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Coronavirus Kitchen – One Pot Chicken Marsala

March 21st, 2020 No comments

Tonight’s dinner was my own ”cheater” version of chicken marsala – one of Rosanne’s favorite dishes.

My version is a bit of a hodgepodge without a recipe but here my take.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 cup milk or 1/2 cup half-n-half
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup Marsala Wine (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp oregano or majorum
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 lb spaghetti or other pasta
  • 2 tsp butter

Directions:

Heat olive oil in large pan with lid
Season chicken with salt and paper.
Dredge in corn starch and shake off excess
Fry chicken breast until mostly cooked through
Add onions and garlic
Saute onions and garlic
When lightly browned add spaghetti to pan
Add chicken stock, oregano, parsley, stock, marsala wine, milk, butter
Add more stock or water to cover spaghetti, if needed
Season with salt and pepper as desired
Cover with lid and bring to boil, then set heat to low
Simmer until spaghetti is almost cooked through
Remove lid, raise heat to medium and reduce sauce to consistency of your choice
Serve

COVID-19: Resources to help people learn on YouTube via YouTube Blog

March 20th, 2020 No comments
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FREE Audiobooks for kids (and adults) from Audible

March 20th, 2020 No comments
No need to download or log in or anything. Click the book and start listening immediately! Maybe it’s time you finally read/listened to one of those classics, like Frankenstein, that you have always been meaning to read. — Douglas
 
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
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Maps: Where LA And OC Families In Need Can Get Food While Schools Are Closed via LAist

March 20th, 2020 No comments

Schools around Los Angeles and Orange counties have closed in an effort to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

As LAUSD officials pointed out, that wasn’t an easy decision, because many families depend on schools for meals, child care, and services for students with special needs.

“Our schools provide a social safety net for children,” schools Supt. Austin Beutner said at a Friday press conference. “The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time.”

We are compiling this list of resources for families who may need help, and we will update as we hear more. In many cases, particularly when it comes to school districts, meals will only be given to individuals 18 or younger who are there in person.

You Can Suspend Your Federal Student Loan Payments for Two Months via Lifehacker

March 20th, 2020 No comments
Our loans are through Navient. While they have a COVID-19 notice about the internet rates being set to 0%, under their forbearance section I am not yet seeing a COVID-19 forbearance choice, so it looks like lenders are still catching up to the quickly changing policies. 
 
Check directly with your lender for more information!
 
You Can Suspend Your Federal Student Loan Payments for Two Months via Lifehacker

President Trump said today that federal student loan borrowers can skip their payments for 60 days. But it’s not automatic.

From the Department of Education’s press release:

All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency.

A Stunning Sky via Instagram

March 20th, 2020 No comments

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A Stunning Sky

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Captured During our anti-cabin-fever walk yesterday.

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Coronavirus Kitchen – Sausage, Lentil, Kale Stew Recipe

March 19th, 2020 No comments

Another homemade meal during our isolation. Tonight was a lovely stew made with Italian Sausage, green lentils, kale, and some sliced carrots thrown in for good measure.

Recipe

Lentil & Sausage Stew

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped kale (or other leafy green)
  • 1 cup dried green or red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound sausage, removed from casing (We also used some leftover smoked sausage, sliced and then quartered into bite size pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed chili flakes (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • handful of shredded cheese (optional)

Directions:

1. Brown sausage in non-stick pan

2. Reduce heat to medium and deglaze the pan with the 1/4 cup of the chicken stock, add the garlic, chili flakes, paprika and cayenne pepper.

3. Toss in the greens and broth, heat until greens are wilted.

(Alternately, add kale near end of cooking for a different texture)

4. Add lentils and water, bring it back to a simmer and continue to cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally and season as needed with salt, pepper, chili powder, etc. to your liking. I found a pinch or two of chili powder added a nice touch with the paprika.

5. Serve, topping with shredded cheese, if desired

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@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner via Instagram

March 18th, 2020 No comments

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@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner

@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner via Instagram

@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner via Instagram

Might as well make the best of being stuck at home.
Joseph whipped up a batch of his Japanese-style curry for us all.

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Nice, hot, cup of corona-killer coffee ☕️ via Instagram

March 18th, 2020 No comments

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Nice, hot, cup of corona-killer coffee ☕️

Nice, hot, cup of corona-killer coffee ☕️ via Instagram

I wish this is all that it took, but it does keep my spirits up.

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#COVID19 Day 6 – Today’s “Office” Playlist via Pandora

March 16th, 2020 No comments
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