Instead of a nursing a huge mug of Philz coffee at the start of my night shift, I sipped from a thermos filled with steaming bone broth. Both beverages warm me up from the inside out, but I don’t get the jitters with the broth. I better stock up on marrow bones ‘cause no one trusts a fidgety drug dealer.

A hot bowl of beef bouillon always reminds me of my mom – who happens to be a culinary rock star. Every night after returning from work, she’d cook us a four-course dinner that always ended with a fresh pot of soup. Plus, my sis and I took it for granted that she’d simmer us a bowl of flu-fighting beef broth when we were sick.


I’m getting all nostalgic ’cause I miss my mommy. (Hi mom and dad! I hope you’re enjoying your vacation!)

That’s enough blathering! Let’s get back to the food…

While I was at work, I ate an ounce of E. Guittard Nocturne 91% cacao bar and leftover slow cooker lemongrass and coconut chicken drumsticks with frozen mixed veggies. 

When I got home in the morning, I was feeling nibbly so I ate a handful of mac nuts, a tablespoon of coconut butter, and a few green pork and shiitake sliders.

In the evening, I reheated the slow cooker beef and tomato stew I made the other night…

…sauteed some mushrooms…

…and mixed them into the stew.

For the side dishes, I roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon

…and nuked two boxes of Cascadian Farm winter squash puree with butter, salt, and pepper.

Right before I ladled the stew onto our plates, I chopped a bunch of Italian parsley…

…and mixed it in.

After dinner, we tucked the Double-O’s in bed and then I hit the sack for a quick power nap before heading into work.

Only two more nights to go!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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