Stuff I’ve Been Cooking, Reading, Watching, Etc.

March 27, 2020

I know most people are cooking more, reading more, and watching more. So I thought I would share what I’ve been up to over the last week or so. But first, a shout out to all of the health care, grocery store, and warehouse employees and so many others who are trying to keep us all safe and healthy! And to everyone else, stay home! It will make the jobs of those essential workers so much easier.

Ok, off my soap box. Here are some things I’ve been cooking.

  • Shrimp Fried Rice: I make this a lot because I usually have the ingredients on hand. You can use chicken instead of shrimp. I don’t have leftover rice that often, so I just cook some up while I’m prepping the other ingredients and it works fine. And you can use any fresh or frozen veggies you want.
  • Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup: I’ve made a lot of versions of tomato soup, but this one has been the most popular with my family. And since it’s made in the slow cooker it’s super easy. I bought some basil in a tube, so I could make this again soon. I’ll let you know how that works out.
  • Easy Sheet Pan Beef Totchos: I love nachos, but I also love potatoes; so this is the perfect recipe! It’s also a great, hearty recipe for feeding teenage boys.

Happy cooking everyone!

Now to what I’m watching and reading. I haven’t been going crazy with either, because I think I have too much nervous energy, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever said about myself, Lol! But here’s what I’m currently reading or recently finished:

  • Life by Keith Richards: My husband raved about this book and really wanted me to read it. I’m about half way through, and it is pretty fascinating if you have any interest in The Rolling Stones. You can really hear Richards’ voice in the prose. I imagine he was just dictating to James Fox, who helped him write it. The main problem is that it’s super long, so I keep putting it down to read something else for awhile.
  • Salt Houses: Really enjoyed this book. It’s a novel about a displaced Palestinian family, but the war and politics are a backdrop to their lives. It’s more about the family dynamics, which are very relatable.
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: I had not listened to the podcast or watched the documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. I had only heard a little bit about it on the news, but this story is insane. And the author, reporter John Carreyou from the Wall Street Journal, did a lot to expose the fraud.

Here’s what I’m watching:

  • Bojack Horseman: I don’t typically watch animated shows, but this is so good. I just finished the whole series, and I’m sad that it’s over. It’s a Netflix show about a has-been television star (who happens to be a horse) and his troubles with alcoholism and depression. It can be pretty dark, but also incredibly funny (and a lot of animal puns). If you are looking for a binge watch, you might try this.

And what I’m listening to:

  • Office Ladies: Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey are actresses from the sitcom The Office, and they are best friends in real life. They are rewatching The Office and talking about it, including behind the scenes stories and interviews with actors, writers, etc. that they worked with on the show. But just listening to them talk about their friendship is delightful. This is definitely what you should listen to if you want to take a break from real life.

I would love some suggestions from you, especially about TV shows. I’m just not super excited about anything right now.

Take care everyone. Stay safe (and at home, if you can)!

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