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What's for lunch today?

iL Divo May 14, 2010 12:28 PM

I looked and didn't find a thread about lunch. Since I love eating lunch either in or out, I wanted to see if others love lunch too.

This week and maybe next [depending on if I'm still able to] I'll continue on the cleanse that started this past Monday. It's pretty regimented so for now, it's a bit boring but that'll only last into next week at most.

Today, since just making my lunch I'll report on that.
Assembled a huge green salad that is living in a huge Tupperware bowl. I've used it the last 3 days. It's romaine, cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery, spring onions and steamed fresh green beans, and radishes.
So to that, I'm allowed to add for my lunch, my palm sized portion of a protein so either chicken or fish or ??? but not red meat so no beef. Also only able to use that spritzer spray salad dressing and I did. I got 3 flavors from the market so with that, I'm set. It isn't ranch or blue cheese or 1000 Island, but it's ok and doable. I took a 3 oz portion of tuna out of the foil packet and mixed that in my salad and either I'm starving or it's pretty darn good, I think I'm starved.

What are you making for lunch or if eating out, what are you planning on dining on?
Enjoy your day and have a bagel for me, lots of cream cheese please :)

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    laliz RE: iL Divo May 14, 2010 12:36 PM

    leftover penne w/red sauce

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      iL Divo RE: laliz Feb 1, 2014 10:20 AM

      was reading many cookbooks yesterday as my car was at the dealership for recall part. also grabbed a book '500 things you can do with baking soda'. wonder if anyone has ever done their suggestion of taming red sauce acidity with a tsp of baking soda. I've not

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        scoyart RE: iL Divo Feb 5, 2014 04:53 AM

        I have. It worked well once, but the second time I was left with something so insipid it was alien. It didn't taste of tomato anymore,,,it was like oregano bechamel. I had to dump the whole batch. Proceed with caution. :)

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          iL Divo RE: scoyart Feb 5, 2014 05:08 AM

          oh I won't be using this technique. never would have even thought about it and was surprised it was even a suggestion to do.
          thanks for your post scoyart

    2. rabaja RE: iL Divo May 14, 2010 12:52 PM

      My lunch just turned into hummus and babaganoush (sp?) with Kashi TLC crackers, asapragus spears and a bowl of blueberries with a kiwi and a banana.
      Your salad sounds delicious, and your lunch sounds like what I used to have when I maintained my weight better.
      Thank for the inspiration!

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        nomadchowwoman RE: rabaja May 14, 2010 01:38 PM

        Yours sounds darned healthy--and delicious.

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          iL Divo RE: rabaja May 14, 2010 03:30 PM

          oh you're so kind, you're welcome and thank you.
          your lunch sounds WAAAAY better than mine because I'm a sucker for all you got to eat.
          but this is from a Dr. and a friend of mine was on it. I'd love to say I feel cleansed, whatever that's supposed to feel like, or at best, thinner. :(

        2. nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo May 14, 2010 01:47 PM

          Today it was a bite of hummus and three jumbo BBQ shrimp, which my neighbor brought over last night (wanting some feedback on his recipe), with a piece of baguette, half an orange, and one slice of fennel salami. (I will be diplomatic, but neighbor's BBQ shrimp was not very good; he loves "reinterpreting" recipes, but unfortunately his experiments often don't work out so well.)

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            iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman May 14, 2010 03:34 PM

            well we're probably all in the same boat cause when I go 'inventive' mine often fall flat too.
            like what was I thinking last week doing the cheese cake the way I did adding what I did? fortunately for me, it all worked out but wasn't very pretty, but delicious to the mouth.

            tomorrow we'll be gone but I know that anywhere, even on the road, I can pick up a big green monster of a salad with some chix and I'll just use the olive oil and vinegar.
            I must be strong I must be strong I must be strong......................uff

          2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 16, 2010 07:56 PM

            Big salad with real Caesar salad dressing but used only the smallest bit, with 2 jumbo steamed shrimp and a lovely piece of halibut with water.
            Anybody else into eat?

            1. Perilagu Khan RE: iL Divo May 16, 2010 08:02 PM

              Today's lunch was chili featuring, among other ingredients, powdered red Bell, pulla and bhut joloka peppers, epazote and chicory coffee. Absolutely delish, if I do say so myself, but also the hottest chili I've ever made. That bhut jolokia powder from myspicesage.com is the real deal.

              Martha White cornbread on the side.

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                bushwickgirl RE: Perilagu Khan May 16, 2010 08:07 PM

                "hottest chili"

                Yes, indeed, my respect for your taste buds just grew 100%.

                I had a bagel with veggie cream cheese and a banana. After all, it's Sunday in the

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                  Perilagu Khan RE: bushwickgirl May 16, 2010 08:10 PM

                  Said buds are now well and truly cauterized.

                  The Khantessa, who's pretty doggone tough, could only eat about five spoonfuls, the poor deer.

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                LauraGrace RE: iL Divo May 17, 2010 02:13 PM

                I almost always bring leftovers for lunch, so today was leftover risotto -- peas, spinach, and lemon zest, with a little arugula pesto stirred in at the end. It was delish.

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                  TMT1977 RE: iL Divo May 17, 2010 02:30 PM

                  Leftover green chile crustless quiche with turkey.

                  1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 19, 2010 11:11 AM

                    Still on (the cleanse) diet so lunch has to be big green salad and portion of protein.
                    I'll take a pix of my salad which is gorgeous and post in a minute.
                    What I bought for my husband and son (one each) of their specialty
                    "kouing aman" pastry as seen on the TV show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate"
                    as the Neeleys favorite "sweet". Although I'm not able to eat it myself and believe me I'm dying to, I'm here and they're at home several hundred miles away and they deserve it.
                    My salad is big & green with thin sliced roasted chicken, not too much of it either, so it's legal.
                    They only have a few dressings so I chose the Caesar and am using the "fork" method, so very little. I'll fix this mess when I'm at a real computer. Doing this on iPhone is real hard as you may have noticed, sorry
                    I'm in Salt Lake City (I forgot to mention) working for the day and am hitting the spot I've been meaning to get to = Les Madaleine's. I'll post the link too.

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                      iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 19, 2010 01:18 PM

                      on a hotel computer so can't figure out how to post pictures from cell phone.
                      but it's easily google-able :)

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                        iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 19, 2010 06:29 PM


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                        rabaja RE: iL Divo May 19, 2010 08:34 PM

                        Ooooh, post a pic of the pastry too please. Would be off limits to me too, but one can look, no?
                        How do you do Chowhound on your iPhone? If I could figure that out I'd get even less done on a daily basis, but I'd be oh, so happy!

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                          iL Divo RE: rabaja May 20, 2010 09:57 PM

                          I just went into chowhound and bookmarked once I put my screen name and password in, then an icon is on my iphone and when I click on it, my chow comes on ready to use.

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                            iL Divo RE: rabaja May 20, 2010 10:20 PM

                            never done before with new program on computer after getting the 368 viruses out/off last week, I'll soon see if this works...
                            hooorah! the pix isn't good, it's of the photo that sits on the table as you dine.
                            Husband and son ate theirs tonight for dessert, along with ice cream from the WalMarchay in the flavor of Birthday Cake Vanilla. They said, sensational pastry, YEAH!!! now if I could only have some....

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                            TMT1977 RE: iL Divo May 20, 2010 09:37 PM

                            Which "Cleanse" diet? I did a 21 day purification program earlier this year.

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                              iL Divo RE: TMT1977 May 20, 2010 10:01 PM

                              I got it from a fellow worker and she and I were talking which led to the subject.
                              Her Dr. gave her an easy doable one that is only two weeks, real food, water and herb tea only to drink, vegetables, fresh fruit, protein of either chicken or fish, hard boiled eggs.
                              So lots of water, drinking only the tea if you need to, fruit vegs protein, that's it, she gave it a name but I was too busy using my note pad on the iphone to write everything she said.
                              First week I felt like I could just fall asleep and had no energy, it's better now though.
                              Pix will follow when I figure it out.....

                          3. junescook RE: iL Divo May 19, 2010 11:31 AM

                            We had some cream cheese left over from a fresh strawberry pie my wife made recently, so she made herself a cream cheese and olive sandwich on wheat bread -- first time she'd had it since high school. I made my self grilled ham and swiss on rye. All together with Trader Joe's clam chowder. This was a hurry up lunch. The hummus sounds much better to me. I think I'll do that tomorrow.

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                              iL Divo RE: junescook May 19, 2010 11:35 AM

                              Yours sounds delicious

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                                classylady RE: junescook May 20, 2010 04:42 AM

                                Made a zucchini soup which you can eat hot or cold depending on the weather. Virginia ham with cheese or turkey breast sandwich, both low salt variety. Fresh fruit and beverage.

                              2. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 19, 2010 04:15 PM

                                I took my parents out to lunch today, since it was their last day visiting the west coast from the east coast. I went to a newish "fish shack" (not really a shack, it's actually really trendy) for the fried clams from Ipswich, since I crave them and they are almost impossible to find in LA. Well, they did not receive their shipment in yet, I was so disappointed. But it gave me an opportunity to order something else on the menu, which I never do, b/c I have to have the clams when I go.

                                Lobster macaroni & cheese with gruyere and truffle oil. It was ridiculous how delicious it was. A huge portion, I only ate about a third of it. Couldn't taste any truffle oil (who cares, really) but the cheese sauce was incredibly thick and tasty. That will probably be my lunch for the next few days, also.

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                                  iL Divo RE: Phurstluv May 19, 2010 06:24 PM

                                  cause I'll order both, sounds divine

                                2. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo May 20, 2010 06:56 AM

                                  I had open-faced tuna salad sandwiches on homemade wheat toast. Two cornichons are sitting neglected on my plate---too sweet for my taste.

                                  1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 20, 2010 02:24 PM

                                    Big green salad, no protein though which is dictated. Oh well there's always tomorrow

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                                      Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 20, 2010 02:39 PM

                                      Wow, aren't you good, I always feel so "cheated" if I don't have any protein, esp at lunchtime.

                                      Today was a carne asada fajita, with avocado and cheese, leftovers from a previous dinner.

                                    2. rabaja RE: iL Divo May 20, 2010 06:33 PM

                                      Found myself stranded out on Geary while waiting for new tires to be put on so I headed over to Clement St and hit B Star (a shoot-off of Burma Super Star).
                                      Sat in the window and had a bowl of salty soup with torn up fallafel and samosa in it-weird.
                                      The half-order of Tea Leaf was much better, with lots of nuts and a tea leaf based dressing.
                                      I wonder how you could duplicate the dressing at home...there were some interesting crispy bits too.
                                      Tomorrow had better be leftovers of another restaurant meal at home. Time to clean out the old and make way for some new!

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                                        Missy2U RE: rabaja May 21, 2010 11:27 AM

                                        Lunch was french toast and bacon. I know it sounds somewhat strange, but I was craving french toast last night and had leftovers. Pop it in the toaster at work and it heats up beautifully!

                                      2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 21, 2010 11:39 AM

                                        I'm gonna try on my jeans first and see that way, what's for lunch.

                                        1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 22, 2010 08:01 AM

                                          Bunch of very old friends meeting at school today on the "quad" for a reunion picnic.
                                          Reunion tonight, not going. Made (fried chicken/potato salad/apple banana cake/various candies/pretzels/fritos/crackers/dip/sodas/water) to take along as well as a huge blanket and warm clothes. It's frizzle-ating!!!!!

                                          1. Perilagu Khan RE: iL Divo May 22, 2010 11:05 AM

                                            Made another weekend chili featuring, among other ingredients, vodka infused with japones peppers, ancho powder, Korean chile threads, fennel seed and brown sugar. A pretty mild chili really, and a bit too sweet. Also, the Better than Boullion stock is a bit salty for my taste. No need to add any salt whatsoever when using this stuff.

                                            1. waitress RE: iL Divo May 22, 2010 11:34 AM

                                              I love lunch, if it is that weird time of the morning, I would rather wait till 11a and go have lunch over breakfast. I am also one of those people who can eat anything in the morning. A few days ago, I made pork loin in the crock pot, poured a can of Bud Light Lime in it, it turned out fantastic, so I whipped up some cole slaw and we had sandwiches today.

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                                                Phurstluv RE: waitress May 23, 2010 04:26 PM

                                                I agree, I'd skip breakfast anytime to have a nice hearty lunch.

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                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: Phurstluv May 23, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                  gasp! i believe this is now officially the second thing on which you and i disagree - the first being the steaming of vegetables in the microwave ;) i LOVE breakfast.

                                                  lunch today was a big salad - romaine, spinach, red cabbage, shredded carrot, torn parsley & basil, beets, grape tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms, red pepper, scallions & hearts of palm - topped with shredded poached chicken and homemade avocado-buttermilk dressing.

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                                                    Phurstluv RE: goodhealthgourmet May 24, 2010 12:05 PM

                                                    I love breakfast if it's a savory one, I love eggs, quiches, cb hash, bacon, sausages, home fries..... but with two kids to get out to school every morning, we don't have that luxury of a hot breakfast often during the week. Most of the time they prefer cold cereal. And with my milk allergy, I don't do cereal as much as when I was younger, and I can't eat french toast, waffles or pancakes, unless I have made them!!

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                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 15, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                      I just discovered this thread ghg so not sure if you'll see this but, jic, I have to ask . . . do you or don't you steam veggies in the microwave?

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                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: Breadcrumbs Nov 11, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                        and i'm just seeing this question so i don't know if you'll read my reply!

                                                        but to answer your question, i've been know to steam vegetables in the MW on occasion, but i prefer the stove top method.

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                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 21, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                          Thanks ghg. I've had a great deal of success steaming my vegetables in the microwave by simply hitting the "Vegetables" button and hitting "Start" I can imagine though that the quality, power etc of a microwave plays a huge role in influencing opinions as to whether this is a reliable method of cooking...and cooking vegetables in particular.

                                                          I especially rely on this method in the summer when extra humidity is unwelcome in my kitchen. It's funny you responded now though as we are in the midst of a kitchen reno and my microwave oven is about to be replaced with a Miele speed oven. I'll be very interested to see if I can achieve the same, perfect results with my new appliance. Needless to say, I won't be donating it to Value Village until I'm convinced it's the method and not the brand/model of appliance that makes the difference.

                                                          In your case ghg, do you achieve superior results when steaming stove-top.

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                                                            breakfastfan RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 18, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                            Late to the party, but I bought a microwave steamer (Tupperware) and it's the best tool I've bought. Not a dealer, no financial interest, just bought to support a friend. The veg are just right every time, easy to clean and FAST! MW is a good tool in my book.

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                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: breakfastfan Apr 18, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                              Funny you should post this now breakfasfan, we just renovated our kitchen and I replaced my beloved, workhorse Panasonic Genius with a Miele Speed Oven and the only microwaving I've done in it so far is to warm up a cup of black coffee! As excited as I am to have a speed oven, I sure will miss my "vegetables" button! I'll have to figure out how long steaming takes through trial & error now. I'll take a look at the Tupperware website, perhaps a steamer like yours would be helpful. Thanks!

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                                                      EWSflash RE: Phurstluv Nov 6, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                      Ditto that

                                                    3. re: waitress
                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: waitress Apr 15, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                      I'd like that right now! Looks delicious waitress!

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                                                        mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 15, 2011 07:02 PM

                                                        i really like your name, waitress!

                                                    4. Bada Bing RE: iL Divo May 22, 2010 11:53 AM

                                                      Leftover (homemade) Pad Thai.

                                                      It reheats pretty well if you add some fresh bean sprouts, ground peanuts and a dash of lime juice the next day.

                                                      1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 23, 2010 03:10 PM

                                                        Sunday lunch has to be special.
                                                        Double fried bone in chicken pieces
                                                        which was frozen and marinated in pineapple star fruit juice.
                                                        Giant bakers with sour cream chives and butter.
                                                        Spinach salad.
                                                        Vanilla cookie dough cake with drizzled glaze.

                                                        1. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 23, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                          Yesterday, we had a very late lunch, in favor of going to a local burrito palace, where the burritos are literally, as big as Popeye's forearms!! It was featured on a man vs. food episode once. But the DH & I can't eat one of the "famous" burritos that feeds 2-4 people. He had the Okie, which is filled with chunks of pork shoulder, and I had a chile relleno version. We like to go around 3 pm, so there's no line to wait in, therefore no need for dinner.

                                                          Today, we had sweet potato hash, chicken sausages and fried eggs for lunch. All were leftovers except the eggs. Really tasty.

                                                          1. rabaja RE: iL Divo May 23, 2010 05:45 PM

                                                            Today lunch was what would have usually been breakfast, as I was running around Marin looking for cherries for this thing we are doing Tuesday
                                                            Scrambled egg whites with cottage cheese. I never get sick of it and it keeps me full for hours!
                                                            Later, a little store-bought caprese to fuel what I hope will be a good run before Sunday Supper.
                                                            Love lazy weekends!

                                                            1. Rmis32 RE: iL Divo May 23, 2010 08:56 PM

                                                              Roast corn salsa - Fresh corn, tomato, avocado, evoo, lime juice & zest, cilantro, cumin, S&P and a dash of sriracha

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                                                                cheesecake17 RE: Rmis32 May 24, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                                making roasted corn with black beans and raspberries tonight. serving with seared tuna over spinach salad.

                                                                today's lunch- leftover pizza from yesterday. made on a whole wheat 100 calorie wrap. also having bread and butter pickles, jello pudding cup, and a fuji apple. not very exciting...

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                                                                  Rmis32 RE: cheesecake17 May 24, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                                  corn, black beans and raspberries - Gotta try that, sounds tasty. At the very least, it should be visually stunning.

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                                                                    Phurstluv RE: Rmis32 May 24, 2010 12:01 PM

                                                                    Raspberries? In a black bean salad? I would never think to do that. How is it dressed?

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                                                                      cheesecake17 RE: Phurstluv May 24, 2010 12:13 PM

                                                                      I was planning to saute the fresh corn to get a little color onto it then add black beans. The warm mixture is going to go on top of spinach and raspberries. Dressing... lime juice, balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper, squeeze of honey.

                                                                      I want to use up the box of raspberries in the fridge before buying mangoes..

                                                              2. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo May 24, 2010 08:40 AM

                                                                Today's a holiday in Germany, so my eating schedule is all screwy. We had poached eggs and homemade wheat toast with butter for a late breakfast, and now for lunch (5:30PM), we're having a pasta duo: blue cheese-walnut ravioli with sage butter and some rigati with garlicky marinara. The rigati is from my GF-eating days, and this time around, I can definitely taste the corn flour it contains! Weird.

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                                                                  iL Divo RE: ChristinaMason May 24, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                  that blue cheese thing sounds great.
                                                                  today I met a friend from high school.
                                                                  we did lunch at Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas,
                                                                  since we both grew up there.
                                                                  fun Mexican food, delicious and a 3 hour lunch.
                                                                  I had bean and cheese burrito and green salad, iced t.

                                                                2. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 24, 2010 12:03 PM

                                                                  Lunch today will be a cubano sandwich - leftover roast pork tenderloin on rye with swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. Grilled w/Pam in my nonstick, I just don't feel like cleaning my pannini pan.....

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                                                                    iL Divo RE: Phurstluv May 24, 2010 06:49 PM

                                                                    ...........and where did you say you live? is there any left for "my" lunch tomorrow...........hint hint hint............ :)))

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                                                                      Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 25, 2010 08:28 AM

                                                                      I'm in West LA, and yes, I have more, come on down!! It's one of my favorite sandwiches, too!!

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                                                                        iL Divo RE: Phurstluv May 25, 2010 11:26 AM

                                                                        I love those things, they have so much flavor.....
                                                                        sandwiches period, I love sandwiches

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                                                                          Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 25, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                          me too!! ;))

                                                                  2. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo May 25, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                    Cheese quesadillas using what's left in my pantry and fridge: butterkaese, pickled jalapenos, flour tortilas, a little hot jarred salsa. Rhubarb iced tea. I swear, I'll eat some veggies at dinner.

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                                                                      Phurstluv RE: ChristinaMason May 25, 2010 09:08 AM

                                                                      I consider the pickled jalapenos your veggie!! ;)

                                                                      I think today, I will do some portabello mushroom burgers, since I have them and the buns. Will marinate the 'shrooms while I'm at the gym. Then broil them for about 5 - 6 minutes per side, top with cheese and serve with arugula and a slice of roasted red pepper.

                                                                    2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 25, 2010 11:28 AM

                                                                      it's the carry home from yesterday. I got the salad, son got the other half of the burrito, we're both happy

                                                                      1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 26, 2010 10:35 AM

                                                                        I'll be having hard boiled egg for lunch sliced over a good green salad and herb tea.
                                                                        I know it's not exciting but it'll have to do.

                                                                        1. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo May 26, 2010 11:07 AM

                                                                          Before I put the rest of the batch I made into the freezer, a meatball hero with smoked mozzarella.

                                                                          1. JerryMe RE: iL Divo May 26, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                                            Leftover meat loaf and mashed potatoes. Just a small portion but so filling!

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                                                                              iL Divo RE: JerryMe May 27, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                              love them both, how do you do your meatloaf if you don't mind my asking?

                                                                              today for me it was 2 slices of roasted turkey breast on double fiber bread with
                                                                              dijon mustard. lot's of blueberry herbal tea and a tiny little itty bitty cookie :+((

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                                                                                JerryMe RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 05:49 PM

                                                                                Meatloaf is typically made w/ ground beef and pork, oatmeal and egg is the binder and then it's clean out the frig - finely chopped veggies of whatever is in the veggie bin round it out. Hmm . . I'm thinking on this one. Usually some onion, carrot, maybe some rutabaga, green onion, etc. I get rave reviews but I'll only use milk and tomato sauce as the liquid. Ketchup to too sweet for my taste. I like the edges a little darker, so it goes into a dark glass loaf pan. Seasoning it with Montreal seasoning works well. Sheesh - I can't believe I'm blanking on this. SO's favorite meal is my meatloaf.

                                                                                Lunch today was at work and choked down in almost record time - leftover poached chicken w/ whole wheat farfelle pasta w/ a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Had time to take a bite of a semi-sweet chocolate w/ dried fruit as the 'dessert'. Some celery sticks to claim that I had my veggies as well. Ha!

                                                                            2. Aravisea RE: iL Divo May 28, 2010 07:57 AM

                                                                              Desk picnic today: cold grilled salmon leftover from last night's dinner, a few slices of herb bread and a tomato.

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                                                                                iL Divo RE: Aravisea Jun 2, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                                yum, sounds like my kinda meal

                                                                              2. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo May 30, 2010 06:49 AM

                                                                                Leftover chicken-artichoke-mushroom fricassee over toast. A glass of bitter lemon soda. Yum.

                                                                                1. Perilagu Khan RE: iL Divo May 30, 2010 07:43 AM

                                                                                  Smoked spare ribs and spicy hot wangs while watching the Indy 500.

                                                                                  There's nothing better.

                                                                                  1. rabaja RE: iL Divo May 31, 2010 03:04 PM

                                                                                    A salad made from leftovers from a great holiday weekend.
                                                                                    Quinoa, fresh peas and favas tossed with green cabbage and thinly sliced scallion with a can of TJ's smoked trout on top.
                                                                                    Easy and healthy. I have determined June is my month to get back into fighting shape.
                                                                                    Still enjoying this long weekend. Glad to be back in the city with a relaxing evening in front of me.
                                                                                    And now, what's for dinner???

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                                                                                      linengirl RE: rabaja May 31, 2010 03:34 PM

                                                                                      Two handfuls of cherry tomatoes I needed to use up, halved. Small handful of cheese curds, cut up fairly small. Two handfuls baby arugula. 5 big basil leaves, rolled and cut into chiffonade. Couple of glugs of olive oil. Glug of balsamic. Quite a bit of sea salt. Water on the side. YUM! Would have been even yummier with good bread to mop up what was left on the bottom of the bowl...

                                                                                      1. re: rabaja
                                                                                        iL Divo RE: rabaja Jun 2, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                        to rabaja

                                                                                        this reminds me of what I'm doing for my lunch today.
                                                                                        I must be craving carbs since my "cleanse" didn't allow
                                                                                        for the sort of carbs I crave on a daily basis.
                                                                                        so quinoa with fresh picked peas and grape tomatoes, basil, grated carrots and radishes, then I'll skin a corn cob and add that to the mix too, salad dressing of oj/ginger/soy/sesame oil/shallot/dijon/s&p/ff mayo, dress the salad up, then add to that a simple and easy made lentil soup, no fat in there, just a boatload of flavor. it's still sort of cool enough for soup, but the hot days are around the corner.

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                                                                                          rabaja RE: iL Divo Jun 2, 2010 10:18 AM

                                                                                          That sounds like a great lunch! Is the cleanse still on?
                                                                                          I will finish up my quinoa salad with peas and favas and add a tin of sardines today.
                                                                                          I know they are not for everyone, but I love em.

                                                                                          1. re: rabaja
                                                                                            iL Divo RE: rabaja Jun 2, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                            rabaja, my cleanse was over on saturday but I will do it again when I return home in about a week. it's hard doing it on the job, well, it's doable I will say but easier if I'm home.

                                                                                            lunch was voon-de-bar................. :+)

                                                                                      2. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 2, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                                                        A huge chinese chicken salad with leftover nuggets, sliced corn off the cob, grated carrots, mandarin oranges, garlic-ginger wonton strips and romaine dressed with ginger-mandarin dressing.

                                                                                        1. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo Jun 3, 2010 07:38 AM

                                                                                          Leftover pastitsio and half a slice of strawberry cake. For breakfast, I had leftover lentil soup.

                                                                                          Did I mention I love eating dinner-party leftovers? Mmm.

                                                                                          1. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 3, 2010 08:49 PM

                                                                                            Today I went to my fave taco stand for the soft tacos al pastor, with lots of the homemade red sauce, wicked spicy and good! I always pig out on those, then can't stand for a few hours!! Had to add some mexican queso and avocado to them when I got home!! OINK!

                                                                                            1. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo Jun 4, 2010 04:32 AM

                                                                                              Scrambled eggs and browned crimini mushrooms on lavash spread with marinara sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and grilled like a quesadilla.

                                                                                              1. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 4, 2010 11:48 AM

                                                                                                Homemade meatloaf sandwich on toasted rye, spread with roasted garlic hummus, and topped with a slice of cheddar and arugula.

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                                                                                                1. re: Phurstluv
                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jun 5, 2010 06:52 PM

                                                                                                  SHUT UP!
                                                                                                  I am creating the largest pool of "mouth water" at my feet on this brand new hotels carpet. Now you just have to never mention that lunch again!!!!!!! < unless I'm invited that is! :+))))

                                                                                                  my lunch was a huge bowl of fresh cut up fruits. Deeeeeelish

                                                                                                  1. re: iL Divo
                                                                                                    Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 9, 2010 02:17 PM

                                                                                                    Promise. It was all mine too, Mwa-hahahahaha!!! ;))

                                                                                                2. c
                                                                                                  cathyeats RE: iL Divo Jun 6, 2010 08:45 AM

                                                                                                  I just made a nice smoky hummus with roasted red peppers and kalamata olives. Here's the recipe.

                                                                                                  Red Pepper and Olive Hummus

                                                                                                  1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
                                                                                                  1 roasted red bell pepper (jarred is fine, but fresh roasted is even better)
                                                                                                  1 T. extra virgin olive oil
                                                                                                  2 T. tahini
                                                                                                  3 T. lemon juice
                                                                                                  8 pitted kalamata olives
                                                                                                  1/2 t. salt
                                                                                                  Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
                                                                                                  Pinch of smoked paprika, optional

                                                                                                  Put all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. To serve, drizzle the top with olive oil and additional chopped kalamatas, if desired.

                                                                                                  Photo, if you want to see how bright orange it turned out! http://whatwouldcathyeat.com/2010/06/...

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                                                                                                  1. re: cathyeats
                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: cathyeats Jun 7, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                                                    Thank you for posting that. Looks wonderful. I saw some of it in Columbus Ohio today at Katsingers or was it Katzenbergers (anyway) a deli. I didn't buy any of it cause like you, I'd rather make it myself at home and be aware of the ingredients and how long it's "been out".
                                                                                                    Tell me please what the red pepper does for it. I have 3 jars @ home and 1 whole dehydrated red pepper plus I can buy fresh if need be but, why add it? It's so good already without it's inclusion. I also add deli olives to mine.

                                                                                                    Lunch today= the sausage buffet @ Schmidts in Olde German Towne Village Columbus Ohio. My favorite casual eatery in the US. Lunch was de bom as always.
                                                                                                    Iced tea and apple streudel.

                                                                                                    Anyone know how to post a picture I took on myphone so I can put it on here? I did great pix today but the browse feature shows nothing about my photo album or
                                                                                                    whatever it's called.
                                                                                                    So how do I get pix from iPhone onto here? TIA

                                                                                                  2. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo Jun 9, 2010 07:45 AM

                                                                                                    Ripe red tomato sandwich on whole wheat toast with mayo, romaine lettuce, thin-sliced cucumber, Parmesan shavings, salt, and freshly-ground pepper. Ruffles and bing cherries on the side. I only kind of missed the bacon.

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                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: ChristinaMason Jun 9, 2010 02:18 PM

                                                                                                      Nice Christina! I love the Ruffles part, too!!

                                                                                                    2. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 9, 2010 02:16 PM

                                                                                                      Was lucky today to have lunch out. Went to a newish sandwich shop in Marina Del Rey, Mendocino Farms.

                                                                                                      Il Divo, if you're ever down this way you should check them out. Really good quality and delightful service.

                                                                                                      I had the Kurobuta Pork Belly Bahn Mi sandwich on a panini-grilled ciabatta. Delicious, and good sized. I also ordered the Blue Buffalo Wrap, which was roasted chicken in buffalo sauce, Pt. Reyes blue cheese cabbage slaw, tomato, fried onions in a honey wheat tortilla wrap, which they also pressed. Very tasty.

                                                                                                      Now I am Very Full :)))

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                                                                                                      1. re: Phurstluv
                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jun 13, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                        Im full just readin it :+)

                                                                                                      2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 9, 2010 05:56 PM

                                                                                                        brother, I go from cleansing for 2 weeks to funyuns and salt and vinegar chips from Poor Brothers. so good, so not good for me.......................but lots and lots of water

                                                                                                        1. nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jun 11, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                          About to go in and make myself a sandwich w/a piece of fresh baguette, some sliced leftover porkloin, thin slices of vidalia onion, chive mayonnaise, and a smear of dijon. Wish I had some arugula to go on it.

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                                                                                                            Phurstluv RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 11, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                                                                            I hear ya!! I love arugula on EVERYTHING!!! But especially pork loin sammies!

                                                                                                          2. JerryMe RE: iL Divo Jun 11, 2010 10:13 AM

                                                                                                            Couple of oreos after two deviled eggs.

                                                                                                            1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 11, 2010 11:35 AM

                                                                                                              The worlds biggest sandwich at a famous joint in DTW. The menu said 'this is the one that made us famous' so I ordered it & ate 1/2 of it. No longer allowed to smoke in Detroit, which made this place a good thing finally.

                                                                                                              1. boyzoma RE: iL Divo Jun 11, 2010 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                Today I am splurging and making a Garbage Grinder. A nice Hoagie roll with salami, pepperoni, ham and cheddar & mozzarella cheeses. Baked at 500 until meat is warm and cheese is bubbly. When removed from oven, cover with tomato slices and julienned green peppers and dill pickle slices. Covered with chopped sweet vidalia onions and a drizzle of olive oil, s&p.

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                                                                                                                  Phurstluv RE: boyzoma Jun 11, 2010 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                  You must be from the Northeast, Grinder, Hoagie. Lemme guess, Philly??

                                                                                                                  Sounds & looks very droolworthy, friend!! Ooops, just got some on my shirt.....

                                                                                                                  1. re: Phurstluv
                                                                                                                    boyzoma RE: Phurstluv Jun 11, 2010 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                    Born and raised in Oregon. And the sandwich is just sinful! Once you cut it in half, you have to keep one hand over the onions to keep them from falling out. It becomes somewhat of a trick!

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                                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: boyzoma Jun 11, 2010 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                      No way, you sound like a Philly native, transplanted out West!! It's okay, it means you're cool....!!

                                                                                                                      And, I want one.

                                                                                                                  2. re: boyzoma
                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: boyzoma Jun 13, 2010 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Can I please borrow a terrycloth kitchen towel to sop up my , ummmm, slobbering face, thanks.....yum

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                                                                                                                      boyzoma RE: iL Divo Jun 14, 2010 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                      Here are your virtual towels. They can get a little messy!

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                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: boyzoma Jul 2, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                        I so appreciate that, and by the way, I love those towels, very kind of you

                                                                                                                  3. operagirl RE: iL Divo Jun 11, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                    Julienne-sliced zucchini "noodles" with a sauce of diced tomato, minced garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, and basil chiffonade. Light and summery.


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                                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: operagirl Jun 11, 2010 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                      But I'm still hungry.....

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                                                                                                                        operagirl RE: Phurstluv Jun 11, 2010 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                        So was I, haha! That's okay, since I snack all day long -- usually I end up eating more "mini meals" than normal ones.

                                                                                                                        1. re: operagirl
                                                                                                                          Phurstluv RE: operagirl Jun 12, 2010 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                          Hey nothing wrong with that!!

                                                                                                                          Today was homemade turkey burgers, that I made last night, and we still had one and a half leftover. Extra lean breast used, and I make two versions, one for the kids one for my DH & me. I grate some shallot, add worcestershire sauce, and grated cheddar in both batches, then honey mustard in the boys' and a dijon vinaigrette and some sun-dried tomatoes in ours. Sometimes blue cheese in ours. Tasty, and I top mine with mayo, arugula and avocado. Have to replace the fat I'm missing by not using beef somehow!!

                                                                                                                      2. re: operagirl
                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: operagirl Jun 13, 2010 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                        Oh good grief! I'm starved.
                                                                                                                        Lunch will be soon a@Panda Express :([{

                                                                                                                      3. h
                                                                                                                        Harters RE: iL Divo Jun 13, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                        Couple of slices of ham; grated carrot; celeriac remoulade; couple of pickled walnuts; soft bread roll.

                                                                                                                        1. JerryMe RE: iL Divo Jun 13, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                          Skipped lunch as I had a burger for breakfast. Just ate one of those little Ben & Jerry's 3.6 ounce container of Cherry Garcia. Perfect!!

                                                                                                                          1. Pata_Negra RE: iL Divo Jun 13, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                            new herrings. simply heavenly. i love spring!

                                                                                                                            today i ate them with Alsatian rye bread brought back from Duesseldorf, and gherkins. but the other day with Friesian pumpernickel => http://www.flickr.com/photos/tenhosau... ].

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                                                                                                                              operagirl RE: Pata_Negra Jun 14, 2010 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                              What a pretty presentation!

                                                                                                                            2. nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jun 14, 2010 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                              A tomato sandwich w/lots of mayo. Didn't have great bread, just some Pepperidge Farm stuff, but the tomato was so delicious that it mattered not. I think it was the perfect tomato, the one to which I'll compare all others, the one that will make me curse out loud once tomato season is over, and I succumb, stupidly but inevitably, to some promising-looking but flavorless and mealy supermarket specimen.

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                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 14, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                Where did it come from? I have one of those tomatoes always in mind too.

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                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: buttertart Jun 15, 2010 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                  From a vendor at our (local) Crescent City Farmers Market--whom you can bet I'll be seeking out again on Saturday. Tomato season comes early here, and it's in full swing now. Our locals are called Creoles, and when they're good, they're very good, and this year, they are good. But when they're gone, they're gone. The season doesn't last long; it's just too danged hot. So while you and much of the rest of the country are enjoying your beauties later on in the summer, good tomatoes are but a juicy dream here. Lucky for us, we make an annual visit to family in the upper midwest in August, just as the fabulous produce there is coming in (much more variety than we get here), so we get to partake of that bounty too. When I visit those farmers markets, I am very much the proverbial kid in the candy shop.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 15, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                    How upper upper midwest? I have a hard time finding produce stands near my husband's family home in eastern Iowa.

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                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: buttertart Jun 15, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                      Well, I'm talking about western Michigan, Chicago area, and southern Wisconsin. I've never been in Iowa, except driving through, but one of our dearest friends grew up on a farm near Des Moines, and I always assumed from his food talk/memories that they must have had good produce there too. No?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 15, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                        They have it, it's just that in the immediate Quad Cities area I only know of one small farmstand. You'd think you'd be bumping into them all over, but no. (One thing I did enjoy - once - was a great big bowl of prime summer tomatoes served on a salad bar in a small-town roadhouse, just about the only time I've ever seen a really super tomato in any restaurant except the la-di-da ones.)

                                                                                                                                2. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 15, 2010 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                  I love tomato sandwiches, even without mayo which is a food group as far as I'm concerned. Of course better with it, but high high fiber bread, lots of tomatoes and salt and pepper. Deeeeeeeeelish,oh and water and raisins

                                                                                                                                3. nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jun 16, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                  Well, as long as the tomatoes are good, I'm all about tomato sandwiches (although yesterday I had leftover Indian eggplant on naan, w/my tomato on the side, naked but for a drizzle of good olive oil, s & p.)
                                                                                                                                  Today, I have nice sourdough so it will be the lovely tomato slices, mayo, s & p, and a couple of basil leaves on that. And for dessert, the damned near perfect peach. Off to the kitchen I go, merrily, merrily . . . .

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 16, 2010 10:58 PM

                                                                                                                                    so far I only have sweet 100's so I have to use the RR technique of using two marzcapone lids, put the toms in there, close the lids and use a sharp knife to cut right through to cut in half, they are so sweet................

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                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                      OK, I'm confused about this lid technique. What is the reason? And are you cutting right through the lids??

                                                                                                                                  2. Uncle Bob RE: iL Divo Jun 16, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                    1/4 of a Muffuletta --- Tea and Lemonade mixed --- I'm done!!

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                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: Uncle Bob Jun 16, 2010 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                      1/4 of a sandwich, are you dieting?

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                                                                                                                                        nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                        LOL--not to suggest that Uncle Bob is not watching his waistline, il Divo, but, have you ever seen a muffaletta? They are huge, probably a foot in diameter and often 6 inches high, w/several layers of meat, cheese, and olive salad between thick, dense bread that gets partly soaked from the oil in the olive salad. It's not unusual for four people to share one (although I've known many who could easily eat a half). The muffaletta makes the po-boy look like a mere snack!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                                                                          Phurstluv RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 17, 2010 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                          Oh, they are SOOOO good!!

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                                                                                                                                            Uncle Bob RE: nomadchowwoman Jun 18, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                            I've woofed down 1/2 of a Muff before and enjoyed every bite...Later, I've wished I hadn't however...Can you say full.??

                                                                                                                                      2. junescook RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                        Going to make a chicken salad from some chicken legs I grilled night before last. Not sure if I'll put it on rolls or just pile it onto greens since we have tons of all kinds of mixed greens coming out of the garden now.

                                                                                                                                        1. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                          Today was a burrito made with chili-cheese beans and carnitas from leftovers.

                                                                                                                                          1. buttertart RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                            Today was a Margherita thin-crust Cosi lunch-size flatbread "pizza" which managed to be too expensive for what it was, uninteresting to eat, and too small. The place just opened near my office in the gastronomic wasteland that is this town, had high hopes of it, but I won't be tripping over my own feet to get there again. I really have to start packing a lunch, work lunches are so dispiriting 95% of the time.

                                                                                                                                            1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                              Morphine and vicadon (sp?).
                                                                                                                                              Took really bad fall today while washing tile floor.
                                                                                                                                              Forgot it was still wet and barefooted slipped like nobodys business.
                                                                                                                                              Whole day in ER no food just pain meds.
                                                                                                                                              Please don't entice me to sneeze cough or laugh,.
                                                                                                                                              Reinjured broken rib.

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                                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                Poor baby!!!
                                                                                                                                                I hope someone is there to take good care of you, what an awful, lousy thing.
                                                                                                                                                Rest up and feel better soon.
                                                                                                                                                Not trying to entice laughter, but with all that morphine and vicadon, make sure someone gets you some prunes. Seriously.

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                                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Oh my. I hope you are feeling better. Pain meds might do it, but pain meds minus food does not sound good.
                                                                                                                                                  May you be enjoying lunch tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iL Divo
                                                                                                                                                    junescook RE: iL Divo Jun 18, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I remember when I was working in the prison system that there was nothing that could get a bunch of guars together more quickly than a wet floor. How do you splell relief? Workman's Comp!

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                                                                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 18, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Oh no!! Bummer! Get well soon!

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                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jun 19, 2010 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm on the mend ( I think :+( ) thank you. Phurst

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                                                                                                                                                        chef chicklet RE: iL Divo Jun 19, 2010 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                        So sorry to hear this, get well soon!

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                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: chef chicklet Jun 19, 2010 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                          thank you chefchick, appreciate it....I sleep a lot now, which I think is good for me, but it also feels better to sit straight up, no bending that kills.........

                                                                                                                                                      3. rabaja RE: iL Divo Jun 17, 2010 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Another can of sardines today over a head of Little Gems. I discovered these great sardines recently. They are smallish and in olive oil with chiles, so slightly spicy. They also have a super thin slice of carrot and pickle on top of them which always makes me giggle when I open them.

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                                                                                                                                                          EWSflash RE: rabaja Nov 6, 2011 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Oh thank you for thre sardines- I just remembered that i have a can of salmon from the Kenai peninsula that my friend there sent me. That's what I'm having for lunch!

                                                                                                                                                        2. lrostron RE: iL Divo Jun 18, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Sorry about your fall ... lunch to day is a small-ish caprese salad with some yellow heirloom tomatoes and a bollito from a local bakery stuffed with leftover tri tip from dinner last night, with some of the caramelized onions, garlic and jus from cooking the tri tip in the oven. Yes, I know, tri tip in the oven is sacralege, but I just moved and I can't find the knobs to my outside grill.

                                                                                                                                                          1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 18, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for well wishes. Prunes oh I get it, pain meds have an effect. Couldn't be more sore. I managed a sandwich to absorb meds and not land on empty tummy. Anyone know about the Good Earth double fiber "thin" buns? They're like the thickness of a saltine but soft and delicious. Peanut butter&raw hungry on top that was lunch with Smart water.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Uncle Bob RE: iL Divo Jun 18, 2010 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                              A D'mater sammich....Lots of Dukes, Salt & Pepper....Had to have a wash cloth for a napkin...paper towel just couldn't get the job done....Ice cold Arnold Palmer to wash it down.

                                                                                                                                                              1. chef chicklet RE: iL Divo Jun 19, 2010 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Since I didn't have breakfast, we ate lunch early. I am so stuck on wraps but I do that. I find something I absolutely love and I'll eat it everyday. Well almost. Anyway, my wrap was on a whole wheat tortilla like thingy, with lettuce and tomatoes, cukes,sprouts, peppers, and roast turkey. My husbands wrap thingy was a multi grain same stuff except with cheese and different deli meats. I make a dressing with mayo, sriracha sauce and rice vinegar and he is really loving it. Even tho there is mayo, I'm definitely using less. Every little bit helps.The wraps are half the calories of the bread I use so that makes me happy.

                                                                                                                                                                1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 20, 2010 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  hubby is getting a basic BLAT on sourdough that's almost done baking.
                                                                                                                                                                  it's daddy's day and he deserves a good lunch while he does the yard all day long, poor guy.
                                                                                                                                                                  for me, basic salad greens and spritzer dressing, fruit cut up and water.
                                                                                                                                                                  have a great Fathers Day all you dad's out there!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 21, 2010 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    apple pear orange banana, sliced, herb tea

                                                                                                                                                                    1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 30, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      here's what for lunch today, right now actually, I'm hungry.
                                                                                                                                                                      red plum white peach gala apple navel orange kiwi papaya [or was it mango? I never know]

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                                                                                                                                                                        Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jun 30, 2010 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        That looks very good, I love fruit salads at this time of year!

                                                                                                                                                                        Today I was cooking off various odds & ends in my fridge to make way for grilled pizza tonight, and the upcoming holiday bbq. I made a BLTA on whole wheat toast, with a slice of cheddar, warm crisp bacon, iceberg, avocado & sliced roma tomato with Hellman's on both slices. It was summer heaven in a sandwich :)))

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                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jun 30, 2010 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          it sounds wonderful, I'd have loved that too. love sandwiches of any and all kinds. I think I'll take your lead for dinner tomorrow night. I'd like to do the base of NYTimes bread tonight, let it sit overnight, and for dinner tomorrow, I'll do a clean out the frig night.
                                                                                                                                                                          thanks for inspiration

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                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 2, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            went outside to get some mulberry's to add to my lunch special, but they're way high, can't reach them and sadly, I think they're about to be gone...
                                                                                                                                                                            that's a plus and minus........plus, no more purple stained concrete patio, downside, no more eating those yummy things.
                                                                                                                                                                            on my plate: strawberries with balsamic, mango or papaya [I get them confused] orange, apple, nectarine, white peach kiwi, plum, blue berries...

                                                                                                                                                                            have a good day

                                                                                                                                                                      2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 7, 2010 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I had reruns of dinner last night which was a big batch of glazed mozzarella stuffed meatballs with a hoisin glaze over buttered noodles, sliced strawberries and small green salad with sweet 100's all over it

                                                                                                                                                                        1. nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          It will be my early summer standard: while the tomatoes are still here, a tomato sandwich it will be. Slices of my own crusty (WW/white mix) bread, toasted, lots of Dukes, a few basil leaves, s & p, and thick slices of one of the red, ripe, juicy babies that are about to be just a memory here. The only question is whether or not to slip a wedge of avocado between those layers of lusciousness.

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                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 8, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            ncw, you're kiling me up in here! Our tomatioes aren't in...can't wait, although I wonder what the superhot weather is doing to the crops this summer...

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                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: buttertart Jul 8, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              is it super hot buttertart? not here, well, it's only gotten to 94° so far and we consider that a blizzard.....................my tomatoes are on their way but so far, all I see are the sweet 100's and I just water/pick/eat

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                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                103 in NYC Tuesday, 100 yesterday, cooling off as the week tails off but looking at 90s from Sunday on again for the foreseeable. I hate hot weather!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: buttertart Jul 8, 2010 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I never thought I'd be able to utter these words: Come on down to New Orleans and get cool!

                                                                                                                                                                                  My sympathies--and I certainly hope those super-high temperatures do no harm to your tomatoes (which you'll be enjoying as I'm seized w/longing.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 8, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Utter away! I've been annoying myself by looking at the weather in places that usually have a worse time of it than we do and are uniformly cooler at the moment. Didn't expect to beat Shanghai in the weather sweepstakes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: buttertart Jul 8, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    we've heard on the news you guys are really sweltering, stay cool friend

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                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 8, 2010 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                slip a wedge....................................hahahaha....................
                                                                                                                                                                                Dukes, how funny, mayo right? I bought some in Atlanta from their market and brought it home on a plane, had heard of it, now watch, you're not talking mayo, how embarrassing *)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I am talking mayo: Duke's, my absolute favorite. (You're not dissin' my Duke's, now, are ya, Il Divo ; D )

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                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 8, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    OH NO, I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                    but alas, it's gone
                                                                                                                                                                                    now if I could only get my hands on some Steens cane syrup I'd be set :+)

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                                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL. I wasn't sure when you said "you're not talking mayo." (Thought: those could be fightin' words!)
                                                                                                                                                                                      What do you like Steens on/for?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 8, 2010 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        you know the song a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down?
                                                                                                                                                                                        well, I don't need medicine but in case I do, this stuff by the spoon is pretty terrific and their molasses, yum..............

                                                                                                                                                                              3. the_MU RE: iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Had to harvest all the salad mix and arugula before the arugula bolts, so I made a giant salad with walnuts, golden raisins, Israeli feta, scallions, and a handful of the purslane growing in the herb garden between the parsely plants. Tossed with my stupid shake & serve dressing (EVOO, rice vinegar, soy sauce & honey).

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                                                                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: the_MU Jul 8, 2010 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  actually that sounds wonderful...............

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                                                                                                                                                                                    the_MU RE: iL Divo Jul 8, 2010 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    It was. Hope I didn't sell it short. Since there was still a ton of greens left, I had it again for supper!

                                                                                                                                                                                    With a garden, it's feast or famine. Right now, feast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: the_MU Jul 9, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      what part of country you in? here outside of the city of angels, our weather, this year, is wacky! you never know what's gonna pop up or die off.

                                                                                                                                                                                      for lunch today, it'll be tuna sandwiches on ww croissants. son likes absolutely no mayo so his batch will be made separate. he thinks mayo is made from plastic and clogs your body. he likes his made with hot dog, can you believe it, hot dog mustard, good ole fashioned Frenches. blech......... he'll have water, I'll have the sun tea brewing on the porch right now

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                                                                                                                                                                                        the_MU RE: iL Divo Jul 9, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        In south-midcoast-Maine. Its the very start of midsummer here and has been a great season for green leafies so far, though we're having an unusual two-week hot, rainless spell at the moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                        As I noted in another post, last night I blanched and froze a whole bunch of different greens, so today I took some of the blanching water and cooked a package of Koyo organic ramen noodles in it, tossed in the flavor packet (I like salty), a fistful of fresh greens ("braising mix" from the CSA), a couple tablespoons of chopped chives, and then stirred an egg into the whole thing. Hot soup in summertime induces perspiration, I noticed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Mayo is highly underappreciated. Mix it with any flavoring (sriracha, gochuchang, chipotle, pesto, capers, olives, tarragon, etc) and it becomes a fancy thing fit for company. Ballpark mustard has its uses, I guess. I'll always pick the spicy brown if given a choice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: the_MU Jul 10, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          oh yah, I can't believe I went shopping and forgot one thing on my list, more yellow moo-tard. crud. oh well, todays another day.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree about the mayo factor, you can do so much with it, just ask Paula Deen right? hahahh

                                                                                                                                                                                          You're a Maniac then? love it and love Maine, you get Lobstah rolls when you want them right?

                                                                                                                                                                                          My husband and I did a trip to Maine a few years ago for a week. Loved Bah-harbah and many places around it. loved loved loved it. you're lucky

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                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: the_MU Jul 11, 2010 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I love that photo, is that your house?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              the_MU RE: iL Divo Jul 11, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! That's my house. It's a little less bluish now since we recently got it painted a warmer grey. We're on Merrymeeting Bay, a fair amount south of Bar Harbor.

                                                                                                                                                                                              My husband is vegetarian so I don't eat lobster much, just when the family comes in from away. It's better when you can cook it at home. Sometimes I have to go out and have fried clams and onion rings, though. That's my favorite guilty pleasure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: the_MU Jul 12, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                you and my husband would get a long really well, his guilty pleasure is also fried clams and onion rings. they used to make that meal at Howard Johnsons restaurants which I think have been defunked for many a year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      classylady RE: the_MU Jul 11, 2010 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Where did you find Israeli feta, here I can only find Greek feta. Your salads sound terrific.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        the_MU RE: classylady Jul 11, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I've seen it at every Trader Joe's I've been to. They used to sell the Israeli feta at my local supermarket, but they stopped carrying it a couple of years ago, and I missed it terribly -- my household gets particular about cheese made with non-animal rennet, and this stuff is kosher.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I was visiting family near Boston and near a Trader Joe's, so I bought four packages of it! It's the kind in the bright green and yellow pouch, in about half-pound chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I hear there will be a Trader Joe's in Maine at some point in the not-too-distant future. Thank goodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, lunch/brunch today: A bunch of rainbow chard, kinda sautee-braised (sautee in fat until it just starts to stick/brown and then keep adding a little water to keep it slightly deglazed) in half butter/half olive oil with onion, garlic and sliced potato, drained, then mixed with scrambled eggs, chives and more of the feta. Even the kid who claims he doesn't like eggs ate it right up. And the extra liquid from the chard, onion and potato could be served as really great soup. I ate it all with a spoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 11, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      big salad with lettuce tomatoes carrots celery and spitzer dressing. pita chips with the hummus I'll make after church as the garbanzo's are soaking still in water from last night

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                                                                                                                                                                                        greenstate RE: iL Divo Jul 11, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Leftover grilled flank steak, cooked rare and sliced thin, on local salad greens with Backyard Farms tomatoes and cucumbers drizzled with fig vinegar and olive oil. Salt and pepper and I am lovin lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: greenstate Jul 12, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          fig vinegar and olive oil, oh my goodness, now that's special. where'd you get the fig vinegar or did you make it yourself?

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. operagirl RE: iL Divo Jul 11, 2010 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Vietnamese spring rolls and spicy peanut dipping sauce. With a julienne slicer, they're easier to put together than you might think! Such a refreshing summer meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          laliz RE: iL Divo Jul 12, 2010 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          whole wheat thin bun/ horseradish on top/ best foods mayo on bottom/ thinly sliced Italian Roast Beef and a slice of swiss cheese sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                          and a nectarine

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                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: laliz Jul 13, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            oh that sounds good. I love those tiny thin buns.

                                                                                                                                                                                            been eyeballin a tomato out in the garden. sliced up with sliced radishes and 1/4 green pepper drizzled with Tuscan balsamic. bougtht FF Greek yogurt at TJ's yesterday, so I'll have a dollop of that and a large slice of cantelope. Sun Tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. rabaja RE: iL Divo Jul 13, 2010 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken breast cut into strips, sauteed in a dry pan, adding water as needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                            This got diced up and in went some dijonaise for moisture and flavor.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Ate it out of a bowl with a slice of California Protein bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                            That should get me through my gym routine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: rabaja Jul 14, 2010 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              sounds like a sandwich I'd create. love the simplicity of it and bet it was amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: iL Divo Jul 14, 2010 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Crab sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                              The fishmonger had some good looking dressed crabs yesterday - a good half and half white & brown meat. It screamed sandwich at me.

                                                                                                                                                                                              This called for soft white bread, very lightly smeared with mayo. The white & brown meats were mixed together and thickly dumped on top. It needed a little greenery - one of those times when a crisp lettuce would be completely wrong, so just a couple of leaves of butterhead lettuce.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Man, this was fab - so rich!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Harters Jul 14, 2010 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters, if we weren't both so happily married...this sounds fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: buttertart Jul 14, 2010 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I want to marry (or, at least, have an illicit affair with) the fishmonger, Brian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not only the crab but he also had brown shrimps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now, I know North Americans generally call all of these beasts "shrimp" and Australians call all of them "prawns" but, for we Brits, prawns and shrimps are different beasts. The only thing we call a shrimp is the tiny brown or grey shrimp (everything bigger is a prawn) that we usually only see in "potted shrimps" (a delicacy of my region in north west England). You see the same beastie in Belgium and the Netherlands where they serve them loose or in croquettes. But you never really see them loose in the UK. Until now. Mrs Harters is waxng lyrical about them - she had them just with some salad leaf. I fear she may start an illicit affair with Brian.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: Harters Jul 14, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Same as crevettes grises in France? Delicious. Definitely hanky-panky-worthy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: buttertart Jul 14, 2010 06:44 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wonderful. ROFLMAO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: Harters Jul 14, 2010 07:22 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: Harters Jul 14, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The way I see it, no matter who gets to Brian first, you'll probably both benefit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 14, 2010 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do I hear New Orleans talking in that attitude? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          nomadchowwoman RE: buttertart Jul 14, 2010 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Moi???? [insert feigned shock]

                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Just sayin': a fishmonger in the house, however, he, um, gets there, can't be a bad thing.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 14, 2010 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only too true!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 14, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rumour has it that Mrs H's sister beats us both to him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          She's one of his "special customers" who he phones when he's got something "unusual" on offer. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: Harters Jul 14, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh my goodness, now that sounds perfecto!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't have a fish monger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      my idea of getting fish or seafood of this nature is sending my son out on his boat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      but catching crab, I think not.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      so far, he's only ever gotten a tiny scrawny little lob-stah that got put right back in the ocean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      today, I'm toting a breaded turkey cutlet fillet on 9 grain bread with lettuce and onion and tomato and home made pickles with a huge old apple and sprite. I'll be at Ventura enjoying a day of shopping where I'll hit a fish store for some of the above mentioned [hopefully] crab or lobster, we'll see if they have either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 14, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        as stated, didn't go, maybe tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jul 14, 2010 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, it's finally started to heat up here in West LA, so lunch today was a BLT salad with hard boiled eggs. and Bacon ranch dressing, a guilty pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Get any crab or lobsters yet, il Divo?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jul 14, 2010 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        no, didn't go shopping today, it just got too late to drive so far and shop.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tomorrow if lunch date [which isn't verified yet] falls through, I'll go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        but I do love a BLT salad, did you use croutons? that way, it's just like a sandwich, I love those

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jul 14, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, yea, I forgot the croutons. Maybe that's why I'm hungry again ;) I love those Just off Melrose croutons with garlic & cheese. I always stock up when they are on sale. Sometimes I crush them up and use them for breading.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Where do you usually get your shellfish, do you ever go to the Ventura Harbor? I thought they had some fisherman there where you could buy off the boat. In fact, that may be a fun project for my boys & I to do this summer, as I have never gone to the Ventura beaches, and would love to scout out a fresh seafood dinner while there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jul 15, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ventura is wonderful. I worked there for years, went to school there also and took my kids to the beaches a gillion times. Love it there. Their Country Fair is fun too just to let you know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will seek out a place to find fish, but it won't be today, the lunch is on with my friend so that trip to Ventura will be tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where do you find Just Off melrose croutons? Never heard of them. But want them now..............hahahh

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Never approached a fisherman or his or her boat so don't know about that. Plenty of good fish markets around the harbor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jul 15, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cool, I think we'll make a day trip and check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The croutons can be found at Ralph's, Gelsons and Vons. They are in a cellophane bag, with different colored labels. Best croutons out there, IMO, about as good as homemade.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jul 15, 2010 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                well let's see, I have Ralphs, Von's and Gelsons.................
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll pick them up tomorrow as that's the day I'll go to Ventura.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                my lunch date, had a nail apt at 1:00 when I met her at her shop.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had too much to do to wait around so we're going out next Tuesday instead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                kind of a bummer cause I'd have gone to Ventura today if I'd have known.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh well............

                                                                                                                                                                                                                no lunch for me except for tasting the JT chocolate chips cookies [5 varieties of chips] I'd made for Suzie at her shop to share...............gad they're soooooooooo good

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. nomadchowwoman RE: iL Divo Jul 17, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just finished a plain, old, always delicious BLT.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: nomadchowwoman Jul 17, 2010 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          all my life, I've had the same 5 sandwiches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          order changes from first to last often, but they're always the same sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          BLT one of the top 5 always

                                                                                                                                                                                                          micky d's for me today in ventura

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Phurstluv RE: iL Divo Jul 17, 2010 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          We went out for lunch today, as we wanted to have a nice meal before seeing the circus at Staples Ctr. I had a really good burger with marsala sauteed creminis, gorgonzola, sauteed onions and spinach. My DH had a really good cubano french dip, which was made with roast pork. He inhaled it. Kids had really good fish and chips. Nice lunch, way better than the concession stands, anyday. Plus we got to wash it all down with some really good beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: Phurstluv Jul 17, 2010 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            jealous, your lunch and your family's blew mine out of the water..............

                                                                                                                                                                                                            anyone know about chili peppers? I'm curious if anyone's been to Monticello and walked through the garden there. they have these little tiny round red chili's that blow your face off. I am curious if they are these in the photo. I know off topic, but don't see a chili pepper thread

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            lunch is early today, got stuff to do, errands to run etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            so it's a tomato sandwich with 3 kinds of tomatoes from the yard, basil from the yard and a mayo/mustard/catsup sandwich spread I just made.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bottled water and a handful of grapes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Later today when I return, I have 10 kinds of fruits to put in the dehydrator so I'll be busy :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I ask you, is there a better sandwich than a fresh tomato sandwich? < I'm sure not

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 30, 2010 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              watched Mary Ann Esposito yesterday do a cooking class on gnocchi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I made her recipe exactly last night for dinner and a loose sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              wonderful, so for lunch, I heated up some gnocchi and some sauce, very good

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 31, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hog&Cluck on thins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a little baggie of dehydrated fruits from the machine in the kitchen and a huge mug of iced creamy coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Aug 3, 2010 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Made a salad of quinoa, frisee, and edamame, in a dijon/shallot vinaigrette. scrumptious textures and flavor (i like my vinaigrette a lot)! i went back for thirds. felt healthy, too......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sal Vanilla RE: mariacarmen Aug 3, 2010 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MMM. That sounds lovely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: mariacarmen Aug 4, 2010 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        can you let me know how you did the vinaigrette? I love them too and bought 7 new different bottles of extra virgin olive oil in Lake Tahoe last week, would be good to start using any of them. my standard go to vinaigrette is simple and probably typical.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        flavored vinegar like champagne or raspberry or pineapple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        salt and pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        parm cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dijon mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        onion and garlic flakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        maybe a little dry oregano

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for me lunch today will be a tuna salad, a big dollop of it mixed with light [yuk] mayo trying to trim calories a bit, onion ` celery ` shallot ` garlic ` home made pickles salt and pepper on a bed of greens. since I need the tins for the English muffins I'm making for dinner for the Eggs Benedict Julia style, I'm using two cans of tuna. Husband and son can have their take along lunch tomorrow of tuna sandwiches. for the pickles in the tuna salad, I'll cut back and only put that into mine for my salad. don't think hub and son would like, they're kinda weird in a good way, I followed how RR said she did hers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: iL Divo Aug 20, 2010 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was given a chunk of sobrasada by a family member. I also had some leftover ratatouille. Fried both together. Clearly not enough food there, so I added small tin of spelt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Was fine. Not the best lunch I've ever made, but certainly the most recent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: Harters Aug 20, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Recent is good in terms of lunch. You have tinned spelt over there???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: buttertart Aug 20, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yep. Tinned spelt. Saw it at the "premium" supermarket some weeks back. Only very small tins (150g) - Italian produce. Quite a nice addition to this rather odd "use up" lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Aug 20, 2010 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Triple "c" burrito. Chix/corn/cheese, Hershey mini bar

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JerryMe RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ha Ha Ha! I gotta remember that! Thanks iL Divo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Japanecdote RE: iL Divo Oct 14, 2010 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm bringing this one back, since it's lunch time on my half of the world!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But bringing it back with a boring lunch, I'm afraid. Peanut butter on a whole wheat English muffin, cashews, and mango pudding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: Japanecdote Nov 10, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not boring, I'm comin over, love peanut butter love whole wheat anything and mango pudding, yay I'll resist that............NOT.....yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. rabaja RE: iL Divo Oct 15, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two pieces of leftover Dim Sum, eaten cold on my front porch, with the cat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Then, a couple of egg whites scrambled with a spoonful of cottage cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saving myself for tonights blow-out dinner in the city.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I expect it will be a doozie...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: rabaja Nov 10, 2010 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                speaking of leftover/reruns, I'm having my husbands lunch from Monday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we went shopping and had sandwiches and chips and he only ate half.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with the potato salad it'll be a small but suffice-ive meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Novelli RE: iL Divo Nov 10, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today I had the heal end of a loaf of bread, a big chunk of manchego, and cut a few pieces from a link of sopressata. Washed it all down with some dates and tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 9, 2011 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  today lunch for me is going to be late but who cares.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm carefree in a snowy part of Salt Lake City and craving a good pizza.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sattebello is where I'll have my pizza and then I'll follow up with dinner at Caputo's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 9, 2011 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Changed plans. Went to Caputo's first.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a great place that is!:)!:)!:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They suggested Biaggi's for Bolognese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perfect in every way. Hubby will love the other half.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      twodales RE: iL Divo Apr 9, 2011 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hit some gourmet shops today soooooooooooooo........baguette, duck rillettes & Mt. Tam cheese by Cowgirl Creamery (milk from Strauss Family dairy in CA) Very Yummy and satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 10, 2011 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had the seeded baguette and the 4 cheeses and 4 deli sliced meats with olives and pears and apricots from my shopping spree yesterday. Such a good fun lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 11, 2011 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        grilled vegetable sandwich zukes/toms/onions/red cabbage on grilled thin buns with olive oil and vinegar, water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thin sliced tomato sandwich on wheat thin bun toasted salt pepper onion powder garlic powder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. jeniyo RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lamb pita pocket with lettuce and tahini

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: jeniyo Apr 14, 2011 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the sound of your lunch I bet it was delicious. I love Lamb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              quinoa salad with chopped green onion, broccoli, celery, cherry tomatoes with a dijon/lemon dressing, side store-bought seaweed salad, small bag of bbq pop chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sunflwrsdh RE: mariacarmen Apr 14, 2011 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Still trying to like quinoa, haven't done anything new with it yet, but haven't ruled it out either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: sunflwrsdh Apr 15, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm loving quinoa, though I am relatively new to it. I recently made a salad from this month's COTM and had the leftovers for breakfast the next day. I love it for its versatility. I really like it w some cooked, shredded egg, green onions and sriracha . . . at ay time of day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 15, 2011 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oooh, i like the idea of it with eggs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. JerryMe RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lunch tomorrow will be a hot pocket - yeah, I know - HOWEVER! I found they make a chipotle chicken one, now! Aren't they getting creative. The other alternative will be to get my butt up and make a quesadilla w/ oaxaca cheese w/ chipotle salsa. . . .Hmmm, butt up or not?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sunflwrsdh RE: iL Divo Apr 14, 2011 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today's lunch was a good one ( and I had to cart three meals to work today, too!) Campbell's Healthy request ( I think...or whatever one that had 100 calories per serving) tomato basil soup, some of the big tossed salad that I brought for supper, and an egg salad sandwich1 whole egg, and 3 egg whites, mixed with some coarse grained mustard, fat free mayo and dill pickle relish, and eaten on a whole grain sandwich thin. Red jello with cool whip free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Apr 15, 2011 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Same quinoa salad as yesterday, but added steamed french lentils to it, heated it up, and added a couple of healthy squirts of Sriaracha. yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: mariacarmen Apr 15, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh yum mc, I just posted up thread how much I like quinoa and sriracha together.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: mariacarmen Apr 17, 2011 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        always amazed at how so many people can do sriaracha without it killing their mouthes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a little goes so very far with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Apr 17, 2011 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lunch today was on the fly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        husband had me go to HD and Lowes for a toilet seat replacement..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        like I know how to do that and what to buy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        proud of myself, brought it home, WRONG ONE.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        took it back but not without a turkey with mustard on whole wheat high fiber and bottle of water, that was lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo May 27, 2011 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today lunch was a unique thing I'd call Venezuelan granola with sweetened milk like eaglebrand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Different but wonderful, and diet coke

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mamachef RE: iL Divo Jun 4, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Venezuelan granola? Pretty fascinating. What makes it different?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: mamachef Jun 4, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              inquiring minds want to know………

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 4, 2011 04:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            egg salad sandwich on Jewish deli rye bread with big red apple and huge bottle of water on the beach Miami

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: iL Divo Jun 4, 2011 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              il divo, were you down there for that <HONKIN'>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dust up on south beach? was that about food?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The Chowhound Team RE: iL Divo Jun 9, 2011 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just a quick reminder that since this is the Home Cooking board, these threads should be focused on things you made yourself, rather than meals you've eaten in restaurants. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 10, 2011 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Feeling hungry for a steak salad and have the Korean BBQ beef from the other night and plenty of salad fixings so I'm set.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The dressing will be made from one of the 3 flavored sour creams I just bought.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chipotle.........jalepeno..........roasted garlic and herbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A teaspoon of each with the other ingredients for making salad dressing, we'll see if it's good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. twodales RE: iL Divo Jun 11, 2011 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had a few corn tortillas which needed to be frozen or used, a few bits of fish in the freezer, some horseradishy cole slaw so made fish tacos with a sour cream, dollop of mayo, chipotle and lime dressing. Pretty good and used up some food from the fridge/freezer too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: twodales Jun 12, 2011 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Horseradish in coleslaw sounds v good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mamachef RE: buttertart Jun 15, 2011 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It would be awesome on a roast beef sandwich.....or brisket....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: mamachef Jun 15, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes! That sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jun 26, 2011 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Second the horseradish in cole slaw idea. It's a nice change-up. I tend to add a little honey to balance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            twodales RE: ChristinaMason Jun 27, 2011 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice idea. Will have to try that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 12, 2011 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Angus burger with all the veg, water with peach iced green tea "straw" emptied into it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. twodales RE: iL Divo Jun 21, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two shrimp tacos at Rick Bayless's Frontera Fresco. Tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: twodales Jun 22, 2011 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pretend this is in all caps.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am soooo jealous.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bet his food is to die for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lucky you

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RedTop RE: iL Divo Jun 21, 2011 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gooey Grilled Cheese on Rye. Velveeta fired in a pan coated with Olive Oil. Blissful. Washed down with a small serving of Faygo Vanilla Cream Soda.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S_K RE: iL Divo Jun 21, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stir fried noodles with beef and lots of vegetables. Yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 22, 2011 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yellow fin tuna grilled.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            let cool down and made sandwich using NYT bread with all seeds I could find in the kitchen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mayo dijon onion garlic salt pepper, so good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chips and a cookie, with ice water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pixie Muse RE: iL Divo Jun 22, 2011 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great lunch. I want to be just like you when I grow up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: Pixie Muse Jun 23, 2011 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh how sweet you are Pixie Muse, thank you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                today for lunch after Dr. apt early and car dealership apt after that, I met an old friend [& former Gemco employee that I worked with in yesteryear.] so fun to see someone after all these years and his idea was Mexican. never been to Presidente in the Valley but had bean and cheese burrito rice and beans, salad, & way too much iced tea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                love catching up with old friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mamachef RE: iL Divo Jun 23, 2011 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today lunge (I mean, lunch) consisted of an ativan tablet, a large berry Calistoga water, half a tuna sandwich on wheat, and a bigass bag of microwave popcorn. Gotta have that fiber!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: mamachef Jun 24, 2011 01:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kettlecorn? or orville movie theatre style?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mamachef RE: alkapal Jun 24, 2011 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aagh! Shot thru the heart! You got me! Uncle Oroville was treated to a microwave sauna, and when it was ready I poured over a little extra butter and salt, because hey, what's this "lowfat" business?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: mamachef Jun 24, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lowfat schmofat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: alkapal Jun 24, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that makes me wonder what microwave popcorn really is the best

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: mamachef Jun 24, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was it National Crazyass Lunch Day yesterday? Me: half a Turkish roll cadged out of a coworker's hand, crunchy pb, banana; a small bag of Fritos; a Damak Turkish milk choc with Antep pistachio chocolate bar (the smaller size). (If you see those choccy bars, pounce, they're super.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. BabsW RE: iL Divo Jun 24, 2011 03:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm bringing a wrap. Whole-wheat flatbread spread with salted avocado, topped with sprouts, tomato slices, sliced red bell pepper, julinenned carrots and lettuce. Also a baggie of more carrots and bell pepper slices and snow peas, plus a red pear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 24, 2011 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moraccan meatballs out of the freezer sliced, on NYT bread w- baby arugula & yellow pear tomato salad Myer lemon vinaigrette drizzle, H20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 26, 2011 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 patty melt split husband will have other half.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          polenta fries with white truffle mayo & garden kitchen sink salad 1000 island, water & iced tea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lrostron RE: iL Divo Jun 26, 2011 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A bowlful (albeit a small one) of Orchid's Cool Noodles, a classic from Barbara Tropp's book, slippery, satiny noodles tossed with sesame oil, soy, black vinegar and hot chile oil with sliced scallions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: lrostron Jun 29, 2011 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that noodle dish sounds right up my alley

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: iL Divo Jun 26, 2011 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              what are polenta fries?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mamachef RE: alkapal Jun 28, 2011 12:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make polenta; spread in a pan; cut into sticks; deepfry; yumyumyum. Serve with whatever you want, if they make it out of the kitchen. Kind of like a socca. Only no chickpeas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: alkapal Jun 29, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  what mamachef said :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. steve h. RE: iL Divo Jun 26, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deb made an asparagus frittata with goat cheese. I juiced a dozen oranges and married the juice with some (a lot of) California sparkling wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ChristinaMason RE: iL Divo Jun 26, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch/brunch was a ham biscuit from the farmer's market (meh), a bunch of morello (I think?) cherries I snacked on while prepping cocktail cherries from same market, and a slice of watermelon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jun 29, 2011 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    only day off and too much to do today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    took car in to dealership at "early thirty", they'll have it 6 days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    went to Porto bakery [I think it's called] on Brand in Glendale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for their prized [so I heard] pastry, got 3 little delicious bites there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    finally home to diet dr. pep and pnut butter on flax seed bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it could have been better but no time, leave tomorrow for singing thing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. twodales RE: iL Divo Jul 10, 2011 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Duck Rillettes with rosemary and black olives, served with cornichon, crudite and nice warm french bread...oh and a glass of beaujolais and a riverside sit at the cafe. Perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matahari22 RE: iL Divo Jul 12, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Made a bernaise, eggs over easy, olives and artichoke hearts. Then I made some flat bread chips with EVOO, minced Ginger, garlic and onion powder. Smoothie of yogurt, almond milk, cantaloupe wedge and a peach.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. alliegator RE: iL Divo Jul 12, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A turkey hot dog with the cheese stuff inside. I ain't too proud!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll have to come back to this thread on a better day :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. twodales RE: iL Divo Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of my favorite summer meals. Salade Caprese with a smidge of EVOO and some black pepper. Cool and refreshing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Jul 24, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              at West Edmonton Mall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New York Fries pountine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loaded hot dog there also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oreo/Skor Blizzard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am stuffed and think I'll go home and lie down

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. alliegator RE: iL Divo Jul 25, 2011 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm going to go gab a bowl of Pho. It's all I've been thinking about for the last week! An accident (no injuries, thank god) totaled the trusty gator mobile, and I've been carless while the mister goes to work for 10 days. Got new wheels yesterday, and my first stop will be the Pho shop, haha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. AuntPlam RE: iL Divo Jul 25, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch today was leftover turkey pseudo-tacoburritothing. Lean ground turkey cooked w/ onions, cayenne, chili powder and cumin, leftover red beans and rice all on a whole wheat wrap w/ some red leaf lettuce topped with a greek yogurt green onion sauce, extra chunky fresh salsa and a bunch of slice black olives. I could eat mexican (or mexican-esque) food for every meal, no joke. <3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Jul 26, 2011 12:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    leftover eggplant in a curry-type sauce with garlic, nigella seeds, turmeric, cayenne, ginger, coriander, tomatoes, other stuff - to die for, esp. over my leftover couscous salad of patty pan squash, brocc, shallots, and pine nuts. ate so much for lunch i was too full for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Jul 27, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A spicy eggplant and pork stir fry very mapo tofu-esque in flavor but made with Korean dwenjahng (fermented soybean paste) instead of Chinese black bean sauce, served over a bed of steamed jasmine rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: inaplasticcup Jul 27, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that looks so scrumptious! You're a wonderful photographer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          inaplasticcup RE: alliegator Jul 27, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, allie! You're a wonderful hostess. ;) <referring to your epic *family friendly* dinner thread...>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. mamachef RE: iL Divo Jul 27, 2011 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Browned some ground lamb with onion and garlic and a little mint; mixed in some muhamarra sauce, stuffed it into heated pitas, topped it off with a Greek yogurt/cucumber/cilantro/mint tzatziki, and called it good. Oh, and we had some olives and cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. twodales RE: iL Divo Jul 27, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today had a craving for Swedish so it was "gaffelbiter" (translation: forkfull) bits of herring brined in wine, sugar and spices on knäckebröd (hardtack) and a 2 year old aged cheese from near the Arctic circle called Västerbotten. It is one of the finest cheeses in the world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: twodales Jul 31, 2011 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my mom loves hardtack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sounds interesting. my lunch today much more boring, but real good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Biaggi's for bolognese with linguini and caesar salad with crusty bread, dipping sauce and waaaaay too much of their yummy iced tea. brough it back from my walk, I'm still drinking it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Jul 31, 2011 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Open faced egg salad sandwich with mayo, a little lemon juice, yellow mustard, celery seed, paprika, and very crispy fried bacon minced fine. atop whole wheat toast spread with laughing cow swiss. watermelon chunks on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rabaja RE: mariacarmen Jul 31, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just ate lunch and I'm salivating. Must have more egg salad in my life this summer. And blt's!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: mariacarmen Aug 2, 2011 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is it too late for round 2? Your lunch is high on my list of favorites. Love how you season your egg salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My lunch will be mini baguettes with cheeses and meats I bought from Caputo's Italian deli in Salt Lake City. Basically little bites of joy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood RE: iL Divo Aug 2, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my first stateside lunch: well, BLT, of course. open-faced. duke's mayo. kumatoes. thick slice bacon. yowzah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. alliegator RE: iL Divo Aug 3, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was just wondering what to fix myself for lunch and doing some browsing when I ran across this gem:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I need to run to the store for a few things, and then it shall mine--mwuhahaha!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: alliegator Aug 3, 2011 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh you are funny.... :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And that does look delicious, I'll have to check out the ingredients, wonder if it's extra firm tofu

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: iL Divo Aug 3, 2011 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why, thank you. I actually felt that sort of hunger/greed feeling come on when I saw the picture. I used extra firm tofu and the dish turned out great. But now I'm too full to be enthusiatic about making any dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jvanderh RE: alliegator Aug 3, 2011 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That really does look good. Bet I could cook it in a thermos, if I made the sauce kind of watery and wanted to eat it warm :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: alliegator Aug 3, 2011 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my 2 main suggested proteins according to ERFYT book are domestic snails and tofu.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this sounds very good to me where as most don't and we'll completely forget the domestic snails ever entering my mouth.... blech....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Aug 3, 2011 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cream of chicken and artichoke soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      multi salad with baby mozzarella balls and lemon shallot vinaigrette
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      all day braised short ribs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      blue cheese and walnut risotto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ice water lots of ice

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: iL Divo Aug 3, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wow! that sounds like a lot of food for lunch. i don't think i'd be able to do any work after a meal like that. did you braise the ribs yesterday or was it more like a 'half-day braise'?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jvanderh RE: iL Divo Aug 3, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm pretty excited about my lunch today. It's a foray into thermos cooking. I brought pan-fried corn and zucchini (prob not necessary to pan fry, just did this for flavor), tomato sauce, hot pepper flakes, and raw ground turkey and fresh beans to a boil before work and dumped it in a preheated thermos. It worked! The beans are cooked and the turkey is tender and nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Aug 4, 2011 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I made nahmool bahnchahn yesterday so we had bibim bahp for lunch today. (The pic is the Man's to go container...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            twodales RE: inaplasticcup Aug 19, 2011 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had bibim bap yesterday. I love that it has a bit of everything. Quite satisfying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator RE: twodales Aug 19, 2011 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh, I need some of that! I used to live in a suburb of Atlanta that was filled with wonderful and authentic Korean places, and I really miss that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: inaplasticcup Aug 19, 2011 11:27 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              please may I come live w-you :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL. You are always welcomed to come grub and drink with us if you're ever in N. San Diego, ID! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: inaplasticcup Aug 19, 2011 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it's not that far

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, really? :))) Where are you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: inaplasticcup Aug 20, 2011 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at the moment Chicago :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but usually southern cal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was teasing you, no worry, not popping in :()

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Aug 20, 2011 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Too funny. I was in Chicago last year! :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: inaplasticcup Feb 5, 2014 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    just reading this again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    very kind.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we're often at the kids house in Mission Bay. if you see a strikingly beautiful woman pushing a stroller with a gorgeous baby girl inside > on the beach, smile and pass her by :))))) > then > find me and we'll grab a burger at Ho-dads or whatever it's called...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    today it's gonna hopefully be very authentic spaghetti Bolognese and pizza margarita and ''lots'' of H20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Aug 18, 2011 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuna on toasted eye w- iced tea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of each of the two kinds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of cookies I made today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  twodales RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A tuna melt sounds very tempting right now but perhaps too caloric????? I'm trying to lose a few pounds before winter hibernation sets in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: twodales Aug 19, 2011 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wish I knew the edit feature would always work "iPhone-ing" it so I could fix the toasted "eye" which was in fact rye :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your iphone always gives me a good chuckle... :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jvanderh RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A chicken flauta (how did I live before flautas??), a chicken taco, refried beans, and a 3/4 diet coke 1/4 dr pepper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: jvanderh Aug 19, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ...love your soda concoction :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jvanderh RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's some (debatable) evidence that diet soda can cause an insulin response. So, you see (as long as we ignore the flauta, the taco, and the refried beans) I'm really just looking after my health by making sure the insulin has something to work on :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. alliegator RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just finished one of my favorite lunches: faux chicken parmesan. I bread up a small chicken breast, pan fry it and top with a little jarred sauce and cheese and broil until the cheese bubbles. I don't even make pasta, haha.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And a plum. Gotta throw something healthy in there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sasha1 RE: iL Divo Aug 19, 2011 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some of you are regulars on this thread - this is my first post, which I enjoyed while having my lunch today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Angel hair with a quick sauce of sauteed gorgeous garden tomato, zuchinni, evoo, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, a little parsley at the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Little scoop (if I slitted my eyes anyway) of vanilla ice cream w/drizzle of hershey's choc sauce and spoon of homemade tayberry preserves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Made a panzanella this morning for tomorrow's lunch - kids love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Aug 20, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A spicy pork fridge cleanout stir fry...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. iL Divo RE: iL Divo Sep 6, 2011 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flax seed multigrain bread w-Canadian pbut&amish raw honey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          drink=walmarchay's clear water flavor lavender fuji apple pear

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: iL Divo Sep 6, 2011 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            how is canadian pb different from american pb? and where does one get it? do you have a particular brand name?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: linguafood Sep 7, 2011 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to lingua
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it is much smoother than our peanut butter here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the calories are the same, I've checked, but it's much smoother to spread and more velvet in texture than ours here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that is if you like creamy, we don't do crunchy so I'm not referring to that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              easy enough to find in a few or a couple of brands there in supermarkets in Canada.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like three varieties of $k!ppy and just the one from Kr@f+.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our DIL is Canadian and I have a lot of work there so it's not hard for me to get it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I bring back multiples so I'm never out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              maria, opera and sun, your lunch sound great.............

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Sep 6, 2011 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            california roll and a diet coke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. operagirl RE: iL Divo Sep 6, 2011 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Made tostones, then defrosted some ancho chili sauce I made a few weeks ago, and simmered some cubed chicken breast in it 'til done. Served the chicken w/sauce over the tostones, topped with avocado and cilantro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                inaplasticcup RE: operagirl Sep 7, 2011 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love tostones. So much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chef chicklet RE: inaplasticcup Sep 8, 2011 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ME too! I had the best ones at a Peruvian restaurant (Fresca) in San Francisco. A little salty, a little garlicky, and a little sweet... so good. My husband immediately lit up when he tasted them, and says " We need to make these!", and I never have. lame huh? of course the whole Peruvian meal was the best ever...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inaplasticcup RE: chef chicklet Sep 8, 2011 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL. We were on a tostones kick for a while and made them about 4 times in one month. We're off it now, but maybe it's time to make another batch...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: chef chicklet Nov 11, 2011 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      some people make tostones with garlic? i never had them like that at my favorite cuban restaurant in florida. i'm sure there are regional variations, like with anything, right? http://www.tasteofcuba.com/mariquitas... is the tostones-with-garlic a peruvian thing, particularly? the pollo a la brasa places around here don't even offer tostones!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i just usually splash them with the vinegar that is there on the table, but a mojo or other sauce would be great, too. the tostones are the first thing i have to go for on the plate -- while they are nice and hot. ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sunflwrsdh RE: iL Divo Sep 6, 2011 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tossed green salad ( really just several kinds of lettuce) with raspberries, goat cheese, glazed walnuts, dressed with a light raspberry walnut viniagrette . Cinnamon roll fat free yogurt for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: sunflwrsdh Sep 7, 2011 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    have a lot of lettuce to use up and the toms on the porch are ready to eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    so I'll have a big salad with the usual suspects plus a lemon vinaigrette.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    diet caffeine free pepsi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liberte yogurt

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chinese take out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. inaplasticcup RE: iL Divo Sep 7, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A quick Korean style steamed egg custard (kinda like chawanmushi with some rough edges) with rice and kimchi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. BananaBirkLarsen RE: iL Divo Sep 7, 2011 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuna sandwich!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheap, frozen tuna steak baked with green curry paste and mixed with mayo, red bell pepper and sriracha. Nice and spicy. With smoky gouda and tomatoes on toasted, crusty sourdough. Pickle spears on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sunflwrsdh RE: iL Divo Sep 7, 2011 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another tossed salad with raspberries, goat cheese, some grilled chicken and glazed walnuts, and some eggplant parm and a little Southwest rice and beans topped with shredded Mexican cheese and pico di gallo and fat free sour cream. Watermelon for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. steve h. RE: iL Divo Sep 7, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              store-bought bacon, store-bought lettuce, mayo was hellmann's. tomato slices came from home. lightly toasted country white bread sealed the deal. the bacon smelled real good in the oven.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mercy. it was just too damn simple, too damn good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: steve h. Sep 8, 2011 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a good blt is hard to beat, they are so fulfilling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                one of my five favorite sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Sep 8, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                never mind. i forgot this was the home cooking thread, and my lunch was not cooked by me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. chef chicklet RE: iL Divo Sep 8, 2011 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A sweet potato with butter and yes its good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BananaBirkLarsen RE: chef chicklet Sep 8, 2011 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It sounds good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: chef chicklet Sep 8, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      love love love sweet potatoes and add butter salt/pepper, I'm sold all day long..........

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      husband had a major Dr. apt today and couldn't eat for 12 hrs before his apt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      so, hungry and thirsty, driving home he asked for one of his favorites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NYT seasoned bread, toasted/sliced with tuna salad atop [he likes it with the smallest titch of ketchup and tad of horseradish mixed in with the mayo, go figure] with a few slices of tomatoes and balsamic vinegar drizzled. curly jalapeno cheddar cheese crispy puffs, can't remember what they're called. iced tea with peach nectar in it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a few cookies on the side

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chef chicklet RE: iL Divo Nov 1, 2011 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        next is to make sweet potato tempura....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: chef chicklet Nov 2, 2011 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bought a football sized garnet yam yesterday and would love to hear how to do a tempura of sweet potato. can you help?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          today...lunch [dare I say or admit] the cookies that I couldn't or wouldn't stop eating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          had to make sure they'd be good enough for the critics at little ones' school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          they are. iced skinny coffee along with

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        slow cooked skirt steak cubes with carm onions and prov cheese panini Caesar salad giant iced tea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Matahari22 RE: iL Divo Oct 17, 2011 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A Maple Bacon, Cheddar, and Apple Grilled Flatbread sandwich. With fruit salad made from apple, peach, banana, pear and an orange.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: Matahari22 Oct 17, 2011 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            major delicious sounding everything.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love sandwiches and yours seems perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had almost the whole cut up cantelope all by myself with 30oz's of water over a bathtub full of crushed ice. this anemia better get under conrol soon before I break a tooth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the cauliflower (I asked Vons) was grown here in Calif...I was skeptical

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matahari22 RE: iL Divo Oct 17, 2011 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chewing on ice cubes. I have read that iron diffeciency anemia will cause that whole chewing on ice cubes thing. I have a very rare genetic form of anemia, but I've never craved chewing on ice cubes. Maybe it's just the iron deficiency.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The sandwich is good with ham too, if you don't have bacon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: iL Divo Oct 18, 2011 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ^^^didn't mean cauliflower (good grief) meant cantelope duh....^^^
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd taken a benedryl before I wrote that and was so sleepy. I originally wrote cauliflower where I spoke of cantelope but saw what I'd written and corrected it. must have been on my mind to mistake write again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mata, yesterday our market had 3 brands of bacon all on sale. since I'm out of bacon I bought 1 of each brand. so plenty of bacon at this house ;0}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matahari22 RE: iL Divo Oct 18, 2011 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wondered about the cauliflower. Lol I completely understand about the Benadryl! That stuff makes me comatose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Three packs of bacon. :) I can't say a word, because I bought my maple bacon from Sam's Club, and it's just me. I threw one pack in the freezer. I don't often eat cured meats, but once in a while, I love me some bacon. I made the same thing for lunch today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              little ones in school, tiniest one here with me but down for a nap, coolish here so the beef stew I made for DS#1's family days ago (froze leftovers) was delicious with flat pretzels and DC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A Roast Beef sandwich made with rare rare thinly sliced roast beef, lots of slivered red onions, shredded lettuce, with salt and pepper. Mayonnaise and mustard, on buttermilk bread. Quite satisfying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: chef chicklet Nov 2, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  major yum, love the sound of that sandwich

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: chef chicklet Nov 11, 2011 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that would be delicious, chef c! i'd tend to leave the lettuce out, fearing that it might "dilute" my rare roast beef fix. LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i bought some buttermilk bread for a (intentionally) squishy BLT a few days ago, and i was so disappointed how it fell apart. it was wonderbread buttermilk bread. very disappointed, wonderbread people! how i crave some summer tomatoes right now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      inaplasticcup RE: chef chicklet Apr 2, 2012 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mmmmm. I know you had this back in November, but a roast beef sammich sounds really good today. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. mariacarmen RE: iL Divo Nov 1, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steamed broccoli with a Japanese ginger dressing and sriracha, and a bag of the new (to me) jalapeno pop chips. in hindsight, not a great lunch, but i'm full but not overly so for dinner out tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        inaplasticcup RE: mariacarmen Nov 2, 2011 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How are those jalapeno pop chips, mc?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: inaplasticcup Nov 4, 2011 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i like 'em. not as good as the real thing, of course. these are my fave: http://www.timschips.com/mm5/merchant...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        skinny soy iced coffee and grilled cheese, lazy but worked

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. letsindulge RE: iL Divo Nov 4, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beef Udon w/ LO Grilled Kalbi-Style London Broil. Slurpy goodness for a chilly day on the coast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: letsindulge Nov 4, 2011 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that is gorgeous!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              inaplasticcup RE: letsindulge Apr 2, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That looks delicious, li!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              megjp RE: iL Divo Nov 5, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eggs poached in corn salsa, with avocado slices, on a few fresh corn tortillas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it was lunch time when I had only meal of the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a quickie breakfast sandwich and parfait with blueberries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cold meatloaf sandwich on rye toast with lettuce, mayo and mustard, black pepper, and jalapeno potato chips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I understand he is making me a primo steak and basic salad (then) promises to take me for deep chocolate gelato. I'm holding out for the gelato but the steak is an easy prerequisite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iced coffee was nice with meal

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        since it's Saturday and hubster had MRI apt early this morning, lunch was crockpot tri tip roast from dinner the other night turned into a sandwich on the sourdough garlic bread I'd done NYT's no knead style, a small bowl of strawberries and fritos plus diet Dr. Pep for us both

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. BananaBirkLarsen RE: iL Divo Jan 21, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I only just got over my cold last week, but my immune system has already decided to betray me once more and I woke up all congested and blah this morning. Trying to give myself a bit of a boost with a bowl of frothy, lemony, turkey avgolemono. We'll see how it works.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jan 24, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hope you're feeling better soon BBL. I had the same seeming thing as you and it wouldn't go away. the coughing was what plagued me, constant dry coughing and my husband kept saying "really?" so knowing I had to leave the country I went to the Dr and said please get rid of this (whatever it is I have) and can't shake. how do you go out of the country and chance getting worse.... the meds worked I'm thankful to say.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            your soup sure should help though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: iL Divo Jan 24, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup, lots of dry coughing. Followed by wet coughing. Followed by sniffling and a persisting feeling of blah. Thanks for the good thoughts though and it's great that you got better before you left the country. I'm thinking that maybe I just haven't had enough soup so perhaps I will thaw out some of the leftovers for dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To keep things on topic, I made sort of a half-assed bruschetta for lunch today. Sliced sourdough baguette topped with diced tomatoes and melted mozzarella. It was okay.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jan 26, 2012 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bet your bruschetta was better than ok, sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lunch today for me I'm just finishing.'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roasted turkey sliced thin, with 5 fiber bread well toasted a tsp mayo a TB dijon, house seasoning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cut up carrots and cut up radishes. I love radishes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fanta lemon peach soda over crushed ice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            megjp RE: iL Divo Jan 22, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today will be more of yesterday's lunch, because I made extra. I cooked up some lasagna noodles and roasted a small butternut squash. When the latter was done I scraped out the insides into a bowl and mixed it up with some purchased pesto and some mozzarella-flavoured vegan cheese. I rolled up the individual noodles around the filling I'd spread inside, and topped with some marinara sauce and a sprinkle more 'cheese'. I baked at 350 until everything was warmed through again and the sugars in the edges of the pasta were getting chewy and crispy. It was pretty great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: megjp Jan 24, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              your lunch sounds like a great idea, bet it was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              today for me it'll be cut up fresh fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sort of did a breakfast-for-lunch thing with last night's leftover French onion soup. I warmed the (very thick) soup in a pan with chopped pickled jalapenos, until the cheese in the soup had melted, then I stirred in a couple scrambled eggs and topped it all with a touch of crema and salsa. Scooped it into some corn tortillas to eat. A very good way to use up leftover onion soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 27, 2012 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                well look how inventive you got there BBLarsen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                looks like that'd be mighty heartwarming on a snow falling (at least here) day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                all I wanted to do was open all the window blinds and watch the white stuff without too much thought about prepping difficult food stuffs so...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pounded out bk/sl chic breast 1/2 (tiny bit of house seasoned flour

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cut up apple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cut up pear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                peanut butter and Steens cane syrup on Milton's grain&seed bread

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: iL Divo Feb 29, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IlDivo, I have a jar of Steen's lurking in my cupboard from a trip to NOLA over a year ago; how else do you use it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch today was a cut up apple, a little brie that needed to get eaten, perched on some of the last of my no-knead bread toasted up. Very good:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: gingershelley Mar 1, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gad I love lunch, you guys come up with the best sounding things, love that gingershelley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    about the Steen's, I have their molasses and the cane syrup. I save the molasses for my treat pleasure during only special days, that sounds weird but it is so good using a common spoon and my dripping tastebuds. the other molasses varieties I own get used for regular baking and spoonful once in a while too. the cane syrup, I use not often at all but love it drizzled on my peanut butter sandwich, gives a slight sweet dark brown sugar flavor. one of my favorite sandwiches of all time was mom's favorite as a little girl too. peanut butter and brown sugar. the Steens is extra delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    go to recipe table of contents here


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: iL Divo Mar 25, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, Il Divo, for the Steen's link:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: gingershelley Apr 2, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you're welcome gingershelley

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leftover Chinese takeout from last night. Chow mein reheated with some hot and sour soup mixed in to liven up the sauce. Piled in a bowl and sprinkled with dark soy, topped with an over-easy egg (poked with a chop stick to release the yolk into the noodles) and some sriracha. Delicious, and very rich (good thing there wasn't much left over to start with)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 29, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BBL, your lunch waaaaaay Trumps mine, jealous girl here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 2, 2012 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BBL, I did the same thing last week when I'd gotten way too much at a place in Elizabeth NJ that is known in the neighborhood for their crazy good Chinese take out. The counter was stacked with take out bags ready to be picked up, good sign. Anyway, I can't eat that much, so had it next day...so darn good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm here to confess our latest addiction here at casa bc...we can't seem to get enough of Ina's Tuna & Hummus Sandwiches. I know this sounds like a bit of an unlikely combo but my goodness are they good. Hummus is spread atop grilled country bread then topped w a lemony tuna salad with some radishes added as the final touch. This makes for such a wonderful lunch, especially w a crisp Chardonnay to wash it all down. I've attached photos of the last time we made it so you'll get the idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's the recipe in case you're tempted:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 25, 2012 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yum, Breadcrumbs! That does sound wonderful. Kind of a meditteranean tuna sami.... will have to borrow that one as I have some great TJ's eggplant hummus in the fridge right now, and LOVE tuna for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for sharing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: gingershelley Mar 25, 2012 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks so much gingershelley, I hope you enjoy it. Do let us know!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 25, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sounds/looks GREAT.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: mariacarmen Mar 25, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks mc, very kind of you. It's a really yummy dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            inaplasticcup RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 2, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those pics are beautiful, Bc! I specially like the angle on the second one. Nice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: inaplasticcup Apr 2, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Ina, I wish I had your photography skills. usually mr bc takes my pics but we've had so much on the go these days I've just been trying my best to snap a few shots before the food is gone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 2, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hummus & tuna! Now there's an interesting combo. Love the radishes on top for the extra crunch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: linguafood Apr 2, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Funny you should say that linguafood. The last time I made these I put a bowl of sliced radishes on the table for folks like us who love their fresh favour and crunch and might want extra on their sandwiches!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 2, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I absolutely love radishes. Just as is, with a sprinkle of salt, or quick-pickled. Sadly, my man cannot abide the quite impressive burping potential these suckers have, so it's a rare treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: linguafood Apr 2, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That made me laugh linguafood. Have you ever roasted them? They're outstanding though I can't attest to whether or not that impacts their burp-ability!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 2, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ya know - I've heard of roasted radishes before, and I cannot for the life of me imagine what they would be like. Aren't they basically 99% water? Do they get all shriveled up and dry? Still a bit spicy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seriously, radish burps are rather lethal, I'm afraid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: linguafood Apr 2, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They're so good. They do lose their bite but gain a sweetness. The flavour reminds me a little of turnip but without any pungency.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 4, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BC, I think it's because my grandmother always had a jar of radishes in her fridge [the contents in grams fridge always seemed magical to me somehow] and mom did likewise, I do the same, so usually this house is stocked with radishes. Back in the day, husband did not like them. Kind of the same with beets. Now, for whatever reason and whatever happened to him, he loves sliced radishes on his salad and thinks beets on a salad are simply incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've tried growing them from seed with no luck. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: iL Divo Apr 4, 2012 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What a lovely memory il Divo. I felt like I was right there in your grams kitchen w you!! I'd love to grow some heritage varieties of radishes. There's a farm north of us that sells them and you've inspired me to give this a try. Thank-you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 4, 2012 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ah, very kind of you Breadcrumbs...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have a great time foraging for those special radishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  iL Divo RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 2, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  breadcrumbs, I can say without pause that this would be a sandwich I could eat everyday without getting bored. Love the looks of this sandwich, love sandwiches period, but hummus and tuna and radishes, are you kidding me, I'm there...................now I'll click on the link. ah, it might just be time to knock out a loaf of sourdough bread, yes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks Breadcrumbs

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: iL Divo Apr 2, 2012 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks il Divo, I'm sure you'll love this. Please report back once you've tried it. Sourdough would be amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 18, 2012 12:28 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today is the day I make the sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I finally got all the ingredients, and wasn't thrilled about buying new tahini-did anyway so I can get the full benefits of this sandwich. I got the right tuna, the right bread, the right ingredients for hummus, and have the radishes at the ready.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When it's made, I'll report. Can't wait to consume.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It'll be my meal for the day, as a GNC reduced calorie/full of vitamins ff milk chocolate milkshake was the other one for the day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Isn't dieting a bear/bore?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: iL Divo Apr 18, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh that's exciting iL Divo, do enjoy & I can't wait to hear your report. You've made me hungry just thinking about it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 18, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it's in the making stages as I'm waiting for my shaggy sourdough no knead bread to finish doing it's thing. I've used the other sourdough I made in the last few days for the husbster so needed to make more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't buy the Italian brand of tuna with olive oil, but did buy 2 different brands to try.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think I used the Bumble Bee first, not remembering unless I look in trash.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The picture of the hummus is too close so it's blurred.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But to show you what's in store and in the frig now for my later meal, again hubby will have the pot roast and veg with pototoes and pot roast gravy in a small portion and I'll have this sandwich. Glad it's open faced so only 1 piece of bread I'll be eating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Can't wait.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here's the prep and end result of the hummus, again blurred I fear, but am making an attempt :)