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Jul 19, 2012 03:51 PM

What's for Dinner #156 [old]

With temperatures here in the NE returning to more pleasant levels, I, for one, am back in front of the stove. For dinner, by my son's request, is one of Marcella's pasta dishes and one of his favorites. Sweet Italian sausage is cut into rounds, sauteed with garlic, tomato is added and allowed to cook for a while, and it is finished with some heavy cream. Not exactly light, but quite delicious. With that we'll have a salad with as many delicious things as I can cram into it!

What's for dinner in your house?

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  1. Sounds yummy!
    I just put stuff in the rice cooker: Lundberg brown basmati, small can of coconut milk, lemon grass, ginger, garlic, water.
    Boneless pork chops marinating in a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic. Will probably throw them on the grill.
    Not sure what veggie yet. Yes, a stir fry would be good, but I might just open a can of carrots (husband prefers canned carrots, go figure).

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    1. re: wyogal

      You know, I have never done that with the rice cooker. I only ever cook rice in it. How does that work? I'm very curious about your method!

      1. re: roxlet

        I just put it all in the rice cooker. I forgot to mention tumeric. Just dump it in, add water to the mark, set it.

        1. re: wyogal

          Easy peasy. I'll definitely have to try this!

          1. re: roxlet

            I also do it with tomato sauce, chicken stock, onion, cumin, and cubes of cilantro (found in the Latin foods section).

      2. re: wyogal

        That rice sounds wonderful. I never thought to cook rice in coconut milk--what a great idea.

        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          ncw: try Jamaican rice and pigeon peas made with coconut milk. It's fantastic.

      3. Leftovers.
        Crispy chicken now becomes reheated chicken tented and baked in the oven in aluminum foil, finished unwrapped under the broiler chicken. All the fennel and sauce from the original recipe will be reserved and warmed in a sauce pan. Deb will mash some potatoes.
        Yanks are on the west coast so NCIS or Burn Notice will be on the plasma. Junior's cheesecake will be on the dessert plate, maybe a small glass of port, too.

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        1. It was about 90 today, so we had corn cut off the cob and limas mixed (does that qualify as succotash, or does that have other stuff in it?), roasted zucchini w/ crumbled goat cheese and balsamic vin, and spinach & romaine salad. Also, like every night in summer, there were sliced tomatoes.

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          1. Thanks to mamachef's encouragement, I fried up my not quite ripe tomatoes and all I can say is wow! Fried orange tomatoes might be my new favorite food. I battered them in cornmeal seasoned with garlic salt, dried onion, pepper, smoked paprika and a couple pinches of berbere, frying them in butter and oil. Served atop zucchini noodles tossed with nettle pesto and feta, all they needed was a dollop of my ghost pepper hot sauce (basically Middle Eastern Sriracha) to offset the richness.

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            1. re: JungMann

              My neighbor always tells me how he prefers riper tomatoes over green when fried. At any rate, it all sounds good.

            2. Everyone's dinners sound more enticing than mine. I made a quick red curry even though it wasn't exactly what I'm in the mood for. Waiting for DH to get home so I can throw in the shrimp. Rice, lime wedges, and a stir-fry of asparagus and mushrooms will accompany. That's WFD tonight.