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Jul 19, 2012 01:12 PM

Introducing the Dish of the Month: August 2012 Nominations

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

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

    1. 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

        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. 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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          1. re: Dave MP

            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.

            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              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.

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                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.

                1. re: NE_Elaine

                  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!

                    1. re: NE_Elaine

                      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

                        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.

                        1. re: NE_Elaine

                          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

                      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. ROAST CHICKEN


                  OKRA PICKLES

                  1. CAPONATA (DI MELANZANE, DI WHATEVER).

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                    1. re: linguafood

                      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?

                      1. re: Dave MP

                        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

                          Alright, I'll go along with CAPONATA.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            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!