• Lauren

COVID Chronicles: Our Third Week of Social Distancing and I’m Martha Freaking Stewart

I’ve cooked and cleaned more in the past 3 weeks than I did the entire last year. Another pot of chili, a gorgeous loaf of bread, THANKSGIVING DINNER. I casually started packing up my apartment/completely packed it with maximum efficiency. Where. Is. My. Book. Deal.

Literally the most organized I've ever been for a move

Being the homemaking sorceress that I am, I’m gonna grace y’all with my do’s and don’ts of the week:

DO make Thanksgiving dinner. Yeah, I know it’s April, but it’s comforting, dammit. And let's be real, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably got plenty of time on your hands. Take the opportunity to practice for the actual big day. Your spouse and children will adore you and you’ll be the envy of all your friends at the Zoom party.

Slow cooker turkey breast, stuffing, roasted veggies, and yes, CANNED cranberry sauce

DON’T use parsley in your tacos. Just because it’s green, doesn’t mean it’s an adequate substitute for the shredded lettuce you forgot to buy. It imparts a very weird, non-taco flavor, it’s rough, and it WILL get stuck in your teeth. Not cute.


DO use those leftover roasted potatoes in your egg scramble the next morning. #wastefree and delicious.

DON’T ignore everything you know in your heart to be true and forego sugar in your cornbread for the sake of being “southern.” I will never understand why it’s southern to make sweet tea sweet enough to make your teeth chatter, but it’s considered a sin against God and nature to use sugar in your cornbread. I made cornbread the “southern way” (AKA used the recipe on the Martha White cornmeal bag) and it was bitter and ew. Sweeter cornbread updates to come.

File these in the "look way better than they taste" folder

DO keep life simple and bake a plain ol’ loaf of white bread once in a while. Doesn’t always have to be artisan sourdough, folks.

Great for morale considering the cornbread

DON’T keep useful podcast info to yourself. Hrishikesh Hirway and Samin Nosrat (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) have a new podcast called Home Cooking and you should definitely check it out. On it, I learned about a gem of a cookbook called Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown. It’s a book designed to help the reader eat well on $4/day. Originally created with food stamps in mind, but also super applicable for the many folks out of work right now. Best part is that you can download the PDF version of the book for FREE here.