With this current pandemic, and many restaurants still closed, most of us have a little extra free time on our hands! In fact, cooking and baking have become an anxiety reliever for most during these uncertain times. Here are some of our favorite recipes to cure those quarantine blues!

First Night in Florence Spaghetti

Looking to do something different? Take this classic dish and create a whole new flavor the family will love!

Ingredients:

- 1/2 package spaghetti or bucatini

- Sea or kosher salt

- Good olive oil, and lots of it

- 1-pint cherry or grape tomatoes of whatever colors are to hand, halved

- 2 or 3 good sized cloves garlic, minced

- 1 can tuna packed in olive oil, not drained, opened, homage to Pierino who appreciates the value of very good canned tuna

- A couple of generous handfuls of spinach leaves, stems pulled off

- Juice of 1/2 lemon, Meyer if possible

- Sea or kosher salt and pepper to taste

- A good Parmesan or Romano cheese

Get the directions here

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

This yummy recipe will give you an entire new approach to easy quarantine cooking.

Ingredients: 

  •  1 onion, chopped

·         1 (16 ounce) can chili beans

·         1 (15 ounce) can black beans

·         1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

·         1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

·         1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

·         2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

·         1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning

·         3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts

·         1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

·         1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

·         1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Get the directions here

 

Salsa Steak Garlic Toast

This is perfect if you’re looking for something filling but easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices frozen garlic Texas toast

·        1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1 pound), thinly sliced

·        1-1/2 cups salsa

·        Sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro

Get the directions here

 

Mile-High Flaky Biscuits

Working from home? Pop these in the oven and they’ll be done before you know it! (maybe pair with a cup of coffee?)

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for working

·        4 tsp. baking powder

·        1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

·        1 tsp. baking soda

·        3/4 c. cold unsalted butter, cut up

·        1 1/2 c. buttermilk

Get the directions here

 

Ginger Garlic Chicken Ramen

Missing restaurant life? This delicious restaurant-quality meal will hit just the spot!

Ingredients:

·        8 c. chicken stock

·        1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast

·        1 (1 1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, halved lengthwise

·        6 garlic cloves, sliced

·        1 (3.5-ounce) package shiitake mushrooms, halved

·        1 tbsp. soy sauce

·        2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

·        3 (3-ounce) packages dried ramen, seasoning packs discarded

·        4 baby bok choy, separated into leaves

·        2 c. snow peas

·         3 scallions, sliced

Get the directions here

 

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

If there was ever a time to treat the family to something sweet- it’d be now, with this easy recipe!

Ingredients:

·        3 c. whole milk

·        2 c. heavy cream

·        1/2 c. sugar

·        1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

·        1 vanilla bean

·        5 large egg yolks

Get the directions here

 

 

Need ingredients? Below are the Upstate's amazing local grocery stores, both offering curbside pickup-

The Anchorage, 586 Perry Ave.

Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, 205 Cedar Lane Rd.

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