Friday, September 18, 2020

Take 353

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I'm here this week reporting on some things about the kitchen... First!

Hate cleaning your food processor? Want to make pesto and hummus? Make the pesto first, leaving a couple of tablespoons in the processor and then make your hummus. #NoRegrets #Cleanitonce
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Second! We make Smitten Kitchen's Black Bean recipe from her first cookbook probably twice per month. After we've eaten our fill for one meal, I save leftover beans for future taco dinners, scrambled eggs, etc. But this year it occurred to me that we should be using the liquid (which I had always previously dumped down the drain... GASP!). Now we eat Mexican Soup every week following when I make black beans. I simply add some chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and some more chipotle powder. Add quesadillas and... drool.
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Third... This week was the first time I tried a sheet pan dinner... and I fell in love. One dish, roasted veggies... so good. It wasn't a beloved meal by all family members... but I fell head over heels for this one, and next time will actually chop it up and serve it in freshly made pita bread.
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Finally, I just have to share that of all the things I'm proud of having learned from my own Mama, I'm very proud to say that I can cut between a chicken leg and thigh on first try, no problem. Like butter. No hacking away in multiple spots. My Mama taught me that! Thanks, Mama. 
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I saw a video this week on Facebook about a family who lost their house in a fire. It really got me thinking... what would I grab? What would I lose?? Do you have answers to these questions?? I'm proud to say that we have two fireproof containers in our house for important documentation, but it really got me thinking... hard drive? Photo albums? 
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At the same time, my computer storage space is full. And my battery is dead. And it's likely to die at some point... similar to the fire, I have to make sure I don't lose our stuff... It's hard to believe how much of adulthood is simply administration. It's not that exciting... but I really do have to organize files on my computer. Sigh. 
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I'm still working on healing my fingers of what they're now calling eczema. I'm just chiming in here to complain about my vitamins that are supposed to help nail growth and want to say: 
Why would anyone make a pill that size?!? Perfectly shaped and sized to get lodged in my throat. Dumb. 

Happy Friday!

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