Nope, I have not become a gourmet cook while under stay-at-home orders. In fact, somehow, I’m finding even harder to find the time to cook these days. Blame Tiger King.
However, I did go out and do the requisite buying of groceries I never would have thought to buy before. Since I don’t have the pantry space to just sit on that stuff, there have been some new recipes made at the Sullivan’s. So, here are my top 3 favorite pandemic food discoveries.
- Navy Bean (aka Senate Bean Soup). Yep, I bought dried beans because, you know, hoarding. Now what? This delicious recipe (https://www.dadcooksdinner.com/pressure-cooker-senate-bean-soup/) that only requires 8 ingredients, one of them being “water.” Even the untrusting men in the house loved it.
- Crawfish Etouffee. We missed our annual trip to New Orleans for Jazz Fest, so had to do, what else, a Zoom version with our friends, complete with southern food, music playlist, and custom cocktails. Our crawfish (you can also use shrimp) etouffee turned out so delicious and was so easy, I asked my husband why we don’t do it more often? He reminded me that the recipe starts with a stick of butter. Oh, well, who’s counting the pounds? COVID-19-Pounds, here I come. Here is a recipe similar to what we did: https://www.neworleans.com/restaurants/traditional-new-orleans-foods/crawfish-etouffee/
- Seriously, WHY did it take me so long to try this? After years of scrounging for parking to pick up my carryout, GrubHub has been a revelation. Sure, it’s a little more costly than going yourself, but this genius website lets me order, pay, tip, and support local restaurants, all from the hot tub!
I hope you weren’t expecting anything gourmet. Even in quarantine, I don’t watch cooking channels. Bon Appetit!