Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

You’ve been stuck in your house or apartment for a while now, you can’t find a chicken for love nor money, and you’ve run through your favorite recipes at least twice. And you’re starting to run up bills from getting carry-out or delivery with, I hope and trust, truly excessive tips.

Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friends! Here are selected recipes that I expect will offer your palate a welcome change. Click on the links for the recipes, commentary, and maybe some humor.

Shrimp and Grits. This recipe will set you free. Here’s some with scallops as well as shrimp.


The dish has multiple layers of great flavors acting together in harmony. If it were music, it would be a symphony. Really. Beethoven’s 9th.

Red Beans and Rice. A special ingredient in this recipe kicks red beans and rice up a notch. This is a great dish with lots of flavor. And it’s nourishing, delicious, and freezes well. If you can’t find dried beans, canned beans are fine. You won’t need much chicken stock at all in that case, and cooking time will go down.

Lisa McAuliffe’s Salmon. The marinade in this recipe works wonderfully. Another very healthy dish. If you can’t grill the salmon outside, my heart goes out to you; you should broil it. If you aren’t a huge salmon fan, throw some wood chips on the fire to add a nice smoky layer of flavor.

Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup). This recipe is quick, easy, and cheap — and romantic! The garlic here has a rich, nutty flavor rather than that intense flavor of, say, garlic bread. Garlic boosts your immune system, and does everything else to make you healthy and happy except rub your back.

Greens. You should be eating lots of greens for your immune system and your overall health. Few foods are better for you. This recipe is a true classic. There is, by the way, a hierarchy among greens. Mustard greens taste best, followed by turnip greens, and then collards. After collards come lawn clippings and then kale.

Cornbread. You’ll definitely want cornbread with your greens and pot likker: it’s a federal law. This recipe is the best around. It’s very straightforward, and it avoids the dread sugar.

Brunswick Stew with Barbecue Sauce. You may have some difficulty getting all of the preferred ingredients for this recipe, but acceptable substitutions are available. The accompanying barbecue sauce recipe is a pretty good one.

I welcome your thoughts on these, and please share your own favorite recipes. Just comment on the blog or message me on Facebook.


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