“Since we started our dinner while the lockdown was still happening, we skipped the bottle of wine I had set aside — we figured it best to be stone sober to stay on high alert. Instead of wine, I made mocktails using cranberry juice, apple cider, and white grape juice. Tangy, sweet, and delicious! It was definitely the weirdest anniversary we’ve ever had.”
“Whiskey-caramel swirl ice cream from scratch,” wrote Tiffany Mura (@tiffanymura).
Susanne Jackson (@suedoesnttweet): “Homemade pitas & falafel.”
Blogger Beatrice Peltre, also a Food section contributor, wrote: “I cooked butternut squash soup with ginger. I baked a chocolate cake and made a strawberry clafoutis. Also roasted a chicken; I used the leftovers to make a carrot mash/chicken hachis parmentier (our French version of a shepherd’s pie). Also cooked potato gnocchi served with a butternut squash sauce and made a fava bean-pea pesto to spread on toasts. Also made labneh and lamb and herb meat balls, baked chocolate petits pots de crème (custards) and made chestnut flour crepes. Amongst other things. . . . I had two girls (Lulu and one of her 5-year old friends).”
April (@prillyp): Lemon meringue cake (@nigella_lawson’s recipe) Tues. Lentil pot pie Thurs. Chocolate cookies w/unaware 7yo on Fri eve.”
Lisa Ouellette (@lisakayaks): “My first batch of ravioli.”
Gretchen (@moralbeast): “Sea scallops and risotto verde by @jaybarnett. Good food is stress relieving.”
Kathryn Nulf (@belitfromwithin) wrote: “Homemade chicken tikka masala with cilantro.”
Luke Pyenson, another contributor, wrote: “I was locked down at my girlfriend’s house and all she had in the fridge was essentially a dozen eggs, some corn tortillas, and a turkish/Balkan red pepper spread. So we made migas — scrambled eggs mixed with fried tortilla strips. We mixed the red pepper spread into the eggs. It was great.”
Sebastian Nava, one of my food writing students at Boston University, and executive chef at Otto: “Flatbread of roasted tomatoes, garlic, onions, parsnip, carrot, celery, & pecorino.”
Another of my students, Michael Floreak (@floreak) “Made what I could from what we had: snickerdoodles and edamame hummus for wife’s friends. Dinner: Scotch and snickerdoodles.”
Sheryl Julian can be reached at email@example.com .