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May 14, 2011 10:01 AM

What's for Dinner? Part 88 [OLD]

Whether you are grudgingly wearing a scarf to the farmer’s market, or basking in the sun as you tend the grill, spring is here, and our plates are changing with the season. What’s for dinner, chowhounds?

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  1. After putting in all of the screens, we've woken up to a blustery forty-something degree day. Tacos don't seem to quite fit the bill, but I'm stubbornly going ahead with the meal.

    To start we are having small salads, and a spicy corn soup (a recipe I found on Chow last summer, and really enjoyed--I don't strain it after the puree though). The boyfriend will then get to enjoy fish tacos, with shredded cabbage, and the cilantro lime crema-ish sauce that he eats with a spoon if I let him. I'll likely make a small batch of black beans for my own tacos . . . or use my own corn tortillas to make quesadillas to eat with the soup. If I do the latter, it is likely to be more work for me, and even more food for him, as the boy is incapable of ignoring the presence of melted cheese. I can't really fault him there, though.

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    1. re: onceadaylily

      have you not tested out your reaction to fish yet, OADL? fish tacos are mighty tempting....

      1. re: mariacarmen

        I actually broke down and ate shrimp (Chinese food from a place that does not reward the vegetarian eater) only two days after I learned what it was like to look like bad wallpaper, and it, of course, happened again. And given that there may well have been fish sauce in the dish, in addition to the shellfish, it didn't really provide an answer. So, I decided to wait a few weeks, and let my system clear out before I tried again. I *was* thinking about trying it again tonight, but really regret not doing it a few days ago, when it was eighty degrees in our apartment, and a cold shower would have felt merely refreshing.

        When I told my mom what was going on, she said, "Oh, no, honey! That's too bad. I guess you'll just have to eat . . . BACON!" and started giggling. I love her. ;)

        1. re: onceadaylily

          that's great - your mama knows where it's at!

      2. re: onceadaylily

        love fish tacos, and anything with melted cheese....why can't you eat fish, oadl? You probably have already told the story & I missed it.....

        1. re: Phurstluv

          The past few months, I've been getting hives when I eat fish. I was hoping that it was a specific type of fish that was responsible, or even something *else* that was in those dishes, but I think I'm just delaying the inevitable: admitting that my body is rapidly growing intolerance to fish. I haven't 'tested' shellfish yet (whenever I've eaten it, it was with other types of fish), so there's still hope for me to enjoy those delicious shrimp.

          I ate a fish taco last night, and I got the hives. Boo. It was a damn good taco though. ;)

          And I hope your foot is better, Phurst, and that you are back to your usual dynamic, nurturing self.

          1. re: onceadaylily

            Bummer, oadl, that's unfortunate for you. I know what it's like, too, to watch everyone enjoy their ice cream, pizza, etc and know I can never eat like that again, but you learn to adjust and adapt. And perhaps shellfish will not give you the same problems, seems many are allergic to shellfish, but not fin fish. Thinking good thoughts for you.....thanks for asking about my foot, slowly but surely, at least I don't need the cane, anymore : )).

      3. As it was my sister's bday yesterday, I'm taking her out to dinner tonight, to the slightly more casual offshoot (Plum) of a 2-Michelin-starred restaurant (Coi) we tried about 4 years ago and absolutely loved. Still one of the top 2 most memorable restaurants I've ever been to.

        And as there will be a thunderstorm here tonight, tomorrow i'm thinking something hearty - and warm. that's all i've got so far. Maybe a spaghetti aglio olio from another thread I keep going back to.

        Maybe I'll be inspired by something Daniel Patterson whips up for us tonight. Though I doubt it, everyone's doing their spring menus these days.

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        1. re: mariacarmen

          Very nice sis, mc!! I hear Plum is very good!! Enjoy!!

          1. re: Phurstluv

            ugh. things fell apart. we didn't go. total bummer. hopefully we'll reschedule soon. ) :

        2. So, a cause for celebration tonight at Harters Hall. The football team that I have supported since I was a lad has won its first trophy in over 30 years, winning the FA Cup against Stoke City this afternoon.

          We arrived back home from Rome with 10 minutes to spare before kick-off. So there isnt much in the house to eat. Hence, there''ll be celebratory steak sandwiches.

          "Blue moon, You saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own........" Or, as they'd say in Rome "Forza Azzurri"

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            1. re: Harters

              Congrats on the win! Good eating in Rome, I expect?

              1. re: roxlet

                Very good eats, roxlet.

                I'll be posting restaurant reviews to the Italy board of both Chowhound and Egullet - check it out in about 36 hours

              2. re: Harters

                Congrats to your team winning its long-awaited trophy, Harters! And welcome back from Rome. :-)

              3. Last night I made a BIG cozy creamy quinoa casserole (with spinach, mushrooms, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan, Aleppo chile, a squeeze of lemon juice) and served with steamed green beans in a shallot-Dijon vinaigrette. Perfect creamy + tangy combination. Happy on a chilly evening.

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                1. re: twilight goddess

                  You've totally got me hooked on this quinoa casserole, I make it a few times a month now!

                  1. re: twilight goddess

                    I love quinoa, and though my standby recipe is mixed-grain quinoa and rice pilaf, this casserole of yours sounds really intriguing.

                    What's your recipe?

                  2. We were going to go out to dinner tonight, but since my son's Egyptian coach has made plans to go to Queens and eat Egyptian food and smoke shisha with another Egyptian, we are staying home and making ribs! I'm very excited. I'll make some slaw with that, and we will be in hog heaven tonight!

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