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Lunch For Moi

I love to go grocery shopping and poke around to find something new-to-me. The other day was no different.

I was in our local Trader Joe’s and found this

I love Risotto and adore Asparagus, put the two together and I’m a happy gal. But how can we bump this up to another level?

💡 Let’s add some Shrimp to the party!

I sautéed these 16/20 count Shrimp, shells and tails on, in some Olive Oil, White Wine (Charles Shaw) and Garlic, followed the directions on the package for the Risotto and then artfully plated my lunch (none for DH, he’s allergic to Shrimp).


That was delicious! I made up the entire package of the Risotto, thinking that I’d only eat half of it – NOPE! I ate the whole thing. 😀

This easy meal is totally customizable, and dead simple. I’m thinking that Clams would be nice too.

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 11

Arrow Day TEN!!!

I may have made mention that just prior to the Earth going off it’s axis,
I had gone grocery shopping and filled in a few, extras shall we say… things that we didn’t
necessarily need just now, but that was a good thing, as my girl Martha, Martha Stewart that is, would say



Sunday Brunch!

I found the local Carniceria a bit ago, and they make their own Tortillas
So it was Fire Toasted Flour Tortillas filled with Scrambled Eggs, shredded Cheese
and chopped Turkey Sausages


Well, we did have any, again today 



Sunday Pasta Dinner

I still had one more pre-made pan of Lasagna in the Deep Freeze with cooking instructions but no date on it   It turned out great!
That’s an 8 1/2 X 6 inch aluminum pan with FOUR healthy portions to it!

Add some Trader Joes Ciabatta  and we’re set for another meal 

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 10

Cool Day Nine

Yesterday, I made some Bran and Nut Muffins
with the knowledge that Mister Dear Friend was
coming over for coffee… Missus DF 86’d that one!




So, DH and I slept in and had a very nice leisurely Brunch




… was the last of the Spam® Musubi 
I have no idea why I don’t make this more often




I went Deep Freezer Diving and came up with a
Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Mac `N Cheese
steamed some frozen Corn Off The Cob
and grilled two B/S Chicken Thighs
with Miners Mix Maynard’s Memphis BBQ Rub

Dessert later will be Fiddle Faddle I’ve stock-piled from the Dollar Tree 

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 8

Post One Entire Week!!


Day 7

We almost got lured out and about by DH’s Buddy, Mister Dear Friend …
good try there son, but fat chance! We’re stayin’ put!  He wanted to go out somewhere…





I’ve been wanting to try this, smashed some de-frosted Tater Tots to stand in for Hash Browns.




I’ve been hankerin’ for some (more) local-style foods.



I still had that half of a can of Portuguese Sausage Seasoning
SPAM®, GLORIOUS SPAM®!!! after making Fried Rice the other day.
I brought this can back in my suitcase from Honolulu last May,
I also had a fresh pot of steamed White Rice,
some NoriFurikake and then I made a quick Teriyaki Sauce.
Assemble, wrap in Plastic Wrap, wait at least 10-15 minutes
and devour!!!




The oven is still heating up, but we’re having Homemade Pizza.
I make my own dough, sauce, but not the cheese 
I buy those balls of Whole Milk Mozzarella and shred it myself.
So a repeat from a few weeks ago.

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 4

Arrow Day 3

First off, I wanna say that what we’re doing here is all voluntary mind you, we’re not  sick.

We’re referring to this as Self Containment more so…but now it has a NAME!?

Social Distancing  oh-key-do-key then …




I had the forethought to make Cranberry Bran Muffins yesterday afternoon.
I served these with Butter and the last of my homemade
Meyer Lemon Curd.
Then I supreme’d two Oranges
and we washed it all down with Peppermint Tea and Coffee




I started to get a bit peckish, so I warmed up some
leftover Spam Fried Rice and did something I never do,
ate in front of my computer 
DH didn’t get hungry until much later in the afternoon,
so I suggested a PB&J on White Bread with a
glass of Ice Cold Milk, he didn’t turn it down




I started a pot of Homemade Marinara with Country Style Pork Ribs,
or what some may call Sunday Gravy.
I haven’t made Sauce in forever!

I left the Sauce to simmer slowly all day yesterday,
in my new favorite Pot
the house smelled so wonderful!

I let that cool and stashed it in the Icebox, pot and all, until this evening…
slow-cooked foods always taste better a day or so later, don’t you think?

I scooped up just enough for our Sunday Pasta Supper
and put the rest in the Deep Freeze out in the garage.
We had some Trader Joe’s Ciabatta and I found a
fabulous bottle of Sangiovese, squirreled away in my pantry,
to go with our meal.
DH doesn’t drink alcohol, so it’s all me! 

I’m tellin’ ya, we’re going to gain some serious weight
here over the course of our Self Containment, I mean
Social Distancing 

WHAT? Another Favorite Cracker?


I’m pretty sure that I’ve already told everyone about Trader Joe’s Pita Bite Crackers with Sea Salt, but have you tried its Sister Cracker?

Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers with Whole Wheat and Flax Seeds, YUM!

Now, you don’t have to do this, but do, try them with a large schmear of Boursin Cheese, topped with Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic & Onion Jam, OH MY GRAVY ALL OVER MY TWO SCOOP RICE (that’s OMG! in my world, but then you all know that already 😀 ) !!

When served with a glass of wine,  takes this late afternoon snack WAY over the top delicious.

Now, my husband, a) doesn’t care for creamy cheeses and 2) doesn’t partake in any adult beverages – so this is all mine baby!! 😉

Our New Favorite Cracker

I think I’ve mentioned that I LOVE Trader Joe’s and all of their snack-y stuff, right?

Well, I found a new Cracker, at least for us it is, who knows how long its been around and I plain missed it …

Trader Joe’s Bite Size Everything Cracker, MMM!

Think of it like an Everything Bagel.  Nowadays you can even buy a jar of Everything Topping to use at home on whatever.

I added a little Cheese on the side of my share yesterday and you’ve got yourself a very nice late afternoon snack to hold the wolves at bay until suppertime.

Brats & Tots

We have a new favorite item from Trader Joe’s, Soft Pretzel Sticks, but we talked about that a coupla times already.  I was thinking of other ways that we could enjoy these, well, I’m calling them rolls.  When I was at Sprout’s awhile back, I was perusing the meat case and spied some gorgeous Bratwurst.  Now wouldn’t that be great on those rolls, topped with TJ’s Sauerkraut, some Mustard and TJ’s Potato Tots on the side?  I really like this Sauerkraut, it hasn’t got that over whelming Vinegar bite to it; it tastes more like homemade.

I preheated the oven to 400⁰

I lined a pan with parchment paper, laid the sausages down and with a sharp knife, gave each a good stab or two so that they wouldn’t burst open in the oven and then go dry.  They baked for about 20-25 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 160⁰.

At the same time, I baked the Tots following the directions on the back panel.

For the last maybe 10 minutes or so of cooking, I threw in the rolls to heat through.

Let’s assemble our plates.  I split open each Soft Pretzel Stick and got started.

DH likes just Spicy Brown Mustard on his share, as well Ketchup to dip his Tots in.

For myself, its Dijon Mustard and Sauerkraut on my Brat; I made a small dish of Tartar Sauce to dunk my Potato Tots in.  Oh and what’s Brats & Tots without a brew?


Pink Lemonade

While on my last visit to Trader Joe’s, I saw Pink Lemons.  Hmmm, what’s this? I murmured.   I turned around and one the helpful team members said, “Doesn’t that look interesting?  I haven’t tried those yet, but I’m going to.”

Okay, so will I.

I rolled the Lemons on the cutting board, using the heal of my hand for a bit before slicing them across their “equators” to ensure maximum juice release first off.

I’ve never made Lemonade from scratch before, so I did a quick search on the Internet and found several pretty simple, basic recipes, all saying about the same thing.

1 C. Granulated Sugar

1 C. Water

1 C. freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

Combine the Sugar and Water in a small pan and place over low heat, stirring until the Sugar is completely dissolved; allow to cool.  To a pitcher, add an additional 3-4 cups of water along with the Lemon Juice; stir and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Taste and adjust to your taste.


Well, I didn’t exactly get a full cup of Lemon juice, so we adapt.  If it’s a one to one ratio of everything and then add additional water, no problem.

Geez!  All I got out of those three Lemons was two glasses of Lemonade, and does that look Pink  to you?  I thought not.  Oh well, it tasted lovely, though next time I make Lemonade from scratch I’ll try it with Meyer Lemons instead.

Trader Joe’s Soft Pretzel Sandwiches

A few days back, I was telling you about a new find I discovered at Trader Joe’s,  Soft Pretzel Sticks.


WELL!  On my most recent journey to one of my favorite places to shop for food, I grabbed a bunch of these culinary delights and stashed them in the deep freeze for later.  I was looking for something for lunch a coupla days later and thought THAT  would make a terrific sandwich!

TJ's Soft Pretzel Ham & Cheese Sandwich

DING DING DING!  We have a winner folks.

I heated the rolls, split them open, slathered them in some Spicy Brown Mustard and lastly layered on Ham and Swiss Cheese.  DE~LI~CIOUS!!!

Me: So how’s that tastin’ ?

DH: MMM [garbled mouth-full mumbles] Where did you get this, this is really good!

Me: Trader Joe’s

DH: Can you make this again?

Me: YUP, you betcha.  😉