Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #11

The Big Quarantine – March 27, 2020

The Day in Taking the Air Out of Fridays: I miss the build-up to getting out of work on Friday after working my 40 hours and knowing I can escape The Man, the politics and drama, and the personality disorders. I could get used to being my own Woman (skip the politics and drama) and only deal with personality disorders of people with whom I share a mutual respect. That said, TGIF – ish.

The Day in Split Pea: Without a doubt, split pea soup is the easiest soup from dried beans you can make. Split peas are field peas that are split down their natural seam. They are small, don’t require a pre-soak, and cook relatively quickly. The lazy legume!

You don’t even need a recipe. Cut up an onion, a couple carrots, maybe a couple stalks of celery or a peeled potato. Toss that in a soup pot and saute the veges till softened or slightly browned (always salt and pepper the veges a little here). Add the entire 1 lb package of split peas (rinsed and drained) and 6 cups of water or broth. Toss in a ham hock (don’t really toss it). Bring to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring every time you get up for another glass of wine and adding a little liquid as needed.

Don’t have a ham hock? Use some bacon. Don’t eat meat? Don’t add meat, let the split pea flavor wash over you!

The peas will break down creating a lush, rich texture. Once that happens readjust the seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste. Got herbs and spices? Stir some in. And don’t forget a couple drops of hot sauce. I’m a fan of adding a tsp or so of either white wine vinegar or the same amount of mustard. The acidity will brighten the flavors. But nothing will brighten the color. Split Pea Soup always looks like Baby’s first summer.

Top the soup with some homemade croutons (old bread is your friend). Or, if you’re feeling like you haven’t had enough carbs, the soup is great scooped over some white rice.


The Day in Old School Information Gathering: The internet is definitely my best friend when it comes to figuring out what to cook and how to cook it. But my reference book The Food Lover’s Companion is definitely my favorite auntie who I have to visit every now and then for some no nonsense, straight forward foodie-to-foodie talk. Sometimes less is more, ya know. My no-nonsense split pea definition is shown below.

I brought this book to work once and my young co-worker saw the receipt that I use as a bookmark. She noted it was from the year she was born. Aww, thanks kid. BTW, she didn’t was so worried about the age of the receipt, she didn’t note that the store no longer existed and I paid with a check. A totally bygone era is represented on that there slip.

The Day in I Can’t Stop Walking: My personal Covid test is to walk up Sycamore Hill and see if my lungs can take the very steep, 1/2-ish mile walk. So far so good. Once I get over the crest (about a block south of The Christ Hospital where Auburn Ave. changes to Sycamore Street) I feel like I want to walk forever. Like, I just don’t want to stop. I know it’s not because I have an extra year to prepare for the Olympics and 2021 could be my year, but it’s because I’m walking off the excess energy and emotions of being stuck inside.

No better picture encapsulates my emotional Jambalaya than this view as I came through an alley to Eighth Street. Here, peeking out under the beautiful spring blossoms is the austere face of Cincinnati artist Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938). All the emotions. I’ll keep walking.


The Day in Miniatures: Don’t be a crab, it’s Fish Fry Friday.

Peace to you! Be safe! Do good things!

Covid 19 Info

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CDC – Cases in the United States


Updated March 27, 2020 (Next Update March 30)

These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
  • Total cases: 85,356 (Yesterday = 68,440)
  • Total deaths: 1,246 (Yesterday = 994)
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)

* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.


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