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What's for Dinner? #155 - Dog Days of Summer II Edition [OLD]

And the heat continues, although I heard some of the parched areas are getting some much needed rain. So what's cooking in your heat? Your rain? Your heated rain?

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  1. As for me, I'm thankful for central air. I've done a whole lot of nothing today. A shameful slacker, I am. I *did* start the makings of a crockpot of chicken stock. Of course, I should have started it yesterday so it would have been done today, but...well, you know. Slacker. :-)

    Dinner tonight will be a monstrous (and I mean MONSTROUS!) bone-in/skin-on Frankenchicken breast. This will give me several meals, it's that big. Poor chickie. It's marinating in some olive oil, freshly squoze lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, and minced rosemary, as well as some salt and Aleppo pepper. It'll be roasted (in the convection oven to keep the heat down in the house).

    I'll make rice or orzo alongside, as well as an adaptation of ChristinaMason's grilled zucchini she mentioned last thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8577... as I don't think that the maple syrup/soy version would go well with the lemon/rosemary roasted chicken. I think I'll use some olive oil and see what spice/herb blends are in my spice cabinet and wing it - zucchini planks will be done on my grill pan on the stovetop.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I loves me the orzo.
      Your monster chicken dish is tailor-made for a slacker Sunday. Wash it down with something good.

      1. re: steve h.

        Slacker Sunday. I like that.

        And I think I'll combine the best of both worlds - I'll make an Orzo-Rice pilaf with some minced onions and garlic stirred into the browned orzo.

        And the washer-downer will most likely be some white wine.

    2. A frittata with goat cheese and asparagus was on today's brunch menu. Green salad dressed with lemon and olive oil was on the side. There was fresh-squeezed orange juice and chilled prosecco to wash things down.

      Its been pretty dry here in lower Fairfield County. I've been forced to water the tomato and herb beds with some regularity. The lawn is next but only if I have to.

      Stay thirsty my friends.

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          1. re: steve h.

            This sounds so good. Since we are having another hot week, this might have to be on the menu.

            Just not hungry but the sailor will be returning soon from a guy's weekend on the Big Pond so probably will make the rib-eye I have in the fridge and a nice baker with a healthy salad.

            I am churning some vanilla ice cream at the moment...even though I must confess, I still have some lemon sherbet in the freezer.

            1. re: twodales

              Churning the vanilla brings a smile to my face. Late August brings peaches to the table. Home-made peach ice cream is my favorite.

              1. re: steve h.

                Hmmmm...peach? Tonight it was vanilla with lovely, fragrant raspberries over the top.

                1. re: steve h.

                  Bought peaches today with precisely that in mind.

                    1. re: steve h.

                      So Steve, is it basically vanilla with peaches or do you puree some peaches and then add some chunks?

                      1. re: twodales

                        Peaches parts. They should be just overripe.

                        1. re: steve h.

                          The Lori Anne peaches are so good right now if you can get them. I've been making peach cobbler at least once a week!

                          1. re: MamaGoat

                            Peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach juice dribbling down my chin. Peaches are great.

            2. In the heat and rain....Garden is muddy to say the least.......Anyway from the Sub Tropics...

              Chicken Sauce Piquant......
              Rice.......
              String Bean Casserole.......
              Fried Green Tomatoes.....(just because I love them!!)
              Slices of Vidalia onion, cucumber, ripe tomato, pods of Cayenne pepper, and B&B pickles.
              Fresh Peach Cobbler of D-Zert

              Supper tonight will be very light............

              1. Hitching a ride here on an unsecured network- ours does not work - we went into Ptown and picked up some linguica (They have a SELECTION!!) and some bone-in chicken breasts to grill on charcoal. Very exciting. Also have some pre assembled veggie kabobs from the TJ's in Hyannis to throw on.- always stop there on our way to vacation land. Lobster Reef Sauvignon blanc from NZ is chilling in the fridge for me- hubby is a LaBatts man. There is Jack Daniels too but alas it is a barbeque sauce not a whiskey.

                1. just boiling some homemade (not by me!) bratwurst and will serve with some spatzle and sauerkraut. Not sure why on this 90 something degree day, but that Oktoberfest post made it impossible for me to go any other direction tonight with dinner!

                  No beer soaked brats tonight!