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Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 13

Day Eleven

This is getting old, but I understand that we need to do this.
The folks two doors over from us have NOT
been practicing Social Distancing nor Self-Isolation/whatever
you want to call it in your house, just stay in it! 
The Missus came over to our house to return a container
that I gave them sometime back with I can’t remember
what was in it, that I shared with them …
she wanted to give me a hug  I explained
to her politely that we’re not doing that just now 




I had a small bit of fresh Mushrooms that REALLY
needed to get eaten, so I decided on omelets (now that I
got another dozen Eggs, we’re good) with
some diced leftover BACON,
Chives and Cheese of the diner’s choice.
Added some diced Tomatoes for DH and some Rye Toast.
Not Pictured is a sliced Cara Cara Orange as a starter.




Tuna Salad on toasted White Bread and Chips.
I like to add slice Black Olives to my Tuna Salad, along with chopped Onions, Celery, Carrots, Dill Relish and minimal Mayo, ya know, DH had his,
“Eww, I don’t like that” 
Not Pictured was an Ice Cold Coca-Cola to wash it all down.




I was soooo happy to have gotten some fresh produce yesterday,
and I wanted badly a nice Salad.
I went with my Greek-Inspired Chicken Salad.
I make my own Greek-Style Seasoning and Salad Dressing.
Chop up some Romaine, Sweet Bell Peppers, Sweet White Onions,
Cucumbers, crack open and pit some Trader Joe’s Greek Medley
Olives and a good sprinkle of Feta Cheese.
We had leftover Trader Joe’s Ciabatta to go with and I happy!!!

As I review this post, I realize that we had bread three times today,
we NEVER do that 

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 9

Smile Day Eight

FINALLY!!  We have Blue Skies, albeit still cold outside;
it’s pretty looking out the back as we sit in our warm and comfy living room 
We got just about an inch of snow last evening,
but it’s mostly gone this morning.

So let’s start the day out right, with …




DH requested Cold Leftover Pizza from last night’s supper
I found my last Stuffin’ Muffin in the freezer, so I
basted one of my precious 22 Eggs I have left,
placed it gingerly atop a warmed mound of
Portuguese Sausage (Linguisa) & Herb Stuffing
and indulged!
We were both very happy.



Well, there was no lunch today, oddly enough, neither of us were very hungry. 




We concluded that we’d have an early Dinner and watch a movie later.
So I found some Homemade Lentil & Veg Soup in the Deep Freeze and made us each a Sandwich to go along side.

Eat What You Have!



Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 6

Smile Day 5


We made it pretty far without any trips to the supermarket!




In Hawaii, we don’t normally eat a regulation “Western” breakfast… DH wasn’t hungry 
so I had a bowl of leftover Stew and Rice 




I was lucky to get a shot!!
Boar’s Head Roast Beef, sliced from the deli a ways back,
with melted Sharp Provolone Cheese, Hot Cherry
Peppers all on a Ciabatta Roll.
Sides of Kettle Chips and Coca-Cola, YUM!!




Again, lucky to get a photo-op before DH devoured it!

Leftover grilled Flank Steak morphed it’s way into Carne Asada Tacos.  Those are handmade Flour Tortillas from our local carniceria in town.  I toasted them over the open flame on my gas cook-top prior to assembly.
Them’s some good eats, let me tell you buddy!

It’s Cold Outside, Let’s Make Bread!

A while back, I was talking about this great bread recipe that our Dear Niece-In-Law gave me, it’s a No Knead Bread made with All Purpose Flour.  We went over to a neighbor’s for dinner a couple of weeks back, and Mrs. Neighbor says, “I don’t cook, but I can bake bread”, of which she served with our wonderful meal.  Come to find out, it’s the same recipe that someone had sent to her.  Ever since then DH has been pestering me making this bread again.

Well, I decided that this go around I’d make this batch with Bread Flour, Grana Padano, a kind of Parmesan, and dried Rosemary that I pulverized in my mortar and pestle.  I left the dough to rest for 18 hours before baking it off.

Look at the color, GBD, golden brown and DELICIOUS!

Look at the color, GBD, golden brown and DELICIOUS!


When I ‘thumped’ the bottom of the loaf, it had that perfect sounding thud.

This recipe gives a nice chew

We had to taste test it!

Our afternoon snack, bread, cheese, salami and olives with peppers

As you can see, SOMEONE attacked our snack already


Well, maybe that would be better as our afternoon snack with some Olive Oil for dippy-dipping, some cheese, salami and olives with peppers. MMM!

Homemade Bread Sandwiches

Amazingly enough, we still had some bread left the next morning, so for lunch I put together a Salami, Cheese and Roasted Pepper sandwich for the hubby; Hot Roast Beef with Cheese for moi.


It’s Lunchtime, Tuna Sammies

Did I ever tell you that I went to a private school that served us lunch each day? We were not allowed to bring home lunch, as our lunches (and morning snack in elementary school) were included in the tution. The only time I ate sandwiches was at home during the summer, but not a lot `cuz Mom sent us to Summer School most years for extra credit.

Now, as an adult, I love a good sandwich. I’m not talking about the ever popular PBJ, not my thing. I want something that is going to fill me up for my mid-day meal.

So, on this beautiful sunny day, I started to root around in the pantry and found a jar of kalamata olives, capers, dill pickle relish and a can of water-packed Tuna, DING DING DING! Let’s make Tuna Salad Sammies.

I chopped up some sweet white onions, celery and fresh flat leaf parsley; add dried dill weed, S&P, garlic granules (oops not in the photo, sorry), celery seeds and a small pinch of cayenne for punch. I mixed everybody up in a large bowl with just a whisper of mayonnaise along with the afore mentioned ingredients, chopped, covered and set aside to marry in the `fridge for about an hour. To assemble, I toasted very lightly some 12 grain bread, added a big handful of baby lettuce, a schmear of mayo, a big scoop of tuna salad, slice and serve with your choice of sides.


Not my best photograph, but it sure tastes good!

Not my best photograph, but it sure tastes good!


Auntie’s Jazzed Up Tuna Salad

 7oz. can Tuna

¼ C. each:

Kalamata Olives, chopped

Capers, chopped

White Onion, chopped

Celery, chopped

Flat leaf Parsley, chopped

½ tsp. granulated Garlic

½ tsp. dried Dill Weed

¼ tsp. Celery Seed

Small pinch of Cayenne

S&P to taste

Mayonnaise to taste


Mix everything in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for about one hour and serve as a sandwich or on a fresh green salad with chopped veggies.

Oh, wait, how about stuffing a beautiful hollowed out tomato? Or maybe on crackers or pita chips? The possibilities are endless with this versatile Tuna Salad.

Another New Item Found

On another of my store wandering adventures, yes at Trader Joe’s again, I found this.

Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils. To tell the truth, I had seen this in the refrigerated section previously, but at the time, I couldn’t think of what to do with it in  the ‘use within 2 days of opening’ as stated on the label. I think lentils are terrific and super good for you too.

Where I worked in Honolulu, there was this tiny hole in the wall place that sold an array of cold salads; not the type that you might find in any ole’ place. You got to choose three; my favs were the lentil, curried chicken and mixed green (no dressing please) salads. Very flavorful and they worked well together.

I guess in the back of my mind, that’s what I was thinking when I finally bought the package of plain steamed lentils. Yes, I could easy have cooked my own, but isn’t nice to have some things at the ready?  I had started a pot on the stove of chicken broth for later use. With the poached meat, I made chicken salad for lunch. So now I’ve got this couple of quarts of heavenly golden liquid goodness.


I know we’re headed into the warmer weather, but I could eat soup every day.

All set with my mirepoix

I had already chunked the chicken meat as well as chopped some onions and celery for the salad, so why not keep the knife in hand.

Some carrots and shallots would be nice sautéed in some EVOO and some S&P

Some carrots, celery and shallots (mirepoix in fancy speak) would be nice sautéed in  EVOO and some S&P.

Chicken, Lentil and Veggie Soup, Homemade

I took a handful of the pre-cooked lentils and smushed it to a paste to thicken the soup, just a bit. I also tossed into the soup pot some frozen chopped baby Spinach to add more oomph to the soup. And come on now, can you see the chicken schmaltz ? You don’t get that from a can or carton of stock or broth.  That’s what gives homemade soups their unctuous mouth feel.

That is ONO~LICIOUS~NESS in a bowl! M~M GOOD!

Soup and Sammie Day

A nice bowl of homemade soup cries out for a partner. So let’s have that chicken salad as a Sammie to complete our lunch special of the day.



And Off We Go, Again


DH and I took off for a long weekend visit with dear friends, who live up in Prescott Arizona, love it there.

On our blast off day, we woke up to SNOW, AGAIN! WHAT? Isn’t this the middle of the desert? Man, it must have come down all night long. As we hit the highway, we could see all across the desert floor and it was gorgeous! When we went past the Superstition Mountains, I was simply awestruck.

Superstition Mountains

Another spot that I need to stop to take a photo of each and every time we go through is at Sunset Point Scenic Overlook, just outside of Black Canyon City Arizona.

Sunset Point Scenic Overlook, just outside of Black Canyon City Arizona

Missus Dear Friend has her own business and looks forward to our afternoons out. The two girlfriends left the boys to watch baseball on TV, and went SHOPPING!!! We hit a couple of clothing stores, found some great bargains and then we needed to munch something.

Wildflower Bread Company is a wonderful place, I don’t want to say it’s a chain, but they are only in Arizona. DH and I have been here a few times and had something from their menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, YUM! It was a pretty day, so we sat outside on the patio to enjoy our day. My best girl ordered soup, Potato Cream Cheese in a Sourdough bread boule and my request was a half sandwich of chicken salad on Nine grain bread and a bowl of Hearty Beef and Vegetable Stew. I’m so glad that my friend is okay with letting me taste and photograph whatever she orders.  We each had a Passion Fruit Iced Tea to wash it all down; it was outstanding.  So I searched out the manager for the day and inquired as to what brand they buy.  Come to find out it is their own special blend they have made.

Just a nice way to end a girls-day-out.


Handheld Goodness

Many years back, my SIL made the food for her son’s College Graduation Party at their home. She passed around this lovely warm tidbit that was heavenly. She called it a Rolled Calzone. She said that this sandwich could be served at room temperature as well. It sounded fairly straight forward, so I asked her to e-mail me the recipe. WOW! It had a lot of ingredients and I knew that in my tiny kitchen back home in Hawaii, this would be difficult. So I set about to make it work, mostly because both my husband and I thought it was wonderful.

Whenever DH and I head out on a road trip, I like to take along a few pre-made meals. Now, I’m not talking about something that I picked up from the freezer case. My goal over the past 5 + years since retiring, is to cook as much of the things that we eat as possible. I was rifling through my recipe binder and saw this recipe and knew that it would be great road food, not messy, handheld goodness. One of the things that I found easier with this dish is to use premade Pizza dough. Whether you buy yours in the cold case or in a pop’n fresh tube is up to you; I usually have dough stashed in my freezer.

I gotta’ tell ya’ though, I was in the Mega-Mart the other day and I was pokin’ around and what did I spy? This same thing being sold for over $8 for only 6 meager slices. MAN! This is why I cook.

Rolled Calzone

1 recipe of Pizza dough (Pillsbury will do fine)

3-4 Tbsp. Pesto

4-6 slices Deli Ham (I buy Boar’s Head brand deli meats)

4-6 slices Sharp Provolone cheese (also Boar’s head)

6-8 slices Hot Coppacola

2-3 Roasted Bell Peppers (jarred is ok, I make my own)

1 Egg White, beaten


Preheat the oven to 400º

Roll out the Pizza dough into a rectangle 24″ X 12″, with the longer side closest to you

Spread the Pesto on the dough, stopping 2 inches from the edges

Place a layer of each meat, then the cheese and lastly the peppers, again stopping 2 inches from the edges

Start to roll the dough into a log with the edge closest to you

Roll as tightly as you can

Pinch the edge into the log as well as the ends

On a sheet pan, sprinkle some Cornmeal and place the log seam side down onto the pan. Brush with the beaten Egg White and bake for 20-25 minutes, it should be very firm. Allow to cool completely. Slice as desired.

I trimmed this recipe down, but you can do with it as you like. My SIL put in Pepperoncinis, we are not fans. You really could use any Deli meats that you prefer. Maybe Roast Beef or Turkey breast; Swiss cheese or Cheddar?

Remember, a recipe is just somebody’s idea, you run with it and make it your own.