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What's for supper tonight?

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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  1. 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

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

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

        1. 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. 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. 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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              1. re: Pei

                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...

              2. 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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                1. re: sophieej

                  recipe for pomegranate chutney please?

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

                  1. re: julietg

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


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                  1. re: litchick

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

                    1. re: chowser

                      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.

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

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

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: Candy

                          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...

                          1. re: melissad

                            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.

                        2. 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.

                          1. Potato and leek soup with grilled sandwiches.

                            1. 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. 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. 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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                                  1. re: Kitchen Queen

                                    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!

                                    1. re: melissad

                                      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.

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

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

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

                                        1. 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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                                          1. re: dtud

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

                                            1. re: melissad

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

                                              1. re: dtud

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

                                          2. 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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                                            1. re: roxhills

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

                                              1. re: melissad

                                                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.

                                                1. re: roxhills

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

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                                              1. re: soypower

                                                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)

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

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                                                1. re: grubn

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

                                                2. 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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                                                  1. re: revsharkie

                                                    And what would you have cooked?

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


                                                    1. 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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                                                      1. re: dubedo

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

                                                      2. 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...)

                                                        1. 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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                                                          1. re: foiegras


                                                            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. 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. 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 88ยข a pound!), fed us and a guest, and there's plenty for supper again tonight.

                                                              1. 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.

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

                                                                  1. 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.

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

                                                                      1. 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.

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


                                                                          1. 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

                                                                            1. 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."

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

                                                                                1. 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.

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

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

                                                                                      with a simple salad and rice.

                                                                                      1. Lemon risotto with scallops and watercress.

                                                                                        Fresh-baked bread.

                                                                                        1. 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...

                                                                                          1. 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!

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