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when your spouse is out of town,

what do you cook?

i started simmering a corned beef the minute she walked out the door. i'll also boil up some canned, white potatoes and some peas. i'll steam up some leftover corned beef tomorrow, slice pieces medium-thin, gently toast up some bakery rye bread and top the meat with some finlandia swiss. a minute or so under the broiler and some gulden's brown mustard make this a great sandwich.

oh, beer. probably more than one or two.

deb will be back thursday night. she hates this stuff.

heh, heh.

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  1. When my hubby leaves, my daughters and I have a great time. Smoked Fontina Fondue with french bread and proscuitto. Spaghetti Carbonara and cheesy garlic bread. Panini's with olive tapenade, smoked fontina and proscuitto or pancetta. (it seems like we eat alot of smoked fontina and proscuitto, it's just darned good)

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    1. re: jcattles

      nice. your meal needs some seriously good wine. don't share it with the kids no matter how old they are.

      1. re: steve h.

        Why not share it with the kids (12 would be appropriate by European standards). They should learn early about wine, and alcohol.

        1. re: linguafood

          I took Steve's comments to be a bit toungue in cheek. "Don't share it with the kids no matter how old they are." Even if they are 21. Because you should have all the seriously good wine for yourself :-)

          1. re: janetofreno

            Ah, got it. Sometimes I'm a bit.... slow '-). Steve is right, then, of course.

      2. re: jcattles

        I do Carbonara, too. (Husband says he can do without pasta dishes but somehow he manages to eat a few helpings when I DO make it for dinner.)

        However, a couple times of year he takes the kids back to his folks while I stay home to re-pot plants or clean out closests/pantry/basement.

        Or, so I say......I actually can't wait to make a heaping pile of Carbonara that I eat directly out of the big pasta bowl while watching the ridiculously sentimental chick flicks I have rented - washing it all down with a tremendous amount of wine.

        I LOVE those weekends!

        Of course, I then spend Sunday rushing around like a mad woman trying to get all my projects done.

        1. re: Mushroom

          it's been five minutes or so and i'm still laughing.

          let the record show i always do my chores and the dishes. it's all good.

        2. re: jcattles

          Out to dinner with the girl friends!!!

        3. Calf's liver pan-fried with sliced onion and apples. Salmon any way. Huge salads.

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          1. re: linguafood

            mercy. calf's liver is the best. love eating it. probably one of the best ways to test a french kitchen.

          2. When DH will be out of town, I plan all the things he won't eat ... roasted cauliflower, anything with tofu, dal or other split pea/lentil dishes, lots of olives. Mostly it ends up being dal or tofu (esp. with thai red curry paste) because I'll have those things on hand if he's travelling last minute. More elaborate things with cauliflower or spicy carrot puree or what have you if I know ahead of time and get the ingredients.

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            1. I often revert back to Bachelor Food if I'm dining solo: order in a pizza or make soft tacos or the like. Allstonian and I actually haven't spent much appreciable time apart since we got married -- she went to a conference for work once a few years ago, that's about it -- so I don't know what I'd do if it was a long-term thing. But it would involve lots and lots of blue cheese, the one foodstuff I know of that's firmly on her Do Not Want! list.

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              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                i like pizza. make my own dough and sauce. i have some dough defrosting on the countertop as we speak.

                1. re: steve h.

                  steve h, I suppose this would be a different thread, but if you are making pizza dough and freezing it, would you post a recipe? I've been thinking about this... I used to live in a city that had a bakery that sold blobs of pizza dough ready to bake, now I live elsewhere. If I could make my own and freeze it, I'd be very happy.

                  1. re: Anne H

                    hi anne,
                    i usually crib patricia wells pizza dough recipe:
                    1 teaspoon dry yeast
                    1 teaspoon sugar
                    half pint warm water
                    2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin)
                    2 teaspoons sea salt
                    one pound bread flour.

                    sometimes i hop onto peter reinhart's dough recipes. you should be able to google them.

                    i like to keep four or so balls of dough in the freezer. it takes 24 hours to wake them up depending on the original recipe.

                    hope this helps.

              2. Meal #1 3/4 inch thick ribeye or top sirloin at least 1 lb. med rare. Salad w/ bleu cheese dressing.

                Meal #2. Skirt steak on the grill in tacos.

                3. Lamb chops on the grill. Med Rare. Salad w bleu cheese dressing

                4. Ribs from the smoker, or brisket. Salad w/ bleu cheese dressing

                5. Junk Food Takeout. Probably Gyros, or meatball sammich.

                lol - can you tell yet that the s/o doesn't eat red meat?