May 2020 “In My Kitchen”

I do so hope that this “In My Kitchen” for May 2020 is finding you all safe and well! Social distancing has been going on in the home office since March 16.  (That’s also forty-seven days of no make-up which I am not complaining about.)

As our state starts to open things back up, I feel like it is a bit premature.  I am glad that some of the local small businesses that had to close temporarily can again conduct business, but I still worry about everyone’s health.   For us, I think we will continue to primarily eat in with just a special take-out treat once a week.

That leads me to this month’s kitchen highlights.  There’s no newly bought products in the kitchen but there have been some new kitchen experiences.

I made tortillas for the first time and they are so easy.  Who knew?   Even without a tortilla press, they weren’t too difficult.   I just split a freezer sealable bag, placed the ball of dough in the center and pressed down with two cutting boards.  I then cooked them on a griddle and we had tacos!

I froze the rest.   Here’s the recipe I used:  corn tortillas.  (No photos.  I guess I could pull the seal-a-meal bag out of the freezer….)

My mom inspired me (from afar) to make bagels.  She sent me a picture of her finished product and I decided to try my hand at it too.   Mom said she had some difficulties shaping hers but the recipe I found had a genius idea.  Just make a ball and poke a hole in the center.   Swing it around your thumb to shape.  Viola!     I found this recipe and technique at King Arthur Flour.

I’m still cleaning out the freezer and I found many bags of blueberries.  As The Hubs saw a bag thawing on the cabinet, he suggested blueberry muffins.  I used one of our favorite recipes:  Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins.

Photo from an earlier post here. I made these for “Gifts from the Kitchen” posts back in December 2011.

We have been social distancing at the lake too, working on our big beast of a boat baby.  After returning late on a Sunday night, I threw together this grilled flatbread from some leftover herbed goat cheese and bacon jam (favorite appetizers from a local restaurant—take out only).   I had a few slices of pepperoni so I threw those on as well.   To make it healthier, I added some chopped spinach.  Ha!

I have to give a shout out to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen and a quick and easy lemonade recipe that lends itself to Arnold Palmers.  Again, no photos but the lemonade technique is fantastic.  They are great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Here’s what’s on the kitchen table:

Regular old-fashioned blue and variegated iris, one Dutch iris, a single iceberg rose and a Joseph’s Coat rose—all picked from the yard and flowerbeds before a potential hailstorm.

And, here’s what’s in the greenhouse: The orange-reddish one is a claret cup.  The other is a lace hedghog cactus.   We haven’t moved everything out yet.  We had a very late frost and I guess I’m still waiting.  (Plus, it’s quite the undertaking pulling on the plants out.)

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Be safe and stay well!


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