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What's For Dinner? Part XLIV

Cherylptw Aug 24, 2010 09:51 PM

Welcome to the new thread..as we near the end of summer, the weather is cooling off in some areas & heating up in others. Has that affected your cooking? Are you still savoring the warm weather meals or are you craving (as I am) something a little more substantial? Please share & inspire us with what you're putting on the plate...tell us, what's for dinner?

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  1. eight_inch_pestle RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 02:14 AM

    Salad nicoise, with canned Loki salmon.

    1. JungMann RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 06:37 AM

      It is cold. I want casserole. I want gravy. I want roasts. I woke up early this morning to go to the gym so I'd have time after work to make a nice roast lamb dinner, or perhaps stuffed zucchini. But mornings have a funny way of foiling the best laid plans and I spent most of the sunrise under the covers telling myself, "15 more minutes." So the gym will have to wait for tonight. And dinner had to be made in the morning. But with sleep still half stuck in my eyes, I needed to make something simple. I heated up the wok with chili oil and stir fried some cumin until its popping and nutty aroma suggested it was time to add minced garlic. Just as the garlic started to color, I added thinly sliced lamb that was already defrosted and some soy sauce. I wanted to add a splash of Shaoxing wine but in the morning darkness I added a splash or rice wine vinegar instead. I finished the dish with some chopped garlic chives and a generous helping of Szechuan peppercorns and white pepper. Even with the vinegar, it wasn't too shabby for 20 minutes of work before 8am.

      1. Perilagu Khan RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 07:06 AM

        Chili cheese dawgs and tater tots.

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          Harters RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 07:44 AM


          I weep at Cherylptw's introduction and, specifically, the mention of "warm weather". What is this "warm" of which people speak? I have vague recollections from some years back but, here in the UK, there has been nothing that might resemble anyone's normal thought of summer. Again! Last night, we seriously considered putting the heating on. So, in spite of a year where compulsory restrictions on water use have been in place for most of the recent months, cooking continues to be on the "need to warm you up" style.

          Tonight.......keema & peas; basmati rice; pappads, home made mango chutney and the killer tomato/lime/chilli chutney (both still 2008 vintage).

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            boyzoma RE: Harters Aug 25, 2010 10:16 AM

            Warm weather is that thing that happens when the heat gets over 70 degrees out, such as today which is supposed to be 91 here. Great for growing your own veggies. I had my first tomato from my garden last night and it was the sweetest thing ever. (My tomato plant's are over 6 feet tall!) I feel for you though.

            Tonight will be much like Perilagu Khan's but with some slaw on the side instead of the tot's. Gotta love that BBQ grill on days like this!

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              Harters RE: boyzoma Aug 25, 2010 12:24 PM

              Ah, yes - I recall hot weather and the last time I grew tomatoes. It was 1976.

              This year, I decided to grow them again. HAH!

              The plan was to grow just a couple of plants in pots - the tumbling cherry tomato sort. They were going to look great, with a couple of pots of red flowering plants. But the garden centre had mislabelled them and they were the tall plants. So they are growing in big pots in amogst my herbs and not looking at all pretty.

              But we have had two ripe ones over the last two weeks. Deliciously sweet. And there looks like 3 more may ripen in the next few days. The crop hasnt been at all prolific - but I think I'm going to need a recipe fo rusing a couple of pounds of green ones. Can't see many more ripening now.

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                boyzoma RE: Harters Aug 25, 2010 03:22 PM

                Last year, when the season was over, we pulled the plants and hung them upside down in the garage. The green ones continued to ripen and we still got red tomatoes until about December! Imagine that! Good luck with yours!

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              linguafood RE: Harters Aug 28, 2010 02:49 PM

              Wow. Sounds like the island got spared by the heat wave in June and July, swamping the mainland. It was HOT!

            3. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 12:00 PM

              Tonight, it's baked macaroni with smoked gouda & bacon. Orange glazed carrots with balsamic on the side. Last night's caesar salad was just delicious so I'll make another of those. I didn't eat dessert last night so I'll have my meringue with lime curd & berries tonight.

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                Harters RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 02:39 PM

                Which thread are we using - this one or the other one?

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                  LindaWhit RE: Harters Aug 25, 2010 03:18 PM

                  I think it should be this one - perhaps the Mods can move the other thread over here? Or if not, those that posted there can repost here. I just suggested that those posters re-post over here and asked the Mods to lock mariacarmen's thread.

                  As for what I'm having for dinner? Leftover beef stew, potatoes and carrots. :-)

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                    boyzoma RE: Harters Aug 25, 2010 03:23 PM

                    This one! Ignore the other one. LindaWhit posted a notice there as well.

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                      LindaWhit RE: boyzoma Aug 25, 2010 03:29 PM

                      Unfortunately, the Mods haven't locked the other one yet. Hopefully they'll do so soon so there's no continued duplication.

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                        mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Aug 25, 2010 03:38 PM

                        I just edited the original post on the one i started to direct people here.

                  2. krisrishere RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 04:19 PM

                    Oops! Didn't see this one. Here's my post for today:

                    This morning I put a chuck roast in the crockpot with some beef stock, Italian Seasoning, hot banana peppers (with the juice) and a touch of tomato paste. It's going to be a cross between an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Beef on a Weck from the Buffalo/Rochester NY area. I'll serve the beef on a homemade kummelweck roll; a kaiser roll brushed with a cornstarch mixture and sprinkled with coarse salt and whole caraway seed. I'm also going to make some horseradish mayo for the top. YUM

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                      LindaWhit RE: krisrishere Aug 25, 2010 04:42 PM

                      kris, I've heard SO much about kummelweck rolls; would love to try a Beef on Weck sandwich. Enjoy!

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                        JungMann RE: krisrishere Aug 25, 2010 07:56 PM

                        How'd the beef turn out? If all it takes to make Italian beef is the recipe above, I will be a very happy Chicago expat.

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                          krisrishere RE: JungMann Aug 26, 2010 09:15 AM

                          It was fantastic! I love the banana peppers because it adds that nice little twang - cuts through the rich beef perfectly. And yes, that's basically the recipe. I had a 4lb chuck roast and I think I used about 2 cups of beef stock, about 2 tbsp of Italian Seasoning, maybe 1/2 cup banana peppers and 1/4 cup juice. After it was done I took the beef out and shredded it, strained the leftover jus and that's it!

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                            krisrishere RE: JungMann Aug 26, 2010 09:16 AM

                            Oh and I dipped half of my kummelweck roll in the jus :)

                        2. mamachef RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 04:26 PM

                          kale and onion, sauteed and topped with poached eggs and some sriracha, pain rustique toast and good jam on the side. late tonight, tuna salad on the same bread. it's hot, we'll undoubtedly be up late and require further sustenance!

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                            ZenSojourner RE: mamachef Aug 25, 2010 04:50 PM

                            Leftovers. But it's leftover Murgh Makhani!

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                              ZenSojourner RE: ZenSojourner Aug 25, 2010 06:29 PM

                              Actually I ended up eating a french baguette. It was a surprise to me - it was from Kroger so I didn't expect much from it. I bought it for French Onion Soup tomorrow. Broke an end off just to snack while I waited for the rice to cook and ended up finishing it off.

                              They must have at least one good baker over there.

                          2. mariacarmen RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 05:50 PM

                            Carne asada tacos. made a little pico de gallo with minced habaneros on the side, since not everyone appreciates that they are THE BOMB, shredded some jack cheese, and made some "spanish" rice. have to figure out a way to make the tortillas soft enough for old people to chew... maybe steam them...

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                              Phurstluv RE: mariacarmen Aug 25, 2010 06:01 PM

                              Oh that's one of my faves......sounds good, mc!!

                              Sorry to hear of the coolish weather from our east coast and across the pond friends. Here on the west coast in LA LA land, we have hot sun, humidity, thunderstorms & lightening fires in the desert. Normal for us this time of year.

                              So, we're still feasting on the leftovers from the weekend. One child will have crispy fish tacos, since he ate his lamb yesterday. The other wants grilled cheese & vegetable soup, since he's been playing with the hose and is cold now that he's in the a/c. I'm making myself a chef's salad of sorts, using up the salad fixins and the pork tenderloin at the same time.

                            2. ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 08:11 PM

                              Simple supper of grilled chicken legs, boxed white cheddar mac, and a salad with creamy feta-herb dressing. Skinned and rubbed the chicken legs with s&p, paprika, and creole seasoning, and DH basted them with a little butter during grilling. They were succulent. The salad dressing was a refreshing combo of feta, fresh parsley, dill, mayo, sour cream, a splash of milk, and wine vinegar. Not shabby.

                              To drink: a much-needed Sierra Nevada brown ale.

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                                eight_inch_pestle RE: ChristinaMason Aug 26, 2010 09:12 PM

                                I have never added milk to a salad dressing. An interesting idea, given we usually have some we need to use up, and given the need to keep an eye on certain things after 30. Do you do this often, or was it an emergency stand-in?

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                                  ChristinaMason RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 08:53 AM

                                  I think it's a standard ingredient (or at least cream may be?) in cole slaw dressing, so I'll sometimes add it without thinking twice to thick, creamy dressings, particularly ones with cheese. Wouldn't blue cheese dressing also usually be made with a little milk to bind/thin it?

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                                    eight_inch_pestle RE: ChristinaMason Aug 27, 2010 10:04 AM

                                    Hmmm...I haven't made it in years (too long, now that you mention it), but I think blue cheese dressing usually draws on buttermilk. And don't get me wrong, I add a dash or three of cream to a vinaigrette on a pretty regular basis, just never thought to add milk. Neither of us drink it, so there's usually some sitting around after a bechamel or whatever. The more I write, the more I think I have an absurd blind spot about this.

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                                      ZenSojourner RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 09:13 PM

                                      I don't know if it's usual or not, but my bleu cheese dressing recipe calls for sour cream, mayo, and bleu cheese. It's from a WWII era cookbook.

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                                        Caroline1 RE: ZenSojourner Aug 28, 2010 12:33 PM

                                        That's pretty much the norm for that era, and I think it still is. But you can also make a pretty good bleu cheese dressing using all sour cream. Don't tell anyone I told you! '-)

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                                          ZenSojourner RE: Caroline1 Aug 28, 2010 04:28 PM

                                          I'll have to try that sometime. That dressing is the one and only thing I ever use mayo for. Would be nice to be able to just dispense with it.

                                          Actually I think it calls for a bit of dry mustard, salt, and maybe a dash of pepper as well. Easy enough to add in.

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                                            Caroline1 RE: ZenSojourner Aug 28, 2010 10:37 PM

                                            I'm something of a purist about some things. For my bleu cheese and sour cream dressing, that's about it, except for fresh ground tellecherry pepper and a bit of kosher salt for the sour cream. Depending on the sour cream brand (a few brands don't loosen up much with stirring) I may have to dilute a bit with milk. But I also have to make it a day or two ahead of time so the bleu cheese has plenty of time for its flavor to permeate the sour cream. It sort of ends up like chunks of bleu cheese in a very thick bleu cheese cream soup. GREAT on ice berg lettuce wedges as an accompaniment to steak or bison or mahi mahi or swordfish... or.... or just about any rich firm protein with lots of flavor.

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                                            Phurstluv RE: Caroline1 Aug 29, 2010 04:31 PM

                                            I can't tolerate sour cream very well, so I often use non fat plain yogurt. Can never tell the difference.

                                            I think you need the mayo in it to add some oil, and mouthfeel to the dressing, or it would just be a flavored sour cream.

                                            My recipe uses grated shallot & garlic for the flavorings. Very easy & tasty.

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                                              Caroline1 RE: Phurstluv Aug 29, 2010 10:13 PM

                                              Regular sour cream has no shortage of fat, but the mayonnaise was added for a touch of flavor and to increase the liquidity. Sour cream tends to "re-solidify" when left unstirred for a while. But if you don't like or can't tolerate sour cream, then whatever works! Yogurt, fat free or not, has a lot more "tang" than sour cream, but it can work nicely with bleu cheese.

                                2. nomadchowwoman RE: Cherylptw Aug 25, 2010 08:33 PM

                                  Here, too, it is hot. Predictably, miserably, soul-sappingly, appetite-killingly hot. Barely managed to reheat the crawfish etouffee from a few nights ago. But we finished that off w/brown rice, and a side salad of spinach, avocado, red onion, and bacon w/orange vinaigrette. That was dinner.

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                                    L987 RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 07:41 AM

                                    here its cold and its raining.. tonight im having roasted lamb with redwine sauce and probably rice or potatoes and maybe some butter poached carrots

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                                      LindaWhit RE: L987 Aug 26, 2010 09:14 AM

                                      Mmmm....roasted lamb. Yum.

                                    2. nomadchowwoman RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 08:59 AM

                                      Guests tonight, so I will have to brave the kitchen heat, but I'm starting earlier, and it is overcast at least, and it's going to be a minimal indoor heat dinner, w/a little help from my friends.

                                      We're starting w/summer rolls (purchased from a nearby Vietnamese rest.). And as I have a large patch of lemongrass languishing outside, I've decided to use some of it in a marinade and make grilled lemongrass beef. Accompaniments will be (Robert Lauriston's wife's) cilantro rice, from these very boards, and (Smitten Kitchen's) mango slaw. For dessert, I'm making spiced peaches (subbing the butter w/ginger butter--re Cherylptw's tip) and serving that w/vanilla ice cream and pistachio shortbread (Ottolenghi recipe).

                                      I know peaches seem odd after the mango slaw, but I have a ton of them (peaches and mangoes), and they're very good, so peaches it will be.

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                                        Phurstluv RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 26, 2010 09:03 AM

                                        Sounds very nice, ncw. Have a nice time with your guests.

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                                          mebby RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 26, 2010 06:00 PM

                                          Love that mango slaw! Whole menu sounds great. Can you point me to the recipe for the cilantro rice?

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                                            nomadchowwoman RE: mebby Aug 27, 2010 07:16 AM

                                            It was summery and refreshing.

                                            I love the flavors of the slaw, but I used very ripe mango--too ripe, imo, which made the salad sweeter than I like (though still good). Next time, I'm going to use a slightly underripe mango.

                                            Here's the link for the rice. I think it needs a little more salt than is called for. I add some to the onion-cilantro mixture.

                                        2. junescook RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 09:07 AM

                                          I have some really tender lambshanks leftover so it is either going to be couscous or a curry.

                                          1. mamachef RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 09:12 AM

                                            The weather here in the Bay Area has been completely bi-polar. Two days ago I had ice in my sportsbra; this morning had to break out long sleeves and footie sox.
                                            People around here drive like Muppets when it's hot. I realized that on my way to Fruitvale yesterday, where I stopped and got a pound of carnitas. It was off-hours at tacotruckapalooza; otherwise they won't give up a pound. Tonight, with some hot tortillas, lime, and salsa (gotta do something with the tomatoes in my urban guerilla garden) and a side of cilantro rice, that's dinner.

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                                              eight_inch_pestle RE: mamachef Aug 26, 2010 09:13 PM

                                              mamachef, your posts always make me smile.

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                                                mamachef RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                Love this thread. Love making people smile. And, tonight's dinner is bbq'd chuck steak in teriyaki marinade. Sliced thinly, cooked mid-rare. Good stufffff. Good timesssss.Add beer!

                                            2. ZenSojourner RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 09:19 AM

                                              French onion soup. Onions are carmelizing - in the oven - as we speak

                                              1. krisrishere RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 09:27 AM

                                                Tonight I'm making this recipe of Stuffed Eggplant from Saveur - http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

                                                It's only me so I'm going to wing it because I only have 2 baby graffiti eggplants. I'm going to use ground sirloin and I'm not going to put the egg yolks in the bechamel sauce. It should be yummy.

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                                                  relizabeth RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                  It is cold and awful and rainy here in London. It is also my birthday. We finally managed to wrangle our beloved semi feral cat into the trap and then into the cage and to the vet to be fixed. I've postponed our dinner reservation for a week because I am concerned about her recovery. So, my husband is making me his sublime vegetarian lasagna with lentils, mushrooms and bechamel. And then we will drink champagne and eat cold plums.

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                                                    mariacarmen RE: relizabeth Aug 26, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a fantastic evening, despite recovering kitty. Cheers!

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                                                      Cherylptw RE: relizabeth Aug 26, 2010 11:58 AM

                                                      Happy Birthday and good luck with the cat.

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                                                        LindaWhit RE: relizabeth Aug 26, 2010 12:44 PM

                                                        Happy birthday, and I hope your kitty recovers quickly!

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                                                          Phurstluv RE: relizabeth Aug 26, 2010 05:40 PM

                                                          Nice, happy Birthday, and take care of your kitty. (We had one like that, actually would go feral the minute he hit the vets! Not fun!)

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                                                            onceadaylily RE: relizabeth Aug 27, 2010 07:16 AM

                                                            Happy belated birthday! Champagne and plums . . . I like that. And good luck with the kitty.

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                                                              nomadchowwoman RE: relizabeth Aug 27, 2010 07:19 AM

                                                              Yes, happy birthday. Except for the kitty, it sounds lovely.

                                                              Any possibility of getting that lasagna recipe?

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                                                                relizabeth RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 30, 2010 05:58 AM

                                                                Emily DIckinson, our cat, is recovering swimmingly. She was fit enough to bat the champagne cork around and is making her great leaps and has forgiven us entirely.

                                                                Basically, my husband makes 3 things:
                                                                1. bechamel
                                                                2. tomato sauce made with lots of mushrooms and brown lentils.
                                                                3. cooked greens (i think it was chard for this lasagne) with bit of nutmeg

                                                                Then he assembles using uncooked lasagna noodles and greens and tomato sauce. He tops it with bechamel and grated cheese (cheddar, mozzerella, and parmesan were what we had in the fridge). He bakes it covered and then uncovers it until it is all nice and blistery on top.

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                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: relizabeth Aug 30, 2010 04:10 PM

                                                                  Thanks, relizabeth! (And glad ED doing well. My cats would sulk much longer.)

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                                                                eight_inch_pestle RE: relizabeth Aug 27, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                                Gotta love semi-feral cats. Ours once got so terrified of being put in a carrier that he plowed straight through a tiny plumbing access door and nestled himself between the bathtub frame and a wall. This was at 4:30 am, three hours before a cross-country relocation flight and with nothing left in the house besides two cats and a broom. Used the broom to hack through the wall on the other side of the bathroom to no avail. Called every imaginable governmental agency and private service to no avail. Best response was (this was in North Carolina), "I'd like to come out and charge you for the visit, but cat or 'coon, that sumb*tch coming out when he d*mn well pleases." We tried winning hearts and minds and we tried shock and awe----nothing. Flights were rescheduled for the next day, bosses were _not_ happy, overnight traps were set, a cat drenched himself in tuna oil before receiving his first and last bath, two long United flights smelled faintly of Chicken of the Sea, and everyone lived happily ever after. Anyhow, happy birthday and good luck with kitty. Your ad hoc plans sound better than dinner out.

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                                                                  LindaWhit RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                  OK, now THAT is one helluva story, eip! LOL

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                                                                    Harters RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 11:03 AM

                                                                    Place we go in Spain (Pollensa, Mallorca) has a major problem with feral cats. The local council has embarked on a programme to deal with it by preventing future generations by neutering. They do this by feeding them a drug contained in food they leave. So the cats do eat the baited food, they ask folk not to feed them and post adverts to this effect in Castillian, Catalan and English (we Brits form most of the tourist population in the resort).

                                                                    The English version refers to "wild cats" but I always think the Castillian has a certain chutzpah. If I was a wild cat, I'd also want to be included amongst the
                                                                    "gatos vagabondos".

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                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Harters Aug 27, 2010 12:17 PM

                                                                      Vagabond kitties! Sounds very rakish, like the strays in "The Aristocats". ;-)

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                                                                      mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                                      that is hilarious!

                                                                  2. mariacarmen RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                    Cut some pork butt into chunks, salted, and seared 'til nice and crusty, sauteed chopped onions and whole head of garlic, roasted a big pasila pepper over open flame, then blended onions/garlic/pepper with toasted/ground cumin and coriander, juice from 3 oranges and a lime, toasted chili pepper flakes, salt, onion powder and a little more ground cumin, little chicken stock. Whole thing is in the crock pot for tonight's dinner. With that i want to serve black beans (canned, sorry!) with goat cheese and thyme - someone posted it here and it intrigued - perilagu? eight-inch? jungmann? one of you, i believe. i'm envisioning dollops of creamy goat cheese in black beans with fresh minced thyme. am i close? and a simple salad of some sort....

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                                                                      Phurstluv RE: mariacarmen Aug 26, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                      Boy, making my mouth water over here, mc!

                                                                      It wasn't me, but I would just crumble the cheese on top of the beans. I usually just put them in the oven for a while, like mexican baked beans I guess, and then the last 15 mins or so put on crumbled cotija if I have it, or just cheddar and jack and let it melt in for a little bit. Don't know how long you would want the goat cheese on top while baking, but it might be delicious!

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                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Phurstluv Aug 26, 2010 06:02 PM

                                                                        Ended up skipping the beans because the pork was a tad salty and spicy, so I thought i'd do something bland - plain white rice - to sop up the juices rather than introducing another set of savory flavors. Made a salad with FM corn, cherry tomatoes, pickling cukes, cilantro, and shallots. about to eat now! And a beautifully sweet ripe Galia melon from the FM, for afters, as Harters would say.

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                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Aug 26, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                                        mmm, yes. and no apologies for canned black beans. sometimes I even buy them pre-seasoned...when I'm feeling really lazy!

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                                                                          eight_inch_pestle RE: mariacarmen Aug 27, 2010 12:18 PM

                                                                          Black beans with goat cheese and thyme was probably me, altho I suppose that doesn't mean it wasn't someone else as well. And, yes, you're right on target. I usually heat the thyme with the beans for a couple of minutes so the flavor blossoms. Sure it's best with homemade beans, but don't think for a second I haven't let Sous Chef Goya handle things now and again. With canned product I do sometimes give the beans a very gentle mash so they open up more to my ingredrients/treatments.

                                                                          That pork sounds ridiculous.

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                                                                            mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                            oh good! it's still on my list to try.
                                                                            the pork WAS ridiculous. we'll be indulging in ridiculous pork tacos tonight.

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                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 28, 2010 10:02 AM

                                                                              Sous Chef Goya...love it. Some of their products really aren't bad.

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                                                                                Cherylptw RE: ChristinaMason Aug 28, 2010 06:06 PM

                                                                                I like Goya products, especially their Spanish style tomato sauce

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                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 08:35 AM

                                                                                  That makes great Spanish rice.

                                                                          2. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 12:07 PM

                                                                            Tonight, pan seared chunks of pork with summer vegetable medley (corn, lima beans, yellow squash, green beans, etc) and some of last night's smoked gouda & bacon mac & cheese. Canteloupe for dessert.

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                                                                              eight_inch_pestle RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 11:55 PM

                                                                              Sounds nice. Partially because you used the word "medley." What cut of pork?

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                                                                                Cherylptw RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 31, 2010 07:39 AM

                                                                                The dish was so good....I used pork tenderloin because it was what I had on hand. Cut into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks; no worries about it being under cooked souschef (below), I don't eat meat unless it's at least medium well for beef. In this case, for the pork, chunks were caramelized.

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                                                                                  JungMann RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                                  Were there any other seasonings? It seems like a great simple dish to add to my end of summer rotation.

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                                                                                souschef RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 06:12 AM

                                                                                How big/small were the chunks of pork? I am always concerned about just searing pork, unless it is sliced thin. I do know that trichnosis is no lover a concern, and usually eat pork tenderloin slightly pink in the centre, but was concerned about seared chunks; I would usually braise them.

                                                                              3. boyzoma RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 04:53 PM

                                                                                Thankfully it cooled down a little today. I had to have a scope procedure this morning, and the throat is a little rough around the edges. So I think some tomato soup for me (with creamed cheese blended in) and add a sandwich for the DH. Maybe a little of the Dreamcicle ice cream for dessert.

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                                                                                  Phurstluv RE: boyzoma Aug 26, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                  Glad you got some cooler weather, it's still hot in LA, but they're promising a cool down by the weekend. Feel better, BZ!

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                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Phurstluv Aug 26, 2010 06:04 PM

                                                                                    We got it here - cold, foggy, overcast, misty! bye bye summer!

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                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: boyzoma Aug 26, 2010 08:30 PM

                                                                                    ouch. I've been there. hope all is well. have something soothing and get some rest.

                                                                                  3. ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Aug 26, 2010 08:16 PM

                                                                                    We had friends over for dinner tonight. I was picking up the last of the supplies at the store when I remembered that one of the friends doesn't eat seafood...so much for our crabcake plans! So three of us had massive crabcakes (Old Bay recipe, broiled) on potato buns, while the one had grilled boneless country-style pork ribs with hickory bbq sauce. I made tartar sauce with mayo, sour cream, parsley, dijon, shallots, dill pickle, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, s&p, and diced jalapeno. Yummy.

                                                                                    On the side: curly fries, green salad with grape tomatoes, feta, sunflower seeds and rasp. vinaigrette. Black grapes, spinach dip, bread, and pickles to start. Beers to drink.

                                                                                    Me = tired. And DH did most of the food prep, bless him.

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                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: ChristinaMason Aug 26, 2010 08:18 PM

                                                                                      i'm full of pork, yet your dinner made me drool... do you make your own curly fries?

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                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Aug 26, 2010 08:25 PM

                                                                                        Aw, thanks. Your meals always sound so great, too.

                                                                                        Definitely did NOT make our own fries...this week has been hectic with new restaurant shifts (serving) and other odd jobs. The from-frozen were good, though, so I can't complain. This was our first real success with crabcakes. I found 2 lbs. on ridiculous sale (special + clearance price for last day of sell-by date) and knew exactly what to do with them!

                                                                                    2. eight_inch_pestle RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 01:32 AM

                                                                                      White-pepper and bay-leaf roasted salmon fillets on a bed of thinly-sliced roasted zucchini rounds. Topped with a schmear of roughly chopped basil and smashed almonds in olive oil. A side of roasted German butterball potatoes, quartered and sauteed with chopped green beans in an anchovy, garlic, and crushed red pepper olive oil.

                                                                                      On a side note, didn't realize "purple" green beans blanch all their color into the parboiling water. Live and learn, I guess. Or, you know, hop on the internet or open a book before cooking with a new ingredient.

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                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 27, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                                        I wonder if you could "steam" those beans in the microwave to avoid so much color loss?

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                                                                                          eight_inch_pestle RE: ChristinaMason Aug 27, 2010 09:45 AM

                                                                                          As the color bleached out I read somewhere online that I should have tried sauteing in butter without the blanch or---per Mr. McGee---added a pinch of baking soda to the water. And, yeah, I wonder if that all that purple would have dissolved into the air if nuked.

                                                                                          Anyhow, not a big deal, gf just never knew what a pretty side I had in mind....

                                                                                      2. Caroline1 RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 06:23 AM

                                                                                        I'm tardy getting to my computer, and it wasn't dinner so much as lunch. My son's in town working on a contract (he's an electrical contractor) and won't be here for my birthday in a couple of weeks, so he did it early. LIVE LOBSTERS...!!!

                                                                                        So for lunch yesterday (it's now 8:30am) I steamed them. Living this far away from an ocean, fresh seaweed is a little difficult to come by, but I do like the flavor that steaming lobsters in kelp provides. Improvise! I took some large pieces of (dashi kombu) dried kelp as well as a few strands of the smaller dried "bubble" kelp and put them in the water, along with a handful of salt, under the steamer basket. The lobsters were fair sized critters for having hiked this far inland, just under 2 pounds each, so I steamed them for eleven minutes (probably more like twelve by the time I got the timer set and all that), then scented the drawn butter with lemon zest. Served them with baked potatoes (with butter) and a panzanilla. Excellent lunch!

                                                                                        And Miss Piggy saved herself one big clawed beastie for supper last night... I've never had lobster rolls before so I thought, why not? The critter is already cold. Googled at least a dozen lobster roll recipes. Anything beyond mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped celery and optional chopped onions is getting a bit froofy, so for a first experience, I kept it that basic. Buttered and toasted hot dog buns , which was unanimous in all recipes consulted. Nice! A bit short of great. But I've always like cold lobster with a mayonnaise dip, so what's not to like? However warm to hot lobster and drawn butter is pretty much unbeatable in my book, and I don't know of any classic ways I haven't had lobster. It was a fun, light cooking day!

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                                                                                          onceadaylily RE: Caroline1 Aug 27, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                          Lobster two meals running, lucky you. I've always been curious about lobster rolls as well, but I always find up ordering something else.

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                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Caroline1 Aug 27, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                            Googled at least a dozen lobster roll recipes. Anything beyond mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped celery and optional chopped onions is getting a bit froofy, so for a first experience, I kept it that basic.
                                                                                            Anything beyond lobster meat, a smidge of mayo to bind it all together, and waving the lemon juice over the top is not a lobster roll. :-) You're allowed a bit of salt and pepper too. :-)

                                                                                            Glad you had a wonderful early birthday lunch AND dinner!

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                                                                                              Caroline1 RE: LindaWhit Aug 27, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                                              So how come you didn't tell me this BEFORE I added the finely diced celery? The housekeeper had never seen anyone steam live lobsters before, so it turned into Caroline's Cooking Class. Not that I think she'll ever cook some at home. She mentioned how much less messy it is to just go to a restaurant. Silly woman!

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                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Caroline1 Aug 27, 2010 12:21 PM

                                                                                                Now Caroline, you've been on CH long enough to know to ask BEFORE you go and do something. ;-)

                                                                                                I'm not a native New Englander, but I did learn very quickly after moving here 21 years ago that a lobster roll is just lobster and a little mayo piledto in the top-split toasted buns. And yes, the celery is usually not added in lobster shacks up and down the New England coastline, but I can certainly understand adding it (finely chopped) for a bit of crunch.

                                                                                                And your housekeeper has a point. I'm not a fan of cracking those suckers open. I'll let someone else do the work. :-)

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                                                                                                  Harters RE: LindaWhit Aug 27, 2010 02:46 PM

                                                                                                  Oh, stop it please. The lobster rolls sound just fantastic with or without celery.

                                                                                                  We'd been thinking about a New England trip in 2011 but have demoted it, I'm afraid, in favour of South Africa. Lobster rolls in 2012, then.

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                                                                                                    Caroline1 RE: Harters Aug 28, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                                                                    Not to despair. South Africa has some pretty decent lobster, despite what I wrote above. Just tell 'em you want yours chopped with a little mayonnaise and served on a hot dog bun. Or a baguette. Voila! Lobster roll! Bon voyage!

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                                                                                            Harters RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 07:49 AM

                                                                                            I'm going to prune the fennel.

                                                                                            The trimmings are going to stuff a sea bass, along with some lemon slices. Quick drizzle of olive oil and whacked into the oven for 15 minutes. There's also going to be some spuds cooked with garlic and a splash of white wine, also done in the oven "en papillote" (sp?). And some green beans.

                                                                                            Possibly corn on the cob as a starter; possibly not. Cheese for "afters".

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                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: Harters Aug 27, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                              Everything sounds delicious.

                                                                                            2. rabaja RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                                                              Fish, fish, fish! Heading to SF for the day and I'm getting myself a nice piece of whatever looks best. I miss it here in the North Bay. It's around in the local markets but doesn't look as good as what I'm used to. I know, I'm spoiled.
                                                                                              The thing is, it's pricey so I have no interest in getting sub-par stuff.
                                                                                              I should have ponied up for the wild salmon at the farmers market yesterday, but I was having a total cheap moment. Stupid of me, I'm sure I'll pay more today at Bryan's.
                                                                                              I plan on stocking up on some clams and/or mussels, which will be tomorrows dinner.
                                                                                              It's cool enough, I may make a tian to go with. Not so afraid of the oven lately.
                                                                                              Eggplant, summer squash, Early Girls and basil. Al fresco with a nice rose, lovely summer so far.

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                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: rabaja Aug 27, 2010 12:35 PM

                                                                                                Maybe you should also stop in the East Bay and head to Spanish Table and pick up some wonderful $7.99/bottle Portuguese rose - i can't remember what it's called, but it's very popular at the store so they usually have some chilling and some near the register. Stock up!

                                                                                                Where is Bryan's, please?
                                                                                                It's nice and cool here today, not too, and sun is shining. you're probably already here! enjoy!

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                                                                                                  rabaja RE: mariacarmen Aug 27, 2010 07:31 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks for the tip! There's a Spanish Table in Mill Valley that I go by everytime I go into the city. Will be sure to stop and get some of that rose next time I go. Good price!
                                                                                                  Bryan's is in the Laurel Village shopping center. It's one of the grocery stores in the middle with a really pristine fish counter. It's not as sustainable-minded as Monterey Fish is Berkeley but the fish is always very fresh.
                                                                                                  It was quite cool, and boy did the wind pick-up! Nice to see my old hood and doubly nice to return back over the bridge and head home.

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                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: rabaja Aug 27, 2010 09:49 PM

                                                                                                    just realized i had a bottle in the fridge! casalgarcia rose wine - vinho verde. pink and white label. It has a very slight effervescense, which I love. perfect for summer.

                                                                                                    and thanks for the Bryan's info...

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                                                                                                    Caroline1 RE: mariacarmen Aug 28, 2010 01:08 PM

                                                                                                    "Maybe you should also stop in the East Bay and head to Spanish Table and pick up some wonderful $7.99/bottle Portuguese rose - i can't remember what it's called, but it's very popular at the store so they usually have some chilling and some near the register. Stock up!" ..................................................................................mariacarmen

                                                                                                    Sounds like Mateus rose, a semi-sparkling (frizzante) moderately sweet Portuguese wine that hasn't gone up that much in price in the last thirty years! Not a bad wine. Not a great vintage wine, but you can't beat the quality at that price. By all means, stock up. Or not. It does seem to be inflation proof.

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                                                                                                      Harters RE: Caroline1 Aug 28, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                      In the UK, Mateus has been the butt of many remarks over many years - none of them good. Say, I wanted to disparage someone, questioning their dining/wine habits - I'd describe them as a Mateus drinker.

                                                                                                      Not that I would ever do such a snobbish thing, of course. ;-)

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                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Caroline1 Aug 28, 2010 09:28 PM

                                                                                                        It's not Mateus, I actually know that one. This is not sweet, it's very light and refreshing. I identified the name above, realizing after the fact that I still had part of a bottle. Casalgarcia Rose Wine. It is a Vihno Verde, which i'm not sure but to me those always seem to be very slightly fizzy, tho they aren't listed that way. I'm going to stock up shortly for a pending russian river weekend!

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                                                                                                          Caroline1 RE: mariacarmen Aug 28, 2010 11:01 PM

                                                                                                          I don't know if all Portuguese roses are frizzante, but many of them are. But I do enjoy those almost-sparkly wines. Lambrusco rules!

                                                                                                          Hey, don't laugh! I can be a wine snob when I want to! '-)

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                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: Caroline1 Aug 28, 2010 11:41 PM

                                                                                                            too funny!
                                                                                                            i've even had the portuguese whites fizzle.... i love them too!

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                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: rabaja Aug 27, 2010 12:37 PM

                                                                                                      deleted by mc.(repeat of the above post.)

                                                                                                    3. boyzoma RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 02:11 PM

                                                                                                      Since DH is at his annual Fantasy Football League draft - and I am not a big fan, I will have to come up with something I want for dinner.

                                                                                                      Think it will be some linguine with a sun dried tomato sauce, fresh julienned carrots and zucchini, peas and sliced cremini mushrooms. I also have a few fresh cherry tomatoes on my plants that look like they need to be picked. Sounds good with the pasta. Oh - I also have some left-over chicken - think I'll stir some of it in as well. Oh well, his loss, my gain! :-)

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                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: boyzoma Aug 27, 2010 02:17 PM

                                                                                                        sounds very fresh and light!

                                                                                                      2. LindaWhit RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                        I've got 4 chicken thighs seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper and Herbes de Provence sitting on the back of the stove waiting to be roasted in a hot convection oven. Alongside will be basmati rice, a salad, and grilled nectarines (grilled on the grill pan).

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                                                                                                          Harters RE: LindaWhit Aug 28, 2010 03:06 AM

                                                                                                          Nectarines and peaches have been useless with us this year. Obviously we can't grow them on this small island off the coast of northern Europe but imports have been so underripe as to be not worth buying.

                                                                                                          They usually form one of my easy-peasy summer desserts. Cut in two and destoned, into a heatproof dish, a knob of butter goes into each cavity, drizzle of honey and under the grill (broiler) for a few minutes to they've gone soft and start to char a little and the honey./butter have melted to a sauce. Fab with the best quality vanilla ice-cream you can find.

                                                                                                        2. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 27, 2010 04:02 PM

                                                                                                          After spending a good part of the day tilling the garden & weed eating, I didn't feel like putting in much time cooking so tonight, it's chicken breast, cut into nuggets, rolled in panko and baked. Leftover orange glazed carrots and pan cooked diced potatoes from a couple of days ago.

                                                                                                          1. TheHuntress RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 05:04 AM

                                                                                                            Feeling a little fragile and unwell at the moment, soup was the go to. I wanted to play with the chicken I am now getting delivered from a local produce company and made a really delicious, simple chicken and corn chowder. I've just finished my second bowl and am feeling better already :)

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                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: TheHuntress Aug 28, 2010 10:04 AM

                                                                                                              heal up!

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                                                                                                              Harters RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 05:57 AM

                                                                                                              Tonight at Chateau Harters, I am well away from my usual North European comfort zone. We're off to south east Asia.

                                                                                                              A starter of Vietnamese summer rolls - stuffed with noodles, beansprouts, a few prawns, basil and homegrown mint. A chilli dipping sauce goes with.

                                                                                                              A lump of belly pork is getting slathered with char siu sauce (from a jar) - except for the skin which needs to crisp up. It's get roasted. A stir-fry of sprouting brocolli, more of the beansprouts, garlic and nam pla (loosely based on a Rick Stein recipe from Far Eastern Odyssey). And some plain boiled rice.

                                                                                                              It's all very homey today. I've made bread again (a packet mix for ciabatta that's been lurking in the cupboard). And herself continues with her new retirement hobby of cake baking - a banana one cools as we speak.

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                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Harters Aug 28, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                that sounds fantastic. I've been craving summer rolls lately.

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                                                                                                                  Harters RE: ChristinaMason Aug 28, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                  I can now tell you that I am absolute crap at preparing them. There's something about my fingers that just won't roll them properly. Hopefully, they're going to taste better than they look (that is, if they don't simply fall apart when we pick them up).

                                                                                                                  Slinks away, dejected...................

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                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: Harters Aug 28, 2010 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                    My vegetarian friend shared an excellent trick for keeping them intact and nicely-rolled. Place a dried sheet on a small plate, run under the faucet until just barely soft ("al dente" rice wrapper?), then add your filling while the wrap is still on the plate, and roll up. It's foolproof, I daresay.

                                                                                                              2. ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                I have to serve the late shift tonight, so I won't have the chance to make dinner. My main meal today will be breakfast/brunch instead, put together from odds and ends in the fridge and freezer.

                                                                                                                I settled on breakfast burritos. Sauteed some shallot and jalapeno in olive oil in a non-stick pan, then added 4 eggs, left whole, which I tried to group together in twos. Swirled the shallot and onion into the whites and covered to set the whites. Two eggs each went into warmed flour tortillas, topped with a little sour cream and chopped cilantro, rolled up and topped with spicy salsa and some cilantro garnish. Lime wedge on the side.

                                                                                                                I served the burritos with curly fries, sliced peaches drizzled with yogurt and maple syrup, and coffee.

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                                                                                                                  L987 RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                  tonight i had a chantarelle toast, simple and delicious!

                                                                                                                  1. souschef RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                    Had guests to dinner last night. Hors d'oeuvres consisted of small squares of puff pastry topped with goat cheese and tomato and baked, then topped with tapenade. Washed down with prosecco.

                                                                                                                    Starter was leak and potato cappuccino (l&p soup served in a cap cup).

                                                                                                                    Main was rack of lamb in a mustard/herb crust. Served with mashed potato and green beans. Nice Shiraz/Cab to go with it.

                                                                                                                    Then to finish the wine some cheddar and pecorino with grapes and crackers. Had to open more wine to finish the cheese.

                                                                                                                    Dessert was creme caramel, followed by some canelés, which turned out great.

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                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: souschef Aug 29, 2010 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                      sounds fab!

                                                                                                                    2. linguafood RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                      It's a porterhouse steak from the farmer's market (some Amish farm) that we'll share, corn on the cob, and baked potato with RAW sour cream (some other Amish farm). I'm psyched to try this, and hope it'll somehow taste different.

                                                                                                                      Maybe some tomato salad on the side, but nothing too involved -- first gig tonight after summer break. do re mi etc.

                                                                                                                      1. bon oeuf RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                        I used the jfood short rib recipe to make a pot roast. Garlic mashed potatoes, peas, crusty bread with warm, freshly roasted garlic to spread on. A nice salad with fresh viniagrette would have been great but I got tired of the kitchen.

                                                                                                                        1. Phurstluv RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                          We were fortunate enough to have our last two dinners out, meeting friends for those long awaited cheeseburgers on Malibu pier with some friends, and then last night, my DH & I were able to go on a last minute date, and although I would've been happy staying in with leftovers, he said, "let's go out" and I am not one to argue!!

                                                                                                                          So today, the weather has cooled off dramatically from the past week, and they are even talking about drizzle in the morning tomorrow. I was really undecided as to what to make for dinner, but at least had the forethought yesterday to take out some chicken thighs and a pound of hamburger to thaw. Chicken is still not all the way thawed, so when I asked the boys what I should make tonight, my oldest replied "Meatloaf". I usually make it with ground pork & veal as well as beef, and after inventorying the freezer, realized I didn't have any. So I micro-thawed another pound of ground beef, so now it's happily baking in the oven. We have some leftover roasted potatoes, plus one baked, and some leftover linguine, so I will reheat those gently. May even go ahead and make them some tater tots. And steam some green beans, since I have about two pounds fresh in the fridge. Dinner's done - love it when it works out like that, with very little prep involved, but a nice home cooked dinner will be ready in an hour.

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                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Phurstluv Aug 29, 2010 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                            And it's MEATLOAF. Can't beat that. :-)

                                                                                                                          2. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                            Went to the store for onions this afternoon and browsed the meat section, where they had turkey legs for .88 lb. Not one to pass up a sale, I bought a couple and braised them in the oven. Served with leftover mushroom brown rice risotto from earlier in the week...didn't have a veg tonight; didn't feel like making one but tomorrow is another day.

                                                                                                                            1. nomadchowwoman RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                              Tonight we had a grilled porterhouse, DH's favorite, w/garlic-parsley butter. Sides were spinach, avocado, and red onion salad and baked, stuffed (goat cheese-parmesan-corn-onion-thyme puree mixed w/diced mushrooms sauteed w/garlic ) poblanos . Wine.

                                                                                                                              1. rabaja RE: Cherylptw Aug 28, 2010 11:28 PM

                                                                                                                                Standing up, over the counter and range, it was a half can of tuna mixed with Dijonaise and a few triscuits.
                                                                                                                                Not what I had planned, but this catering job doesn't seem to want to end...and the kitten is no help.
                                                                                                                                Time for a glass of wine while I wait for fruit crisps to come out of the oven.

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                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                  Lamb meatballs (a Valentine Warner recipe from "What to eat now. More please") with pasta. Probably a leaf salad to start with scattering of prawns leftover from yesterday's not entirely successful summer rolls.

                                                                                                                                  1. LindaWhit RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                    Last night's dinner was "out" - I took Mom out for a belated 80th birthday dinner at a place near her. A very nice beet and frisee salad we shared, grilled swordfish for her, lobster and shiitake mushroom risotto for me (with diver scallops on top) for me. Creme brulee for dessert. And lots of good conversation.

                                                                                                                                    Tonight will be pork chops of some sort...I haven't quite figured it out yet, nor have I taken them out of the freezer. But I know they're in there. :-)

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                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: LindaWhit Aug 29, 2010 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                      Lobster and shitake mushroom risotto wasn't enough? You had to have diver scallops too?
                                                                                                                                      I am green w/envy, LW. Sounds like your mom had a nice b-day (and obviously has a very good daughter).

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                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 29, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                        LOL! Hey, they CAME with the lobster & shiitake mushroom risotto! It was a bonus-bonus dish! Although they did have duck two-ways on the specials menu, and I almost went that way, but the pic at the restaurant's website had me at scallops on top of risotto. ;-)

                                                                                                                                        I do have to say that the risotto wouldn't have passed Chef Gordon Ramsay's "glueyness" test, however...it could have used a tad more liquid for a slightly looser risotto, IMO. But it still tasted good. :-)

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                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Aug 29, 2010 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                        OK, finally figured out what dinner will be....a pork chop rubbed with olive oil and Penzey's Northwoods seasoning and grilled in the grill pan. The sides will be leftover basmati rice and a fresh corn relish that consists of freshly cooked corn cut off the cob, finely chopped nectarine, red bell pepper, and scallions, to be tossed with a bit of champagne vinegar, lime juice, Aleppo pepper, and a pinch of brown sugar.

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                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: LindaWhit Aug 29, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                          Like the sound of the relish - I wouldnt have thought to put the fruit in but I bet it's going to go well with the piggy.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters
                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Harters Aug 29, 2010 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                            We shall see! I did one of those "these nectarines look great!" and bought too many of them. My dad used to call that "your eyes are bigger than your stomach" when we kids served ourselves too much dinner and then couldn't finish it. The rule was in our house "take all you want, but eat all you take." So I'm trying to use them up. :-)

                                                                                                                                            I thought the sweet nectarines could offset the sour/tang of the champagne vinegar and lime juice. As I said - we'll see! LOL

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                                                                                                                                              Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Aug 29, 2010 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                              The relish does sound really good Linda; do post back and tell how it came out...I need to go fruit shopping in the next day or so and may have to bite your recipe...

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                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                It was very good - although I think there was too much acidity in the vinaigrette. I'd want to tone that WAY back - maybe less of the vinegar. But I liked it as a different type of side dish!

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                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Aug 30, 2010 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Sounds good, I'll have to give it a try..thanks!

                                                                                                                                      3. Perilagu Khan RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                        Tonight is podzharka, a Russian beef-and-potato stew. Rye bread and a pickle-and-relish plate will accompany.

                                                                                                                                        1. boyzoma RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                          Tonight is going to be baked potato on the grill (then topped with butter, sour cream, chives, bacon bits and a little S&P), bone-in rib-eye and grilled corn on the cob with a smoked paprika infused butter, then add some fresh shrimp salad for the side.

                                                                                                                                          1. JerryMe RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            Aah - There are summer colds running around here - chicken soup. Chicken from the freezer along w/ leftover BBQ chicken, celery, onion, carrots, celery seed and a dried chili. Using a 'new' pasta called dumpling. Good reports, so far, that it is indeed tasty. Not too hot here - only hit 95.

                                                                                                                                            Determined not to get sick - camping at the Canyon for Labor Day. I'll add Vitamin C to dinner.

                                                                                                                                            1. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 29, 2010 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                              Tonight I did jerk seasoning rubbed bone in chicken breasts. topped with oven dried thinly sliced garlic and fresh ginger slices all wrapped in foil and into the oven. Sweet potato hash and sauteed broccoli with lemon for sides.

                                                                                                                                              1. buttertart RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                Have been out most nights this week because of visitors from France, but last night made them a midwestern American dinner - as suggested by my stealth Iowan husband (rippled chips with French onion dip - a big hit), baked ham, deviled eggs, his mother's potato salad (mayo and yellow mustard as the dressing, lots of the latter, green pepper, onion, celery - didn't have celery salt or seed, must get), a really nice slaw I found in the August BH&G - with thinly-sliced white and yellow peaches added (was supposed to be topped with blackberries and blue cheese crumbles, which would really have set it off - but that fell by the wayside), yeast rolls from an early 60's Good Housekeeping cookbook (my mother-in-law's favorite and her specialty). Other friends brought spectacular tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozz for a Caprese and the best sweet corn we've had this year. The Hershey's choc cake with krissywats' buttercream for dessert along with the fresh peach ice cream our friend made the day before (out of 6 guests, three have August birthdays). Various sparkling with.

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                                                                                                                                                  souschef RE: buttertart Aug 30, 2010 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like a wonderful dinner chez 007 and M. Love sparklers this time of year.

                                                                                                                                                  I thought you did not like sweet corn; thought you had said that you preferred the older stuff, before they started making it sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: souschef Aug 30, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                    This was both flavorful and sweet. Yes on the whole I'd like to have a less sweet varietal available but this one (a white) was great. It was a fun dinner. Yours sounded awfully good too! (PS the peaches here this year are terrific, but you're not a peach fancier, I think?)

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                                                                                                                                                      souschef RE: buttertart Aug 30, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Right, I'm not a peach fancier.

                                                                                                                                                      Yup, my dinner was good too. My friend was particularly thrilled with the tapenade as it combined two of his favourite things - olives and anchovies. I am always a bit hesitant to make it as so many people do not like anchovies, but to date no one has disliked it.

                                                                                                                                                      BTW if you ever come across an outstanding prosecco please let me know. I like the prices, but so far have not found anything exceptional.

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                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: souschef Aug 30, 2010 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I don't remember the label of this one (friends brought it) - it seemed to be a bit on the moscato side, is that normal? Haven't drunk very much of it.
                                                                                                                                                        For a cheap rosé crémant the Pierre Sparr from Alsace is very good, it's as close to a Champagne as I've found. The white one isn't as interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                          souschef RE: buttertart Aug 30, 2010 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Moscato for a prosecco is unusual as proseccos are usually dry.

                                                                                                                                                          The closest I've come to Champagne is the sparkler from Domaine Carneros in CA, but even that is quite expensive now.......unless you buy it at TJ's instead of LCBO !

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the Pierre Sparr tip. I think we can get that here.

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                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: souschef Aug 30, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                            souschef, have you tried Gruet from New Mexico? I first had it at a restaurant in Richmond, VA, and was amazed at how good it is.


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                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: LindaWhit Aug 30, 2010 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                              It (Gruet) is good. May not be available at the LCBO which seems to favor Euro / S African / Oz / NZ wines over US in their buying policies.

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                                                                                                                                                                souschef RE: buttertart Aug 30, 2010 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                LCBO does not carry it. The US wines we get are from the larger, better-known houses. One thing I do like is the range of NZ Sauvignon Blancs we get from the Marlborough Valley; really enjoy those wines.

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                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: souschef Aug 30, 2010 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Had to Google LCBO. :-) The NZ Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays *are* good - I've been more drawn to the unoaked whites in the past few years, just because CA whites were getting way too heavy with the oakiness.

                                                                                                                                                                  But we're veering off into Wine board threading with the wine talk here. Should probably stop before they cut this out of the thread. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: LindaWhit Aug 30, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Gruet is a great suggestion. We used to get it for the holidays and just laugh at the idea of bubbly from New Mexico.
                                                                                                                                                                It's usually about $14 and I often see it at at Whole Foods as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: rabaja Aug 30, 2010 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  "...and just laugh at the idea of bubbly from New Mexico."
                                                                                                                                                                  EXACTLY! When a friend I was visiting told me about it and ordered it, I thought "REALLY? Methode Champenoise from New Mexico?" But I went all Sally Fields on her and her husband - I liked it. I really, really liked it! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: LindaWhit Aug 30, 2010 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Wellllllll, you may also say "WHAAAT, Methode Champenoise from England. No waaaaay"

                                                                                                                                                                    Mais oui, mes amis. C'est vrai:


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                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Harters Aug 30, 2010 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Tells ya what, Harters...I come to visit, you pour the English Method Champenoise. I'll be happy. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                      And I laughed at the last paragraph in that article. I totally understand the person saying it, but I still laughed. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                        souschef RE: Harters Aug 30, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        The article brought back memories an episode of the British sitcom Chef! (starring Lenny Henry, husband of Dawn French), where Henry is taking part in a cooking competition in France, and goes looking for English wine in a French wine store. The French call it "le vin rosbif". He is laughed out of the store. Great series; I bought the whole set.

                                                                                                                                                                        There is an English shop (name starts with the letter "B") that has Champagne made for them under their own label. I wonder if they will keep their business at home now.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: souschef Aug 30, 2010 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Ah, we've done some good wine (mainly whites) for quite a while - long enough back it was still in my drinking days. The, ahem, "fizzy stuff" is newish.

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                                                                                                                                                                    souschef RE: LindaWhit Aug 30, 2010 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I remember the name clearly - I actually bought a bottle in California a few years ago, but somehow ended up not drinking it.

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                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: buttertart Aug 30, 2010 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                          That is a brilliant Midwestern American dinner, buttertart! (I love that your French visitors loved the French onion dip with potato chips <g>).

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                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: LindaWhit Aug 30, 2010 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Thank you! t was 100% inspired by my dear MIL's cooking. Except for the onion dip, that was just for fun. And the Caprese was an echt New Jersey addition.

                                                                                                                                                        3. eight_inch_pestle RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Got home late from backcountry camping on the Pacific. Showered. Opened a jar of homemade peach jam and a bottle of wine with some brie, someting labeled "Swedish farmers' cheese," and a loaf of bread. Put it all on a cutting board and flopped on the couch with the cats to watch recorded sports we missed over the weekend. Got a little tipsy. Barely qualifies for this board, but my favorite meal in a while.

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                                                                                                                                                            rabaja RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 30, 2010 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                            That sounds like perfection. Glad you shared it.

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                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: eight_inch_pestle Aug 30, 2010 10:33 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: ChristinaMason Sep 1, 2010 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                double that swoon... except for the sports. but with the rest of your offerings, i wouldn't care if they were showing monster truck rallies on t.v.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Tonight's dinner will start with a southwestern chicken tortilla soup with fresh baked cumin tortilla chips. Main will be a salad of romaine, cukes, cherry tomatoes, queso manchego and charred pork seasoned with a chorizo seasoning blend. It'll be served with a roasted onion, garlic & tomatillo sauce. Not sure about dessert but will be something fruity.

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                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                very nice

                                                                                                                                                              2. rabaja RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Well, after inquiring about what to do with my leftover Ahi tartare I do believe dinner will be fish tacos.
                                                                                                                                                                I am so tempted to fry the fish, but health will prevail and I will quickly saute the little cubed tuna in a hot, oiled pan.
                                                                                                                                                                I have corn tortillas from the local tortilla factory and green cabbage, red onion and cilantro. Beans and rice are possible. And tequila.

                                                                                                                                                                1. boyzoma RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight is a little sweet & sour chicken over jasmine rice. Chicken cubes, dipped in egg and flour, then fried in canola oil. In the other pan, are some sauteed sliced water chestnuts, julienned carrots, red and green bell peppers, onion. Add some pineapple chunks, snap peas, and a few bean sprouts. Will make a sauce with some pineapple juice, sugar, vinegar, lemon, ginger and cornstarch.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Phurstluv RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Been in a bit of a "cooking funk" of late, and when DH came to bed early Sat night with chills and aches, it was all I needed not to do a big Sunday dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                    So last night we had leftover meatloaf & green beans, and some carnitas tacos with handmade corn tortillas (so good!), ripe avocado, sliced cabbage with lots of lime juice, shredded pepper jack and some chili beans. It all hit the spot. And best part, is I still have the "butt" of the meatloaf for sammies for me this week!!

                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight, still not motivated, but I plan to roast some chicken legs that have been marinating since yesterday in Foxy Fairie's balsamic marinade (vinegar, evoo, garlic, juice of whole lemon & dijon). Will throw some baby bella mushrooms in to roast with them. And making a summer bean salad, that consists of fresh steamed green & yellow wax beans, baby spinach, toasted walnuts and freshly grated parm in a walnut oil vinaigrette, out of last month's BonAp. And I suppose I'll shuck some sweet corn and steam those in the microwave, covered in a glass dish, since I'm out of those ziploc steamer bags that are big enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                      JerryMe RE: Phurstluv Aug 30, 2010 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      DS's been sick - Made homemade chicken noodle soup w/ a hot pepper (dried from summer harvest) for flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                      rHairing RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      grilled balsamic/oil marinated pork chops and my baked homemade spicy fries...spray sheet with Pam...slice potatoes thin, coat with Pam...sprinkle liberally with Tony C's and bake. We are in the upteenth heatwave here in DC....Can't wait for cooler weather and stews!

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                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: rHairing Aug 30, 2010 10:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        It's a swamp; so miserable. Hard to convince oneself to leave the confines of the house to go to the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. linguafood RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight it was a bunch of sea scallops I had cut in quarters, tossed in some flour & smoked paprika, sautéed in some olive oil and sliced garlic, then removed from the pan; added some fresh peeled and chopped up roma tomatoes, white wine, and a few dabs of lemon-dill-butter I still had in the fridge. Tossed the scallops in the sauce, threw in some linguine fini, and called it dinner. It was absolutely delish, which I chalk up to adding the butter. How can ya go wrong?

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                                                                                                                                                                          eight_inch_pestle RE: linguafood Aug 30, 2010 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Certainly sounds "absolutely delish." Well done!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. JungMann RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          A welcome dinner for our new roommate (who didn't make it to dinner!):
                                                                                                                                                                          First: romaine salad with red peppers, scallions, parsley, mint, olives and feta
                                                                                                                                                                          Second: chicken cutlets in a white wine reduction with lemon thyme, Aleppo pepper and caramelized grape tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                          Side: Fettuccine with mint, parsley, lemon rind and jalapenos
                                                                                                                                                                          Dessert: Avocado coconut cream

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                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: JungMann Aug 30, 2010 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            YAY! You found a new roommate - who wasn't swayed by your baking or cooking, I guess, if s/he didn't come for dinner? LOL

                                                                                                                                                                            And I LOVE your main course of the chicken cutlets - I love anything that uses Aleppo pepper. :-) How did you caramelize the grape tomatoes, JM?

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                                                                                                                                                                              JungMann RE: LindaWhit Aug 31, 2010 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I just sliced the grape tomatoes in half and seared them in a pan over very high heat. I wanted the sugars on the outside to caramelize but allow the tomatoes to hold their shape. It turned out well, but went soggy in the tupperware overnight.

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                                                                                                                                                                              nomadchowwoman RE: JungMann Aug 31, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I am intrigued by the avocado coconut cream. Could you please elaborate on that, JM?

                                                                                                                                                                              (This new roommate had a good excuse, I hope!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                1 large Florida avocado (about 1.5 lbs)
                                                                                                                                                                                1 can of coconut cream
                                                                                                                                                                                sugar (or Splenda in my case) to taste, approximately 4 tbsp.
                                                                                                                                                                                1 tsp. lime juice
                                                                                                                                                                                Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Freeze, breaking up crystals with a fork or immersion blender every hour for eight hours and you have a smooth cream that approximates the texture of ice cream. Chill and have you a thick pudding. I added 1/2 tsp. of pandan extract this time, but it was gilding the lily. It's better to keep the ingredient list short and simple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: JungMann Sep 1, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  my mother will love this! is coconut cream the same as coconut milk? i think not... tho i think the cans i buy say cream of coconut. but it looks like the coconut milk. hmmmm...

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                                                                                                                                                                              L987 RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              today i had grav-lax (salmon) & spinach pasta

                                                                                                                                                                              1. ChristinaMason RE: Cherylptw Aug 30, 2010 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                2 slices of wheat toast with butter, then a veggieburger my DH heated up, on a potato roll with ketchup and mayo. We were both swamped with writing projects all day. I barely moved except to make more cups of tea, and play with the cat, who bit me.

                                                                                                                                                                                Tomorrow is a new day! At least I took some fiber gummies to offset the lack of anything healthy, green, or fibrous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: ChristinaMason Aug 31, 2010 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Things are getting bad, CM, when you're resorting to fiber gummies. I hope you get a good meal in you today. Maybe you could take JungMann's roommate's seat at the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Agreed! I've got a chicken brining in the fridge and am just about to head out to the store to see what looks good (knowing this particular neighborhood branch, probably nothing).

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd love some good sweet corn and tomatoes, though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Some lentils are going to get simmered with garlic & onion. When they're done, lots of rocket will get stirred in to wilt. And a spiral of Cumberland sausage is going under the grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                  And, treat of treats, I've discovered two orange ice lollies lurking in the freezer - so that's dessert sorted (if they last that long).


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                                                                                                                                                                                    souschef RE: Harters Aug 31, 2010 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Does everyone here eat dessert everyday? I don't eat dessert on a daily basis, unless there's been a sale on Haagen-Dazs, in which case I indulge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: souschef Aug 31, 2010 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Nope, not we two, but my family always did (anything from sliced fruit or Jello, pudding, etc, to pies and cakes - and butter tarts - my mom made every Saturday am).
                                                                                                                                                                                      We have dessert on special occasions and always have sweets in the house for a snack, with coffee, etc. Often with guests we have dessert an hour or so after dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        ZenSojourner RE: souschef Aug 31, 2010 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't, but my dad had a sweet tooth that just wouldn't quit. For him it wasn't so much desert as the whole purpose in bothering with the rest of the meal, LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Which, on occasion, he wouldn't, but would skip the meal and go straight to The Grand Finale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw RE: souschef Aug 31, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know about everyone else, but I've a huge sweet tooth and I love to bake so most of the time, there is something sweet in this house even if it's fruit. That said, I don't eat it everyday but do confess to indulging more times out of the week than not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Like you I enjoy baking, but I don't care much for the end-product. I can easily get by on a just a macaron or a couple Reese's if I am craving something sweet. But if there is something creamy and rich on offer, all bets are off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: souschef Aug 31, 2010 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not usually, but I always make it if we have guests. But, funny you should ask today, because last night we did indulge (w/out the excuse of guests).

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                                                                                                                                                                                              souschef RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I do to if we have guests (in fact I go out of my way to make something nice), but not usually when we are alone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: souschef Aug 31, 2010 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Very rarely - I generally don't have a sweet tooth and usually also pass on dessert at restaurants. I'd always prefer a starter if I need another course. If I do need "something" at the end of a meal, it's most usually cheese or some fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: souschef Aug 31, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                No, I don't, unless it's a few Trader Joe's Triple Gingersnaps. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: souschef Sep 1, 2010 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  not me, almost never. BF eats donuts and locally bought snack cakes with his coffee, but i usually don't have anything after. maybe fruit in the summer. or some cheese if at a nice resto. sometimes, rarely, i'll share someone's dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cherylptw RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I got up this morning thinking about breakfast foods but I'm not a breakfast eater so rarely eat it at breakfast. BUT I think dinner tonight is going to be homemade biscuits with sausage gravy, pan cooked diced red potatoes & onions with a little spinach thrown in for a veg. Maybe a poached egg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 08:40 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                2. nomadchowwoman RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night it was grilled lamb chops, green lentils cooked w/onion and garlic, and a salad of spinach, avocado, red onion, and bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  An hour or so after dinner, eyeing the set-aside salted chocolate chip-pistachio cookies I'd baked on Sunday to take to a gathering and thinking about the creole cream cheese ice cream in the freezer, I made ice-cream sandwiches--I ate only one, DH had three (possibly a fourth after I retired; I'm sure I heard him rooting around in the freezer). My, were they good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This morning, I made marinade for the butter chicken I'm going to make tonight, which I'll serve with leftover lentils. I'll also make some spiced rice and sautee some spinach w/Indian spices. And I'll probably pick up some frozen naan at what Linda Whit has so aptly dubbed the stupidmarket--b/c DH believes no Indian meal is complete w/o naan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd like one of those ice cream sandwiches right now, please. Talk about hitting all my flavor buttons!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: buttertart Aug 31, 2010 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      As I told DH last night, as one who (like Harters) almost never orders dessert out or eats it as a matter of routine, who has never really had a sweet tooth, indulging in such decadence on a Monday night, without guests--well, I'm on a wet and slippery slope. Help!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        souschef RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy the ride!
                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recently discovered some very nice mild merguez in the grocery store, so I'll probably buy some, take the meat out of the casings, and make meatballs. Should go well with pasta and a simple tomato sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I get your drift...and there's that chocolate cake calling my name for tonight...oh oh...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Re slippery slopes.....Mrs H has recently taken up baking cakes. Much as I lack a sweet tooth. And much as I despise myself.....one must sample the wares. She has now taken to immediately sending half of every one to other family members, just in cse I feel the urge to just recheck quality one more time. I gather pineapple upside-down cake is next in her book.......I'm not going to enjoy that, am I?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              souschef RE: Harters Aug 31, 2010 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It may be time to break out the stretch pants :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman RE: Harters Aug 31, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You'll probably hate it (I mean what's to love about the sweet tang of pineapple, caramelized sugar, moist cake?)--but, as a dutiful husband, you must try to choke some down and make appreciative noises, no matter how insincere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                (You may want to order those pants w/traction in the seat . . . )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the advice. I'll try to do my best - my acting skills about this weekend's banana cake were worthy of an Oscar. I think the killer line was "Could I possibly have seconds, darling. And could it be a tad larger than the first slice". :-0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ZenSojourner RE: Harters Aug 31, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oooo, I hope she doesn't read this forum! LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I'll probably pick up some frozen naan at what Linda Whit has so aptly dubbed the stupidmarket--b/c DH believes no Indian meal is complete w/o naan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL! But let us be thankful that the stupidmarket actually carries frozen naan so your DH has his complete meal. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cherylptw RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 31, 2010 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alright, Alright, I've never had creole cream cheese ice cream but it sounds so intriguing so please describe the flavor, texture and share a recipe because I just know it sounds homemade! Please and thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman RE: Cherylptw Sep 1, 2010 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flavor is tangy (creole cream cheese is softer, looser, and tangier than Philadelphia-style), but the ice cream has the same texture, especially the store-bought (a local producer though) kind I had in my freezer. I have made CCC ice cream, but it had an unpleasant, grainy texture--my fault, as I overcooked the cream cheese base. Since I've had very limited success making ice cream and since CCC is pricey, I threw in the towel and decided this is a case where purchased is better--and cheaper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want to try a recipe (and no doubt you're a better IC maker than I), here's the one I used, adapted from a John Besh recipe:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 c. creole cream cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/2 c. sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/4 c heavy cream

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whisk all ingredients in heavy saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Transfer mixture to bowl. Cover and refrigerate until mixture is very cold. When cold, pour mixture into canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Note: you can add 1 cup of fresh fruit/berry puree--as Besh does--to other ingredients in pan for a fruit and CCC ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's so unoriginal I'm afraid to post it, but..... here goes anyway:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grilled Cheeseburgers with happy meat from the farmer's market (let's hope it's nice and fatty, too!), toasted Kaiserrolls, homegrown tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, and DUKE's MAYO!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We'll forego the fries this time around, as it seems a half-pound cheeseburger is plenty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: linguafood Aug 31, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood - it might be "unoriginal" - but it's a CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEZBURGER! Good 'nuf for me (and probably many of us here!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: LindaWhit Aug 31, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know. I love a good CHEEEEEEEZBURGER. It has to be cheese, I don't "do" hamburgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JungMann RE: linguafood Aug 31, 2010 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's nothing wrong with cheeseburgers; in fact there's everything right with cheeseburgers, though if you're looking for a tweak, I think you'd enjoy the Gehacktball and Muenster cheeseburgers I posted last winter. I'm pretty sure if the dark soy didn't allure, the sambal would win you over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: JungMann Sep 1, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You had me till the Münster cheese.... I'm a bit >gasp< conservative when it comes to my cheeburger. It kinda has to be ultra-sharp cheddar, when homemade, or the plastic American.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, I will look into your post (link?), since your creations ALWAYS sound delish!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JungMann RE: linguafood Sep 1, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't find my gehaktballen post, but it's little more than taking your ground meat and adding allspice, white pepper, dark soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and Maggi. You can add a bit of nutmeg or crushed zwieback/crumbs for binding if you think there is too much liquid. Cook to your desired doneness, serve on your choice of bun with lettuce, onion, cheese and a generous dollop of frites sauce. You should have a wonderful caramelized crust from the sugars you've introduced to the meat with a kick of spice in the back of your throat that has you pronouncing GEhacktballen like a Dutchman by meal's end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: JungMann Sep 1, 2010 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GECCCCHHHHHACKKKKKTBallen. Sounds good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: linguafood Sep 1, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yeah, a burger's always good! we grilled those night before last, with muenster cheese, mexican-deli spicy guac, tomatoes and other fixings. fried potatoes. also some brats. even mom had a minced up cheeseburger, sans bun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    last night was ordered-in pizza. tonight is a pork tenderloin i made last night. seared with just salt, then braising liquid was chicken broth, brown sugar, French's mustard (ahem, it's for the old folks palates, who won't abide dijon), and a medley of raisins. will make mashed taters with that, and some salad-like thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. buttertart RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leftovers from Sunday - I think I really prefer ham cold anyway (sorry, TS Eliot). And the slaw refreshed with the blue cheese crumbles (and maybe raspberries since I don't have blackberries) the recipe calls for and that my husband said I "characteristically forgot" on Sunday. Honestly. Where do they come up with this stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: buttertart Aug 31, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      teeheee. I'm sure that's an endearing characteristic ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. boyzoma RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We are over 200 again, so here is the link to the new thread.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Caroline1 RE: Cherylptw Aug 31, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For lunch today it was bay scallops and mushrooms in a white wine sauce over fettuccine and sliced vine ripened tomatoes dressed with olive oil and balsamic drizzle. Oh, and a scraping or two of pecarino Romano over the pasta. A quick, easy "from scratch" lunch, but next time it's diver's scallops or nothing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sheesh! I shoulda scrolled down and read the last post before hitting the Post button! Sorry.

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