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Jul 8, 2012 04:28 PM

What's for dinner #154 - Dog Days of Summer Edition [old]

With non-stop heat continuing here in the NE, our dinners continue to be largely made outside. Tonight will be grilled pizza with mushrooms, ricotta, mozzarella and anchovies.

We envy those of you complaining about cold weather. Bring it here, please! My stove is calling to me!

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  1. We had some nice bell peppers in the garden, and leftover brown basmati rice from yesterday's Sea Island Pea Gravy, so I stirred up some pepper steak for dinner. Quick and easy, and didn't heat up the kitchen!

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    1. re: jmcarthur8

      Leftover rib steak re-heated in the toaster oven, leftover corn (also wrapped in foil) re-heated there too. A leftover baked potato was skinned, cut into nickel-sized pyramids and sautéed in butter.
      Monday approaches and it's time to suck it up and get busy.

      1. re: steve h.

        "Nickel-Sized Pyramids"? My mind is running amuck trying to imagine this.

        1. re: twodales

          Easy, the base of each potato component is roughly the size of a buffalo nickel. Just angle in with your chef's knife to get the pyramid effect. Since the pyramids in Egypt no longer have sharp, pointy tops neither should your potato pieces. The more irregular (broken ziggurat?) the better.

          I find they brown and flip just fine. Olive oil and butter make for a decent pan-frying environment. A cast iron skillet is my tool of choice. Sea salt and fresh-ground pepper on top as soon as you take the potatoes out of the pan.

          The rest is up to you.

    2. Since I wasn't expecting such an early start to a new WFD thread, I posted on the old one. My dinner tonight:

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        same here! here's mine:

        not a whole lotta cooking going on chez moi... BF took me out for the promised steak dinner Fri. night (steak and middle eastern food - very good), and then immediately came down with a cold (like an hour after we got home) - so the next a.m. i hightailed it to the oldster's (taking care not to infect him - much handwashing), took him to his appt., ran some errands, cooked his new favorite chicken dish for him. later, visited a nearby friend at his new flat and we snacked on cheese and crackers with plenty of bubbly. spent the night at the oldster's, more of the same today - chores around his house, including bathing the dog, then came home expecting to cook for the sickie bf, but he surprised me and cooked himself (again, mindful of the handwashing, not to worry) - london broil! simply grill panned, to medium rare, with a brush of bottled bbq sauce across the top. totally hit the spot. had not had much experience with that cut - it was tender as could be - i'm sold. corn on the cob, broccoli, and salad on the side. good to be home.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          Nice! What's dad's favorite chicken dish like?

          1. re: ChristinaMason

            it's ridiculously butter/olive oil-y. boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces, dredged in seasoned breadcrumbs (just oregano, s&p)). saute up sliced onions in butter/olive oil til browning, throw in chicken pieces, cook at high heat, stirring, then reduce heat and add a little bit of milk and a little bit of yellow mustard. HE LOVES THIS STUFF. it's the only thing i make that he consistently likes anymore, and if i change it up even the slightest bit he doesn't like it. and i figured out today why he likes it so much: it ends up tasting very much like thxgiving stuffing - so it's just another one of those items from a holiday meal/buffet he loves so much! too funny.

            i don't know if i've said already (sorry if this is a repeat) but you've all been so supportive and kind.... Thurs. we got a biopsy report, and he's heading toward remission. not quite there yet, but the numbers are looking good. plus he's gained like 10 lbs in the last 3 months and gone up from a 32 inch waist to a 34! had to buy him new pants this weekend. so all that butter/olive oil is paying off. plus avocados, protein drinks, tons of fruit, bread, etc...

              1. re: mariacarmen

                :::::VERY VERY VERY VERY BIG SMILE!!!!:::::: upon reading the oldster's almost-remission news. :-) :-) :-)


                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    that's good to hear, he's lucky to have you feeding him up!

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      That's great news mc!

                      Dads are pretty tough, aren't they? I like to think I deserve at least a bit of the credit, as parenting me no doubt helped to toughen him up. Sounds like yours is getting a steady supply of great food to keep him going!

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        Great news MC - so glad for you and yours that he is looking like he's better! Here's to weight gain, etc. as well!

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          aww, awesome news MC! How sweet that you take such good care of him <3

                          1. re: tiffeecanoe

                            thanks again, all, and i can't take all, nor most, of the credit. my sister lives next door to him and takes the laboring oar in caring for him (she was "fortunately", for now, laid off last year - things just work out sometimes like they need to) - so it's definitely a joint effort, and i'm sure we're luckier than a lot of people who don't have others to help them.

                            thanks again!

                          2. re: mariacarmen

                            Soooooo happy to hear this, mc. That chicken must be doing its job! (Not to mention all the TLC you and your sister have been heaping on him.)

                            1. re: mariacarmen

                              That's fantastic news, MC! So nice to hear!

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    late to the party but great news, mc, good work on your part and your sister's too!!!!

                                    1. re: GretchenS

                                      GS! Are you still writing up your dining adventures from the Boston area/Northeren New England? We leave for Portsmouth/Stratham/etc next week and I'd love to see your report!

                                      1. re: rabaja

                                        WAIT! You're headed towards Portsmouth, NH?

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          Yes, my husband's parents live in Stratham, and he lived in Portsmouth for a number of years after college and wants me to get acquainted with that area. You know, so when we moved back east, it's in the realm of possibilities...;)
                                          I know we are going to Jumpin' Jays and Cere's Bakery (which i poked my head into last December and have wanted to go back and try their soups ever since), but I'm curious what else people like.
                                          We are actually scoping places out for an East coast reception in October. We are looking at the steamship, if it's not too pricey, for one...

                                 you live there?

                                          eta: was just informed the steamship would not be the best choice. damn.

                                          1. re: rabaja

                                            <<Yes, my husbands parents live in Stratham...>>

                                            You have more than one husband?

                                            1. re: steve h.

                                              See me? I'm over here, giving you the bird.

                                            2. re: rabaja

                                              No, I don't live in Portsmouth, but I'm not far from there. It's a fun small city.

                                          2. re: rabaja

                                            I've several posts on the Northern board, about Portsmouth eats, from our recent trip.

                                            Thought it was a really nice town which would have been nicer if it hadnt rained pretty much all the time we were there.

                                            1. re: Harters

                                              Thank you, Harters. I will definitely go check those posts out. Not sure how I missed them!

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  I'm sorry the BF has a cold, mc! Or is it you with a cold? Either way - I hope you're feeling better soon!

                                  And yes, London Broil is a good cut. Marinated and grilled. Shades of summertime meals growing up. :-)

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    thanks everyone for congrats!!! very much appreciated.

                                    LW, we didn't marinate the LB, tho the boyfriend (and yes, the boyfriend's the sickie one - i'm staying as clear as i can so i can be around the oldster) said marinating would be the typical prep as it usually doesn't have much flavor. but i loved it.

                              1. I have been away for a week (vacation in Mid-Coast Maine; report on Northern NE board in a day or two) and I can see that I have tons of catching up to do!!! Tonight was very simple: a wedge salad of farm-grown iceberg (so tasty) and avocado with 1000 island-ish dressing, a deviled egg with capers and some gorgeous farm-grown radishes spread with soft goat cheese I picked up in Maine. Yum.

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                                1. re: GretchenS

                                  GS, hope you had a nice time while away.... your simple dinner sounds really, really good!

                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                    Sounds like a lovely holiday. I think I see devilled eggs in my future...

                                  2. Yep, same dinner philosophy here. Tonight, grilled flank steak and italian sausage, pressure cooked (very briefly) corn, and tomato/cucumber/sweet onion/feta/oregano salad. I've been making variations on that salad pretty much every day, what with the harvest bounty at farmers markets and my own garden plot.

                                    1. Carmine's chicken saltimboca here tonight for dinner. Tomorrow I'm making a pork loin with mustard and sherry from the Tavern on the Green cookbook. I also have a chicken thawing for roast chicken and chicken pot pie. Temps are going to be in the low to mid 80s this week so tomorrow I can turn off the window units, open the windows, and fire up the oven.

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                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                        That pork loin sounds *very* good, Njchicaa! I'm very much looking forward to the cooler temps as well.