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Dec 23, 2011 11:52 AM

What's for dinner, the Holiday Edition! #120 [old]

buttertart noted that the previous edition was VERY long, so here's the new anyone cooking two days before the Christmas holiday? And I mean cooking a full dinner tonight - not stuff *for* Christmas! :-)

As for me - I'm going out - tapas and sangria are on the "menu" tonight. What's cooking at your places?

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  1. By my decree , we are going out for a traditional Wisconsin Fish Fry. Seems like I have been in the kitchen 24/7 getting ready for the Holidays.

    1. In order to make space in our refrigerator so that my wife can stuff it with holiday fare, I'm having leftover chicken paprikash tonight which I made on Wednesday. it will be combined with leftover rice which was the accompaniment to the paprikash. My wife will have something else, but I don't know what. She suggested that I finish up the paprikash.

      Lunch was also a conglomerate concoction of leftovers. It was soup made with turkey stock, half an onion that needed to be used, some pureed roasted red bell pepper, chile powder (not chili powder), soy sauce, a small can of drained mushrooms, some cubed leftover meatloaf and a package of ramen noodles without the flavor packet. My wife said that she would not eat it when I told that I was going to use up the leftovers to provide more refrigerator space for Christmas victuals. THE SOUP WAS SUPERBLY DELICIOUS!!!!

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      1. re: ChiliDude

        PAPRIKASH! Love saying that word. Especially as Meg Ryan says it in "When Harry Met Sally". :-)

        And don't you just love when a leftover throw-together works out like your soup! Her loss.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Thanks for your input. I belong to the "What if...?" school of cooking specializing in "Cuisine Impromptu."

          I also enjoyed viewing "When Harry Met Sally" a few times. Rob Reiner's mother stole the restaurant scene with "I'll have what she's having."

      2. My husband is making crayfish étouffée tonight for dinner using some lovely, if frozen, crayfish he got at either Costco or the Restaurant Depot. Since we have a Muslim houseguest, he also managed to find some pretty decent chicken sausage to go in it. Can't wait for dinner!

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        1. re: roxlet

          I assume that your house guest strictly adheres to Halal? It's similar to keeping Kosher. Our youngest daughter had a school friend whose parents came from Egypt, and she ate our home a few times. I always warned her about what we were having for dinner.

          1. re: ChiliDude

            He's pretty religious, but since he attends an American boarding school, I'm not sure that he strictly adheres to Halal. In fact, I know he doesn't because he has stayed with us numerous times, and he knows that we do not serve Halal meat or anything else. We simply avoid pork that is in meals that are communal.

            1. re: roxlet

              You may actually be serving halal meat if you're shopping at Costco. I only buy pork and lamb there, so I can't speak for chicken and beef, but I do know my lamb is zabihah halal.

              1. re: JungMann

                the organic chickens at Costco are also halal, or at least were last time I checked.

                1. re: susancinsf

                  My husband buys meat at Costco, the Restaurant Depot and Arthur Avenue, an Italian area of the Bronx. If it's halal that's fine, but he's never asked, and there is only so far we'll go to accommodate him. I draw the line at shopping specifically for halal meat! Plus these kids are always in fast food joints and pizzerias anyway, no questions asked...

        2. I thought I'd have leftovers from yesterday's Christmas lunch here at work, but this morning everyone was already raiding the refrigerator when I walked in the door! So, won't be taking anything home with me for dinner tonight. All that's left is a small bag of carrots & broccoli from the veggie tray!

          So, tonight I'm not sure yet.

          1. Kosher chicken breasts piccata with roasted asparagus and a mixed salad on the side. Keeping it low-key before our seafood extravaganza tomorrow...

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            1. re: linguafood

              Oooh, seafood extravaganza! Are you doing a feast of seven fishes?

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                Nothing *that* extravagant. I was thinking of making two different shrimp salads -- one curried with peaches & peppadews, the other one perhaps Thai-style with fish sauce & lime and maybe some green asparagus tips; 4 large shrimps and 4 scallops will be seared and served with just some lemon juice; side salad.

                My man's ridiculous chocolate pie for dessert.

                1. re: linguafood

                  Those shrimp dishes sound delicious! I'm throwing some into udon tonight, not nearly so interesting.