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What's for supper tonight?

melissad Jan 17, 2007 09:36 PM

After another day of being iced in, we're having brisket with homemade bbq sauce, little packets of potato, onion, prosciutto, cheese and olive oil, and salad. For dessert later, we'll dip chunks of yellow cake in some mandarin chocolate fondue a friend brought us as a souvenir from Geneva.


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    RiJaAr RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 09:40 PM

    wow, mine sounds boring now.
    beef tortellini in some kind of sauce, have't really decided yet, and greek salad, and fresh bread.

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    1. re: RiJaAr
      melissad RE: RiJaAr Jan 17, 2007 09:54 PM

      No, it's just because I've had all day to think about it. I'm craving comfort food.

    2. gridder RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 09:49 PM

      LOL, Noodles and Co.

      1. QueenB RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 09:56 PM

        Fried catfish. Salad for me. Haven't decided on another side dish.

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          BellaDonna RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 10:02 PM

          Even in Texas, we were "snowed" in.

          I am making/have made chili and peanut butter cookies. (But I am hitting the gym first)

          1. chowser RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 10:48 PM

            Home made gnocchi, in a light cream sauce w/ bacon, chicken, mushrooms and roasted brussel sprouts. We don't usually have dessert but I made a banana chocolate chip cake today so maybe the rest of the family will have that. Oh, my vegetarian daughter will have leftover home made whole wheat pasta that I made yesterday w/ a tomato sauce. And, we'll all have a spinach salad on the side.

            1. Pei RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:20 PM

              I've been struggling all week to balance low fat (trying to eat healthy for at least one month) and comfort food (it's so cold!)


              -chana masala. Thanks to everyone who helped me figure out what I could throw in with chickpeas to make a passable recipe
              -butter chicken. It doesn't sound healthy, but it's just one very small chicken cut up cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices. I did not add butter or ghee
              -roasted butter nut squash cubes
              -basmati rice with tumeric and paprika (no saffron on hand)

              I think the heavy flavors and charred edges on the squash and chicken will make it hearty without being a calorie bomb.

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                jdubboston RE: Pei Jan 18, 2007 12:10 AM

                what I made tonight might pass muster for both your requirements - we had seared tofu w/ carrots, black beans, chili garlic sauce & bok choy

                Start with some minced ginger, garlic & scallions in a bit of olive oil, add tofu & sear over high heat, reduce heat & add chili garlic sauce (some soy sauce or fish sauce, too, if you want), carrots black beans & some water, bring to boil & let simmer for a few minutes & then add the chopped bok choy. Cover & let steam until soft. I just eat it like that out of a bowl, my husband puts it over rice...

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                sophieej RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:35 PM

                We are having a roast pork tenderlion with a homamde pomegranate chutney (made by my lovely husband),roast potatoes with rosemary and garlic - and we'll have to scare up a green thing - possible a salad. It'a been raining in Los Angeles, and you konw what that does to our ability to venture forth.....

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                  julietg RE: sophieej Jan 18, 2007 04:51 AM

                  recipe for pomegranate chutney please?

                  (I have been as attracted to pomegranates lately as much as Persephone)

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                    sophieej RE: julietg Jan 25, 2007 09:16 AM

                    He shucked a 8 pomegranates to make juice. But you could substitute juice from Farmer's mkt. In a pan sauted onion garlic,fresh ginger, fresh ground cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper. We added finly diced pinapple, plums and apples, suger, white wine vinagar. Add the pom juice and simmer until it thickens to your satisfaction.
                    Let cool and pour into steralized jar. He does not " do" measurements!!

                2. litchick RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:36 PM

                  We're having ATK's Chicken and Rice -- it's on the stove now, hope it turns out! ;)


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                    chowser RE: litchick Jan 17, 2007 11:40 PM

                    That sounds good and simple--perfect for cold weather. Let us know how it turns out.

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                      litchick RE: chowser Jan 19, 2007 12:36 AM

                      It was terrific! I ended up using a red onion, and subbing 2lb of skinless boneless turkey thighs (cut into big chunks) for the chx since I was wanting something with a little more... meatiness, I guess. It worked GREAT and stayed very tender (browned in the pan as with the chx, just not as long -- maybe 3-4 min per side). I don't know if it had anything to do with my sibstitution, but when I checked the pot after the first 15 minutes, the rice was perfectly cooked, and the dish was finished. I totally recommend this dish, it was good last night, and good for lunch again today.

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                    eamcd RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:41 PM

                    Baked cod cooked in diced tomatoes, chopped garlic and chopped cilantro.

                    Black beans (with garlic and onions) and rice...

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                      Elizzie RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:44 PM

                      Homemade chicken soup and pressed roast pork sandwiches with caramelized onions.

                      1. Candy RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:47 PM

                        I made the pork chop recipe I posted a link to from epicurious yesterday on the veal cutlet thread. They were breaded with lemon zest, sage and parm. cheese and slowly cooked in a cast iron skillet until browned and caramelized. Also had pan roasted sweet potatoes with butter and green beans.

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                          melissad RE: Candy Jan 18, 2007 01:59 AM

                          Would you share specifics about the pan-fried sweet potatoes? I had hoped to make homemade sweet potato chips, but I don't think I have the time to invest any more...

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                            Candy RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 02:23 PM

                            They were pan roasted not fried. Just peeled cut into chunks, rolled in butter and into a 350 f oven until a bit browned and tender. I gave them a stir occasionally to redistribute the butter. But that was all there was to it.

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                          alicat RE: melissad Jan 17, 2007 11:58 PM

                          Roasted pork tenderloin marinated in spicy mango chutney, lemon juice, ginger and curry powder, with coconut rice and sauteed bok choy on the side. A singe chocolate truffle for dessert.

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                            Kelli2006 RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 12:19 AM

                            Potato and leek soup with grilled sandwiches.

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                              Val RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 12:20 AM

                              Oven-baked kingklip (it's a fish from South America, wild, that looks like an eel, I know "ewww!" & high in fatty Omega 3),baked sweet potatoes, peas & salad. The kingklip was fresh and on sale for $7.99 per pound.

                              1. jenniebnyc RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 12:20 AM

                                OO, garlic, onion and diced eggplant sauteed. Add in a little marsala and chopped tomato. Add to a baking dish and top with ricotta mixture of 1 egg, skim ricotta, lots of parm cheese, black pepper and parsley. Bake on 450 for 15 minutes.

                                Tasty, filling, lowfat and low carb.

                                1. Kitchen Queen RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 12:25 AM

                                  Well, if you all have seen the news, we in Los Angeles are experiencing extreme cold too (for L.A.) Snow in Malibu!! - Yep, even in Westwood Village (U.C.L.A.) and other sea level suburbs. So, in my house, Matzo Ball soup and roasted chicken! Hubby will probably have the left over brisket my mom made for him as well. Dessert... maybe chocolate chip cookie something, if I get around to it. Butter's been sitting out all day. :)KQ

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                                    melissad RE: Kitchen Queen Jan 18, 2007 12:34 AM

                                    This is all really inspirational. I thought I was just having a particularly good day, but you have taken the game to a whole new level!

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                                      Kitchen Queen RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 12:55 AM

                                      For us Angelinos- This IS a good day! Children out making snow balls in villages that see snow once in maybe 40-50 years! Malibu! Who woulda thought//!! I'm sad 'cause it didn't snow in my town and I can't claim any of the fun. :( Today however is, the 13th anniversary (1994) of the famed Northridge earthquake who's epicenter is only 1 1/2 mi from my doorstep.

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                                    brooklynmasala RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 12:43 AM

                                    We had burgers with blue cheese on brioche rolls and roasted eggplant with parmesan. Hit the spot!

                                    1. PastaFace123 RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 01:00 AM

                                      ALL sounds great - vegetable quesadillas here with pepper jack. zzzzzzzzzzzz

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                                        melissad RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 01:29 AM

                                        This totally makes me want to cook well every day. Thanks for so many responses! You guys rock!

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                                          dtud RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 01:45 AM

                                          Porterhouse to share b/w 2 sprinkled w/cayanne, black pepper, garlic powder, and salt about 45 minutes beforehand, then bbq'd

                                          garlic mashed potatoes

                                          steamed broccoli w/salt + a touch of butter



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                                            melissad RE: dtud Jan 18, 2007 01:57 AM

                                            Cocktails? As someone who's iced in with only a bottle of brandy, I'm just curious...

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                                              dtud RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 02:18 AM

                                              oh - too bad, nothing fancy - wild turkey on the rocks for the so and cranberry and vodka with a splash of organge for me. . .

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                                                melissad RE: dtud Jan 18, 2007 02:24 AM

                                                Thanks - must stock up for the next wave of ice... :)

                                          2. roxhills RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 02:03 AM

                                            Soupa Avgolemono
                                            Barefoot Contessa Lemon Cake with Yogurt (i already tasted it-- someone described it as spongy on another thread.) It tasted like a lemony sponge.

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                                              melissad RE: roxhills Jan 18, 2007 02:08 AM

                                              Holy cow - I was just going to make this soup this morning but I went another way. How was it?

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                                                roxhills RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 02:48 AM

                                                soup was tasty-- I used the Silver Palate recipe but with homemade chicken soup (but I got distracted putting the baby to bed and it got a little thick). My husband wasn't into the soup but he LOVED the cake. I am pretty impressed by your dinner.

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                                                  melissad RE: roxhills Jan 18, 2007 03:12 AM

                                                  Tomorrow night, we'll back to leftovers and then sandwiches the next, so no need to be impressed. Cold weather brings out the chowhound in me!

                                            2. soypower RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 02:06 AM

                                              tonight's dinner was seared salmon filets, brown/white steamed rice, kimchee and blanched spinach salad. healthy but satisfying. :o)

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                                                soypower RE: soypower Jan 18, 2007 04:54 AM

                                                so we cooked a second dinner tonight of spicy garlic prawns, some hand cut noodles and quick fried green beans. i guess that healthy dinner wasn't as satisfying as we thought it would be ~ :o)

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                                                grubn RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 02:07 AM

                                                "Fusion" night: Haemul pajeon, kim chi, rice, baby lettuce salad with roasted yellow beets, and apple pie.

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                                                  melissad RE: grubn Jan 18, 2007 02:16 AM

                                                  Will you post your recipe for haemul pajeon, if it's not already? Thanks!

                                                2. revsharkie RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 03:23 AM

                                                  I was at youth group tonight so someone else cooked. Taco salad with all the expected toppings, bananas, grapes, and bars. Not bad, but not what I would have cooked if I'd been home.

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                                                    melissad RE: revsharkie Jan 18, 2007 03:24 AM

                                                    And what would you have cooked?

                                                  2. LaLa RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 03:27 AM

                                                    Soup Beans (with SPICY homemade CHOW- CHOW), cornbread, corn canned this summer,and fried potatoes


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                                                      dubedo RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 03:50 AM

                                                      Classic grad student dinner: two eggs over easy, with whole wheat toast. (Also a CH addition - baby green and herb salad with peas and some chunks of romano, and a dry rose).
                                                      Classic grad student dessert: chocolate, thesis, and tears.

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                                                        melissad RE: dubedo Jan 18, 2007 04:00 AM

                                                        If it weren't for those last two, I'd be jealous! :)

                                                      2. julietg RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 04:54 AM

                                                        new zealand trout with orange juice and thyme beurre blanc

                                                        don't be impressed, wait for the rest of it

                                                        canned string beans
                                                        veggie cous cous

                                                        (the fish was really awesome, flaky, with the same taste and look as salmon, but not as oily. and i didn't strain the sauce because i am lazy...)

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                                                          foiegras RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 04:50 PM

                                                          Concocted from items on hand: Baked chicken breasts stuffed with blue cheese (I think it was Maytag) and thinly sliced honey ham, topped with apricot jam & freshly-cracked white pepper, over noodles.

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                                                            AmandaEd RE: foiegras Jan 18, 2007 06:09 PM


                                                            I bring back pieces of that lovely Maytag Blue every time we go to the States. It is such a nice cheese. Looked into buying it here, but the only way to do it at the time was to call a local hotshot chef who was importing it to see if I could piggyback on his order. He wasn't so into that idea. Go figure.

                                                            What a lovely dinner!

                                                            We had leftover green curry chicken on brown rice and a side of chicken/cashew/pineapple fried rice. Tomorrow: Canyon Ranch enchiladas.

                                                          2. thegolferbitch RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 04:52 PM

                                                            We are having breakfast for supper. I think it's gonna just be eggs, toast/butter and maybe some fried potatoes. No paycheck til tomorrow so we're being frugal.

                                                            1. Will Owen RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 06:21 PM

                                                              Dreary and cold here in "sunny" SoCal yesterday, so I went to my favorite heavily Latinized Food 4 Less store and got two pounds of Peruano beans, two poblano peppers and a package of smoked pork neckbones. Deveined, seeded and chopped the peppers, chopped an onion and some celery, fried all that in olive oil with oregano and comino, stirred in the neckbones, then the beans, poured in water and two big cubes of frozen soup-stock. A few hours later got some week-old cornbread out of the fridge, toasted it, and had a perfect comfort supper while we watched Top Chef. That was also really frugal: I think that whole supper came in for six dollars or less (the beans were 88¢ a pound!), fed us and a guest, and there's plenty for supper again tonight.

                                                              1. hitachino RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 06:54 PM

                                                                i'm making the flemish carbonnade that chowhounds recommended here at the houndboards yesterday (beef and onion stew - beer based - i used a dark belgian dubble.) simmering very slowly. can i just say my house smells divine right now?

                                                                i put it on at 1pm, it's nearly 3 now - prolly eat at 5.

                                                                most recipes say to serve it over egg noodles, but i'm gonna make up some plain buttered white rice instead.

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                                                                  C70 RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 07:18 PM

                                                                  swiss chard, white bean, and sausage soup with some crusty bread.

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                                                                    Main Line Tracey RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 07:25 PM

                                                                    Either sushi rolls and miso soup or grilled cheese and minestrone soup. Depends what hubby craves because I don't mind either way. As long as there's soup. It's snowing here in Philly.

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                                                                      foodie_girl RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 07:28 PM

                                                                      Baked salmon, Italian veggie mix, and spanish rice; vanilla yogurt and fresh tangerine slices for dessert

                                                                      1. geg5150 RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 07:31 PM

                                                                        I've had a few chicken breasts marinating in a lavender dry rub that I bought at a lavender farm in Maui. I think I'll dredge them in a little flour, pan fry them and then make a pan gravy with a little chicken broth. I have broccoli, beets and sweet potato for the sides. Good and healthy.

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                                                                          BJK RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 07:40 PM

                                                                          Honey glazed roasted pork loin with roasted carrots and fennel. Easy, cheap, tasty, relatively healthy, and only one skillet.


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                                                                            Fleur RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 09:35 PM

                                                                            Tonight we will be dining on leftovers. Finishing up the last of my fabulous Meatballs. I will serve with Couscous left over from Lamb Kebabs the other night. First course is Salade aux Endives with Roquefort, Walnuts and Pears in a Walnut Oil and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette.

                                                                            Friday night Dinner for 6

                                                                            Mesclun salad with Pears and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

                                                                            Roasted Shrimp with Butter, Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon over Lemon Pepper Pasta

                                                                            Sauteed Broccolini

                                                                            Fresh Strawberry Sauce over Vanilla Ice Cream

                                                                            Homemade sablee cookies

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                                                                              MAH RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 10:01 PM

                                                                              tonight it is leftover turkey chili with black beans, chipotle and corn. I've been menu planning for the weekend -- on tap for the next few days i've got: truffled French onion soup with a salad of arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries and pecans; and spinach ricotta gnudi with some great tomato sauce with a spinach/butternut squash/pancetta salad. Also a possibility: braised lamb with lentils and curry from Molly Stevens "All About Braising."

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                                                                                chezlamere RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 10:10 PM

                                                                                Cabbage rolls. I like to make a big batch and freeze in sandwich bags to take to work for lunches.

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                                                                                  Pampatz RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 10:26 PM

                                                                                  Sorry about all the cold up north. SOB (south of border) we're at 70 degrees so grilling tonight.
                                                                                  Rib eye steak over mesquite coals
                                                                                  Greek-style fresh green beans
                                                                                  Sauteed new potatoes
                                                                                  Garlic bread (I made french bread yesterday)
                                                                                  Peaches n Cream Pie hot from the oven.
                                                                                  Tomorrow carnitas at the street vendor in Quiroga.

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                                                                                    RiJaAr RE: melissad Jan 18, 2007 11:21 PM

                                                                                    Chili... and something else i'll figure out in a second or two.

                                                                                    1. rob133 RE: melissad Jan 19, 2007 12:39 AM

                                                                                      lamb kebabs - been marinating in pomegranette/garlic/lemon.

                                                                                      with a simple salad and rice.

                                                                                      1. QueenB RE: melissad Jan 19, 2007 01:04 AM

                                                                                        Lemon risotto with scallops and watercress.

                                                                                        Fresh-baked bread.

                                                                                        1. sashimi73 RE: melissad Jan 19, 2007 12:50 PM

                                                                                          Chilean seabass which we seasoned with curry powder, cayenne pepper and fresh garlic and grilled outside with assorted hot peppers in the cold rain with the tiki torches going...smoked a great cigar while it was grilling, ate with a romaine salad and a bottle of Langevin chardonnay...

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                                                                                            blkorean777 RE: melissad Jan 25, 2007 09:40 AM

                                                                                            Spaghetti Carbonara. i bought some pancetta yesterday from Whole Foods, took it home, opened it up and got a whiff of funk. Looked at the package and saw it had expired on the 2nd of Feb so i exchanged it today for fresh pancetta. I was highly pissed, since I was planning on making it last night. Instead, i made spaghetti. On second thought, maybe i should make something else tonight since we had spaghetti yesterday. WF just ruined my whole week!

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                                                                                              tluu RE: melissad Feb 7, 2007 04:43 PM

                                                                                              Clams with black bean sauce. Honey is working too late for dinner, and he hates shellfish.

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