I opted to take a vacation day, to extend my holiday weekend, and not feel so rushed yesterday. I treated today mostly like a normal day–I’d set my alarm to go off at 5, but I don’t think it did (either that, or I was so tired I slept through it). I was up at 6, got Jay & the bambino up at 7, then dropped them off at work and daycare. I came back home to finish up my grocery list, then got the grocery shopping done:
I’m so happy to have food again! The only meat I ended up buying was a 10-pack of pork chops (the only meat we didn’t already have in the freezer). I divided those up (I can get 3 meals from a 10-pack):
After grocery shopping was done, I popped back down to Sioux Falls to do some shopping. Jay needed some clothes, and as long as I was out & about, I picked myself up a new skillet, some slippers, and some cool B&W houndstooth notecards (not only do I love all things plaid, but I also love anything black & white, be it checked or houndstooth). When I got back to town, I unloaded my purchases, then dashed back out to pick up Jay & the bambino.
Jay & I had every intention of doing yoga this afternoon, but my heart wasn’t in it (plus I had/still have a headache), and after he spent about 20 minutes outside tending to the garden and being eaten alive by all the mosquitos, he wasn’t up for it either. I got to work on dinner, instead:
I sort of followed the recipe for the mozzarella in carrozza that’s in my Rao’s cookbook, but not entirely. My egg batter wasn’t seasoned with anything other than salt and pepper, and I just used sliced mozzarella, not fresh. Jay still scarfed down 2 sandwiches, so it can’t have been all bad!
As for the fried zucchini, I’m really the only one who likes that. I’d first had it at a restaurant in Pennsylvania–Moon, PA, I think, and I think the name of the place was Mario’s*, but I could be wrong. I loved it, though–It was in the basement of this building, and it was like walking onto the set of GoodFellas. One of their appetizers was fried zucchini strips with a side of marinara. Every so often, I get a craving for it, and make my attempt at replicating it. I found a recipe for the batter, and my strips end up matching my memory, so I’m happy.
*Okay, I broke down and Googled Mario’s. My memory isn’t so bad after all. And the zucchini strips are the first appetizer listed.