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

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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:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880021

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.

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

    1. STEW - any protein.

      1. MINESTRONE

        1. SOUP...any type

          1. POT PIES sounds good

            1. SOUPS AND STEWS

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              1. re: Wtg2Retire

                Beef Stew

              2. STEW

                1 Reply
                1. re: juliejulez

                  BEEF STEW

                2. BRAISED BEEF.

                  1. BEAN SOUP
                    CHICKEN PAPRIKASH
                    SALSA
                    PICKLES

                    1. 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. GOULASH

                        1. POT PIES
                          BEAN SOUP
                          MINESTRONE
                          DUMPLINGS

                          1. Lots of good suggestions already. I'm nominating:
                            POT PIES
                            RAVIOLI
                            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

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

                              1. re: GretchenS

                                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

                                  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. Let's do POT PIES for January!

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                              1. re: blue room

                                POT PIES
                                BRAISED BEEF

                                1. re: EngineerChic

                                  yes POT PIES!!!

                              2. POT PIES

                                1. 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. 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

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

                                    2. CORN BREAD
                                      CHILI
                                      BEAN SOUP

                                      1. VEGETABLE SOUPS
                                        RISOTTOS
                                        OSSO BUCO

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                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          POT PIES
                                          DUMPLINGS
                                          RISOTTO

                                        2. 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

                                            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

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

                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                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

                                                  Sounds like the right call LN!

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

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

                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            That sounds wonderfully broad. Thank you!

                                                            1. re: L.Nightshade

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

                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    <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

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

                                                                    1. re: Allegra_K

                                                                      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

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

                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                          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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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. does shepherds pie qualify as pot pie

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                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

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

                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

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

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