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What's For Dinner? Part LVIII

Welcome to the continuing thread....two weeks til Thanksgiving; I'm sure there is alot of planning and fridge/freezer emptying going on...I'm trying not to consume most of the things I know is traditional to the holiday so that I won't get burned out. So, what menu ideas and meals do you have going on in your neck of the woods? What kind of goodies are you putting on your plate?

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  1. Nothing yet on the Thanksgiving front, Cheryl, and tonight was an "I'm not cooking" night. So a few eggrolls put on a baking sheet in the toaster oven was all I could manage.

    I'll think about cooking tomorrow night, said Scarlett. :-/

    1. I participate in a food products consumer testing survey, consisting of testing either reformulated products or new products being tested on unsuspecting consumers before release to the market. This week I received two boxes of a well known national brand of boxed mac 'n cheese, the kind with the mix in cheese sauce packet, a brand I don't buy, as I just don't like the stuff and consider it to be much too high in sodium, very lacking in cheesy goodness and generally just not good.

      I can't go into the details, but I'm happy to report that it seems the manufacturer of said product is listening to consumer's concerns about sodium content in processed foods. So that's what we had for supper, along with some sauteed fresh spinach.

      I've actually had the opportunity on occasion to express my true feelings, "Please do not put this s**t on the market." Feels good.

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        1. re: bushwickgirl

          LOL! I love that you can say what you REALLY feel, bushwickgirl!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Since the surveys are anonymous, I can let loose.

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              I am always giving my unsolicited opinions about food. How can I get in on this consumer feedback gig? :)

              1. re: ChristinaMason

                It started out as an online survey for pennies thing my sister does, and has turned into a time sucking monster for me, but I have lots of free time these days. I just completed a iced tea survey and now I'm awaiting some non-food items to try, unmentionable things for the polite company here at WFD. The survey is really hit or miss, the kind of thing you do when you're retired and don't have much else going on in life.;-)

                I like your unsolicited opinions about food and I think you should continue to give them, whenever appropriate.

        2. Well, I got my Rex Sole with eggs, but I got home too late and now I don't feel like cooking it. I spent last night at the stove and tonight I feel lazy.
          Dug out a can of Sheltons' chicken chile from God-knows-when. If I use it up, I never have to see it again. If I open it up and it scares me, there's always frozen chicken nugggets (yes, I know. Shut up.) and with last nights brussel sprouts, I can call it dinner.
          Good times.

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          1. re: rabaja

            LOL! So what was it - canned chicken chili, or frozen chicken nuggets? Or just the leftover brussel sprouts? ;-)

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I couldn't make heads or tails of the expiration date on the chili, so I went for the chicken nuggets. Ian's brand, really meh, however. Wish I knew of a good brand that wasn't unhappy meat to stock up on. It's one of my vices, crispy, fried meat.
              The brussel sprouts were delicious. Thanks for asking.

          2. It's supposed to be around 60 degrees or so to day, so we're going to break out the grill one last time (probably) before the snow flies and it gets dark too early. Got a pork tenderloin marinating for dinner.

            Probably with crash potatoes and salad - I think the lettuce is still thriving in the garden. If not, there's always chard.

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            1. re: Krislady

              have ordered some langoustines from the fishmonger and sirloins from the butcher; together with some sweetcorn fritters, coleslaw, and a dab of bbq sauce on the side, this will be the bf's "welcome home" meal after two weeks in the Middle East. Am considering making a blueberry boybait, his favourite dessert, but chances are he'll have conked out from jet-lag before it's ready!

            2. I am getting really ansty for Thanksgiving. I *love* Thanksgiving, and not just because I open a bottle of wine at an indecently early hour either. I just started my market list and schedule last night, even though it was seventy degrees out, and it felt a bit strange. But no practice runs coming up on any of those dishes.

              I pulled some Italian sausage out to defrost last night, and the boyfriend chose the baked cheese polenta when presented with options (a soup with Swiss chard, or a bolognese for a baked pasta--I was pulling for the soup). So it's pretty much the same dish I made a few weeks ago: a cheese polenta poured and firmed a bit, and then a layer of spinach, sausage, caramelized onions, garlic, mushrooms, and parmesan, with buttered breadcrumbs on top, and baked until I say so. And I've been craving parsnips ever since Krislady made her soup, so I have some that will either be a mash (with thyme, roasted garlic, and a bit of cream), or just pan-roasted and seasoned a bit.

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              1. re: onceadaylily

                "open a bottle of wine at an indecently early hour" as do I.

                Your polenta gave me inspiration for this evening. Thanks!

                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  Boy do YOU ladies have a problem. Now pardon me while I go get the gin out of the toilet tank. I assume you know, totally j/k.

                  1. re: mamachef

                    You conserve all that water, storing it there.

                  2. re: bushwickgirl

                    You're welcome. It's nice to see you on WFD again.

                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                        Me, too, as noone looks askance when the corks start flying around mid-morning. Ah, holidays . . . how would we survive them w/out a morning drink?

                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                          The Thanksgiving card I'm sending to my mom this year:
                          On the front it says:

                          How to Roast a Turkey
                          1) Defrost turkey.
                          2) Drink glass of wine.
                          3) Place turkey in oven.
                          4) Drink another glass of wine.
                          5) Preheat the degree at 400 ovens.
                          6) Drink two more wine of glasses.
                          7) Roast the wine for four hours.
                          8) Glass yourself a wine of pour.
                          9) Tuff the sturkey.
                          10) Bless the meal and call a cab.

                          Inside it says:
                          A Thanksgiving Happy Have

                          1. re: onceadaylily

                            Yes, funny, seen that card for Thanksgiving, and a similar for Christmas and New Years, roast beef with champagne and ham with eggnog, bake the champagne, glaze the eggnog, call a roast beef for a ride home, etc, something like that, pretty funny. I can see a Lucille Ball skit in my mind's eye...

                            Tuff the sturkey, haha.

                            1. re: onceadaylily

                              Uff Da, don't know if I should even admit to this, but one year I sent out a Holiday card that showed Christ entering someone's home with the caption, "knock and the door shall be opened." The inside caption says, "but shut the door when you get in!! what, were ya born in a barn or something?"

                              Also I could use a recipe, if anyone would like to share, for something tasty to do with either leg of lamb or lamb shanks....tia

                              1. re: onceadaylily

                                I must try to find that card. Too funny.

                                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                  Target, in a section that said 'For Funny People'.

                                2. re: onceadaylily

                                  I will follow this plan for a happy day recipe ;) Just a little football on the small tv in the kitchen & i am golden.

                                3. re: nomadchowwoman

                                  Not very well, I'm afraid, steady nerves being very important.;-0.

                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                    EVERYDAY is a holiday! The sun is shining someplace - and we are all here! Let's toast to that!

                                4. re: onceadaylily

                                  "I *love* Thanksgiving, and not just because I open a bottle of wine at an indecently early hour either."
                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                  I wanna be at YOUR house for Thanksgiving. ;-) (But I join that elite club, OADL!)

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    Better yet, come the day after. I reserve that day for wine, sandwiches, and a movie marathon in the cozy glow of the Christmas tree that I put up the night before Thanksgiving. I'm really in it for the sandwiches. And the wine.

                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                      I love to hear about different party/family traditions. One thing different we're doing this year is having a desserts/champage party the night before Thanksgiving, because dessert is so anti-climactic the day of.

                                      1. re: mamachef

                                        I cook & celebrate with friends and we got into the habit of eating dessert when the turkey goes into the oven because we were too stuffed to enjoy it at the end of the feast.

                                      2. re: onceadaylily

                                        I've been trying to figure out when to get the tree and deck the halls...before Thanksgiving, huh? I love it.
                                        Does your tree dry out too terribly by Xmas? I like to leave mine up through the New Year, so I'm not sure how long I can push it.
                                        More on topic, a day after buffet must be planned with movies and free-flowing beverages! I've been asked to work that day, but I REALLY don't want to...

                                        1. re: rabaja

                                          My tree is fake, and cat-proofed, with the beloved blown-glass ornaments I collected tucked safely away (damn it). The up-side to an artificial tree is that I can leave it up until March, if I want, and the winter is too dark and cold. My friends actually have begun to place bets on when the 'Christmas' tree comes down.

                                          I worked both retail and food service for years. You have to pick and choose your holidays 'off'. Thanksgiving was always mine.

                                          1. re: rabaja

                                            Put the tree up after Thanksgiving, let the holiday stand. Second week in December is the earliest you should, I know. I know, it's really nice in the house, but live trees don't last forever.

                                            Cut trees need heavy watering. You can't imagine how much they can and need to drink. Google for tree types, info etc.

                                            I am a tree 'steward' in NYC (means nothing really, just take a tree care course and assume some tree responsibility for the one in front of my building, and others on the block, if I want, plus I have a nice official looking badge.) Indoor Christmas tree care is important, not just for safety reasons. Make your tree happy.

                                            When I had a tree, I took it down New Year's Day, it was a ritual.

                                            Work the day after? Do. Not. Do. It.

                                            And to keep this loosely food related, I saw a recomm on one of the boards, maybe Spirits, by poster Vetter, for a eau de vie made from Douglas Fir extract, but can't find it now, maybe it's just as well...

                                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                                              Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you.
                                              I usually put up my freshly cut tree in December for sure, it is just so tempting to put it up earlier. Guess that's what the fake ones are for. I've done those too, but not this year.
                                              Mostly, I thank you for the advice not to work the day after T-day. I am really trying to justify NOT working. As long as I can pay the rent and feed the cat.

                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                Feed cat first, pay rent second, that's my philosophy, but I don't really practice it....
                                                Tell your employer, " My friends told me not to." Haha, but I do understand the economics of it.

                                                A live tree is so, so nice.

                                          2. re: onceadaylily

                                            Deal! Laurel & Hardy's "March of the Wooden Soldiers" was always a Thanksgiving weekend tradition in my family...it was always shown several times on WPIX in the NYC area that weekend. :-)

                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                              "March of the Wooden Soldiers"

                                              Yes on WPIX, channel 11, mrbushy's favorite holiday film.

                                              Tonight, a quickish lentil soup with sausage, swiss chard, the usual suspect veggies and a big pinch of cumin and cayenne, with a simple salad. Much better than last's night fakey food challenge. Polenta for another night. Dessert was beer.

                                              I have to say I don't have much holiday spirit this year, for a bunch of reasons, but reading this thread has enlivened me; thank you all. onceadaylily's cat proof tree story reminds me of a dear cat, long passed, glass ornaments and a Christmas tree. Good memories.