Sick Day Thoughts

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On Monday, I stayed home sick from work, slept in past 9 (on a weekday!), watched about 8 hours of TV, and ate soup from a bag.  I think this is new, but you can buy a bag of WF soups from the prepared foods case now.  I also got a lemon ginger Kombucha then settled down on the couch and watched last week’s episode of the Amazing Race “with” Joey while he was on his lunch break at work.  These thoughts also went through my head.

Speaking of the Amazing Race…

I don’t know if we can all agree that we wanted Bates and Anthony to win (is Bates even a real name??), but we can all agree that B&A weren’t even half as cute as the Chippendales, James and Jaymes from last season.  Maybe I can reunite with them in Vegas?

Why is What Not to Wear so harsh?

I have very little fashion sense, but even I’ll agree that the guests on that show really need some help.  I just wish that help could be a little bit nicer.  I don’t think I’d respond very well to someone poking fun at every outfit I wore.

And why does every show have to include a makeover?

I swear back in the day when I used to watch MTV’s Made, everyone, even girls who wanted to be made into rappers or hockey players, got makeovers.  I can’t decide if I think this seems really superficial or if I also want everyone on those shows to get a makeover.

The secret to a life of happiness is snacks.

Just lots of snacks.

Doing nothing is really hard for me.

I took the day off to get some rest and really had to resist the urge to clean my entire apartment and go do something active outside (where the weather was actually really nice!).  I think my need to always be “doing something productive” will be the struggle of my life.

I’m back to work now but I still have half a voice.  Every time I try to speak, I can’t really be sure if words, squeaking or just plain silence is going to come out!

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Have you ever lost your voice?

When was the last time you had to stay home sick from work?

What’s your favorite kind of soup to eat when you’re sick?

Smoky Corn and Shrimp Chowder

This is how lazy Joey and I are.  When we went to the grocery store on Saturday, instead of buying fresh corn to make chowder with, we almost bought frozen.  There we are, produce bag open, first ear of corn in hand, when we decide having to shuck and de-kernel it ourselves is not worth it.

Luckily, we came to our senses.  I mean, it is corn season after all.  It would be a crime not to take advantage of how cheap and delicious fresh corn is right now.

I made this chowder a few weeks ago and while I wasn’t overly wowed by it, Joey declared it “AWESOME!!”  So I was determined to make some changes that wowed me, while still maintaining the chowder’s “AWESOME”-ness.  I’m pretty delighted by what I came up with.

Smoky Corn and Shrimp Chowder

  • 1 tsp olive oil (plus a drizzle for the shrimp)
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 6 ears corn
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 T paprika
  • a pinch crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  1. Shuck corn and cut kernels off.
  2. Chop onion and garlic.  Heat olive oil and liquid smoke, then add onion, garlic, salt pepper, paprika and crushed red pepper.  Cook until onions and garlic are soft.
  3. Add corn and cook 5 minutes.
  4. Add broth to the pot, simmer for 10 minutes then remove from heat and cool so you can add the yogurt without it curdling.
  5. While the soup cools, peel your shrimp, then toss in salt, pepper and cumin.
  6. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan and arrange the shrimp in one layer.  Once browned and crispy, flip and repeat on the other side.
  7. Once shrimp are done, stir yogurt into soup, then use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to puree some of the soup.
  8. Stir in shrimp and enjoy!

Joey was out golfing when I made this, so it was me, the Chopped Grill Masters finale and chowder.  Turns out de-kerneling corn and peeling shrimp is pretty cathartic.  And totally worth it.

Laziness doesn’t create chowder this good.