So, 2020 has been completely insane and none of us have known what to do with ourselves. That’s a well-established fact. That will be the subheading to the chapter about this year in history books, or history…holograms, or whatever the hell we have in the future. One of my all-time favorite expressions of what this has been like came from @KevinFarzard on Twitter who said:
My favorite part of quarantine is that we were all forced to be alone with our thoughts for a little bit and everyone was like “Absolutely not. I will learn to bake bread from scratch.”
— Kevin Farzad (@KevinFarzad) May 2, 2020
Kevin’s theory was bolstered by a whole lot of replies to a thread started later by Franklin Leonard, in which he asked what purchases had been making a difference in people’s lives recently.
Has anyone made any lockdown purchases that have radically improved your quality of life unexpectedly?
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) May 24, 2020
There were lots of answers; home improvement stuff, comforts, entertainment, pet adoption, and, oh yeah, food. What do you do when you’re stuck at home bored and anxious? You eat. And you find new, interesting methods of eating that maybe you haven’t tried before. That’s just the American way.
10. Fry me to the moon
Two words so beautiful have rarely been paired.
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) May 24, 2020
9. Let’s get this bread
Unsliced bread is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Bread machines are great for making pizza dough. Also dough for https://t.co/wAb2qFMpLY. Throw in all the ingredients and choose the dough setting and voila.
— Junior Meow (@youzdoyouz) May 24, 2020
8. Mixin’ it up
Weird hill to die on, but OK.
I bought a kitchenaid mixer and now I will fight anyone who speaks ill of it
— Lil Uzi Hurt at Home (@lostblackboy) May 24, 2020
7. We all scream
Anything can be alcohol if you try hard enough.
Omg I never though to use it for that. Now I know what I’m doing tomorrow.
— Head for Details (@mrschrislopez) May 24, 2020
6. Stock up
“Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.” – Mitch Hedberg
This rice in 10lb bags. It’s more delicious than other basmati and jasmine rice. pic.twitter.com/nOVfHw7iZ1
— Greenfuzz ?? (@greenfuzz) May 24, 2020
5. Eggcellent idea
Live that farm to table life.
We started buying eggs and meat from local farms instead of the grocery.
— I’m Suzi Stay Home, y’all! (@SoozleMcDoozle) May 24, 2020
4. Good old fashioned booze
I’m deservin’ a bourbon.
I bought a thing that makes those giant, clear ice cubes. I'm perfecting my Old Fashioned.
— Alexander Apostolos (@AlexanderApos12) May 24, 2020
3. Lettuce feast
I’m a little disappointed to learn that an “AeroGarden” isn’t like, flowers in the sky.
Also, AeroGarden!! Growing my own lettuce! pic.twitter.com/MaKS9hY2yF
— Caryn Rose (@carynrose) May 24, 2020
2. Sugar and spice and everything nice
I’ll put this on my list of things to try to salvage my mental health.
This is not really lockdown related but the spices situation in my kitchen was out of control and looked so messy…. and I bought a spice rack on wheels and now my mental health has improved ???
— Nathalie Emmanuel (@missnemmanuel) May 24, 2020
1. Grill baby grill
OK but the real question is, which one of those stove burners is your favorite?
In our defense, we’re all going a little nuts. Also, this cast-iron convertible grill/griddle from Marquette Castings changed my kitchen life. pic.twitter.com/BJJWWOWD1o
— Tom Strini (@striniwrites) May 28, 2020
Personally I’ve been trying out a lot of this great culinary tradition called “ordering delivery.” What it lacks in nutritional value, it makes up for in being overpriced.
I…may need to rethink this strategy.
Have you been trying out any new cooking adventures?
Tell us about them in the comments.