Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Mar 25, 2011 12:39 PM

What's for Dinner? Part 80 - Old

Time for a new thread! I wish Spring would hurry up and spring here, so I could move on to fresh green things (dying for some green garbanzos!) like some of you are doing. But weather its comfort food or lighter fare you're making these days, regale us!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. (is that flower annoying? i was going for a Spring theme... respond w/i 45 minutes, or forever hold your peace (or at least for the duration of this thread.)

    7 Replies
      1. re: mariacarmen

        Viola's are one of my favorite flowers, so cheerful and friendly! It's perfect.

        pssst: I found green garbanzos two weeks ago at Monterey Market!

        1. re: mariacarmen

          I'm five minutes late . . . but I like the flowers. We've had one seventy degree day here before the temperature plummeted back into the thirties and twenties, and, I tell ya, that first warm day is not a bell you can un-ring. I'll take the flowers any way I can get them.

          1. re: mariacarmen

            OK, keeping on topic. Violas are edible - what do they taste like?

            I use chive flowers in salads but that's all by way of edible flowers.

            1. re: Harters

              try nasturtiums; peppery and wonderful.

              1. re: magiesmom

                I've eaten the leaves but not the flowers. I understand the seeds are very peppery as well. I don't grow them these days as they attract aphids like there's no tomorrow.

                1. re: Harters

                  Glad everyone liked the flowers ok - i hadn't even checked back here until now so it would have been a bit awkward if you'd all hated them!

                  And rabaja, thanks for the tip about MM and garbanzos! Maybe they're in my nabe too by now. I'll be home tomorrow again and if so, I'm going to make a giant batch of roasted green garbanzo hummus and also use them in a salad i saw in the new Bon Appetite. Vive le printemps!

                  (And i just noticed in my original post that i used "weather" instead of "whether"! let's please pretend that was a clever play on the spring theme, she says shamefacedly!)

          2. Black bean soup tonight, I think, slightly spicy, with lots of onions, garlic, and peppers tucked in there (deglazed with a bit of nice dark beer), and garnished with sour cream and lime. I'm making a batch of quesadillas, with sharp cheddar and corn tortillas, to go with . . . unless I turn the tortillas into chips. The boyfriend will get the deciding vote. And how do I know he will say some of each?

            I've been working on a home project that has left me a bit in need of deglazing myself, so I might have a martini. (I just looked at the word 'might', and laughed.)

            4 Replies
            1. re: onceadaylily

              That all sounds wonderful. I love black bean soup; made a big batch of Laurie Colwin's "At Last Black Bean Soup" last weekend, and had some for lunch today, topped with a squeeze of lime, some cilantro, pico de gallo and fat free sour cream. It is hearty and 1/2 cup is really enough of that for me.

              1. re: onceadaylily

                haha - love that you "deglazed"! make sure to get all that goodness from your fond!

                Black bean soup - sounds great - that's going on my list of things to make for work lunches next week. Or maybe a couscous salad with black beans.... I'm hooked on couscous right now.

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  Rachel Ray's latest issue has a recipe for a quinoa and black bean salad which I am going to try. I've never actually cooked quinoa, so it will be a new experience for me.

                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                    Sunflwrsdh, please post report on this recipe and if you like it, please paraphrase if you do not mind - I am always on a look out for great quinoa and farro recipes.

              2. Mariacarmen, as someone recently mentioned on Site Talk, it is helpful to ask the mods to add "old" to the previous part of a segmented thread when initiating the next portion, and/or to include in the thread title the date on which the new section begins.

                Tonight is meat loaf which turned out well despite being mostly turkey. I really loathe ground turkey for its dry blandness. When I use it, I combine it with ground beef. 20oz packages were on sale. I had tried Trader Joe's "American Kobe" beef patties, which are, IMO, too fatty and too big. I made 2 lunches from one 8oz patty, and used the other to beef up the ground turkey. Yesterday I julienned marked-down zucchini and summer squash (3 each), adding to them chopped green garlic, and julienned carrots and red bell pepper. I wilted 3 cabbage leaves before buzzing them in the Cuisinart along with dried mushrooms, some of the afore-mentioned vegetables, two small multigrain tortillas, a slice of whole wheat bread, 2 eggs, a few leftover ounced of roasted pepper/tomato soup, super-thin sliced onions, parmesan cheese, dry onion soup mix, garlic powder, black pepper, and Gravy Master. This made at least as much volume as the 28 oz of meat. I use a two-piece meat loaf pan - the mix was mounded well above the rim. I laid two stips of bacon (needed using up) over the top and set the pan in a water bath before baking. After the loaf came out of the pan I poured the water bath into the ML pan to loosen its drippings, which are now reducing in a saucepan, so I can make gravy. I have found that slicing the onion in thin rings allows them to form a matrix that will enable a vegetable/filler-heavy meatloaf or patty to hold its shape.

                Nothing exciting as sides - just mashed potato and glazed carrots.

                1 Reply
                1. re: greygarious

                  Sorry, GG, i hadn't realized that we'd been doing that regularly now, but it does help.

                2. Tonight is a classic: prime NY strip steaks grilled outdoors with baked potatoes and asparagus parmesan. We're still deciding on the Caesar Salad to start.

                  1. tonight, I was planning on making home made pizza, with a home made whole wheat crust ( my husband had already made the dough) arrived home to find my kids and grandkids already eating a quick supper on their way out the door to a fund raising basketball game at school Husband was at work, and coming home for supper at 6, but there was enough leftover chicken parm from last night for him, so my mom and I went out for dinner ( a rare treat for me!) We went to Ruby Tuesdays, because it's in the mall, and i also had a couple of "mall errands" that needed doing while I was w/o small assistants:) So we both had Ruby tuesday's pear sangria ( which is bit too sweet for my taste!) salad bar, and I had the cajun grilled fish, with cheddar mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli on the side. (under 500 calories for entrees and sides) and it was pretty good. For chain restaurant in the mall type food . I really enjoyed the lack of rushing to get dinner on the table by 6 when i get home a little after 5, and the no clean up!