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LindaWhit Sep 18, 2012 08:56 AM

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.

What's cooking where you are?

  1. LindaWhit Sep 18, 2012 09:00 AM

    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. lisavf Sep 18, 2012 09:55 AM

      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
        LindaWhit Sep 18, 2012 10:01 AM

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

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          sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:07 PM

          Meat loaf in the near future for us too:)

      2. mamachef Sep 18, 2012 11:16 AM

        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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          gingershelley Sep 18, 2012 05:09 PM

          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....

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            sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:09 PM

            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.

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              scubadoo97 Sep 23, 2012 06:13 PM

              Corn chowder is one of my all time favorites

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            Dirtywextraolives Sep 18, 2012 11:29 AM

            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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              mamachef Sep 18, 2012 11:44 AM

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

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                Berheenia Sep 19, 2012 08:43 AM

                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!

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                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 19, 2012 09:25 AM

                  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!

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                    Berheenia Sep 19, 2012 10:27 AM

                    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 ...

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                      Harters Sep 19, 2012 11:23 AM

                      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.

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                        mariacarmen Sep 19, 2012 03:14 PM

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

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                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 19, 2012 04:07 PM

                        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 :)

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                          gingershelley Sep 19, 2012 07:51 PM

                          'like'!

                2. PHREDDY Sep 18, 2012 03:59 PM

                  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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                    GretchenS Sep 18, 2012 04:51 PM

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

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                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 18, 2012 04:52 PM

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

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                        gingershelley Sep 18, 2012 05:09 PM

                        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!

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                          LindaWhit Sep 18, 2012 05:18 PM

                          My sympathies, Phreddy.

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                            mariacarmen Sep 18, 2012 06:03 PM

                            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.

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                              scubadoo97 Sep 18, 2012 06:30 PM

                              Sorry for your loss

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                                mamachef Sep 19, 2012 06:27 AM

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

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                                  BananaBirkLarsen Sep 19, 2012 07:34 AM

                                  So sorry for your loss Phreddy.

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                                    MaryContrary Sep 19, 2012 10:35 AM

                                    My thoughts are with you as well, Phreddy.

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                                      MaryContrary Sep 19, 2012 12:05 PM

                                      Had wondered where you were.

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                                        roxlet Sep 19, 2012 01:13 PM

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

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                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:11 PM

                                          So sorry for your loss, Phreddy.

                                        2. GretchenS Sep 18, 2012 04:54 PM

                                          Reposted from Meatballs thread.

                                          Tonight I made MMRuth's Swedish Meatballs, as first posted in a thread in January, 2006

                                          These were completely amazing. I cannot urge you strongly enough to make them. I am filled with regret that it has taken me more than 6 years since she first posted them and I copied the recipe to make them. All the many meals I made during those years which were not nearly as good. Sigh.

                                          Ground beef and pork, panade, grated onion, salt, allspice, egg. Mix ahead so you can refrigerate until they set up before forming the meatballs. Refrigerate again if you have time. Saute in butter. Serve. Be very happy. Recipe here with some tips in subsequent posts. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2827... Knowing MMR to be a gifted cook I did not make any changes other than cutting all amounts in half to make a smaller batch. I did make a gravy from the drippings once the meatballs were browned and that was a waste of time and calories, it was completely surplus to requirements. I think these meatballs would work really well with sauteed or braised cabbage. I will let you know soon!

                                           
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                                            gingershelley Sep 18, 2012 05:16 PM

                                            WOW, GretchenS, that is a ringing endorsement! I clearly must - before Meatball Month ends, make these swedish meatballs.

                                            I think I have ground meat on the brain, as yesterday, after grinding sirloin and chuck (with a bit of pork fat from the freezer to compensate for lack in my purchased slabs) - I thought -"what are you doing making burgers? Shouldn't these be meatballs?

                                            I am kind of fascinated about how the concept of the DOTM has become so interesting so quick!

                                            Thanks for sharing, and shall report back if I make these, but may be not till OCT. as the weather here is really keeping me from anything other than summery choices still. In SEA, to have nearly 80°' weather is keeping me on grilling, veggies and salad for now.

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                                              LindaWhit Sep 18, 2012 05:17 PM

                                              Gretchen, you might want to check that link. I got a Whoops! message. Not sure if part of the URL is missing?

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                                                GretchenS Sep 18, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                Trying the link again http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2827...

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                                                  LindaWhit Sep 18, 2012 07:13 PM

                                                  That one worked. :-)

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                                                scubadoo97 Sep 18, 2012 06:31 PM

                                                Looks and sounds really tasty

                                              3. BananaBirkLarsen Sep 18, 2012 05:01 PM

                                                I'm also doing the Swedish meatball thing tonight, although mine are somewhat improvised and limited by the contents of my fridge. The meat will be a mixture of beef and turkey. The gravy will be made from drippings and sour cream, with a touch of buttermilk to thin it out. Sides will be mashed Yukon golds (skin on, of course) and quick pickled cucumber-red onion salad. Dessert will be single-serving banana-walnut cakes (made from the sourdough banana bread batter that didn't fit into my loaf pan) with a layer of dulce de leche in the middle.

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                                                  GretchenS Sep 18, 2012 11:22 PM

                                                  Sounds great as always, BBL!

                                                2. gingershelley Sep 18, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                  Tonight is simple food. A marinated 1/2 chicken brined for a couple hours with the usual salt, water, sugar, garlic and bay leaf - going to be grilled after drying for an hour with an under-skin rub of oregano, garlic, lemon and chives. Fresh market corn and a tomato and avocado salad with a sprinkle of cilantro on top.

                                                  Glad to have a few more of these 'summer' dinners left to remember when things cool off and cloud up as they will soon enough. Out to the outdoor living room table - and a glass of wine raised to you all, in honor of the end of summer, and the approaching fall.... Aaahh memories:)

                                                  Soon enough, the doors to the outside will close, and the rain will start - but it's holding off in SEA, and we can't be MORE pleased!

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                                                    GretchenS Sep 18, 2012 06:26 PM

                                                    So glad for you about the weather, gs, and that is one great-sounding dinner to celebrate it with!

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                                                      gingershelley Sep 18, 2012 06:33 PM

                                                      Thanks Gretchen - it a fabulous, perfect, 78 here tonight - and I am heading out to water plants. No rain of any measure for nearly 55 days - an almost record, which we truly appreciate due to our dull sky much of the 'other months'. Of course, we have amazing outdoor recreation, some amazing days of sun in winter, and little snow during the colder months, but we can never, never not appreciate this run of SUN:)

                                                  2. weezieduzzit Sep 18, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                    Chicken tagine is making the house smell wonderful. Israeli cous cous with dried fruit will accompany it, wilted spinach on the side. SIL bought mango Mochi for dessert. :)

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                                                      alliegator Sep 19, 2012 07:44 AM

                                                      I also did chicken tagine last night. It was my first go at cooking with a tagine, and I was pretty pleased. Saffron rice pilaf on the side. this meal will be getting heavy rotation in my home as it cools down more.

                                                       
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                                                        GretchenS Sep 19, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                        Really pretty picture, allie!

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                                                          alliegator Sep 19, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                          thanks :)

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                                                          weezieduzzit Sep 19, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                          Beautiful! (and delicious looking....)

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                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 19, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                            Nice job, both of you. I've got to try that dish one of these days. If I don't have a tagine by then, can a Dutch oven work for the recipe?

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                                                              alliegator Sep 19, 2012 09:43 AM

                                                              Yes! I've done it that way before--just sear the meat first, then add whatever else you wish. The tagine and proper spice mix are things I picked up on my recent trip to Morocco. Taking pictures of our new dinner creations is a fun way to share memories with the girls I traveled with :)
                                                              And thanks, weezieduzzit!

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                                                                weezieduzzit Sep 19, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                A dutch oven works great. As much as I'd like to add a tagine to the collection, I don't have room for one. I'm already playing musical cabinets with the kitchenware I have.

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                                                                  alliegator Sep 19, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                  I'm having the same issue with storage. Right now, the tagine is just sort of displayed on a large shelf I keep for showing my travel junque. Had I not gone to Morocco, I'd still be dutch ovenining it, and enjoying the same results.

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                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 19, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                    Yum, great, thanks for the advice, now I will try one without reservation!

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                                                              Friedbutter Sep 26, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                              YUM! Just put this on next week's menu. Thanks for sharing!

                                                          2. roxlet Sep 18, 2012 06:53 PM

                                                            With a nice piece of guanciale hanging around the refrigerator, I decided it was time for some A'Matriciana. I used Batali's recipe from the Babbo cookbook, and I even used his basic sauce recipe, which is significantly different than mine. My recipe is similar to the one in My Calabria, this month's COTM, in that it's just tomatoes, a little olive oil, garlic and salt. Batali's recipe has garlic, onions, thyme, and finely grated carrot. I only hinted at the carrot, not wanting the sauce to be too sweet with all the onion in it. Anyway, it turned out great, and I would definitely make this again.

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                                                              gingershelley Sep 18, 2012 07:17 PM

                                                              So you did put in onion and grated carrot Roxlet? Curious, as I LOVE an Amatriciana, but think it should be simples... Also will look up the My Calabria version, and check in on your advice/ experience. Anyway, it sounds GREAT! Guancialle, etc. can never be bad when made by a great cook such as yourself.

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                                                                roxlet Sep 19, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                Thanks for the lovely compliment, GS! Yes, I did put in the onion, but I used a regular onion and not the Spanish onion specified in the recipe. The recipe says half a medium carrot, grated, but I only added a 1/4 at most. My son said that he could definitely taste that it was different than the usual sauce I make, but he said he liked it. I like simple too, and maybe would just do it my way next time for comparison. The thyme (I used fresh from the garden, and maybe a bit less than the 3 tablespoons suggested) didn't have as assertive a taste as I feared it might. It was all very good, though my husband said I might have tipped the hot pepper flake container into the sauce a bit too forcefully. Some like it hot, and that's me. :)

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                                                              Harters Sep 19, 2012 06:18 AM

                                                              Dinner is a Nigel Slater recipe from the Sunday newspaper back in March. I've been waiting till parsnipos came back into season to try it. So, the absolutely not exotically named "Parsnip & potato croquettes".

                                                              You steam spuds and parsnips till they are just about cooked. Then you fry them in butter for a little while, a ong with cumin and hot pimenton. You then mash it, roll it into sausage shapes and chill them to firm up. The they get egg & breadcrumbed, fried a bit more to give some colour to the crumbs and then finished off in the oven.

                                                              He suggests a tomato sauce - onion, tinned tomatoes, sherry vinegar, a little sugar to balance it and a good simmer to reduce.

                                                              We've got runner beans to have alongside. And there's some excellent figs to nosh on.

                                                              I hope it isnt all too much a faff just for a veggie sausage!

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                                                                mamachef Sep 19, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                                I think it's absolutely just the right amount of faff, Harters. :) Those croquettes sound pretty special - I really like parsnips and may try to approximate them. I made something similar the other night; potato/peanut croquettes, to go with a menu that had kinda African flavors. In my book, anything small and round and fried is tops. :)
                                                                Enjoy your meal, sir.

                                                              2. Berheenia Sep 19, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                WFD is a red bean and rice mix and some kielbasa I found way in the back of the freezer. We have beet greens from the farm and a brioche roll.

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                                                                  MaryContrary Sep 19, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                                  I'm going to go the meatball route with a tomato/onion gravy. Mashed potatoes and steamed carrots. Need to make a trip to the grocery store very soon. Options are getting fewer.

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                                                                    mamachef Sep 19, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                                    Mmmmmm those meatballs sound good, like Swiss steak flavors. Lucky you. :)

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                                                                      MaryContrary Sep 20, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                                      Pretty yummy, mc. Tomato gravy is good with just about anything. Well, maybe not chicken.

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                                                                    gembellina Sep 19, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                    Tonight is stir-fried greens with chicken and peanuts. I have some kale and will nip to the greengrocer to see what else looks good. The recipe is from my new favourite cookbook, Everyday Flexitarian. I stupidly signed up to index it for Eatyourbooks and it's taking forever!

                                                                    1. mamachef Sep 19, 2012 11:52 AM

                                                                      Meatballs here too: Sweet/Sour meatballs, made w/ my usual meatball recipe in a gingersnap-thickened (and seasoned) tomato gravy. I was able to find some REALLY good vegetarian "notballs" so I can serve my vegetarian clients the same thing. Side dishes: a broad noodle kugel with sour cream and poppyseeds, broccoli, blanched and then briefly sauteed with garlic oil, and a romaine salad with sliced apples and toasted walnuts, maybe a really light sprinkle of blue cheese; and vinaigrette using walnut oil and apple cider vinegar. Dessert is those gingersnaps and some really tart lemon sherbet. Next meatball thingy will definitely be tiffeecanoe's Konisberger Klops, but sweet and sour was screamin' at me today, and sweet and sour it shall be. ;)

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                                                                        MaryContrary Sep 19, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                        Shaming myself at the scan of mamachef's menu.

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                                                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                                          I know...me too! Mamachef rules:)

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                                                                            MaryContrary Sep 24, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                            She does, indeed.

                                                                      2. prima Sep 19, 2012 03:23 PM

                                                                        Italian sausage & quinoa stuffed tomatoes.

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                                                                          doberlady Sep 19, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                          I went super easy and tried that 3 ingredient pasta sauce (tomatoes, butter, onion)

                                                                          I have to admit and say that I was skeptical. Sauce was amazing, simply delicious.

                                                                          we had the sauce over gnocchi with fresh mozzerella.

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                                                                            prima Sep 19, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                            Good to know. I haven't made that 3 ingredient sauce- might try it one of these days. ;-)

                                                                        2. weezieduzzit Sep 19, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                          Just taught young sister in law to make creme brulee. She expected it to be much more difficult and when we put them in the oven she said "That's it?!!?" I think we're going to top them with banana slices sprinkled with sugar and she'll get the honor of torching them.

                                                                          Korean short ribs on the grill will be accompanied by kimchi and rice. I'm thinking we need something green but will have to see what we have, maybe some of the Earthbound Farms power greens mix of baby greens if I'm correct in thinking there is a package in the crisper drawer, it'll offset the sweetness of the beef marinade. I hate to waste good hot coals so I marinated a couple packages of bone in chx thighs with mojo criollo marinade for lunches tomorrow.

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                                                                            scubadoo97 Sep 19, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                            Mmmmmm... Kalbi

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                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 19, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                              I know...one of my favorites too...

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                                                                              mariacarmen Sep 20, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                                              mmmm.... all of it.

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                                                                                steve h. Sep 20, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                                                yes, what mc said.

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                                                                              nativebatonrougean Sep 19, 2012 06:31 PM

                                                                              I see bratwurst & sauerkraut in my near future.

                                                                              1. roxlet Sep 19, 2012 07:09 PM

                                                                                Tonight we started witha Caesar salad followed by rack of lamb with scallion mashed potatoes. Simple and delicious!

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                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 19, 2012 08:19 PM

                                                                                  Yum! Nice weeknight meal!

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                                                                                    mariacarmen Sep 20, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                                                    yah - i'll say!

                                                                                  2. PHREDDY Sep 20, 2012 05:31 AM

                                                                                    I want to thank all of you fellow CHounders for your thoughts and prayers...It has been a rough three months.....but....What I have found here on this board is comfort and a familiar place.....although I have not posted...I read daily all of your comments , suggestions and thoughts....After all at a time like this I am eating many of my comfort foods...

                                                                                    Last night was skirt steak with a homade chimcurri, Greek salad with zucchini, tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta, basil, zest of a some lemon, evoo , lemon juice , s&p... and smashed spuds....White zinfadel to start with a fedw black olives....

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                                                                                      mamachef Sep 20, 2012 05:46 AM

                                                                                      PHREDDY, I went through something similar not very long ago, so I really know what you mean about the familiarity and the comfort of these boards and these familiar voices. It can be a welcome distraction at times like this, as well as a source of succor. Let your community surround you and feed you, and know that many thoughts are with you. For the most part, this is a good community of very kind people. Best to you.
                                                                                      Marci

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                                                                                        mariacarmen Sep 20, 2012 04:33 PM

                                                                                        yup - these are good people here, who comforted me and continue to help and support me from afar whenever similar family issues arrive - and they always do.

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                                                                                          PHREDDY Sep 21, 2012 05:32 AM

                                                                                          You are so correct....it feels real good....thank you!

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                                                                                        Berheenia Sep 20, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                                        A virtual chicken casserole from me Phreddy. Hope you are being gifted with lots of homemade comfort food by your local community.

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                                                                                          PHREDDY Sep 21, 2012 05:33 AM

                                                                                          Can I have some roasted red potatoes along side of your caserole? ( thank you!)

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                                                                                            Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                                                            How about some roasted reds by Guy whatshisname sans the blue cheese- I watched this show at the gym and of course I had to make it... so much for weight loss and working out...
                                                                                            lol
                                                                                            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gu...

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                                                                                          GretchenS Sep 20, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                                                          I am sending you virtual meatloaf and mashed potatoes, PHREDDY, and a nice bottle of zinfandel. Sounds as though you are taking good care of yourself in the comfort food department, which is good since virtual food has limited nutritional value. :) Our thoughts will continue to be with you and yours, you have had a tough summer of loss.

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                                                                                            PHREDDY Sep 21, 2012 05:31 AM

                                                                                            G.....funny you mention that , my sister is coming for diner next week and she asked for meatloaf....I will not that the meal is with your good wishes to us!

                                                                                          2. re: PHREDDY
                                                                                            steve h. Sep 20, 2012 04:08 PM

                                                                                            Hang in there PHREDDY.

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                                                                                              PHREDDY Sep 21, 2012 05:34 AM

                                                                                              :-)...the Yanks continue to inspire, as my Mets fall further into the abyss. Thanks Steve.

                                                                                          3. mamachef Sep 20, 2012 05:54 AM

                                                                                            It IS starting to feel a bit like Summer is over. I'm not fooling myself; in these parts we can usually count on a suprise a few weeks after the nip sets in; the suprise of perhaps another weeks' worth of heat sometime soon. (But not today.) So, in honor of Fall having, well, almost fallen:
                                                                                            Smothered Pork Chops for the majority: thick, bone-in chops that I'll brown well and cover with sliced onions and peppers, then "smother" in a pan gravy and bake. I just scored a new ceramic mandoline, so I'll play with that, and make Edna Lewis' potato casserole, which is so simple and results in total silence at the table while people grub down; homemade applesauce that I might doctor up into a cranberry applesauce, since I like the way the tartness plays with the richness of the pork, and slow-cooked string beans. Maybe a simple green salad; maybe not. Dinnah is served.
                                                                                            Oh, the vegetarian family will be having these weird veg. "cutlets" they like, prepared in much the same way as the regular chops. I call these odd food reproductions, "meef." :)

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                                                                                              gingershelley Sep 20, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                                                              Sounds like good fall-transition food. Smothered pork chops. Nice feeding the troops!

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                                                                                                MaryContrary Sep 20, 2012 11:58 AM

                                                                                                Pork chops. Smothered. Mmmmmm.

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                                                                                                  sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                  Mamachef...one word...YUM!

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                                                                                                Harters Sep 20, 2012 06:09 AM

                                                                                                Upcoming....brown gloop meatballs. With pasta.

                                                                                                1. Berheenia Sep 20, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                                                                  I have a large yellow squash I'm going to stuff with sausage and cheese and whatever I can find in the depths of the veggie drawers in the fridge as they are overdue for a cleanout. Good excuse to turn on the oven too- high of 63F and sunny is the forecast today. EDIT that's 17 C - I always wonder when the temp is posted in Celsius how hot or cold it really is ....

                                                                                                  1. BananaBirkLarsen Sep 20, 2012 08:56 AM

                                                                                                    Last night was pizza. Sourdough crust, topped with sauce and cheese, some green pepper and the leftover Swedish meatballs from two nights ago, crumbled up. Not sure what we'll be having tonight.

                                                                                                    1. gingershelley Sep 20, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                                                      Still having warm-ish days here in the low 70's, at least through the weekend. Been busy trying to get some yard work in before the rains come, so not working very hard in the kitchen.

                                                                                                      Last night was some left over very neutral pulled pork out of the freezer, doctored up with cumin, a hatch chili, onion and garlic for a burrito filling. That smothered in a quick chili sauce and cheese, baked till piping hot, and served on a bed of shredded lettuce with pico, avocado and crema. Home made burrito hit the spot!

                                                                                                      Later today I am making a ginger-pear upside down cake to take to a friend's for dinner tonight for her birthday. My favorite fall dessert:)

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                                                                                                        mamachef Sep 20, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                                        That cake sounds fantastic; right up my alley. Is it a spice cake base, or a regular upside-down cake base?

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                                                                                                          steve h. Sep 20, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                                                          Yeah, that cake sure sounds great.

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                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 20, 2012 06:21 PM

                                                                                                            I LOVE this cake - it is a spice cake, with chopped candied ginger, molasses, etc. in it. I actually increase the candied ginger by putting some into the cake, and also use an additional pear so my pear topping is nice and thick.

                                                                                                            This is the recipe I started with: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pear-... it's from an old Sunset magazine... I hope you adopt it as a new fall tradition!

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                                                                                                            sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:16 PM

                                                                                                            That combination sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                          3. GretchenS Sep 20, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                            It has gotten cool around here the last few days. Tuesday I got home early and in addition to the Swedish meatballs I made a huge pot of country-style pork ribs and FM greens -- TONS of greens -- with lots of garlic and scallions. So I had some of that last night, doctored up with cider vinegar on the greens and lots of Chipotle tabasco, sided with saffron rice. Yum. Packaged up the rest for the freezer. Tonight will be lamb kabobs with leftover saffron rice and veg of some sort. But I keep thinking about those Swedish meatballs...

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                                                                                                              LindaWhit Sep 20, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                                                                              Oh those lamb kabobs sound great, Gretchen, even though I'm not in the mood to cook. If I'm here at work tomorrow, I'll have lamb in a salad (company lunch).

                                                                                                              I've been trying to fight off a cold, and I think it's winning. So we'll see how I do tomorrow. For tonight, I'll be making cream cheese-scrambled eggs and a toasted English muffin for dinner tonight - and then probably watching the DVR'd Top Chef Masters and heading to bed with a nightcap of Nyquil.

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                                                                                                                steve h. Sep 20, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                Scrambled eggs with cheese and a toasted English muffin. That's comfort food.

                                                                                                                Lose the Nyquil, build yourself a real drink. Fight colds, never surrender.

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                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Sep 21, 2012 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                  Well, the Nyquil helped me (mostly) sleep. But didn't rid me of this cold. It's a full-blown stuffy-headed me. A bit of work to get a few things out of the way, and then home for a nap.

                                                                                                                  I'm thinking maybe a chicken and vegetable curry with *lots* of ginger to help clear the head for dinner tonight. If I'm in a mood to cook.

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                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 21, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                    Feel Better - LW, a hot curry with lot's of ginger (or take out!) should help things along:)

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                                                                                                                      Berheenia Sep 21, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                      Hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than a weekend of sick days!

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                                                                                                                        sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                        Feel better soon, LindaWhit!

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                                                                                                                  MaryContrary Sep 20, 2012 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                  We're both craving pizza. Unusual, and since we have it only once every three months or so, I have no intention of learning how to do this myself. So picked up a large pepperoni take and bake at Papa Murphy's for only $4.99 and will make a big salad with every salad veg I can find in the fridge. Even sprang for some radicchio at $3.99 which negates any savings on the pizza.

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                                                                                                                    MaryContrary Sep 20, 2012 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                    Although, I'm sure I'm probably missing out on something great.

                                                                                                                  2. steve h. Sep 20, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                    Pasta alla Gricia.
                                                                                                                    We have thick spaghetti, Pecorino Romano, pepper and guanciale so this classic is on the menu.
                                                                                                                    The recipe is courtesy of Gina DePalma. Here's a link:

                                                                                                                    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                                                                                                                    I'll parole an Italian red from the wine jail. Football Giants will be on the plasma. It's getting chilly here in Lower Fairfield County, sun is going down way too early for my tastes. A little comfort food goes a long way.

                                                                                                                    1. scubadoo97 Sep 20, 2012 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                      With the Jewish New Year and family gatherings now behind me and a monthly cigar dinner last night it's time to get back to making some dinner at home. It's been almost a week!

                                                                                                                      Up for tonight is caramelized cauliflower and tahini and seared salmon with a mixed green salad.

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                                                                                                                        mr_inSF Sep 20, 2012 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                        Last weekend we BBQ's chipotle pork cheeseburgers with adobo sauce. Topped then with munster cheese, diced tomotillos, avocado, and little mayo. THEY WERE DIVINE.

                                                                                                                        Ground pork with minced chiptole and adobe sauce mixed in. Simple. Fast. Perfect unique combination wht the topping.

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                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 20, 2012 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                          Those sound divine! I love it, will have to try those!

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                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Sep 20, 2012 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                            oh man ditto on the divine!

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                                                                                                                              GretchenS Sep 21, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                              me three!

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                                                                                                                                sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                And me four...sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 20, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                            Caprese open faced panini on the garlic-cheese bread from last night
                                                                                                                            Ziti w Sunday gravy, redux
                                                                                                                            Braised Tuscan kale w pancetta, shallot & garlic
                                                                                                                            Neapolitan ice cream

                                                                                                                            1. steinpilz Sep 20, 2012 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                              Seasonally, I've made a big batch of green chili with pork stew, also corn and green chili stew, and I've harvested basil and made pesto - I froze most of all three to have throughout the winter.

                                                                                                                              I also made an 80s style taco salad for my nephew - mixed up with nachos and Kraft Catalina dressing.

                                                                                                                              @castorpman

                                                                                                                              1. roxlet Sep 20, 2012 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                Tonight I made the halal cart chicken and rice from Serious Eats. It was seriously eaten up!

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                                                                                                                                  twodales Sep 20, 2012 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                  Spent too much time hanging around the International terminal tonight waiting for the Swedish Cuzzin' to turn up, so had to readjust the dinner plans.
                                                                                                                                  Threw together a quick meal...guess you'd call it lemon piccata... but it was my invention...so I thought. LOL!

                                                                                                                                  Penne, olive oil and parmigiano plus a little broccoli. A few adult bevvies and the lad is snoozing his jet lag away.

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                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 21, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                    Oh - I had my eye on that dish and lost sight of it. Thanks for the reminder. Looks simple and easy, and nothing we have 'carts' serving around the NW....

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                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                      It is, and it's delicious. My three really liked it.

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                                                                                                                                        roxlet Sep 24, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                        Yes, I doubled the recipe, and it was still almost finished by my son who had seconds, and just left enough for a snack after school. My husband said he had a big lunch and didn't want much dinner, so I let him help himself, and HE went back for seconds. It's a big hit at our house, and with some lettuce and tomatoes, a really nice dinner.

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                                                                                                                                    Harters Sep 21, 2012 01:35 AM

                                                                                                                                    Last night, I braised some beef along with onions and rehydrated trompette a la mort. That just needs warming through. We Brits are an imaginative race of people - the cut of beef that I braised is the one sold as "braising beef".

                                                                                                                                    Alongside, there'll be plainly boiled turnips and spuds of some sort. Or no spuds if the day works as planned and we get a pub lunch while we're out.

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                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Sep 21, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                      love the name of those shrooms....

                                                                                                                                      here's hoping you got your pub lunch!

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                                                                                                                                        Harters Sep 21, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                        Yep. A slightly worrying name for something you're intending to eat.

                                                                                                                                        And we did get the pub lunch, although the day turned to rat shit somewhat and we only had time for one course (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869976

                                                                                                                                        )

                                                                                                                                        Turnips are going to get a sugar/mustard glaze which seems to be an American way with them.

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                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Sep 22, 2012 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                          it sounds a delight. but when you say pub lunch, being a silly american, i expect bangers and mash and fish and chips and toads-in-the-hole, and the loik. not a gruyere potato cake and a boiguh!

                                                                                                                                          and (i asked this on the other thread too) - what are considered proper chips then? rounds?

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                                                                                                                                            Harters Sep 23, 2012 03:43 AM

                                                                                                                                            MC

                                                                                                                                            I've answered the chip question more fully over on the other thread. But, quickly for here, a "proper" chip is like your index finger.

                                                                                                                                            And it's funny you should mention sausages & mash and fish & chips. That's exactly what the table next to us was eating. We now fortunate to have quite a number of pubs doing good bistro type food. Not the full gastro pub experience, that might make a place a destination restaurant, but a place where you can certainly get a good lunch or dinner. Don't want to go too far off-topic, as the mods are rightly not keen, but here's the link to the pub's menu page. http://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/grosvenorarms/menu/. The mods will know that I always post my reviews to the CH UK board so hope they won't mind this link to egullet's "pub" thread, where I also post. The format of that thread may giive you a better feel for our pub dining scene. It's relevent to home cooking as experiences at that sort of level of professional cooking are the sort of dishes that the home cook might try to replicate. http://forums.egullet.org/topic/12135...

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                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Sep 23, 2012 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                              that menu is stunning in its fusions and twists and turns - i love it! and i do always feel that home cooking is abetted and aided by meals we have when we go out.

                                                                                                                                              i'll go check out your explanation re the proper chip.

                                                                                                                                              thanks Mr. H!

                                                                                                                                              ETA - i just added some pics of different fries over on your CH post.

                                                                                                                                              and damn.... "..roast pheasant with truffled mash and creamed leeks and a huge sirloin steak with chips and bearnaise."

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                                                                                                                                                gingershelley Sep 24, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                That menu is really outstanding! I could eat there for a week and not run out of things to choose that sound good - thanks for sharing Harters!

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                                                                                                                                        dianne0712 Sep 21, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                        Italian loaf rustica, a sort of spoon bread filled with Italian sausage, roasted peppers and mozza plus a few aromatics. Yum!

                                                                                                                                        1. twodales Sep 21, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                          Dinner tonight: A little duck pate to start, followed by a salad with butter lettuce, beets, goat cheese and pistachios, Boeuf bourguignon, tiny golden spuds, a yet to be determined veg and a fruit tart for happy endings. A nice St. Emilion to accompany it all.

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                                                                                                                                            scubadoo97 Sep 21, 2012 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                            Nice!

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                                                                                                                                              steve h. Sep 21, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                              Outstanding!

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                                                                                                                                                MaryContrary Sep 21, 2012 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                Second Scuba and Steve.

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                                                                                                                                                  PHREDDY Sep 21, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                  MMMMM...que rico!...I will be there soon.....sounds delish...

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                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 21, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Wow! I love all these fancy dinners you guys make on week nights! Very nice dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley Sep 21, 2012 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Now that's a complete dinner, from start to finish:)!

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                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Sep 22, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        hot damn. that is some good eats.

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                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Sounds amazing!

                                                                                                                                                      2. PHREDDY Sep 21, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Tonight some more easy comfort......my 19 year old son said I am comming home from college....and we are having tacos...I said OK...he said I am making them....what comfort!!!!!
                                                                                                                                                        He is a foodie....like us and wants to feed me some good stuff....I love this!!!!!!!! you all should feel our love...I hope you do!...Tacos, with carne, tomate, lecheuga, queso, olivas negras, salsa verde, salsa de cole, zuchinni, crema ......que mas?....a meal from our son...que rico....

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                                                                                                                                                          scubadoo97 Sep 21, 2012 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                          That's fantastic Phreddy. I would love it if one of my kids did that. Not holding my breath but none the less it would be a real thrill for me. I wouldn't care what was on the menu. Just that they were excited about making some thing and wanted me to share in their excitement.

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                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 21, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Feel the pride and love to you Phreddy - very nice proud (and full) papa!

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                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Nice!

                                                                                                                                                          2. Uncle Bob Sep 21, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Red Wine
                                                                                                                                                            Crawfish Frittata......
                                                                                                                                                            Pear Salad..
                                                                                                                                                            Bite Size 3 Musketeer..........

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                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 21, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Miso glazed black cod (sablefish)
                                                                                                                                                              Over mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                                              And braised kale w pancetta
                                                                                                                                                              Garnished with a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi
                                                                                                                                                              Sake

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                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Sep 22, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                yum!
                                                                                                                                                                have i told you i want you making me dinners?
                                                                                                                                                                i think i have.
                                                                                                                                                                waiting.... *tapping foot, checking watch*.... tick tock! tick tock!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  OMG, your last sentence reminds me so much of one of my sisters.....!

                                                                                                                                                                  And, YES, you have! I actually come quite cheap....just some airfare, room & board, and some entertainment, like wine would work..... Maybe we can work something out?! ;-))

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                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Sep 22, 2012 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    hahaha - your sister is bossy? my sister would love to hear that.

                                                                                                                                                                    your price is quite reasonable!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Is she ever!! Yes, I thought my price was reasonable, too ;p))

                                                                                                                                                              2. gingershelley Sep 21, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                It has been a pretty 'basics' week here at Shangrila, and tonight I am keeping up the streak...

                                                                                                                                                                A simple tri-tip steak, marinated in Worcestershire, lot's of garlic, OO and cracked pepper. That will be grilled with my go-to a skewer of viniagrette marinated mushrooms. After steak is flipped, some crumbled saga blue goes on to melt. Steak is served after resting with the mushrooms and blue cheese. My favorite!

                                                                                                                                                                I am indulging in carbs tonight, and will have a small baked potato with lot's of greek yogurt and green onions added.

                                                                                                                                                                A piece of the pear/ginger upside down cake I brought back from last night's birthday dinner at my friends. Even better the second day!

                                                                                                                                                                1. Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  It wouldn't be TGIF if we didn't have drinks at the local and come home for cheeseburgers cooked in my grandmother's black frying pan with a caesar salad from a bag for the veg. Scrambled eggs with baby bella mushrooms, cheddar and green onions for breakfast this morning. Then it's off to the Italian Sausage Factory to stock up. Whole Foods sausage really bites and I need to get back to the good stuff. WFD will be a sausage pig out. We might even light a fire!

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                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia, what Italian Sausage Factory??? You have no idea how fast I sat up when I read those words. Do you mean DePasquales? I can hardly wait to hear...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia Sep 25, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yes it was DePasquale's but as this isn't a regional board I just said Italian. We ran out of their sausage at the end of August but life was too darn busy to make a trip to Watertown and last week we hit a new low with a WF Italian sausage in a stuffed squash had to toss it. I am so spoiled by Maria's sausage I will never run out again! I got a 5 pound box of sweet and assorted hot and garlic cheese sausages. Also got 3 pounds of the beef pork mix for meatballs. I wasted time and money earlier this month making meatballs (posted in DOTM Meatball thread) using the wrong ground meat! They were greasy and barely edible compared to our usual batch using the famous meat mixture which also makes a mean meatloaf- that's WFD tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Sep 25, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Mmmm....meatloaf.

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                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Sep 25, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I am positively drooling into my keyboard, Berheenia, thanks so much for that comprehensive post! I have bought their sausages but never from the Mother Ship and had no idea about that beef-pork mix. A trip to Watertwon is clearly in order so that I too can say: "Meatloaf, it's WFD." :)

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                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Sep 25, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Umm....I know I've determined *not* to buy more meat until I empty out the freezers, but boy, I'd love to hitch a ride on that trip, Gretchen.

                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps just to look. Yeah! That's it. Sorta-kinda like I did Thanksgiving weekend 2011 when I "went to look" at the local animal shelter. And came home with two brother kittehs. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                              rabaja Sep 25, 2012 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              And I bet you haven't regretted that decision one little bit, LW!

                                                                                                                                                                              Much like kittens, sausages and meatloaf only enrich our lives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS Sep 25, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                What rabaja said. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Sep 25, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL! Very true, rabaja.

                                                                                                                                                                                  And it's only regretted when they either pin me under the covers by lying on either side of me, OR when they try and trip me as I'm walking up or down the stairs because they think I'm going to get them some food. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma Sep 25, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Reminds me of that cute commercial that the gal says "I love your new boots" The guy says, their not boots, they are my cats". Think it is a cat food commercial! 2 Siamese kitties sitting on his feet hugging his legs!

                                                                                                                                                                                    And I agree with rabaja about the sausages and meatloaf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Sep 25, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmmm. Sausages, meatloaf and cats. Say I could only have two, I'd have some serious thinking to do, although sausages would be a given.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Sep 25, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Totally worth the trip- go in the AM as they can run out or better yet on a weekday. There is a freezer full of homemade ravioli and some of their other homemade sausages- breakfast and either a basil or a chinese style. No chicken sausage as Mass State laws dictate a cumbersome process for grinding poultry in a shared butcher shop/factory. Also tons of imported must have dried pastas and other Italian groceries. And they grind their own cheese - a romano I believe. Take Linda with you! Your car will smell so good you have to share!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Sep 25, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ummm. Stop it. Please. ::::la la lalalalahhhhhhh!:::::

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mirage Sep 26, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Unless they've moved, Depasquales is in Newton, not Watertown. Although it is on Watertown Street. Right about the wonderful sausages, though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Sep 27, 2012 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    True - Watertown Street jogs back into Newton (Nonantum Village) but I have to drive to Watertown to get there. And then we get to go to Russo's too! Maybe TMI for a non-regional board.

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                                                                                                                                                                                rabaja Sep 25, 2012 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Ok, this is pretty funny to me. I stumbled into DePasquales the first time I was in Boston (as an adult) last December, and went back last June eagerly, as it was one of the places in the North End that really seemed special.
                                                                                                                                                                                I scooped up the last container of sautéed porcini and packed it in my luggage for the flight home. -the DH thought I was a little nuts, but as a mushroom lover, he supported my efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                They are still in my freezer, which is shameful I know, but I've been saving them for something special.
                                                                                                                                                                                We are headed back to Boston a week from Sunday, so a third stop to DePasquales is on the itinerary. Sounds like a good time to have the porcini...
                                                                                                                                                                                I love the little jingle they have on their website, and I am not typically a jingle kind of gal.
                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.homemade-pasta.com/content...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I want to go to DePasquales! Sounds SOOOOO good. I know, that is kind of shameful of me to be jealous when we have the world famous Salumi here, and Uli's sausage - but that store sounds like it might make me cry from happiness!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja Sep 25, 2012 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    It's pretty wonderful, but I will always be envious of your Salumi. Have yet to get there because of their limited hours!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      rabaja Sep 26, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      And now I am thinking that I am entirely confused and not even talking about the right place...
                                                                                                                                                                                      In any case, I like the shop in Boston, but are you all actually talking about the place in Newton?
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.yelp.com/biz/depasquales-s...
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hard to be a tourist out of the loop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS Sep 26, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, we were talking about the place in Newton (had a temporary mental lapse when I said Watertown), but there are some great places in the North End!

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                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Sep 22, 2012 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              A classic roast pork dinner is the evening repast at Harters Hall. Hopefully!

                                                                                                                                                                              The roofing contractor is here, replacing the flat roof of the part of the house which is the dining room. He says it'll only take today. HAH! When do contractors ever stick to deadlines - this one has been promising to get on site for a month before he finally turned up this morning. And there's such much freaking noise that there's no way I'm having dinner underneath it.

                                                                                                                                                                              Leg of free range piggy. Roast tatties. Roast carrots. Shredded and stirfried cabbage. Gravy. Apple sauce (we called at an orchard farm shop yesterday and bought a couple of kilos of Bramleys which are very sharp and just the job - we'll freeze much of it in portions.)

                                                                                                                                                                              Wimberry pie and custard for afters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Sep 22, 2012 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Roast pork and applesauce - your dinner sounds perfect, Harters. I hope the flat roof is replaced in the one day as promised.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Sep 22, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Work's coming along nicely. And so it should, when I realise how much we're being charged for one days work (and these guys were the cheapest)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I had to google a Wimberry pie and it appears to be a cousin of a blueberry pie and with custard!
                                                                                                                                                                                  There was this darling photo

                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Sep 22, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    That is adorable, Berheenia!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Sep 22, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      The only way to eat a wimberry pie, Berheenia, for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                      And, yes, they're a cousin of the blueberry - but smaller and much sharper in taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                      As far as I know wimberries are not grown as a commercial crop, so you never see them in the supermarkets. The market in the town where I used to work would occasionally have some and I'd always buy to make our own pies. I have a sense that they are mainly a northern fruit, as I think the bushes grow on the wilder moorland that we have around here. This one came from the farmers market, from these folk - http://www.parkfarmshopramsbottom.co....

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                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 22, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Adorable indeed! I want a wimberry smile on my face!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          scubadoo97 Sep 22, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh my. That's cute

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          What are wimberries?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mmmm, roast pork dinner with British piggy -- nothing better.....

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit Sep 22, 2012 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 3+ hour nap on Friday afternoon after leaving work early.
                                                                                                                                                                                            2. A quick chicken and veg curry dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                                            3. A bit of TV - then off to bed for....
                                                                                                                                                                                            4. 10-11 hours more sleep. I guess I needed it.
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Woke up this morning pinned under the covers with a cat curled up tight on either side of me on *top* of the covers.
                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Also wake up with a balloon head. And Rudolph-red nose. :::Sigh:::

                                                                                                                                                                                            But somehow, I have a good bit more energy than I did yesterday. I guess with 14 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours, I should, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                                            I ventured out into the world for some cat stuff, but then got started on stripping corn from 12 ears of corn for freezing (done); making corn stock from the cobs in the stockpot (done); starting 24-hour chicken stock in the crockpot (crockpotting away); and roasting 12 red bell peppers for freezing (done).

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm now a good bit more tired than I was before I started that frenzy. But dinner will still be chicken, corn and roasted red pepper chowder (using some of the corn kernels, corn stock, and roasted red peppers from today). I might make a small salad; I might not. I will bake some take-and-bake crusty rolls, however, to go with the soup (most of which will go into freezer containers).

                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's hoping this is enough of a "chicken soup" to help with this head cold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe some spicy chili will help? A tiny shot of whiskey? Spend Sunday on the couch with a big mug of tea - definitely call in sick on Monday!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Sep 22, 2012 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                oooh linda, feel better! glad you're getting your sleep in, and your chowdering, and especially the cats - they know how to take care of you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma Sep 23, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, Linda, I'm so sorry to hear your not feeling well. I truly hope you are feeling better soon. Nothing like having Dr. Kitties to help you, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your chowder sounds heavenly. I would love that recipe. It should have made you feel better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Sep 23, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK, this is WAY too funny, boyzoma. You asked me two years ago around this time and I posted it back then in that WFD thread, which I just discovered after doing a search for it. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7324...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still omit the liquor, I most definitely use corn stock, I still cut WAY back on the amount of heavy cream, and I still add chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And this time, I didn't par-cook the corn I cut off the cobs, per our discussion way back on WFD #XLVI (a.k.a. #46).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma Sep 23, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bwahahaha! - you are so right! Well this time I'm bookmarking that link in my soup section! I knew there was a reason it sounded so good. I just got done doing a bunch of corn for the freezer too! (again). Thanks for the reminder. DH wants me to make this soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Sep 23, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma, when did you sneak in? did i miss you up above? no mind, good to have you back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope the weekend got rid of your bug, LW.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Still stuffy, but not as bad as I felt on Saturday. Nose is a bit sore. But I slept like a rock last night. So it's working its way out of my system. Thanks for asking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Sep 24, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Feel better, LW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just roasted three enormous chicken breasts to add to a pot of chicken enchilada soup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carnitas nachos w black beans, guac, & salsa, three cheeses
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pear & cinnamon crisps topped w ice cream

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Sep 23, 2012 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken enchilada soup - is that as good as it sounds?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          boyzoma Sep 23, 2012 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It does sound good. Can we have the recipe Dirtywextraolives?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was very good, but unfortunately it was just a dry mix that I added the chicken & tomato sauce to. It had corn & beans in it also, and even the bean hater in the family thought it was delicious, but the dried vegs were so small, you could barely see them ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am planning on trying to replicate the flavors to make it homemade. All I can really tell you is that it had a nice thick, corn tortilla type flavor to it, and I'm not really sure what of the dried ingredients in it would do that, since no tortillas were listed. But I would use Mexican tomato sauce (don't know if enchilada sauce would be too rich), corn & beans, onions and lots of cumin, chili powder & salt. Wish I could before helpful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. boyzoma Sep 23, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night, we had a perfect London Broil on the grill. After it rested it was just the exact pink/red that we wanted. To go with that, I sauteed some mushroom caps in butter, shiraz and marsala wines. Then I baked a spaghetti squash and it turned out to be the best one we have ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight we are having Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Haven't had that in quite a while so I can't wait. A little garlic bread to go with and we are set.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Sep 23, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The 'shrooms sound very good as a topper for London Broil slices!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, we love that Cajun chicken fettuccine recipe, I think I got it from you..... Can't recall. Been kind of craving that, will have to make it in a few weeks, poor hubby is out of town next weekend, and he loves that recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              boyzoma Sep 24, 2012 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad you like it. Well, LindaWhit's roasted red peppers sounded so good, I decided to add some to the alfredo sauce. Turned out so yummy. So tonight I think dinner will be leftover fettuccine/sauce and leftover spaghetti squash. Sometimes I love cleaning out the fridge!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice addition, boyzoma!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. gingershelley Sep 23, 2012 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I got a bit over-busy yesterday cleaning and tasking, etc. as have a house guest coming later in the week for at least several days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner was nothing more than a big salad of tomato, a whole avocado, cut in half, stuffed with Oregon bay shrimp (the tiny salad ones), with a drizzle of lemon and olive oil on it. Sure hit the spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did make a nice plum crumble later in the evening, and some of that with a blob of greek yogurt made for a nice breakfast today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Much more house-chores today, and will put on a pot of chicken stock while going about it all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This dictates that tonight's dinner with probably a chicken soup - type meal, and I think I may make it asian, with some ginger and lemongrass, a spot of basil and cilantro, and put in tiny pork/shimp meatball mix I have left from a meatball I made a couple weeks ago for the DOTM thread. Yup, that's WFD tonight :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Sep 23, 2012 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              your dinner tonight is killing me! i really wanted asian flavors, but didn't want to buy anything since we're leaving tomorrow. go check out the DOTH meatball thread - ina posted similar flavors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley Sep 24, 2012 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too, MC - I got the recipe for these meatballs of DOTM, I made this mixture earlier in the month and served then in a ginger/tomato sauce with a hint of orange. Saved some of the meatball mix as was too much to cook in one batch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bet you will get to eat all kinds of things on your cruise - Asian flavors included:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. scubadoo97 Sep 23, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Going pretty Sunday simple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Flap steak rubbed with ancho/guajillo and morita ground peppers along with salt and a small amount of onion and garlic powders and raw sugar. Sides will be baked Idaho potatoes and salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. LindaWhit Sep 23, 2012 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hadn't planned on making anything for dinner tonight - figured it would be leftovers. But I accidentally took out a half pork tenderloin to defrost instead of chicken a day ago, so that's WFD tonight. I'll simply roast it after rubbing it with olive oil and seasoning it with salt and pepper. But I'm going to make Harters' sauce he used on some fish in the last WFD thread, as I think the flavors will work with pork - 1 Tbsp. each of Worcestershire sauce, whole grain mustard, mango chutney, and orange juice. I'll drizzle some of it on top of the slices of pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sides will be roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MAH Sep 23, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rogan josh is in the slow cooker and the house smells fantastic. Will do some masala roasted cauliflower and some garlicky greens (kale, i think), to go with the lamb curry and basmati rice. I also mixed up a nice batch of ginger lychee margaritas that are chilling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, that all sounds delicious, MAH. How do you do the margs? I've had lychee martinis before, but not in margaritas, sounds intriguing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Sep 23, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it sure does sound wonderful, all of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MAH Sep 24, 2012 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks. the meal was great, but the margaritas needed some help. As originally prepared (1.5 parts tequila blanco, 1 part Canton ginger liqueur, 1/2 part lychee puree) they were fine, but a bit strong and unbalanced. I added a shot or so of mango nectar in the cocktail shaker as I shook each drink w/ice. that helped considerably. So not as gingery as i had hoped, but a nice foil to the spicy curry and sides.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 26, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good to know, thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, since I already planned it, might as well post it, even though its still mid afternoon here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Veal cutlets piccata, with fried capers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over mashed potatoes for kids
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DH & I will have farro with artichokes and herb salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caesar salad (again for kids)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No more pear crisp left, and my peaches are not inspiring me, so Neapolitan ice cream for after

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        scubadoo97 Sep 23, 2012 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fantastic dinner

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you, very much, scubadoo! Very kind to say. Drool over many of your posts as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 24, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Man, you eat well at your house DirtyextraO! I would like a seat at your table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Artichokes in farro sounds great. Will have to borrow this idea.... and I could eat picatta something about every other week, easily. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aren't you sweet to say that! We have our days, I cook simply during the week since its mainly just the kids & I. So I like to do nice weekend dinners when we can! And I love those two packs of veal cutlets I find at Costco. They are cut well, and just enough for company if you wanted to make them all, or just split the pack & make one set. I was truly surprised since I usually have a good bit leftover, which is great for my lunches, but this time, they all had seconds & thirds! Only one cutlet left!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And you would be welcome at my table anytime ;-)). Let me know, I can link you to the farro recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh link us, please link us to that farro artichoke recipe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here you go Girls:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/fa...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS Sep 25, 2012 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, that looks awesome and I have some really nice fresh tarragon that needs using up so that is in my near future!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks back at you DWextra... and for the farro recipe. Will be making that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was out of onions (who does that?!) and no celery root, so I didn't end up making it, but still plan to soon. If you get to it, before me, I'd love to hear your critique of it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DWextra, I will make it soon - perhaps for a dinner guest Thursday evening with a roast chicken, but I know me, and I probably won't follow the recipe as written - I am a riffer for sure, more than a follower - but will post results!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, GS, I bet it would be wonderful with roast chicken! Whether you follow it faithfully or not, I'd love to know what you thought.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I shall report, and yes - farro with artichokes (and I am imagining, since it is Farmer's market day that day) roasted veggies - probably instead of celery root - either in or on the side with said chicken....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 26, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keep I mind, the artichokes are not fresh ones, they are the marinated kind (I believe) in a jar....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 26, 2012 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did notice that, and was surprised... I would probably use a can of TJ's artichokes packed in water, and marinate them myself so I can control the flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. steve h. Sep 23, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chuck will be ground for hamburgers tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deb has been busy all day making soup (minestrone) and veal parmigiana for future meals. The Connecticut hills and ridges are alive with the smell of garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sports (golf, football, baseball) have monopolized the plasma all day. I'll give ground for the "I Didn't Do It" NCIS marathon on cable right now but I'll try to sneak in some Patriots ball when Deb's not looking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              scubadoo97 Sep 23, 2012 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Burgers. Excellent and good meals to come

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Sep 23, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chips, too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kettle fried guys, none of that ridge stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cooking Light recipe for lemon rosemary roast chicken with potatoes. Tossed green salad with shredded carrots, some cubed apples and cheddar, and glazed walnuts. Husbands home made country white bread. Steamed broccoli and mashed butternut squash. Chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream later for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ChristinaMason Sep 23, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner the past few nights has been straight from the freezer to the oven or microwave. No real cooking to speak of, unless you count stirring an Old Fashioned. I did make a fried egg sandwich for breakfast (over medium, topped with reheated onion straws, mesculun, and a schmear of ketchup, on a potato roll), but that's about the extent of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight was a fairly abominable beef pot pie from a Ms. Marie Callendar. I can't wait to get back to cooking after this (interminable) move! Now off to reacquaint myself with Mr. Overholt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Sep 24, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope Mr. Overholt is keeping your chin up during the move, CM - that always sucks to have to do (the moving, not hangin' with Mr. Overholt)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen Sep 23, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  last of the fridge clean-out mode gave us lunch today (i know, not quite on topic, but, i wanna play too!) leftover rosemary chicken thighs with castelvetrano olives were turned into tacos - chopped up the chicken and olives, mixed that with a couple of diced-up chipotles, and added a little bit of taqueria take-out hot sauce, sauteed that all up til the meat was a bit crispy, charred some corn tortillas, topped the chicken with leftover thinly sliced cabbage, scallions, just about-about-to-go cilantro, and shavings of parm cheese. and more hot sauce. what a mish-mash! but it worked. dinner was a take out cheese boiguh and a cheese steak sandwich with roasted cherry peppers, which we split. tomorrow's cruise day! and the day after, our 10th Anniversary! Wheeeeeee!! see you guys Friday night! can't wait to see what you've all been cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have a *wonderful* cruise and 10th anniversary, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Sep 24, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks LW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Sep 24, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy next few days, mc. Hope the cruise line is one of those reknowned for better cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Sep 24, 2012 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hah - afraid not. it's the economy barge for sure, but we'll enjoy anyway. fish tacos in Ensenada... mmmm....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        scubadoo97 Sep 24, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Anniversary MC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love those olives..... Happy Anniversary, also! The big 1-0, much congratulations!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy anniversary and happy cruise, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              boyzoma Sep 24, 2012 10:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, I love cruises. Happy 10th (and many more). Enjoy every last bit and let us know how it went when you get back. I'm so jealous. Hope you have some great food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Sep 24, 2012 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I made some polenta earlier today - nicely seasoned, lots of butter (but no Parmesan). It sits in the fridge,as we speak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Later, it'll get broken up into chunks and chucked in a roasting tin. At which point, the cheese will get sprinkled on top. On top of that, will sit a couple of chicken breasts, a couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes, sliced garlic, chopped rosemary and a big drizzle of olve oil. it goes in the oven for 25 minutes and gets eaten with some salad leaves. A new reipe that leaves me slightly unsure how it's going to turn out but I already feel it's not going to be a keeper. Maybe I'll be wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Sep 24, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it SOUNDS wonderful - the polenta soaking up those chicken juices? Hope i'm right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Sep 24, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fair winds and followings seas, mc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. roxlet Sep 24, 2012 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday night my husband was inspired to make his fried chicken and squash casserole because he wanted to cook the pole beans he grew, which are ready to be harvested. Well, he forgot to buy a ham hock, so it was fried chicken, squash casserole and rice and gravy. Last night, it was smoke roasted salmon with an herb beurre blanc, scallion mashed potatoes and broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh my, that fried chicken looks great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Sep 24, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh man, happy accident! fried chicken casserole???? doesn't that un-crisp the chicken skin? sounds wonderful anyway.... your hubby - he's a keeper!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Sep 24, 2012 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hehe. I forgot the punctuation! He made chicken, and squash casserole!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley Sep 24, 2012 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks and sounds GREAT!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ama oh man does that fried chicken look good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Sep 25, 2012 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. alliegator Sep 24, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a few things that need to be used up: lump crab meat and various veggies. So I'm trying to decide if I'll do some sort of pasta or crab fried rice for tonight. It's pretty warm here today, so I'm thinking the rice may taste a bit lighter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MaryContrary Sep 24, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gosh, allie, I think we'd all like to have lump crab that needed to be used up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator Sep 24, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haha, I was making a crab cup appetizer for a small group, and was running short. Sent the mr. out for more and he came back with way too much. But I'm not complaining!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MaryContrary Sep 24, 2012 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't they always?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a great idea! I always pick up one of those cans of super lump when I go to Costco & stock up. Invariably, it gets shoved to the back of the beer fridge, and forgotten about for quite a while....the expiration date is always like nine months out. So then when I see it again, I keep checking the date, and racking my brain to figure out what to do with it (crab cakes, again?!). So I love that fried rice idea, my kids love fried rice. Do let me know how it comes out, I would like to try it! Thanks for inspiring me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator Sep 24, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll be happy to post a pic and tell you what all I decided to put in. I did choose to go with rice over pasta, and I've never met a kid who didn't love crab fried rice :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MAH Sep 24, 2012 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i too, have one of those cans of lump crab lurking in the back of the fridge. And I might have some leftover rice....I think i'm going to try a Thai-inspired fried rice with some red or green curry paste, crab, basil, etc. thanks for the inspiration.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 10:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh man, I've never thought to add Thai curry to it, wow I bet that's good. Now I'll be back to making two versions again, but it just may be worth it!! Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MaryContrary Sep 24, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In celebration of the second full day of Fall, it'll be pot roast. I think. It's either roast or three strip steaks in the same freezer bag, and that would be unlike me, since we are two.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just picked one up at 50% off, was so excited! But it's going to be warm again this weekend, and hubby will be out of town, so to the freezer it went ;(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, I *love* pot roast! And have none in my freezer, and have determined I'm not allowed to buy any more meat until I'm 75% done with what's in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah. We'll see how well that works. :-/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MaryContrary Sep 24, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know, LW. We have a lot of stuff in the freezer that needs to be eaten before we buy more. And yes, can't resist buying a really good bargain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually turned out to be boneless beef ribs, lean and an inch and a half thick. So, pot roast they shall be. They're in the oven and the carrots and potatoes will be added an hour before dinner. Don't use an onion, because I think it gives the roast a sweet flavor I don't like, although onions go in almost everything else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How disciplined of you! Wish I could be, but I think I do a pretty good job of clearing them down, I have two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But it was 50% off today..... And looked really good. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Sep 24, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, all I said was I'm determined not to buy any more meat. But as I also said, we'll see how that works. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still admire your *attempt* at disciplining yourself! ;-))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have this same problem; I see a great sale and want to buy the bargain deal on roast, whole chicken, whatever... but need to get through what I have!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kind of like buying cookbooks:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Isn't that the truth?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yesterday I made a pilgrimage of sorts to a farm about 30 minutes to the west of me and loaded up on heirloom tomatoes, plum tomatoes, fingerlings, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, leeks and shallots, all grown there. Roasted off all the plum tomatoes, split in half, for the freezer for a taste of summer all winter long. Then roasted up all the other vegs to use this week. I sure wish this farm were closer, their produce is fabulous! And I have heirloom tomatoes ripening on my windowsill for later in the week. Last night with a portion of the roasted veg I had a cornish hen with tarragon thyme lemon zest butter under the skin, spatchcocked and high-heat roasted to juicy deliciousness. Not sure what will go with the roasted veg tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Sep 24, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds wonderful! It would be great to have a farm like that near me. 30 minutes away is nothing resembling a farm. A mall, maybe, but no farm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How fun! I think I will do that in. The near future as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How do you freeze your roasted tomatoes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Sep 25, 2012 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I let them cool then bag them up 3 or 4 halves to a ziplock sandwich bag, then put all of those into a ziplock freezer quart or gallon bag. I have gotten better about labeling and dating too. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for that! I like that idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. roxlet Sep 24, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The other day, my son asked me to, "Make that lentil soup again." I had completely forgotten about this wonderful red lentil soup with lemon from the NY Times that I had made last year. It's bubbling on the stove.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With that, I'll serve the rolls that I made today instead of a second loaf of bread, and we'll probably start with a Greek salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a good one all right, I serve lemon wedges with it, I like it extra-lemony. How nice that he asks for lentil soup, not cheeseburgers! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scubadoo97 Sep 24, 2012 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Red lentil soup is excellent but not often a favorite with kids. How old is your son?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet Sep 24, 2012 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My son is 16, but he's always had very sophisticated and adventurous tastes. I don't even like escargots, but he was ordering them when he was 11! But this soup's bright color might make it more appealing to a less adventurous child.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                scubadoo97 Sep 24, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Red lentil soup is pale yellow, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any way that's pretty cool about your son's adventuresome palate

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, your son didn't fail us on the halal chicken....gotta try the soup! ;-))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PHREDDY Sep 25, 2012 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                RO....I eat that soup at least ever other week...I do add some either left over turkey or ham, cut into small pieces, about 5 minutes before the soup is finished, after the imersion blender. As I have grown older, my sister has had me consume more legumes to assist in controling my cholesterol....the Mrs. love it too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nice bread and rolls Roxlet! And that soup sounds perfect for fall's start...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Veal parm with pasta on the side (oil and garlic). House red to wash it down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder. Fall happens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There will be football on the plasma. Packers/Seahawks should be a good game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. weezieduzzit Sep 24, 2012 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wish fall would "happen!" It didn't hit 100 here today so I'm fooling myself into thinking its "cooler" and am making Czech gulas. No knedlicky, but there will be sour cream and sauerkraut. I guess I will add a dark green veggie of some type in place of the dunmplings.... green beans maybe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Sep 24, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mid-forties tonight in Connecticut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sunday's minestrone has been sitting fat and happy in the coolerator in advance of Tuesday's close-up. Crusty bread will be on the side.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your Czech food sounds great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit Sep 24, 2012 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Changed my mind (got sidetracked refinishing a 40s metal cabinet that someone rolled with housepaint... grrr......) so it's stroganoff tonight and gulas tomorrow night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't wait for soup weather!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yippee for soup weather! One of my favorite things about fall. I love making soup. Given my druthers, a hearty soup and a salad could be WFD a few times a week. When I was with the Frenchman, that just wasn't acceptable, but this fall - I can! Woo hoo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two pounds of pizza dough is resting on the counter. One will be a half & half for the kids - pepperoni & just sauce w fresh mozz. The other pie I am dedicating to myself, a white clam pie, like the ones I miss so dearly and crave intensely from my old 'hood. I'm draining a can of white clam sauce. Brushing the raw dough w olive oil, then parbaking at 550* for a few minutes, with some fresh parm & Romano as a base. Then will spread with the drained clam sauce, some par cooked bacon pieces, about an inch long, and a small bit of the fresh mozz. On a sheet pan, since my stone broke, and baked for 8 -10. Hope that quells the cravings for a while. Not up to shucking fresh clams, either. Really wanted to do grilled pizzas since I haven't done any all summer, but just too hot still outside, and at least I can refrigerate the house for a while. A nice cool glass of Stag's Leap SauvBlanc should help with that.... ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Sep 24, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you kindly, sir. I had a feeling you would appreciate it. Looks terrific, this may be a keeper, and that would make me one happy former CT girl ;-))

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Sep 24, 2012 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Where was the old 'hood? New Haven or Staten Island?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 10:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just north of New Haven. They make 'em on Staten Island too, huh?? Good to know, though its been ages since I've been on that side of the continent, ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            boyzoma Sep 24, 2012 10:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love grilled pizza. I don't have a pizza stone, but I see so many people breaking them that maybe it's good I don't have one. Seem to do fine anyway. Hope you enjoyed. BBQ is the way we roll for home made pizza - rain or shine! Just stand on the deck with an umbrella!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hear ya, boyzoma! We love grilled pizza too. But I have a charcoal only grill, so its a bit more work to it than just flicking a switch... ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                boyzoma Sep 25, 2012 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would think that would be trickier. You'd have to only have coals on 1/2 of the grill, right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Or just a very small stack to spread out into like one layer, and it has to be pretty low heat. Much harder to regulate!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. PHREDDY Sep 25, 2012 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's diner will be a menu that has become a once a year meal. With the comming of Yom Kippur, and the day being a day in which we fast ,WFD is a simple meal. I start with some home made gefilte fish, fresh grated horseradish, round chalah, roasted chicken, roasted red potaotes, steamed broccoli. Deserts....Gala apples sliced with a drizzle of lemon and honey, chocolate sponge cake, tea with lemon....(breaking the fast is another meal of traditional favorites, and I will follow up tomorrow)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As many here know, we fast on Yom Kippur; it is a day to atone for the past year and a day of judgement for the new year. A day in which we must ask forgivness for our disasterous meals, burning the toast , not cleaning out the fridge and other culinary misgivings from the year past. When the day draws to a close we ask that we be inscribed in the book of life, on the "good page".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will continue to ask for all of us to be placed in the correct page of the "menu" to have a comming year filled with good health, prosperity, and wonderful nutritious meals!...La Shana Tovah (Happy New Year) to all my fellow Chowhounders!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              La Shana Tovah to you as well, phreddy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                scubadoo97 Sep 25, 2012 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                La Shana Tovah to you PHREDDY. I will be preparing a pre fast meal as well today. Not sure what's on the menu but will get home from work early to figure it out. I think Salmon is up to make since I have quite a bit of it in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I made gefilte fish during Passover. Did it as a loaf, cooked in the oven as opposed to simmering in fish stock. Just very easy that way and still taste good. Served with homemade prepared horseradish and homemade grain mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have an easy fast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PHREDDY Sep 25, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scubs....what kind of fish did you use, because it looks great!...What my family enjoys is the cold broth that coagulates or "yuch" ....I know some people are grossed out by it...my question is do you end up with any liquid?...is the preparation and ingredients the same?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That cold jelly-ish broth is called.... no - wait for it - sucubeebish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone else remember the books called 'Sniglets' that came out in the late 80's/early 90's that gave words for things that had no name? Like where the one sock that dissapears from every dryer load went (into the hozone)....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For some reason, that is one that stuck in my head as it sounded so like what happens when you pull - say a canned ham from a tin (not that I ever do anymore, but remember them when I was a kid), or spoon out gefilte fish from a jar, or un-mold a recalcitrant paté in aspic from a mold.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that sucking sound. Heehee. Just had to share that trivia!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lmao....that's exactly the sound.... You sure it's not Yiddish?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perhaps inspired by Yiddish, but no... an actual phenom from a couple decades ago;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.alphadictionary.com/fun/sn...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Sep 25, 2012 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And I remember the Sniglet "flen" - the dried residue around the edge of a ketchup bottle's lip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 26, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          scubadoo97 Sep 25, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is funny

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          scubadoo97 Sep 25, 2012 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phreddy, I used 3# of frozen cod cause it was available, not too expensive and I didn't need fresh in this application. Not much liquid is retained when baked. Not as "cat food" as the jar stuff. Used finely chopped carrots and onions which gave it some depth and sweetness. It's just too easy to make. Takes only a few minutes in the food pro to whip it together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's certainly not traditional but it fills the bill for me when in the mood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for sharing Phreddy, and for the good wishes to your community here. Back to you as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La Shana Tovah!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters Sep 25, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner comes from our "cooking the books" exercise. The current book is "Jamie Does...Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece, France", Jamie Oliver, 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And we're delving into the Sweden chapter for a dish than can be a main course or an accompaniment - the classic (if not particularly old) Jansson's Temptation. It'll accompany some baked salmon and green beans. Both will be cooked simply as the Temptation is so rich with cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Sep 28, 2012 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i had to look up Temptation, Mr. H. sounds wonderful. was it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Berheenia Sep 25, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Meatloaf with pork and beef mix stuffed with fontina and spinach. Mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love stuffed meatloaf Berheenia! That sounds great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PHREDDY Sep 25, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Mrs. who does not like meat loaf, when I told her about this she said, OK...I will compromise...I will give it a try over the weekend....does the stuffing have any binder, such as eggs, bread crumbs....Details...Please...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Sep 25, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No binder- it's more of a roll. I flatten the meatloaf mixture (meats, egg, breadcrumb, savory seasonings, onion, garlic moistened with a little marinara) into a rectangle and sprinkle on some seasoned cooked chopped spinach and line up some slices of fontina down the middle and then roll it up like a jelly roll. It helps to do this on a flexible plastic cutting board- one of the cheapies that bend. More marinara on top while it bakes in your meatloaf pan or on a sheet pan if you made it long and skinny- 350 until done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do this regularly with meatloaf mixes as well Phreddy - depending on the meatloaf I am making as to what filling is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Like Berheenia, my go-to is sauteed spinach and fontina, but I like to also add a layer of flattened roasted red peppers as well. I always cook the roll on a rack over an edged sheet pan, so it browns better and doesn't steam. I tend to (if I put in the peppers) serve with a tomato sauce with some roasted pepper pureed in, and also some horseradish in the sauce on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Like the South American rolled flank steak? The one with the ma- name I can't recall right now....?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Friedbutter Sep 25, 2012 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CI's Thai Basil Chicken--a household favorite

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nice handle there, Friedbutter. Welcome to WFD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. melpy Sep 25, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight we are doing gnocchi. Either sweet potato in a pumpkin sauce or pumpkin sweet potato in a buttery sauce. Haven't decided. Probably with a green salad on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting melpy, IMO, sweet potato gnocci in a pumpkin sauce sounds very sweet - do tell what you made and how that worked. I love both, but not sure how I could put that together...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. BananaBirkLarsen Sep 25, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Time to play catch-up... There have been lots of fallish meat-and-potatoes type meals this week. 4 nights ago was pork chops, supermarket potato salad and... some sort of vegetable I can't remember. 3 nights ago was roast chicken with sweet potatoes baked with brown sugar, pepper and paprika and a big green salad. 2 nights ago was a veggie stir fry with soba noodles and TJ's chicken gyoza on the side. Last night was a rib roast with garlic cloves pushed in at intervals, (slightly old, tough) artichokes with hollandaise for dipping, and baked tiny yukon golds with sour cream and chives. I'm thinking that maybe we should do something a bit lighter tonight...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PHREDDY Sep 25, 2012 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BBL....Fish is missing....something steamed or poached....Are we going in the right direction?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BananaBirkLarsen Sep 26, 2012 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The fish was indeed cured and is delicious. My boyfriend, however, is not inclined to agree on that last point, so it has not been used for dinner and has instead been taken to work for lunch in salmon-goat cheese-watercress-cucumber sandwiches. I also sliced quite a bit of it and froze it in small freezer bags so I can thaw it out at will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 26, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That Sandwich sounds delish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lot's of nice meals BBL. Your cranking out good stuff down there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. roxlet Sep 25, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I used up the rest of the smoke roasted salmon in an aglio olio with broccoli. A green salad on the side, and that was it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am kind of not feeling like cooking, and can't think of something I 'feel like having', so in the spirit of 'clean out the freezer' that was talked about earlier today/yesterday on here...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I thawed out some sole I got on special that needed to get out of the freezer. Will be sauteéing some spinach with butter and OO, a bit of garlic, then put the fish on top, put a lid on for 3-4 minutes to steam, and dinner is served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A side - small!- of TJ's sweet potato fries warmed in the oven (kind of unorthodox side with this - but they were calling to me), with a mustard-mayo for dipping. Dinner is served.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Sep 26, 2012 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight sees us walking to the next "village" for dinner. A recently opened Persian place, in the premises of a "modern British" bistro which had been there for years and which closed in the early summer. Should be fun - we're seeing a number of Middle Eastern places opening in the metro area. I look forward to the time that we get an upscale one - at present I can only experience that if we're visiting London.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Sep 28, 2012 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              adore persian food. how was it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. LindaWhit Sep 26, 2012 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              New thread started here:

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