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Jan 26, 2010 09:53 AM

MEALS: breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between. Share the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Ah, a fresh start.

So what's on your plate?

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  1. A Hummel skinless hot dog on a buttery, grilled bun with coarse ground mustard. So the hot dog was too long for the bun. No problem! My two-day-old guac was still in good shape (guess leaving the pit in it really does help), so that with some Tostitos Yellow Corn Organic Naturals rounded out lunch. Hey, thanks for asking, Christina! :)

    Tonight is fajita night (flank steak) and I'm not cookin'--just eating! I might volunteer to make ruby red margaritas, though. It's the least I can do.

    1. Lunch was Wendy's fries with a nxtra packet of salt and a small chili (I work in the gastronomic wasteland that is Secaucus, NJ) - and dinner will be scallops with mushrooms ("Marcella's Italian Kitchen" favorite), homemade crusty bread, TJs wild arugula salad with sherry vinegar dressing and a little birthday cake (Dorie Greenspan's 15 minute magic choc cake made with amaretti) in honor of our fur son Liam's first bday. Thanks to alkapal for the recommendation of the arugula and for the reminder of how good scallops and mushrooms are together...and Christina, I read an ingredient list on amaretti, and the ones I have are GF - egg whites sugar and nuts only - so go to it!

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      1. re: buttertart

        Good intentions met late working hours - Liam's birthday celebration postponed to the weekend (he didn't mind, had some poached chicken breast from the ones I made into a chicken keema for us - and he doesn't care for cake anyway). Chicken keema from Lalita Ahmed's v good "Indian Cooking" pback book: 3 onions, sliced and browned with a handful of curry leaves; add 1 Tb ground coriander and 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne (I seem to have bought a particularly hot bottle of cayenne, held back a bit) 1 tsp salt, 1 Tb each grated fresh ginger and garlic, 20 oz (a big and a smaller) boneless chicken breast, minced in the FP (spray it and the blade with Pam first or it sticks like Billy-be-damned) - cook until done, breaking up lumps - add a couple of hot slivered chilis , a fistful of chopped cilantro, and the juice of a lemon, garnish with a bit more cilantro. (The original recipe calls for 10 oz chicken, I double it and leave the onions as called for in the recipe, adjusted the spices as above.) We ate it with poppadums nuked for a minute each in the mw and a cucmber raita. This is one of my "so good you made it more than three times" recipes posted here for the first time - have made it about 10 times. The curry leaves "make" it, I love their taste.

        1. re: buttertart


          with reference to your lunches......I do not know how much time you have on your break, but you can hop on the Turnpike extension towards the Lincoln Tunnel and get off at the Kennedy Boulevard exit. Once off, there are places on Bergenline Avenue and Kennedy, known as cafeterias or luncheonettes run by the Latin community. You will be able to find lunches for $6 or less, e.g., chicken, pork or beef with rice and beans. Also, Mi Bandera is right in the wheel house and they are famous worldwide in the Latin Community for shopping and their restaurant.

          El Artesano is a local favorite for over three decades.

          1. re: fourunder

            Thanks a million for thinking of my dilemma. I would love to be able to take up these suggestions but am hampered because I commute by NJ Transit...maybe some of these places deliver, though!

            1. re: buttertart

              Well, I guess that leaves Rutt's Hut out....but then again, maybe you can convince a co-worker....:)

              1. re: fourunder

                Rutt's Hut I do get to once in a while, thanks to a former colleague who works nearby and has been going there since he was a kid. Love that place. Have you noticed, though, that it like other hot dog restaurants in NJ attract a heavily majority male clientele? (Not that there's anything particularly wrong with that.) I've never seen such a sex division in other restaurants in the area. Weird.

                1. re: buttertart

                  I would agree with your observation on the walk-in side of Rutt's, but in the dining room section.(I use that term lightly), that's where the older generations and families occupy and enjoy the madness. There's no shortage of females there.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    Still think it's a skewed ratio in the dining room - at least at lunch. Same thing was/is the case at Sonny's in Hoboken, which I used to love when I worked there.

        2. Tonight I'm augmenting a leftover Portugese fish stew we had on Saturday last.
          There's a ton in the fridge and it was so delicious I just had to have another go at it. I'll sauté a few shallots and sliced zucchini, throw in the remainder of what I call my pseudo risotto-style Spanish rice, add more fish stock if I need to, make a tossed salad and call it dinner. Think kattyeyes will be proud of me for reusing?

          Thanks for starting this thread, Christina.

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          1. re: Gio

            Proud indeed and as always, Gio. ;)

            1. re: Gio

              Yes, I did saute the shallots, added a few minced garlic cloves, lost the zucchini and instead tossed in a handful of frozen petit just a slotted spoonful of the rice and 2 freshly grated tomatoes, Turned out pretty good even if I do say so myself, but I don't have to, DH said it too.

            2. breakfast- two cups of coffee and a stonyfield farms yogurt. new flavor (for me at least) chocolate underground... loved it

              lunch- leftovers from sunday night- brazilian black beans. also had some red cabbage slaw that was stirfried last night.

              dinner- going to my parents, so probably bbq. we don't have a grill- so it's a special meal!

              in between- that's about now... so i'm going to starbucks!