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We maxed out the previous thread, so we're all over here now. I've not done anything but reheat leftovers from the weekend, and tonight won't be any different as it's Top Chef night and I have a new remote control to program! (Exciting times in my house, huh?) But I hope to get culinarily creative on Thursday.

What's cooking in your homes?

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  1. TOP CHEF NIGHT? TOP CHEF NIGHT? Hell yes, it's exciting!!!

    not sure what we'll be eating either. something with chicken..... i wanted to try skinnytaste's (www.skinnytaste.com) 5-spice chicken legs but they required marinating and it's too late for that now... i'm still in an asiatic mode, so something spicy and gingery - will be good for this budding cold, too. and more of that "toasted" couscous that is actually a really velvety israeli couscous i have... or jasmine rice - lately i've been making really excellent batches of it. i don't know what's up but i'm not jinxing it.

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      Whatever you made, the gingery caught my attention as did the toasted couscous. And don't question making good jasmine rice. Just go wit da flow, mc. ;-)

      I hope you're feeling better soon!

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Linda - yussssssss! another good pot-o-jasmine rice. the spell remains unbroken. thanks!

      2. re: mariacarmen

        I've been loving the Israeli couscous too -- hot like risotto and warm/cold in a salad. So good.

        1. re: Chocolatechipkt

          yes - it's totally risotto-like! i didn't make it tonight (posted below) but will again soon.

      3. It's cold and rainy here, so I'm guessing leftover Taco Soup and maybe some corn dog muffins. Excited for both!

        1. Have smothered steak braising in the oven. To be served with egg noodles, a vegetable TBD and probably a tomato (bought some for 50 cents a pound and while they're not that great, they're as good as it gets right now).

          1. Tonight's dinner is based on a Martha Stewart recipe for escarole pizza, but I'll probably buy pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's on the way home to speed things up. The pizza is topped with blanched escarole, dried currants and golden raisins (plumped), sauteed red onion with balsamic vinegar, and gruyere cheese.

            We've had a number of chicories in our CSA share lately (escarole, different varieties of radicchio, pan di zucchero). Neither hubby nor I are crazy about them most of the time. I guess we're not huge fans of the bitterness. So if you have any fun ideas for chicories, pass them along!

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            1. re: Abby0105

              I have been meaning to make this radicchio baked ziti recipe but haven't yet. http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/coo... I have another in my to-try pile that has radicchio, cream and cheese, not sure where I found it. I LOVE all of those chicories, so sorry you don't!

              Oh, I just found that other one in Chow: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10694-bak...

              1. re: GretchenS

                Mmm...I do love a cheesy baked pasta! I bookmarked that page for next week.

              2. re: Abby0105

                that pizza sounds excellent! i like bitter greens with raisins.

              3. It seems any plan is sure to be thwarted when one is packing, but tonight I have pork chops. Three, boneless pork chops, the kind I am really good at drying out.

                The pantry has been packed. I left out olive oil, one vinegar, salt and pepper, some dried bay and arbol and fresh garlic.

                Oh, I also thought japchae would be a fun way to use up leftovers, so I have sweet potato noodles in there as well. WITH NO OTHER ASIAN CONDIMENTS. Because I am a genius.

                I do have stock, and onions, and cabbage. Do I dare brown the chops, fry up some onions and sliced cabbage and put the whole shebang in my dutchoven with stock? God help me, I almost bought some cream of mushroom soup, just for ease and comfort.

                There's always his mothers dish of porkchops cooked in a mixture of tomato sauce and ketchup...I've actually had it...it's rib-sticking good. But...do I really want to fail at one of his Mother's recipes whilst in the middle of packing up two households, I ask you? No, probably not.

                I'll figure out the chops, I guess, but from here on out, that taco truck is looking pretty good.