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This Weekend Open Thread is Healing with Food

It’s been a rough week, so let’s talk food.

The events in Boston and Texas this week were heartbreaking, and there’s not a whole lot I can add to the conversation about them. One way I like to heal when bad things happen is through food. Making it, buying it, giving it away, eating it, whatever. So let’s talk about what we’re cooking and eating this weekend.

By [E] Liza

PhD student. Knitter. Brooklynite. Long-distance dog mom. Reluctant cat lady. Majestic unicorn whose hair changes color with the wind.

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I am making a ‘dump stuff from freezer & pantry into crockpot.’ It is essentially chicken, andouille, onions, a can of corn, a can of green beans, a can of black beans, a small can of chilis, tomato paste, some ancho chili sauce (that I made a while back and froze), some chicken stock (that I made a while back and froze), and some miscellaneous seasonings and flax and chia seeds (will add some quinoa later too). It’s kind of like a jambalaya meets the marinate from Chipotle (the ancho sauce is from the Chipotle chicken marinate recipe). So far it tastes awesome!

I bought a slow-cooker and cooked a pork shoulder to make carnitas (I think?) on Friday night. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten, and so easy. I’m going to slow-cook everything from now on.

It’s lunchtime now, so I think I’ll have some haloumi and pesto on crusty bread. I’m sure it’s an insult to cuisine but it’s so, soooo good.

And for dinner my housemate is making a pasta dish that was so good last time he made it that we didn’t even make it to the table to eat, we were just standing around the counter eating and refilling our plates. It’s a good weekend for food here. :)

Last night I learned how to make a perfect Old-Fashioned. Tonight, I roasted a chicken for dinner with the intention of freezing it for future meals. Yay thinking ahead!

It’s been a good week. The boyfriend was here all week long, which made a nice change. And when I checked the writer’s schedule to seize my usual time slot, it was ALREADY FILLED IN. IN BOLD. LIKE I WAS A REGULAR. Everything is coming up Manda! I may have danced around my living room like it was Christmas. (Thanks, Selena! You made my weekend.)

I bought a toaster oven for our new place and it toasts my english muffins perfectly. I’ve been eating the things like crazy. Tomorrow I’m making red beans and rice in the crock-pot, which is both easy and delicious. Can’t wait!

On a non-food related note, I put my two weeks in on my job! Yay to no more commuting. :)

A friend of mine found money outside of her workplace early last week (and her craigslist post resulted in people trying to claim significantly more than she found), so she’s taking me to a place downtown for lunch (it’s sandwiches and things, but they go from meat-containing to vegan, and everything is amazingly tasty). And then we are going to the science museum primarily to go through the butterfly exhibit, mostly because they have a sloth.

Also, food stamps and food pantry visits are VERY good things. I am squirreling away things that are in cans or boxes or can be frozen so I have food if I need it in the future.

Right now, I’ve got a glass of sherry by my side. A few hours ago, I had some hot cocoa spiked with rum and allspice — which was actually pretty good. What with all the stuff that’s been going on lately, I find myself craving chocolate a lot (though that might be just the PMS talking, I dunno).

In other news, they finally lifted the lockdown here in Cambridge (and Greater Boston as a whole.) IMHO, I feel like it’s too little too late. As you may well imagine, I have had it up to here with this shit. If I hear one more thing about this whole disaster, I swear I’m gonna scream. There is not enough alcohol and/or food in all the world to dull this anger and frustration. If I never hear anything about this shit again, it’ll be too soon. /rant over

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