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What's For Dinner? Part 73 [old]

Here we go - time to start a new thread! What's cooking at your house? Are you dealing with some warmer weather and craving that grilled food? Or are you still hunkered down with snow all around you, cooking the best warming stews and pot roasts and roasted chickens?

OR (hopefully not!) are you dealing with a winter cold and are going for the chicken soup or spicy food to get rid of the snifflies?

Tell us!

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  1. It's getting beautifully warm here--was about 75F this afternoon, so it's time for Pear & Blue Cheese Quiche with boiled new potatoes and a salad with mustard vinaigrette. Unbelievably, I just received my first-ever copy of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking 2-volume set....I think I'll try using her Galettes au Roquefort dough for the pastry case and just the pears and royale mix inside, and see what happens.

    1. P0rk ch0ps, r0asted br0cc0li and sauteed chanterelles with fresh thyme and s0me sage.
      I am resisting the urge t0 make schnitzel, as the ch0ps are thinnish and b0neless, but the recipe I came acr0ss in a Jamie 0liver b00k is seri0usly speaking t0 me. Like, it wants t0 be my Valentine, speaking t0 me.
      I am munching 0n my raw br0cc0li stems in an attempt t0 remain virtu0us, but I kn0w what a slut I bec0me when fried meat is inv0lved.

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      1. Today was the monthly church fellowship dinner; of course there was the fried chicken & chicken & dumplings but also taco salad, baked spaghetti, lasagna, corn souffle, potato galette, baked sweet potato casserole, lima beans with ham, etc. Then there were the desserts: brownies, red velvet cake, pig pickin' cake, Valentine themed cookies & candies.

        I brought a pot of barbecued potatoes, a pan of braised cabbage & two heart shaped red velvet cakes with cream cheese icing. My diet starts later this week...pray for me (lol)...

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          1. re: Cherylptw

            If I were in your church, Cheryl, I'd have to lose my religion in order to lose weight!

            And ditto on the pig pickin' cake query.

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

              Pig pickin cake is a Southern dessert that was traditionally brought to a pig picking or pig roast/whole hog roast. Basically, it's a yellow layer cake with pineapple & pudding filling then frosted with a pineapple frosting. It's moist, light & delicious. Some people use mandarin oranges & either a cool whip or white frosting...some use cream cheese frosting. My neighbor brings it every month and there is never a crumb left, in fact, she's the only one who ever brings it and it's not church fellowship dinner without her chicken & dumplings & cake.

              Dinner tonight is a tuna fish sandwich!

              1. re: Cherylptw

                Yum, yum, yum, and I am going to try that::)

          2. Tonight was roast chicken, rubbed with lemon and then the lemon cut in half and put inside the chicken and then the chicken was rubbed with Montreal chicken rub. Mashed sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, my husbands freshly made rye bread. Heart shaped sugar cookies with pink or white cream cheese frosting , or craisin shortbread hearts, or chocolate covered strawberries for dessert:) Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow:)

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            1. re: sunflwrsdh

              What a lovely meal and fresh bread is always a special treat!!

              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                It really is, and my husband has been making it every other day or so, so we have had a steady supply of fresh bread....it's awesome!

            2. Tonight we went out for middle eastern food, but I started cooking for tomorrow's Valentine's dinner: Batali's recipe for veal osso bucco (made tonight); roasted golden beets tonight for a salad with blood oranges and ricotta salata, maybe kalmata olives too?; risotto milanese and mini molten chocolate cakes will be made tomorrow. I added some veal demi glace to the osso bucco braise and the house just smells amazing.

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              1. re: MAH

                Looking forward to hearing how the osso bucco turns out MAH, I love the dish and haven't tried Mario's recipe as yet. Do let us know!

                1. re: MAH

                  OMG! Sounds like a wonderful Valentine's dinner! I love roasted beets and your salad sounds amazing. Happy Valentine's day!