9 Etiquette Rules for Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Good behavior in the grocery store matters more than ever. Here’s how to be a more considerate shopper.

By Mary Claire Lagroue April 03, 2020

I found this article on AllRecipes and knew in a flash that I just had to pass it on. So, enjoy folks!


Before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, shopping for groceries felt therapeutic to me. I looked forward to dawdling down aisles, reading labels for the thrill of it, and stocking up on chocolate (and other necessities) for the second time in a week.

Now? I find myself swerving an almost-full cart in one jerky u-turn after the next to avoid other shoppers, wishing the aisles were wider. I stare at the sparse shelves wondering whether I *need* more oatmeal. I had never, ever thought about the ethics of stockpiling oatmeal before. But here we are.

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Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

This is a dish I first came in contact with many years ago when my husband and I were stationed on the island of Guam. It was fantastic! Ever since, I’ve been looking for a recipe that would recapture that great taste. This one from Food Network comes close. I’ll list just a few of ingredients to “whet your appetite!”

This simplified version of a traditional Filipino comfort food was meant for your Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one). The pressure cook setting prepares it in no time and best of all, there’s only one pot to clean up.

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  • 4 chicken legs, thighs and drumsticks separate
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

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Care Packages from Grandma #SocialDistancing

In all the times you thought about care packages 📦 from home, did you ever expect to sending one with face masks 🎭? As luck would have it, neither of my daughters sews. So while I was making some for myself and hubby, I called the girls to see if they needed some. Net result was my sending care packages 📦 off by Priority Mail.

Now I realize that hugs are off limits right now, but please, keep in touch with your family and friends. More than once, we’ve gotten FaceTime calls from my oldest because Riley (granddaughter) was bored and wanted to talk to “PawPaw” and “MeMaw”. I’ve also gotten calls from from friends who are also stuck at home 🏡 and bored!

Today after finding out that said friends were still waiting to receive the fabric order to make a mask, we decided to grab a couple of the extras and take them down to Ted and Carol. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the company. Yeah, the area is under a “safer at home” 🏡, but all of us needed that time together.

So please, Video chat with all the friends that you can, and for older people who maybe aren’t as technologically savvy, take the time to find a way to visit them outside.

Chicken Pot Pie by Wolfgang Puck

This is one of the many recipes we are seeing on our Echo Show. This one can be found on the “Tasty” app. I’ve tried this several times and definitely recommend it to everyone!

Here’s just a few of the ingredients before I send you to the website.

  • Cooked chicken, shredded
  • Carrots, diced
  • Red-skinned potatoes
  • Frozen green peas
  • Puff pastry
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Practical Home-Cooking Resources You Can Count On

We’re all in this together. Let’s roll up our sleeves, wash our hands, and stay busy in the kitchen.

Friends of mine love coming to my house for dinner. I am a subscriber to Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen websites. I can find some fabulous recipes there. The middle of March they posted the following article. After the article is a link to the page containing the full article and a link to 50 recipes for your enjoyment!

Staying at home and cooking for yourself, your family, and your neighbors has never been more important. As always, you can rely on all of us in the test kitchen for resources to help you plan, shop, and cook for yourself and your loved ones. We are committed to serving as a resource to you every day.

We’ll be using this page to post articles and recipe collections that we think will help you feed the people you love in this unpredictable time. Check back often—we plan to add new posts every day about topics you’re looking for now: pantry-friendly inspiration, info on ingredient substitutions, and big-batch recipes you can freeze. We’ll even provide an occasional break from the norm by way of a dispatch from our test cooks and kitchen staff, who are all currently working from home.

We’re all in this together. Let’s roll up our sleeves, wash our hands, and stay busy in the kitchen.

Jack Bishop

P.S. To make our content even more accessible, we’ve taken some unprecedented measures. As part of our Keep Calm and Cook Sale, we’ve slashed all our cookbook prices to $19.99 (or less) and they’re ready to ship. We created a collection of 50 of the America’s Test Kitchen recipes you need now—and freed up access to all of them. We’ve opened up our ATK Kids website (so many recipes and fun activities, now free). You can also get every recipe, rating, and resource on all our sites with an all-access membership, now just $1 for 3 months

Keeping Busy #Coronavirus #COVID-19

What are you doing to keep from going stir-crazy?

So, now that we are settling in for what looks like a long period of “Social Distancing”, what are you doing to keep from going stir-crazy? Hubby and I got outside this morning and washed the car 🚙. By hand!

Now, of course, Odie just had to join us outside. While we worked, he dug a hole and got comfortable. So, that led to the expected, a bath. As you can see, bath time is not his favorite thing. 🤦‍♀️

So, what did you do today?

Skillet-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pecorino Romano | America’s Test Kitchen

Got 10 minutes? Try this simple recipe!

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love the folks at Cook Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen. The testing that they do on recipes is unbelievable. They elected to share a number of these with everyone during the current crisis. So, enjoy!

Have 10 minutes? You can make the best Brussels sprouts that you’ve ever tasted.
— Read on www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/10260-skillet-roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-lemon-and-pecorino-romano

Preparing for the Coronavirus #Coronavirus #COVID-19

I know, it’s nothing to laugh about, but seeing this little graphic on a news story on my local ABC station had me giggling. Now, I’m in FL, but I’m sure you can think of similar weather problems for your area.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is reminding Floridians that COVID-19 and hurricane preparedness are two different situations.

ABC Action News, Tampa FL

When I think of what happens around here the minute the local stations even hint at a storm, I get it! Read the story, enjoy the giggle

You know that old saying? #Coronavirus #COVID-19

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink?

It’s apparently still alive and kicking in the USA. A week ago, I posted parts of a news article from my local news, (You Think?) that had a link in it to a list of items readily available in stores, that the EPA stated would kill the Coronavirus. Easy, peasy, right? Clorox – Check. Lysol – Check. Purell – Check.

Monday, while enjoying the hospitality of my local VA, I caught sight of a news story on a different channel pointing out that certain cleaners were not appropriate for this need. So let me use some old-fashion terms, maybe that will help.

No one is saying you don’t clean your home. Nope, haven’t heard that at all. The question is, “Are you disinfecting or sanitizing it?” Totally different things there.

When you spray the disinfectant and wipe it up right away, that’s sanitizing it. When you wait for 5 – 6 minutes, that’s disinfecting it. Make sure to do both. Start by disinfecting every thing, then you can sanitize it more easily.

Instant Pot Rack o’ Ribs Sandwich

A touch of chipotle adds smokiness to these ribs, like what you’d get on the grill. A quick broil at the end creates extra char and concentrates the flavors of the barbecue sauce.

Do you have an Instant Pot? For our most recent anniversary, my husband bought me one. Initially I thought it would be good for soup and stew. Then this recipe was featured on my Alexa Show. Now I had a good recipe for ribs that Cook’s Illustrated publishes. This one has rapidly replaced that one as a favorite.

Okay, I’m going to refer you to Food Network for the full recipe, but I thought you would enjoy seeing the video and a partial ingredient list.

  • Two 1 1/2-pound racks meaty baby back ribs
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

Now, I don’t know about you, but I had almost all of the ingredients in my pantry.

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