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Your best rainy weeknight dinner?

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Forecast for Boston today is rain and wind. I don't want to fuss or spend hours in the kitchen, but am definitely in need of some cozy comfort food for tonight. Any ideas?

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  1. A good chili, cornbread, and salad

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    1. re: jinet12

      Can't do better than that! Cheap, fast but not TOO fast, makes the kitchen smell good, and there's leftovers for lunch that'll taste even better the second time. Best part may be that it's so easy to keep everything you need in stock except maybe the meat, and if I had a big freezer I'd probably have that.

    2. Maybe a throwback to childhood favorites like sloppy joes or something?

      1. Last night it was rainy here north of Boston and I made Oven Stewed Chicken. Just like regular chicken soup except after adding all ingredients in a heavy dutch oven (vegetables on bottom, chicken pieces on top 2 cups of broth, salt & pepper), and bringing it to a boil on top of the stove, you then put the covered pan into the oven at 375* for 1 hour. To serve: spoon freshly made rice in bottom of bowl, add vgies and chicken, sprinkle with Parmesano....serve with slices of a country crusty bread.

        Tonight the same weather is predicted. I'm making Eggplant Parmisano, layered with home made simple marainara sauce and whatever cheeses I have on hand - Swiss, goat, mozzarella, ending top layer with sauce and parmisano, baked for about 45 minutes. Garlic bread: sourdough shmeared with parsley garlic butter, baked. Escarole salad: bottom half with only the white and light green leaves, a smidgeon of minced onion, and dressing made right in the bowl of olive oil, red wine vinegar, Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper.

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        1. re: Gio

          Yum! Parm is a good idea - hearty and warm and delicious

        2. I love Giada's recipe for Chicken Cacciatore
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...
          The only change I make is I add an 8oz package of mushrooms, quartered. Makes it a bit more hearty.
          Serve it over polenta. Very cozy, comforting dinner.

          1. I like meatloaf and mashed potatoes on a bad weather day.

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            1. re: Megiac

              I made a simple sort-of chicken paprikasch yesterday - adding lovely flame-grilled peppers from a tin (Salima), mushooms, onion and some fresh peppers, as well as some Hungarian paprika. I'll eat that again tonight.

              We also got some damp, horrible snow last night, in Montréal - rain today.

              I mostly work at home, freelance, so there is no such thing as a "weekend" or "weeknight" dinner. Depends whether or not I'm in a rush, and whether or not I have guests. I often prepare foods very, very early in the morning so if they have to simmer, they are simmering before clients are likely to send work.