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Sep 18, 2012 08:56 AM

What's for Dinner #165 - still touching Fall edition - OLD

Windows have been closed while sleeping; some cool rain is coming into the New England area, although leaves haven't yet started changing (in Massachusetts). But soon; very soon. And I'm craving comfort food - I see braised short ribs in my very near future.

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  1. And I'll repeat what I posted on the previous thread:

    It'll be a salad to use up the CSA lettuce and tomatoes. Well, "use up" is incorrect. Perhaps "use some" is more apropos, as I'll still have plenty left. Will need to figure out how to use that more quickly as I expect there will be more forthcoming in tomorrow's CSA.

    Lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, leftover cut up chicken, grated carrots, and whatever other veggies need to be eaten, goat cheese, dried cranberries, croutons, and a lemon-herb-ginger vinaigrette.

    1. I made meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy this past weekend. This weekend I'm going to roast a chicken, then make chicken & wild rice soup with the leftovers. First time I've turned the oven on in months. I've also started thinking about what I'm going to make for freezing. Autumn is indeed in the air!

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      1. re: lisavf

        Meatloaf and mashed are one of THE ultimate comfort foods for me, lisa! And roasted chicken is one of the others. :-)

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Meat loaf in the near future for us too:)

      2. I have been working my way through a true abundance of produce lately, so dinner tonight both at home and for customers is: corn chowder w/ rosemary, a mixed tomato salad with a basil vinaigrette, marinated grilled London Broil for the meaties, (w/ a side of a baked potato) eggplant parmigiana for the notties (with a plain green salad aside.) And that about does it for this box/farmer's market overshop. Now I can figure it out all over again when I do the exact same thing and the CSA drops off THIS week's box. :)

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        1. re: mamachef

          Your making wonderful things for your crew and your customers, MamaC! Isn't it great to have a wealth of great produce to 'have to fine a way' to use up?

          I love this time of year....

          1. re: mamachef

            Making a corn chowder next weekend. Last of the local sweet corn, I had to include it as one of several soups for a 73rd birthday luncheon buffet for my mom.

            1. re: sunflwrsdh

              Corn chowder is one of my all time favorites

          2. Last night was a simple frittata using up some roasted fingerlings, two eggs, shaved parm & tiny halved heirloom cherry tomatoes. Lots of ground black pepper & some arugula to finish.

            I thawed some Sunday gravy, so for tonight I will boil some chicken-mozz ravioli and top with the gravy, and some parm. Also thawing a loaf of rosemary bread to toast. A mixed green salad too. Good day for a freezer clean out!

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              It all sounds delicious, especially that frittata. Good work on the cleanout!

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                The frittata sounds divine to me. I keep threatening to get organized long enough to find a tried and true frittata I can throw together for dinner. Getting sick of the the same old things I made when there were kids living at home which hasn't been the case since 2005!

                1. re: Berheenia

                  LOL, I know what you mean, Berheenia! I'm sure to be stuck in THAT rut too, when I get there ;-)

                  It really was a thrown together dish...just sautéed the potatoes a bit to warm them through, they were leftovers. Poured the eggs on top, let it set. Then topped with the cheese & raw tomato halves. Peppered, plated then another toss of arugula. Very simple yet satisfying. Of course, my kids wouldn't eat that; regular omelettes or scrambled for them, lol!

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Hmm... I always thought a frittata had to be flipped in the pan or finished in the oven so I could see us ending up with
                    a. dinner on the floor or
                    b. a frisbee for dinner

                    thanks for the help with moving on ...

                    1. re: Berheenia

                      It's how determine if I'm cookiing frittata or tortilla.

                      Tortilla gets flipped over (using the two plate trick) to finish

                      Frittata just goes under the grill to finish.

                      1. re: Harters

                        but the result is the same, with none the wiser.

                      2. re: Berheenia

                        Yes, normally I put a frittata under the broiler to finish, but I wanted to keep the tomatoes fresh.... So it was more like an open faced omelette that I didn't fold :)

                2. Have not been around to much....My oldster step dad passed away on Labor day....I am lucky to have had two dads who I loved very much...(he was 90 years old and died in his sleep after some sustained illness...) my dad is still alive and will be 90 as well....Sad New Year celebration but looking to a bright new year....

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                  1. re: PHREDDY

                    So sorry to hear of your loss, PHREDDY, lucky man to have had two dads to love.

                    1. re: PHREDDY

                      So sorry to hear of your loss, peace to you & your family.

                      1. re: PHREDDY

                        Phreddy - SO sorry for your loss, and our hearts are with you as you move through the stages of loss and grief for him.... SO glad you still have your other dad around.

                        Hope the NY can be as happy as possible in this difficult time!

                          1. re: PHREDDY

                            Oh so sorry to hear this Phreddy... at whatever age, it's so hard and painful to lose them. sometimes i'm not sure which is worse - if you've had them around for soooo long, the world is unimaginable without them. I'm glad you're back with us.

                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                PHREDDY, my condolences to your family. It is so hard to lose someone you love. Please take good care.
                                Peace of Heart,

                                  1. re: PHREDDY

                                    My thoughts are with you as well, Phreddy.

                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                        That's some longevity, and I imagine you have lots to celebrate about both your dads. Sorry for your loss.