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We're cooking up a storm - time to start a new thread - what's cooking this weekend in your house?

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  1. As for me, dinner tonight will be sirloin tips. Yes, I know I had a filet last night. Wasn't planning on it, however, and the tips were taken out to defrost yesterday morning. It'll make good steak for sandwiches or salads later.

    Made my marinade of red wine (Captain's Cabernet Sauvignon - the Jason Varitek Cab gifted to me and actually not too bad!), teriyaki sauce, spicy brown mustard (Gulden's), honey, dried onion flakes, fine herbs, garlic powder, and pepper, although this time I used Aleppo pepper for a bit of a bite. They'll marinate and then go onto the grill pan for searing, and will finish in the oven. I'll boil the marinade and use it as a bit of sauce.

    Sides will be a baked tater with sour cream, a bit of roasted garlic, and snipped fresh chives and a salad with honey-ginger vinaigrette. Still have plenty of the ginger white balsamic vinegar to use.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Sounds like a wonderful dinner Linda and I'm with you on the Aleppo pepper. I can't get enough of it lately. I even took a small tin to work w me so I can Aleppo-up my lunches!!

      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        Oh SMART! I might have to buy a small jar of it the next time I'm at Penzey's so I can do the same thing! (Oh, lord - if I start bringing herbs and spices into work, they're *really* going to wonder about me!)

    2. Dinner tonight was largely an assembly job: I roasted the last of my gorgeous Cotswolds asparagus and wrapped it in the UK's answer to prosciutto: English air-dried ham. Delicious! With it, a selection of English cheeses: Warwickshire Truckle, Worcester Gold (these are both cheddar-type cheeses), Sharpham Brie and Somerset Goat. Toast points. The Worcester Gold was one of the best cheeses I have ever put in my mouth: deep, rich flavor, that gorgeous crunch of whatever it is that sometimes puts sort of crystals that crunch in cheese like flakes of sea salt. Heaven. The Warwickshire Truckle was good but a bit musty/mousy/musky for me. The Somerset Goat was very good indeed. The Sharpham Brie was a loser, even the runny bits near the rind. I am hoping the picture I have attached "takes". If so, the Worcester Gold is the one at 6:00 on my plate. Also attempting to attach a funny food-related sign I saw down in the Cotswolds.

       
       
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      1. re: GretchenS

        Oh Gretchen, that looks wonderful! And if you like that crystally bits in cheddar? I will introduce you to Coastal cheddar cheese when you return. :-) (In fact, I think I said I was going to try and get some for Harters and the Missus for when we get together). Loved your simple dinner, and loved the store name. :-)

        1. re: GretchenS

          That cheese & asparagus dinner looks & sounds lovely, Gretchen. Now I need to get my hands on some Worcester Gold. I wonder if it's exported to Germany.....

          1. re: GretchenS

            Living vicariously through your enticing post and photos Gretchen....it all sounds wonderful and I LOVE the fish & chip shop. What a hoot!

            1. re: GretchenS

              cheezus christ you're making me jealous! and hungry....

              1. re: GretchenS

                British air dried ham is a real rarity. I knew a small producer in the north west but I think he may have retired now as I havnt seen it for a while.

                Coastal cheddar is an interesting product as it's not generally available in the UK - almost all of the production goes for export to the US

                1. re: Harters

                  Mine was from Oxsprings: http://www.oxsprings.com/index.htm I got it at that farm store near Evesham, I think you need to find a reason to go there. :) Polished off the past two slices while making dinner tonight. Mmmmmm.

                2. re: GretchenS

                  Yummy dinner, and nifty sign:)! Thanks for letting us live vicariously!

                  1. re: GretchenS

                    drool. i'm with you on the crystally bits in cheese, hence my obsession with super-aged gouda.

                  2. Dang. I'm out of town for a couple of days and miss an entire edition.

                    Grilled smoked sausage, mac 'n cheese, halved grape tomatoes and sliced avocado with lime juice drizzle and salt. WFD tonight. Maybe something green, depending on what I have.

                    1. Last night was my birthday dinner out and an excellent filete de pescado a la diabla (my full write-up of the meal can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/845381) and then home for cheap supermarket cake and iced coffee and kitchen-related presents. My boyfriend got me an absolutely beautiful depression-era enameled roasting pan. It's more than 70 years old and barely has a scratch on it. It looks sort of like this one (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_eclUjGxkzSw...), only white. I'm a little scared to cook in it for fear of damaging it, but am going to face my fears tonight and roast a chicken. Probably surrounded with root vegetables. Not sure what else just yet.

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                      1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                        BBL, that dinner sounds awesome! And the roaster is adorable. Not to worry about using it, they made things to last back then. Just don't use metal utensils and you'll be fine...

                        1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                          BBL I'm glad your b-day dinner was worth a trip back (hopefully you drove this time!!) Your meal sounded amazing. Oh & what a thoughtful gift from your boyfriend...sounds like he may be a keeper! (and a lover of roasts!!) Smart guy on all counts!!

                          1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                            VERY nice on the vintage roaster pan! And those things are pretty darn tough - roast away. It should clean up well (just don't use a scouring pan on it - that'll eventually wear down the enamel). Enjoy your birthday gifts!

                            1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                              That roaster is gorgeous, BBL--what good taste your boyfriend has.

                              1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                Gorgeous pan! I love the old stuff. Lucky you, especially with such a nice meal to boot.

                                1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                  BBL, you just made me hungry for ICEBERG! i was just thinking how much i love iceberg in old-school mexican restaurants when you wrote your boyfriend said it was unnecessary, and then you echoed my thoughts about it being a great addition to the heaviness of rice/beans/etc. that review got me salivating.

                                  and that is a BEAUTIFUL pan! great job, BF!

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    Try it stir-fried with oyster sauce and garlic some time. It's a revelation.

                                  2. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                    Wow, Nice b-day celebration, and what a thoughtful, beautiful gift... enjoy!

                                    1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                      happy belated! great gifts and a great meal...

                                    2. needed something quick since i just got home from work....making burgers with cumin, curry, figs, and pine nuts in them. and organic tater tots for the kids...i figure organic makes them better, right? :) some green beans...and i have some butternut squash for the 2 year old since he's picky.

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                                      1. re: rizzo0904

                                        rizzo I dream of being so creative and ambitious when I need something quick after work. Yummy dinner!

                                        1. re: rizzo0904

                                          Wow - great blend of flavors in the burger mix!

                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                            thanks....i love that burger recipe. i added some cinnamon too. and i'll usually add the same spices into the ketchup.

                                          2. re: rizzo0904

                                            damn, rizzo, that burger sounds too exotic to be called a burger! wonderful combo!

                                            and i love tater tots, organic or not.