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Laren
NYC
A chronicle of life and times in sunny NYC. Alive and (sorta) kicking since July 29, 2002. So far, so good.
Interests: music, travel, food, friends, new adventures, blogging, family, cycling, cocktails, cooking
Recent Activity
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Yes, I've been cooking. A lot. Still. Have I been cooking anything particularly exciting? Interesting? Photo-worthy? Not really. Some stir fries, a really tasty smashburger (served with to-go fries and a piña colada from The Happiest Hour), chicken saltimbocca with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Not really. Still generally getting too much food at once and jamming it into my overstuffed fridge and freezer, but I'm plugging along, and find that I do like the challenge of looking at everything, figuring out what needs to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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It seems ridiculous to post about food at the moment given everything going on in our country right now, so before I get into it, I'm just going to acknowledge the collective pain we are going through, and recommend some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Just plugging away at using the food I have. My last Dinnerly box dish was beef shawarma, so I've pretty much been eating that and leftovers from the earlier Dinnerly meals, and adding on slightly with what is in my... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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This is a rhetorical question - please do not leave your guesses in the comments. In the before times, I really didn't have much difficulty regulating my food shopping/consuming in the same way I am now. I'm thinking that it's... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Here's the thing about cooking for one -- there's a fine line between having/wanting leftovers and making sure you don't make so much of something that you get sick of eating it. I was a little off-base in my calculations... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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As I mentioned in my last post, I need to start making a dent in my freezer/pantry before doing too much restocking, so I made a concerted effort to start digging in. I think I mentioned a while back that... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I'm trying to ask myself this question more and more. I think I tend to eat for many, many reasons -- sometimes because I am truly hungry, but other times because of one or more of the following: it's "time"... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Those of you who know me (and even those who don't) know that I think about food a lot. When I go on vacations, I plan where I want to eat in any given destination, engaging in hours of online... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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When you live alone and get a delivery of amazing fresh seafood, you have to eat a lot of seafood. Quickly. For the past two days I've been working through the hamachi and salmon (more sushi! poke - but I... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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In the before times, I didn't cook a ton of fish at home. I often will have frozen shrimp from TJ's in the freezer and will sometimes buy some scallops or a piece of fish, but not particularly often. When... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
As I've mentioned, I'm really trying to take stock of what I have and what's missing before I go ahead any get any more food. Each day, I do a scan of what needs to be frozen/thawed/moved around/eaten quickly/consolidated, etc.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I'm trying to get into the mindset that food is readily available and that I don't need to shop differently than I normally do. At least not yet. I've been working from home since mid-December, and although I usually have... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Yesterday was one of those days where I did a bit of taking stock -- does anything need to be eaten soon? How much room is in the freezer? What did I order already? Let's start with the last question... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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So I was plugging along on Tuesday with a fridge (and freezer and pantry) full of food. For lunch I had leftover Dinnerly kung pao chicken with jasmine rice with some mediocre but easy scallion pancakes I made last weekend,... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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As I mentioned yesterday, I ordered a LOT of food from Fresh Direct, including things I don't usually buy or keep in the house -- some healthier than others. For example, I don't ordinarily go through a lot of fruit,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Now those of you who know me know that I like a well-stocked pantry in normal times. I don't feel comfortable without it. I had an amazing pantry at my disposal in CT and frankly, I think I have a... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Twenty days. Yeah, I got bored writing. Or I lacked motivation. Or I felt like our cooking was sort of uncreative. Delicious, for sure, but not super-interesting. Some highlights? Grouper with asparagus and fish generally -- I have gained confidence... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Is it the weekend? Who knows, really. I came to the realization this weekend that I'm not really writing about pantry cooking. True, we are utilizing our pantry and freezer, but we have also been able to get ample groceries... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Um yeah. The daily thing didn't work for me this week. Oops. Instead, here's a highlight reel. On Saturday, R&N went out for groceries, both to Stew Leonard and to Halas Farm, so we were pretty flush this week. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I know, I'm still a few days behind. Maybe I'll catch up later, maybe I won't. Like I said, trying to be very forgiving to myself around here -- mental health is the #1 priority at the moment. Friday was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Generally when I cook at home, I sometimes fall into ruts -- leaning on the same recipes over and over, buying the same staples, making a huge batch of something and eating it all week. Being in someone else's home... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Sigh. Sorry about that. This retired blogger is not used to writing every day and, given the circumstances, I'm cutting myself a LOT of slack these days and treating myself with kindness and compassion. It's okay not to work out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Yesterday was definitely a Sunday. I woke up, let Mox out and fed her, then went back to sleep while attempting a meditation. Didn't roll out of bed until fairly late morning and the only "exercise" I did was a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I started off the day with a Zoom class run by Circuit of Change -- a yoga/bootcampish studio that I used to attend in Chelsea. It closed within the past year and the owners moved out of NYC, but they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Sweet Blog o' Mine