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What's the first thing you ate/cooked in 2010?

care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:23 AM

...aside from a few (too many) post 12AM glasses of bubbly, mine was a pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich on toasted english muffin & cold lemon Gatorade. So much for resolutions! (Is there an award for being the 1st to break?!?!)

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    fern RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:30 AM

    Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs with cream cheese and sauteed onion, and clementines. Seeing it in print is a bit startling.

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      cimui RE: fern Jan 2, 2010 07:00 PM

      Startlingly delicious that is. :)

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        fern RE: cimui Jan 3, 2010 08:36 AM

        Boy, you're so right. Today I had yogurt, clementines, and almonds thanks to goodhealthgourmet's good influence. It was delicious, to be sure, but that Friday morning breakfast was awfully satisfying.

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      artichokeenvy RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:30 AM

      Let's see, collard greens and white bean soup which is a point on the healthy side, but dinner tonight at the in-laws will be a seafood fest with few vegs in sight and much desserts so I guess this balances out.

      1. goodhealthgourmet RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:37 AM

        goat's milk yogurt with blackberries and flax seed.

        yeah, yeah, i know :)

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          fern RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 1, 2010 10:08 AM

          Alright, I'm inspired. I have yogurt, nuts, and fruit in the house. Tomorrow I'll start the day that way. Thanks, ghg.

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: fern Jan 1, 2010 10:37 AM

            glad i could inspire you! speaking of nuts, i also had a spoonful of almond butter :)

        2. chef chicklet RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:43 AM

          Slightly uneventful and glamorous, but I made crepes topped with apple jelly and drank a glass of champagne! (I've been saving this jelly for a special treat!)

          And I should of added... I have been scouring all my cookbooks for recipes for brioche and croissants. I've come across several that look pretty good. I've made challah with huge success, so that doesn't seem like it would be out of the question either. I need challenges!
          Oh I feel rejuviated! Happpy New Year!

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            janeh RE: chef chicklet Jan 1, 2010 10:13 AM

            chef chicklet, I've made the croissants from "Baking With Julia" a few times with wonderful results (the chocolate croissants disappear as soon as they're out of the oven).

            Breakfast was home made rye bread and coffee, then went on to try a coffee toffee recipe from smittenkitchen - the results of that should be leaving town with friends shortly. So much for their resolutions!

            Wishing a happy, healthy, peaceful new year to all - J

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              chef chicklet RE: janeh Jan 1, 2010 10:31 AM

              Oh I'm jealous! I don't have her recipe but think I can find it easy enough, thanks for the heads up. All is good!

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                karykat RE: janeh Jan 3, 2010 09:03 AM

                How did the toffee turn out? Do you recommend the recipe?

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              small h RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:47 AM

              First thing I ingested: champagne and a cookie.

              First thing I prepared and then ingested: a fried egg (in my brand new omelet pan - thanks, Mom!) over refried beans & queso blanco, topped with salsa and sour cream; a piece of sourdough rye toast with cream cheese; a grapefruit section (healthy!); a glass of V8 and a cup of coffee.

              I do not need to eat again 'til 2011, maybe.

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                melly RE: small h Jan 1, 2010 10:03 AM

                I want this!

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                  small h RE: melly Jan 1, 2010 10:04 AM

                  Come on over, but bring milk, because I just ran out.

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                  chef chicklet RE: small h Jan 1, 2010 10:06 AM

                  ooo me too. I love a Mexican meal for breakfast! so jealous, how can I be hungry again?

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                  HillJ RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:49 AM

                  Lemon & raspberry pancakes with super easy, homemade lemon curd. Adapted from a blog focused on recreating recipes from B&B and Inns called, http://inncuisine.com/recipes/

                  I'll be working my way through many of the recipes listed there :)

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                    chef chicklet RE: HillJ Jan 1, 2010 10:08 AM

                    oh that sounds good too! And thank you for the link, I'll have fun later cruising through it.
                    Please let us know the recipes you try.

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                      HillJ RE: chef chicklet Jan 1, 2010 10:22 AM

                      I've already tried the Crepes with Shiitake Mushrooms & Poblano Chile Sauce. Amazing!

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                        chef chicklet RE: HillJ Jan 1, 2010 10:33 AM

                        Crepes, one of my favorite things. So easy, so versatile and easy to store if you make a big batch. Thanks! Love the ingredient list for this, right up my alley!

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                          HillJ RE: chef chicklet Jan 1, 2010 11:30 AM

                          Couldn't agree more. We've taken to whipping up a batch in the food processor and storing the batter in ziplock bags. Cut a small tip off the end and dispense into the non stick pan. So easy and batched makes the task easy enough for my children to take over while I focus on fillings.

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                            chef chicklet RE: HillJ Jan 1, 2010 01:13 PM

                            wanna exchange recipes? Mine I got from my nephew who lived in Lyon, and Paris last 20 years, recently moved to Canada. Wife's family is in France. It's never failed me. Yes easy, put it all in the blender, push a button and then tuck it in for the night in the fridge.

                            But please, do tell me about yours. And I do want to know more about your fillings, if you don't mind that is.

                            I know we're going to love the poblano and shitake recipe, this is my kind of comfort food!

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                              HillJ RE: chef chicklet Jan 1, 2010 01:28 PM

                              chef c, I'd love to exchange recipes. On the crepe batter I refer to this quickie recipe and batch in ziplock bags:

                              re filings: on the sweet side we tend to go whole fresh fruit either puree or whole fruit roasted in a pan with butter, lemon juice, vanilla bean and raw sugar. We recently made a roasted pear prepared this way filled in ginger crepes. On the savory side we love greens like kale or spinach, all mushrooms, sliced tenderloin, asparagus, some spicy or heat in the batter or a light sauce over top. But e-gads, the fillings are endless.

                              And you? please share your versions & recipes. Txs.

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                                chef chicklet RE: HillJ Jan 2, 2010 12:50 PM

                                Wow, you sound as though do really enjoy your crepes! I adore them, and they are perfect when you just want a little something, light and not too heavy. Well anyway here's the recipe and a few fillings.

                                1 1/2 cup milk (I use whole, 2 % whatever I have)
                                1 C flour AP sifted
                                pinch of salt - or rather I give a few grinds of sea salt
                                1 egg
                                1 egg yolk
                                1 T melted butter
                                Sift the flour and the salt into a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the egg and the egg yolk. Beat well until smooth, stirring constantly, and when half is added, then stir in the melted butter. Beat well until smooth, add the remaining milk, cover and let it stand at room temperature for at least 30 mins before using (best the night before). The batter should be the consistency of light cream. I pour it into a little glass pitcher with a lid. And I think by chilling it overnight, I get better results with the crepes.

                                That is my nephews version. I use that when I have time. Or I pour it all in the blender, pulse, check the consistency and put the blender in the fridge overnight. I've tried to make them without holding the batter over, I don't think they turn out as nice. One day I'd love to make a crepe cake with creme anglaise
                                I use a small little calphalon pan. About a tablespoon of batter, and tilt and swirl to evenly coat the bottom. Cook until the crepe golden and edges begin to curl ever so slightly, repeat. Makes 18 wonderful crepes. I keep a little butter on a paper towel that I swish lightly over the pan in between crepes. And yes, the first one is for the dog. (I have no dog but you know...)

                                Savory fillings are swiss cheese and blackforest ham
                                Fontina (love this one) with roasted red pepper and olives
                                Spinach and mushrooms
                                Tomatoes and fontina
                                Asparagus and bechamel sauce
                                Crab in a bechamel saue
                                Sliced rare steak with dijon cream sauce

                                I chop apples cook with butter, brown sugar, cinammon and nutmeg. Cook until the apples are soft, and then add nutella -YUM! House favorite
                                Crepes Pompadour- blueberries in season, topped with lemon butter, lemon zest, and powdered sugar. These we stack, fold and heat for 10 mins. You can do the same with fresh peaches.
                                Raspberry, or apricot , or strawberry preserves( homemade with hunks of fruit)
                                One of my personal favorites - good apple jelly, light and perfect
                                Bananas with brown sugar and butter
                                We've sort of created our versions using leftovers and trial and error, they're the simplest little things to throw together and they feel like your having something very lux.
                                I also like to splash Grand Marnier, raspberry liquor or limoncello in the butter sauce for a little special flavor.
                                Figs with raspberries when the figs are nice & soft, are delicious, then sprinkle sliced almonds and powdered sugar over all
                                The apple nutella one is my family's favorites, they really think they're getting something very special when I make these.

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                                  HillJ RE: chef chicklet Jan 2, 2010 02:19 PM

                                  Outstanding, I'm copy these fillings into our pc right now for reference. Apple nutella sounds amazing and thank you for the crepe batter recipe. Limoncello is something I haven't tried, interesting. Have you tried a crepe stack cake yet? Something I recently experimented with. Done in a springform pan and served as a dessert....thoughts?

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                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: HillJ Jan 2, 2010 04:15 PM

                                    not that you need any more, but i thought i'd throw in some of my favorite crepe fillings that haven't been mentioned...
                                    - sliced banana, PB (or almond butter) and honey
                                    - ricotta blended with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, & maple syrup
                                    - poached pears with cinnamon & cardamom
                                    - sliced pears, blue cheese, honey & walnuts
                                    - strawberries, sour cream & brown sugar
                                    - poached figs, goat cheese, maple syrup & walnuts

                                    - smoked salmon, capers, dill & cream cheese
                                    - chicken or salmon with pesto
                                    - chicken, bacon & blue cheese
                                    - ratatouille

                                    i could go on...

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                                      HillJ RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2010 03:27 PM

                                      OMG, good suggestions. Adding those to my chef c list! Txs.

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                            karykat RE: chef chicklet Jan 3, 2010 09:07 AM

                            You might have mentioned this already, but do you freeze the extra crepes? Any recommendations on that? I'm getting inspired by all these possibilities!

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                              HillJ RE: karykat Jan 3, 2010 03:26 PM

                              I freeze the batter but not prepared or leftover crepes.

                              chef chicklet do you freeze them?

                    2. BeefeaterRocks RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:51 AM

                      Flat iron hash topped with a fried egg, half a toasted English muffin and a Mimosa

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                        wineos RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:51 AM

                        A flourless chocolate cupcake that I didn't have room for after last night's steak feast.

                        1. greygarious RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:57 AM

                          No breakfast, just coffee. So lunch: leftover tilapia which had been topped with shredded vegetables mixed with Mr. Yoshida's (teriyaki-like sauce) and baked over store-bought Ritz cracker type seafood stuffing, and a reheated baked potato. Now that I think of it, starting the year with leftovers may be bad karma.

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                            care11 RE: greygarious Jan 1, 2010 10:09 AM

                            No, not bad karma, instead it shows that in 2010 you're going to be creative and resourceful!

                          2. djtopaz RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 09:58 AM

                            I made a frittata, turkey sausage, cinnamon raisin toast and coffee. I found the recipe in the current issue of Everyday Food.

                            1. mcsheridan RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:00 AM

                              A big mug of Barry's tea and a couple of triangles of Walker's Shortbread.

                              Sounds to me like the Gatorade and eggs were "just the thing" to recruit you after all those post-midnight bubbles. :)

                              ...and the pork roll mention tags you -> NJ. :D

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                                care11 RE: mcsheridan Jan 1, 2010 10:11 AM

                                Too funny...yes...born and bred Jersey girl!

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                                  cpw RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 12:59 PM

                                  I recently discovered pork roll in my work cafetaria, sooooo good!

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                                melly RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:02 AM

                                Fun thread! An orange..picked off the branch of my neighbors tree that hangs into our yard.

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                                  Val RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:07 AM

                                  First thing I cooked/made was coffee...first thing I ate was wholegrain oat/walnut pancakes topped with thawed wild blueberries and maple syrup. I like melly's answer of a fresh-picked orange!!!

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                                    shaebones RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:18 AM

                                    Whole grain & oat blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit salad and coffee.

                                    1. Gio RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:22 AM

                                      The first thing I ate was a bit of left over stir-fried mushrooms/snow peas/bean sprouts on steamed rice. (2 things we made last night. No take-away Chinese for us after the Fuschia Dunlop COTM.) Then a mug of Formosa oolong, and a small bowl of plain fat-free yoghurt with a drizzle of local honey.
                                      Happy New Year everyone!

                                      1. shaogo RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:25 AM

                                        We were busy preparing for New Year's Eve at the restaurant. I made a bunch of hot pastrami sandwiches with sauteed onions and Russian dressing. I was so busy I forgot about *my* sandwich.

                                        At about 1 a.m. I discovered my sandwich, still on my desk in the office. Thank goodness! I was starving and knew I was in for a mean hangover if I didn't get something in my stomach.

                                        Upon arising this morning, black coffee and aspirin.

                                        1. Caroline1 RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:26 AM

                                          With malice aforethought, yesterday I did a USDA Choice eye of round roast. Had a slice for lunch, but that was not the intended end use. An addiction caught from my mother is thinly sliced roast beef sandwiches. Soooo... Today I awoke eagerly. Liberally buttered fairly thinly sliced artisan white bread with very healthy grass fed unsalted butter, then added layers of paper thin sliced roast beef, a liberal kosher salting, a generous amount of freshly ground telecherry black pepper, and had it for breakfast with a steaming fresh cup of espresso. DEEEE-licious!

                                          I only allow myself to indulge once or twice a year, and suffer withdrawal for the next five meals after having it.

                                          1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:29 AM

                                            Big bowl of menudo about 0730.

                                            1. Peg RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:49 AM

                                              Casserole of red kidney beans, sweet chestnuts, tomatoes, green chillis, spring onions, tomato paste and ras-el hanout. It was more yummy than I expected it to be.

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                                                Rasam RE: Peg Jan 1, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                That sounds really good. Would you, could you, share the recipe?

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                                                  Peg RE: Rasam Jan 2, 2010 04:01 AM

                                                  I'm not sure if I'd grace it with the term 'recipe'.
                                                  Step 1 - dump everything you can find in the kitchen into a pyrex casserole. (1 can kidney beans, 1 packet peeled chestnuts, 2 chopped spring onions, 6 small chopped ripe tomatoes, 2 chopped green chilles, 2tsp ras-al hanout spice mix, 2 tbsp sundried tomato paste, 1 large chopped garlic clove).
                                                  Step 2 - Stir.
                                                  Step 3 - nuke on high for about 15 minutes.

                                              2. Pata_Negra RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                flew into El Calafate from Ushuaia last night and everything was closed so i didn´t eat dinner. was so tired i fell asleep before midnight.... but shortly before that my better half and i had a bottle of Rutini (Argentine wine) brought from Ushuaia.

                                                lunch just now for the two of us Patagonia-Antarctica holiday makers: carpaccio of Patagonian lamb, empanadas (one lamb, one beef), seabass, and a b i g bife de chorizo. (last thing is entrecote to us, sorry not sure what you call this cut in America).

                                                life is good in Argentina!

                                                1. steve h. RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 11:16 AM

                                                  Eggs Benedict, Chandon Blanc de Noir.

                                                  It's a great day for outdoor hockey. Go Flyers!

                                                  1. soypower RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                    Normally, I'd have a big bowl of dduk guk, but I simply had no time today...Owning a business really bites sometimes...

                                                    So officially, the first thing I ate this year was some leftover szechuan green beans and pita bread stuffed with pepper jack cheese and alfalfa sprouts. I shall redeem myself with dinner tonight.

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                                                      ziggylu RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 12:14 PM

                                                      Date nut bread my husband asked me to make in lieu of our traditional vasilopita this year. I did put a coin in it as a compromise.

                                                      I made that ahead yesterday however. WE're getting ready to get some paella going on our Big Green Egg as the first cooked meal of the year.

                                                      1. tcamp RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                        Home fries with jalapenos and onions, a fried egg, and a french press full of french roast.

                                                        1. DiningDiva RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                          I was pretty boring this morning.

                                                          Coffee with which to watch the Rose Parade

                                                          After the parade I had a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with brown sugar, bananas and milk. A slice of sourdough toast with smear chunky peanut butter and a smidge of 4-fruit jam.

                                                          This afternoon for bowl game viewing I'm making real quesadillas from masa filled with garlic mashed potaotes and/or shredded chicken, chicken tacos with freshly made corn tortillas, cascabel and dried chile salsa and chunky guacamole.

                                                          1. scubadoo97 RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 01:10 PM

                                                            Started the day with some gravlax on pumpernickle for breakfast and had a little Texas caviar (black eyed pea salad) for lunch.

                                                            1. PamelaD RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 01:21 PM

                                                              Breakfast was homemade maple coffee cake and some homemade yogurt. Lunch was leftover lobster and shrimp ceviche from last night with quesadillas and some steamed asparagus with a fried egg on top.

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                                                                Bob Mac RE: PamelaD Jan 1, 2010 01:44 PM

                                                                breakfast was several pieces of leftover standing rib roast "nuked" in the microwave to just melt the fat a little served between layers of Yorkshire pud along with some dijon mustard and horseradish...kicking myself that I had finished all of the red wine when I "cratered" before 10:30 p.m.

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                                                                thehungrybunny RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 01:50 PM

                                                                Black-eyed peas, collard greens, eggs over easy, orange juice, and big cup of coffee!

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                                                                  irishnyc RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 01:53 PM

                                                                  Aside from the bowl of cereal this morning, my first meal cooked this year was Pioneer Woman's Braised Short Ribs. Delicious.

                                                                  1. spineguy RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                    I made sourdough pancakes from Nancy Silverton's La Brea Bakery cookbook for breakfast. Feeding the starter just to make pancakes is completely worth the effort. Grill-roasting a prime rib roast at the moment for dinner

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                                                                      Rasam RE: spineguy Jan 1, 2010 03:01 PM

                                                                      Leftovers for most of us in the day also. (All kinds to pick from in the fridge: fried rice, dal and chapatis, veg badenjaan (sp?) with rice, etc.)

                                                                      Dinner: first meal cooked in the new year: veg toad-in-the-hole from an oldish cookbook borrowed from my SIL. Pretty good actually, i.e. the family liked it.

                                                                    2. xcptnl RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 03:33 PM

                                                                      Eggs, bacon, toast. Have to start off the New Year with breakfast. Then for lunch I made NE Clam Chowder. Although I like mine more brothy this batch could have been a bit thicker...wondering if I can thicken it up a bit when I reheat.

                                                                      1. pikawicca RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 03:37 PM

                                                                        Cook's Illustrated High-Heat Roasted Chicken Over Potatoes for dinner tonight. We always enjoy this one.

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                                                                          lainekerr RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 03:40 PM

                                                                          First thing I made in 2010 was a huge batch of bolognese sauce, which will go into the freezer in batches to feed us well into the spring. Yum.

                                                                          1. jen kalb RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                            thanks to a post here, we made cheese fondue for the first time using the Nika Hazelton recipe (turns out I had the book) It was quick, easy, fun and tasty - not only did it enable me to use up a 6 mo old hunk of emmenthaler but also a lovely swiss fondue pot that we had never used. Recommended!

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                                                                              dmd_kc RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 04:13 PM

                                                                              First eaten: 0% Fage and Uncle Sam cereal and a super-disappointing red navel orange my sister brought me from Florida.

                                                                              First cooked: Inasmuch as it's cooked, I made a large batch of hummus for tomorrow night's dinner, then used some of the leftover beans for a tuna/bean salad sandwich for dinner.

                                                                              Tomorrow's a Middle Eastern dinner party, so I have falafel beans soaking now, and I'll spend a goodly part of Saturday prepping everything else.

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                                                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: dmd_kc Jan 1, 2010 06:54 PM

                                                                                i miss Uncle Sam cereal! that was always one of my favorites. re: the disappointing orange, i think Florida citrus is having a bad season. i've only tried one orange & 2 grapefruits so this year, but they were both tasteless.

                                                                              2. kattyeyes RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                                                First thing I ate in 2010 after the ball dropped: a Niederegger marzipan pig. Good fortune will soon follow! :)

                                                                                Breakfast = cheesy eggs, corned beef hash and three infusions of green tea.

                                                                                1. amyzan RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 04:24 PM

                                                                                  Cranberry walnut oat scones with scrambled eggs and assam tea for breakfast. Dinner was roasted cabbage with lamb dumplings and soba with walnut tsuyu.

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                                                                                    simonhecubus RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                    Cooked Black-Eyed Pea soup with Christmas hambone and scraps last night. More Christmas ham with swiss cheese omelette for brunch today.

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                                                                                      Feed Me RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                      First thing I ingested: Dark roast, Nigerian coffee and brie with heavy grain crackers -- First thing I cooked: Ina Garten's Carrot Salad for a New Year's Day party

                                                                                      1. Chocolatechipkt RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 06:39 PM

                                                                                        Cooked: about a million buttermilk pancakes, some with buttercrunch crumbles cooked in.

                                                                                        1. LaLa RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 06:43 PM

                                                                                          pork butt that was on for fourteen hours, collard greens, black eyed peas, mac and cheese and cornbread...it was so good

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                                                                                            justalex RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 07:05 PM

                                                                                            I made a big pot of artichoke blue cheese bisque from a vintage 2003 epicurious recipe. We had warm baguette with butter on the side. Comforting and oh so good on this below zero night.

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                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: justalex Jan 2, 2010 04:06 AM

                                                                                              Is this the recipe? It sounds fab!

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                                                                                                justalex RE: kattyeyes Jan 2, 2010 06:02 AM

                                                                                                Yes! That is the recipe. I doubled the blue cheese and it was wonderful. In fact, I think I know what's for breakfast...:)

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                                                                                                  kattyeyes RE: justalex Jan 2, 2010 06:07 AM

                                                                                                  Now I hate you (kidding)! Thank you for the first recipe I clipped in the New Year...and the tip to double the blue cheese! *<:)

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                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: justalex Jan 2, 2010 06:19 PM

                                                                                                Dear justalex,
                                                                                                Your post inspired me to ATTEMPT to make this wonderful recipe...but I couldn't find frozen artichokes...and I had never cooked with vermouth...so I made two substitutions--a pound of fresh broccoli and Harvey's Bristol Cream. I also incorporated your suggestion to double the blue cheese (I used Blue d'Auvergne--a quarter pound). This soup rocks and so do you! As I explained to my friends--very impressive for very little effort (my favorite formula). Thanks again for helping me kick off the new year with bliss in a bowl!

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                                                                                                  justalex RE: kattyeyes Jan 2, 2010 06:35 PM

                                                                                                  Yay! Glad you loved it. It is a fav of mine. I must confess I had a huge 65 oz. jar of artichokes in olive oil from Costco. I used approx. 16 oz. those instead of the frozen ones. Probably should've mentioned that. (Ouch!) Broccoli sounds so good in this recipe as well, and, well, you can't go wrong with Harvey's and your choice of cheese. Sounds divine!

                                                                                                  It was fun using my new immersion blender with this recipe. In the past I did it with the blender. No fun! I'm hiding the tiny bit of leftovers from my husband. Shhhh!

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                                                                                                MAH RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 07:33 PM

                                                                                                Potato soup made from leftover scallopped potatoes. Perhaps that means I'll be resourceful and creative throughout the coming year. Dinner tonight was Beef Bourguignon and whole wheat baguette. A fine way to start the year.

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                                                                                                  Val RE: MAH Jan 1, 2010 07:36 PM

                                                                                                  MAH, may I ask how you did your soup? I've got some scalloped potatoes also to use up tomorrow...they're actually from a gratin. thanks!

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                                                                                                  smtucker RE: care11 Jan 1, 2010 07:58 PM

                                                                                                  Breakfast. Coffee, cause that is all I am interested in.
                                                                                                  Lunch. Leftover Chicken Piccatta with capellini.
                                                                                                  Dinner. Leftover Chinese from "Land of Plenty" cookbook.

                                                                                                  Leftovers are a wonderful thing.

                                                                                                  1. coll RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 12:16 AM

                                                                                                    Around noon, I made my annual New Years Eggs Benedict (I know, they're not really) using red eye ham made with leftovers from Christmas, smothered with my special Champagne/Gruyere sauce. This topped some delicious Wolfermanns muffins my brother kindly sent me as a Christmas gift. The sauce is really just an excuse to open a bottle of bubbly at breakfast, only one cup of which actually goes in the dish.

                                                                                                    Dinner, just the two of us, a gorgeous 3 1/2 lb rib roast, herb roasted potatoes, popovers (I'm getting closer to figuring out how), and asst veggies. Pumpkin pie in the fridge but we were too satisfied to bother.

                                                                                                    1. bayoucook RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 05:14 AM

                                                                                                      Coffee and toast. Then the traditional for us: black-eyed peas, cabbage, pork roast, and jalapeno cornbread. Yum. I figure New Years Resolutions don't start until the holiday weekend is over.....

                                                                                                      1. RetiredChef RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 05:51 AM

                                                                                                        Smoked Salmon / onion dill bagel.

                                                                                                        1. buttertart RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                                                                          Three cups of coffee, then ate meat samosas, tandoori mixed grill, mattar paneer at Joy on Flatbush, the stalwart hangover cure center. If meat samosas with lots and lots of mint chutney don't do the trick, you obviously must have the flu, not a hangover. Dinner I cooked a Burger's Smokehouse city ham, an annual holiday business gift, before it the chestnut soup and with it the red cabbage both from Christmas, and individual spoonbreads with minced jalapenos, green onion, and Canadian cheddar. Easy lazy dinner for holiday season recovery. No dessert.

                                                                                                          1. geminigirl RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                                                                            first thing I ate was a fleur de sel caramel I had made the morning before for a house warming gift...

                                                                                                            First thing made was pan d'epi to go with dinner from the 10 minute bread book...

                                                                                                            1. Perilagu Khan RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                                                                              Made carne guisada burritos last night and sides of white corn with diced chipotle. Much better than the Church's fried chicken I had for lunch. :)

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                                                                                                                mendogurl RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                Finally made the momofuku pork buns. Much easier than I anticipated. Needs better hoisin sauce, and maybe a little heat.
                                                                                                                Also made a Ramen soup that had a two day prep. This is why they invented those packages, LOL.

                                                                                                                1. junescook RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                  I guess the first thing I made yesterday was country wheat bread. It baked off kind of like ciabatta. Some wonderful sounding things here, though. I will try that artichoke, blue cheese bisque!

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                                                                                                                    justalex RE: junescook Jan 2, 2010 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                    As I said in my reply to Kattyeyes, you don't have to use the frozen artichokes to make the soup. I feel bad that I sent her out on a search for the frozen ones. Canned or jarred are just as good. She did a yummy rendition with broccoli and I'm going to do that on Monday, with Harvey's Bristol Cream! Life is short. Winter is long and Soup is the Antidote. For awhile anyway.

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                                                                                                                    arupiper RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                    Leftover Bouef Bourginion from the new year's eve supper. Even more delicious as a leftover

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                                                                                                                      Mothership RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                      First - my husband wanted basic, so Applewood smoked bacon and over easy eggs, bagels with scallion cream cheese, fresh squeezed oj, coffee.
                                                                                                                      Then sprawled on the couch for a while.
                                                                                                                      Next - Cooked up a big batch of osso buco. It was actually cool enough to do that yesterday afternoon. (south Florida) Tonight will be leftovers - osso buco always seems to be better the second time around.

                                                                                                                      1. Will Owen RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                        Scrambled eggs (because I had just three whole ones and some Egg Product), bacon and toast. Coffee goes without saying. Later in the day: blackeyes, collard greens, yams and one of those wussy Farmer John half-hams (butt end). I pulled that wad of fatty goo out of the middle and stuffed chunks of apple in there (a sad little Red Delicious I couldn't think what else to do with) and then put it face-down on a wire rack in an enamel roaster and swabbed the outside down with a mixture of honey, raspberry vinegar, Pickapeppa sauce and butter, and laid chunks of yam around it. Mrs. O even ate some collards, bless her heart, though the bacon probably helped. Tonight it'll be more of the same, except with steamed buttered cabbage, which I expect will be more popular...

                                                                                                                        1. Vetter RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                          Oatmeal with lots of peanut butter stirred in, sliced bananas on top, raw sugar and whole milk. Apparently I had an Elvis moment.

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                                                                                                                            care11 RE: Vetter Jan 2, 2010 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                            OK THIS...(among others on this thread)... BUT THIS...I may just have to make tomorrow (as in a few hours)...

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                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                              sprinkle some cinnamon in there and i'm with you!

                                                                                                                          2. bagelman01 RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                            French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Black coffee, and a pitcher of mimosas made with the leftover open champagne>>>at 6AM

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                                                                                                                              cimui RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                              1. Bubbly
                                                                                                                              1.5 More bubbly.
                                                                                                                              1.75 Even more bubbly
                                                                                                                              2. A rather horrid concoction that I think my friend invented of bubbly, sparkling pink lemonade and vodka.
                                                                                                                              [-- null set: Evidently all of my buddies stayed up long after I passed out and had tater tots and frozen pizza, which I'm rather irked I missed.]
                                                                                                                              3. Coffee, a hunk of ubriaco, a banana.
                                                                                                                              4. After a rousing run in the cold with the doggie, during which I struggled not to lose that aforementioned coffee, cheese and banana, I had a ginormous bowl of pho and then half of my SO's bowl of pho and about a gallon of jasmine tea.
                                                                                                                              5. Buttershots. (Yes, we are older than 15... Please don't ask.)
                                                                                                                              6. Pupusas. Really, really good ones!

                                                                                                                              Off to a strong start, I'd say.

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                                                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: cimui Jan 2, 2010 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                Nothing wrong with Buttershots...especially in hot cocoa. Even your self-proclaimed horrid concoction sounded kind of interesting. ;)

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                                                                                                                                  cimui RE: kattyeyes Jan 2, 2010 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                  Truth be told, that sounds absolutely delightful. I am fairly certain that the last time I had buttershots of such a lowbrow nature (DeKuyper) was when I was about 15, though! Ah the memories. =)

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                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: cimui Jan 2, 2010 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                  cimui, my liver hurts just from *reading* your post! ;)

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                                                                                                                                    cimui RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 2, 2010 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                    Yeah, my stomach hurts a bit from thinking about it, for sure. :) New Year's resolution for first meal next year: goat's milk yogurt, blackberries and flaxseed!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: cimui Jan 2, 2010 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                      LOL! you're committed now, because you put it in writing ;)

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                                                                                                                                        cimui RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2010 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                        Oh alright. But maybe with a side of tater tots. :)

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                                                                                                                                    JungMann RE: cimui Jan 4, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                    Speaking of horrid concoctions, after bubbly and several rounds of what one person termed "The Lance Armstrong of Beer Pong," one of the guests got hungry and made himself a beer and strawberry jam omelet. It was surprisingly not bad --- tasting somewhat like matzo brei with fewer carbs.

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                                                                                                                                      cimui RE: JungMann Jan 4, 2010 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                      So that guest denies all doping allegations? Not sure I believe it. To eat an omelet like that, he'd have to've been doped up or preggers.

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                                                                                                                                    Kayde RE: care11 Jan 2, 2010 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                    Made a huge soup. Added 5 lbs of chicken legs to strained beef marrow bone stock (already good and thick), along with a few onions, cut up celery root, carrots, some parsley from the garden, and simmered away all afternoon. Served with brown rice in big bowls and squeezed a whole lemon on top of each bowl. We've been fighting off some kind of bug, and this soup makes every cell in my body scream with joy.

                                                                                                                                    1. nomadchowwoman RE: care11 Jan 3, 2010 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                      12:01 a.m. Continued sipping champagne and finished off the baby crabcakes we'd brought out at 11:30.

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                                                                                                                                        white light RE: care11 Jan 3, 2010 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                        A risotto at about 1am that to my inebriated state was out of this world.

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                                                                                                                                          chowdawggy RE: white light Jan 4, 2010 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                          The first meal I cooked was a pot of Great Northern beans seasoned with Canadian bacon, lots of chopped onion, and garlic powder. To go with it, I thawed a package of Stilwell's breaded okra and panfried it in my cast-iron skillet (well over 30 years old) in a combination of bacon drippings and peanut oil. Hubby and I nearly made ourselves sick pigging out, lol.

                                                                                                                                        2. JungMann RE: care11 Jan 4, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                          Given the theme of the party I was at, the first thing I ate in 2010 was a hot dog. Afterwards, after failing to find a single open diner on my walk home, I made an Aussie corned beef burger that set off my smoke detector and had me waving towels at my ceiling until 5 in the morning. Off to an auspicious start, I'd say!

                                                                                                                                          1. MandalayVA RE: care11 Jan 4, 2010 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                            I made spaghetti sauce with ground sausage, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, a chopped orange pepper, onions, basil, garlic, thyme and oregano. I served it on fettucine for my husband and spaghetti squash for myself. And I cooked it in my brand new enameled cast iron dutch oven and it was awesome.

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                                                                                                                                              roro1831 RE: care11 Jan 4, 2010 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                              The first thing I ate was probably something leftover from the party around 3am, but I don't recall what it was. I cooked up some eggs in the morning and had a breakfast burrito. That was followed up by starting the pot of smothered cabbage and another pot of black eyed peas.

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