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What's for Dinner #161 [old]

With cooler weather promising fall, a richer dinner seems to be in order.

We are having some friends over, and will have some guacamole with cocktails. Dinner will start with a frisee salad with asparagus and parmesan curls. For the main, we are having duck, which is roasting slowly in the oven now, and which, once it renders most of its fat, will be cooked at a high temperature on the bbq. With that will be dirty rice incorporating some of the duck livers. For dessert I've made a lattice blueberry pie that I'll serve with vanilla ice cream -- not made by me!

That's the most cooking -- and use of the oven -- that has gone on here in a very long time it seems. What's for dinner in your neighborhood?

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  1. Roast pork loin, potatoes, and scalloped green chile/corn.

    1. Making the no-cook pasta sauce on the front page of chow.com today. Going to use fresh mozzarella instead of goat cheese, though, because that's what I have on hand. We spent all day on the beach and had burgers and stuff for lunch, so something easy and light is just what I need.

      1. Two bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts are currently dry-brining in the fridge and will be roasted in the oven later. Side will be nuked COTC slathered with butter and salt and a Greek salad.

        Simples today, as Harters would say.

        1. Today we are having grilled bone in rib eyes with chimichurri sauce, grilled corn on the cob with chili and lime, grilled asparagus. Toddler and I mixed up some chocolate chip cookie dough earlier this afternoon that is now resting in the fridge. So, warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

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          1. re: MAH

            Very nice. I love that you cook with your little one.

            1. re: MAH

              mah, love the sound of your chimichurri sauce.

              Mexican turkey meatballs with two kinds of rice, refried beans, green salad with tomatoes, iced tea and scottish shortbread that I made yesterday spread with a nutella type dark chocolate sauce sandwiched in

              1. re: iL Divo

                I had some leftover grilled pork chops. I chopped leak, garlic, red bell pepper and sauteed in some live oil. Meantime I toasted then steeped an Ancho chilli in a little water. I seaded then minced the pepper and added it and the water to the veg mix. I cut the kernels from two ears of sweet corn and added that. I trimmed the chops and added the bones to the pan along with some Porter ale from the local brewery and let that mixture cook down adding more ale as needed then let rest.

                Before dinner I preheated the oven to 400, shredded the pork and added to the pan and mixed well. I lined a sheet pan with parchment coated with cooking spray. I took a package of egg roll wrappers and put a spoonful of the pork mix into each one then rolled and sealed and placed on the pan. I sprayed the tops and baked in the oven for 15 minutes turning once.

                Man were they good!!!

                1. re: mike9

                  man, they sound good! way to repurpose creatively! did you have a sauce with them, or did they not need it?

                  1. re: mike9

                    mike sounds like a triumphantly successful meal :)

                    I'm cleansing so my meals are set in stone- all the same for 2 weeks.
                    so I had steamed carrots kernel corn fresh spinach with 1/2 chicken breast sautéed (no fat) with herbal iced tea. hub had same but with pilaf rice and a burger patty. he had chocolate I didn't, so sad.

              2. Reposting from the old thread...

                I had all good intentions of "doing stuff" today. I am working (well, the oven is) on the 2nd batch of roasted tomatoes. One more to go. But that "other stuff" is still there. I'm going to blame it on a bum knee that's been bothering me for the past 3-4 days. I went out to get a knee brace, but bought one one size too small, so that's not even being used. And I don't have an Ace bandage to wrap it. I'll get a few things done, but nothing major. Definitely have to get the rest of the tomatoes done, as they'll go bad quickly if I don't.

                Bought some plain sirloin tips yesterday at the butcher, so made a marinade of teriyaki sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, dried minced onion, dried parsley, and Aleppo pepper and poured it over two large tips to marinate. They'll be done on a hot grill pan, and sides will be a baked potato with sour cream and chives, and a sauté of chunks of CSA zucchini, CSA onion, TJ's roasted corn, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and dried thyme.

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                  1. re: roxlet

                    You sound like my sister. She said the same thing while she was bored stuck in traffic at the Hampton tolls on the way home from Maine this evening. ;-)