August 13, 2020
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As I go into month 5 of opting for abundant caution when it comes to being out and about in a state that is a hot spot for COVID, I am very tired of cooking out of the freezer most days. I do venture out into a store on occasion, but only when I need ingredients I feel I have to pick out for myself. I remind myself that I am very lucky to have a full pantry and freezer to choose from.
In an effort to remain the optimist I usually am, I try to look on the mishaps of having a stranger make groceries for me as entertainment; for the most part, it's been flawless, but I did get an order that had 1 brussels sprout instead of a pound of brussels sprouts; 6 jalapeño peppers instead of poblano peppers (we grow jalapeño peppers); and twice now, with my beloved hominy. First time, I guess the shopper had absolutely no clue what hominy was, and subbed in 2 big bottles of tamarind-flavored soda for 2 cans of hominy; I haven't tried the soda yet. The latest, I wasn't paying attention to size and accidentally ordered a 5 pound can of hominy. That one's sitting on the floor of the pantry; my chef friends tell me to grind it up and make masa (knead in some lard) then make what they assure me will be the best corn tortillas I've ever had, that they'll freeze. I may do that, and I may donate it to a food pantry; we shall see if I can motivate myself.
Enjoy the recipes below, and, as always, let me know what's on your mind. Have a great weekend, wear your mask, wash your hands, and don't touch your face!
Susan Ford, Publisher and Editorial Director
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