Earlier this year felt really busy for me. Then we started hearing reports about a weird virus in China; why worry, it’s the other side of the world. Suddenly, it was here! And we needed to hunker down, stay home, and don’t go ANYWHERE! No restaurants, no haircuts, no shopping. Stay home. And if you must go out wear a mask. I don’t get to see my grandsons, either.
At first, I thought this would be a nice break; I could get some work done, have a few days away. Well, that did not happen. Instead, a lot of emotions, a lot of discovery, a lot of fear, a lot of politics, and a lot of struggle around food.
“The supermarket had no ____; what shall I do? “asked my clients.” “And you mean we cannot get together?” said my friends.
Its true. We need to do this. And we need to keep doing this until the virus is erased.
I urge you to think twice before passing judgment and thinking our nation is overreacting to the extra measures being taken to curb the spread of this virus.
If you don’t want to follow the advice of wearing a mask and washing your hands and keeping 6-foot distance, you may be fine. But you could infect someone else. And someone who is deeply loved could suffer and die. Even if you did not know them. Even with five minutes of being in the same restaurant or bar. Please protect yourself and those who are close to you.
Last night I saw Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, Secretary Alex Azar and our vice president, Michael Pence, on television. After they spoke, they each put on face masks. If they can do it in public, we can too. And just think! The mask will automatically stop your between meal nibbling!
Seriously, plan the food to be fun. Cut open a watermelon, and fill it with a variety of fresh fruits, then add some spices: basil, ginger, cinnamon, mint, rosemary or cardamom. Whatever you like is fine. (Not more than three spices at a time, to make the flavor.)
And try new veggies in your salad: scallions? Snow peas? grated cabbage? cucumbers, endive, escarole, green onions, spiralize zucchini or squash, chili peppers, radishes, spinach or cherry tomatoes and even artichoke hearts! Try new ones. And a new dressing too. Have you had Cardini’s Caesar yet? (If it is too thick for your taste, mix it with an equal amount of milk or yogurt or broth.) It is a favorite of mine!
If you are grilling, try grilling something different from what you normally grill. If you normally do burgers, chicken and steaks, try fish. Try grilling some ripe peaches for dessert.
And PLEASE remember to drink enough water!
But this week will be 4th of July! What about the parades and barbecues and fireworks and fun?!
There is more than one way to have fun. Be inventive with your family AND with your food! Try something new, make an old favorite, change where you watch the fireworks, wear your mask, play a few board games, and next year, we will be able to have gratitude that this has passed.
If you believe in the power of prayer, there is a group that suggests we stop for ONE minute at 9 pm EST every night and ask whatever Power we believe in for the safety of our people and for healing from this. You are welcome to join if you wish.
And remember we are moving Thursday nights with Theresa to Wednesdays starting this week! Don’t lose us!
And just for the holiday fun, ask each person at your table what they are most grateful for!
I am most grateful for your trust in me.
Blessings to you,