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aussiewonder Feb 24, 2008 08:01 PM

The weather here in Baltimore has been wet and cold. And packing to move means i'm home all day which has been giving me the urge to braise. So, sitting in the kitchen I have the remains of an oxtail stew and butternut squash soup with ginger. What did you make?

  1. purple goddess Feb 24, 2008 08:30 PM

    Well, it's the dying days of Summer down her in OZ, so I went off to the Melbourne Slow Food Festival and scored me some Tassie cheese and oysters..

    Droooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

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    1. re: purple goddess
      aussiewonder Feb 24, 2008 08:51 PM

      Roaring Forties Blue is one of my fav's, I'm totally jealous of you.

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      lex clibanus Feb 24, 2008 08:36 PM

      Had a pretty good culinary weekend... some highlights:

      Yesterday was an unexpected dinner party at my place, so two pizzas: arugala, zucchini, and boursin on one; mango, smoked ham, avocado (raw), and mozzarella on the other.

      Today, I woke up craving crab, and had a big bag of arugala in the fridge. So: bacon-wrapped crab cakes, over wilted arugala, blood oranges (raw), and croûtons from a leftover sourdough-herb-olive loaf. Yum.

      Good luck packing, and enjoy the soup and stew!

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        mrjohnnyzone Feb 24, 2008 09:01 PM

        As we speak I have a minestrone on the range top simmering away that I will be posting to to my blog, Last night I made some ribeye with carmelized shallots and onions for my blog.

         
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        shaebones Feb 24, 2008 10:13 PM

        Big platter of roasted vegetables and a mocha ice cream cake w coffee espresso beans garnish. :)

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          valerie Feb 25, 2008 05:43 AM

          I just realized that I had a Martha Stewart-ish weekend. On Saturday, I made her Meatloaf 101 for me and my kids since my husband was away and he hates meatloaf anyway. I really like this recipe, but for some reason, it didn't come out as good as usual.

          Yesterday, I made this White Cheddar Corn Chowder for my kids to eat during the week. I have never made this before and it came out pretty good.

          http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/s...

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            swsidejim Feb 25, 2008 05:49 AM

            Saturday Lunch:

            Chinese Takeout

            Saturday dinner:

            My version of surf and turf:

            Sirloin Steak
            Snow Crab Legs
            Linguini in a cream sauce
            Steamed broccoli

            Sunday Lunch:

            went out for cajun food

            Sunday Dinner:

            Homemade stuffed shells w/ homemade marinara
            Garlic Bread
            Green Salad

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              Diane in Bexley Feb 25, 2008 05:52 AM

              Had the fam over for dinner Sunday night instead of the usual Friday night. Did avocado/tomato salad, big chicken (8 lbs.!), dressing, green beans w/ almonds and a lower fat/lower sugar version of Ina Garten's apple/pear/cranberry crisp that the non dieters topped with luscious vanilla ice cream. Will be making chicken tetrazzini Tuesday night with the leftovers.

              1. Honey Bee Feb 25, 2008 06:02 AM

                Made three super easy, but tasty dishes:

                Cooking Light Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup
                http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1108229&package_id=1118399

                Ina Garten's Pan Fried Onion Dip:
                http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                Brie en croute with figs
                1 sheet frozen puff pastry
                1/4 cup toasted walnuts
                1 small (8-ounce) wheel Brie
                1/2 cup fig preserves
                1 egg, beaten

                Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
                Defrost 1 sheet of puff pastry for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and unfold (place remaining sheet in freezer for later use). Place nuts on top of Brie and spread jam on top of nuts. Brush both sides of the pastry sheet with beaten egg. Center the wheel of Brie on top of the pastry sheet. Bring all four corners of the sheet together above Brie and fold to form a package. Place package on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Serve with crackers or baguette.

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                  aussiewonder Feb 25, 2008 06:46 AM

                  HoneyBee that soup sounds wonderful. I think I'll give it a try. Any tweaks you do that you can recommend? i did check the reviews link and knowing I like my soups a little chunky (or rustic :)) I'll probably not strain, and I just bought a big tub of sourcream so may sub that for the 1/2&1/2. Does it freeze well?

                  1. re: aussiewonder
                    Honey Bee Feb 25, 2008 08:29 AM

                    This weekend was the frist time that I made this soup, so I can't offer too much insider advice about tweaks. I did sub veggie broth for beef broth because I was serving a couple of vegetarians. Additionally, I did not strain it and used my immersion blender to puree until I got the texture I desired.
                    The soup went over wonderfully, and two of the guests have alreday emailed me asking for the recipe.
                    Let me know if you try it with the sour cream. I bet it will be good.

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                  ziggylu Feb 25, 2008 06:07 AM

                  Saturday
                  French Toast for breakfast
                  Bison Burgers with baked potato salad and a cucumber tomato salad for a very late lunch
                  Pink Champagne cake for an after work reward/late dinner

                  Sunday
                  Steel cuts oatmeal and baked grapefruit for breakfast
                  Popcorn for lunch
                  Italian sausage and pepper sandwiches for dinner
                  The remains of the cake while we watched the Oscars

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                    polyhymnia Feb 25, 2008 06:11 AM

                    On Saturday I made a pork roast marinated in apple juice, olive oil, time, s&p, garlic etc. roasted in a pan with chunks of Mcintosh apples and sliced onions. Roasted butternut squash w/ butter, cinnamon and maple syrup on the side. Mark Bittman knocked the squash in his blog this weekend but I thought it was great! On Sunday my boyfriend wanted something mesquite flavored, but living in a New York apartment kind of precludes actual mesquite smoking on a whim. So I ended up making the chili I had planned on but I added about a half cup of mesquite flavored bbq sauce. I thought it was kind of gross, but the bf loved it. I just hope that doesn't become a permanent addition to my lovely chili...

                    1. NYchowcook Feb 25, 2008 06:12 AM

                      Baked salmon w/ shallot, wine & herb butter atop french lentils and mixed greens with Frank Stitt's buttermilk dressing -- I can't get enough of it and go through alot of greens!

                      Roasted butternut squash quesadillas with pequillo peppers, mont jack and chipotle lime sour cream dipping sauce.

                      1. jfood Feb 25, 2008 06:31 AM

                        Friday Nite - Zuni Chicken
                        Saturday - Out
                        Sunday - Salad of baby greens yellow peppers/tomatoes gorg. Rao's Meatballs with homemade pasta/sauce, with garlic cheese bread.

                        BTW - 4 pounds of meat make a ton of meatballs.

                        1. Gio Feb 25, 2008 06:32 AM

                          Very simple week-end here:
                          Friday dinner: Pasta Carbonara, tossed salad.
                          Saturday dinner: Grilled sandwiches: caramelized onions, roasted eggplant salad, Genoa salami & hot cappacola, Gruyere, tomato...on a Kaiser roll with homeade mayo w/ adobe sauce. Crudites w/o dip.
                          Sunday dinner: Crockpot pork shoulder w/ assorted vegetables; tossed salad.

                          1. macca Feb 25, 2008 06:36 AM

                            Easy cooking for me this weekend- Sat dinner- ribeye, caesar salad, baked potatoes and green beans. Sunday dinner: boneless leg of lamb, rice pilaf and a sald of cucumbers, red onions and grape tomatoes.
                            Tonight will be liver and onions, and tomorrow we are doing a fondue.

                            1. scorpioscuba Feb 25, 2008 06:37 AM

                              Friday night - pizza night! Homemade pizza dough and sauce with a variety of toppings. I make this every other Friday religiously and this week was by far the best. The addition of roasted garlic cloves to the adult pizza was amazing.

                              Saturday - no cooking but a trip to the Farmer's Market scored me some great vegetables for use on Sunday.

                              Sunday - homemade granola to get through the week with my morning yogurt ritual. Dinner was roasted fennel, tomatoes, green garlic and lemons with fennel crusted Salmon. Delicious!

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                                aussiewonder Feb 25, 2008 06:56 AM

                                Oh Scorpioscuba, talk to me about that fennel crusted salmon. I have fresh fennel in the fridge and was thinking I need to use it up. Fish is always a good mid-week dinner for me bc it's quick. Care to share?

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                                  scorpioscuba Feb 25, 2008 10:44 AM

                                  Absolutely!

                                  I sliced up about 3 small fennel bulbs (reserve some of the fennel fronds for garnish), 2 tomatoes, some green garlic (you could omit if you dont have it) tossed it all with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and tossed it into a roasting pan. I roasted it for about 25 min in a 400 degree oven. Meanwhile season your salmon with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and top with some lightly crushed fennel seeds. Place on top of the roasting vegetables and continue to cook an additional 10-15 min depending on how much/how big your salmon is. Pile some of the veggies on a plate, top with salmon, drizzle with a little extra lemon juice and garnish with the reserved fennel fronds.

                                  This was very easy, quick and full of flavor!

                              2. amanda3571 Feb 25, 2008 06:50 AM

                                Ina Garten's Salmon Nicoisse platter. Scaled down to feed 4 rather than 12. It was very good.

                                1. lrostron Feb 25, 2008 08:17 AM

                                  We had a wet and dreary weekend here in N. Cal, so Saturday, it was a center cut pork roast with a garlic/fennel seed/rosemary crust with dijon, along with some smashed potatoes and roast asparagus. Sunday, I was feeling virtuous and had a big green salad with roast chicken, and today for lunch, thinly sliced roast pork from Saturday on a nice ciabatta with tomato and greens.

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                                    mike1213 Feb 25, 2008 08:37 AM

                                    I made Cat Cora's Greek stewed chicken with Orzo that was on the MSN web page the other day. It was "good" but I am still trying to figure out why it was not better.

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                                      brian874 Feb 25, 2008 09:21 AM

                                      Roast Beef using the recent CI recipe for "Cheap Sunday Roast Beef (Eye Round Roast)"

                                      What a fantastic recipe!

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                                        smarsh Feb 25, 2008 02:26 PM

                                        I've been looking for a "roast beef" recipe that is not pot roast or prime rib--this sounds like its exactly what I'm looking for. Could you please post the recipe?

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                                          macca Feb 25, 2008 02:45 PM

                                          Not sure what the eye round recipe is, but I always have luck with bottom of the round. I season with sea salt, pepper, and a bit of olive oil. Cook at 375 until about 125 degress internally. Let rest for a bit, and it is perfectly rare. If you want gravy, just make a roux, add the juices. If ;you do not have lots of juice, add a bit of water, butter and some better than boullion beef and thicken with the roux

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                                            smarsh Feb 27, 2008 09:38 AM

                                            Thanks! Bottom round is much easier to find anyway...

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                                        charlesbois Feb 25, 2008 09:28 AM

                                        We cooked a beef tenderloin for sunday dinner and it was sooo disappointing. We should have been tipped off by the beef prices. The store had bottom round roast at $2.99 a pound. Gorgeous rib roast at $12 a pound (gulp). And tenderloin at $6 a pound. We opted for the tenderloin and it was really tough and kind of a weird flavor to it. However, the vegetables that braised in the fat and juice in the roasting pan were AMAZING. We made yorkshire puddings to go with it, but they were not as good as popovers made at other times. A romaine salad rounded out the meal with homemade chocolate chip cookies for desert. Not bad, not great. The vegs and the cookies were the best parts.

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                                          missfunkysoul Feb 25, 2008 09:29 AM

                                          Friday - snow day - big pot of chicken soup w/egg dumplings (spatzele recipe from Joy dropped into a small pot of simmering stock in big-ish blobs, yum), loaf of whole wheat bread

                                          Saturday - went out

                                          Sunday - thick bacon, eggs, toast (from bread made on Fri) in the AM; Israeli chopped salad w/toasted pita + chicken salad (w/soup meat) for lunch; easy stir-fry (broccoli, tofu, carrots) in spicy sauce w/steamed brown rice for dinner

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                                            Mila Feb 25, 2008 09:36 AM

                                            First attempt at Cochinita pibil. It was delicious and coincided with the end of Seville orange season. I think next time I'm going to be brave and add a few pig's ears as hounds suggested. The sauce was a little thin at first then after a bit of a shred of the meat it absorbed into the pork.

                                            Recipe
                                            http://www.savannahnow.com/node/281352
                                            Hound Advice
                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/476604

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                                              Mel.D Feb 25, 2008 10:38 AM

                                              Ordered pizza on Friday

                                              Saturday – roast pork tenderloin marinated in soy, ginger and brown sugar. Side of braised red cabbage with apples. It was really delicious. Finally managed to buy some of the La Tur cheese that was mentioned on Chow Hound a while back. Ate that while preparing dinner. It is as good as everyone said it would be. (I think it’s my new favorite cheese!)

                                              Sunday pasta with tomato sauce. Very plain, but always good.

                                            2. whitemist Feb 25, 2008 10:23 AM

                                              With 8 " of snow and cold, I made a gumbo with what i could find in freezer and cabinet, frozen shrimp, canned clams, fresh celery, frozen okra, peppers, paprika, black pepper, diced tomatoes, cyanne pepper, a beer, chick broth and I let it stew for a few hours. Served over rice it got raves at my house

                                              1. MMRuth Feb 25, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                From COTM -

                                                Baked Oysters w/ Carmelized Onions - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/485286#3432815
                                                Red Snapper in a Provencal Sauce - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/48528...

                                                 
                                                 
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                                                  MMRuth Feb 25, 2008 10:28 AM

                                                  Whoops - with asparagus - blanched, sauteed in olive oil, squeeze of Meyer Lemon juice and some zest, sea salt and pepper.

                                                   
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                                                  bladerobbins Feb 25, 2008 11:37 AM

                                                  I made my first ever batch of English muffins. I was very proud.

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                                                    MMRuth Feb 25, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                    That is impressive - I've never heard of anyone making them at home.

                                                  2. cleanyerplate Feb 25, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                    Friday: Saw a dinner-theatre show, ate gloppy sad "Chinese" food. Went home and split Gyro with boyfriend.

                                                    Saturday: Got up early to stick no-knead bread in the oven (the modified Cook's Illustrated version- with beer!). Cooked up some spinach, and tiny bits of kielbasa. Scrambled eggs on that mess, topped with grated marble jack, and ate it with the bread (which was white).

                                                    Saturday later: Cooked a bunch of quinoa, made a sort of tabouli-ish salad with it and some cucumber, tomato, parsley, olive oil, kosher salt, lemon juice, black pepper. Baked the other loaf of no-knead-bread-dough (1/3 wheat flour).

                                                    Saturday later than that: Went to the Holy Land Deli after tax prep. Bought a good piece of feta, some Hanuto cookies, and a discount curry spice mix. Came home after a night out at a bar, tipsily made some thin roasted slices of sweet potato (tossed with olive oil and rosemary and kosher salt). Ate them with the rest of my tabouli salad.

                                                    Sunday was a big greasy breakfast at the Uptown Bar, then for late lunch some broiled cheese-toast, tabouli salad, and that's it.

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                                                      aussiewonder Feb 25, 2008 08:58 PM

                                                      Now THAT sounds like a good-food weekend to me. Tell me, what's with this no-knead-bread that i see on the board all the time? Why is it so popular?

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                                                      lmoy Feb 25, 2008 12:03 PM

                                                      SATURDAY
                                                      Frittata - with red mustard greens, onion, cheddar cheese, herb butter, topped w/ fresh mozz
                                                      Green bean salad* - with red pepper strips, blue cheese, toasted sliced almonds, tarragon, white wine lemon vinaigrette
                                                      Cauliflower soup - with carrots, onions, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, turmeric, fresh cilantro

                                                      SUNDAY
                                                      Toasted sandwiches - with leftover frittata, tomato, fresh mozz
                                                      Quinoa and black beans - with onion, garlic, corn, cumin, cayenne, fresh cilantro

                                                      Oh, and wine, LOTS of WINE! I mean, we didn't make any, but we definitely drank it.

                                                      * = a new favorite!

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                                                        Mel.D Feb 25, 2008 03:51 PM

                                                        This was really fun reading what everyone made - can we do this every Monday???

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                                                          LowerGwyneddGirl Feb 26, 2008 07:23 AM

                                                          I agree, something so simple was interesting! It is making me hungry here at work.

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                                                        bakerboyz Feb 26, 2008 10:47 AM

                                                        Chicken Picatta; Risotto with dried Porcini, dried Morels and fresh wild mushrooms; homemade french baguette and mini Raspberry and Blueberry Tarts.

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                                                          Diane in Bexley Feb 26, 2008 11:53 AM

                                                          mmmm, that sounds so yummy! Been doing the low carb thing for a couple of months and looking for a splurge. Baker, your menu just might be it - will round out with roasted asparagus and tomato avocado salad.

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                                                          HLing Feb 26, 2008 07:29 PM

                                                          Impromptu dinner that I had only a few hours to get ready for:

                                                          - hand made udon noodles (later cut, cooked and assembled with the oven braised short rib)
                                                          - braised beef short rib with double chocolate stout
                                                          - Vegetarian version of the beef noodle soup
                                                          - roasted beet salad
                                                          - roasted fennel and endive
                                                          - Tarte Tatin (which was the only thing made the night before) with some hand whipped Ronnybrook heavy cream
                                                          - stone ground coffee made with Aeropress

                                                          1. romansperson Feb 27, 2008 07:05 AM

                                                            Chicken Scallopine with Saffron Cream Sauce on Saturday (Giada DiLaurentiis' recipe). Served it over a bed of linguine. Will definitely make this again.

                                                            On Sunday, I tried Coolio's (yes, Coolio the rap artist) recipe for Fork Steak (so called because it helps tenderize inexpensive cuts of meat). Also good - I really liked how his marinade flavored the onions in the dish.

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                                                              ChrisKC Feb 27, 2008 07:20 AM

                                                              I made the chicken with the Saffron Cream Sauce also, except being lazy, I used bite-sized pieces of chicken and served it with couscous. It was definitely very tasty but couscous being a new thing in my house, the teenagers weren't crazy about that part. Everyone liked the chicken and sauce.

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                                                                NYCkaren Feb 27, 2008 09:04 AM

                                                                I'm glad to read that two people liked that Giada recipe. It caught my eye and I think I have all the ingredients. So maybe this week.

                                                                I made the pork tenderloin with salsa verde from the recipe section here. I loved it. Then last night was my daughter's birthday so I made her favorite dish, a simple baked pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella from "Jamie's Italy." I made her a chocolate cake from "More From Magnolia" _ and 30 cupcakes for the classroom. Also, since I sometimes order online from King Arthur's Flour I get emails from them. There was one the other day with a recipe for homemade breadsticks that sounded interesting. So I made that.

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                                                              happyhomemaker Feb 27, 2008 07:37 AM

                                                              This has been a fun read. I prepared a good old-fashioned Sunday Dinner. I fixed a rump roast in the slow cooker, made mashed potatoes to go with the gravy that made itself in the slow cooker, shoepeg corn, peas, and small dinner rolls. Chocolate Cream Pie and decaf coffee for dessert while watching the Oscars.

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                                                                gotvin Feb 27, 2008 11:27 AM

                                                                I agree, this is a great thread!

                                                                Sunday - Ina's coq au vin and zucchini gratin

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                                                                  Procrastibaker Feb 28, 2008 05:44 AM

                                                                  OK, I had a very good culinary weekend. Had my dad and MIL for dinner on Saturday. I made:
                                                                  pans-seared organic hanger steak with a cabernet sauce of my own devising
                                                                  whipped potatoes
                                                                  roasted broccoli from CI
                                                                  a not-as-good-as-usual peach crisp with peaches I froze last summer-- I think I didn't bake it long enough; I always use the JOC crisp recipe and usually love it

                                                                  But the meat was DIVINE. I am always nervous about making a nice cut for fear of over-cooking. But it came out perfectly. I was so pleased, and so was everyone else.

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                                                                    LawSchoolGuy Feb 28, 2008 10:31 AM

                                                                    These ribs:

                                                                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                                    I'd probably try pork ribs next time. Also, had to use the broiler instead of the grill, and added 2x red pepper and some liquid smoke to the sauce. Also did 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup molasses.

                                                                    1. chef chicklet Feb 28, 2008 01:18 PM

                                                                      Earlier on Saturday morning I started a wonderful soup with hot Italian sausage,red bell pepper, carrots, celery, onion, parsley, basil, Lima beans and tomato juice. Simmered all day, then lastly threw in vermicelli broken into small pieces. The sausage just gives the soup the best flavor. Lots of Italian seasons, garlic, herbes de provence and beef broth.
                                                                      Topped with grated parm, It was the perfect comfort food after my little accident.

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                                                                        Gio Feb 28, 2008 04:25 PM

                                                                        Oh dear - hope you're OK..... after your "little accident".
                                                                        Soup has a nice recuperting quality.

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                                                                          chef chicklet Feb 29, 2008 07:26 AM

                                                                          Thank you Gio. Oh I am ok... a black eye sprained right wrist and foot! Playing with the baby playing hippity hop (our version of horsey) he stopped in front of me and so I wouldn't land on him, I dove to the right. Right foot hit a tiny rug (no non skid) and the face hit the Pergo (gash over eye-hence shiner) I wish it were on of video, it was a pretty good save for the baby. Ouch. I ate the soup at 11:30pm and it was so good. I made it again yesterday, just so I would remember it! Only a little slower this time!

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                                                                        snickerus Feb 28, 2008 02:45 PM

                                                                        it's thursday so a little late to post about last weekend but on saturday i'll be making anjum anand's Coconut French Toast with Mango, Saffron Yogurt and Jaggery Walnuts ...looks yummy, i can't wait!

                                                                        1. steinpilz Feb 28, 2008 03:21 PM

                                                                          Just saw this good thread and will add my bit.

                                                                          I'm back on a Japanese cooking kick (it seems so healthy and good and different) after seeing this site:

                                                                          http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~tomi-yasu/in...

                                                                          So on Saturday I made stir fried beef with carrot and burdock, rice, and sweet chestnuts for dessert (simmered in green tea). Now I've got some taro and daikon in preparation for an oden soup this weekend.

                                                                          On Sunday I made a Thai green curry with beef, onion, and green pepper.

                                                                          1. Bat Guano Feb 29, 2008 08:29 AM

                                                                            On Sunday I made a competition chili, which won second place in an office chili cookoff.

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                                                                              euge_foodie Feb 29, 2008 12:13 PM

                                                                              I hosted a dinner party. Mostly Cuban food (a nod to recent events down South). Roast pork, black beans, grilled grouper with mango salsa, tequila shrimp, plantains. It was a perfect way to end the cold Baltimore weekend.

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                                                                                Meann Mar 1, 2008 09:59 AM

                                                                                toad in the hole

                                                                                I had forgotten how great Yorkshire pudding can be.

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                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Mar 3, 2008 08:42 AM

                                                                                  Saturday: According to something I read on Chow it was National Pig Day, so I made sausage biscuits for breakfast using sausage my butcher makes from Kurobata pork. For dinner I had pan-roasted Kurobata loin chops with apple sauce -- they didn't need anything except a little salt and some pan juices. (Staying with the theme, lunch was a pulled pork sandwich from the local BBQ joint.)

                                                                                  Sunday:

                                                                                  Roast chicken -- after reading a zillion chicken recipes, since I had a fancy free-range, heritage breed chicken, I ended up going with the simplest one, a Thomas Kellar method someone posted here. Easy and delicious.
                                                                                  Rainbow chard frittata
                                                                                  Roasted baby Yukon potatoes

                                                                                  With good bread, good butter, and a good apple tart contributed by my guest, it was a simple but delicious Sunday dinner. A real testament to buying good ingredients and cooking them simply.

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                                                                                    rabaja Mar 3, 2008 09:52 AM

                                                                                    Ruth,
                                                                                    Who's your butcher that makes Kurobata pork sausage? Sounds delicious, and would be willing to travel anywhere in the Bay Area to try that! Thanks.

                                                                                    1. re: rabaja
                                                                                      Ruth Lafler Mar 3, 2008 10:02 AM

                                                                                      Baron's Meats in Alameda (with another location in Berkeley). Their housemade sausages are excellent.

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                                                                                      Baron's Meat & Poultry
                                                                                      1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

                                                                                      Star Meats
                                                                                      3068 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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                                                                                  swsidejim Mar 3, 2008 06:03 AM

                                                                                  Saturday dinner:

                                                                                  Sirloin steaks cut to order:(mine 16 oz & medium rare, my wifes 6 oz. cooked well done
                                                                                  Pasta shells in cream sauce
                                                                                  broccoli

                                                                                  Sunday dinner:

                                                                                  Made turkey stock with a whole 19# turkey I had in the freezer, I didnt feel like having Thanksgiving in March, so it became a top notch stock

                                                                                  Dinner:

                                                                                  Cream of Potato soup from scratch(using the turkey stock)
                                                                                  Char su pork
                                                                                  fried rice
                                                                                  green salad

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                                                                                    ziggylu Mar 3, 2008 06:33 AM

                                                                                    We've been blessed wtih some truly beautiful weather in AZ this past week so Saturday after working in the yard we made some guac and sat with that and some margaritas watching the sunset. Then tossed some wild salmon and wild asparagus on the grill and dined al fresco on that along with some marinated beets. Perfect spring dinner!

                                                                                    Last night we had buffalo burgers with more grilled asparagus and some hawaiian style macaroni salad.

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                                                                                      scorpioscuba Mar 3, 2008 08:31 AM

                                                                                      The weather has been great here in AZ! Like you we used up some more of our buffalo meat (oh and thanks for the tip on the ground buffalo at Bashas. I picked up some more for the freezer).

                                                                                      I braised a Buffalo Chuck Roast that had been marinating in a bottle of Chilean red wine for 24 hours and served it over homemade Roasted Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. The flavors were amazing and made a great Sunday night dinner!

                                                                                      I'm curious about your hawaiian style macaroni salad - what's in it?

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                                                                                        ziggylu Mar 3, 2008 10:52 AM

                                                                                        I still need to pick up a Buffalo Chuck Roast. Good to hear you liked yours. The ground meat we used last night was the Bashas and seemed comparable to the Sprouts.

                                                                                        The mac salad is nothing special but my husband loves it...he's been eating it since he was a kid on Maui: macaroni, a bit of celery and red onion, surimi, green peas, a can of crushed pineapple, mayo and s&p.

                                                                                    2. jeni1002 Mar 3, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                                                      I was relieved to have the time to cook this weekend, even if nothing too special (I did get to cook spaghetti squash for the first time, so I guess that was an accomplishment):

                                                                                      *Saturday breakfast: Baked French toast with oranges, rum, lots of berries

                                                                                      *Saturday dinner: Polenta with 3 kinds of cheese, roasted garlic tomatoes & spinach

                                                                                      *Sunday lunch: Carrot and zucchini bake (old recipe from my mom, involving a lot of kashkaval and a lot of dill)

                                                                                      *Sunday dinner: Spaghetti squash with eggplant, chickpeas and Alton's pantry-friendly tomato sauce (which, btw, was absolutely spectacular)

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                                                                                        link_930 Mar 3, 2008 07:22 AM

                                                                                        Sunday was beautiful, so decided to fire up the charcoal grill. Chicken drumsticks: hickory smoke, lemon herb pepper, and teriyaki. Beef: filet mignon and skirt steak. Vegetables: bell peppers, red potatoes, zucchini. Fruit: tomatoes, peaches, nectarines.

                                                                                        Not on the grill, but: Negra Modelo and Hefeweizen.

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                                                                                          LadyCook61 Mar 3, 2008 07:27 AM

                                                                                          I made artisan bread and corned beef and cabbage.

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                                                                                            swsidejim Mar 3, 2008 08:00 AM

                                                                                            corned beef and cabbage dry run for later this month?

                                                                                            If so I am doing the same this weekend. As an Irish-American, I cant get enough corned beef and cabbage.

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                                                                                              macca Mar 3, 2008 08:14 AM

                                                                                              Love it, too. Am keeping my eyes open for the grey corned beef - should be on the shelves soon. Also, for the corned spare ribs. Both bring back memories of St Patricks day when I was a kid. Not sure if the grey corned beef and spare ribs is a regional thing ( I am in the Boston area), but it is the only kind we had when I was growing up. And we never had the purple turnips, on ly the orangey ones.

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                                                                                            broncoangl Mar 3, 2008 09:45 AM

                                                                                            Sat. morning it was banana pecan multigrain pancakes with peanut butter and homemade banana syrup

                                                                                            Sun afternoon: homemade whole wheat pizza with camalized onions, chicken sausage, jalepenos, and fontina cheese

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                                                                                              jsmcafee Mar 3, 2008 09:49 AM

                                                                                              Saturday am went to Eastern Market in Detroit and picked up two slabs of pork ribs that were butchered that AM. Got my rib rack from the BBQ and slow roasted them with a dry rub and apple juice in the pan for moisture. 300 degrees for 2 hours then another 30 minutes with sauce, feel off the bone!!! Served with redskin potatoes and grilled asperagus all from the market. Felt almost like summer!!!

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                                                                                                rouxmaker Mar 3, 2008 10:10 AM

                                                                                                Light Wheat bread from Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice. Experimented with increasing whole wheat flour to 50% and it came out great. I increased the water slightly and it maintained light texture and good crumb.

                                                                                                CI Chicken Provencal. This is from their soups and stews edition. I accidentally thawed boneless thighs instead of bone-in and it came out tasty and cooked faster. I'm sure bone-in would have made a better sauce. Served it over creamy polenta.

                                                                                                Lastly, I made homemade broccoli cheddar soup with a made-up recipe.

                                                                                                1. jfood Mar 3, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                  Friday night jfood wasn;t hungry but sweet-tooth in high gear. Arrived home and made a Key Lime Pie. Only problem was he threw the yolks away and threw the whites into the bowl with the sweetened milk. When he figured this out poured as much of the whites into the sink, some were left. Then he added the yolks from other eggs. For some reason the end result was outstanding, unlike other key lime pies, it was very moist and almost custardy versus the denseness jfood normally tastes. Maybe the leftover egg white. Will use 5 yolks and one whole egg next time to see if this works all the time.

                                                                                                  Saturday - jfood made reservations for dinner

                                                                                                  Sunday - "Christening" reception at a great italian restaurant in town for a late lunch, but still made some grilled chicken thighs and veal chops for dinner.

                                                                                                  Oh and a piece of key lime each night :-))

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                                                                                                    foodslut Mar 3, 2008 10:34 AM

                                                                                                    We broke in our new cast iron enamel dutch oven with beef shanks cooked with onion, carrot, celery, turnip, herbes de provence, garlic, tomato, barley, and beef broth. It was fantastic served with home-baked bread.

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