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

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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      1. 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

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

          1. re: greygarious

            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

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

            1. 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!

                1. 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

                    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.

                    1. CHILI. Comfort in a bowl!

                      1. STUFFED SQUASH ... Go #7!

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

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                        1. re: blue room

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

                          1. re: Lotsofscots

                            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.

                          1. SAVORY PANCAKES

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

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

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                                  1. re: angelsmom

                                    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

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

                                      1. re: herby

                                        Not disappointed, just made a wrong assumption.

                                        1. re: dkennedy

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

                                          1. re: herby

                                            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

                                      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!)

                                        1. 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

                                            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

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

                                              1. re: Gio

                                                Duck enchiladas.

                                                Wabbit enchiladas.

                                                Duck enchiladas.

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

                                                1. re: DuchessNukem

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

                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                    And for the squash people, squash enchiladas...

                                                    Mushroom enchiladas, shrimp enchiladas, crab enchiladas...

                                                2. re: Gio

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

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

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

                                                    1. My vote is for SQUASH SOUP

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

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

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

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

                                                              1. 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!

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                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade

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

                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                    Correct. In the voting round, one vote only.

                                                                2. 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. 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

                                                                      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. ENCHILADAS

                                                                      (L. Nightshade for President...)

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                                                                      1. re: Gio

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

                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                          absolutely! who else would have had the patience?

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

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

                                                                              1. 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. 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

                                                                                        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

                                                                                          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

                                                                                          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

                                                                                            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

                                                                                              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

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                        3. 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

                                                                                            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

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

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                                                                                            1. re: Carole_beaudry

                                                                                              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. alright. committing: ENCHILADAS.

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

                                                                                                    1. 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. 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

                                                                                                            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

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

                                                                                                          2. ENCHILADAS
                                                                                                            Love 'em but have never made 'em.

                                                                                                              1. SAVORY PANCAKES can also be made with squash!

                                                                                                                  1. 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.

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                                                                                                                    1. oops, moved to correct thread