Today is Memorial Day and in many states that have reopened establishments and public spaces, many are already flocking to celebrate. However, those who are trying to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from Covid-19 are still self-isolating and staying at home to help prevent the spread of the virus. On this holiday weekend, we take a look at celebrating Memorial Day 2020 while self-isolating, the first in many years that the holiday has been celebrated. To keep yourself and your family safe and still be able to experience a fun holiday, here are a few great ideas on how to honor the occasion, keep healthy, and learn new things.
Celebrating Memorial Day 2020 While Self Isolating: Learn how to cook a new cuisine!
1. Mexican Street Food: Tacos & Salsas with Deborah Schneider
If you’re craving for some Mexican spice right now, consider taking the Mexican Street Food: Tacos & Salsas class with instructor and executive chef Deborah Schneider. This fun, feisty class will teach you how to make street tacos and spicy salsas, and will teach you how to roast and char ingredients to enhance their flavor. Learn how to use jalapeño and habanero chilies, avocado and tomatillo to build sauces like no other. Explore how to use fun and unexpected ingredients such as Mexican oregano, epazote, and even Coca-Cola! You’ll love putting together slow-cooked carnitas right in the comfort of your own home. Spanning 7 episodes over 2 hours, this class is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. Available at Bluprint.
Promising review: “I’m learning to pan-roast chiles and tomatoes for the first time, and having a blast making fire-roasted salsa. I can’t wait to start using the same techniques for pan-roasted veggies because this is such an amazing way to bring out the flavor of vegetables without using ANY oil! I’ve viewed the entire class and so far I’m really impressed with the instructor and feel very confident that I can make everything she demonstrated. I’m looking forward to making lots of Mexican street food this winter!” Sharilyn Miller
2. Asian Noodle Essentials: Pad Thai, Ramen & More with Katie Chin
Discover Asian cuisine with Katie Chin in this interesting class, wherein you will learn how to cook flavorful Asian restaurant noodles. Learn the differences between mein and chow mein noodles and discover how to level up Chinese barbecue pork. Learn how to create a rich miso butter sauce to pair with some udon noodles and create savory braised pork or chashu stock for a hearty ramen. Lastly, become an expert at pad Thai so you can impress your family when they finally come over. This class spans 6 episodes over a little under 2 hours. It is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars at Bluprint.
Promising review: “This class provided so much information as to what to use, for anyone that was not raised in a household where Asian cooking was the primary meals. It’s not just the noodles that are important but the ingredients and what works best with what. Since taking Craftsy classes our neighborhood Oriental Market has become a much more common place for me to shop and the owner is beginning to think of me as a regular customer instead of the one ingredient wonder. Katie Chin has fantastic energy, is fun to watch and I would most certain take another class if she offered it.” Eman
3. The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking by The Great Courses
Celebrating Memorial Day 2020 while self-isolating won’t be a bore especially when you have Chef Bill Briwa to guide you through learning all about the flavors of the Mediterranean. This class explores classic dishes from Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and more. But more than just recipes, Chef Bill will also share time-saving tips and up-close instructions on how to make rice-stuffed dolmas, handmade pastas, authentic Neapolitan pizza, tapas and mezzes, and more. By the time your self-isolation is over, you’ll be an expert in basic Mediterranean cuisine. In this class, you’ll also learn about the culinary history and culture behind the dishes presented here, so you can truly impress guests when you begin entertaining again. This class spans 16 episodes over 9 hours, a total steal! It is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars at Bluprint.
Promising review: “This is an outstanding class taught by a very talented and knowledgeable instructor who has a clear love for his subject. I have watched each lesson through and I am now cooking my way through all of the recipes presented. It was a pleasure to watch the first time and as I check back in to specific lectures as I cook, I am enjoying it all over again.” Kelly McKillop
4. Indian Restaurant Favorites: Fresh at Home with Raghavan Iyer
Let James Beard Award-winning instructor Raghavan Iyer be your guide in creating the most popular Indian dishes in the comfort of your own home. After this class, you’ll probably want to make your own instead of ordering takeout! This class will teach you how to craft scrumptious samosas, chicken tikka masala and more. It’s a class that will come in handy when impressing family and guests during your next get together. This course features 6 episodes spanning about 2 hours. It is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars at Bluprint.
Promising review: “This was one of the best classes I’ve taken in terms of the clarity and thoroughness of each episode, adherence to recipes provided and the simple joy of listening to this (very articulate) man. I appreciated the small glimpses of background he gives to various food items. Thank you so much!” Brightfragments
5. Homemade Italian Pasta with Giuliano Hazan
Indulge in learning how to create hearty pastas with Giuliano Hazan, the son of famed Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan as he shares his family tradition with you. In this class, he’ll teach you how to make, roll out, cut, fill and cook authentic fresh egg pasta. You’ll also gain knowledge on how to master authentic Italian dishes and learn the heritage of Italian food, regions, and traditions. This class features 7 episodes over 2 hours. It is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars at Bluprint.
Promising review: “Mr. Hazan does an excellent job instructing, and in particular, in explaining in more understandable terms what a ‘feeling’ the pasta should have when it has enough flour in it. This is where I have seen other instructors fall a little flat. They explain it as though I should know what they mean when they say ‘until it feels right’. This was a wonderful class taught by an excellent instructor and the results were delicious success! I would recommend this class to any friend interested in making pasta. In fact, I liked his teaching methods so much I promptly enrolled in both of his other Craftsy classes on classic pasta sauces.”
Self-isolating: How to Better Manage Health While Indoors
1. Mindfulness for Anxiety and Sleep with Tara Brach
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many to self-isolate and distance themselves socially for weeks. This can have some negative effects on one’s mental health. For those who want to better cope with self-isolation, try the Mindfulness for Anxiety and Sleep course with Dr. Tara Brach. This course helps you better face challenges with courage and wisdom, learn mindfulness strategies for relaxation and improved sleep, and understand how anxiety can fuel addictive and compulsive behaviors. This course features 3 hours on-demand video, a full article, full lifetime access on mobile and TV, and a Certificate of Completion. Learn now at Udemy.
2. Text Neck Pain Relief Stretches and Exercises
Working from home can pose different health risks to the body, especially when you don’t have the same ergonomic facilities as in the office. To learn more about how to improve posture and overall health at home, try the Text Neck Pain Relief Stretches and Exercises course, which offers knowledge on how to hold your phone to avoid neck strain, how to perform a neck sit-up to strengthen neck muscles, how to deeply stretch affected neck muscles, and how to restore a healthy posture. Learn today at Udemy.
3. Get Out of the Gluten Glut (Part 1): Get to Know Gluten
The first in a series of informative courses on gluten and its effects on the body, this course dives deep into the differences of wild wheat and the wheat we know and eat today. Find out what it means to be allergic to gluten and why not all wheat can necessarily cause digestive problems. Also learn how wheat can cause weight gain and how gluten may trigger autoimmune diseases. Learn more about gluten at Udemy.
4. Aromatherapy Using Essential Oils For Natural Living
Newbies to essential oil therapy will enjoy learning how to blend an array of essential oils for treating skin conditions to cleaning your house without the use of chemicals. This course will help you understand how to better use essential oils in your everyday life with confidence. After completing this course, you can confidently make your own muscle rubs, vapor rubs, massage oils, and more. Learn now at Udemy.
5. Crash Course 2 Keto – Ketosis Made Simple
To understand how a keto diet can work for you, you must first understand ketosis. This course will help you with that, as it provides you with a comprehensive understanding of ketosis and how to achieve it, how to use ketosis to improve energy, and how to combine ketosis with intermittent fasting. This course features a 2-hour on demand video, an article, 4 downloadable resources, and full lifetime access on mobile and TV. Grab this course now at Udemy.
Celebrating Memorial Day 2020 while self-isolating? Try watching some of the best Amazon originals right now!
1. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Based on characters created by best-selling author Tom Clancy, this Amazon original is a political thriller series that follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan as he is taken from his desk to the field after he uncovers the burgeoning Islamic group founded by an extremist named Suleiman. The series’ second season finds Ryan in the middle of the dangerous Venezuelan presidential election where corruption is abound. The two seasons (with a third coming in the near future) are now available on Amazon.
The psychological thriller is based on a podcast of the same name, created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. The first season starred Julia Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a social worker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center. The facility run by the Geist Group specializes in transitioning soldiers back to civilian life. In season 2, Janelle Monáe plays Jacqueline, a veteran whose memory seems to have been wiped out by the Geist Group’s Homecoming facility as she tries to figure out the mystery about her missing memory. Both seasons are available now on Amazon.
3. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This period comedy-drama is set in the 1950’s and stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a young upper class housewife in Manhattan who discovers she has a talent for standup comedy and subsequently pursues a career in it. The series is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino of Gilmore Girls fame. It was renewed for a fourth season in December 2019. All three seasons are available now on Amazon.
4. Good Omens
The miniseries is based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 novel of the same name and stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman among other A-list stars. Tennant and Sheen play demon and angel respectively, who have been longtime friends. After being rather fond of life on Earth, they team up to prevent the arrival of the Antichrist, which signals the final battle between Heaven and Hell and the end of the earth, or simply, Armageddon. All 6 episodes of the miniseries are available now on Amazon.
5. Regular Heroes
Celebrating Memorial Day 2020 while self-isolating can be inspiring, especially if you watch out for Regular Heroes, a weekly docuseries that focuses on the day to day heroics of essential workers across the country, as told by familiar faces such as Alicia Keys, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, and more. This uplifting series showcases how hope can bring us together, especially in times of a crisis. Available now on Amazon.
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