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    Posted March 16, 2009 by
    Reston, Virginia
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    Lunch Money



    Disclaimer:  I don't claim to be a videographer, just a home cook with a camera and a computer. 



    Bringing lunch to work doesn't have to be boring or expensive.  I have a dozen restaurants right out the front door of my workplace, but I try not to frequent them.



    Lunch from home is more satisfying.  I can have exactly what I want without the wait, noise or expense of dining out.



    Lunch is usually the remnants of the previous night's dinner put into reusable containers and slipped into a neoprene bag.



    I'm fortunate to have a full kitchen at work, so a refrigerator is readily accessible, but if you don't have a fridge available to use, an ice pack which can be used multiple times will do the trick.



    Tonight I made a family favorite, Auntie June Chicken.  It's basically Chicken Milanese; bread crumb coated chicken, shallow fried.  I top mine with a quick grate of fresh parmesan cheese, but it's not a must.



    Tonight I pulled a jar of home made hot pepper jelly out of the pantry and created a spread mixed with a teaspoon of mayonnaise.



    There was enough chicken for 4 - 6 hearty sandwiches.



    A vinaigrette was poured over leftover steamed asparagus and the grand finale was home made chocolate-dipped macaroons.  The macaroon recipe makes enough cookies for at least a month of lunches and they can be kept in the fridge or freezer for a very long time.



    We've got a freezer and filtered water at the store, so I usually pour a tall glass of ice water and my lunch is complete.



    For under $5.00, isn't this better than a cheap mass produced lunch from the dollar menu or an expensive lunch from one of the big chains?



    More lunches and dinners can be found at http://justopia.com/blog





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