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What's for Dinner #168 (10/20/12)

With this morning's temperature in the mid 30s, today would be a good say for a stew, but since my husband just returned from a conference in Germany where every meal was catch as catch can, he decided it really wants a steak, a baked and a caesar salad. But there's a piece of pork defrosting on the counter, and something tells me that we will make up for the stew-less day tomorrow.

What is the weather inspiring you to make?

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  1. Red chile chicken with rice and black beans are on the menu. This is a Rick Bayless recipe. Chicken thighs, not breasts, will be used. Maybe a small salad on the side. Beer and house wine to wash things down. Yankees/Tigers will be on the plasma.

    1. Salmon will go in the oven slathered with butter and roasted garlic, artichokes with aioli and drawn butter as well as a salad on the side.

      We said goodbye to the dog today so there will be cocktails tonight.

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      1. re: weezieduzzit

        Oh weezie, I'm SO sorry to hear about your dog. :-(

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          Aw, so sad. It's my doggie's 9th birthday today. (And at my back I always hear, time"s wingéd chariot hurrying near) :(

           
            1. re: roxlet

              All doggies go to heaven.
              There's a dry cleaner in my neighborhood shopping center that has a cute little mutt. The dog sees me walking up, barks and runs out the door to greet me.
              I like dogs and cats.

              1. re: steve h.

                All doggies do go to heaven. :)

                Jinx had a very good long life but it was her time. The man is one sad guy today, (hence the artichokes which he loves and I may add mashed potatoes, the ultimate comfort food,) they were together 15 years, but he has some great memories. She was a big silly goofy black lab.

                Happy B Day to the pooch, roxlet, you guys still have lots of years to go!

                1. re: weezieduzzit

                  Awww, Jinx was like my sister's and BIL's big silly goofy black lab, Logan. He left them in July of this year after about 10 years. And they still miss him terribly. {{{hugs}}} to you both. Remember the silly, goofy, fun times with Jinx.

            2. re: weezieduzzit

              I hope your pooch will be at a good place....sorry :-(

              1. re: weezieduzzit

                For you and Mr. W. From one who has said "See you later" to 16 very good friends, including 4 wonderful goofy black Labs.

                Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

                When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

                All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

                They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

                You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

                Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

                Author unknown...

                1. re: Byrdy

                  And now I am crying at my desk at work.

                2. re: weezieduzzit

                  Sorry to hear of your loss. Toast to a good friend

                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Dogs are great members of our families and always missed, but memories of mine still bring a smile.

                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                      oh weezie, really sad for you! i'll raise a glass to your pup too.... cheers....

                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                        Sorry to hear about your loss, weezie. Pets really sweeten the days.

                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                            Weezie, I have been gone from you all for a while, and so sorry to return to such sad news!

                            May the joy your doggy brought you comfort you and DH these days. I love a goofy black lab...

                            1. re: gingershelley

                              Thank you to everyone for the good thoughts. :)

                          2. 32°F. outside when I woke up this morning.
                            52°F. inside the house when I woke up this morning.
                            I did NOT turn on the heat. That has to wait until November 1st. Hopefully. :-) (Considering it's going to climb to the low 70s in a few days, I think I might make it!)

                            Today was errand day. Have perhaps figured out a relatively inexpensive solution for the 2nd BR in time for my brother/SIL/nephew visiting in early January so everyone will have a place to sleep without using an air mattress.

                            And it's APPLE CIDER SEASON! Picked up some unpasteurized cider at an apple farm near my mother's this past Monday, so it's being used in tonight's dinner. And maybe for tomorrow night's dinner. :-)

                            This recipe looked enticing, so I got some chicken thighs from the stupidmarket today and quickly made up the marinade when I got home. They won't have marinated for 4 hours, but should still be fine. I am, however, leaving the apples out of this dish....just the potatoes. I'm also going to tick up the temp a bit by 25° and shorten the cooking time, as I don't think chicken thighs need to be cooked quite as long as noted in the recipe, even at the slightly lower temp she used.

                            http://gimmesomeoven.com/apple-cider-...

                            The green side will be roasted Brussels sprouts - cut off the stems, halved, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a pinch of garlic powder and roasted in the convection oven (since it needs a higher heat than the chicken) for about 15 minutes. Add a bit of wine, tightly cover with some foil and continue cooking for another 10 minutes or so until the wine reduces and gets a bit glazy on the sprouts.

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                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              A decidedly disappointing meal. I'm sorry I used 3 chicken thighs on it. WAY too much liquid to add to the roasting pan (I removed most of it about 20 minutes in). And I actually *did* cook the chicken for about 1 hr, 15 min. as the recipe originally suggested. But if all that liquid had remained in the roasting pan, the chicken skin wouldn't have browned nor would have the potatoes.

                              Plus, I didn't get much of an apple cider and/or lemon flavor from either the chicken or potatoes, although the potatoes absorbed some of the liquid and had a bit of flavor. But the chicken was very moist. So the best part of the meal? The Brussels sprouts. :-/

                              I shall lick my wounds with some Blue Bunny Bunneh Tracks ice cream. On to tomorrow's meal. :-)

                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                LW...you might try placing the chicken in a pan with a small roasting rack.... the balance of the ingredients on the pan bottom itself....I find a French roaster works best when I want crisp skin...

                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                  Well, I won't be making that particular recipe again, so it doesn't matter much. But thanks. I *knew* it was too much liquid when I poured it in; should have removed it right then and there vs. 20 minutes in. Oh well. On to the next recipe. :-)

                              2. re: LindaWhit

                                I am SO envious of you having unpasteurized cider! It's so hard to find and it tastes so wonderful.

                                1. re: jmcarthur8

                                  Yeah, not many orchards carry it, but I remembered on Monday while visiting my Mom that her local orchard carries it, so off I went to get some. :-)

                              3. Still using the grill, so we grilled a bourbon marinated flank steak. Some sautéed mushrooms, ham & cheddar stuffed baked potatoes, and an iceberg wedge salad with baby heirloom cherry tomatoes & blue cheese dressing for us, simple sherry vinaigrette for the kids.

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                                  1. We were on the road this weekend...yet again! We had Chipotle. Which was lovely, it's been about 9 months since I've had it. I'm a sucker for that place and the closest one is a 100 miles away.

                                    On our way home we stopped at a meat market I've been dying to try since we moved here. They're supposed to have the BEST sausage. So we bought some kielbasa, some onion and garlic brats, some buffalo chicken sausage that just sounded so gross that they're probably delicious and finally, double beer brats which the butcher said to bake or slow cook on the grill and to NOT boil. So I've never baked brats tomorrow and look forward to doing so tomorrow. They had some beautiful pretzel buns as well, pretty sure that'll be a delicious combo. I should have made some mustard this past week but I never got around to it.

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                                    1. re: tiffeecanoe

                                      That all sounds SO good tiffee... sausage galore!