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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (January 2013) - Nominations

L.Nightshade Dec 19, 2012 08:04 PM

Wow! The time is flying and we are shortly into the new year. The December dish of the month is still going strong with people reporting on gratins. If you haven't seen it yet, please check in here:

Now it's time to think about what you would like to cooking in the new year. We define a dish as an ingredient plus a technique. Our past dishes have included Quinoa Salad, Meatballs, Enchiladas, Savory Pancakes, and Gratins. 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 more than one dish 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 December 26th at 8pm Pacific time (11pm Eastern time, and 3am December 27th GMT). Times are slightly altered this month due to the Christmas holiday.

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.

  1. k
    kteagab Dec 19, 2012 08:09 PM

    POT PIES since it will be cold and a good way to use leftover roasts.

    1. n
      nikkihwood Dec 19, 2012 09:07 PM

      STEW - any protein.

      1. aching Dec 20, 2012 08:12 AM


        1. DiningDiva Dec 20, 2012 09:05 AM

          SOUP...any type

          1. Tom P Dec 20, 2012 09:06 AM

            POT PIES sounds good

            1. Wtg2Retire Dec 20, 2012 10:33 AM

              SOUPS AND STEWS

              1 Reply
              1. re: Wtg2Retire
                Wtg2Retire Dec 26, 2012 07:34 AM

                Beef Stew

              2. juliejulez Dec 20, 2012 10:55 AM


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                1. re: juliejulez
                  juliejulez Dec 20, 2012 01:32 PM

                  BEEF STEW

                2. aching Dec 20, 2012 11:03 AM

                  BRAISED BEEF.

                  1. jpr54_1 Dec 20, 2012 11:39 AM

                    BEAN SOUP
                    CHICKEN PAPRIKASH

                    1. L.Nightshade Dec 20, 2012 12:31 PM

                      For people who are nominating soups and stews, try to narrow it down to something a bit more specific. We've decided in previous threads that soups and stews are too broad for us to cook together and compare notes. So if you would, please change your nomination to something with a specific ingredient, such as chicken noodle soup, or fish stew. Thanks in advance!

                      1. herby Dec 20, 2012 01:33 PM


                        1. GretchenS Dec 20, 2012 02:05 PM

                          POT PIES
                          BEAN SOUP

                          1. L.Nightshade Dec 20, 2012 02:12 PM

                            Lots of good suggestions already. I'm nominating:
                            POT PIES
                            Both are dishes that I could imagine making several times in a month, and playing with different recipes.

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                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                              GretchenS Dec 20, 2012 02:18 PM

                              LN, are ravioli a subset of dumplings? I guess that is how I think of them anyway.

                              1. re: GretchenS
                                L.Nightshade Dec 20, 2012 02:33 PM

                                In my mind ravioli are different from dumplings. And I know they aren't really different, just a sub-category. I think "dumplings" is pretty broad as a category for a dish. I'd love to do an entire month of just ravioli. And maybe an entire month of Asian filled dumplings. In a prior thread people mentioned chicken and dumplings, and, I think, matzo balls. Hard to compare those with ravioli. It's easier to compare and share recipes when we're cooking something with more similarity. We have many months ahead for the Dish of the Month, I'd hate to use up all types of dumplings in one month!

                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                  GretchenS Dec 21, 2012 01:22 PM

                                  Thanks for such a thought-provoking response, LN! What a great point, let's not "use up" all kinds of dumplings in one month. Cancel my dumplings vote and change it to RAVIOLI please. (But still hoping that pot pies finally wins for Januray.)

                            2. blue room Dec 20, 2012 04:13 PM

                              Let's do POT PIES for January!

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                              1. re: blue room
                                EngineerChic Dec 20, 2012 04:22 PM

                                POT PIES
                                BRAISED BEEF

                                1. re: EngineerChic
                                  magiesmom Dec 20, 2012 07:58 PM

                                  yes POT PIES!!!

                              2. s
                                sedimental Dec 20, 2012 08:21 PM

                                POT PIES

                                1. Cynsa Dec 26, 2012 04:31 AM

                                  THE COOKIE YOU DIDN'T BAKE FOR CHRISTMAS. Not enough time between rushing here and there; it might have been waiting for Santa with a glass of milk. Maybe next year is January 2013.

                                  1. L.Nightshade Dec 26, 2012 07:29 AM

                                    Just a reminder that nominations close tonight at pm Pacific time. If you're watching and pondering a dish, now is the time to jump in!

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                                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                                      L.Nightshade Dec 26, 2012 08:24 PM

                                      Sorry. Something is off with my keyboard, it did not type the digit eight. But nominations are indeed closed.

                                    2. meatn3 Dec 26, 2012 11:52 AM

                                      CORN BREAD
                                      BEAN SOUP

                                      1. d
                                        Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 02:07 PM

                                        VEGETABLE SOUPS
                                        OSSO BUCO

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                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                          cleopatra999 Dec 26, 2012 04:56 PM

                                          POT PIES

                                        2. L.Nightshade Dec 26, 2012 08:07 PM

                                          Nominations are now closed for the January Dish of the Month.

                                          Wow, this is an unusual nomination thread. I'll get back to all of you very soon!

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                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                            L.Nightshade Dec 27, 2012 08:38 AM

                                            OK people. I'm thinking of calling January for pot pies, without a vote. There are three times as many nominations for pot pies than there are for the next contender. And even if I add up every person who did not nominate pot pies, they are still outnumbered by those who nominated pot pies.

                                            What do you all think? Does that sound like a reasonable plan?

                                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                                              DiningDiva Dec 27, 2012 08:38 AM

                                              I think that sounds like a reasonable proposal. I could be very happy doing pot pies

                                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                herby Dec 27, 2012 08:54 AM

                                                I second this plan - very reasonable indeed! Though I did not nominate pot pies, I am happy to make a couple.

                                                1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                  GretchenS Dec 27, 2012 09:15 AM

                                                  Sounds like the right call LN!

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                    juliejulez Dec 27, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                    Sounds good to me! Pot pies were my 2nd choice, excellent for cold days.

                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                      L.Nightshade Dec 27, 2012 07:46 PM

                                                      Thanks for your input! I'm declaring POT PIES the Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2013.

                                                      Keep cooking your gratins everyone, and I'll post the pot pie reporting thread by January 1st.

                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                        Frizzle Dec 27, 2012 10:32 PM

                                                        Can you give a description of a pot pie for non US people? I'm from NZ originally and we just have pies. Pastry (normally puff) top and bottom encasing a filling of some sort. Does a pot pie just have pastry on top? Is it a particular type of pastry? I'm sorry if I sound a bit naive but it's just not a term I'm familiar with and I would love to join in.

                                                        1. re: Frizzle
                                                          L.Nightshade Dec 28, 2012 12:27 AM

                                                          I welcome others to join in on this question also, but to me a pot pie is a combination of savory meat, or other protein, and vegetables in a sauce or gravy, either surrounded by, or topped with, some type of starchy crust. Sometimes a pastry shell will surround a pot pie, sometimes it will just cover the top. It is usually a deep dish pie, not one made in a shallow pie tin, but I wouldn't exclude that possibility. The crust could be pastry, phyllo, puff paste, or biscuit dough, to name a few possibilities.

                                                          Other Dish of the Month posters, please chime in with your ideas of what defines pot pies!

                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                            Frizzle Dec 28, 2012 01:37 AM

                                                            That sounds wonderfully broad. Thank you!

                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                              blue room Dec 28, 2012 05:23 AM

                                                              Thank you, L.Nightshade, happy to potpie this month!

                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                Does it have to have a sauce or gravy around it? Some meat pies do not have a sauce, and i was wondering if that is eligible.

                                                                Is a tamale pie with cornbread crust a pot pie? How about a cottage or shepherds pie? They usually have a mashed potato/veg crust....

                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                  L.Nightshade Dec 28, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                  Hahaha! I won't be able to make determinations on every pie!
                                                                  Here are the guidelines: If you think it's a pot pie, if it fits roughly into the pot pie picture, it's a pot pie!

                                                                  So please do cook it in January and write it up!

                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                    ChefJune Dec 28, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                    <Is a tamale pie with cornbread crust a pot pie? How about a cottage or shepherds pie? They usually have a mashed potato/veg crust..>

                                                                    I don't think of those as "pot pies," although they are delicious.

                                                                  2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                    Allegra_K Jan 14, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                    Would empanadas make the cut as a variation of the pot pie?

                                                                    1. re: Allegra_K
                                                                      L.Nightshade Jan 14, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                      Where's the pot? But, seriously, I think empanadas would make a great dish of the month some time, or even, more broadly, hand-held savory pies. Rather than expand a dish definition to include items that don't quite fit in, I think it would be great to think ahead, and consider those items for another month, so we could all cook them together.

                                                                      1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                        Allegra_K Jan 14, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                        Ahh, good point...I knew I was stretching it. Thanks! And indeed, hand-held pies sound scrumptious as future candidate.

                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                          herby Jan 14, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                          Actually, Spanish style empanada is baked in a "pot" and loolk like tortier when done. I made one from Claudia Roden's book and Chilean people who make theirs hand-held size gasped in horror exclaiming - "this is NOT empanada" - funny moment :) The filling is rather dry, if i remember correctly there was no gravy.

                                                                2. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                  Berheenia Dec 28, 2012 03:22 AM

                                                                  Very reasonable and it saves time for you and the other elves who oversee these selections. (I have my puff pastry in the freezer waiting for the opening bell!)

                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade
                                                                    ChefJune Dec 28, 2012 11:52 AM

                                                                    hmmm pot pies! As I was reading this thread I was salivating just thinking of them. I might even manage to participate this time! ;)

                                                                3. jpr54_1 Dec 28, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                  does shepherds pie qualify as pot pie

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                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                    GretchenS Dec 28, 2012 11:04 AM

                                                                    jpr54_1 and DWEO, in my mind shepherd's pie certainly qualifies!

                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1
                                                                      L.Nightshade Dec 28, 2012 11:28 AM

                                                                      Sure, why not? (See my response above.)

                                                                    2. d
                                                                      dkennedy Dec 31, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                      Was there a voting thread? Ah never mind, I see it was self contained within this thread.

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