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Introducing the Dish of the Month: August 2012 Nominations

Dave MP Jul 19, 2012 01:12 PM

Based on the success of Cookbook of the Month and Dish of the Month San Francisco, we'd like to introduce a new idea to the Home Cooking board. It's another version of Dish of the Month, but instead of focusing on eating out, this project will focus on cooking.

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the Home Cooking board, and then collectively try to cook as many versions of the dish as possible, reporting back with details about recipes, and photos of the dishes you've cooked. Recipes might come from the Internet, cookbooks, or could also be original inventions. The chosen dish might be very specific (e.g. Minestrone soup) or it could be a broader category (e.g. Stuffed pasta), but like Cookbook of the Month, there will be a nomination thread, a voting thread, and finally a reporting thread.

Choosing the dish will be up to everyone who votes, but I think it would make sense to think seasonally about this project. For example, it might make sense to choose "pumpkin pie" for the dish of the month in October, since that way we'll have collectively tested lots of recipes before Thanksgiving. Our hope is that we'll also choose dishes that are accessible and easy enough for most people, which means that a slightly broader dish might be better than something extremely specific (like croissants or massaman curry).

This is the nomination thread for August 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on July 25), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until July 25.

Looking forward to getting this started, let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Link to Cookbook of the Month: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853254
Link to Dish of the Month SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

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    kengk RE: Dave MP Jul 19, 2012 01:16 PM

    I nominate what I'm making for dinner tonight. SHRIMP FRA DIAVOLO.

    1. L.Nightshade RE: Dave MP Jul 19, 2012 01:23 PM

      I love this idea; it gives us the opportunity to follow a recipe, tweak a recipe, or just invent one!
      I'm not nominating yet, so no caps. I just want to start discussing and hear more ideas.
      I was thinking crab cakes would be fun, but with the variety of fish available in different locales, maybe seafood cakes in general would be more inclusive. They seem summery, can range from the simple traditional cakes, to various teams of spices and flavors. Fish tacos might be nice too, with reports on seasoning and cooking the fish, and various salsas and accompaniments. Looks like I've got seafood on the brain. I'm looking forward to hearing more suggestions!

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      1. re: L.Nightshade
        TxnInMtl RE: L.Nightshade Jul 20, 2012 06:49 AM

        I'm not nominating yet either, but like the fish taco idea quite a bit with all the different salsas. Your mention of seafood cakes also sparked the idea that it might be nice to have something savory and something sweet. Every summer seems to be a quest for the perfect way to showcase fresh fruits in baked goods for me.

      2. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 19, 2012 01:30 PM

        Some ideas I have:

        PESTO (could be any kind, basil, sundried tomato, cilantro, etc)

        RATATOUILLE (good way to use August vegetables)

        PULLED PORK (would be cool to see different recipes for making it, as well as different recipes that call for it)

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          jpr54_1 RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 04:07 AM

          CHICKEN SOUP

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            Breadcrumbs RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 11:54 AM

            I really like the idea for the thread Dave and, especially like your suggestion for ratatouille. Years ago I made a spicy, roasted version from a cookbook and it was the very best we've had at home. Unfortunately, I don't recall which book I used and despite "winging it" w various combinations since then, I've never been able to replicate it. It would be fun to try different versions and find a new favourite.

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              L.Nightshade RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 20, 2012 12:13 PM

              I prefer roasted vegetables in a ratatouille, which makes me see it as more of a fall dish. I am loathe to turn on my oven in the summer! Maybe I'd try grilling the vegetables.

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                NE_Elaine RE: L.Nightshade Jul 20, 2012 12:56 PM

                I have a little grill wok that works great. I grill up a mix of squash, onions, peppers and douse it with OO and balsamic vinegar. It is tasty and really easy.

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                  L.Nightshade RE: NE_Elaine Jul 20, 2012 01:07 PM

                  A grill wok? That is a very cool idea.
                  I usually slice slabs of vegetables and roast them separately, then cut them up and combine them. So I could surely do that on the grill. But I'll have to look into this grill wok!

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                    Breadcrumbs RE: NE_Elaine Jul 20, 2012 02:05 PM

                    Definitely a neat idea NE!

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                      herby RE: NE_Elaine Jul 20, 2012 04:31 PM

                      I love the idea of a grill wok. Can you use inside or only outside as a BBQ?

                      Is this what you have, NE?

                      1. re: herby
                        NE_Elaine RE: herby Jul 20, 2012 05:37 PM

                        This is vry similar to what I have. I can't rememver where I got it, but it was not very expensive. I have only used it outside on a gas grill. I made kielbasa, peppers and onions on the grill last year with peppers from my garden and the flavour was incredible.

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                          herby RE: NE_Elaine Jul 20, 2012 07:01 PM

                          I used a similar one recently (didn't know that it was called grill wok!) and loved it. The one I used was round and had one long handle. The one above will work just as well especially for small things - shrimp, mushrooms,onion rings, etc.

                          Many thanks for bringing it to my attention!

                    2. re: L.Nightshade
                      Breadcrumbs RE: L.Nightshade Jul 20, 2012 02:07 PM

                      I did a few grilled variations last year LN and they were really nice. We have a flat grill pan w holes in it but I really like NE's grill wok idea and will have a look for one for this year.

                2. jpr54_1 RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 04:10 AM

                  ROAST CHICKEN


                  OKRA PICKLES

                  1. linguafood RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 06:11 AM


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                    1. re: linguafood
                      Dave MP RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2012 09:16 AM

                      I like the caponata idea! Good way to use a variety of summer producel! What other types of caponata are there besides ones using eggplant?

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                        linguafood RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 10:13 AM

                        Heh. I just googled it, and apparently outside of Sicily, it's actually a seafood salad (caponata estiva or caponata di pesce).

                        But there are a huge number of (eggplant) caponata recipes out there, and I think it would be really interesting to find out about the variations.... maybe not to everyone '-)

                        1. re: linguafood
                          mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2012 10:38 AM

                          Alright, I'll go along with CAPONATA.

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                            L.Nightshade RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2012 10:40 AM

                            I wikipedia'd it after Dave asked the question. Mine is always a humble eggplant and vegetable dish, but the versions with octopus, swordfish, and lobster sound pretty intriguing!

                      2. juster RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 06:49 AM

                        POTATO SALAD

                        1. L.Nightshade RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 07:02 AM

                          I'm coming back to officially nominate CRAB CAKES/SEAFOOD CAKES.

                          But I'm also liking the idea of CAPONATA. That works for me any season.

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                            LulusMom RE: L.Nightshade Jul 21, 2012 05:54 AM

                            I like it! I'll go along with CRAB CAKES/SEAFOOD CAKES. They're often a pain in the neck (picking through crab is not my favorite way of spending my time, and frying isn't my favorite way of cooking) but I just love them. And I like this idea a lot, Dave MP. Thanks!

                          2. BigSal RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 07:58 AM

                            This sounds like a blast! We like to cook outdoors during the summer before the deep freeze hits again. I'll suggest some of the things we like to cook outdoors: YAKITORI, GALBI, and PAELLA (including arroces). I think any of these might be fun for us to cook together this August.

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                              L.Nightshade RE: BigSal Jul 20, 2012 10:45 AM

                              Oh boy. These are great ideas too; this choice is going to be difficult!

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                                herby RE: BigSal Jul 20, 2012 10:56 AM

                                I like these suggestions and happy to explore:

                                SEAFOOD CAKES

                              2. roxlet RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 08:08 AM

                                Fried chicken. It's WFD.

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                                1. re: roxlet
                                  NE_Elaine RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2012 09:43 AM

                                  WFD = What's For Dinner?

                                  Just curious - THX!

                                  1. re: NE_Elaine
                                    mariacarmen RE: NE_Elaine Jul 20, 2012 10:37 AM

                                    yes, and WFD is also a thread on Home Cooking that is on #155!

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                                  NE_Elaine RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 09:41 AM

                                  I think this is a fantastic idea.
                                  I only see savory options, so I would like to offer a sweet option. This is mostly because I recently discovered an awesome recipe for a Bumbleberry (Triple Berry) Pie.

                                  BERRY or STONEFRUIT PIES

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                                  1. re: NE_Elaine
                                    blue room RE: NE_Elaine Jul 20, 2012 10:57 AM

                                    Don't worry, as fall follows summer and the holidays loom there will probably be lots more sweet options.

                                  2. mariacarmen RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 10:36 AM

                                    FISH TACO!

                                    1. Breadcrumbs RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 12:08 PM


                                      QUINOA SALAD

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                                        jen kalb RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 20, 2012 01:36 PM

                                        definitely QUINOA SALAD

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                                          herby RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 20, 2012 04:28 PM

                                          Good idea about QUINOA SALAD, Breadcrumbs!

                                        2. jpr54_1 RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 12:53 PM

                                          Are there going to be separate links for different chowhound sites or just one big site?

                                          I prefer one big site

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                                            Dave MP RE: jpr54_1 Jul 20, 2012 01:07 PM

                                            Not sure I understand your question....but maybe you're asking if people will report in one big thread or in separate threads? My thinking is that people will all report back about what they have cooked in one big thread, much like in Cookbook of the Month. Then in September, there will be a new thread.

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                                              jpr54_1 RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 01:14 PM

                                              yes that is what i meant

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                                                jpr54_1 RE: jpr54_1 Jul 21, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                I have seen at least 3 other threads for recipe of the month including San Francisco

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                                                  L.Nightshade RE: jpr54_1 Jul 21, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                  I think the San Francisco thread to which you refer is a thread about choosing a dish and trying the dish at different restaurants. I'm not sure what other threads you mention. This is a Home Cooking thread. We wil be selecting a dish, then we will all prepare the same dish, each in our own fashion.

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                    jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade Jul 21, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                    yes, i didn't read the thread correctly-

                                          2. blue room RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 01:15 PM

                                            Am I correct that I make *one* version of Licorice Casserole, and then wait to see all the other versions from other folks? Or am I trying out more than one version in my own kitchen, and reporting on those?

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                                            1. re: blue room
                                              Dave MP RE: blue room Jul 20, 2012 01:22 PM

                                              You can make as many versions as you want. You could potentially make a different version of the same dish every day of the month, and contribute 31 different posts!

                                            2. jpr54_1 RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 04:22 PM

                                              ZUCCHINI BREAD

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                                                Dave MP RE: jpr54_1 Jul 20, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                If these are official nominations, be sure to put them in ALL CAPS so they can be counted/seen more easily, and not mistaken for just a discussion of possible ideas. Thanks!

                                              2. Rubee RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                Some good ones here.

                                                FISH TACOS
                                                GRILLED CHEESE
                                                BABY BACK RIBS

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                                                  LulusMom RE: Rubee Jul 21, 2012 01:48 PM

                                                  I could definitely get myself excited about CEVICHE.

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                                                    EM23 RE: Rubee Jul 23, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                    Another vote for FISH TACOS and:
                                                    SLUMPS, GRUNTS, COBBLERS – SUMMER BERRY DESSERTS

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                                                      EM23 RE: EM23 Jul 25, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                      Editing my nomination:
                                                      FISH TACOS WITH ALL THE FIXINGS (SLAW, CREMA, SALSA, ETC.)
                                                      SLUMPS, GRUNTS, COBBLERS – SUMMER BERRY DESSERTS

                                                  2. jen kalb RE: Dave MP Jul 21, 2012 05:38 AM

                                                    It like to nominate PESTO which is often argued about here.

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                                                      biondanonima RE: jen kalb Jul 23, 2012 10:18 AM

                                                      PESTO is a great idea - herbs are so nice right now. I made a batch of pesto myself just yesterday!

                                                    2. L.Nightshade RE: Dave MP Jul 21, 2012 10:14 AM

                                                      I'd definitely be in for FISH TACOS.
                                                      And now Rubee's idea of CEVICHE has me thinking about that too. A world of different possibilities there!

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                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                        BigSal RE: L.Nightshade Jul 21, 2012 11:22 AM

                                                        FISH TACOS and CEVICHE sound perfect for August!

                                                      2. gingershelley RE: Dave MP Jul 22, 2012 11:45 AM

                                                        I'm in for PESTO and SEVICHE :)

                                                        Then I can make a cilantro pesto seviche!

                                                        1. linguafood RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 03:10 AM

                                                          Besides my own suggestion, I'd also totally be up for CEVICHE.

                                                          1. Berheenia RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                            ZUCCHINI BREAD

                                                            we have to use it up somehow!

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                                                              jpr54_1 RE: Berheenia Jul 23, 2012 07:26 AM

                                                              I will be able to make my favorite recipe from Beard on Bread

                                                            2. BabsW RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                              I'm in for

                                                              SEAFOOD CAKES
                                                              PULLED PORK

                                                              Also neat would be the endless varieties for CHICKEN AND RICE.

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                                                                greeneggsnham RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                I love this idea, too!

                                                                I second the nominations for QUINOA SALAD and POTATO SALAD.

                                                                1. delys77 RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                  With all the summer produce hitting the farmers markets I would love to do a nice vegetable medley, such as RATATOUILLE.
                                                                  There are a lot of versions out there, so it might be fun to see what everyone's favourite is.

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                                                                    MelMM RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                                    CEVICHE appeals to me, and would be a nice compliment to our grilling and salad COTM.

                                                                    1. prima RE: Dave MP Jul 24, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                      PEACH COBBLER

                                                                      1. tcamp RE: Dave MP Jul 24, 2012 03:34 PM

                                                                        Great idea, my favs are:


                                                                        1. rabaja RE: Dave MP Jul 24, 2012 08:32 PM


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                                                                            j8715 RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 09:02 AM

                                                                            černohorský rezeň.

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                                                                              blue room RE: j8715 Jul 25, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                              Okay, I'll bite -- is this the right dish?
                                                                              (looks very good!)

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                                                                                j8715 RE: blue room Jul 25, 2012 09:43 AM

                                                                                that is mostly it. I think it should be translate as "smoked cheese" not "hard cheese" though

                                                                            2. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 09:11 AM

                                                                              Nominations are ending later today....so keep them coming for the next few hours! Will probably set up the voting thread at 3 or 4 PM PST.

                                                                              Dave MP

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                                                                                herby RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                                                Sorting out this nominations thread is going to take an effort - good luck Dave!

                                                                              2. JungMann RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                Given the recent trends on WFD and the bounty that's sprouting in gardens and farms across the country, I'd vote for ZUCCHINI DISHES.

                                                                                1. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                                                  The voting thread is now up! Thanks everyone who participated in this nomination thread....I think this is going to be a great project, regardless of what gets picked!

                                                                                  Voting Thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860346

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