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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (Oct 2012) - Voting

L.Nightshade Sep 25, 2012 10:23 PM

Welcome to the voting thread for the October Home Cooking Dish of the Month!

I'd say the nomination thread was pretty much an E-Ticket ride, but we did end up with some interesting results. If you want to take a chance, and view the wild nomination thread, click here:
If, however, you'd like to see a Dish of the Month thread in productive and inspiring action, check out the September meatball thread here:
You can continue to contribute to the meatball thread while considering your October options.

And now for the October contenders. With an eye toward every dish meeting the ingredient and method criteria, I've added a little extra information. So here are our top contenders, in alphabetical order:

1. CHILI - a stewed dish with some form of chile, along with meat and/or beans.

2. ENCHILADAS - A Mexican dish made by wrapping a filling in a tortilla, then baking in a sauce.

3. LASAGNE - Layered noodles and other ingredients baked in a dish,

4. RAGU SAUCES - Meat sauces, usually for pasta.

5. SAVORY PANCAKES - Pancakes with savory vegetables and/or spices in the pancake batter.

6. SQUASH/PUMPKIN SOUP - Any type of squash, including pumpkin, in a soup.

7. STUFFED SQUASH - Any type of squash, from pattypan to pumpkin, stuffed with any filling.

When you cast your vote, please put your selection in ALL CAPITALS. Also, please try to reply to this original post. It's just easier to count a lot of votes when they are not responses inside of two or three indents. Don't worry or repost if you make a mistake, I'll still find them. And please, if you are discussing a dish after your vote, please keep the dish in lower case. Only one mention in all capitals for your vote.

Voting will remain open until Sunday, September 30th at 8pm Pacific time, 11pm Eastern time, and 3am October 1st GMT. The reporting thread will go up on October 1st.

It's getting nippy out. Get ready for the frost on the pumpkin, and some warming autumn meals!

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    Hungryhughy Oct 8, 2012 12:11 PM

    oops, moved to correct thread

    1. L.Nightshade Sep 30, 2012 08:01 PM

      Voting for October's Home Cooking Dish of the Month is closed!

      Thanks to all for participating; this has been an exciting race! The reporting thread will be up by tomorrow, and I'll post the link here.

      1 Reply
      1. re: L.Nightshade
        L.Nightshade Sep 30, 2012 10:23 PM

        The October reporting thread is now posted here:

      2. Hank Hanover Sep 30, 2012 07:54 PM


        1. ...tm... Sep 30, 2012 07:28 PM

          SAVORY PANCAKES can also be made with squash!

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            fleck Sep 30, 2012 07:10 PM


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              Hungryhughy Sep 30, 2012 02:26 PM

              Love 'em but have never made 'em.

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                dkennedy Sep 30, 2012 01:19 PM

                This is a nail biter! 3 of the contenders have been tied, off and on, for most of the race. Right now it looks as though one of them has taken the lead...but for how long? I am very excited about all the potential winners. I have a few recipes earmarked to try, depending on which category wins.

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                1. re: dkennedy
                  L.Nightshade Sep 30, 2012 01:24 PM

                  Very true dk! Every vote really counts when it is this close! I've got ideas for almost every category now, so it's going to be a fun month.

                  1. re: L.Nightshade
                    HillJ Sep 30, 2012 02:38 PM

                    However it plays out I'm ready! Love a close race!

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                  Westminstress Sep 30, 2012 09:28 AM

                  SQUASH SOUP

                  1. L.Nightshade Sep 30, 2012 07:24 AM

                    Just a reminder...
                    If you've been on the fence and haven't voted yet, now is the time! Voting closes tonight at 8pm Pacific time.

                    1. pikawicca Sep 30, 2012 07:08 AM

                      SAVORY PANCAKES

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                        dianne0712 Sep 30, 2012 06:27 AM

                        Do I pick a dish I like or one that. I need help with? Hmmm...
                        Yummy wins...

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                          flfoodie2 Sep 30, 2012 06:20 AM


                          1. mariacarmen Sep 30, 2012 12:43 AM

                            alright. committing: ENCHILADAS.

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                              Carole_beaudry Sep 28, 2012 09:25 PM

                              I vote for STUFFED SQUASH. I've never tried it before but it sounds interesting.

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                              1. re: Carole_beaudry
                                oakjoan Sep 29, 2012 10:38 PM

                                I'm voting for the SQUASH SOUP option. If this is an incorrect vote, please put my vote into the category that contains the word SQUASH.

                                I have fallen totally and obsessively in love with the NYT recipe for Squash/Pumpkin Soup from the restaurant 11 Madison Park in NYC. It's the most delicious soup I've ever eaten - it has creme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds as well as a bit of soy sauce and many other ingredients.

                              2. HillJ Sep 28, 2012 09:15 PM

                                Thanks all. Yes, changed my vote. I make savory pancakes all the time. Look forward to the savory pancake discussion. And, yes it would be helpful to know..are recipes appropriate in nominating or voting threads?

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                                1. re: HillJ
                                  dkennedy Sep 28, 2012 09:32 PM

                                  Wow, all the time? Wish I had friends who were as adventurous as you to hang out with. Hope we get to hear about some of them!

                                  1. re: dkennedy
                                    HillJ Sep 29, 2012 04:46 AM

                                    Very nice of you to say so, dk. I run a BnB in CA; savory crepes & pancakes are extremely popular with our guests. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

                                    I'm always on the look out for new versions. Bring it on!

                                2. paulj Sep 28, 2012 06:47 PM

                                  On the question of savory pancakes, there is a French verison called Farçous

                                  There's a recipe for these in Dorie Greenspans' Around my French Table, which is also on The Splendid Table's archive

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                                  1. re: paulj
                                    HillJ Sep 28, 2012 07:05 PM

                                    Pls save the recipes for once the voting has been completed. pauj, does this mean you are selecting savory pancakes for this vote?

                                    1. re: HillJ
                                      paulj Sep 28, 2012 07:46 PM

                                      It's not a vote. I probably won't follow the thread. I was trying to help people who might be asking - who makes savory pancakes? (besides Asian scallion ones).

                                    2. re: paulj
                                      L.Nightshade Sep 28, 2012 07:11 PM

                                      Ditto on HillJ's post. Let us know, in capital letters, if you are voting for savory pancakes.
                                      I've made those Greenspan chard pancakes (farçous) many times, and they fit perfectly into the category.

                                      1. re: L.Nightshade
                                        dkennedy Sep 28, 2012 07:34 PM

                                        I think hillj voted upstream for something squash related. She had originally voted for savory p's but then she changed her vote.

                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                          L.Nightshade Sep 28, 2012 08:02 PM

                                          Yes, I've counted HillJ's vote, dk. If you look at my response, I was asking paulj if it was a vote. Sometimes these things need clarification, which paulj has done.

                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                            dkennedy Sep 28, 2012 08:11 PM

                                            Sorry L.Nightshade, I misread. Just for clarification, (if you know) is it a new policy (or a newly enforced policy) that we are not suppose to post recipes or links to recipes in the nomination/voting threads? It seems I've always done this with COTM and I've seen others do it and never noticed responses being redacted. It helps me decide which way to vote when I hear more about the recipes, but I can understand that it does make the threads long. Just wondering....if any body knows?

                                            1. re: dkennedy
                                              Dave MP Sep 28, 2012 11:52 PM

                                              In general, when you want to post a recipe on Chowhound, it's best to do so in a discussion that focuses on that recipe or dish. Oftentimes, this means starting a new discussion with a descriptive topic that matches what you are talking about, or else it means finding an already-existing discussion that focuses on this food. A big reason for doing this is that it will help people down the line.

                                              Posting a recipe for onion pancakes inside the nomination thread is good for the people who are reading it, but someone looking for info about onion pancakes in the future (whether 1 month or 1 year or 5 years from now) might not be able to find that recipe easily if it's in the middle of a discussion with 200+ replies entitled "Dish of the Month Nominations" — it's not really a place that makes sense for a great recipe, which probably hundreds of people would want to know about. So it's better for all Chowhounds if you stick to the topic at hand, and if you want to start posting about something else, start a new discussion about that topic.

                                              In the case of nomination threads, I think linking would be okay within reason. If you've posted a recipe on Chowhound already, you could mention that you recently made a great example of xyz, and provide a link to that discussion....but in general, it's best if these nomination and voting threads stick to the task at hand....and discussions of specific recipes remain elsewhere, so they don't get lost in the fray.

                                              Hope that makes sense!

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                                      gimlis1mum Sep 28, 2012 04:53 PM

                                      SAVORY PANCAKES

                                      1. chartreauxx Sep 28, 2012 12:39 AM

                                        SQUASH/PUMPKIN SOUP

                                        1. DuchessNukem Sep 27, 2012 10:43 PM

                                          Cannot... stand.... waiting.

                                          "If it's chicken, chicken a la king. If it's fish, fish a la king. If it's turkey, fish a la king."

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                                          1. re: DuchessNukem
                                            soccermom13 Sep 28, 2012 12:14 AM


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                                            sweethooch Sep 27, 2012 10:32 PM

                                            STUFFED SQUASH please!

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                                              Snurful Sep 27, 2012 09:30 PM

                                              SAVOURY PANCAKES

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                                                magiesmom Sep 27, 2012 06:47 PM

                                                SAVOURY PANCAKES

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                                                  Quintious Sep 27, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                  I vote ENCHILADAS, only because I typically don't make chili until winter is in full effect.

                                                  1. Gio Sep 27, 2012 11:24 AM


                                                    (L. Nightshade for President...)

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                                                    1. re: Gio
                                                      gingershelley Sep 27, 2012 10:36 PM

                                                      (L.N. is the official candidate for the Chowhound party in the upcoming elections - Amazing ability to heard cats!)

                                                      1. re: gingershelley
                                                        mariacarmen Sep 30, 2012 12:23 AM

                                                        absolutely! who else would have had the patience?

                                                        enchiladas or stuffed squash??? i can't DECIDE!!!

                                                    2. nomadchowwoman Sep 27, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                      I would be happy with almost any of these except squash, as my husband won't eat it unless it's masked by other ingredients, sneaks its way into ravioli, canneloni or lasagne (and maybe enchiladas?).
                                                      Though it looks like lasagne-friendly weather is a long way off, I'll cast my vote for


                                                      Kudos, LN, for expert cat-herding.

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                                                      1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                        DuchessNukem Sep 27, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                        Oh no no no lol. I just got 2 butternuts and an acorn in my CSA yesterday. There will be some squashing going on. ;)

                                                      2. gingershelley Sep 26, 2012 08:06 PM

                                                        I am still going to go with STUFFED SQUASH, however much savory pancakes calls to me...

                                                        I know when I go to the farmer's market tomorrow, there will be a giant zucchini waiting to be filled... Thinking roasted pimenton's, some chorizo, sage, kale, and Farro, dry cheese, and after a turn on the grill; finish in the oven with some broth and roasted tomatoes for a light touch. Even if it doesn't win, it's what's FD!

                                                        I have some weird Asian squash I spied and bought last week that I got last year from the same lady last year. It's only about 9 inches in diameter, and green and gold.

                                                        It was the best EVER (she doesn't know what it's called in English, sigh), but I filled it with Cream, thyme, parmesan - it was the best side dish squash I ever made. Sweet, roasty. With a pork roast and apples.... Yum!

                                                        1. L.Nightshade Sep 26, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                          I'm putting in my vote for STUFFED SQUASH after seeing a big bin of them in the market. But it's a tough decision!

                                                          3 Replies
                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                            Dirtywextraolives Sep 26, 2012 07:09 PM

                                                            We only get one vote now, right, L. Nightshade?

                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                              L.Nightshade Sep 26, 2012 08:25 PM

                                                              Correct. In the voting round, one vote only.

                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                Dirtywextraolives Sep 26, 2012 09:07 PM

                                                                Just checking ;-)

                                                          2. The Chowhound Team Sep 26, 2012 05:19 PM

                                                            The Saveur recipe discussed in the nomination thread was split out to its own post here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8709...

                                                            1. HillJ Sep 26, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                              Changing my vote (no longer savory pancakes, I'll work that out elsewhere). I vote for
                                                              CHILI. Thanks LN.

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                                                                sunflwrsdh Sep 26, 2012 04:13 PM


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                                                                  MelMM Sep 26, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                  Tough to decide among these. But I'll vote for ENCHILADAS.

                                                                  1. Dave MP Sep 26, 2012 02:36 PM

                                                                    My vote is for SQUASH SOUP

                                                                    But I'm excited by a lot of these, looking forward to seeing what wins!

                                                                    1. JungMann Sep 26, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                      STUFFED SQUASH -- mainly because I have 3 lbs. sitting next to my desk for this weekend!

                                                                      1. delys77 Sep 26, 2012 12:17 PM


                                                                        1. L.Nightshade Sep 26, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                          I truly appreciate all of your thanks. Your support makes coordinating this thread fun and worthwhile!

                                                                          1. Cynsa Sep 26, 2012 10:07 AM


                                                                            1. GretchenS Sep 26, 2012 09:53 AM

                                                                              RAGU SAUCES. Mmmm, duck ragu, short rib ragu, ragu bolognese, lamb ragu with mint....

                                                                              Thanks so much, LN, for all your great work!

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                                                                              1. re: GretchenS
                                                                                mebby Sep 26, 2012 04:23 PM

                                                                                I logged on to vote for enchiladas, but now your post has me reconsidering...and drooling! Even though it keeps pushing 90+ (and 100+) in my part of L.A. Fall is not here -- just global warming!

                                                                                1. re: mebby
                                                                                  Gio Sep 27, 2012 11:23 AM

                                                                                  Duck enchiladas, pork enchiladas, veal enchiladas, lamb, Mebby.... just sayin'. LOL

                                                                                  1. re: Gio
                                                                                    DuchessNukem Sep 27, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                    Duck enchiladas.

                                                                                    Wabbit enchiladas.

                                                                                    Duck enchiladas.

                                                                                    Wabbit.... oh man. You just sent me down a dark place for a moment, Gio.

                                                                                    1. re: DuchessNukem
                                                                                      Gio Sep 27, 2012 11:47 AM

                                                                                      Oh absolutely wabb... er I mean rabbit enchiladas... guinea hen, bison, aardvark.. sky's the limit. hahahaha

                                                                                      1. re: Gio
                                                                                        MelMM Sep 27, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                                        And for the squash people, squash enchiladas...

                                                                                        Mushroom enchiladas, shrimp enchiladas, crab enchiladas...

                                                                                    2. re: Gio
                                                                                      mebby Sep 27, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                                      LOL -- sounds delicious! Still haven't made up my mind -- my kids are lobbying for enchiladas though.

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                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 26, 2012 09:41 AM


                                                                                  1. King of Northern Blvd Sep 26, 2012 09:21 AM


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                                                                                      angelsmom Sep 26, 2012 07:40 AM

                                                                                      I would like to see a combo of LASAGNE/RAGU SAUCES. TY

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                                                                                      1. re: angelsmom
                                                                                        dkennedy Sep 26, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                                                        Are we allowed to combine choices?

                                                                                        +1 re Herby's comment as to many thanks to LN for managing this thread with skill and diplomacy!

                                                                                        Also, I have been dying to ask this since someone referred to you Herby as a "mom." I always assumed Herby was a male name. Who is right? Hope this isn't too personal a question to ask.

                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                          herby Sep 26, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                                          I am a woman, DK, sorry to dissapoint:)

                                                                                          1. re: herby
                                                                                            dkennedy Sep 26, 2012 06:09 PM

                                                                                            Not disappointed, just made a wrong assumption.

                                                                                            1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                              herby Sep 26, 2012 07:53 PM

                                                                                              The name never striked me as masculine but now that you mentioned, I see why you've assumed.

                                                                                              1. re: herby
                                                                                                gingershelley Sep 26, 2012 07:59 PM

                                                                                                I think a woman can be very Herbacious, Herby - the possibilities are long....

                                                                                                I will leave it you to say what Herb you are:)

                                                                                        2. re: angelsmom
                                                                                          L.Nightshade Sep 26, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                                                          Sorry, you can only vote for one dish, please come back and select one. (Of course if Lasagne wins, you can always make one with a ragu sauce!)

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                                                                                          TxnInMtl Sep 26, 2012 07:32 AM


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                                                                                            1. herby Sep 26, 2012 07:12 AM

                                                                                              SAVORY PANCAKES

                                                                                              Many thanks LN for managing this thread with skill and diplomacy!

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                                                                                              1. re: herby
                                                                                                Berheenia Sep 26, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                                                                Ditto on thanks LN!

                                                                                              2. lilham Sep 26, 2012 06:28 AM


                                                                                                1. blue room Sep 26, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                                                  STUFFED SQUASH ... Go #7!

                                                                                                  Thank you L.Nightshade, this process has been...considerable...!

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                                                                                                  1. re: blue room
                                                                                                    Lotsofscots Sep 27, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                                                                    Ditto on the STUFFED SQUASH - so many varieties and choices! Thanks for the tip, Nightshade!

                                                                                                    1. re: Lotsofscots
                                                                                                      L.Nightshade Sep 27, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                                      Lotsofscots - if you want to cast a vote for stuffed squash, you need to write it in all capital letters. Otherwise I will consider it a conversational mention.

                                                                                                  2. biondanonima Sep 26, 2012 06:09 AM

                                                                                                    CHILI. Comfort in a bowl!

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                                                                                                      haiku. Sep 26, 2012 06:03 AM

                                                                                                      SAVORY PANCAKES

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                                                                                                        dkennedy Sep 26, 2012 05:57 AM

                                                                                                        SAVORY PANCAKES

                                                                                                        HillJ, I am not sure what limitations you are referring to, other than the fact that the category is limited to savory and not sweet pancakes. Any kind of savory pancake. Anytime, anywhere. Polenta, potato, thin onion, etc.

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                                                                                                        1. re: dkennedy
                                                                                                          HillJ Sep 26, 2012 06:13 AM

                                                                                                          dk, my mistake then. I was reading vegetables & spice in the OP description and thought how odd...there's so much more than that! On your clarification, I'll vote.

                                                                                                          SAVORY PANCAKES.

                                                                                                        2. DuchessNukem Sep 26, 2012 05:35 AM

                                                                                                          SQUASH/PUMPKIN SOUP

                                                                                                          1. HillJ Sep 26, 2012 04:38 AM

                                                                                                            The savory pancakes as described is pretty limited in scope. Vegetables and spices wasn't what I would limit a savory pancake to. So, I can't vote for that category.

                                                                                                            Let's see what happens in November.

                                                                                                            Have fun all!

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                                                                                                              sedimental Sep 26, 2012 04:33 AM


                                                                                                              1. greygarious Sep 26, 2012 04:24 AM

                                                                                                                SQUASH/PUMPKIN SOUP There's nothing seasonal in the first 5 choices. Stuffed squash can be a summer, fall, or winter dish, depending on whether it's a hard or soft-shelled variety.

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                                                                                                                1. re: greygarious
                                                                                                                  EM23 Sep 26, 2012 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                  The first 5 choices can all be made with squash Grey:)
                                                                                                                  My vote is for RAGU.

                                                                                                                  1. re: greygarious
                                                                                                                    gingershelley Sep 26, 2012 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                    Yes, Grey - but that is part of what makes it fun for October - Will you do a hard or soft squash? a veggie or meat filling? Will it harken back to summer, or lead you straight into Halloween.... as in a stuffed pumpkin?

                                                                                                                    I think it sounds like a fun idea - tho, I have yet to vote for this month, as those pancakes are kind of calling my name....

                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley
                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Sep 30, 2012 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                      i know, now i'm wavering between stuffed squash, enchiladas and savory pancakes!

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