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even though the weather was warm, i made my first fall pasta dish of campanelle, butternut squash, sausage, swiss chard, cream and reggiano.

it was delicious.

anyone else make anything fun?

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  1. Smoked some baby back ribs for dinner Saturday night served with baked beans, macaroni salad, and potato salad

    Steamed a couple of pounds of snow crab for lunch yesterday, and cracked them as I was watching some football and drinking a few beers

    Grilled a beautiful cut of London Broil for dinner last night after allowing it to marinate for about 5 hours. Served it with some asian inspired noodles, and a nice green salad. The leftovers of the large cut of meat I chopped up, and they will be put to good use tomorrow night for some tacos.

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    1. re: swsidejim

      I think my family will start eating at your house... That all sounds YUMMY! I just ate and my mouth watered.

      1. re: debrolex

        thanks,

        we like to eat, and are taking full advantage of the grill/smoker before the weather gets cold her in Illinois. This "indian summer" we are enjoying wont last.

      2. re: swsidejim

        How do you marinate your London Broil? Also how can you tell a good piece of london broil? I stopped buying it ages ago because it always seemed tough, but wouldn't mind trying a good recipe again.

        1. re: SweetPea914

          Luckily I have a very good local meat market/butcher who I buy from so it takes any of the guess work out of the purchase of a good cut usually about 1-3/4"- 2" thick. Always tender, and flavorfull.

          I marinated the cut in olive oil, garlic, red wine, worstershire, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger, cumin, black pepper, pineapple juice, and some habanero hot sauce for about 5 hours in a ziplock bag. I took the bag out of the fridge an hour before grilling.

          I grilled for 7 minutes per side, and then with some of the marinade that I did not put into the bag I brushed it onto the meat, and let it cook another 1 minute each side. I keep my grill covered the entire cooking time. I took the meat off the grill, allowed it to rest 10 minutes, then sliced against the grain on a bias..

          I hope this helps

          1. re: swsidejim

            My husband would LOVE that marinade, thanks for sharing. I think when I made LB in the past, I just didn't marinade it long enough. I'm going to try this.
            Thanks again!

            1. re: SweetPea914

              good luck, I hope it turns out good for you.

              1. re: SweetPea914

                On big cuts of meat like this, the leaving out before grilling and resting at the end are key to getting good results. Sounds like a great (an unusual) marinade!

        2. I made a great for fall salad: roasted beets with thyme then tossed with sauteed beet greens, olive oil, lemon zest and juice and sea salt. Great at room temp or chilled.

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          1. re: StephNYC

            I like this too -- with gorgonzola or another yummy blue cheese, and toasted walnuts. I converted non-Beet-people with this dish last Thanksgiving!

          2. I had bacon drippings leftover from the dish I made for the SF chowhound picnic (see thread on Home Cooking), so I made Swedish Ginger Cookies (from a NYTimes recipe) -- a gingersnap that uses bacon fat as the shortening. They were smoky and delicious!

            Also, I have a glut of yogurt, so I made frozen yogurt with some strained Straus plain yogurt. I flavored it with some lemons (both Meyer and Eureka) from my yard, and swirled some candied ginger spread (TJ's) through it. It was delicious!

            1. After a trip to the farmers market Saturday morning,I grilled some big Vidalias,yellow & zucchini squash,and hierloom tomatoes. Put it on some good yellow grits. The veges were grilled with olive oil,salt,& pepper. Yummy good.

              1. I only cooked last night (out to dinner on Friday and a baseball game on Saturday), but I made mussels steamed in a curried carrot broth last night. We had it with crusty bread (that I did not make) and a bottle of Alsatian gewurtraminer. Yum!

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                1. re: Megiac

                  it was my friends birthday so i made a genoise cake soaked in bourbon syrup, layered with mandarin oranges, mangoes, and whipped cream. i frosted the cake with more whipped cream and decorated it with fresh straberries, kiwis and blueberries. not seasonal but apples on the cake just didn't seem right. my first cake fell flat so i had to make a second one. it took longer than expected. today i'm going to make pizza dough.