When Life Gives You Lemons

Here's the thing. I'm not big on "free time." Mostly, I find it confusing and overwhelming, and just end up filling it with senseless activities like exercise and sleep. In all seriousness, though, I always need to have a project. Doesn't have to be huge. But just something creative to keep my brain working -- to remind myself, "hey, you can make things." And so, this summer the project has been cooking. Since I'm not in rehearsal I have my evenings free, and what better thing to make than something you can eat?

And though life did not exactly give me lemons, Jewel did (I paid for them, don't worry). Then, I used them to make pasta:

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pasta

While I don't claim to have invented any of these recipes, I have added my own customizations to each. This makes me feel like I'm contributing (somehow) to the greater creative universe. That, and my new habit for food photography. It's a fine line between delicious and slimy, my friends. Among other creations, tacos:

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tacos

A baked mac 'n' cheese with bacon and barbecue sauce (my additions):

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And a white chicken chili, which was a step outside my cooking comfort zone of "meat + noodle"

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Had to include this one, too. Sage comes from my new herb garden!

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I'm sure soon enough I'll be back to eating Chipotle twice a week, but in the meantime...anyone got any recipes you want to try??