97 thoughts on “I Cooked Too Much And Had Too Much Food

  1. “Too much food.” is perhaps the ultimate First World ‘Problem’.

    Of all food-related problems to have, “too much” is the very best one.

    May we continue to have it.

        1. Watson: “Who would commit a murder on such a beautiful day?”
          Holmes: “I would hope, no one.”
          Watson: “You’ve brought your revolver.”
          Holmes: “I spoke of my hopes, not my expectations.”

          1. Yup. Nut flours are good for you and non-carb. But most folks who can have carb only use, say, almond flour for making some kind of almond dessert.

            If you can grind it fine and eat it, and it keeps, it counts as a flour.

        1. Perhaps Charles Wesley disagrees, from 4th Vs 3rd line of “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”
          Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
          Although precisely how much an 18th Century Church of England cleric would know of Passover traditions is not clear :-).

  2. Eh … we had a two-hour long power outage, kicked off by gusty winds. So – our simple Easter supper was rather delayed. (Ham, potatoes au gratin, mixed veggies, rhubarb tarts from a pack bought at Ikea before they had to close for the duration.)
    What a country – that electric power can be restored on an Easter Sunday, whilst in the middle of a pandemic which has shut down a lot of the other states…

    1. The people you meet when you’re out on such jobs are pretty awesome, too. I’ve had customers bring me a hot cuppa on a cold night, hold an umbrella in the freezing rain, bring cold water in triple digit heat, and more. By and large, the people have been good ‘uns. My Easter luncheon was reheated Taco Bell, but it’s hard to complain about having food when you’re hungry- a healthy appetite is the best of spices and all. Most folks appreciate what we do, and that’s a good feeling to have. The work is always just a bit more rewarding when folks out there know you’re there for them.

      Now the new stasi wannabes “Papers Please!” flyer we have to keep visible in our trucks is a definite bit of unpleasantness. Federal and state has to tell the brothers and sisters in blue that we’re “Essential Services Workers” now? As if the police had no common sense?

      I’m sure it may be accurate *somewhere* but it’s not something I like, at all.

      Other than that, though, it’s been a pretty good Easter. Reheated fast food for dinner, but that’s not the worst thing. Should be able to wrap up and move back East here soon as it looks like the pandemic rush has just about spent itself as far as Central Texas is concerned. Y’all take care, and may Himself smile upon ye and yers. It’s a good day to be alive- and while there’s life, there’s hope.

      1. While some cops are idiots, it’s probably more so that a good cop doesn’t have to do anything that starts with “Karen, you idiot-“

      2. They can take those papers back to where the sun doesn’t shine. I’m after thinking it’s time for the lads to start a new Republican Brotherhood… We haven’t got that in Oregon yet, but sandwiched between WA and CA … may only be a matter of time.

              1. If the Declaration is void, we are still British.

                Of -course- the Declaration remains settled Law.

  3. Leftovers, m’dear, leftovers.

    I wish the times were not such that I cannot propose taking meal(s) to health care workers or idigents.

  4. Well, ham and beans did NOT work. No idea how.

    But I made a ground beef and veggie…something… which vanished, and now Elf is pausing Avengers: Civil War to explain why Tony is wrong, even though he’s very sympathetic, and why everybody is listening to him anyways.

    1. I always cook too much food. But I sent most with each of the kids. So, kids don’t have to cook through stressful month of finishing degrees, and Dan and I have 3 or 4 meals worth of leftovers, which nromallyw ould be ideal for the days/nights we went somewhere….
      Ah well, we can still go for drives. It’s supposed to be nice after Wednesday.

  5. I’m waiting for the rice cooker to, well, cook the rice. I like the stove-top better, but no, “it has a rice cooker attachment so we will use the rice cooker.” Because someone has forgotten how long it takes . . .

    Red 2.0 and Sib made rice-crispy treats. And decorated them with bunny ears and tails. Yes, a plate full of little round bunny butts. *SIGH*

    Happy Easter!

    1. Oh, yeah. I made low carb candy. I THOUGHT I made enough bunnies with peanut butter centers to make Dan happy. (six. VERY LARGE bunnies.)
      BUT younger son ate five of them :/ And one white chocolate bunny. (He insisted on calling them mozzarella bunnies. He’s a peeve!)

      1. In interest of equal time …

        a song for Pesach. Chad Gadya, y’all. May we all be delivered from slavery this coming year.

  6. Happy Easter! Because he lives and reigns we have hope: not mere wishful thinking, but the earnest expectation that he will bring grace, mercy, and justice to us.

    1. It takes a bit. *grin* It took me about a decade to simplify recipes down from “fill one stock pot with boiling water, add 4lb this and 5lb that…” *chuckle* Then came the godkidlets, and recipes changed again….

  7. And a Joyous Easter to you, too, dear lady. From an agnostic who’s just in it for the food – although semi-Catholic family does celebrate.

    Hams just now went into the oven – the boy does not have the day off, so it will be a very late dinner. With him grown, we are also past the point where there is no such thing as too much food.

    1. You don’t have to believe to celebrate people being thankful. I will celebrate any holiday that involves people feasting rather than killing one another other.

      After all, it don’t have to be my birthday to share the cake.

          1. Peas aren’t high on my list, but there are vast differences between otherwise-identical looking peas. Some are edible, most taste like grass. Whether it’s inherent or part of the canning/freezing process, who knows… and just in case someone didn’t get the word, peas do NOT belong in potato salad!

              1. Well, of course YOU’D say that! 😀

                Fresh peas straight from the garden are great. Frozen peas are generally pretty good. Canned peas, not so much.

                You don’t want to know what I think of canned lima beans.
                ———————————
                Sanity is like most things — best practiced in moderation.

                1. Fresh peas are the only peas; all other variants are “the vegetable formerly know as peas.” They are highly sugar-laden when fresh but that sugar converts to starch at an incredibly quick pace.

                  Dried peas, while vile, are a completely different culinary contributor.

                  1. This is absolutely true but I still like peas in stews and pot pies.

                    there is a variety of dried pea called a marrow-fat that is, along with rhubarb, the stuff of my food nightmares. Shudder.

            1. Most certainly not! Any green stuff had better be pickle.

              Reminds me to put frozen peas on the list for tomorrow, though. I put them into my soups, which is the only place that my family tolerates them. (Honestly, they really don’t have any taste there; they’re just a color contrast.)

          2. Orvan, there is at least some proof that you’re the most normal of us in CO.
            When I went out last for frozen veggies ALL that was left was PEAS. Everything else, even spinach, was gone.

            1. Bags of frozen peas are a common “prescription” for sprains, bruises, contusions and other injuries prone to respond to icing. I would expect a venue so attractive to skiers would know that.

            2. “Orvan, there is at least some proof that you’re the most normal of us”

              The Universe is being weird at us again, isn’t it?

              Then, some years ago, I walked into a convenience store about an hour before closing (I used to work there and often chatted with that particular closer, sometimes bringing cake) to be told, “You are the most normal thing to walk through those doors tonight!” “Wait. The minotaur, one who bakes some, and goes to renaissance faires.. in garb.. is the best approximation of normal?” “YES!” Surreal.

  8. And you are above the fold, first headline in fact, at PJ Media, a moment ago at least.

    And DOJ is going put a short leash on some of the worst of brown-shirted church oppressors. I find this to be a nice change from years previous.

    Happy Easter. He is risen, as He said.

    1. It has been interesting reading the comments on articles about church shut-downs and realizing exactly why we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights. The naked hostility towards religion from some is astounding.

        1. Which is why my block list on Instapundit is impressive, and I don’t even bother with reading the rest of PJ Media. (Yes, I skip the articles because of the trolls in the comments, because I can’t NOT click on the comments link and then I get mad. So by not banning known trolls, PJ Media is costing themselves at least one reader.)

          And every so often, I try to flag a troll on Instapundit and then realize that of all the reasons to flag, “Troll” is not one of them for some bizarre reason. (Seriously, that’s a fundamental omission). So I give up and don’t flag, and the troll persists. (Though sometimes if they’re particularly noxious I’ve flagged for “targeted harassment”, because their persistent trolling is rising to the level of harassment targeted at the entire comments section. That might not be how Disqus defines the term, but in a few cases I feel it fits.)

          All that to say that I’m quite grateful that you DO ban persistent trolls. It’s the only way to keep a comments section an enjoyable place. Thanks.

          1. Trolls (and the time they consume) are why I do not read comments anywhere but here. Here at Hoyt turning them into Troll Chowder is an art form but even so, how often can one die on Troll Chowder? Even Trollwurst, Troll Stroganoff and Briquette of Troll get boring after a while, and even the best prepared Troll dishes tend to have a bitter after taste.

            Although I admit having a hankering after Buffalo Troll Wings.

          2. I just flag comment and account as “threatening content.” Which I consider them to be – they don’t have to be right in front of me to be a threat to my liberty and well being.

        2. Well, since I didn’t spring for the extra $40 to be able to make comments, I don’t have to worry.

          Myself, I read them when I have time – and report them. A mild and inexpensive amusement while the morning blood replacement therapy is going.

      1. Dawkins acolytes ignore the biggest cause of all the problems they love to blame on religion.
        People.
        Is there anyone more High Church, zealous, annoying, and malicious than a Dawkins following Vegan?
        They love it when you compare them to the Spanish Inquisition, Swaggart, Baker, Falwell, et al, and point out they have only converted to a different religion.
        They also love it when you point out they tend not to be nearly as vocal about islam as they are about the religions not known to currently behead folks for any perceived slight.

        1. Is there anyone more High Church, zealous, annoying, and malicious than a Dawkins following Vegan?

          Yes. A Dawkins following Vegan Jogger.

          1. I keep waiting for Dawkins to have a road to Damascus moment and become an Evangelical Preacher. He is so utterly obsessed with God that he puts conventionally pious people like me to shame.

  9. By the by. Last Friday we had a “Test run” of temperature monitoring to get into work.
    Took three tries to get mine, as my head slowly cooled from removing my helmet.
    This morning, I turn onto the drive into work and the whole works is gone.
    Colder and snowing and someone realized the cheap point and shoot thermometers they were using were ill suited to this.
    Supposed to come around during the day and test, now . . . so a half day working next to someone potentially ill? And who coulda seen the troubles coming, especially across town with two companies on campus, and three times the people (and Friday is less workers!) . . . I mean other than. oh, anyone with a modicum of common sense?

    1. Well, since (IIRC) you *are* a Youper, perhaps the company is taking cues from the Hag of Lansing. (As a note in Insty put it, Gretchen Half-Whitmer.)

      I *so* hope she’s the VP pick for the Dems.

      1. Prefer calling her Whitless. Half implies there is some whit there.
        I work on the WI side of the border, so most of work deals with a different Dem Maroonie. The other campus has a second company that has been monitoring temps of their workforce, but someone got the brilliant idea to do it on the way into the parking lot, or here one of the roads in, blocked to one lane (Other road exit only).
        No, other place has rotating 10 hour shifts (4 on, 2 off, 3 on 2 or 3 off or some such) and people there float in and out all day. Our plants have a mix of 8 hour and 10 hour workers and far more, all showing up near the same time. Lets get the cheapest temp meters (point and shoot from 2 inches), and try to use them outdoors in freezing weather!
        Apparently they learned quick, for a change (shocking!) as the other plant had a back log just to get into the parking lot, and that was a slow day with many of the 10 hour folks not working.
        some time after 8 they walked into my office and zapped me (97.5f or some such).
        So I had only 2 hours to spread, er absorb or whatever.
        as for Gov Whitless, I’m torn. I would hate to see them pull a fast one (Got my state fraud by mail letter/application Friday) and she get elected, and Slow Joe isn’t likely to last long, if he even makes the election.
        But Trump would have a merry time with Slow Joe/Whitless 2020

      1. and I wonder how fast they’d be asking me to come in and recheck mine if I hit their 100 send home level.
        Me off two weeks with numerous past dues I am waiting to fill . . .

    1. That ought to boost traffic and multiply clicks – ka-Ching, eh, Sarah?

      Not her first time mention on Rush, but happily this time the trolls will be calling at PJM.

  10. The real temperature stupidity is that it is infectious prior to symptoms. So taking temps is another way to think you are safe, while getting infected. Masks, handwashing, remembering 6 feet is a minimum, not a magic number, will not stop this. This seems a very infectious “bug”, with low numbers of severe cases. Since 3 of the crew of the N.Y. hospital ship tested positive, this means more like 60 have it. So even in a place taking every precaution it still spreads. The problem is we have thousands of “Typhoid Marys” shedding virus. The MIT related sewage treatment plant virus sampling indicates we might be close to herd immunity, if a ratio of 500 testing positive to 100,000 infected is true.

    When we do the random sample of the country, (a 100,000 person sample of everyone) to detect antibodies. Learn those who got it is 20 or 30 times those we tested as positive. Then realize we shut down the the country in an attempt to stop, what could not be stopped, (since what part of “this is infectious prior to symptoms” didn’t you understand). What will be the response?

    This is why getting that sample as soon as possible is vital. It will tell us a true infected rate, and a true death rate. We need to get this done this week, not wait 2 months for a “perfect” CDC antibody test.

    1. If I remember the tail-chasing that’s gone on trying to find the origins of stuff, the “infectious while not having symptoms” was based on either a study from Singapore of infections in public places wehre they didn’t know of anybody who had symptoms having gone through (total of 4 or something) or a gal who had symptoms, just didn’t realize it wasn’t jet lag ganging up with a bad cold until after she’d muscled through.

      As for highly infectious– weeks in a highly likely to transmit situation, without steps being taken, only got 17% to catch it. A hospital ship? Eeeeeh…. let’s just say I’m very, very interested in what information will come out about the sailor from the Teddy Roosevelt. The media has utterly burnt any trust I had in them with this game of playing telephone and hiding the call-back numbers.

      1. If the whole “act like you could be spreading it even if you feel fine” thing is based on that…. argh.

        I suppose it’s simpler than “some cases are very mild and a few are very bad, so you could think you just have allergies but accidentally make someone very sick,” but still….

        1. I’d rather they were honest and explained “some people are only going to have mild cold symptoms– you might not even notice, because seriously, who the heck notices every time they have a hint of a tickle in the back of their throat? Or that runny nose that might be the cold, or allergies? We don’t know why, but that stupid slight bit of a cold sometimes blows up, with fatal results!”

          …basically, all they had to do was not lie to us.

          Yes, I am very pissed that the justification of lying to us is that we don’t trust them. No F*ing s*t, d*head, you just demonstrated WHY we don’t trust you.

          Anyways.

          I’ve been asking everybody I can for the source of it, and the Singapore report is the only one I could e-lay hands on.

          1. I’m really trying to keep in mind that not everything said wrong was (probably) a deliberate lie — but “we lied to you because you don’t trust us” is amazing in a truly terrible way.

            1. Same, I spend a lot of time thinking up completely innocent explanations– for example, if you define “symptoms of COVID-19” to mean “the stuff you have when you really need help, soon,” then the standard list (which is identical to pneumonia) is good, and “you can be contagious without symptoms” are both totally true.

              1. Even figuring some people might have been going with with “fever and dry cough” as a definition of “COVID-19 symptoms,” instead of “go to a hospital, and God help you!” illuminates it… somewhat, as a source of possible confusion.

                The data are an unholy mess, and I choose the adjective specifically because of the early contamination by lies, and I have to remember that one of the consequences is that different people, even reasonable ones, can come to different conclusions about the level of danger and what would best mitigate it. I’m fighting myself to try to focus on analyzing information and not get carried away with the selected worries of the last people whose selected data and analysis I was reading. It’s harder than I would like, and I’m not responsible for making policy for anyone but myself, or for trying to figure out how to communicate risks and recommendations to a large audience.

                (I remember a TOFspot post in which he remarked on Bernie Sanders’ impressive ability to articulate clear policy positions through the media blur. Not that he agreed with the policies, but that being able to get them across was astounding even assuming reporter sympathy.)

                I even wonder if the sudden sweep from over-dismissiveness to “Shut down, shut down, SHUT DOWN!” may have been fueled partly by distrust of China even by officials who didn’t want to admit it.

                And there are explanations that aren’t really innocent but also fall somewhat short of active malice, like fear of being blamed, or even the weird notion that it’s unfair to impose different restrictions or judge behavior differently depending on infection rates and population density. (I am still recovering from this condescending tumblr post that pityingly explained that some people have to travel more than two miles from home because that’s how far away stores are in a food desert.)

                There’s no justification for trying to penalize people for attending drive-in Easter services or roping off car seats and garden seeds as “nonessentials,” so clearly some people really are just getting their totalitarian on. But there’s also a range where I don’t know where it would be best to draw the line — I’m positive some of the reason NYC is overwhelmed is because of precautions rather than disease itself (e.g., the article a few weeks ago about how 20% of emergency workers were out because of coronavirus — the headline made it sound like they were all sick, but a bunch of them were off duty for potential exposure) and I don’t know where prudence ultimately lies. And probably there is a slightly wider range where I should give people at least some benefit of the doubt. And I’m not entirely sure where the line is for that either.

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