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What's Cooking May 2023

Wonderful start to the month because my friend Patti came to visit. Her husband Tom too. They arrived May 1, I spent the weekend prior doing some cleaning. Husband was on a retreat so I had all weekend to clean. It wasn't too bad since I had several days.

I even had time for a little fun! I visited a new yarn shop on April 29th for Local Yarn Shop Day and then went out to eat with Shari from knitting group at The Black Diamond Grill . A fun day, good meal, with a new friend.

I didn't grocery shop before Tom and Patti arrived and really needed to but we survived. They arrived later than they thought on Monday, I75 had serious issues. We immediately went to eat at Northern China Eatery. We loaded up on dumplings, soup and fried rice. So good!

Tuesday I made breakfast, Patti said Tom would love cinnamon rolls so of course I made them. Guests after all. No pictures, we just forgot as we talked and ate. I've made these many times and they are pretty much perfect.

With the cinnamon rolls I had sausage from the freezer and a scramble with fridge foraging. Patti and I then headed out to a yarn shop (she knits too), she bought yarn to knit a chicken.

After yarn, on to BreadBeckers. Yes, she bakes bread too. Luckily they drove so she could stock up on kamut and spelt grains. I got the same along with some hard white wheat.

No cooking after our journey. We met with our friend Tracy at Rumi's in Sandy Springs. Patti is also a personal chef and was friends with Rosemary and Tracy. Dinner was wonderful! I had the lamb kabobs and the lamb was tender and tasty.

Wednesday Patti and I met up with two other friends (Peg and Lana) at Buford Highway Farmers Market to shop a little. We're not totally sure what our husbands were doing either day, but they seemed to be fine. And then off to lunch at Lanzhou Ramen. We did ask a very nice total stranger man to take our picture. It was a little windy!

We didn't buy groceries while shopping, the main goal was to meet up with friends and eat lunch. So at home we foraged for food. Pizza for the win! I made my favorite dough, divided it into three and Patti and I made choices.

I had feta, spinach, ricotta, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, roasted red onion, sauteed zucchini, mozzarella, parmesan. I was glad I hadn't shopped, I had lots in the fridge!

Patti took pictures! Gold medal for picture taking.

They left early Thursday morning to drive back to New Hampshire. A short but wonderful visit. Thursday was soup night at home since grocery shopping was Friday.

Soup - chicken broth from the freezer, green onions, snow pea pods, napa cabbage, hot sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, frozen dumplings. No recipe, just foraging but so good.

I follow The Woks of Life on Instagram and a lot of the recipes look good. The website is nice too. The orange chicken was very good. Served over rice with sauteed bok choy on the side.

I repotted my avocado seed/tree and I hope it likes the new pot.

Couple more meals with leftovers to reduce having to cook and reduce wasting food.

Hatch chile pork empanadas, fried chicken cutlets with cream gravy, big fat Greek quinoa salad .

I found empanada wrappers at Buford Highway Farmers Market in the freezer section. The sauce is excellent, the emapanadas reheat well and think they'll freeze well too.

I did not make the chicken gluten free but Jane is gluten free and her recipes are always good. I've met her at conferences. I used panko for the crumbs and all purpose flour.

I used yellow bell peppers for the salad, grape tomatoes and added some feta. It was excellent and keeps well through the week.

I'm back to yoga, missed a week during Patti prep. Need to get back to walking and have been staying up too late! Work in process.

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