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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Nominations

It's time to take a brief pause from cooking savory pancakes and ponder what to cook for December.

The November Dish of the Month thread is still busy, so if you haven't seen it, take a look here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875818

Start thinking about what you'd like us all to cook together in December. We're defining a dish as an ingredient plus a technique. Our past dishes have included Quinoa Salad, Meatballs, Enchiladas, and, of course, Savory Pancakes. A dish can have many variations, but we'll all essentially be cooking the same dish during the month, then sharing our recipes and our experiences.

Please type your nomination in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. You can nominate several dishes if you like. The dishes with the highest numbers of nominations will move on to the voting round. During voting, you will only be able to vote for one dish.

Nominations will be open until November 25th at 8pm Pacific time (11pm Eastern time, and 3am November 26th GMT).

If you have yet to participate in the Dish of the Month, or if you've been reading the threads and haven't yet posted on Chowhound, now is the time to join in! It's a lot of fun, and we all learn new things from each other.

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      1. BRUSSEL SPROUTS

        I know this is not a dish, but an ingredient. But I don't think this will become too broad, unlike, say a nomintation for tomatoes or potatoes. There aren't that many ways you can cook sprouts, is there? I'm after some inspiration to cook this very seasonal veg. I barely eat it so I think I need some kick up my behind.

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        1. re: lilham

          I do think we need to stick to our definition of a dish, that it consists of an ingredient and a technique. Can you think of a technique for cooking brussel sprouts that you would enjoy, and that would still allow a variety of recipes? For example, roasted brussels sprouts, brussel sprout slaw, etc.

          1. re: L.Nightshade

            I understand the rules. I can't think of a particular way of cooking sprouts that would lead to an interesting variety of resulting dishes! I think I will get behind gratin instead (which I have already seconded). I can always try brussel sprout gratin.

        2. MACARONI AND CHEESE

          LASAGNE

          CHOCOLATE CAKE

          1. GRATIN

            Specifically, I am thinking of potatoes dauphinoise, gratineéd turkey ala leftovers:), scalloped butternut squash & poblano chili recipe I love.... just to get me started!

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              1. re: gingershelley

                Ooooh, I'm not nominating because I'm not sure how much I will be able to participate, but I'd love that scalloped butternut squash and poblano recipe if you have a chance! TIA.

                1. re: mebby

                  Here you go mebby; This was a HUGE hit as a side - or for the vegetarians in the group - as a main, at Tday a couple years ago. I now have served it as the main for a dinner party, and as a side with a barbecued pork roast with a chili rub.

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

                  1. re: gingershelley

                    Thanks, GS, that looks delicious -- and all your forms of serving it sound fantastic as well! I actually now remember seeing this recipe at the time it was published, but I'm sure I filed it some clever way that it would never find its way to the light of day!

                    1. re: inexorablyfabulous

                      Inexorablyfabulous, besides your screen name:) - do you want to do any recipe that has poblano's in it ? I think we can't do that, as it is an ingredient, and that is non-plus here - as it is not a 'dish'.....

                      But , I would get down with you on a thread about 'poblano chile' recipes to cook otherwise:)

                      1. re: gingershelley

                        But they do clearly fit the technique criteria as there are some specigic ways to handle poblanos. And, technically, they are a dish,actually 2 dishes. . .Rajas and chile relleno. Those would probably be too limiting in the long run, plus we just did enchiladas so we probably don't want to dive right back into Mexican. Still. . .Poblano Cream Sauce would make an old shoe taste awfully good ;-)

                2. GRATINS
                  POT PIES (that's right, I'm bringing it back)
                  RAGOUTS (veg or meat based)
                  SOUFFLÉS (sweet or savory)
                  TRIFLES

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                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Good ones. I second:
                    GRATINS
                    I'd love pot pies for a cold but non-holiday month. I couldn't make a souffle to save my life.

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Happy to get behind GRATIN - thank you for the suggestion, Olives!