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Home Cooking Dish of the Month October 2012 - Nominations

L.Nightshade Sep 20, 2012 02:31 AM

Welcome one and all to the nomination thread for the October Dish of the Month!

There has been a lot of exciting and mouth-watering activity on the thread for the September Dish of the Month: Meatballs. If you haven't seen the thread, do take a look here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866162

While we're still making meatballs throughout September, it's time to give a little thought to what we'll be cooking in October. The goal is to find a dish that we can all cook, with our own individual and inspired variations, for the month of October.

When we've selected a dish for next month, participants can report on one endeavor, or as many different versions as time and imagination allow. The meatball thread well illustrates the wide varietiy of recipes that can fall under a single title.

Please type your nominations in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. You may nominate as many dishes as you like, but when it comes time to vote, you must narrow it down to one choice. Nominations will be open until September 25th at 8pm Pacific time (11pm Eastern time, and 3am September 26th GMT).
The nominations will then be tallied and we'll move on to voting.

If you have yet to participate in the Dish of the Month, or even if you've been reading the threads and never posted on Chowhound, now is the time to join in! We have a lot of fun, and make a lot of new discoveries here.

So, what dish would you like to cook in October?

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  1. blue room Sep 20, 2012 06:47 AM

    I'll start off with

    STUFFED SQUASH
    (any squash any stuffin')

    or BEAN SOUP, your best recipe.

    1. jpr54_1 Sep 20, 2012 07:01 AM

      BBQ RIBS

      CURRY

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      1. re: jpr54_1
        biondanonima Sep 20, 2012 09:15 AM

        I love the idea of CURRY!

        1. re: biondanonima
          Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 03:34 AM

          Please NO CURRY- the Cookbook of the Month is a million curries or some such title!

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        j8715 Sep 20, 2012 07:47 AM

        PIROHY.

        (traditional fillings only. not weird stuff)

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          dianne0712 Sep 22, 2012 06:20 AM

          Where's the fun in that? Isn't this supposed to be a creative outlet?

        2. Dave MP Sep 20, 2012 09:20 AM

          SQUASH SOUP or PUMPKIN SOUP

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            chartreauxx Sep 20, 2012 10:47 AM

            +1 for SQUASH SOUP

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              sedimental Sep 21, 2012 11:01 AM

              +2 for SQUASH SOUP.

            2. re: Dave MP
              Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:50 PM

              I think Squash soup is such a specific dish. How many different ways can you cook it?

              Soup, as a general topic, would be broad enough to attract a lot of participation.

              Squash as a general topic would be broad enough, too.

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                suuuze Sep 22, 2012 05:17 AM

                how about atypical vegetable soup or stew where main ingredient is the guide of flavor, but doesn't get too non soup like? I did this last time i used the crockpot and even I was surprised on how yum it turned out...I also did it b/c I didn't want to go to the store so was able to be creative, not waste food and frugal w/grocery costs...

                1. re: Hank Hanover
                  iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:28 AM

                  HH agree. how many ways would one make a squash soup?
                  Also like the idea of squash in general.
                  Two nights ago for our dinner, I'd bought an Acorn Squash, stuffed it/glazed it/roasted it, divine.

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                Hungryhughy Sep 20, 2012 10:38 AM

                CURRY.

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                  angelsmom Sep 20, 2012 10:43 AM

                  RAGU SAUCES

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                    dkennedy Sep 20, 2012 12:51 PM

                    I see two nominations for curry. You might be interested in knowing that the October COTM selection will likely be 660 Curries.

                    1. re: dkennedy
                      biondanonima Sep 20, 2012 12:56 PM

                      I think that's great, actually - it will give people a chance to compare and contrast the COTM selections with a whole variety of other curries that people cook throughout the month.

                    2. re: angelsmom
                      GretchenS Sep 24, 2012 01:17 PM

                      RAGU SAUCES

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                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 01:32 PM

                        MMMMMMMMMM

                        +2 for RAGU SAUCES

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                      Chowshok Sep 20, 2012 01:42 PM

                      CURRY

                      1. gingershelley Sep 21, 2012 06:36 PM

                        Please, folks - no curry here, as it is COTM? A little pleading in my voice:)! It seems like we will cover it - VERY well - on that thread....

                        I am going with Blue Room - STUFFED SQUASH - any squash any stuffing

                        This, IMHO, gives us lot's of fun latitude to learn from one another's dishes!

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                        1. re: gingershelley
                          Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:52 PM

                          +1 on advising against Curry. Not only do I think curry sucks, I think it would just be a waste of a second thread.

                          1. re: Hank Hanover
                            Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 03:35 AM

                            Couldn't have put it better Hank!

                            1. re: Hank Hanover
                              iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:29 AM

                              HH~
                              +2, I'm over curryfied!

                            2. re: gingershelley
                              L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 03:59 AM

                              I'm not nominating curry myself (although I think it's fabulous and certainly doesn't "suck"), but just saying a few words in defense of the people who are. COTM and DOTM are very different. For the COTM, you have to have access to, and cook from the book. In this thread you can use any recipe, or simply use your imagination. Also, I believe, 660 Curries is all Indian curries, and therefore excludes others, for example, Indonesian and Japanese curries.

                              We'll just have to wait and see how the count stacks up here. For anyone who wants to take a look at the COTM announcement thread for 660 Curries, it is here:
                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869886

                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 06:06 AM

                                And The Curry Book barely squeaked through as COTM because the other two contenders were about American Bistro Cooking and the vote was split between the two. As Hank also said "I think it would just be a waste of a second thread." and that is what I agree with. Many of us participate in both threads and in all fairness I think Curry should wait until another month.

                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                  Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 07:42 AM

                                  Theoretically, you are correct that it is, primarily, for the recipes in the book of which there are apparently 660. In reality, people will contribute their favorite curry in that thread, anyway. They will simply say "oh that is very similar to my favorite curry where I add the combination of"...whatever. So they will get their recipe into the mix, anyway.

                                  It really boils down to participation. If the curry idea prevails, the same 15 - 20 people that will participate in the Curry COTM thread will participate in this thread and that will be that. You will get 60 - 70 responses unlike the 200 or so responses for this month's choice.

                                  1. re: Hank Hanover
                                    L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 09:09 AM

                                    Most commonly the reports in COTM are about the recipes in the book. But we'll just have to see how the vote goes. It's up to everyone here.

                                  2. re: L.Nightshade
                                    nomadchowwoman Sep 23, 2012 04:23 PM

                                    While I'll buy the arguments against curry this month since the COTM is a curry book, I must +1 you on your defense of curry! It covers such a vast array of dishes, cutting across several cultures and featuring many different flavor profiles, that to broadly dismiss "curry" strikes me as the same as dismissing all stews.

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                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 04:31 PM

                                      We LOVE Thai curries here.... I also love Indian & Japanese as well, but I'm not getting in the middle of this one, tho my DH & kids would be more thrilled with curries rather than anything with squash.....

                                2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:38 PM

                                  STIR FRY

                                  1. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:39 PM

                                    STEW

                                    It's October... time for a braise.

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                                      sunflwrsdh Sep 22, 2012 08:49 AM

                                      + 1 for STEW, which I happen to be making today. Or the nomination could be SOUP or STEW. Because with some kinds, there isn't a whole lot of difference:)

                                    2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:39 PM

                                      OSSO BUCCO

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                                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 04:49 PM

                                        Another OSSO BUCO here, please!

                                      2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:43 PM

                                        SALMON

                                        October is when the wild ones are running.

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                                        1. re: Hank Hanover
                                          Wtg2Retire Sep 22, 2012 02:03 PM

                                          +1 for SALMON

                                          1. re: Hank Hanover
                                            iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 06:58 PM

                                            made salmon en papiillote tonight for dinner...
                                            so for me at least for now, not my choice.

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                                              shaebones Sep 22, 2012 11:23 PM

                                              thats why you need to look at more salmon recipes. ;)

                                              1. re: shaebones
                                                iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                through my years at work I've eaten a lot of salmon from the menu.
                                                it's pretty much been prepared as many ways as I can think of and it's no longer anything I crave.

                                          2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:43 PM

                                            SWISS STEAK

                                            Time for a classic.

                                            1. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:46 PM

                                              LASAGNA

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                                                Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                +1 for LASAGNE

                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                  Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                  BTW How do you spell lasagna or lasagne? I've spelled it both ways and seen it spelled both ways.

                                                  1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                    L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                    I'm no expert, but I believe the e at the end should denote plural, as in the multiple noodles required to make the dish. Lasagna would be one of the noodles. Most of my Italian cookbooks seem to refer to it as lasagne. There was a CH post about this, with someone knowledgable about Italian responding, but I am unable to find it.

                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                      biondanonima Sep 23, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                      L. Nightshade is correct. One noodle is a lasagna noodle, many are lasagne. The full title of the classic Italian dish is lasagne alla Bolognese al forno.

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                      Doesn't matter, tastes the same. ;-)

                                                      I think we anglofied the word by adding the a on the end. Most Italians don't pronounce it with the "a" sound at the end.

                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                        jen kalb Sep 25, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                        depends on if you are speaking italian or english! Americans mostly call/write it lasagna.

                                                        LASAGNA gets my tiny little vote.

                                                2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:46 PM

                                                  PULLED PORK

                                                  Pulled pork is seems very specific but there seems to be no end to the ways you can do it.

                                                  1. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 09:57 PM

                                                    CHILI

                                                    Again... it's that time of year and the subject is broad enough to attract a lot of participation.

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                      +1 for CHILI

                                                      1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                        aching Sep 22, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                        +2 for CHILI

                                                        1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                          LaLa Sep 22, 2012 04:37 PM

                                                          CHILI

                                                        2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 10:00 PM

                                                          CHOCOLATE CAKE

                                                          1. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 10:00 PM

                                                            HOLIDAY DESSERTS

                                                            They are coming up fast.

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                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                              Great idea, I always struggle to come up with new desserts at the holidays. +1 on HOLIDAY DESSERTS.

                                                              1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                                HH~

                                                                +2 for holiday desserts...................I'm always in serious need ;:-/

                                                                1. re: iL Divo
                                                                  gingershelley Sep 23, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                  I would like to see holiday dessert in, say, November. It seems too early to bake them now for me at least. In November I will need at least a couple, and could even possibly bake cake layers to freeze for December, or freeze cookie dough, etc.

                                                                  Like the idea, but it seems too early!

                                                                  1. re: gingershelley
                                                                    iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                                    I understand GS~
                                                                    you're right>it is early.
                                                                    I'm not familiar as I stated so actually physically making that many desserts in Oct could be a challenge. whatever they decide is fine-if it's not to my liking I won't do much but maybe read comments.

                                                                    1. re: gingershelley
                                                                      Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 02:59 PM

                                                                      I certainly hope holiday desserts makes it for November, anyway. At least nominating it this month gets everybody thinking about it.

                                                                2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 10:04 PM

                                                                  BEANS

                                                                  1. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 10:14 PM

                                                                    GUMBO

                                                                    It might sound too specific but there are hundreds of variations.

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                                                                      KatoK Sep 25, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                      +1 GUMBO!

                                                                    2. Hank Hanover Sep 21, 2012 10:20 PM

                                                                      CHOCOLATE

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                                                                      1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                        iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                        HH~
                                                                        +1 for chocolate, my favorite subject next to.........................macadamia nuts

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                                                                        shaebones Sep 21, 2012 11:47 PM

                                                                        SALMON

                                                                        1. Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 03:36 AM

                                                                          LASAGNA

                                                                          1. L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 04:06 AM

                                                                            For the month of October, I'm loving the idea of
                                                                            SQUASH/PUMPKIN SOUP or
                                                                            STUFFED SQUASH/PUMPKIN.
                                                                            I think there are a lot of possibilities there, even some Halloweenish ones.
                                                                            I'm attracted also to chili, still thinking though, as I doubt if I would cook it more than once in a month.

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                                                                              tzurriz Sep 22, 2012 05:16 AM

                                                                              CHILI or STEW/SOUP (gumbo could fall under the latter I think)

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                                                                                dianne0712 Sep 22, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                                                Hate squash and sweet potatoes. How about...
                                                                                APPLES?

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                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                  Apples in what dish?

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                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 08:48 AM

                                                                                    Do you have to specify a dish?? Why not a broad category of APPLES in any dish??

                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                                      L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 09:06 AM

                                                                                      Well, this is The Dish of the Month. Apples are more of an ingredient, with hundreds of dishes possible. The idea is that we are comparing notes on a dish we're all cooking.

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                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                                                        So that would also apply to the nominations such as SQUASH, CHOCOLATE, SALMON?

                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                                          L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                                                          Remember that the goal here is for all of us to be cooking a dish together, comparing notes, recipes, techniques, results. So consider chocolate. That could mean anything from a mole sauce to a chocolate truffle. Squash could be a zucchini bread, a pumpkin pie, or a butternut risotto. Apples could mean an apple pie or a pork loin braise. I don't think we'd be cooking together and comparing results if the spread was that wide.

                                                                                          Perhaps there won't always be hard and fast lines between what is a dish, and what is an ingredient. But hopefully we can keep in mind the spirit of the thread, cooking a dish and comparing notes. The meatball thread is a great example; we're using similar basic ingredients and techniques, with a wide and interesting variety of reports.

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                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                            Right, so a certain chocolate dish, squash dish or salmon dish would be a better nomination? So if one of those ingredients is picked, how do we choose the specific dish?

                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                                              gingershelley Sep 23, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                              I think dirtywextra, the point is we won't be picking one of those ingredients, because they are NOT a dish?

                                                                                              You could for instance nominate - grilled salmon dishes, which would give us a dish, with many variations to make as their are meatball recipes.

                                                                                              Squash is also too vague, as L.N. says, but 'stuffed squash' gives alot of lattitude, while still giving a dish starting point; some kind of squash with some kind of stuffing - 100's of possible variations.

                                                                                              I think this is the idea.

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                                                                                                dianne0712 Sep 30, 2012 05:52 AM

                                                                                                How about apple pie then? Plenty of scope there.Possibly a combination, like pork with apples? I was actually looking forward to all the ways you can use apples. That was the reason I suggested it. We tend to make the same dishes over and over. I was looking for a way to be inspired by others' choices for a simple, inexpensive, readily available ingredient.

                                                                                            2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                              Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                              So then we are back to 4 ways to cook squash soup? There has to be a middle ground there. Besides, it seems to me that this thread is what we make of it.

                                                                                              I don't want it throttled with too much regulation. Remember we got 200 posts for meatballs because there were dozens of paths that could be taken.

                                                                                              1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                blue room Sep 22, 2012 07:22 PM

                                                                                                It's going to be hard to find something as well adapted to this thread as meatballs, isn't it?

                                                                                                1. re: blue room
                                                                                                  Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 07:57 PM

                                                                                                  Not really... the trick is walking the tightrope between generality and specifics and still finding a subject that more than 15 people want to participate in.

                                                                                                  Ok, it does sound hard. Curry, soup, chili and even casseroles have garnered interest because they are broad enough topics to attract a crowd.

                                                                                                2. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                  iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 08:06 PM

                                                                                                  HH-Seems this thread is almost owned by an individual.
                                                                                                  like its their thread-just the way I'm reading it? maybe...

                                                                                                  I'm a lover of meatballs so that one makes sense to me although still not read it or it's recipes.
                                                                                                  interesting to see what topic wins the horse race...

                                                                                                  1. re: iL Divo
                                                                                                    Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 08:34 PM

                                                                                                    I'm trying not to take it over but I did make a huge effort to wrestle it away from the curry fans. When I posted 12 alternatives, it, at least, got people talking about other possibilities.

                                                                                                    1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                      iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 09:19 PM

                                                                                                      HH-and some you posted are great.
                                                                                                      I'm not familiar with how this works, it's new to me.
                                                                                                      liked the squash or pumpkin idea because would like to learn about the flavors that go with those 2 vegetables when making soup.
                                                                                                      not fond of the pumpkin or squash soups usually because of sweet dessert spices being used and often an inclusion of apples. like some help there.

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                                                                                                        Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 11:18 PM

                                                                                                        Well... if we settle on squash soup, I can live with it. I can see what butternut soup tastes like. I assume the variation would come from the different squashes available to make soup from. My initial reaction is that it is too specific to attract a lot of participants. Where as maybe soup is too broad but then we would get to see a lot of interesting recipes like gumbo, chili, stews. I love the casserole idea someone came up with. I almost suggested it and thought nobody would like the idea but it is one of the leaders from what i can see. Casseroles are tough for me because my broker, E.F Mama (when she talks you listen), doesn't like cheese so it limits the amount of casseroles I can do.

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                                                                                                          iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                                                                          HH~
                                                                                                          that does limit you.
                                                                                                          thinking of the casseroles I make,
                                                                                                          all that come to mind include cheese.

                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo
                                                                                                            Gio Sep 23, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                            Cheese is not a necessary topping for a casserols. There are many recipes for toppings such as breadcrumbs, butter, herbs, for example. Crushed nuts mixed with other ingredients or simply seasoned is another. A Gremolata topping is fine in other instances. Panko is another. Caramelized onions... seasoned biscuit dough... etc.

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                                                                                                              iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                                                                              Gio-
                                                                                                              thinking of the casseroles "I make"
                                                                                                              all that come to mind include cheese.

                                                                                                              1. re: iL Divo
                                                                                                                Gio Sep 23, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                Il Divo -
                                                                                                                I did read that. I understand that. My response was to list some 'cheese-less topping options.'

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                                                                                                                  iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                  Gio~got it-good idea.

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                                                                                                                tzurriz Sep 23, 2012 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                Very few of my casseroles use cheese.

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                                                                                                                  dianne0712 Sep 30, 2012 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                  OOOOOOO! OOOOOO !

                                                                                                                  POT PIES!

                                                                                                              3. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                jen kalb Sep 25, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                there are a lot of kinds of squash soup, from italian to caribbean to asian. - its a fairly neutral ingredient - I like the idea of SQUASH SOUP because its a way to get an ingredient that is nutritious but that I dont like all that well on its own into my diet.

                                                                                                      2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                        Dave MP Sep 23, 2012 09:30 AM

                                                                                                        To me, a dish (at least for the purposes of this project) should be an ingredient + a preparation, though it doesn't need to be much more specific than that. So, quinoa salad and meatballs are both good examples—they both imply an ingredient (quinoa, meat) and a prep (in a salad, rolled into balls).

                                                                                                        I'm concerned that choices like casserole are too broad (too many possible ingredients), and same with ingredients like chocolate and salmon. I'd prefer to see something like chocolate cake, grilled salmon, turkey casserole, etc. which still leave a lot of room for experimentation and trying of different recipes.

                                                                                                        I personally think there could be tons of great, creative ways to make squash soup, which is why I nominated it.

                                                                                                        I like some of the other nominations I've been seeing though...like CHILI, STUFFED SQUASH, and LASAGNA

                                                                                                    2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                      Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                      I think if everyone is actually cooking the dish and hopefully sharing pictures and what kind of problems they encountered, what they would do differently next time, it will be a lot of fun and educational.

                                                                                                      What would not work is a very general subject and people just submitting recipes. You can get that by doing a search.

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                                                                                                        L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                                                                        I completely agree with what you said here Hank. I think the meatball thread has worked like this, and I, for one, have enjoyed it and learned a lot.

                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                          Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 11:39 AM

                                                                                                          I think it is interesting that by the 20th of the month everybody was done. A third of the month still to go and it's done. A shame really.

                                                                                                          1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                            L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                            Who's done? I've still got two or three meatball recipes up my sleeve! I've just had a very busy last week! If I don't get them made by the 30th, I'll still come back and report. Many topical threads have lulls and spikes, let's not pronounce death just yet!

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                                                                                                              HillJ Sep 23, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                              I added the whole thread to my Favorites list in the hopes of new arrivals. It's a nice recipe collection. But for now my family and friends would like a break from taste testing meatballs....time for the next choice!

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                                                                                                                iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                HillJ~how do you save? are you speaking of on a real computer and bookmark it that way or? my phone doesn't have same capabilities as a real computer. saving to my home screen with an icon takes up too many pages. TIA

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                                                                                                                  HillJ Sep 23, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                  iLD, I've been using Evernote http://evernote.com for recipes and Evernote Food for restaurants. Love it!

                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                                    iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                    (((HillJ))) thanks, checking it out now....LOVE recommendations.

                                                                                                              2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                I haven't seen a unique version of porcupine meatballs, yet.

                                                                                                                1. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                  Your mission, should you decide to accept it...

                                                                                                                2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                  Gio Sep 23, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                  <"...let's not pronounce death just yet!">

                                                                                                                  And, additional meatball reports will probably made when September is over. That's the fascinating thing about these ? of the Month threads. They keep renewing themselves as others discover them...

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                                                                                                                    dkennedy Sep 23, 2012 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                    I am not done either. Just trying to figure out my next go to meatball recipe.

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                                                                                                                    blue room Sep 24, 2012 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                    I used to get sad too when everyone lost interest long before the month was over, but now I think it's just a normal reaction to 2+ weeks of concentrated thinking about the same sort of food. A break and a rest is good.

                                                                                                                3. re: Hank Hanover
                                                                                                                  iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                  HH~^^^^^yep^^^^^

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                                                                                                                    HillJ Sep 23, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                    As long as photos don't become a pre req, HH. Not all of us can/will share photos of a dish. FWIW, you can get photos of a recipe doing a search too!

                                                                                                                    I enjoyed participating in the meatball thread very much but if this idea becomes too rapped up in what the consensus is...there's always the ability to just start a thread about a dish without the confines of a HCDM to guide it.

                                                                                                                    Discussion, fun and education happens all over the HC boards.

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                                                                                                                      Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                      Yeah I submitted a picture on 2 of the 3 meatball dishes I made. Sometimes it is just too inconvenient to do it. That being said I liked the 2 posts with pics better than the 1 without.

                                                                                                                      Consequently, I highly recommend adding pics if you possibly can.

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                                                                                                                        iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                        I love photos that are posted and believe it or don't believe it, I'd do more but the real camera is never at hand-my iPhone doesn't have the capability to transfers pix, I've tried, and when I have posted pix of my foods/meals/finds they look awful. most others I see posted are truly lovely-I simply have no talent with posting pix.

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                                                                                                                          Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                          I have no idea how to get a picture off my phone to the computer. I do have a Canon sureshot with a Cf Flash card so I can take a pic; plug the flash card into my computer and get a photo off of it. The other thing that helps me is I have a big skylight in my kitchen. I can drag my grand daughter play table under the skylight and take a very well lit pic. That's all I know. but then again... I can cook a pot roast....;-D.

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                                                                                                                            roxlet Sep 24, 2012 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                            HH- To get a photo off your phone and onto the computer, email it to yourself, and then save it to your photos. Quite easy.

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                                                                                                                              iL Divo Sep 25, 2012 05:37 AM

                                                                                                                              actually I can't do that rox.
                                                                                                                              I take a pix send it to email (which I've done often say to send to a friend) save it to my pictures where it already resides, but it's on my phone not my computers documents. so from iPhone to CH without a laptop or desktop - not possible.

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                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                              lmao....

                                                                                                                              What type of phone?

                                                                                                                        2. re: HillJ
                                                                                                                          L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                          Photos are not, and will not, be a requirement at all! I think it's fun to see the dishes others make, not just the glossy pro photos in magazines and online. So posters are definitely invited to share photos.

                                                                                                                          And of course, if anyone's suggestion doesn't win, they can always start another thread on homecooking, and set their own rules. For example, even though it doesn't fit into DOTM, I think it would be fun to see an "apples" thread, with the abundance of apples we have here!

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                                                                                                                            HillJ Sep 23, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                            Plenty of food bloggers are posting their original photos from dishes they've created. I actually wasn't referring to glossy pro photos in magazines.

                                                                                                                            I think use of the word "win" is misplaced, L.N. but thank you for pointing out that a thread can be created on the HC board to discuss a fun recipe. That seemed like an obvious point to re-highlight since much time is spent submitting and understanding what/how to submit a recipe idea on HCDM.

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                                                                                                                              L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                              OK, got it. I still love seeing photos of what our own group is making!

                                                                                                                              Perhaps "selected" would be a better word? I was just referring to the one dish that becomes the DOTM after the voting round.

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                                                                                                                                HillJ Sep 23, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                I love seeing the photos too. However, my original remark was in response to Hank's comment about "just" finding recipes thru a search...most of the recipes posted can be found thru online search (as well as photos). So, I found the observation besides the point.

                                                                                                                                Selected, chosen, voted on, passed..........but not win-unless this is a contest.

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                                                                                                                                  Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  We can all win in this contest.

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                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    Can we get a trophy just for participating?? Lol!

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                                                                                                                                      HillJ Sep 23, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                      Or a CHOW apron? lol...

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                                                                                                                                      HillJ Sep 23, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      HH, way to stuff a ballot box!! lol...

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                                                                                                                                        Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                        I can use a cliche as well as anybody. ;-)

                                                                                                                                        And if you don't think everybody can get a trophy, you haven't watched competitive children's sports lately..... and for the team that came in last, the no where but up award..... Yeahhhh

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                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                          Thanks, Hank, I figured you would get my joke.... ;0))

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                                                                                                                                            HillJ Sep 23, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                            HH you can have my trophy.

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                                                                                                                                              Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                              I have no where to go but up.

                                                                                                                                2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                                  blue room Sep 23, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                  The truth about the photos--my food gets cold but I love showing it off!

                                                                                                                      2. re: dianne0712
                                                                                                                        iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                        oh dianne:
                                                                                                                        I'm glad you just brought up apples.
                                                                                                                        I've gotta go see Louis and get some of his black apples 'today'off his farm.......

                                                                                                                      3. herby Sep 22, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                        Love the idea of cooking with squash in October.

                                                                                                                        +2 QUASH SOUP or STUFFED SQUASH

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                                                                                                                          soccermom13 Sep 22, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                          SOUP

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                                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 22, 2012 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                            This seems too WIDE of a topic to have us come together on making food; Isn't the idea for all of us to make related dishes?

                                                                                                                            Something as large as 'soup' gives too much latitude IMO, so will go back to 'stuffed squash" - of any kind or way! or a specific soup vein if that is more cool to all the voter's here.

                                                                                                                            I don't see how an ingredient makes a thread for 'dish' of the month"? It is more about a way of cooking a dish and how we see how everyone does that differently that makes this true - just like 'meatballs!"

                                                                                                                          2. Breadcrumbs Sep 22, 2012 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                            I like the idea of SOUP

                                                                                                                            and I'd like to throw a couple of other ideas out there:

                                                                                                                            CASSEROLES

                                                                                                                            PANCAKES (savoury or sweet) I'm thinking kimchi pancakes, zucchini corn, green onion, latkes etc)

                                                                                                                            TACOS

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                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                              +1 on CASSEROLES

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                                                                                                                                iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                I LOVE CASSEROLES!

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                                                                                                                                dkennedy Sep 22, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                There is a great recipe for Green onion pancakes in this month's Savuer.

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                                                                                                                                  iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                  dkennedy, can one look up recipes on Savuer?

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                                                                                                                                    dkennedy Sep 22, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                    I'm not sure....but I can post the recipe later. Running out the door now.

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                                                                                                                                      biondanonima Sep 23, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                      You can look up recipes on their website but unfortunately, not everything in the magazine always makes it to the site.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                                                      iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                      let's see dkenn~
                                                                                                                                      I grow green onions/scallions and chives and I know how to make pancakes which by the way I love. so......if you find that I'd love to make it for brunch one day soon. already thinking about the syrup or would it be gravy? hmmm~\/~

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                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Sep 22, 2012 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'll try to put it up tomorrow

                                                                                                                                    3. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                                                                      Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                      CASSEROLES yes or should we call them HOT DISH?

                                                                                                                                      or anything baked in the oven. For me October is when I get to turn the oven on before the steam heat kicks in so CASSEROLES, ENCHILADAS, LASAGNA, BAKED VEGGIES or anything in the oven that is savory and has leftovers I can freeze. I need to build up the inventory for cold dark nights ...

                                                                                                                                      I would love to do stews and soups later in the fall. I have a great recipe for curry soup .. and curried cottage pie.

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                                                                                                                                        iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                        oh how funny Berh~
                                                                                                                                        I was raised with happiness on hot dishes.
                                                                                                                                        thanks for a fun memory :)

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                                                                                                                                      sedimental Sep 22, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                      PIES or TARTS savory or sweet
                                                                                                                                      ENCHILADA
                                                                                                                                      SOUPS I like the idea of all kinds
                                                                                                                                      POLENTA dishes

                                                                                                                                      These are some of my favorite fall dishes!

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                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Sep 22, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                        Finally hearing some ideas I can get behind:

                                                                                                                                        SAVORY AND SWEET PANCAKES

                                                                                                                                        CASSEROLES (something I never make).

                                                                                                                                        STEWS

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                                                                                                                                          magiesmom Sep 22, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                          SQUASH
                                                                                                                                          STEWS

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                                                                                                                                            HillJ Sep 22, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                            SAVORY AND SWEET PANCAKES gets my vote. I'll be interested in techniques as well as recipes. We just made mini onion sourcream pancakes with smoked salmon and fresh dill this morning. Savory pancakes (thick to thin) get made around here quite often.

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                                                                                                                                              dkennedy Sep 22, 2012 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              I have some great savory pancake recipes but not nearly enough excuses to make them. Hope this wins so I can motivate to make (and share) them all!

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                                                                                                                                                HillJ Sep 22, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                dk, if not let's agree to start a separate thread on HC. No reason to leave the idea behind altogether. So many good choices already posted for the Oct dish here...but, I c no reason to wait for consensus each month to discuss & share other recipe ideas.

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                                                                                                                                                  dkennedy Sep 22, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Sounds great.

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                                                                                                                                                    herby Sep 22, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I am happry to get behind SAVORY AND SWEET PANCAKES and will gladly participate in a separate thread if another dish is chosen. I wish very much to learn to make dosa among other savory things - oh, so many are coming to my mind all at once:)

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                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo Sep 22, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                    HillJ~
                                                                                                                                                    +1

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                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Sep 22, 2012 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Happy HillJ ;O)

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                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 22, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Can we include savory WAFFLES in that thread with the PANCAKES?

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                                                                                                                                                          HillJ Sep 22, 2012 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Hey Dirtywex. Like the way you think~!

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                                                                                                                                                dkennedy Sep 25, 2012 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                LN -Modifying the above vote to read only SAVORY PANCAKES

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                                                                                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 25, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks dk. FYI, due to the prior lack of clarity, I am putting all pancake nominations in the savory pancake category. People will have the option of voting for it or not, if it makes it into the final round.

                                                                                                                                              3. re: sedimental
                                                                                                                                                Gio Sep 22, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                ENCHILADA

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                                                                                                                                                fleck Sep 22, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                It's that time of year-warm, comfort food!
                                                                                                                                                SOUPS
                                                                                                                                                STEWS
                                                                                                                                                CASSEROLES

                                                                                                                                                1. Hank Hanover Sep 22, 2012 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                  To keep soups and stews from competing with each other and eliminating each other, we need to go back and nominate them both.

                                                                                                                                                  Nightshade, can we combine soups and stews as one nomination? They are very similar.

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                                                                                                                                                    sunflwrsdh Sep 22, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                    SOUPS

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                                                                                                                                                      L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                      People will have to decide individually whether they are nominating soups or stews or soups/stews. I'm not sure everyone feels the same way. I think a pureed squash soup, for example, is worlds apart from a hearty beef stew. We can't go back and change others' nominations. If enough people nominate both, the combination would go into the voting round. If not enough people nominate both, I would add those nominations to soups and stews, separately.

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                                                                                                                                                        sunflwrsdh Sep 22, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                        That makes sense to me:)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                                                          jen kalb Sep 25, 2012 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                          soup and stew are too large as topics

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                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 22, 2012 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                          HH,
                                                                                                                                                          I realized I had just replied with mu "soups" nomination to your post, rather than the original post, went back and tried to reply to the original with the word "SOUPS" and it repeatedly told me to "enter some text before you post"....so I typed "SOUPS AND STEWS" and it went right through! Guess that should be the answer to your question:)

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                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 22, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                          STEWS

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                                                                                                                                                            sunflwrsdh Sep 22, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                            SOUPS AND STEWS

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                                                                                                                                                              L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                              sunflwrsdh - I already have your nominations for soups and stews. You nominated these dishes way upthread.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                              CASSEROLES, ENCHILADAS, LASAGNA, BAKED VEGGIES

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                                                                                                                                                                L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I think you people are trying to confuse me! Hahaha. Berheenia, you've already nominated these dishes upthread, I've already counted your nominations.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia Sep 22, 2012 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Not my intent!I was responding to the ORIGINAL POST because of this what Sunflwrsdh had written
                                                                                                                                                                  'HH,
                                                                                                                                                                  I realized I had just replied with mu "soups" nomination to your post, rather than the original post, went back and tried to reply to the original with the word "SOUPS" and it repeatedly told me to "enter some text before you post"....so I typed "SOUPS AND STEWS" and it went right through! Guess that should be the answer to your question:)' Sunflwrsdh

                                                                                                                                                                  Just covering my bases Not trying to confuse you.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia
                                                                                                                                                                    L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    No, I know. I was just kidding you!

                                                                                                                                                              2. L.Nightshade Sep 22, 2012 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Just a reminder...
                                                                                                                                                                When you put a dish in ALL CAPITALS, it is a nomination. Please only name your dish once in all caps. If you are discussing the dish in a later post, please discuss it in lower case. We already have over 70 nominations, and the single mention of a dish in all caps makes counting much easier!
                                                                                                                                                                Thanks all. I love the enthusiasm on these threads!

                                                                                                                                                                1. chartreauxx Sep 22, 2012 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  QUICHE

                                                                                                                                                                  FRITTATA

                                                                                                                                                                  FRIED RICE

                                                                                                                                                                  CHICKEN WINGS

                                                                                                                                                                  CHILI

                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen Sep 22, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    STUFFED SQUASH.

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                                                                                                                                                                      pavlova Sep 23, 2012 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      STUFFED VEGETABLES

                                                                                                                                                                      1. blue room Sep 23, 2012 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm also one who thinks soups, stews, and casseroles are too general. Your tuna chowder will not improve by reading a superb recipe for Hot Sour Soup. But a "Fish Chowders" category could provide pertinent ideas. (We already have a general forum -- Chowhound Home Cooking!)
                                                                                                                                                                        The "dish" in Dish of the Month has to be somehow defined/refined, but I don't know how except to ask people to be more specific. And that'll be challenged too -- my "specific" might be your "straitjacket!"

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                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 23, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          With you 100%, Blue Room - we need something specific enough that we can relate to each other, but that won't be so wide as to be nearly random!

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                                                                                                                                                                            Gio Sep 23, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            <"The "dish" in Dish of the Month has to be somehow defined/refined, but I don't know how except to ask people to be more specific. And that'll be challenged too -- my "specific" might be your "straitjacket!" ">

                                                                                                                                                                            I agree with you here, blue room. Not rules but guidelines ought to be in place, it seems to me. If not chaos ensues and makes it both confusing and difficult to know exactly what to focus on. The Name of the Game is 'Dish of the Week', after all. Not Ingredient or Technique of the Week

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                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ Sep 23, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              In the process of making a dish of the week selection I do hope the ingredients and techniques associated with the dish are discussed, otherwise we're just patting each other on the back here. Traditional recipes for instance done in a unique way are interesting. We might all have diff ways of approaching a recipe, that's interesting. Changing up or sub'ing an ingredient, that's interesting. Otherwise, I fail to see how HCDM stands apart from any other thread discussing a recipe on the HC Board.

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                                                                                                                                                                                L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I've seen it happen both on DOTM and COTM where a poster essentially states "I made this." When this happens, it's usually someone new. It's easy to respond and ask, how did you do it? Did you change anything? How did it turn out? We can all do that on these threads too, just invite the expansion of the report, and the conversation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio Sep 23, 2012 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I certainly didn't mean to imply that ingredients and/or technique would/should not be discussed. They're the basis of the report... and anything else the person reporting wants to include so that we get a complete verbal picture of the finished dish and how it got there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    HillJ~
                                                                                                                                                                                    your explanations are always spot on and with you on your thoughts regarding subject.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    blue room Sep 23, 2012 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    So would anyone be willing to allow the presiding coordinator to reject nominations if they don't fit the guidelines? Are the guidelines "ingredient and technique" or "ingredient and course" ? (Meatballs, Quinoa Salad; Chicken Appetizers, Carrot Desserts)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Probably this month is gonna be what it's gonna be, but for the future...
                                                                                                                                                                                    The participants will almost always include new people, this will happen every month.

                                                                                                                                                                                    One small confusion to clear up -- this thread is being referred to as both DOTM (Dish of the Month), and HCDM (Home Cooking Dish of the Month). Same thread, just so you know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been referring to DOTM within this thread, just for brevity. But you are correct, it is the Home Cooking Dish of the Month. There are other DOTM threads on the regional boards that are about trying a specific dish at restaurants in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        sunflwrsdh Sep 23, 2012 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I can certainly see the logic in being a little more specific, in order to narrow down the options. I'm ok with the coordinator rejecting nominations that don't fit the criteria. I would be more in favor of ingredient and technique, than course.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: blue room
                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio Sep 24, 2012 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue Room...
                                                                                                                                                                                          I for one would "be willing to allow the presiding coordinator to reject nominations if they don't fit the guidelines." Or, step in as Referee to guide the nominator in the right direction. Additionally, I think the guidelines ought to be ingredient, technique and course", i.e. Meatballs, Quinoa Salad, Chicken Appetizers, Carrot Desserts, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            blue room Sep 24, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, "referee" exactly the right word!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ Sep 24, 2012 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Isn't that part of what L.N. is doing in guiding this HCDM opportunity?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                blue room Sep 24, 2012 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I can't speak for L.Nightshade, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                But I don't think a coordinator would actually *not count* a vote unless that option had been agreed upon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Sep 24, 2012 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  lol..how in the world did this enjoyable idea become in any small way complicated...we suggest, we vote, we recipe! Fun on a plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    blue room Sep 24, 2012 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I suppose it became in a "small way complicated" because someone had the idea of taking it from just general Chowhound Home Cooking to a more focused game, exercise, challenge, project (?) that would interest some.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Other boards have a dish-of-month thing that has people go to restaurants, eat the dish that won the vote, and then post a decription/opinion about that dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Sep 24, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seems perfectly reasonable to ask as many ?'s as it takes to understand a brand-new, 2 month old idea here on the HC board. And, L.N.'s & Dave MP are here to answer and guide us. Whatever new opportunities come along, having as much info beforehand is a great timesaver. COTM took some time to get off the ground and look how well that runs now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      In real life the one dining club we participate in does a dish of the month dine around and it's a hoot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo Sep 24, 2012 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              huh, I thought I'd asked for a description of what a "presiding coordinator" was as well as who it is. must have gotten reported, interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                L.Nightshade Sep 24, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo - I never saw a post where you asked this question. FYI, I've never "reported" any posts on the thread, and I can't see why anyone would report a post asking that question.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The coordinator is the person who posts the thread, counts the nominations, posts the voting thread, counts the votes, and posts the reporting thread for the dish. Just like the Cookbook of the Month Coordinator. For the time being, the Dish of the Month coordinator is me. I am not a mod, and not an employee, I'm just a chowhound, and I thought this would be fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, I'm sure you know that anyone can start a thread here. You can start a thread asking people to report on making dishes with apples, or asking people to vote on their favorite cookbook. You don't have to be an elected official!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hank Hanover Sep 24, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah... If it turns into something too specific, we can start competing threads on things like soup, or squash or apples.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    L.Nightshade Sep 24, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, you can always start new threads, but I hope we wouldn't consider them "competing"!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hank Hanover Sep 24, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why wouldn't they compete with each other? Not sure whether it is good or bad but if the winner of this thread is squash soup and someone started a more generalized soups and stews thread, only the people that wanted to cook squash soup would participate. I assume a much larger group that wanted to make any kind of soup, stew, gumbo or even chili would participate in the soups and stews thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know if "holiday desserts" doesn't win in November, I am launching a thread with that category in mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hank Hanover Sep 24, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, I'm sure that you are not an employee or moderator but Chowhound must have approached you on starting a "Dish of the Month" thread or once the dish was established it wouldn't be posted in the top five posts with "Cookbook of the Month" and guidelines for posting recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone can start a thread but it won't be kept elevated to the most conspicuous spot for 30 days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo Sep 25, 2012 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      LN, it's gone, seems to have gotten removed. I've looked, no longer on my list of posts. why it was removed, no idea, I'm not the remover.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't go into Cookbook of the month so I don't know how that works/got started/originated/came to be/or originator. I collect cookbooks, sometimes several at a time. I like to read them in bed and feel plus smell the paper and adore the pictures. maybe it's tactile. I do know how to start threads. started a couple myself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I appreciate your clarification.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Chowhound Team Sep 25, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        We think emails to you aren't getting through (though we did send one), so we're just posting here to let you know that we haven't removed anything from you from this thread. If you want to email us at moderators@chowhound.com, we'd be happy to try to figure out the email issue, as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo Sep 25, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks chow team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know I stated recently that my email got hacked a couple of years ago and all was lost. appreciate you telling me this info chow team. I'm convinced that some times things don't make it online where they stay in print.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 24, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So far, I have never "not counted" a nomination. I've tried to cull more information from some nominations that only list an ingredient. There haven't been enough of those nominations to make a dent in the total count. In this thread we have a lot of nominations for broad categories that are not specific dishes. I am still counting those noms. What I have been thinking about is having nominations like "soup" move on to voting if they have enough votes. Then have a run-off where people vote for a type of soup (minestrone, soupe au pistou, chicken noodle, etc), or a main ingredient (tomato, barley, shrimp, whatever). I could do that for stews and casseroles also, if they make the final round. Then next month we'll develop some better criteria for what makes a dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  How does that sound to everyone?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    jpr54_1 Sep 24, 2012 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    sounds good to me
                                                                                                                                                                                                    both sound ok-I personally would like main ingredient-this would allow a wide variety of recipes and dishes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      blue room Sep 24, 2012 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bingo, sounds perfect to me, but much extra work for the coordinator -- in this case you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that does sound like ALOT of extra work for you, LN, and extra voting...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am hoping that enough 'dishes' (a dish in my book being something specific enough, and not just an ingredient, or over-broad, like 'soup') get nominated to vote on, that we can just continue as we are this month with meatballs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          sunflwrsdh Sep 25, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds fine to me. I'm one of the "soups and stew" nominators, but am willing to narrow it down to be a certain ingredient soup or stew, I guess. Just not sure how many times in the course of a month I would want to make, say...squash soup. But I would still try it at least once or twice and share recipes and report results.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now you're really confusing me.... ( not that hard btw). Are we nominating & making new dishes every WEEK? Or is it for a whole month? I for one, know I cannot expect to participate in a weekly one, and will just resort to my descriptions over on WFD.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm sure someone just mis-typed. It is the Dish of the Month, not week! That would be too much for me too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, thank goodness! Phew!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. jpr54_1 Sep 23, 2012 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      what about pickles? relish? salsa?bean salad?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      i already gave 2 dishes in caps-but these might also be of interest

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. gingershelley Sep 23, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I could get behind ENCHILADAS if stuffed squash doesn't win.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just know my kids will turn their noses up at any rendition of stuffed squash....ain't happening here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Candy stuffed squash. upon serving discard squash. :-) or

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hollow out butternut squash. Line squash with lady fingers - Pour in flavored pastry cream - let set in fridge - degourd - voila - a charlotte.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those two would please your kids. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe even better - hollow out a pumpkin - fill it with apple pie filling. The whole autumn theme.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL, you would think, right?? So funny how as babies they loved squash & sweet potatoes. Now as 9 & 11 years old? Not so much....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hank Hanover Sep 23, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm far far past 9 & 11 and I'm not wild about squash.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think like you possibly HH. thinking a thread about squash may run dry soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like it a lot, loved the acorn squash I did for hubb and I the other night, but is it stuffed or squash casserole or soup we're talking about here...they're all different subjects. hmmm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And, there ya go..... I can take it or leave it.... I think I like winter ones better than the summer ones, but whatever, I ain't making it fora bunch of family who won't eat it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Ruthie789 Sep 23, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How about some kind of POT ROAST, since it is fall, root vegetables are out and it is a nice savory dish for fall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like POT ROAST also, I rarely ever make one other than my Nana's.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I may singlehandedly be the worst maker of pot roast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                it's sad very sad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aww, il Divo, it can't be that bad. We can all share our recipes and you can choose which one sounds the best & give us a trophy.... Oops, sorry, wrong post....which one you like best or was easiest for you & yours.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There must be some technique you are getting wrong or not doing, that is causing your problems w pot roast, cuz I can't think of a more forgiving dish. But you should have the right cut ( eye of the round is too lean, you need a fatty chuck roast) and the rest is all about timing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo Sep 23, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dirty~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm just being honest about the vast memories I have of trying to get it just right.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've followed so many recipes, so many different ones from hither to yon, and only a couple of times have they been good. I used the meats called for such as 7 bone chuck roast. I've done them in my LeCreuset dutch ovens and braised them for a zillion years and they've not been much to speak of. I think regarding ye ole pot roast, it's time to admit I'm a failure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pavlova Sep 23, 2012 10:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What do others think of your pot roast? Apparently I make a good one, but I can't stand eating it. Maybe you just don't love meat cooked that way. I know I don't.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo Sep 24, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pav~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you're right. I'm a 'farmer' not a 'hunter'.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am not a meat lover as many are.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my husband and kids think the pot roast I'd just presented was good even great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        never considered I don't like meat cooked that way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thank you for pointing that out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        maybe I'll look on here or other sites to seek out a perfect recipe. don't remember which ones I've tried, they've faded into nothingness in my mind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Sep 23, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      see u @ the races, Dirtyw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 23, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, I would love that, HillJ!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Il Divo, you just have to try my Nana's then. It really is pretty idiot proof, NOT that I am calling you names! If you follow it to the T, it just shouldn't fail you. Let me know if & when you feel up to trying it again, I will be happy to type out word for word my Nana's recipe, and let me know how it comes out. I defy you to fail this recipe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ruthie789 Sep 23, 2012 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please post it, I need a no fail one! I keep trying to find the perfect recipe, but do not always have success.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo Sep 24, 2012 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dirty~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made a guy friends grandmothers recipe. awful, bland boring and dry. what'd I do wrong? no clue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            made SL's why did I think that'd work>it didn't.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            did a few more that came highly praised-blech.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            please post Nana's, oh yes please do. TIA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll be happy to, just think it will be a little off topic for this thread and the mods will pull it. How about the next time I make it, I'll alert you two where it is, usually on the current WFD thread. Wish CHOW had a messaging feature like FB.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dave MP Sep 24, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you start a new thread with the recipe, you can copy and paste the link to it here. You're right that it's probably off topic for this thread, but people reading this will appreciate the link to your other thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dave MP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, okay, thanks for letting me know the procedure : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iL Divo Sep 25, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dave appreciate you suggesting that thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirty~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or you can post it here >
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807314
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ^^^one of the reasons I started this thread^^^
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's not what's for dinner or lunch or breakfast or what are you baking. sometimes I cook things for different reasons all day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    example:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *I may be making my beauty shop lunch for the staff and clients.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *may be making appetizers for singing rehearsals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    *last night and this morning I'm doing Michael Symons chocolate chocolate chip with sea salt cookies for hubby/his friends at work/girls at the Drs. office > my apt is at 10.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    so 'what are you making today' is a general one stop shopping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, iL Divo. I will go ahead and type it out there, later on today :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo Sep 25, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirty~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        appreciate you for doing that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        maybe I will see why mine fail so miserably.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I really hope I can help! Will post it I about an hour or two, time to pick up the kiddies at school :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just off the top of my head, either wrong cut of beef or not enough liquid. I use water btw, no broth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            blue room Sep 24, 2012 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use this advice from Cook's Illustrated and it works well for me:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Published March 1, 2002.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "We cooked more than 100 pounds of beef to find the answer to tender, moist, flavorful pot roast. What's the secret? Cook it until it is done—and then keep on cooking."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I cook it low and slow (275 - 300F) for 6-7 hours in a Dutch oven in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recip...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iL Divo Sep 24, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...dupl

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I like POT ROAST as well, that could be good - especially if we all search for out-of-the-ordinary ones. I know somewhere I have one that includes gingersnaps in the gravy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. mebby Sep 23, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          STUFFED SQUASH / PUMPKIN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ENCHILADAS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've loved the meatball thread this month!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TxnInMtl Sep 23, 2012 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ENCHILADAS

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ratgirlagogo Sep 23, 2012 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TERRIFYING BUT DELICIOUS PUMPKIN DISHES OF GLAMOROUS HORROR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Sep 23, 2012 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                best nomination yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  L.Nightshade Sep 23, 2012 08:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't know if I can do a month of this, but I'd like to try my hand at one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's why I like 'stuffed squash" - rather than pumpkin - then I can still mess around with spaghetti squash, zucchini that is still coming into the market, etc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dianne0712 Sep 30, 2012 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pumpkin should be October.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chow_rk Sep 24, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PAELLA WITH QUINOA (instead of Rice)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Dave MP Sep 24, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi everyone,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As of one of the creators of the Dish of the Month on the Home Cooking Board, I wanted to clarify some things and add a bit more structure to this (and future) nomination threads. We realize that not everyone will agree with these new guidelines, but we think they are the best thing to do for this project, to keep it focused and interesting for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In order to qualify for Dish of the Month on the Home Cooking board, nominations need to be specific dishes...this, in our minds, is something that has both an implied ingredient and cooking method. Here are some examples:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quinoa salad ---- ingredient = quinoa, preparation = salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meatballs ---- ingredient = meat, preparation = in balls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lasagna ---- ingredient = sheets of pasta, preparation = baked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chili ---- ingredient = meat and/or beans, preparation = stewed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stuffed squash ---- ingredient = squash, preparation = stuffed with something

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hopefully most people get the picture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With these new guidelines, some of the things listed in this nomination thread are going to be disqualified.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soups, stews, casseroles are all too broad to be considered a dish for this project. I personally think curry is too broad as well, though that could be debated...and even savory pancakes is a bit on the broad side. So, those who have nominated these should feel free to nominate something else instead (note that there is no limit to the number of things you can nominate). Feel free to nominate a specific type of soup, stew, or casserole, or choose something else that's already in the running.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Salmon, Squash and Apples are all ingredients, and also won't qualify for dish of the month. Good alternatives might be grilled salmon, stuffed squash, apple cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hope this makes sense to everyone, and I apologize to those who already nominated excluded items (though there's still time for more nominating!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The following items are currently in the lead for nominations:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stuffed squash, enchiladas, chili, squash soup, lasagna

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks again for all the enthusiasm, and I'm looking forward to seeing what gets picked!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave MP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dkennedy Sep 24, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dave MP,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for the clarification above. I have a follow up question: I was one of the nominators of savory pancakes. I am not sure why this is too broad. To me it seems very similar to lasagna or meatballs in the sense that it can be made with a variety of ingredients (zucchini pancakes, potato pancakes, quinoa pancakes, etc. but all are pancakes), I do see your point about soup because there thousands and thousands of variations but not for savory pancakes. Just my opinion but I think if we limit it to potato pancakes really there would be very little interest. If someone nominates dumplings would that be too broad? It can be made with meat or not, poached, fried, steamed or baked. Please reconsider re the savory pancakes. not because I want it to win, which I do, but because I think it will be very prohibitive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dave MP Sep 25, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The reason why I am unsure about savory pancake is that there are so many foods that fall under it. Off the top of my head, savory pancake might include potato pancakes, banh xeo, dosa, buckwheat crepes, scallion pancakes, Korean oyster pancakes, dosa, uttapam, etc. So that's why I think it's more of a category than a dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That said, I think it's a borderline case, and I could be convinced....it's definitely not as broad as soups, stews, and casseroles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dkennedy Sep 25, 2012 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree it falls into that vague area. But I think of it akin to meatballs. So many cultures have one, and the varieties are what makes the thread so interesting. I would love to have access to an arsenal of tried and true savory pancake recipes next time I need a great party food. For topics like chicken soup I could see 1000s and thousands of recipes, but with savory pancakes, maybe 100? It doesn't seem like it has enough steam this month to carry the vote but I would like it, and others like it, to be an option going forward.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hank Hanover Sep 24, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It seems to me that you should have qualified all this 226 posts ago. It also seems to me that you should allow us to help work it out as opposed to a top down approach. You would have gotten more participation by including us but, apparently, our direction wasn't going in the direction you prefer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It isn't really a problem. If your dish isn't to my liking, I will start a thread of my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In fact, I will start a thread for Soups and stews immediately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HillJ Sep 24, 2012 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do appreciated the add'l effort you & L.N. have made to further explain what you are both looking for from a HCDM project. I fail to understand what makes this type of idea special or separate from an HC boards alreay full of participants discussing dishes of all types.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If suggestions made here are not selected and can be created on the HC board in order to basically receive the same sort of CH participation and recipe/method discussion, the only difference here is that a CHOW Staffer and a CH volunteer are leading the project in a formal way. Is that enough of a difference to warrant a special subject title?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps it would be better to suggest the dish from the start rather than have us throw out suggestions. See what develops from a pre-selected dish rather than have us spend a week throwing out ideas, voting and then getting down to the recipes. If there is going to be formal guidelines (which I understand now is what you are looking for) then why drag out the process of selection?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What makes HCDM special?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dkennedy Sep 24, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am not sure what it is that is causing everyone to get all up in arms. This is the same process we go through each month to select our COTM and lots and lots of people put their suggestions out there month after month without them getting to the voting round. The "rules" being set up for this monthly thread seem to be very reasonable, and I for one, hope this turns into a monthly thread, because I really LOVE participating in COTM and I think I will LOVE participating in DOTM. Now that the guidelines have been clarified, we will have a better sense of what to nominate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone who is not enjoying the process should just opt out, not come down on the facilitator. Let's not make this such a loathsome job that LN gives up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman Sep 24, 2012 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                +1

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hank Hanover Sep 24, 2012 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I suspect LN may have already given up.... It was Dave MP (stand for military police?... nah) that is suddenly taking this big stand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HillJ Sep 25, 2012 04:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gosh I hope asking a direct question isn't considered harsh. I'm not the only person who has asked for more specific information since HCDM was launched. Better to ask than waste time. I don't participate in COTM because I don't have the cookbooks. A dish is simpler. However, there clearly were pre-designed thoughts about what would constitute a dish for this project. LN hasn't given up as far as I can tell and Dave MP is assisting all of us and referred to himself as a co-creator.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So, dk-I have no idea why you would have issue with any one of us asking a question. I didn't say I was throwing in the towel. While you asked about reconsideration about savory pancakes (& I was surprised that a savory pancake cat. wouldn't qualify here as well), I asked about what makes this idea separate from the HC board's threads. Other than oversight, I still don't see the difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If needed, I do appreciate the thoughtfulness of replies. If you look at my comments to this thread on whole they support LN's remarks and replies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dkennedy Sep 25, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wasn't referring to your question. I was referring to the tone of many of the comments I have seen throughout the thread which I felt were adversarial in nature. It was posted under your comment because I responded to DAVE MP's post. I think questions are good. I think snide comments are extremely unhelpful and off-putting. Sometimes when I read posts from people who are posting in a very angry tone it makes me feel uncomfortable and I was just voicing my opinion that a social forum about food might night be the best place to vent their anger. Sorry if it felt like I was attacking you. I wasn't trying to target anyone or make anyone feel badly about asking questions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ Sep 25, 2012 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for that dk. Without actually hearing a voice, I have no way of accurately knowing what is a tone of anger and what isn't. Frankly the benefit of the doubt that a fellow CH just wants to be heard is good enuf 4 me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jpr54_1 Sep 25, 2012 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanx for your comments-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I feel the same way-couldn't have said it better

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        +1!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think Dave clarifying what makes a 'dish' is very reasonable. Tho I agree with DK that 'savory pancakes' is certainly a fair dish, like meatballs is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It usally takes a leader to get a large group somewhere - someone has to be sure we are on the same path. Otherwise, this is like herding cats!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Sep 30, 2012 12:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          +++++++++1000!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iL Divo Sep 25, 2012 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          all you spoke about here states what I've also had trouble understanding. thank you for explaining what I was having trouble expressing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DKenn~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          first let me say I'm sorry if my remarks upset or offended you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not my intention at all. we all get snarky so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          at times and if we're confused or annoyed or it's Tuesday, it can read that way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          please forgive if I came across as negative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this is an open discussion, if we don't fully get the gist of something how else to get info on it if not talked about which in this case involves questions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ has a valid point. why elect or vote on a subject? why not start a HC thread if you want suggestions on {say} meatballs? why wouldn't you just start a HC new thread asking for tried and true recipes of meatballs? < like I did years ago when I wanted everyone's best meatloaf recipes?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/362149

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not trying to argue or be difficult or make things unpleasant , just trying to understand what makes this different. like you said "if a thread doesn't interest you, you can opt out."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we all can and I'm sure we do, I do...not all threads catch my attention.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            blue room Sep 25, 2012 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "...what makes this different." (Only my view, of course!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you reply to or start a random post, there is no expectation or obligation on anyone. We all do this all the time -- a title interests me, I drop in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But if I participate in *nominating and voting*, I'm affecting others. And (this might get grumbles) I think there is then an obligation on my part to follow through, accept the outcome, and contribute at least some small effort that month. This lets the group continue successfully/robustly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dave MP Sep 25, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To me, what makes HCDM special is that we are all actively cooking the same dish at the same time, and reporting back on our results. It's cool to know that all of us are cooking meatballs, and trying out different recipes....and at the end of the month, we'll have an up-to-date, first-hand report on several meatball recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I start a normal thread on Home Cooking (say, about apple pie), people will provide great tips and the discussion can be excellent. I can learn a lot about apple pie. But probably many of the people participating are not actively cooking apple pie right then...more likely they have used a recipe in the past (and are commenting on it), or are providing advice based on their past experience. This is of course really great as well, and Chowhounds are extremely knowledgeable, so DOTM is certainly not trying to replace other threads. But the idea is that it's a community project, which involves actively cooking and reporting back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope that makes sense!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dave MP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well said Dave, and I think clarifying about the 'actively cooking community project' sums up the difference very well of the DOTM from other threads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Sep 25, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey Dave MP, thanks for the reply!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pavlova Sep 24, 2012 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            APPLE PIE

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dianne0712 Sep 30, 2012 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's what I was going to say, cosidering all the turmoil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              APPLE PIE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and, just to stir things up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CHICKEN POT PIE

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dkennedy Sep 30, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dianne,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The nominations closed on the 25th but the voting thread is still up and won't close until tonight:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/870781

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental Sep 30, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I suggested savory or sweet pies and tarts way up thread but it didn't seem to catch on. Let's nominate them for November!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sedimental Sep 24, 2012 09:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good lord. It's just DISH of the month -not ingredient of the month ...not meal category of the month. This doesn't have to be that difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If someone has their heart set on using a specific ingredient (like apples) be creative -and use it in the dish (apple squash soup) or whatever. I bet most chowhounds can be creative with any dish nominated.....because...we. are. that. good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Sep 25, 2012 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is just a dish, sed. That's right. Deciding what falls under this project category was the question.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. L.Nightshade Sep 24, 2012 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just a reminder that we've got fewer than 24 hours before the nominations close. They will close Tuesday night at 8pm Pacific time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope that those of you who nominated one of the wider categories (such as soups, stews, and casseroles), or an ingredient (such as apples or chocolate), will come back and either nominate another dish, or refine your choice as Dave MP describes above. There are many wonderful suggestions already in the thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While the Dish of the Month is not quite a newborn now, it's still in it's infancy. As we move on, I'll work on improving the introductory post so that new contributors will know what qualifies as a dish. Hopefully an improved outline will facilitate our choosing a dish that will be worthwhile to cook, and to compare notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know this concept is not for everyone, but I'm loving the idea it, and I think it has a lot of potential. I joined CH in 2011 and started with the Cookbook of the Month. Since I joined I have made over 200 recipes from the monthly cookbooks, none of which I would have made otherwise. This thread offers a similar gift to me. If I had been scanning the Home Cooking board, and I saw a thread about meatballs, I probably wouldn't even have read it. In fact, I don't think I've ever made meatballs. So far this month I've made three types, and I've got a couple more lined up. I've learned that meatballs can be done in the oven, instead of that messy business in the frying pan, and I've read some amazing and creative versions that I never would have thought of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks all, for your patience and support. And get those last minute nominations in!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hank Hanover Sep 24, 2012 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad to see you didn't quit, nightshade... I was worried about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Sep 25, 2012 04:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Who said anything about worry? It's about answering questions. Holy smokes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 24, 2012 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You had never made meatballs before??!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ Sep 25, 2012 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Home Cooking board is full of threads about a specific dish. I find it hard to imagine no one realizes that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ??? Not even sure what you are trying to say to me???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HillJ Sep 25, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ha! because when you asked earlier about never making meatballs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        blue room Sep 25, 2012 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for resolving the unresolved, I'm glad to have a resolution! Snark or Pollyanna, everybody's gotta eat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now back to the food, I started with stuffed squash and I'm sticking with stuffed squash.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          :) I am hoping that at least makes it to voting BR - I am with you... with all apologies to DWextra's kids!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boo!! Hiss!! {from the peanut gallery, ;p)}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              blue room Sep 25, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stuff the squash with mini-meatballs, scoop them out for the kids. Then grate some nice cheese on the adult portion of the meal and enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Sep 25, 2012 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks LN for the positive comments. Just what we needed here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed that 'meatballs' were really not on my radar before this - though I admired those who did make them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I LOVE them, and oven browning is so simple (learned that here as you did), that I can't believe I have gone so far in life without making meatballs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am sure this can happen again for other DOTM's. Excited as you are for what is coming up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. jpr54_1 Sep 25, 2012 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          instead of my previous nominations-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CHILI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I personally don't mind Dave MP's input-in fact, I appreciate it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also would like to thank Nightshade for her help in getting this started

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            biondanonima Sep 25, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think CHILI is perfect for the month of October. I also saw a suggestion upthread for MEAT RAGU that I could get behind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. boyzoma Sep 25, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, I've seen a lot of enchiladas, which I love. If we have to be more specific, then CHICKEN ENCHILADAS. That still leaves a lot of interpretation on preparation and other ingredients.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My poor family is going to never want to eat another enchilada again if that's what I'm feeding them several times a month, LOL!! For us, we live in LA and get awesome enchiladas on every other street ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                boyzoma Sep 25, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lucky you! I'm jealous. I love making them all kinds of ways. Sometimes a Suiza, sometimes just layered (like a lasagna) but using tortillas instead among many others. Just depends on what mood I'm in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. EM23 Sep 25, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RAGU or LEGUME-BASED SOUPS (PEAS, BEANS, LENTILS)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I would love to see chili and stew in January & February.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS Sep 25, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm so excited to see more votes for ragu!!! (I voted for it upthread.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 25, 2012 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cynsa Sep 25, 2012 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PIZZA DOUGH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not about toppings - sometimes I want it thin and crisp as a cracker; sometimes it has to be deep dish with cornmeal; or chewy... or like focaccia, or charred and bubbled - or, something 'quick' or high gluten with olive oil. There's no 'one way', is there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Westminstress Sep 25, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 for SQUASH SOUP and SAVORY PANCAKES

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sunflwrsdh Sep 25, 2012 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CHILI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. L.Nightshade Sep 25, 2012 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nominations for the October Home Cooking Dish of the Month are now CLOSED!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please bear with me while I sort out this thread and double check the count. I will post the voting thread as soon as possible and post a link here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. L.Nightshade Sep 25, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK Dish of the Month hounds - the voting thread is up here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/870781

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can't wait to see what happens!

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