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Quarantine cooking 2020


Various days, weeks, and months in early 2020


Hello! Welcome to “cooking pretty well”! I’m your host, Ben!

Today, I’ll be showing you some of the things that I cooked pretty well! Thanks to COVID-19, everything’s shut down here in Oregon. I’m very glad that everything’s shut down, but it does make getting interesting food fairly difficult.

Luckily for me, I like cooking! I’m even okay at it usually!


I didn’t post any individual articles about these while I was cooking them, because they’re frankly not that particularly interesting or impressive on their own. But when taken together… this shows a history of creativity and can-do attitude! Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

Short version – I had a lot of fun trying new recipes, and cooking things that I’m not well versed in. It was fun, and almost everything came out quite tasty!

  • White Castle burgers!
    I followed a youtube recipe (link below) which walked me through the various steps to preparing and cooking semi-accurate White Castle sliders. I can’t comment on how authentic they tasted, since I’ve never actually been to a White Castle, but I can say that I was happy with how they came out.
    As a bonus, I couldn’t get buns from the grocery store, so I made my own!
    Solid 7/10
  • Brisket!
    I followed my standard recipe for this one, and I’m happy to say that it came out exactly as well as I’d expect.
  • Hamburger Sliders!
    Not similar at all to the White Castle burgers, these were cooked directly on the skillet, and didn’t have any onions included… but dang, did I do a good job.
    I even learned that they’re good as leftovers, either re-heated in the toaster, or just microwaved and eaten like a savage.
    9.5/10, good things here.
  • Steak.
    Is steak. Was good. Yes.
  • Mega-Extra bacon cheese burger!
    Normally, I don’t put lettuce or tomato on my burgers. It’s not that I’m against it, mind you, it’s just that I don’t think that they add enough to justify the effort of getting all the extra ingredients. See, I don’t really buy “hamburger materials”, it’s just stuff that I like to keep stocked in the kitchen. Lettuce and tomato though… those don’t last long enough to keep stocked regularly, so I don’t.
    Which means that, sometimes, I decide to get fancy and make a full-power burger. Like this one!
    9/10, yay burger!

A Saturday at home – firewood and brisket – 07-Dec-2019


Saturday, 07-Dec-2019


Today, we stayed home and puttered around.

Not really the normal theme to one of my blog posts, huh?  Yeah… well, you know what?  Sometimes, it’s important to celebrate the little things in life, like cleaning up the bedroom and cooking a nice meal.


So I cleaned up the bedroom and cooked a nice meal.  I also cleaned, stacked, and split a ton of firewood!

First things first, cleaning the house.  Pretty boring, but I did enjoy the chance to go through some of our closets and clear out the various odds and ends that’ve accumulated over the years… I even found the old Kayak ornament that Daniel and Erin had given me years back!

The most energetic item on the list was firewood – We accepted delivery of half a cord of firewood in the morning, which unfortunately included about two yard-waste bins full of detrius… but before I could get to cleaning that out, the first order of business was prepping the garage to store that much wood.

It didn’t take long, thankfully, and after a quick re-arrangement of the storage area I was able to put down a few rails to stack the wood onto.  Then the process of cleaning out the bark and detrius, and selecting the “Happy Logs” to form the end towers… it was fun.  It was really fun – it was raining out, I was kind of tired, but I felt amazing.  I’ve missed the simple joy of stacking firewood, and the feeling of accomplishment I got by looking at the nicely stacked and organized wood was a huge boost to the day.  I even sequestered the larger logs out, so that they’d be easily accessable to split and add on top of the rest!


Between cleaning, stacking, splitting, and selecting, I was cooking.  Brisket is a beautiful recipe, because its enjoyably complex but not hugely time consuming… it just needs good timing and a bit of effort.  I had my alarms, and every time I stepped back into the house it smelled more and more like that perfect smoked meat scent.  And when all the chores were done, and everything was cleaned up and put away?  Sarah and I had an amazing meal together.


It was an excellent weekend.


Link to Brisket Recipe, for those who may be curious…