheddar cheese, and shredded lettuce. Quite successful.
  12. Two slices of leftover pizza and an arugula salad with homemade Caesar dressing.
  13. I’m at my Mom’s, and she wanted chicken gumbo. I used thighs and quite a bit of hot, smoked sausage. No okra. It’s a nice gumbo when we don’t have crabs handy, but I prefer the seafood version.
  14. I’m in my hometown with friends. We are not doing a proper eating tour (finicky eaters, one of whom is scared of spicy). However, I offer the following brief reviews: Liuzza’s by the track is still reliable. Great turtle soup and fried catfish. Anything fried here is a winner. Tiny, cramped, worn. I love it. Napoleon House makes a decent muffaletta, a great Pimm’s cup and the patio is delightful. Marjie’s on Broad near Canal is a treat - Louisiana classics with Asian touches, smoked meats, pig knuckles, ears etc. The restaurant is In an old house; it is casual and unpretentious. Prices are good. Portions are generous. Big flavors. The Sculpture Garden in City Park continues to amaze. This is a must-do (it’s FREE). The Audubon Zoo is fantastic even if you are not a zoo fan. The setting is magical, among centuries-old live oaks. It’s well curated with lots of shade and places to sit. Take a picnic and make a day of it.
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