Our family is happy and healthy. Two in the clan were infected with SARS-COV-2. Thankfully both were mild cases and both have fully recovered.
We welcomed a newcomer back in March. Tiny Human Too has brought much needed joy and happiness to the family.
No worries Tiny Human One. You have also delivered much joy and happiness.
After 34 years The Boss and I are still a team. We spent a LOT of time together his year and learned we still like each other (strange but true).
I lost 20 pounds and The Boss lost 10. We have done some take out meals but the combined weight loss was the result of a lot less restaurant food. More home cooked meals = healthier food = weight loss.
Cooking and grocery shopping skills improved. I’m tweaking old recipes, trying new recipes and shopping more efficiently.
I finished reading 10 books this year. At one point in my life I was reading a book a week. Now I’m reading less and enjoying it more.
My client company extended my contract for 2021. Retirement has been postponed.
TOMC still running well but likely to be replaced in 2021.
Look, I know 2020 has been an awful year. But no matter how bad things seem to be always remember the good in the world. Find at least one thing to be thankful for and let that one thing be your reminder to find other things you are thankful for. And if this doesn’t work imagine you are three years old running in between tall trees, well dressed for the occasion in a stylish coat, a really cool mask, Minnie tucked under your arm. Then there she is right in front of you. Dad! Pick this one!
When this question is asked at the table I tend to ramble on about the types of oils and other ingredients in the dish. Over time I’ve come to understand that our guests don’t want to know what’s in the dish but rather how did I make this?
It’s a clear sign I need to write it down. So I did.
two medium to large zucchini, sliced into one half inch coins
half one large red pepper, diced
one third sweet onion, diced
one cup frozen corn
one clove garlic, minced
grape seed oil
extra virgin olive oil
pinch dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
Heat approximately one tablespoon of grape seed and olive oils over medium heat in a frying pan large enough to hold the squash without overlapping.
Add the squash coins, flip the heat to high and fry until the squash is golden brown and caramelized.
Flip the squash and repeat.
When both sides of the squash are browned and caramelized remove from the pan, place into a bowl and set aside.
Reduce heat back to medium, add a few dashes of EVO, onions, and red pepper. Saute for about five minutes.
Add the corn and saute for another five minutes.
Add garlic and swiftly saute for about a minute.
Add the reserved squash back to the pan, pinch of basil, salt and pepper to taste.
Gently mix together and remove from the heat.
Serve immediately or if allowed to fully cool, rewarm over low heat for a few minutes taking care not to overcook the squash.
Welcome to the first Special Edition of the Tiny Taste Tester. It’s special because we combined culinary pursuits with face making exercises. The Tiny Taste Tester ate everything we put in front of her. I would call that a success.
The relative success of making faces training is not for the trainer to decide.
Sometimes you have odds and ends in the fridge. This was the inspiration for Scraps Frittata which in the end turned out fine. The other night at a bring a dish dinner I was asked to bring some Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan for a side veggie. Our gracious host well known for his blunt honesty said,
“Maybe we shouldn’t have microwaved the cauliflower. The texture was different.”
I agreed. The veggie was kind of mushy. Maybe I shouldn’t have made the cauliflower earlier, covered the dish with aluminum foil, then microwaved it for serving. This veggie is obviously best served immediately from the oven.
Our host who does not like leftovers besides Good Pie didn’t want the rest of the veggie so I took it back home. What do you do with about 3 cups of leftover mushy roasted cauliflower?
Dr. Jenny Radesky, study author and associate editor of NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, commented: “Even though we recommend parent-child co-viewing of media, this research suggests that it’s more difficult to engage in rich back-and-forth interactions with children when interactive media have their attention. Pediatric providers might want to help parents reflect upon this attention-grabbing nature of modern technology — which parents may feel themselves at times — and encourage families to choose play objects such as print books and simple toys that are easier to connect around.”