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What's For Dinner? Part XLIX

Welcome to part 49 of our continuing thread...hard to believe we're already at that number, but it means we're doing a lot of good eating and sharing of recipes and ideas. Today is also the first day of Fall and judging by some recent posts, thoughts are beginning to turn to a little more hardier meals (or is it just me?) With that in mind, do tell what's for dinner!

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  1. It is miserable in London today. I'm counting the hours until I can go home and put my sweatpants on. And dinner will be easy and comfortable...I am going to try making this Finnish potato and anchovy bake http://www.kookynet.net/668.html and will probably make a big salad with beets and dill? I have some fruit that is at the point where it can only be baked, so some sort of plum and oat crumble? Maybe with cardamom?

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    1. re: relizabeth

      Mmmmmmm........sounds awfully good. I like the way you're keeping to the netherlandy theme, with the anchovies and beets, etc. - a sweet and sour dilly marinated cucumber salad would also be delicious with this and help cut the richness of the main. Unless you don't want to cut the richness, which I totally understand!!

      1. re: mamachef

        well, that was the plan at lunch time, but then we got home late. So I made a quick stir fry noodle with some rice noodles, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, peppers, and carrots. My cold has gotten worse, so spice and sweet are the only things I want. We have postponed our gratin until tomorrow or saturday.

      2. re: relizabeth

        the potato & anchovy dish is called janssons temptation and is a tradition for xmas here in sweden and i guess in findland too :) did u make it and did u like it?

        1. re: L987

          I, foolishly, tried a recipe that had beer not cream and it was only ok. I also have a cold and crave spicy sweet salty food only.

      3. I haven't done any cooking since this past weekend, and have the day off on Friday, so I'm thinking an herbed goat cheese-stuffed chicken breast is WFD. A lemon-wine reduction drizzled over top, with a small salad alongside.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          And with Friday off, sounds like a glass of wine is in order. Your weekend is only a few hours away, LW. Enjoy!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Changed my mind. Going to keep it easy - spaghetti and meat sauce. But I'll still have that small salad alongside. :-)

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Are you allowed to do that? Change your mind, I mean. The audacity when I was really counting on you making the herbed goat cheese-stuffed chicken breast and lemon sauce. :-D

              1. re: boyzoma

                LOL! Of course I can change my mind - the cat doesn't care *what* I eat - as long as he gets fed. :-) And luckily, I don't whine and cry and throw a hissy fit for myself when I change what the dinner plans are. :-D

                I'll make that chicken tomorrow night - JUST for you, boyzoma. ::::going to take the chicken breast out of the freezer which is why I'm not making it tonight:::: :-)

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Thank you for letting me poke a little fun at you. We have some meat sauce leftover in the fridge. I think I'll copy you and have to copy you as well and cook up some pasta and heat up the sauce. Make a little salad with the cherry tomatoes from my garden. Woo Hoo.

                  1. re: boyzoma

                    SEE how easy it is to change your mind? :-) We survive. But I have to say I'm kinda glad I'm not dealing with the drama that can be kids when they don't like what they're being served for dinner. Although
                    (1) I think they'd be OK with spaghetti and
                    (2) I hope kids I'd raised wouldn't be so picky as to what they'd eat - now THAT would kill me! LOL

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      What drama?? ::: she says as she smirks!! ::: And I never knew how much drama boys give ya!! Can only imagine if I had girls!!

                      And my DH says the same thing, he wouldn't know what to do or how to handle kids with picky palates. Boy, if he only grew up with my sister, LOL!!

                      1. re: Phurstluv

                        Well, with kids, as when mine were young, it is eat or go to bed. Problem solved. What wasn't eaten gets refrigerated and served the next day. My kids ate almost anything. If they didn't eat it, it was because I didn't cook it!

                        1. re: boyzoma

                          I agree, and do that as well, most nights!! And I reserve the plate the following evening. But some nights, I do make mini meals for each of them, usually involving leftovers or something frozen, so it's not like I'm preparing two different meals from scratch, :))

                2. re: boyzoma

                  I was going to say, I was SO counting on that vicarious winner of a chicken dinner. Make me a portion too please.

            2. I've been trying to use up all the odds and ends in the fridge, so after last night's revolting aubergine and prawn nasi goreng, tonight is omelettes with mushrooms, garlic, bacon and goats cheese. usually i'd make a spaghette carbonara with those ingredients, but alas no carbs for me until after i've managed to squeeze into a party dress at the weekend :(

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              1. re: gembellina

                Omelets for dinner are one of my favorite ways to use up leftovers. Sounds tasty.

              2. Grilled NY strips with an ancho/zinfandel sauce. Fingerling potatoes prepared in a manner as yet still undetermined.

                1. Our house guests are finally departing on Sunday. They have been with us since mid-July with the exception of 21/2 weeks in August when we went away on vacation. We asked them if there was anything that they would like to have us make for them before they go back to the land of bad food (not that we said those exact words, lol), and they said, "The pasta with the white sauce." We are inferring Fettucini Alfredo, so I am about to start making some pasta. Maybe a grilled veal chop with that, but we haven't figured out the rest...

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                  1. re: roxlet

                    :::::: Doing the Snoopy dance for roxlet :::::::

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Lol! But now I have to pay for squash lessons for my son! We're trying to get another Egyptian!

                      1. re: roxlet

                        **Walks like an Egyptian for roxlet**

                    2. re: roxlet

                      We do a cajun chicken fettuccine that goes over really well. But that might be too spicy for your guests. Oh - and +1 on LindaWhit's post. ;-)

                      1. re: boyzoma

                        I'm pretty certain that they have neither heard of nor ever eaten cajun food. Definitely got the Fettucini Alfredo vibe. I'm happy to have my house back, but it was a real benefit to us financially having them here. And they started catching on to things like waiting for everyone to be served before digging in. At least I won't have to make any more chocolate chip cookies, which I could bake in my sleep!

                        1. re: roxlet

                          And they started catching on to things like waiting for everyone to be served before digging in.
                          ~~~~~~~~~~

                          This is good to read, roxlet! And having a food vice of chocolate chip cookies isn't a BAD thing....except for the baker. ;-)

                          1. re: roxlet

                            Oh, that fettucine that Boyzoma makes is KILLER!! I made it over the summer and my whole family loved it. I think I need to pull that one out again, it sounds so good!

                            And can I just say, I've been reading your posts and feel a bit badly that you feel Egypt is the land of bad food. My Father is from Egypt, and I have many, many relatives still there and over here, and whenever we get together, we have delicious feasts. So maybe it is just "your crowd" that is not much into food, but please don't blanket the entire country as a place with ill mannered people and bad food. It is so beautiful there, and Egyptians love to eat and cook huge spreads for their families just like any other nationalities. Thanks ;).

                            1. re: Phurstluv

                              Phurstluv -- don't mean to insult your father's heritage. We made very many wonderful Egyptian friends, and when people ask me what I miss, it's always the people. In a year in Cairo, we were never once invited to someone's house for a meal. The only time I have eaten home-cooked Egyptian food was two summers ago when we paid a guide to bring us to someone's house to learn to cook an Egyptian meal. So while I have a lot of experience eating Egyptian food in restaurants, I have little eating home-cooked meals. That being said, I do not believe that Egyptian food is ever mentioned as one of the great cuisines of the world the way Moroccan food is.

                              1. re: roxlet

                                It occurs to me that I don't think I've ever seen an Egyptian cookbook. I imagine there's one in publication, but Barney Rubble Books certainly doesn't have an entire wall devoted to the things.

                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                  I tried to find an Egyptian cookbook while i was there, but all the ones I saw -- and they were few -- looked rather tatty and unreliable, so I didn't buy any. I was mostly looking for a recipe to make fatiir, which is a cross between a pizza and a pancake, but I never had any luck, and everyone convinced me you couldn't make it at home anyway...

                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

                                    Maybe not a whole wall, but there *are* Egyptian cookbooks out there.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      Yup, I know. Thanks LindaWhit. I've seen those but feel no compelling reason to add them to the collection!

                                  2. re: roxlet

                                    I understand, and your impressions and feelings are certainly acceptable. I just wanted to let you know, that just like everywhere else in the world, there are wonderful families and then there are the rest!! Perhaps since you had no "family" there, you were not treated royally, the way my folks are when they go back. But I completely understand, so no worries.

                                    And I envy the fact that you were able to live in one of the most interesting cities in the world, surrounded by so much culture and history, as overcrowded and dirty as it is, and I can't wait to go there one day myself and take my boys to see their Grandfather's heritage.

                              1. re: roxlet

                                I've been "following" your houseguest journey, and I must say that you are one gracious hostess. And veal sounds bitchin' with Fett. Alf.