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  • roxlet May 21, 2012 06:03 AM

Yesterday, in honor of the fabulous weather in our area, my husband lit the smoker, and sent out an APB to friends and neighbors to bring over anything they wanted smoked. In all, he did 3 whole briskets, 2 pork butts, a side of salmon, 20 racks of ribs. We had a lot of satisfied "customers," and enough BBQ for dinner for 8 last night and to provide BBQ for my son's crew team after their season-ending races on Thursday.

What's cooking (or smoking!) in your neck of the woods?

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  1. There's more smoking in my hood than I'd like to admit :-)

    It truly is astonishing how many Germans still smoke cigarettes (and other, ahem, smokeables).

    Much as I'd love to go out for dinner every day, after last week's shenanigans, we're gonna have a try at a budget week....hahahahaha. We'll see how long *that's* gonna last.

    Bought a couple of pork neck steaks (happy pigs at that! yay) which are currently marinating and will be served with a big Greek salad. I am craving something veggie and/or green, as the weekend seemed to pretty much consist of bratwurst, beer, and fried chicken. Poor, poor little ol' me :-)

    7 Replies
    1. re: linguafood

      Yeah, my heart bleeds! ;)

      1. re: linguafood

        Ohhhh! LF.....in China the smoking is worse....but how will PhilipMorris make any money?

        Glad to hear you are really enjoying....

        Sunday....Cleaned out and fired up the bebeque after a day in the garden...did a huge sirloin and grilled veggies...

        Raining her and a bit cool, no just plain nasty outside....so to the fridge and out with the veggie soup...probably some hard cheese and french baguette before...( and some Pinot)...

        1. re: linguafood

          Good luck at budget week. :-) And I take it smoking is still allowed in restaurants? Don't know which European countries have banned that yet (although I suspect the uproar would be great).

          1. re: LindaWhit

            No, thankfully not in restaurants, and it's also banned in many bars. But it's still pretty much everywhere. Nothing like getting a full nose of cigarette smoke walking down the street in the AM. Ick.

            Says the gal who has no intellectual disconnect issues when smoking a cigarette late at night at one of them there smoking bars :-D

            1. re: linguafood

              LOL! Well, when you're in a place where everyone else smoking, the intellect goes right out the windows 'cause you're all in the same smoky boat. :-)

              I am glad to hear that more European countries have banned smoking in restaurants. Even when I was a smoker, THAT I disliked, and rarely did it (unless I was eating at the bar).

          2. re: linguafood

            Sounds like a great first week.... wow, feel so bad for you that you had to overload on brats, beer and fried chicken. Sounds awful;)

            1. re: linguafood

              When I was in Japan, I was amazed by all the smoking I saw. Worse than Europe, I think.

            2. I am soooo jealous. It's against the law in our town to cook on a patio and that's all we have.

              14 Replies
              1. re: Berheenia

                B,
                Are you sure you live in USA?....or do you have fire restrictions and have to use a common area?

                1. re: PHREDDY

                  I meant to say balcony- we live on the second floor. A senior moment I guess.

                  1. re: Berheenia

                    Yeah, I found out AFTER I moved into my townhouse that gas grills weren't allowed *at all* - not even on the driveway. And no electric or charcoal grills on the decks - just down in the driveway 6' from the garage door.

                    Oh well. I guess that's why I spent the moolah on a good Calphalon nonstick grill pan.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      that sucks.....you must then really cherish the opportunity to gather and participate in Barbecued foods/fests....Do you have gas cooking in your home? Could you install a counter top indoor grill in the kitchen?

                      1. re: PHREDDY

                        No, the stovetop is electric coil (which I detest). It's a galley kitchen, so no room for a counter top indoor grill. I'll have to check the by-laws of the association, but I think I saw other units in the complex that have gas. Thing is, I'm not sure I'd want to pay to bring it in to my unit. When I replace the electric coil stove, I'll probably go with an instant-on flattop. My sister has one and I love how you can control the heat much more quickly than the electric coils.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          I am only suggesting gas because I am a Plumber...but nonetheless an instant on flattop is great...I have seen many kitchens with them. The perfect world would be that we all had a built in grill, smoker, double oven, 8 burner grill, etc, etc, ...I perfer an electric, combination convection oven... but of course I would have to give up my bedroom for that kind of kitchen....I don't think i want to sleep under or on the kitchen counter.

                          1. re: PHREDDY

                            First of all, B and LW, I'm sooooo sorry you can't BBQ. That in and of itself is horrid and should be ruled a crime. I heard a lot of places at least accepted electric ones in condos and townhouses. What a shame. Time for a protest in my estimation. Phreddy - I hear you on the kitchen. I'd redo my kitchen in a hot minute if I had the $$$.

                            1. re: boyzoma

                              i will help anyone who needs a kitchen.....just give me a heads up....for barbecue...why shouldn't all of us have access to BARBECUE?

                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                Are you offering to redo my kitchen PHREDDY? If so, I'd take you up on it! lol

                                1. re: boyzoma

                                  Yes I would be more than happy to help you....If you live in NYC...no problem, otherwise you know, us plumbers charge for the travel time.....And I would have to go home everynight to sleep in my own bed...

                              2. re: boyzoma

                                Electric ones are allowed, boyzoma - just not on my deck (which is at the same level as my living room and kitchen). It has to be in the driveway - down the stairs, through the garage. I could do it - it would just need to be constantly monitored vs. being upstairs where I could walk from the kitchen to the deck. Oh well.

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  What a shame. I'm feeling for you LW. Well, then, garage door open, cooler with beer (or wine), a lounge chair and a pair of tongs should be in your future. LOL. I would come join you if I could.

                          2. re: PHREDDY

                            No gas in our unit either. At our former place we were in the back of the building in a dead end neighborhood and we just cheated- everyone did, but now we are on a busy street in the front of the building with high visibility and a condo assoc that means business. We get 2 weeks with a charcoal Weber every July but usually keep it simple - burgers, chicken and steaks. I had to go for looks with this condo - next move is going to be in a small house with a private yard.

                            1. re: Berheenia

                              That is really sucks...our grill is one of main appliances in the summer...

                  2. Garlic shrimp and risotto tonight. My husband is sick so he won't eat dinner which gives me an opportunity to make risotto which he hates.

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                    1. re: Njchicaa

                      Sounds like he'll be missing out!

                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                        Agreed on the missing out - that sounds wonderful!

                      2. re: Njchicaa

                        Too bad hubby is sick but dinner sounds wonderful

                      3. In Which Broke College Students Have Themselves a Party:

                        Last night, my friends, roommate, and I had a wonderful college graduation party for several of our number. We're all poor college students, so it was kiiiind of potluck style (I know, I know! Very frowned on by the Chowhound boards) but it turned out pretty well, I think.

                        - Plenty of soda, water, wine coolers, and beer
                        - Various salads (Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad from Epicurious, Nigella's watermelon, feta and olive salad, spinach salad with sliced mushrooms, boiled egg and bacon bits, plus a few others!)
                        - Hummus with plenty to dip
                        - Fruit and veggie trays
                        - Hot crab, spinach, garlic, and onion dip
                        - Homemade baked potato chips (some with Old Bay - thanks, boyfriend!)
                        - Coleslaw
                        - BBQ pulled pork sandwiches

                        On the grill:
                        - Ribs
                        - Chicken
                        - Pineapple with coconut (really wonderful, if you like coconut)
                        - Garlicky new potatoes
                        - Curried seitan kebabs

                        As for desserts... We had chocolate-covered strawberries/marshmallows/bananas and made s'mores at the fire pit, and one of the graduates' family members brought a giant sheet cake.

                        The Boyfriend and I (mostly me) made mortarboards out of a mini Reese cup, a chocolate graham cracker, brown M&Ms and a piece of pull-and-peel Twizzler. Special nod to The Boyfriend for finally understanding the appeal Old Bay has to Marylanders.

                        Now there's just enough time to recover before the beginning of June. Three of our friends have birthdays the same weekend, and we're thinking a crab feast might be in order. <3

                        P.S. Chocolate covered strawberries are a breakfast food, right?

                        24 Replies
                        1. re: Stelmaria

                          Totally. :) Sounds like a fun and delicious party!

                          1. re: GretchenS

                            It really was. Thank you!

                          2. re: Stelmaria

                            I think given your financial circumstances (all of you!) the potluck was the exact right way to go - no frowning here! Sounds like you ate *very* well - and congrats to the graduates!

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              Thank you! If it wasn't potluck style, my roommate and I (childhood best friends) never would have been able to accommodate as many friends and their family members as we did.

                              I should note that neither of us are graduating this spring. But her brother and a few of our shared friends are. Her dad's been a dad to me, and his cancer is at Stage IV, so he probably won't be able to see us graduate. He's an incredibly social man who absolutely loves being around large groups of people. It was great to have it at her parents' house for the chance for him to socialize, and I haven't seen him so lit up since we threw him a sixtieth birthday party in March.

                              We did all the prep, all the cleanup, didn't actually spend much money (and what we did spend came from our own pockets), and no one (but the two of us!) had to stress about how it was going to go.

                              1. re: Stelmaria

                                OK, Stelmaria, you just made me tear up and smile at the same time. I'm glad you were able to do this for the graduates AND your BF's father. I'm sure he enjoyed himself. {{{hugs}}} to you both.

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  *hughughug* Thank you!

                                  My best friend and I had a blast, her dad had a great time, her brother was sufficiently surprised with his semi-surprise party, and it was great to be able to introduce The Boyfriend to everyone he hasn't yet met. <3

                                2. re: Stelmaria

                                  Big Kiss on the forehead!!!!!! Who said this generation is out to lunch?,,,,,,,,not you guys!!!!

                                  1. re: PHREDDY

                                    Thank you so much! :)

                                  2. re: Stelmaria

                                    I agree with LW and P - you did something amazing and you make us all proud. Way to go! Glad you had an enjoyable meal and great friends. And what a wonderful thing to do for your friend's dad. You'll always remember this.

                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                      Thank you so much! :)

                                      With regard to my best friend's dad - ever since he was diagnosed, we've been doing our best to make sure that he knows we care about him and trying to do something every few weeks or so, even if it's just making pizza and playing board games and trying to cajole him into joining in to play Apples to Apples/Settlers to Catan/Imagine If/whatever.

                                    2. re: Stelmaria

                                      that is so great that you could include the Dad, who i'm sure appreciated it. sounds like a wonderful, and deliciously sweet thing you guys did.

                                  3. re: Stelmaria

                                    I don't know who's frowning--that sounds like quite a spread! I don't recall having much in the way of awesome food at college parties I attended.

                                    1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                      It was a very nice change from "Just got home, starving. Looks like it's time for ramen noodles, yet again" or "Finals are over! Let's order pizza and pick up some Mike's Hard Lemonade and have everyone over to play Dance Central!"

                                    2. re: Stelmaria

                                      I just view them as a strawberry covered in vitamin "C"....They are even good when you are sleeping!

                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                        Strawberries are good for you. Chocolate is ostensibly good for you, according to some studies. I don't really see what the big deal is...

                                      2. re: Stelmaria

                                        You surely are eating better than I ever did in college! Nice.

                                        1. re: Stelmaria

                                          Just WOW!

                                          1. re: Stelmaria

                                            All of this sounds lovely, even more so after reading your comments below. And I lived on the Maryland shore for a few years (still, hands down, the best home I ever had), in a tiny enclave on the bay just a small drive up from Solomons Island, and still enjoy hearing of the life there. You enjoy that crab feast, Stelmaria.

                                            1. re: Stelmaria

                                              Remind me, please, why potluck is frowned upon? I love potlucks! It's like Xmas morning for grownups!

                                              1. re: shecrab

                                                shecrab, you are back!!! I made your dirty rice last fall and it was stellar, have been waiting to say so for months!!!

                                                1. re: GretchenS

                                                  How sweet are you Gretchen!? You are so kind to remember. Knowledge is no good at all until you share it. I'm so happy you enjoyed a staple from my kitchen. I learn so much from you Chowhounds and it pleases me to no end to know I can contribute and share with you wonderful people. BTW leftover dirty rice makes a wonderful breakfast topped with a couple of perfectly poached ( read: no skimping on the butter) eggs.

                                                  1. re: shecrab

                                                    oh, yes, welcome back! btw, please re-post your dirty rice recipe if you don't mind...I missed it!

                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                      CM: here is my report on the rice which contains a link to shecrab's original post with guidance all the way back in WFD 100: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8008...

                                                    2. re: shecrab

                                                      You know, that exact idea for breakfast floated through my head but I must confess, there were no leftovers. :) So happy to see you back, hope you will share more of your wonderful meals and observations with us.

                                              2. roxlet, I wish I were your neighbor! What a great thing for your husband to do!!!

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                                                1. re: GretchenS

                                                  Me too. Those neighbors are well fed.

                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                    Same here. What an awesome way to foster a sense of community!

                                                    1. re: GretchenS

                                                      Thanks! He loves doing it, and he actually buys the food for everyone too, and then they reimburse him. We have fun when everyone stops by and has a drink before leaving with their stuff. It's like having a big party, but much less work!

                                                      Here's a picture of the pit when it was first loaded with everyone's bbq.

                                                       
                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                        wow.

                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                          Ditto wow.

                                                        2. re: roxlet

                                                          that looks so wonderful!

                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                            I will join the wow list, humbly. WOW

                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                              I'm on the WOW list too! How amazing. And how wonderful of your DH to do that! Is there a house for sale on your block?

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                Does this gorgeous thing have a name? or is called Wow?

                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                  No it is "WOWDERFUL"

                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                    I usually refer to it as the airplane hangar in the backyard. This is our second smoker. The first one wasn't "big enough."

                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                      Didn't you tell us once that your back patio is like a showroom for grills and smokers??

                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                        Haha! You're very good, Gretchen, to remember that! Yes, we have the smoker, a Lynx gas grill hard lined into the gas supply for the house, and a regular charcoal grill with a rotisserie attachment. In case you couldn't guess, my husband (26 years of marriage as of today!) is a meat guy. I keep waiting for the pizza/bread oven to appear, and that would be one I could really get behind!

                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                          Aww, happy anniversary! Maybe you could get him excited to build a stone pizza/bread oven, some people find that a fun project? Because surely you deserve "equal time" in the outdoor cooking department!

                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                            Happy Anniversary, roxlet! I hope (I'm sure) you're having a wonderful celebratory meal.
                                                                            And I agree w/Gretchen that you should ask for a stone oven as your gift. Any of those lucky neighbors a stone mason?

                                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                              Thanks, ncw, for your good wishes. We will be dining out this evening, something that doesn't happen a lot around here. And no, our neighbors are definitely not stonemasons, though it would be great if one was!

                                                                            2. re: roxlet

                                                                              Happy Anniversary Roxlet!

                                                                              Perhaps that pizza oven as an anniversary gift?

                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                Thanks for the good wishes, gs! I highly doubt a pizza oven! It's just not the year, if you know what I mean!

                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                  RX, I think I do... that ol' economy will give us all a pizza oven in due time:)

                                                                              2. re: roxlet

                                                                                Well, happy, happy anniversary roxlet! May you have many many more!

                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, roxlet!!!

                                                                      2. Wow, I wish my neighbor would 'invite us' to put something in his smoker when it's fired up...

                                                                        I smell it, and my mouth watering - I get all jealous I only have BBQ:(. Go to internet and hardware store, look at smoker prices, and decide - yet again, must wait on this purchase. Sigh.

                                                                        You guys rock to be a community smoker! Way to share.

                                                                        1. I have some salmon filets and a b/s chicken breast marinating in doctored-up Kikoman teriyaki takumi sauce (http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/...). The sauce is way too sweet for my tastes, so I added several cloves of minced garlic, chili-garlic sauce, toasted sesame oil, ponzu sauce, and lots of black pepper. I'm hoping to grill the protein along with some yu choy I picked up at the farmers market and probably a cucumber vinaigrette salad alongside. I may mash the last of the rutabaga to have on the side, too.

                                                                          1. Any houses for sale nearby? That BBQ fest sounds amazing!

                                                                            Dinner tonight was a pile of broccoli sauteed with a little Bauchspeck and then tossed with parmesan cheese. I wasn't particularly hungry but I needed to use the broccoli, so that was that.

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                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                              Have been home all day...under the weather...litterally and figuaritively....have zucchini in the oven...a big pot of lentils...vege soup from the freezer...and then about 5 pounds of short ribs....slightly grilled and then in the oven with bbq sauce...have 3 kids plus one boyfriend, and one girlfriend and us for din din...I am going to add some white rice..steamed broccoli....enough...enough...then some pound cake with vanilla ice cream and Hersey chocolate syrup...enough...buy me the coffee!!!!!

                                                                            2. It's hot again, but I have lots of vegetables and some eggs so I think some kind of omelette or (stovetop) frittata is in the cards. Mushrooms, roasted red and raw yellow peppers, spinach, tomatoes?

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                                                                              1. re: megjp

                                                                                Meg....my favorite with those items are some fried red tomatoes and if you have it...smoked salmon or thick canadian bacon...love the grease with those veggies and eggs....

                                                                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                  Fried red tomatoes, you say? I only have one roma left so I'll be putting that IN the dish, but I'm interested because I've only ever fried green tomatoes. And while I don't have any meat available, I am loading up on fresh basil for a lighter spin. :)

                                                                                  1. re: megjp

                                                                                    Take Roma tomatoes..half them....olive oil..kosher salt...fresh ground pepper...in a fry pan...about 4 minutes..they are done....then throw in some fresh basil...with olive oil....done...in three or four minutes

                                                                                    1. re: megjp

                                                                                      Fried red tomatoes are a bit of a different beast. They're unbreaded and cooked until just blackened to create a smokey caramelization on the surface while retaining all the juicy and sharp acidity inside. Perfect foil to all the sausages and grease of an English breakfast.

                                                                                      1. re: JungMann

                                                                                        Thanks, fellas, good to know because tomatoes are just starting to get good for the year.

                                                                                2. It's cool and cloudy and will probably rain later. I am thinking of the wonderful hot Italian sausage I have in the freezer and some leftover grilled artichoke hearts swimming around in marinara and plopped on top of spaghetti. And if I feel a need to gild the lily, some freshly-grated parm on top. And a glass of red wine, oh yes, Monday or no, there will be one glass of wine.

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                                                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                    Monday, schmonday, It's a holiday, you're allowed.

                                                                                    1. re: megjp

                                                                                      I am sad...another Brother Gibb.....that is three ....sad..loved them all....RIP.....

                                                                                    2. re: GretchenS

                                                                                      Do you feel guilty?...I don't think so.....

                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                        and maybe a second glass...

                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                          What doesn't benefit from the addition of a delicious, salty, crystally parm ? Red wine is loaded with antioxidants. Heart healthy! Mondays suck anyway, indulge!

                                                                                          1. re: shecrab

                                                                                            "... delicious, salty, crystally parm."
                                                                                            Nicely said. Top quality parm, decent red is a late afternoon well spent.

                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                              :::LIKE::: Wine, cheese and a crusty bread. Heaven.

                                                                                        2. hate to admit the ease of this one tonight.
                                                                                          it's a •no brain needed• recipe to feed a family.
                                                                                          bone in chic breast dredged then flash fried then in the crock pot with golden shroom soup.
                                                                                          basmati rice in the rice cooker plus steamed chopped spinach with butter and nutmeg.

                                                                                          1. I have not been on in a few days. So, Saturday night was a London Broil (med. rare), baked potato and sauteed mushrooms all out on the grill. Absolute perfection. It was warm and sunny and perfect.

                                                                                            Sunday turned out rainy and nasty. So thawed out some of the vacuum sealed spaghetti sauce DH makes and added some additional mushrooms to that and had a wonderful spaghetti dish with some sesame garlic bread and a nice Chianti.

                                                                                            Today it is rainy again, and the landscaper is coming at 6 pm to give an estimate (with my allergies and DH's back surgery, neither one of us are up for yard work at the moment), it will be leftover spaghetti, which I don't mind one little bit.

                                                                                            I do know that tomorrow will be salisbury steak with sliced mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans.

                                                                                            I'm only planning ahead through Thursday. Wednesday will be cleaning out the fridge from the weekend. Thursday will be the leftover London Broil turned into beef fajitas, spanish rice and refried beans.

                                                                                            1. Tonight the rain is coming in for a stay so oven on! Roasted oven fried potatoes! Pork chops breaded and fried and a big pot of rainbow chard.

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                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                That sounds absolutely fantastic! A flawless meal with universal appeal. Who wouldn't love that! Pig is the king of my table as well.

                                                                                              2. Polenta rounds, sauteed until crispy, with eggs baked with spinach and bacon, topped with cheese sauce. Sliced tomatoes with tomato/basil dressing on the side. And good old chocolate cake and a scoop of ice cream with cacao nibs for dessert.

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                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                  ;-)

                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                    +1 mamachef!

                                                                                                  2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                    Serious yum

                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                      MamaC, sounds great - pass the cake!

                                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                        This sounds divine.

                                                                                                        1. re: Stelmaria

                                                                                                          All y'all, this was really the shizz and I recommend it for an excellent fast dinner. Next time I'll do a chard/spinach mix to give a little more body to the green portion of the meal, but no complaints, and since I do a bit of brunch catering I'll be playing with variations on the glorious baked egg. I'll report on what I come up with!

                                                                                                        2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                          oh YUM.

                                                                                                        3. Valley-Style Arroz con Pollo. Recipe was cribbed from Epicurious.
                                                                                                          We've made it before and it's mighty tasty. Deb is doing the heavy lifting.

                                                                                                          1. I cut up a couple of whole chickens this morning and they've been marinating in mojo marinade since. I just brought in a few handfuls of tomatoes from the side garden and zucchini will be washed, sliced and on the grill within minutes of being picked. The tomatoes will probably top some baby spinach and whatever other veggies I can whip into a quick easy salad.

                                                                                                            Its hot, the stove and oven stay off tonight.

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                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                              Jealous of the fresh! zucchini and tomatoes.

                                                                                                            2. We had hot dogs with mustard, chili, sauerkraut, and grilled onions. I'm not gonna lie - it may not be the fanciest dinner in the world, but it was absolutely satisfying!

                                                                                                              1. Dinner? You mean, like, actual meals? Not after yesterday.

                                                                                                                We had a stereotypically girly night, complete with Disney princesses, nail polish, Taboo, and mocktails -- not everyone's twenty-one yet, and we don't really want to run the risk of serving alcohol and being responsible for everyone, anyway. The real purpose of tonight?

                                                                                                                EAT ALL THE LEFTOVERS.

                                                                                                                However, I feel bad leaving you guys without something new and interesting, so here's this: I did make honey mustard chicken strips to make into a wrap for lunch at my internship tomorrow. The recipe is a very much downsized from Budget Bytes.

                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                1. re: Stelmaria

                                                                                                                  Stelmaria, that's from Hyperbole and a Half, right? Love that site. And would have loved some of your leftovers, that dinner sounded amazing.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                    The original image is from Hyperbole and a Half. (So thrilled someone recognized it!) I altered it using a meme generator. :)

                                                                                                                2. The temperature (and humidity) is rising here, so I made what could be the last roast chicken for a while (with lemongrass, garlic etc), along with fresh buttermilk cornbread, steamed asparagus, and watermelon.

                                                                                                                  1. Yesterday I made a mushroom meatloaf (which doesn't mean that it consists entirely of mushrooms: it just has a huge amount of chopped dry-fried mushroom added to the meat along with ketchup, fresh oregano and a lot of garlic).
                                                                                                                    We also had a warm lentil salad (brown lentils, caramelized onions, dried apricots, and sherry / balsamic vinaigrette.
                                                                                                                    And a coleslaw with apples and cucumbers, a sour cream/buttermilk dressing with celery seeds, and some toasted almonds/ pepita's for crunch.
                                                                                                                    This almost never happens, but I made so much that we will have the exact same dinner tonight :)

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                      What a lovely meal. I'm liking what you did with the lentils especially, and now I have to try that. Thanks!!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                        Klary, I would eat that dinner two nights happily. Love a shroomy meatloaf, and your salads both sound delish'. Nice twists in each:)

                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                          I'm not a big fan of eating the same thing 2 nights in a row... but fortunately my husband ate the coleslaw for lunch!
                                                                                                                          So I'm reheating the meatloaf in some tomato sauce as we speak, and sauteed some cabbage with a bit of ginger and curry powder. This makes dinner just different enough from last night to give me an appetite :)

                                                                                                                          1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                            I'll usually keep leftovers 1 day removed from the next day, even for lunch, for the same reason. But that's why one has a life partner, isn't it? ;)

                                                                                                                        2. re: Klary

                                                                                                                          Another yes to those lentils. I'll be copying that one.

                                                                                                                        3. I sauteed every vegetable I had on hand (grape tomatoes,edamame, zucchini, a sad, limp leek, mushrooms, green and red bell peppers, capers,shallots) together with some olive oil, butter, and white wine, garlic, fresh thyme and torn basil, and let them all get to know each other while I boiled up some farfalle. There are leftover scallops and fish that were grilled on Sunday which will get tossed into this mix. An olive and parmesan foccacia will accompany this busy combination, along with a (very) simple salad. I just hope no one likes it enough to request it again, because I'll never remember everything in it.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                            too funny, you can always come back here and look it up....

                                                                                                                          2. With a full fridge at home, I ate out last night guiltily, but for a happy occasion. Met a GF who is in town for a graduation, and we went shopping and out for pretty-decent mexi chow and very good scratch margaritas last night for a catch up and gossip session.

                                                                                                                            Good conversation, and the chips and salsa were best I have had in a while.

                                                                                                                            Tonight is out again; sister is in town, and we are meeting up up in a northern suburb that has a large Asian immigrant population, and going to have either Korean or Chinese. Still considering options and reviews for where to go.

                                                                                                                            She has lived in Bejing and Shanghai and speaks Cantonese, so if I can locate authentic Chinese where she can order of the 'real' menu for us, we will go for that. Waiting on some reco's from Seattle hounds right now. Cross your fingers for us!

                                                                                                                            1. Seem to have caught a touch of bronchitis over the weekend, so I'm craving some spicy soup to scare away the congestion. I'm thinking tamarind and chili or maybe dak yukgaejang, although boogiebaby has a suggestion that makes good use of some underappreciated spices in my cabinet: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6836...

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                                                                                                                              1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                I went boring and stuck by my standard of tamarind chicken soup with ginger, bulked up with kale and eggplant. Tasty, but I am starting to suspect I am suffering from kale fatigue. Summer can't come soon enough.

                                                                                                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                  your boring would make my tastebuds sing any day, JM. But yeah, looking forward to summer in a big way.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                    I am going to click my heels when we finally get peas and summer squash. I have lamb in the freezer that's wanting to be made into keema or stuffed squash. Until then I'll keep grazing on leafy greens, but I'm not going to like it!

                                                                                                                              2. jeez, you people are cooking right along! i've been mostly out of the kitchen since the chili cook-off, because of dinners out. did cook a very simple dinner for the oldster Sat. night, tho - 2 quickly sauteed pork chops, mashed potatoes with lots of garlic boiled and mashed with the taters, and cream of spinach made from scratch. plus his favorite cranberry jelly from a can. he ate almost all of it, and even had some of the cream of spinach the next day! Whoooo-hooooo! short-lived successes, though, because what he loves one meal he will usually not like again later on. I think a lot of that may have to do with the treatment he's undergoing.

                                                                                                                                other than that, i'm just living vicariously through you guys. been out for dinners, treatments myself (trying acupuncture for the nerve thing as a result of the foot thing!) gearing up mentally to get back in the kitchen, though....

                                                                                                                                1. Lobster prices have gone way down so tonight it's lobster mac 'n' cheese with white truffle oil. Not too shabby for a Tuesday!

                                                                                                                                  Yum!
                                                                                                                                  Ladyberd
                                                                                                                                  http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

                                                                                                                                  1. We're having chicken in lettuce wraps tonight. And Blueberry Boy Bait for dessert. And since I baked bread today I'll have to have at least one slice of that (with butter, naturally). And plenty of unsweetened iced tea (my whole family is from Alabama and not one of us cares for sweet tea. Philistines, the lot of us).

                                                                                                                                    1. Burgers are on the menu.
                                                                                                                                      Chuck will be ground on the Waring Pro, topping will be melted Land o' Lakes white American cheese sliced at my neighborhood deli. The meat will be pan fried, fresh tomatoes/onions at the ready. Delivery mechanism will be lightly toasted potato rolls. House-made pickles on the side. Beer for me, wine for Deb. Dessert will be the last of the raspberry cake.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                        Just did burgers last night. A good burger is soooo good and you know how to do a good burger

                                                                                                                                      2. Having some fun tonight with sliders - my daughter and a couple of her friends are coming for dinner, and it seems like the right thing. So: small potato buns, ground sirloin patties, garlic mayo, sliced tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, lettuce, a little bit of chopped onion....and the piece de resistance, sharp cheddar cheese sauce. Which is leftover. Which I am using because I have it and because SOMEBODY forgot to buy cheese at the grocery. Oh, that was me. So thank goodness for the sauce, which I can pretend is on purpose. : ) sided by baked beans with lots of onion and bacon and molasses, and a great.big.bowl of Lay's, since no one can eat just one. : ) Beer if the young ladies want it; a lemonade vodka if they want something harder, and any soda you could wish for if they want no proof at all. And for dessert, another peach crisp because it seems we can't stop stuffing our faces with it. Starbuck's Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream for the topper. And dinner, once again, is done. Slainte, y'all.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                          MC, I just finished dinner and feel hungry after reading your post. Sigh....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                            i just gained 5 happy lbs reading your menu! yum yum, burger, garlic mayo and the Lays got me.

                                                                                                                                          2. I'm so wishing PHREDDY was here. I'm waiting for the plumber to come give us an estimate for re-plumbing the whole house! But alas, PHREDDY lives in NY and I in Oregon and with the cost of the repipe and all, I can't afford the daily travel to and from NY so I will be forced to go with someone local. ;-)

                                                                                                                                            Oh well, in the mean time for dinner, I'm making Salisbury Steak simmered in a sliced mushroom and garlic gravy, buttery mashed potatoes and green beans.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                              Your meals always sound so wonderful, boyzoma; so homey and heartwarming and delicious. Do you do anything special to the steak, as far as ingredients?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                Thank you mamachef. What a nice thing to say. I so enjoy your posts too and have made many a dish from them.

                                                                                                                                                I saute onion and garlic till tender, then put it in with ground sirloin, some Dijon mustard, worcestershire, s&p, chopped parsley and thyme. Give it a good mix and make little oval patties. Brown them up (love the "pan crud"). Then set them aside and saute "more onions and garlic" as well as sliced cremini mushrooms. Add a little flower and stir. Then add beef stock. Put the meat back in and simmer for about an hour. Then you also have a wonderful mushroom gravy for both the steak and the potatoes!!!!!! Pretty simple really.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you!! This sounds absolutely wonderful, especially the pan crud sauce. :) I see this for the very near future.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                Wish I could help, because to have all of the plumbing replaced can be a major disruption. A good start though is that Salisbury steak.

                                                                                                                                              3. We never did make the enchiladas I've been contemplating for what seems like weeks. Instead, Sunday was frozen pizzas, margaritas and good company. Far too many margaritas for a Sunday evening, but I think I've worked out a pretty good tequila-orangecello ratio. It may take a few more tries to perfect it, but if I have to make another pitcher of margarita, well, I guess I have to make another pitcher of margarita.

                                                                                                                                                Last night we had to cook the chicken that I thawed for the non-existent enchiladas, so I poured some doctored bottled BBQ sauce over it and roasted it. Disappointing pasta salad on the side, and broccoli with butter and lime. Overall, a 'meh' meal.

                                                                                                                                                Tonight will be some cauliflower-lemon soup that was kindly gifted by a neigbour in exchange for an end table we didn't want to take with us. Homemade semolina bread with butter to accompany.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                  LOL, BBL. I may have to come help you "perfect" those margaritas. I promise to be good company ;-) Never had orangecello. But love lemoncello!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                    BBL, you gotta do what you gotta do. no one said it was going to be easy.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                      BBL, good for you with all your hard moving work that you sometimes know when is 'enough' and make the frozen pizza - concentrate on the MARGARITA recipe:)
                                                                                                                                                      If you need a second opinion on that ratio, I would be happy to take a pitcher and give you my opinion!

                                                                                                                                                    2. Cool and rainy so the planned salad did not appeal. Comfort food dinner instead: ham, roasted garlic-sour cream mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus. Only problem is that my jeans are starting to wonder if mariacarmen's and gingershelley's jeans are still awol and can they go too.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                        Your comfort food meal is definitely better for tonight's weather than a salad would have been.

                                                                                                                                                        I ended up having the remaining halves (to make a whole one!) of earlier cooked baked potatoes, to which I added chopped cooked broccoli, sharp cheddar, butter and sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                          An equally yummy comfort food dinner!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Chicken (pieces) roasted atop halved creamer potatoes and carrots. Chicken was marinated for a day or so in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and thyme. The aroma wafting from the kitchen is awesome. a simple salad on the side If i can throw one together. May just relax instead with my glass of wine and await the beautifully browned roasted chicken.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Ugh, soccer practice then an elementary school concert ( those suckers can be torture, but this time, after 3 years of trying the boy was finally able to sing!!!!! Take that stage fright fear.) so dinner had to be quick and easy. Hubby is still nursing a virus, so I tried to sweat it out with buffalo chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves. So easy and yummy, think I had 8, but it's healthy, so it doesn't count right? Treated the superstar to coldstone afterwards. I'm not a fan, but he was thrilled. It's lovely to be a proud mama somedays.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                            Aww, glad he was able to sing! Mama has every right to be proud.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                              congrats to your songbird, sunangel! and yes, nothing in a lettuce wrap counts at all. ever.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Leftover chicken from last night (mojo marinated, cooked on the grill,) is being restyled into lettuce wraps (like auburnselkie!)

                                                                                                                                                              I never tire of lettuce wraps, especially on very warm evenings like this one, they're super flexible (so many different veggies can go in them,) and they fit with my gettin-skinny-for-summer-sundresses eating style right now. The man can drown his in whatever dipping sauce I whip up and sriracha, I'm currently hooked on fig balsamic.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                And as MC said above, Weezie, to sunangel... nothing in a lettuce wrap counts - so bring on those sundresses!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, how I wish that were true! Treating everything like it counts is working for me, though- I easily wiggled out of my jeans without unbuttoning them last night. :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                    wow - that's amazing! good work!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent. The button and buttonhole on mine have filed for divorce.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                    I never tire of them either, but I've been craving them lately especially since it's been so warm here. Still, it's going to be cold and wet this weekend, so I think I will take advantage of boyzoma's directions for Salisbury Steak as a last gray weather hurrah. Mostly in the summer we eat grilled lean meats, veggies, the aforementioned lettuce wraps, and salads, especially cold noodle ones.
                                                                                                                                                                    Also, I bet the fig balsamic was wonderful. I definitely am going to try that.

                                                                                                                                                                  3. Last night - A chicken sandwich idea I see all over the internet. Chicken thighs in the crockpot. Cook, drain, shred. Add caesar salad dressing and parmesan cheese. I served the meat over butter buns that were "grilled" in a fry pan. Bush's Grilling Beans in the Steakhouse variety which fast exactly my "homemade" doctored canned baked beans.

                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight - fish tacos. Rockfish seasoned with Penzey's adobo and pan fried. Cabbage, cojito cheese, avocado, mango salsa and a sauce made with sour cream, lime juice and chipotle chiles in adobo. Corn tortillas. Refried beans for those who needed a little more.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suburban_mom

                                                                                                                                                                      s_m, do you mean to say that Bush's Grilling Beans Steakhouse variety are really good as is, without doctoring? Because I was going to ask you all how best to doctor canned baked beans but if there is a kind that does not need doctoring, I am all over it! Needing to cook a huge meal for a bunch of people and take some shortcuts, this sounds promising....

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                        I add molasses, mustard, onions and peppers to canned beans. The first time we had those Steakhouse beans, my whole family said they tasted just like my beans. I still make mine when I have time but on a busy weeknight Bush's work.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suburban_mom

                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you so much!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. King Crab caught a nasty summer cold, so it's grownup nursery food tonight. Shrimp and grits oddly paired with a great chickpea, tomato and cucumber salad I've recently been introduced to. I was gifted a bag of Louisiana white peaches that will have a turn on the grill and if I can wrangle some raspberries from the birds, a simple melba will be dessert. As soon as the grass dries out some I'm going to cut it for him as a surprise so he can rest this evening in front of his shoot-em-up car crash shows on netflix. When will John Deere come out with a riding mower with wet bar attachment?

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                        I snort-giggled at your last sentence, shecrab. The lawn-mowing wouldn't be in grid format anymore if that was created. They'd look like *really* bad crop circles. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                          Well that explains all those cease and desist letters....

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                          Louisiana white peaches and just-picked raspberries, be still my heart....

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh I wonder from where in Louisiana the white peaches come--probably up in the Ruston area; no peaches grow down here, but, luckily for us, peach farmers drive down to the Farmers' Markets with them. But they never bring white ones, so I'm jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                            I see you're in Edisto Island. Our very good friends have a place there and are there this week, in fact. What a lovely place. There's a barbecue place around there that I dream about. Every time we've been, we've gotten food for at least one meal there. Po' Pigs or something like that--if it's still there. Between that and the fresh seafood, it's always good eatin' in Edisto.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                              shrimp and grits, very cool.
                                                                                                                                                                              That will be on the table come Sunday morning.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Last night was a re purposing of leftover beef osso bucco . Two large beef shanks were cleaned and the meat shredded and put in a pot with a little water to cook and break down any fat and connective tissue that remained. Ground ancho and pasilla pepper, cumin, tomato paste, salt and a dash of sugar was added to the meat and allowed to cook down until the meat was dry and gaining color. Diced jalapeno and cilantro was added near the end.

                                                                                                                                                                              While the meat was cooking two ears of corn were toasted over the fire on the stove and then the kernels removed and added to a pan on the stove. Jalapeno and cilantro were added and the corn was cooked lightly.

                                                                                                                                                                              Cabbage was shredded and tomatoes diced and a guacamole was made.

                                                                                                                                                                              All were used to make shredded beef tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, fantastic repurposing of leftovers, that deserves some sort of award!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Last night was Stracetti over arugula with shaved parmegiano reggiano. The dressing was the seasoned olive oil and balsamic vinegar the beef was quickly browned in. Great summer dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Update from the last couple of days: Monday we had the spaghetti & meatballs with a large salad and garlic bread that was supposed to be had a few days before. Yesterday was leftover baked ham from Sunday with potato salad and a pot of braised mixed greens (mustard, kale, hanover) cooked with smoked turkey leg meat. And homemade biscuits.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Today we'll be having Spanish Pork Burgers, a recipe I found on EatingWell.com: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/spa.... I'll be serving it with oven baked sweet potato fries and maybe another salad since I have lots of lettuces, cukes, peppers etc in the fridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Alex Guarnaschelli's breaded chicken Marsala tonight with mashed potatoes and steamed cauliflower.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tossed steamed cauliflower with olive oil,lemon juice, kosher salt, and red pepper flakes. Added some great flavor to an otherwise boring vegetable.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Last night I made swiss chard and Tuscan kale braised with blood orange, garlic, jalapeno, and a dollup of sour cream over a soft polenta with parmigiano.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Spicy, creamy, bitter, salty, and sweet all at once! Gotta use up the produce from the garden!

                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                        It sounds wonderful and it LOOKS even better, Novelli!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sure does!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks wonderful. Mmmmm......

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                            Where are you located? I have been craving 'produce from the garden' so Monday I trudged over in the rain to a local farm stand in the city that has just started opening for the coming summer but all the produce came from down south and as the guy said it will be coming up the coast slowly but surely. I can't wait. So I bought some respectable but not local baby spinach, asparagus, brocoli and a few zukes. They have been and will be WFD this week, The asparagus and a zuke will meet up with some marinated and pan fried chicken from WF tonight. White and sweet potatoes. I get the asparagus and sweet potatoes all to myself as there is a picky eater in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks all!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia, I'm in coastal SoCal, so the weather here is pretty moderate. I wish I could grow asparagus here, but unfortunately I don't have enough room to dedicate to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, asparagus and fried chicken!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds so delicious. I love kale with orange.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I had every intention tonight of being virtuous and having a cold noodle salad with lots of veggies, but boyzoma's salisbury steak sounded so wonderful I'm having that instead, served over blue cheese thyme soft polenta with a salad on the side. I can just be extra-virtuous tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: auburnselkie

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll have some of that polenta, please!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Found some ginormous (16-20) Prawns, and I'm oven-baking them w/ sherry, feta, olives, cherry tomatoes, lemon, and fresh-chopped oregano. Orzo cooked in veg. stock with sliced green onions and pine nuts on the side, along with some garlic-sauteed broccoli raab. Purchased baklava and the last of the vanilla bean ice cream - and the best thing about this meal is, only about 20 minutes total active time!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. tonight on a whim i had a fresh halapeno, cored it out and stuffed it with a monterey jack cheese stick and thre it on the grill along with the sausage i was cooking...IT WAS AWESOME

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Before I left for work this morning, I mixed some realtors garlic buttermilk dressing* with some broccoli slaw (packaged, they were nearly giving it away at the stupidmarket last weekend). I had that and leftover grilled chicken breast and potato salad for dinner tonight. Too monochromatic to be pretty but very tasty. Best treatment I have found so far for broccoli slaw but then we all know that I am obsessed by that dressing....
                                                                                                                                                                                                    *you can google it

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cashew & bell pepper stir-fry, and a Strongbow dessert put me down for the count.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tonight we had pork satay, aromatic rice and broccoli with a warm homemade pear tart with B & J vanilla ice cream for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I picked seven (!) zucchini and a handful of tomatoes this evening so I made a zucchini ribbon salad with the tomatoes, dry salami and a sprinkle of grated parmesan. The dressing is the zest and juice of a lemon with a heaping spoonful of grainy mustard and a splash of olive oil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lovely fresh salad weezieduzzit. I like the simple fresh dressing as well. Right up my alley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looks WEEZILICIOUS!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jealous about picking from the garden in May - maybe I should reconsider my life in the Northeast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Weezie, that salad looks beautiful, fresh and delish - and do I spy a starburst plate underneath?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to have that china when I was in my mid-century modern phase. Love that pattern!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why yes, yes it is. :) I'm a vintage clothing dealer- everything we have is 30s-50s. Well, my car is 1960 but that's about as new as we get.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      very cool! i have very similar plates from the same era.... and that salad looks fantastic, weezie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's so cool Weezie; what a fun occupation. In my 20's I had a serious BF who was a 'picker' for movie studios and stores in SoCal, and we spent many a morning crusining thrift stores and garage sales for mid-century stuff. Both of our apartments were overflowing with aemes, bertoya, Knoll, etc.... I don't know what came over me, but I sold most of my stuff to finance a 3-month trip to Italy right before I turned 30, and some of the stuff I kept that went to friends to 'keep' for me, didn't seem to return to me when I came back, like those dishes! Sigh. Miss my '63 mercury Meteor too:(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Well, all good things come to an end eventually. So, we arrived back in Old England early this morning after our three weeks eating our way round New England.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Of course, there's nothing fresh in to eat - and we're so tired we're not really safe to drive. So, a quick rummage in the freezer turned up so bought pork "pinwheels". Think a sheet of puff pastry, covered first with minced pork and then grated Cheddar. It's then been rolled up and sliced into 1cm thick portions. Goes in the oven for 30 minutes. There's also a large handful of frozen oven chips in there. And there's veg in there and in in tins. Shopping tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good to be back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      welcome back, Harters! we missed your meals (and you).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad to have you back, Harters! We'll find your New England postings on the new England board, i assume?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep, there'll be stuff on all three of the New England boards. Though please give me a couple of days or so to type up my notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can't wait. I'm sure you will have us all drooling!!! Glad you are home safe and sound, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looking forward to hearing about it when you're rested. Good to hear you and the misses are home safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Welcome back! Look forward to hearing about your trip and glad you got at least a few sunny days -- well I assume you did as the rest of us here in New England did -- although I think a lot of your trip it was raining.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The weather didnt actually stop us doing anything that we'd planned. Well, except a couple of clam shack lunches had to be taken inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Certainly a lovely part of the world - we were particularly taken with the area around Mystic as well as Cape Cod. I think we'll be back in due course

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So glad to hear it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very glad to read you liked the Cape and Mystic areas. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Welcome back Harters (& the Mrs.), glad you safely returned... Travel is lovely, but it's nice to come home:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HARTERS! Welcome back home! Missed seeing your posts - I hope you had a good time in jolly new New England. :-) After some well-deserved rest, I'm looking forward to the pointers here to your reviews of where you ate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hugs to you and the Mrs. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome back, Harters. Looking forward to your NE posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Not much home cooking the past few days in our household. Two nights ago we had a wonderful meal at a gastropub in town. Last night's dinner was reheated leftovers: shepherd's pie, french fries, bacon-studded brussel sprouts (these were excellent). I made some steamed, buttered broccoli for a side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We actually did cook last night for what will be tonight's dinner. We're attending a DC homebrew party, and this month's gathering has a food component. So last night had us rolling 7 lbs. worth of what we're calling "carbonnade meatballs''---beef and pork mixed with panade, eggs, plenty of herbs and spices, then broiled and folded into a rich braising sauce of Ommegang belgian abbey ale and caramelized onions and shallots. The sauce basically followed this recipe, thickened with cornstarch: http://culinspiration.wordpress.com/2...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds heavenly! I tried going to the link, but it keeps kicking me out. But I did get a peek! My mouth is watering thinking of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those meatballs sound terrific, making 7 lbs sounds like a lot of work! I linked to the dirty rice recipe upthread, BTW.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, just saw, thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ho-ly CARP those meatballs sound wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds great Christina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yummers CM! I love Carbonade... meatballs in that sauce is inspired!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, all! They were super tasty! I really liked the bit of nutmeg, allspice, and fresh tarragon in the meatballs. The leftovers and their sauce will be repurposed into soup, maybe tonight. I'm thinking cabbage, onions, carrots, celery...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Another glorious, sunny day here in Berlin, which was spent mostly bopping around a couple of markets trying to find edibles for dinner. Hopes for an asparagus extravaganza, however, were stifled by the sight of asparagi that clearly hadn't seen the ground in days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So instead, we got 2 brats made from 50% lamb and 50% mangalitsa pork (a Hungarian breed of increasing popularity, raised on small farms and quite delish, I hear), some Greek feta, tabbouleh, dolmades, fixins for choriatiki (cukes, green pepper, red onion, etc.) and watermelon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wanted to make a feta watermelon salad, but the mint looked crappy. So watermelon is WFDessert, the rest will be eaten once (if) we return from the beergarden, where we are now promptly headed to catch a few more rays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, summertime. Gotta love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                those brats sound delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                do they also serve food at the beergardens? it would seem a good idea, to keep people there. although, who wants to leave a beer garden on a nice summery, sunny day?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's been crazy windy here for the last couple days, which makes for a slightly chilly beergarden experience. They serve pretzels, brats, baked potatoes, pasta salad... you won't go hungry, but I go for the beer (mostly).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The snausages we bought were ok, but I didn't get a whiff/hint of the 50% lamb that was supposed to be in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Might have to console myself with whole grilled trout or mackerel tomorrow for lunch. Poor little me, I know :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i woulda thought the pig would have been outweighed in that snausage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grilled trout/mackerel ....mmmmm....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hard to call it cooking. Just leftover salmon with peppers over avocado.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Who cares if it it "cooking", that looks great!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salmon and avocado? How could you go wrong?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hi all, not had anything to post earlier in the week as was out for Mexi on Monday, and Korean on Tuesday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had a fridge full of food here (singleton living I am not going through things as fast-kind of overbought at farmer's market last week, forgetting how little I eat on my own...).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Made the famous 'crispy chicken thighs' for the first time last night. Please all, remind me who's those were? I had the recipe saved in Pepperplate, but couldn't find attribution through a search through WFD - kind of wierd I couldn't locate the discussion thread about them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recipe was so easy it was kind of disconcerting, so of course I had to mess around. Since the cook almost entirely skin-down; I rubbed some minced garlic, lemon juice and smoked paprika on the 'meat' side, being careful to not make the skin wet. Worked just like you all said they would! And the seasoning got just enough pan action with the 5 minutes the thighs spent flipped meat side down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had a big salad with cukes, crumbled blue, salad onions, toms and avo, with house vinigrette. Also a few roasted asperagus spears with tahini dipping sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Delish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe the extra crispy chicken thighs were courtesy of mamachef, who found the recipe on ATK or some such.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They're very nice, but remind of the need to have a functional fan installed upon our return to the US = lots of smoke... did you have that problem, ginger?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lingua,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I put a spatter screen on the thighs on top of the stove to help with that problem, but yes, my oven got pretty smokey... will probably do the self clean cycle before I bake anymore bread or such. The smoke wasn't so much that the kitchen got smokey per se just when I opened the oven, I had a cough or two:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The smoke in the pan wasn't so bad, but the oven.... eh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            funny, i didn't have that prob, in the oven....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              consider yourself lucky. maybe you have a better fan than i do (mine doesn't even have an outside outlet -- thus the plan to get a *real* one in the fall), or your oven was much cleaner. it smokes like crazy, just like the zuni chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the oven is new (less than a year), that's prolly why. our old one (apt.) was a REAL old one, a really cool Western Holly oven, that broke down and the landlords replaced it with a cheap generic GE or Maytag or something. But at least it heats evenly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bon Apetit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Mamachef - I will make those again; very adaptable to whatever seasoning profile you want to add to the flesh side, and that SKIN! Super technique:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yes, lingua's right - mamachef brought them to WFD, but i think they're a Mark Bittman recipe, if i'm not mistaken.... they're wonderful. i like your additions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lingua, yes, i open up the windows and turn on the stove fan, but it does get a tad smokey. worth it, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dunno, were those a Bittman recipe? As I said above, found it in the infamous Gwyneth Paltrow BA issue - don't remember to whom they were attributed. So I just think of them as Gwyneth's Chicken Thighs. : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There was also a wonderful recipe for pickled cherries in that issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These? http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/qui...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those are the ones. We love them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh, i didn't see that.... hahah i thought you were just wishing someone "bon apetit"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                either way, they're DELISH. grazie, mamachef!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I positively refuse to call the 'Gwyneth's Thighs"... that ruins it for me. Hahaha...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Besides the pickled cherries that someone mentioned, those thighs were the best thing I've found in BA in years. No matter what they're christened. : ) Hey, I remember submitting a recipe here for chicken breasts, and someone filed them under "mamachef's breasts," so now both ends of the game are covered. Anatomical CH foods, now there's an interesting idear for a thread....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      harharharrr, we would have to talk about melons....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Badum-Dum!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't forget peaches....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guilty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Busy day outside and a sudden unexplainable aversion to be in the kitchen (read; lazy), produced a straight-from- the- garden rucola and Parma ham pizza with cacio e pepi on the side. So delicious, easy cleanup, and I welcome any chance to climb Carb Mountain. There were enough leftover grilled peaches and raspberries to make both a homely cobbler and a bucket of ice cream. All I need now is a shower and a cocktail. Have a wonderful evening everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also have arugula that I need to use. I was going to make a salad, but with the weather being what it is, I think I'm leaning towards rotini with wilted arugula, roasted peppers and a combination of morcilla and bangers. Dressing will probably be olive oil and parmesan with lemon rind and Aleppo pepper for brightness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Morcilla was missing and the grated parmesan had gone moldy (I thought that stuff lasts forever in the fridge!). So on the fly I decided upon an English breakfast pasta bowl: crumbled Cumberland sausage fried with rounds of black pudding, a bit of garlic, wilted arugula and a splash of tomato sauce, Aleppo pepper, black pepper and some lemon to round things out, all tossed with rotini and topped with a fried egg. For dessert, we followed Harters lead and went Spain-bound for bites of the rather expensive turrón de Jijona I recently picked up, but then went whole hog and scooted back Stateside for more Girl Scout cookies. I remain adept at not adding unnecessary salt to my food. Unnecessary Girl Scout cookies, however, are a whole 'nuther thing entirely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that pasta bowl sounds inspired. i was thinking yesterday of pasta and egg - i've got eggs on the brain lately, but am i making them? noooooo....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another Dreamfields meal. Although I kind of cancelled it out with the Girl Scout cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey, every little bit counts. Same logic as ordering a diet drink with one's pizza. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That pasta bowl sounds FABULOUS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Liver & onions are on the menu tonight; making some caramelized onion gravy, rice pilaf with green peas from my garden and broccoli of some sort. Perhaps some homemade rolls to sop up the gravy.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Last week I made Enchilada Suizas and had leftover tortillas so tonight I am going to use up the leftover London Broil and make beef fajitas. Just sliced up some onion, green, red, yellow peppers which I will saute later. Going to make some spanish rice and some refried beans. DH is picking up some fresh avocados as I still have some diced jalapeno and red chili peppers and tomatoes to make some good guacamole. I'm getting hungry already and it's just after lunch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I think tonight is going to be pizza here as well, and thanks to Shecrab, I might be going for prosciutto, dandelion, spring onion, balsamic sauteed mushroom,and kalamata's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A nice salad of various greens that need using, with the last of the good blue crumbled in, and the requisite avo and tom's, english cucumber. Think I will make some garlic croutons from my now-stale light rye Bin5. Might be a gal's night in if a GF is able to make it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Home peddi's including paraffin dip, and some chic flick on the player sounds in order:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomorrow, rain is going away and we are having nice weather for the long weekend, so hopefully some spanish food or grilling will be happening....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that pizza sounds so good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. A couple of shifts of guests and various celebrations have made us mostly restaurant-goers of late, and, wow, has it been difficult to stay on the low-carb train.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I planned to cook last night, but then a pipe burst upstairs while we were out yesterday and the resulting flooding came right through the ceiling, even pouring out of the ceiling fan for a bit, and made a huge mess downstairs--yep, Phreddy, we could use you and a good carpenter and electrician right now--sooo, instead of cooking last night, we decided to go and feel very sorry for ourselves at yet another restaurant, where I managed to avoid the carbs until DH's dessert. It was special--blueberry ice cream, the most fabulous not-too-sweet, oh-so-creamy, lightly tangy blueberry ice cream I have ever tasted. I ate half with no remorse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I am cooking. DH is begging for carbonara. I don't think I can make that and resist it, so I may just go ahead and cheat again, but use Barilla's whole grain pasta. Or else I'll have to make a meal of salad and the gorgeous fat asparagus I bought. I guess I can top it with a fried egg and some pancetta and parmigiano for a carbonara-esque feel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ugh, sorry about you pipe NCW! what a mess. you deserved that dessert, and you only ate half, so i'm glad you did it with a clear conscience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          your salad with the egg sounds like it will absolutely fill that carbonara void - i've been thinking of an egg-based dinner for tonight myself.... i made myself lunch the other day of a can of Italian canned tuna, Ina's hot sludge (a deliciously spicy green salsa) and a fried egg on top. I can't tell you how satisfying it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barilla is your friend. Sourcing top-quality guancale is the challenge. Farm-fresh eggs and killer cheese close the deal. Rome's Roscioli is the gold standard for me. It's a deli/wine store by day and a hipster dining destination at night with, arguably, the best carbonara in town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about the burst pipe - I hope the damage downstairs isn't too bad, ncw!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                plumbing happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ohhhh, I'm so sorry to hear about your pipe. I so feel your pain. Further upthread I made note of needing Phreddy too - have to repipe the whole house due to a broken pipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like your carbonara-esque feel. A little better than the excessive calories in the real thing :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, wow, boyzoma--I'd be cussing up a storm if the whole house needed fixing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The asparagus "carbonara' were good, if not the real thing. DH had the real thing. I did have a large bite : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry to hear of the water damage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carbs can be a good mood enhancer in times of stress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your salad sounds like a perfect solution to the carbonara conundrum. Very sorry to hear about the broken pipe, that's awful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. My trip to my farflung pharmacy* was put back yet again -- that's where I'll spend my Friday night, now! -- because of traffic and the sudden unavailability of nearby auto-sharing cars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nonetheless, I was hot and hungry so I boiled up some pasghetti and at the last minute threw in some asparagus ribbons (and chopped tips) and thinly sliced roasted red pepper. Drained, back into the pot with some butter, quartered cherry tomatoes, basil chiffonade, grated lemon zest, an unseemly amount of goat feta, pepper, and fleur de sel. I'm pretty happy, less hot**, and very full.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    * It does compounding. which I've found isn't universal, it's at a Costco so I get to shop, and it's otherwise much cheaper than anywhere else. Where's our teleporters? That'd solve my problem.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ** The AC unit is above my kitchen window, and I may not be fully dressed at this point. I suppose this is hot in one sense and not in another :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Leftover hanger steak is on the menu. There will be leftover black bean salad on the side. I'll warm the steak in a ceramic pot with a lid, the beans will be served at room temperature. Spartan stuff for sure but that's the way it goes when you clean out the coolerator. Beer for me, wine for Deb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at first glance i read "hangover steak" - where do i get that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Salmon patties (salmon, an egg, onions, celery, red yellow and green peppers, almond meal, a spoon full of homemade mayo and a splash of tabasco,) on a bed of baby spinach and arugula with a mango/lime/jalapeno salsa. Baked, not fried, with just a quick brush of coconut oil. I walked the 2 1/2 mile RT to Trader Joes today so I'll be having seconds... and blood orange sorbet for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks really good weezi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, it was good! :) I'm really trying to keep things light right now but interesting and full of flavors, too. It also has to be substantial enough to satisfy the hard working man when he gets home. Its a fun challenge every night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the use of almond meal instead of crumbs -- I'm going to try that with the next batch I make, then they can be guilt-free! Where should I look for almond meal?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I got mine at Trader Joes. I think it's $3.99 for a 1 pound bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just grind up almonds?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just made an Ajo Blanco soup with blanched almonds, bread, grapes and garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gorgeous and sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. My husband invited some friends over for a 'music listening session' and I made them dinner before they retreated to my husbands study and I retreated to the park for rose with friends..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Made the goats cheese pancakes from last week again, but with peas and basil instead of asparagus and thyme, and they were great. I made a quick relishy type of sauce from sauteed onions, sambal, ketchup and balsamic, it was spicy/sweet/sour and worked really well with the pancakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also made this, grilled eggplant with spicy chickpeas and a walnut/coriander yoghurt sauce, recipe here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/42...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                which was truly fabulous! We were abut 30 minutes into dinner whe one friend said: "hey! I just realized there's no meat! but this is so good!" Love it when that happens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There was also a crunchy green salad with belgian endive and garlic croutons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And made cheat's rhubarb ice cream for dessert: home made rhubarb compote folded into storebought vanilla ice cream. Served with extra compote.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Klary, can i have a basic rundown on those goat cheese pancakes, please?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd love to hear about those as well... sounds good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here it is, I bookmarked it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8491...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks GS, i never checked back on my own question!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks GretchenS for answering on my behalf!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Klary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the eggplant recipe. I'm definitely going to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Kick-off to a holiday weekend, only tried and true will do for my crew. (I'm so sorry. That was truly terrible.) In other non rhyming words, no new recipes or ma famille will string me up. Fried green tomatoes and fried okra with pimento cheese to start, chicken bog,bbq,slaw,beans, corn on the cob, boiled peanuts with extra Tony Chachere's, tomatoes, cukes and onions, pound cake and peach raspberry ice cream. OH, and watermelon margaritas! Someone told me once that people often get sad when they experience this "empty nest" syndrome??? Can not relate to this strange concept.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You put the pimento cheese ON the fried okra? Why have I never tried this? Fried okra and pimento cheese are two of my favorite treats (though I pickle my okra more often nowadays in a nod to health -- pimento cheese is still full fat, though). You are certainly making meals to make a college kid on a meal plan quite jealous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haha, shecrab. Re: the empty nest, Leave Already!! You can always come home for free food! (Just kidding - my own EN syndrome was so bad that I immediately got a job cooking for 25+ kids the same age, nightly... : )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your post made me think that what I REALLY want all weekend long, basically, is your menu. Sounds like Southern heaven on a plate, it really does. But my question is, how do you think a fried green tomato/'menna cheese sandwich would taste? My money says gooooooood.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JungMann, it's a free for all. Everyone puts it on everything that can't out run 'em. This meal is a holiday only thing. we rarely eat all this at once.Trust. And mamachef, I never make a BLT without pimenna cheese & fried green tomatoes.It'll make your eyes roll back in your head as you do the slow-slide-down-the-wall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh for Pete's sake. You just trumped me. I canNOT believe how good that sounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pimento cheese BLT? Green tomatoes are already popping up in the markets. This must be consumed before the end of the weekend! All I need is some coarsely ground cornmeal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: shecrab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh man, that BLT takes the cake!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Last night, rain not withstanding, we had the BBQ for the crew team at the park where they practice. All the parents brought something, but not surprisingly, the ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and salmon were the hit of the evening. My husband even thought to bring a percolator and the little gas burner, and that was popular too given the chilly, damp weather. The kids were doing a triathlon, which consisted of erging, rowing, and running, and we felt a little bad that by the time they came to eat, all the parents had hoovered up the hot smoked salmon with green goddess dressing. Surprisingly, we had quite a bit of the smoked chicken left. I had a piece when we got home last night, and it was spectacular. Other parents had said they would bring sides, but all they brought were two small containers of potato salad and macaroni salad. Next time, Whole Hog Productions will take care of the tater salad and slaw too. The most interesting other thing there were fabulous mini samosas that were homemade by an Indian mother. They were absolutely delicious and served with a yogurt mint sauce. I'd love to get the recipe for that and the samosas, but she seemed unable to describe the names of the spices she used in English terms. At a certain point, I retired to the car with the dog since I had neglected to bring a sweater. Dixie Doodle had her fur coat, but she preferred being in the car too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My kinda BBQ, rox. Wow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yeah, you gotta go whole hog next time, rox :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it sounds yummy and the mini samosas a very nice addition to your bounty of bbq

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sounds fabulous. what is "erging", please?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds great. Meat or veg samosas?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Veg. They were amazing, but she really didn't know the names of the spices in English. She named one as paprika, which I highly doubt it was!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Probably mistranslation for cayenne? Lal mirch means red pepper, were they spicy?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, they had a really good bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Well, the fish dude wasn't around for lunch. Meh. Major disappointment. What *was* at the market, though, were lovely ivory stalks of asparagus, a lb. of which will be peeled, cut up (blasphemy, I know. but I really don't care) into 2-3 inch pieces, and par-boiled for approx. 5-7 min.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In a pan, I'll fry up some diced bacon and onions, and add a couple of sliced or diced -- haven't made up my mind yet -- king trumpet mushrooms... I only got a couple as they are ridic expensive here in the fatherland. The asparagi will join the party in the pan, as will some chopped scallions. Dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe a watermelon & feta salad on the side, though I still don't have mint, so probably not. Perhaps we'll have the karpuz for dessert instead, then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tomorrow, there WILL BE FISH, dammit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that pasta dish sounds loverly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hmmm. pasta? are you in a low-carb induced hallucinatory stage, mc2?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tee hee hee. no pasta involved in this dish, but it was tasty nonetheless :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Last night was wicked easy - cream cheese-scrambled eggs and toast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight? I dine OUT to start the holiday weekend - betchacant guess where I'm going? Huh? Huh? Huh? Yeah, I *knew* you couldn't figure it out! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I shall be meeting several of the ladies with whom I brunched last weekend at the fave place for some sangria and tapas and good chit-chat. Very much looking forward to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            enjoy, Linda!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Last night it was clean out the fridge for pizza toppings night. I made some no-knead pizza dough, and one was a mashed potato, mascarpone, pesto and truffle cheese pie, and the other was a bacon, corn, jalapeno, and robiola pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nsenada

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WOW nsenada, just WOW. which one did you like better?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! I liked the mashed potato one better - the other one was good, but the robiola was not really necessary - got overwhelmed by the other flavors. On the other hand, it was gonna get chucked if it hung around much longer...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: nsenada

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love clean out the fridge game. Pizzas look great

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks! One day I will have nothing to put on them, and I suspect they'll still be OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Tacos! Just like my Bolivian mom used to make - aka, plain browned hamburger meat (well, onions, s&p, but no taco seasoning), shredded iceberg lettuce & jack cheese, fried tortillas, guac. I've (finally) got the Jedi boot on my foot (sprain turned out to be a teensy chip fracture) but dammit, i'm going to cook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bummer about the foot but now at least you know what it is so you can deal with it properly and it'll heal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like my tacos sans seasoning sometimes, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, the foot is a damn shame, but maybe a good excuse for you to SLOW it DOWN just the tiniest bit, lovely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love the sound of those tacos, lady. I think we "talked" about it on another thread, but the kids call those "Trailer Trash Tacos," and to home the preferred condiment is....ketchup. Great good stuff, innit? I get a craving for those made just.like.that, several times a year. And I fully believe that cravings are your body's way of telling you that it needs something, not just wants it. So therefore, cravings are to be obeyed in the interests of one's health. Granted, it's a little harder to convince myself of that when all I want is peppered beef jerky, Squirt soda and cocktail peanuts, but I do my damndest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my very flat ass has been sitting on the couch since February - how much slower can i get?! but thanks for the thought. i think i will sit some more tonight. after the trailer trash tacos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bolivian....I am Ecuadorian......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have had stress factures before....but how is your back?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phreddy, the back/hip sciatica thingy (an offshoot of the foot) is a tad better, i think. PT scheduled for Tues. a.m. thanks for asking.... (My dad lived in Ecuador for about six months for work, 35 years ago or so - he loved it.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was to Bolivia once for two days....It was great...although I should have stayed longer....Oddley enough my grandmother settled in Ecuador during WW2...with two of my uncles born there..my mom in Europe....none the less I am so greatful to them all....I love LATIN FOOD and it's variations!!!!! eventhough when they came to the US they became Kosher....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope that foot heals real soon....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks Phreddy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am so sorry about your poor foot but at least now you know and are getting it treated and probably fracture heals better and faster than sprain so in a funny way it is kind of good news, isn't it? And how IS your back?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks GS. yes it's better, and the boot actually feels better on the foot and surprisingly, so far, on the back, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, mc! Sorry to hear about the chip fracture! Don't stress out the foot any more than it's already been - SIT while you're prepping some of the taco makings (although you're probably done with dinner by now).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mc,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rub dirt on it and quit complaining. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ahahahahah!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks all....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, take care of that footsie, mc. Comfort food is definitely in order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. After tearing through the files and stacks and files and cards and books (not stopping to think that I could've easily Googled it, dah...) I found my recipe for Cornell grilled chicken, and I'm so excited for dinner, why I can hardly see straight. For the uninitiated, Cornell sauce is a tomato-free, egg-enriched marinade/basting sauce that is packed full of flavor and gives amazing crunch and color to the skin, the Skin, the SKIN!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 lg. egg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 c. veg. oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 c. cider vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 T. salt. (yes. T, not t.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 T. poultry seasoning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 t. ground black pepper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beat egg well; whisk in remaining ingredients. Set aside one cup for basting. Place patted-dry chicken pieces (this makes enough to marinate two cut up birds) in large baking pan and coat with remainder of sauce. Cover; refrigerate 24 hours; bake or grill. It's a great big plateful of moist, flavorful crunchy yum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Biscuits on the side - but mainly because I got motivated yesterday to make a batch of cherry-strawberry freezer jam, and we need a vehicle for that, don't we? I mean, spoonsful of it straight from the container just doesn't strike me as seemly, but I'd do it in a pinch. So, cream biscuits; a whopping big green salad with blue cheese dressing (nice and peppery and sour-creamy and chunky), and some starch or another....I've got plain leftover rice, so I'll probably figure out something to do with that; rice salad or ooooh.....if I change the salad dressing to something vinaigretty, I can make that rice casserole with the pepper Jack cheese and mild green chiles.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              things to mull, food to cook, fun to be had!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Everyone - have a great, fun, SAFE weekend please! Enjoy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I vote for vinaigrette and the cheesy rice casserole. I'm just mad that by the time I caught a flight out there it would all be gone! Enjoy and you have a safe and happy weekend too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Awww, I'd happily save a plate and even pick you up at the airport. And yep, you nailed the choices. For some reason that casserole just sounds totally right with this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mc, does this make a crunchier, crispier skin than mamachef thighs??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mc2, it doesn't. I honestly don't think anything can touch the shattering crispy perfection of those thighs. These are grilled, so they're not rendered out like that, but they're nice and crunchy in that grilly kinda way. If it didn't have egg, I'd consider doing the marinade and trying the thigh technique, but because of the egg I'm pretty well convinced that the burning factor would be a huge risk. Hmmmmm.....I need to think on this. Ideas, anyone? Other than omitting the egg from the marinade?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You know, in very un-chowish fashion I am not crazy about dark meat but I am thinking about making these for the skin alone -- the dog loves dark meat so it won't get wasted!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GS - mamachef thighs is a misnomer, because i THINK she only makes it herself with white meat. chowish-schmowish! you like what you like! i do love dark meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The first time I made it, I ignored my own advice and didn't cook the recipe exactly as given. Yes, I used breasts, and dammit, they were GREAT. I have since done the thighs, and I am a decided white-meat gal all the way (also in unChowish PC fashion, I guess.) but these thighs, done this way, made if not a convert, a believer outta me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Okay, I'm convinced I'm going to have to try those thighs (or breasts), mc. Could you, just one more time provide a link?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MaryContrary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              here are mamachef's instructions:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ingredients

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 tablespoon vegetable oil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Preparation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Preheat oven to 475°. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12" cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Nestle chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high; continue cooking skin side down, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 12 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Transfer skillet to oven and cook 13 more minutes. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Note: my burners run hot, so i put the heat on medium, medium/low where it says medium high, or else the skin gets way too dark too quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks mc2. Will be WFD Tuesday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Tonight will be a B.L.A.T. salad, the dressing is made and lettuce washed, so no matter how tired I am when I get home I should be able to get that put together. I am debating the relative merits of rum and tonic or gin and bitter lemon (the Fever Tree bitter lemon is completely amazing stuff). There might be goat cheese crostini too but that might actually be beyond me at this point. I wish the dog were more competent in the kitchen but there is both the lack of opposable thumb and the lack of impulse control around food working against him, to say nothing of his being vertically challenged.... OK, I am babbling, please god don't let me do that on the phone with a customer. Happy weekend everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mmmm...BLAT....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fever Tree products in general--fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I'm jealous of those of you with outdoor grills.. and you've pushed this over 300 posts already, wow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ..but I made a pretty damn tasty chorizo & sweet potato & corn soup in the slow cooker (I know, soup when it's nearly 90 degrees with crazy humidity?), and am just finishing sauteeing half a bunch of asparagus with lots of butter and garlic and it'll get a healthy dose of lemon before it gets in my belly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Friday!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. We're doing babyback ribs (rubbed, baked low and slow, then finished on the grill) and grilled Swiss Chard, plus a side TBD. Probably BBQ beans, b/c DH loves 'em. Perhaps a tiny bit of slaw for carb-avoiding me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Been a bit dull around these parts owing to my lingering malaise du ventre (not somewhere I like to be suffering a malaise, let me tell you). Best this week was a midwestern-style pork chop dinner, with nice loin chops panfried, bagged sauerkraut, noodles with poppyseed and sour cream, and Ronneburg cottage cheese (with buttermilk, green onion, and s&p stirred in, an Iowa Amana colonies restaurant specialty). Husband noted we didn't have salad fodder so went out to get something and came back with the cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is a salad in his native part of the world. Weird, innit?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight veal chops, Whole Foods frozen crinkle-cuts in the oven (those are really very tasty, best frozen ones I've had), and hearts of palm salad, because we still haven't shopped for greenery. We will be awash in it when Fresh Direct gets here tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds delicious. I love pork chops here, but with my son's Egyptian coach, there has been a definite lack of pork going around. Next week? Pork-a-thon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my DH would approve! and salivate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Midwestern Salad Conundrum. Sounds like a Big Bang Theory episode title.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BT - those noodles sound scrumptious. and of course cottage cheese is a veg. even here on the west coast, it was often served on our school luncheon plates as such.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sorry about your malaise... worse than the general sort, methinks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. As we bid adieu to my son's coach for the summer, we are having the first lobster dinner of the season. What more can you say? Lobster, butter, corn, more butter, boiled potatoes, and, you guessed it, butter! We have an old turkey frying set up in the garage, and we have taken to cooking the lobs outside. We'll eat outside too -- the first dinner of the season on the back porch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What time do you want us? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nice send-off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What a great way to start the summer. Sounds absolutely perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Very cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SUPERB start to the summer, roxlet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            what a great summery dinner. i vow to have some lobster this summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG. you had me at lobster dinner. and "more butter".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yum! We do that dinner here in SEA, only with Dungeness Crab... Sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm envious. roxlet. Hope you enjoyed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Roasted cauliflower tossed with a package (gasp!) of Aloo Palak over some lemongrass ginger rice. I didn't take any chicken out of the freezer so we'll go without meat tonight. I'm currently incapable of not adding a bunch of extra veggies to everything right now so carrots, red peppers and celery will most likely find there way in there somehow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm making a couple of different batches of kale chips in the dehydrator- olive oil, malt vinegar and parmesan and chili lime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Pork Milanese was tonight's meal. Egg noodles and a fresh salad on the side. House beer, house wine to wash things down. I launched Burn Notice Season Four on the plasma.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy the long weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pork milanese mmmmmm....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tacos ala Mom were a nostalgic hit. The BF remembered his mom's too (another Bolivian!), although he said his mom's sometimes had PEAS in the meat. PEAS! i love the little green bastards, but they don't belong in tacos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why not? I love peas in my mashed potatoes! ...so why not tacos?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I've started a new thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851036