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What's for Dinner #179- The Twelve Days of Christmas Edition [old]

roxlet Dec 24, 2012 12:55 PM

I know I'm jumping the gun a little here, but it didn't seem right for everyone to about their dinner under the banner of the Apocalypse! Please post about your fabulous Christmas Dinners and the meals that follow!

Tonight, for Christmas Eve, we will have our own traditional Christmas Eve dinner, which consists of lobster stew, an endive, Roquefort and walnut salad with a dijon vinaigrette served with a beautiful bottle of Champagne.

  1. LindaWhit Dec 24, 2012 01:10 PM

    I agree re: the Apocalypse banner - I was hoping people would post enough that someone could start a new thread. Bull by the horns, you took it. :-D

    My Christmas Eve meal will be leftovers. I'll be busy making lemon mousse tarts for dessert tomorrow.

    Dinner tomorrow will be relatively simple: beef tenderloin with cognac sauce, baked potatoes with butter, sour cream and chives, the roasted Brussels sprouts I made last night with shallots and duck fat, and steamed green beans. Maybe carrots, if my sister and BIL come to dinner as they drive home from their cabin in Maine, as she no longer eats meat (or does so very, very rarely, and rarely is it beef). Still not sure what I'll be doing with the green beans. Maybe just sauteed with some garlic.

    The cognac sauce is the one from Epicurious. I've made this for Christmas dinner about 8 of past 12 years, and Mom loves it. So no changes, except those that are noted in the reviews about the length of time it takes to reduce the sauce. :-)

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

    A fun, healthy, tasty and merry Christmas to all. To those of you who are missing your loved ones, they are with you in spirit.

    13 Replies
    1. re: LindaWhit
      mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 01:56 PM

      Linda that dinner sounds wonderful. one of these years i'm going to make a beef tenderloin, and i'll come after that sauce. have a great time with your family!

      1. re: LindaWhit
        prima Dec 24, 2012 02:18 PM

        Sounds delicious, Linda. Will have to try out the cognac sauce. Thanks for posting the link.

        1. re: prima
          LindaWhit Dec 24, 2012 03:19 PM

          prima, for you and mc, my mother *so* looks forward to the beef tenderloin with this sauce. Just read the reviews and note that it takes a LONG time to reduce - way way WAY longer than the 20 minutes the recipe claims. (I'm actually surprised that Bon Appetit would have even suggested 20 minutes of "simmering" for a reduction of 2 cups of liquid!)

          I start the reduction about a half hour before the beef even goes into the oven. When it's reduced to where I need it, I put it on the back of the stove over the burner that vents a bit of heat from the oven (for my oven, the back left burner) so it stays just slightly warm before I need to add the heavy cream.

          1. re: LindaWhit
            prima Dec 25, 2012 12:55 PM

            Thanks, Linda. I find I need to allow more time for quite a few Bon Appetit (and other)recipes lately. I made the Ultimate Lemon Butter Bar recipe last week, which suggested the lemon curd would thicken over medium low heat in 6 minutes, and I was stirring the curd over medium low heat for much closer to 20 minutes. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        2. re: LindaWhit
          GretchenS Dec 24, 2012 04:22 PM

          Great meal, LW, cognac sauce sounds divine!

          1. re: LindaWhit
            Berheenia Dec 25, 2012 08:45 AM

            That sauce does sound wonderful- maybe next year! Bad luck about your car- something about the holidays makes vehicles and kitchen appliances give up the ghost. And not the holy one.

            1. re: LindaWhit
              mcel215 Dec 25, 2012 04:23 PM

              Thanks for posting the link to the Cognac sauce, I will definately try it soon.

              Your dinner sounds wonderful. :)

              www.saffron215.blogspot.com

              1. re: mcel215
                LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 04:32 PM

                Mom and I enjoyed our meal *very* much! Unfortunately, my sister and BIL didn't come. I'm a bit disappointed in her for choosing to work on the cabin today (and not calling me to tell me so) vs. spending time with her sister and mother. :-|

                1. re: LindaWhit
                  roxlet Dec 25, 2012 06:55 PM

                  That sounds pretty rude, LindaWhit. I think you're within your rights to be a bit peeved. Sometimes people who are not cooks do not realize the enormous effort that goes into preparing a meal.

                  1. re: roxlet
                    LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 07:43 PM

                    Long story, rox. But she knows I wasn't happy with what happened.

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:23 PM

                      so sorry about your disappointment Linda. i'm glad you got to enjoy your mom and your wonderful meal.

                  2. re: LindaWhit
                    Berheenia Dec 26, 2012 07:29 AM

                    Now you have all those yummy leftovers from the wonderful meal they missed. I over bought so WFD is a repeat of yesterday but right now there is pate and cheeses and smoked salmon to enjoy while watching Top Chef Catch-up day on Bravo. Have a great Boxing Day!

                    1. re: Berheenia
                      LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 08:39 AM

                      Enjoy your TC catch-up! :-D

              2. mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 01:57 PM

                i posted on the last thread about our Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners, but i forgot to add that i also bought a lobster tail (frozen, of course) for our paella tomorrow night. can't wait!

                roxlet, your dinner hits the perfect notes - festive, seasonal, and divinely decadent. have a great night.

                (note to LW and steveh - posted a burger help question on the previous thread. if you get a chance, take a look? thanks! or anyone else who knows these things.)

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                1. re: mariacarmen
                  linguafood Dec 24, 2012 02:11 PM

                  well, contrary to steve, i would have the burgers at room temp when i cook them, and i actually like to salt them a bit in advance... perhaps 1/2 hour before you plan on throwing them in the pan.

                  bon appetit.

                  the shoulder is fall-apart tender at this point.... can't wait for dinner :-)

                  1. re: linguafood
                    LindaWhit Dec 24, 2012 03:21 PM

                    I agree that the burgers should be taken out about a half hour to an hour before they're cooked. But I do a quick seasoning just before they go into the pan.

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      steve h. Dec 24, 2012 08:15 PM

                      Ground beef is an incubator for bacteria which degrades taste. Keep it cold, keep it fresh, grill or pan fry soon after the meat is ground.
                      Modest note: the cast iron skillet/whatever does not need to be screaming hot. You'll figure out time/temps as you sort things out.
                      I loves me the burgers.

                    2. re: linguafood
                      roxlet Dec 24, 2012 03:23 PM

                      My husband grinds up chuck, then makes and freezes a large quantity of burgers, which he then vacuum seals. I find that when I thaw the burgers, a burger that is slightly still frozen in the center gives me a perfect, juicy medium-rare burger when I sear it in a blazingly hot cast iron skillet.

                      1. re: roxlet
                        mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 04:57 PM

                        these aren't frozen, but that's kind of what i was thinking steveh was going for. does your blazing hot CI have any oil on it,or do you just let the burgers do their thing?

                        thanks to all for the input....

                        1. re: mariacarmen
                          roxlet Dec 24, 2012 07:17 PM

                          When I am ready to cook the burger on the heated pan, I sprinkle the surface with kosher salt, and then put the burger on top of that. No need to use oil since these are not particularly lean burgers.

                  2. prima Dec 24, 2012 02:09 PM

                    The lobster stew and endive salad sound wonderful, roxlet.

                    We're having Moqueca with halibut and scallops (something like this, http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Brazil-Fish-Stew, but I'm adding fresh ginger, which is found in other moqueca recipes) avocado/pineapple/mandarin/cilantro salad, coconut macadamia rice ( subbing macadamias for the cashews since I don't have any cashews http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/co... ) and bacon/mango/spinach baked oysters for Christmas Eve.
                    A friend will be preparing Christmas dinner tomorrow, and I'll be roasting a goose on Boxing Day.

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                    1. re: prima
                      ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 07:56 AM

                      Ooh! Moqueca! I made that ages ago and have wanted to reprise it ever since. Thanks for the reminder, and the link!

                    2. Bacardi1 Dec 24, 2012 02:33 PM

                      It's just hubby & I, but we still like to do Xmas up right.

                      First off, since I spend most of Xmas Day cooking (which I do enjoy), our traditional Xmas Eve meal has always been takeout pizza. And in fact, we already picked up a large plain cheese one that we'll add our own toppings to a little later on & then re-toast up in the oven.

                      For tomorrow, the menu is:

                      Purchased Spanakopita triangles for a pre-dinner snack
                      Julia Child's "Steam-Roasted Goose with Port Wine Gravy"
                      Czech Bread Dumplings with Sauerkraut
                      Boursin Potato Gratin
                      Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Garlic & Breadcrumbs
                      The infamous Green Bean Casserole that I didn't get to make for Thanksgiving thanks to spoiled frozen green beans. BUT - this is my own personal tweaked & highly-improved version. (Figured I would validate that before anyone automatically went "yuck" - lol!)
                      Good old Pillsbury Crescent rolls (hubby's favorite)
                      For dessert, a simple Mrs. Smith's "Razzleberry (think "mixed berry") Pie" with whipped cream

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                      1. re: Bacardi1
                        LindaWhit Dec 24, 2012 03:24 PM

                        That's an AMAZING meal for two people, Bacardi! Enjoy!

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          roxlet Dec 24, 2012 03:26 PM

                          I'll second that!

                          1. re: LindaWhit
                            Bacardi1 Dec 24, 2012 05:17 PM

                            Trust me - we don't eat a whole lot of everything in just one sitting - lol!!

                            We'll have a "Leftover Xmas dinner" one night this week, then any remaining goose will go into my New Year's Day "French Cassoulet". Any leftover sides we'll enjoy with other mains during the week. We tend to get a lot of mileage out of our Xmas dinners - lol!

                            Oh - & we made tonight's Xmas Eve takeout pizza half turkey pepperoni (for hubby) & half anchovies & onions (for me).

                          2. re: Bacardi1
                            mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 05:03 PM

                            mmmmm goose! i made goose once a million years ago, and i don't remember anything about it, so it probably wasn't very good. enjoy your xmas!

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                            Harters Dec 24, 2012 02:36 PM

                            OK. Here's the BIG ONE at Casa Harters.

                            We kick off with olives, other nibbles
                            and drinkies.
                            To start (proper) - prawn cocktail (shredded lettuce, chopped avocado, prawns - including a couple of king prawns per person to decorate - topped with a Marie Rose sauce)

                            To follow - turkey, roast spuds, chestnut stuffing, sage & onion stuffing, cranberry confit, bread sauce, gravy, sausages, bacon rolls, sprouts with crushed hazelnuts, roast parsnips.

                            Cheese - Bourne's Cheshire (mature, made in March), Leagrams Lancashire (very mature - 2 year old), Blacksticks Blue. With homemade oatcakes, celery, mixed nuts and raisins.

                            Dessert - Christmas pudding (or homemade mince pie) - choice of brandy sauce or custard.

                            To conclude - indigestion remedy of choice

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                            1. re: Harters
                              GretchenS Dec 24, 2012 04:20 PM

                              Sounds fantastic!

                              1. re: GretchenS
                                LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:45 AM

                                It does! Especially those prawns.

                              2. re: Harters
                                mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 05:00 PM

                                i'm full just reading that! sounds like a winner of a dinner.

                                1. re: Harters
                                  roxlet Dec 24, 2012 07:17 PM

                                  And what, pray, is Marie Rose sauce? By the way, it sounds amazing. How many will you be serving this feast to?

                                  1. re: roxlet
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                                    Harters Dec 25, 2012 02:06 AM

                                    At it's most basic (and perhaps best), Marie Rose is mayo and tomato ketchup. it is THE classic British sauce for a prawn salad. I guess its nearest American taste .equivalent is 1000 Island Dressing.

                                    The prawn cocktail was a 1980s dinner party standby. And a certainty for the menu of lower end steakhouse type restaurants. You'll still see i on menus and, truth be told, it's one of Jan's favourite starters.

                                    The version I'm doing comes from Delia Smith's Winter Collection, 1995, and includes a little Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of Tabasco, a little lime juice, as well as the ketchup.

                                    By the by, there's a story to the name. When the Tudor warship , Mary Rose was discovered in the late 1970s/early 80s, the dive team were fed by a catering company. It's said that the chef made up the sauce when he had run out of his original ingredients. It was originally called Mary Rose sauce but it quickly got Frenchified as much of our cooking still did then.

                                    1. re: Harters
                                      LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:47 AM

                                      I like the additions of Tabasco and lime juice. A bit of horseradish in there might also give it some kick.

                                      1. re: Harters
                                        mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:16 PM

                                        i love that story!

                                        1. re: Harters
                                          JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:43 AM

                                          Thousand Island is quite a bit on the sweet side compared to Marie Rose. If you ever have occasion to travel to the American West, fry sauce (i.e. chip sauce) is more a tangy condiment that should mirror your Delia recipe.

                                          1. re: JungMann
                                            roxlet Dec 27, 2012 08:32 AM

                                            It depends how you make it. I think Harters comparison is correct -- at least when it comes to the 1000 Island I make. Yours may be different.

                                            1. re: roxlet
                                              JungMann Dec 28, 2012 09:34 AM

                                              Make it? You are being much too kind to my cooking skills if you assume I'm making my Thousand Island and not sloughing it out of a bottle!

                                              1. re: JungMann
                                                roxlet Dec 28, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                Recalling some of the meals you write about here, your cooking skills are nowhere near modest. I would be shocked if you were unable to mix up 1000 Island Dressing. No wonder you think it's on the sweet side if you're using that nasty day-glo orange gloop that comes out of a bottle. Check the ingredients -- I'm sure the bottled stuff is laden with HFCS! In fact, I'm sure that sugar might be one of the most prevalent ingredients.

                                                1. re: roxlet
                                                  JungMann Dec 30, 2012 11:33 AM

                                                  I think I've only tasted the commercial varieties of Thousand Island on Reubens and the odd burger. I certainly don't like it ruining my salads! Is the only sweetener in the homemade variety supposed to be ketchup and sweet relish?

                                                  1. re: JungMann
                                                    roxlet Dec 30, 2012 11:37 AM

                                                    I've seen recipes that use sugar, but I never add any additional sweetener. And I vary my acid from white vinegar to lime to lemon to whatever vinegar I think will go well. It's much, much better. Really, it's just a version of remoulade.

                                                    1. re: roxlet
                                                      JungMann Dec 30, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                      Thanks! I'll give it a go!

                                      2. re: Harters
                                        h
                                        Harters Dec 25, 2012 03:13 AM

                                        Yesterday's ratshit continues into today. Just when you thought things couldnt get fecking worse, the phone rings. 'Tis the FiL, saying the MiL is unwell. Can't get out of bed...big pain in her hip. "Have you called an ambulance". "No, she doesnt want one till you've come and seen her". So, herself has gone round. Ambulance has now been called but it is not a priority emergency, so it may be an hour.

                                        It looks like most of the family are going to be spending Christmas Day at the Accident & Emergency Unit of the local hospital. Ho, ho, fecking ho.

                                        1. re: Harters
                                          twodales Dec 25, 2012 04:40 AM

                                          Sorry Harters. Best of luck. I think it's just one of those years.

                                          My car just up and died. Not planning on replacing the engine at 10-15 K, thank you very much. Will make the best of it here. Plying ourselves with food and drink. More on that later.

                                          1. re: Harters
                                            roxlet Dec 25, 2012 05:40 AM

                                            That's a terrible thing to worry about on Christmas. Is she actually unwell, or is she determined that no one have a Merry Christmas if she can't? I hope you can rescue Marie Rose and have a good dinner anyway.

                                            1. re: Harters
                                              LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:49 AM

                                              Oh no. I hadn't read the entire thread before responding above. :-(

                                              1. re: Harters
                                                h
                                                Harters Dec 25, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                Update from the hospital. MiL has dislocated her hip. Doctors are now considering if they can fix it quickly in A&E or if she'll have to be admitted to have it done.

                                                So far, Xmas food has been a ham sandwich, while I acted as the family taxi driver (unlike others who managed to get stuck into the Bucks Fizz early on, so cannot drive)

                                                1. re: Harters
                                                  GretchenS Dec 25, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                  Oh dear oh dear, so sorry to hear it, perhaps it will become a Boxong Day feast instead? Or a late evening one? No fun for you to be the family taxi driver but I am sure everyone is immensely grateful that you can be! Think of the stories you'll have out of this last two days...

                                                  1. re: GretchenS
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                                                    Harters Dec 25, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                    Thanks, Gretchen. MiL has had her hip fixed but the hospital is hanging on to her till tomorrow, for "observations".

                                                    And then there was eight.

                                                    And we shortly sitting down to dinner. Gifts to follow immediately after, with the coffee and chocolates.

                                                    It's been a big 24 hours!

                                                    1. re: Harters
                                                      linguafood Dec 25, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                      At least you all will have worked up a good appetite...

                                                      Hope you now have time to relax and have fun!

                                                      Merry fecking Xmas :-)

                                                      1. re: Harters
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                                                        Frizzle Dec 25, 2012 12:26 PM

                                                        It sounds like an annoyingly stressful day. I'm glad the MIL is ok. Perhaps now you can finally sit down you will all enjoy the meal sans MIL's normal grinch-like attitude?

                                                        1. re: Harters
                                                          mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                          oh good, didn't read down far enough.

                                                          ah well, you didn't need to slip her anything after all....

                                                          enjoy!

                                                          1. re: Harters
                                                            LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 04:16 PM

                                                            Ahh, like mc, didn't read further before my earlier response. Glad you were able to enjoy your Christmas feast on the proper night.

                                                            1. re: Harters
                                                              gingershelley Dec 27, 2012 04:02 PM

                                                              My What a lot of 'to-do" drama on the Harter's Christmas feast!

                                                              Glad that the hip is fixed, MIL is in hospital to overnight and NOT mess with your late dinner, and hope you enjoyed all your grand spread in peace - late - but at last:)

                                                              Late to this party since I was traveling, but Merry Fecking Christmas indeed!

                                                          2. re: Harters
                                                            LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                            Oh, I'm sorry to hear all of this! Hopefully you and herself can have a *private* Christmas dinner very soon - maybe a Boxing Day feast? And I hope your MIL's dislocated hip is able to be fixed very soon.

                                                          3. re: Harters
                                                            mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                            oh nooooo! what a nightmare! hopefully it's just a case of the MIL crying wolf and nothing more serious.... only, that would really just tend to piss one off all the more, wouldn't it? but better that she's really ok. hopefully you can have your celebration tomorrow, just you and the missus.

                                                          4. re: Harters
                                                            LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:45 AM

                                                            Wonderful, Harters! A very happy Christmas to you and yours across the pond - you're in the midst of enjoying your repast now....maybe you're done and have put your MIL to the dishwashing task. ;-) Either way, I hope you had a lovely morning and have a calm afternoon.

                                                            1. re: Harters
                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                              Fantastic menu. I'll have to look up that Delia recipe, sounds v. good.

                                                            2. weezieduzzit Dec 24, 2012 04:02 PM

                                                              Its just us tonight and we have A LOT of cookies to decorate! We send the cats to jail, set up a 6 foot folding table that we cover in parchment, mix frosting in different colors with different tips and set out all the bottles of sprinkles and "pearls" and sparkles and other assorted pretties, drink a couple bottles of wine and listen to 78s on the jukebox while snacking on little food (cheddar olives, shrimp and cream cheese stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon and baked, etc.) There will eventually be strip steaks with the usual beefy creamy cognac sauce and a salad.

                                                              Boxes of goodies will be put together and delivered to friends and neighbors in the morning. One neighbor already brought a basket by and included homemade cherry cordial from their cherry tree again. :)

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                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit
                                                                LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:51 AM

                                                                Poor kittehs in kitty jail. I hope they got treats for being incarcerated! You had a busy evening and what a wonderful gift for your friends - Merry Christmas, weezie!

                                                              2. Njchicaa Dec 24, 2012 04:18 PM

                                                                Tonight was supposed to be a standing rib roast, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and grilled romaine salad. I have a 101 degree fever and the flu, though, so dinner was canceled and we ordered Chinese food instead. First time I ever had egg drop soup and pork fried rice for Christmas Eve dinner.

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                                                                1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                  roxlet Dec 24, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                  Aw. Feel better, Njchicaa!

                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 05:01 PM

                                                                    oh no! still, Chinese sounds very comforting. i hope you are well enough to make and enjoy your feast tomorrow!

                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                      :-( Hot and sour soup might have helped burn that flu out of you. So sorry you're sick on Christmas - feel better, Njchicaa!

                                                                      1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                        GretchenS Dec 25, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                        Get well soon, Njchicaa!

                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                          gingershelley Dec 27, 2012 04:02 PM

                                                                          Aahhh, the rib roast will keep for when your better. SO sorry for the flu. It should get a lump of coal in it's stocking, njchicaa.....

                                                                        2. GretchenS Dec 24, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                          roxlet, sounds wonderful!

                                                                          I will head down to my oldster's early enough to make him a festive breakfast, bringing with me a wide variety of possibilities for Christmas dinner as he cannot plan ahead and has the unpredictability of a 5 year old when it comes to what he will eat. It is sad because he used to be so easy and gratifying to cook for. So tomorrow night may be steaks (bringing two kinds), baked potatoes, roasted garlic butter mushrooms and winter salad, or it might be pâtés from the gourmet deli (these found favor last week), or a selection of cheeses he has previously liked, or a combination. I do know he will pour a nice wine to accompany.
                                                                          Merry Christmas to one and all, enjoy your festive eats and most importantly, your dear ones!

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                                                                          1. re: GretchenS
                                                                            roxlet Dec 24, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                            Now, that's the true spirit of Christmas, GretchenS! What a great daughter you are.

                                                                            1. re: GretchenS
                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 24, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                              you are so good to him! and luckily, at least even the things he will eat sound very tasty! have a wonderful time GS!

                                                                              1. re: GretchenS
                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:51 AM

                                                                                A very merry Christmas to you and yours, and the oldster, Gretchen!

                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                  GretchenS Dec 25, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                  Thank you all, breakfast/ brunch went well, he ate it all cheerfully. Good indicator for dinner -- yay! Merry Christmas all!

                                                                                2. re: GretchenS
                                                                                  gingershelley Dec 27, 2012 04:06 PM

                                                                                  Merry merry to you and yours too GretchenS! Hope it all turned out well:)

                                                                                3. steve h. Dec 24, 2012 07:47 PM

                                                                                  Christmas Day (mid day) starts with chicken livers and toasts for nibbles. The meal proper begins with shrimp cocktail in classic glass-stemmed servers followed by beef tenderloin with horse radish sauce. Scalloped potatoes and green beans will be on the side. Champagne (Laurent Perrier) to wash it down. Dessert will be leftover apple tart.

                                                                                   
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                                                                                  1. re: steve h.
                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                                                    mmmmm on the livers and toast! Laurent Perrier is my favorite, my absolute favorite. i am toasting you with a glass of toasty nutty La Guita manzanilla sherry and some lovely anchovy-stuffed olives. (sorry Harters!)

                                                                                     
                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                      steve h. Dec 25, 2012 03:55 PM

                                                                                      Anchovy-stuffed olives are a gift from the gods. Manzanilla was made for nibbles and seafood, it was a key ingredient in last night's lobster newburg. Great call!

                                                                                    2. re: steve h.
                                                                                      JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                                      What a classic dinner. Would be a perfect supper for NYE.

                                                                                      1. re: JungMann
                                                                                        steve h. Dec 26, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                                        Thanks. New Year's Eve, like Christmas Eve, will be seafood centric.

                                                                                        I just read your Christmas meal post and was blown away. Well done!

                                                                                    3. chowdom Dec 24, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                      Happy holiday's all. I made a frittata for dinner tonight because I have been cooking non stop for two days and it was a quick easy meal to prepare. We are in upstate NY at the moment and so I had access to beautiful local farm eggs.

                                                                                      To make a long story short, the frittata is a georgous bright yellowy orange, the color of the sun with shocks of bright green...very festive and it was really delicious. most additional ingredients I used were extras I had left after preping tomrrow's dinner. I have a ton of the fritatta left over and was considering putting small squares out before dinner as an amuse of sorts as it contains all of the ingredients of the meal that will follow.

                                                                                      I would serve it room temperature if not for the fact that there is gruyere in there. I'm trying to figure out the best way to get the cheese a tad melty while still preserving the great color.
                                                                                      Any and all suggestions are welcome...TIA.... Chow
                                                                                      ps is serving leftover frittata is a horrible idea

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                                                                                      1. re: chowdom
                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:53 AM

                                                                                        No, it's not a horrible idea! Is there any way to gently warm the frittata in a low oven just to get the gruyere slightly melty?

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                          chowdom Dec 25, 2012 06:21 AM

                                                                                          i don't know what just happened to my post? Thanks for responding and Merry Christmas. Do you think the oven would work better that the microwave. I know I sound like a complete idiot, but I never reheated eggs before...

                                                                                          1. re: chowdom
                                                                                            GretchenS Dec 25, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                                            I would wrap it in foil and put in a low oven (or toaster oven) rather than the microwave. Sounds gorgeous!!!

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                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 04:18 PM

                                                                                              I'm sorry, chowdom - I didn't read further after reading earlier this morning. I do hope that wrapping in foil and into a low oven helped warm the frittata correctly!

                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                chowdom Dec 25, 2012 08:02 PM

                                                                                                Linda no need to apologize I am thankful that you responded and thank you Gretchen too. I followed your instructions and it was perfect. I think I might have obsessed a little ( ya think) so I wouldn't have to think about the obscene amount of work that was ahead...
                                                                                                I'm posting a pic but it really didn't capture the vibrant color or texture :(
                                                                                                throwing in a pic of the homefries that went with it ( from the original meal)

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                1. re: chowdom
                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:42 PM

                                                                                                  looks really yummy!

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                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                                                                    My stomach just growled looking at the pictures, chowdom! Glad it worked out - and I hope everyone enjoyed it!

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                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:24 PM

                                                                                            it sounds wonderful - let us know how it turned out with the warming!

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                                                                                              mcel215 Dec 26, 2012 02:32 AM

                                                                                              Your fritata looks so yummy. Do you mind sharing your recipe? thnx.

                                                                                              www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                                                                                chowdom Dec 26, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                                                                Thank you linda, MC and mcel we did enjoy it for dinner and the next day

                                                                                                mix contents of fridge into a bowl of whisked eggs...
                                                                                                No, seriously this one contained the following
                                                                                                Whisk 10 eggs with a
                                                                                                large splash of half and half
                                                                                                large splash whole milk.
                                                                                                couple of dashes of hot sauce
                                                                                                Drop in and stir
                                                                                                a handful of bread cubes ( prepared for stuffing the turkey),
                                                                                                couple of handfuls of spinach sauteeted in evoo,with a quarter of a medium onion and a clove of garlic.
                                                                                                handful of well cooked sausage flavored with sage
                                                                                                a bit of turkey leg diced (that had been roasted for stock)
                                                                                                half cup gruyere diced, a tiny bit of cheddar diced
                                                                                                bit of diced ham (baked with port, brown sugar, oj,honey)
                                                                                                bit of diced red pepper, salt and pepper to taste.

                                                                                                I was at my mom's and we didn't pack our entire kitchen like we usulally do (she does not own a pan that can go into an oven, oye) so I used that disposable alumimum pan preheated it in a 350 oven with a bit of butter and evoo
                                                                                                poured in contents of egg bowl and baked until just set
                                                                                                Wow when I read this it sounds pretty gross, but it was surprisingly good.
                                                                                                Also with this method of cooking the eggs the outer edges were a little more well cooked than the inside which was nice because I like my eggs slightly underdone and my mom likes them on the well done side.

                                                                                            2. linguafood Dec 25, 2012 12:44 AM

                                                                                              Tonight's pig was a great success... really the best version of my ongoing porksperiment so far -- fall apart tender, nice crust, juicy. I cannot believe how long it took for it to get there, though: I put it in the oven last night at around 1 AM, and it reached 200° at almost 5 PM -- 16 hours later. This for a shoulder just a tad under 8 lbs.

                                                                                              Anywhos. Loving the idea of starting the shoulder overnight. Might experiment more with different rubs, though I really liked this one.

                                                                                              The 'cue sauce also was a success, considering it was a debut of pretty much winging it -- ketchup-based, some worcester, lots of apple cider vinegar, cayenne, smoked paprika, onion & garlic powder.

                                                                                              We have very little of the slaw left, which I guess is also a good sign.

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                                                                                                linguafood Dec 25, 2012 12:44 AM

                                                                                                Piggety pics :-)

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 05:54 AM

                                                                                                  Yum!

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                                                                                                    prima Dec 25, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                                                                    Looks good.

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                                                                                                      Harters Dec 26, 2012 02:45 AM

                                                                                                      Dammit it all, lingua - that looks seriously superb piggy.

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                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 26, 2012 12:24 PM

                                                                                                        Hop on over, Harters! We have a ton of leftovers.

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                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                                                                          My stomach just growled!

                                                                                                        2. re: linguafood
                                                                                                          mebby Dec 26, 2012 03:20 PM

                                                                                                          Lingua, is there somewhere on here where you've detailed your how-to on this delicious piggy business? I would love to try my hand at it!

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                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 26, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                            I used this website's recipe

                                                                                                            http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes...

                                                                                                            -- save for the addition of toasted fennel seeds. I also brined the pig for about 36 hours.

                                                                                                            As I wrote above, though, my shoulder (which was about the same size as the one mentioned on the website) took more like 2 hours/lb.

                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                              mebby Dec 27, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                              Thank you!

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                                                                                                            gingershelley Dec 27, 2012 04:20 PM

                                                                                                            Porky Christmas perfection Lingua! perhaps 16 hours is the perfect amount of time.....

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                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                                                            wowie-wow that is some fecking delicious-looking pig.

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                                                                                                              JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:49 AM

                                                                                                              I think now that you've cracked the code, I foresee a lot of pulled pork in my January future. Seems like the perfect dish for company. Did the fennel not clash with the tangy sauce? I always lean on the sweet side when I've got anise flavors with pork.

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                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 26, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                I ended up not using a lot of the sauce on my own plate, because the pork itself was so flavorful. The brine really had time to permeate the meat, I guess.

                                                                                                                I just love the fennel seeds on the meat -- really gives it an extra level of yumboskiness.

                                                                                                                And it is the perfect dish for company. I can't imagine a dish that requires that little work... save for ordering pizza, perhaps.

                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                  JungMann Dec 26, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                  I was never a fennel appreciator until I tried slow cooked pork shoulder with hoisin and fennel seed. I've never been able to find the recipe my hosts used, but it opened my eyes to the magic. I'll definitely be making an overnight shoulder for company sometime soon.

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                                                                                                              Frizzle Dec 25, 2012 03:28 AM

                                                                                                              Christmas feasting is over for the year here in Australia. Despite a thundery, rainy day I clung grimly to the antipodean tradition of BBQing for Xmas. A large umbrella strung over the clothes line served as storm protection. Prawns, chorizo and kipfler potatoes were thrown on the barbie then tossed together with some baby spinach and mayo. Delicious. Smoked ham and parmesan potatoes also featured on our plates but barely got touched.
                                                                                                              Dessert was some huge, sweet and very drunken cherries with vanilla ice cream followed by chocolates in front of tv. Bloated bliss.
                                                                                                              Merry Xmas everyone and all the best for your day ahead.

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                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 25, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                That's an interesting and delicious sounding meal, Frizzle.

                                                                                                                What are kipfler potatoes?

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                                                                                                                  Frizzle Dec 25, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                  Thanks lingua. Kipflers are long, finger shaped potatoes. They are slightly yellow fleshed and have a nutty flavour. They're waxy so good in salads.

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                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                  that sounds fecking wonderful! (i love Harters' new word, if you hadn't noticed. no telling how long before i get over it.)

                                                                                                                  the chorizo, prawns and potato combo sound amazing, and the mayo - well, i love mayo, so i wouldn't complain! but it is definitely something new to me. fabulous. drunken cherries over vanilla ice cream are also calling my name, and i don't really care about dessert.

                                                                                                                  wow Frizzle, you are making me salivate!

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                                                                                                                    Frizzle Dec 25, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                    Thanks MC. I have to confess I was winging it with the mayo. I got the rough outline of the dish from my hairdresser last month and he did mention a dressing but I couldn't quite remember what it was. I have a feeling he said balsamic but I decided I wanted something a little creamy and used store bought mayo with some fresh lime juice and garlic added in - so more of an aoli I guess. It worked fine with the dish anyway.

                                                                                                                3. Berheenia Dec 25, 2012 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                  Just the two of us so we headed out last night to a fancy oyster bar and had a huge platter of oysters -six pairs of different variety and size and they were all delicious. Some fancy fish and chips for me and scallops for hubby with lots of wine and beer- we cabbed it home.
                                                                                                                  We're doing a three way skype with the kids' families and I am going to a full choir church service in a lovely little English style church a few blocks away. This is a no tree no gift Christmas so church with caroling means Christmas for me. For dinner we have fillet mignon, russet potatoes to bake at a very high temp in olive oil, duck fat was vetoed- no comment at this time from me- after all it is Christmas damn it! I'm also going to make a small version of Ina Garten's spinach gratin and hubby's taking a stab at bernaise sauce. We aren't big on desserts but a friend gave me a jar of delicious vegan cookies that I have been eating my way through. Wine is a pinot noir from New Zealand.
                                                                                                                  Here's a picture of the cookies. Merry Christmas everyone!

                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                  1. linguafood Dec 25, 2012 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                    Well, well. Looks like our holiday plans are in for a change.

                                                                                                                    Today was supposed to be "just us" @casa lingua, digging into leftovers and having a jolly, silly time for the rest of the night...

                                                                                                                    However, weather services informed us that a big snowstorm is coming in tomorrow -- which is when we had invited a few couples for a boxing day semi-potluck. Thankfully, all parties involved are flexible enough that we could just move it all up to tonight.

                                                                                                                    On the menu: my man's lovely lamb shish kebabs which have been marinating for 48 hours now in olive oil, chopped garlic & onions, fresh rosemary, mint, thyme & basil, and a good sprinkling of sea salt. They will go on the grill later (which also would not have been fun in blizzard conditions on the back porch). I'm making my mom's simple but delicious potatoes au gratin, and possibly skagen rora served on cucumber disks for apps.

                                                                                                                    I know one of our friends is bringing roasted veggies and chocolate cake, another friend might bring tiropites if he has time to make them today, and yet another some quinoa salad concoction.

                                                                                                                    I was reminded of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as one friend is bringing a surprise guests, which lead to frantic buying of more leg of lamb yesterday. Only to learn that the extra party is a vegetarian. GAH!

                                                                                                                    "You no eat meat? Eez ok, we make lamb!"

                                                                                                                    My guess is nobody will go hungry. Thankfully, the bar is well-stocked in anticipation of holiday follies, so people won't go thirsty, either.

                                                                                                                    Jolly, if not downright silly times ahead. And our own little private event will have to wait until tomorrow, when we shall be covered in snow.

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                                                                                                                      Frizzle Dec 25, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                      It sounds like a lovely mix of food and friends. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                        it sounds like a perfect couple of days. enjoy the hell out of yourselves!

                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                          Great food. Great bar. Great friends. And a blizzard! Sounds absolutely perfect, lingua - enjoy!

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                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 25, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                            I am so bloody hongry right now, I have started digging into the chicken liver mousse... maybe there'll be some left for the guests :-D

                                                                                                                            Have a lovely eve, too, LW!

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                                                                                                                            gingershelley Dec 27, 2012 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                            'Like"! And sounds very, very merry:)

                                                                                                                          3. mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                            last night's xmas eve boighahs were divine. we had our fresh oysters for starters, with a finger-lime/shallot mignonette. i put the still-cold, just salted burger patties (almost a half pound each) on a screaming CI skillet, no oil added - but strangely the Harris Ranch beef exuded almost no fat at all. pulled mine off once i saw a little blood seeping, and let it rest. the BF kept his on for a bit longer. both had a lovely dark brown crust. the BF made shoestring fries and i sprinkled them with truffle salt. ok, I AM OFFICIALLY MAD AT TRUFFLES. there was no flavor whatsoever to the salt, and not even any smell! i should have checked before i left the store, i guess. i'm going to say something to the store owner. nicely, but i have to say something, no?

                                                                                                                            anyway, the fries were still delish. i have to say that the toasted english muffin was not my favorite method of burger conveyance - i like something a little softer, turns out. it was still good, tho, really. the burger's flavor was so delicious - actually almost tasted char-grilled with that nice crust. so flavorful, in fact, i found that the bacon and cheese were superfluous. did you hear what i said? I FOUND BACON SUPERFLUOUS. the end of the world may be nigh after all. anyway, my burger was perfectly pink and juicy, scrumptious. the BF's was a tad overdone, in my opinion, but he liked it.

                                                                                                                            working very slowly on tonight's dinner, a glass of the above-depicted manzanilla sherry in hand....

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 25, 2012 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                              those look maravilloso, maria! sadly, our "crazy" bacon-cheeseburgers were way overdone (i kept telling my man to take 'em off, but he just. wouldn't. listen. :-D). not even the bacon and cheddar could make up for a bison patty that was between medium and well.

                                                                                                                              wah.

                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                oh, i hate when that happens - nothing sadder than overdone meat! i'd always rather take them off too soon as you can always throw them back on. thanks lingua!

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                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 25, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                Very cool. Keep noodling the burger details. Good call on the dry sherry.

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                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                  thanks steve, will do.

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                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                  The burger looks WONDERFUL! But wait - bacon was superfluous???? How dare you defile bacon in such a way, mc?

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                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                    LW, no one was more shocked than i, NO ONE! the beef was so flavorful that i couldn't even taste the bacon. maybe i just needed to pile on more. as you can see, i only used one slice per burg, cut in half.

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                                                                                                                                      gingershelley Dec 27, 2012 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                      Well, that must have been some BEEF, MC! Sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                    Frizzle Dec 25, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                    They look fantastic. Wow. I can see why the bacon wasn't really needed when the patties are that incredible.
                                                                                                                                    What a shame about the truffle salt though. I would definitely mention it to the store.

                                                                                                                                  3. juliejulez Dec 25, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                    I'm in bad holiday food hell. Easy cheese, weird colored jello salads, overcooked hams and turkeys, frozen shrimp from a box.... And I'm here (in Wyoming visiting BF's family) sleeping on a sofa bed til sunday. Pray for me. I will live vicariously through all of your lovely dinners.

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                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                      Uh-oh! julie, hang in there! Maybe a dinner out might help save you?

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                                                                                                                                        juliejulez Dec 25, 2012 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                        That's my hope! I might also volunteer to cook dinner one night later this week.

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                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                        yiiiiikes! poor julie! these are the times that i am thankful my boyfriend doesn't like to visit family for the holidays so i never have to sit through anyone else's food but my own!

                                                                                                                                        hope you get a flavor break at some point...and that your back holds up on that sofa bed!

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                                                                                                                                          JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                          Neon green jello salad stuffed with cottage cheese is one of the foods I look forward to the most at the holidays! Now I don't necessarily eat it, but its gyrations are almost hypnotic...

                                                                                                                                        2. roxlet Dec 25, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                          Christmas dinner is done, the guests have gone, and we are (mostly) cleaned up. We had a lovely group with one of my oldest friends who is a well-known TV producer in town doing a show here, his wife and one of his two sons, my sister and her husband, my very pretty little Egyptian squash player, and the three of us. The starter was what my husband called winter fish and chips, being a sour cream dressed fingerling salad with smoked salmon. The main was roast beef, scalloped potatoes, green beens with almonds, and Yorkshire pudding. For dessert sticky toffee pudding, struffoli and assorted Christmas cookies. It was a great night and a lovely meal.

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                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 25, 2012 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                            Nice.

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                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                              mmmm. would your hubs share details about that salad, por favor?
                                                                                                                                              (oops, think i posted that to steve's reply, instead of roxlet's post.)

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                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 26, 2012 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                He is still snoozing, but I will ask him about the potato dressing, which was really delicious.

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                  OK, I'm giggling, rox. This small thumbnail photo looks like faces with white chef's hats on. It wasn't until I clicked on the photo before I realized it was the "winter fish and chips". :-)

                                                                                                                                                  But I still think chef's faces and hats is appropriate for what wonderful food comes out of your kitchen!

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                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 26, 2012 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                    same here!

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                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 26, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                      That's so funny, and I know what you mean in miniature!

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                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 26, 2012 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                    That looks and sounds wonderful, rox. Ditto on the salad deets, per favore!

                                                                                                                                              2. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 25, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                Sounds great, roxlet!

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                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Beautiful menu!

                                                                                                                                                2. Cherylptw Dec 25, 2012 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Christmas Eve dinner started with pigs in blankets (it was informal) followed by beef lasagna both made by my 12 year old niece, sauteed spinach with garlic and a salad of baby lettuces, cukes, baby heirloom tomatoes (imported of course), sliced pears and red onions with creamy poppyseed dressing. Hawaiian rolls accompanied. For desserts, coconut layer cake, rum cake, lemon pound cake, gingerbread men cookies, pumpkin spice cupcakes.

                                                                                                                                                  Today's Christmas Dinner consisted of roasted turkey, honey & brown sugar glazed ham, streusel sweet potato & apple casserole, collards, mixed greens with pork (kale, turnip and hanover greens) fresh green beans, mashed potatoes & gravy, cornbread dressing with dried cranberries and sausage...and dinner rolls. Leftover desserts from last night with the additions of sweet potato pie, pecan pie and assorted homemade candies.

                                                                                                                                                  Merry Christmas to all!

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                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 26, 2012 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Love those pigs in blankets! We had a retro cocktail item too -- artichoke parmesan dip. I'm betting everyone loved those pigs in blankets as much as they loved the dip. The dinner sounds like quite the feast!

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                                                                                                                                                      JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like you've got a precocious little chef to take under your wing! I don't think I made my first lasagna until I was well into my 20s!

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                                                                                                                                                        Cherylptw Dec 27, 2012 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I was very impressed by her...I didn't make one either until I had kids in my 20's...even her cousin (my daughter) didnt cook like that at that age...she only baked cookies!

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                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Dec 25, 2012 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Merry Christmas to all my Chowhound friends!

                                                                                                                                                      Christmas morning started with a plan to have coffee with a large loaf of Pannetone bread, bought at a local gourmet grocery store, while opening presents. Except that plans were squashed by the fact that the bread had completely molded over!! So, I just made some waffles and bacon & pork sausages with a variety of syrups for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                      Various artisan cheeses and cracker breads were put out while I put together a feast of roast rack of pork, two of them to make sure we had enough for seven of us. Some yukon gold potatoes steamed in butter and finished with fresh tarragon, dill, parsley, and chives. A balsamic glaze with dijon & cloves was simmered and reduced to glaze the racks. A salad of sugar snaps, pear, pink grapefruit, dill, walnut & endive with a champagne vinaigrette rounded out the meal. Pumpkin pie, more pinot noir was dessert. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas Day!

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                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                        ok, why have i never heard of a rack of pork?? where has this been hiding all my life? it's not pork ribs, right?

                                                                                                                                                        dirty, love the sound of that glaze, and the herbs on the potatoes. that salad too! great meal.

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                                                                                                                                                          JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Rack of pork is a pork rib roast. Often two racks are sold tied to make a crown roast of pork. Another reason to visit Costco, MC.... I buy them for something like $3.99/lb for my Portuguese/Goan vindaloo roast pork!

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                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                            That's the cut you use for your vindaloo? I used a shoulder roast that I cut up like stew meat. I thought the loin might be too lean and be dry in the vindaloo, how do you find it, JM?

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                                                                                                                                                              JungMann Dec 28, 2012 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I use shoulder for vindaloo. I make the racks as a roast that I prepare with a vindaloo-based spice crust. The rack has a nice fat cap so it turns out perfectly in the oven, though I would not use it for braising.

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                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Right, okay, that's what I was thinking, it would be too lean to braise. That's a great idea for roasting it with vindaloo paste rubbed on it.

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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 26, 2012 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                              my sis has a costco membership - i'll have to tag along next time. thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Thank you, mariacarmen! Yes, JM is correct, it is the pork loin roast with ribs attached. Costco has 5-6 lb racks, at 3.99/ lb here. Lots of pork leftover, but we consider that a good thing...

                                                                                                                                                              The glaze came from a FLA supermarket recipe that my Mom brought out with her, it was very good. The potatoes were so simple, just melt half a stick of buttah and put whole or halved potatoes in to steam in the butter, on low. When they are tender, just toss the fresh herbs in. The salad I stole from a place downtown, I had it with my lunch the other week, and really enjoyed it. Of course, my salad was not as perfectly dressed as the restaurants.... but it was light, refreshing and went well with the pork.

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                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Dec 25, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Pics of the rack and a plate

                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 09:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                              gorgeous.

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                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 26, 2012 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Wow, that rack looks pigalicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Ah-may-zing!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you very much, Girls!

                                                                                                                                                              3. mariacarmen Dec 25, 2012 10:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Christmas dinner - finito!

                                                                                                                                                                For my sister and me, i made another paella - this time with lobster, shrimp and chorizo. i used my sister's pimenton, and didn't notice until after i'd added it that it was the hot and not the dulce. no matter, it wasn't actually spicy, just a little stronger. (not that i mind heat, but my sister does.) i did the oven method this time, on the paella, and i like the way the top crust turned out, but didn't get the soccarat on the bottom. all in all, tho, i'm hooked on making paellas. we also had spanish conservas - preserved seafood/vegetables that my sister picked up in Barcelona a few years ago. we had navajas (razor clams), jamon serrano-stuffed piquillo peppers, and white asparagus. more manzanilla for the chef, and more of those anchovy-stuffed olives.

                                                                                                                                                                for the Oldster (and to take home to the BF), i bought a small bone-in ham butt end and glazed it with yellow mustard and brown sugar. Turned out delicious, even though it was just a regular store-bought ham. ham bone is in the slow cooker turning into stock, as are the lobster and shrimp shells (in another pot, of course). my dad ended up tasting bits of the paella and discovered, at 84, that he likes lobster and shrimp! what's next, foie??

                                                                                                                                                                now i'm home and heading out for a couple of cocktails and pool with the BF. don't have to be at work til noon tomorrow, for which i'm very happy.

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 26, 2012 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I adore the idea of paella for Christmas, and I'm going to suggest the spicy pimenton the next time my husband makes one!

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                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Grinning at the oldster enjoying the lobster and shrimp. :-) Your meal sounds *and* looks wonderful, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 26, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      yeah, just what i need, the oldster developing expensive tastes, right?

                                                                                                                                                                      thanks ladies!

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                                                                                                                                                                        nomadchowwoman Dec 28, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Don't know how he ever could have resisted that paella (or lobster and shrimp, for that matter).

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                                                                                                                                                                      JungMann Dec 26, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds utterly incredible! My grandmother used to make paella for Christmas and really between the red of the crabs and lobster and green of the peas, it's the perfect color for Christmas! Sounds like you made a winner.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that paella looks FAB! What a wonderfully fetive Spanish meal! Nice job! I've *got* try this soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          OMG it was supposed to say festive, not fetive.....lol!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Harters Dec 26, 2012 02:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        We're having a sort of brown gloop dinner tonight. But a brown meal meal from the freezer specifically made for tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                        It's a simple beef braise, with onion and bay. But where it gets festive (it's still a holiday here in the UK - Boxing Day) is that the braising liquid is a mix of tinned chestnut puree (that's the festive seasonal bit), stock, treacle and paprika. There's also mushromms tucked away in there. And, as it comes out of the oven, a dig dollop of greek yoghurt and grain mustard gets stirred in. A Josceline Dimbleby recipe from her "Christmas Book" (a 1987 publication by Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd)

                                                                                                                                                                        Fondant potatoes and steamed January King cabbage to sit alongside. A handful of supermarket bagged leaf salad to start. And, for a dessert, there still leftover Christmas pudding and brandy sauce. And a rather lovely sherry trifle that I sampled as a late night snack yesterday after I 'd finsihed all my family taxi duties.

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                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Dec 26, 2012 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I hope you're recovered from the difficulties of yesterday, Harters!

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                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 26, 2012 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Life is much calmer today, roxlet. Thanks for asking.

                                                                                                                                                                            It looks like Mil is spending another night in hospital "just to be sure". And I seem to have spent all day washing yesterday's crockery. Funny how dependent we become on kitchen aids, like dishwashers and so on. Stuff my parents generation would never have thought of.

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                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet Dec 26, 2012 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Even with a dishwasher, as you know, it seems to take forever to clean up from a big dinner. We don't put crystal and silver in the dishwasher, and most pots have to be scrubbed by hand. But I sure wouldn't want to have to do the rest by hand, so I sympathize with your kitchen chores. I hope that you have gotten all the difficulties out of the way, and you sail into a pleasant new year!

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Glad to hear it's calmer, and yes, I'd be lost without my dishwasher! Hope you get a new one very soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 26, 2012 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  i haven't had a dishwasher in 24 years now! my sister just got one and loves it.

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                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 26, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Fondant potatoes? elaboration, please?

                                                                                                                                                                              good that things are getting back to normal, chez Harters. Happy Boxing Day to you and yours!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 26, 2012 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, mc.

                                                                                                                                                                                Classic fondant recipe here:
                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/Veg%20Acc...

                                                                                                                                                                                - although we cut down a bit on the obscene amount of butter used and increase the stock.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 26, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  very nice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 26, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                "January King cabbage"?

                                                                                                                                                                                Please to elaborate, H.

                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: Ah, what's known in this part of the world as savoy cabbage! Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Dec 26, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a variety of savoy cabbage. But, whereas savoy has all green leaves, January King has outer leaves that are a reddish blue colour. Rather pretty - if you can describe cabbage as pretty. And, unlike savoy which I can get pretty much all year round, January King is really only around in winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                  There were leftovers of potato and cabbage which, usually, would scream bubble & squek for lunch = but that's what we had today. So leftovers have gone to the compost bin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 26, 2012 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    That cabbage is pretty indeed. Much to my surprise, I've seen it used as a decorative plant for front lawns. Pretty AND edible!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Win-win.

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                                                                                                                                                                                jammy Dec 26, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Just enjoyed a supremely low effort bubble and squeak after yesterday's dinner which was: maple glazed ham, roast goose, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, biscuits, yorkshire puds, swede and carrot mash, brussel sprouts, beets, cauliflower with cheese sauce, peas, corn, goose and ham gravies and a flamed Christmas pudding with cream for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                I love leftovers :)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. JungMann Dec 26, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Christmas was a bit of a surprise this year. We have our traditional mains for Christmas typically pre-set, but since I am the only one in my family who knows how to make some of these dishes, if I'm not there, they don't get made. No matter, because my eyes still lit up when I walked into the dining room and found myself face-to-face with a 40-lb. pig. No matter what holiday, lechon always gives you a reason to celebrate. Unless it's Hannukah, I suppose, although I know a trayf Jew or two who might disagree.

                                                                                                                                                                                  While the lechon had pride of place (i.e. it took up pretty much half of the dining table), we did our best to fit some sides around it: pancit bihon, lemon chicken, Mongolian beef, fried rice, chicharon, barbecue ribs, saffron and ginger scented congee and, my utter favorite, lumpiang sariwa. Unlike summer rolls in the rest of Southeast Asia, these are made from paper-thin egg crepes which are a bit softer and more delicate than rice paper. My aunt spent the better part of Christmas morning making dozens to fill with minced chicken, jicama, cabbage, carrots, shrimp, long beans and spices, all of which is dressed with a sauce made from crushed garlic, soy sauce and peanuts. Far more than the sum of its parts, this is the one family dish I have yet to be able to replicate.

                                                                                                                                                                                  And as if we had room for dessert, there was chocolate pecan pie, apple pie, homemade milk pastillas, leche flan and bread pudding. When people did not seem sufficiently enthusiastic about the options (probably because they were entering food comas after dinner), our hosts broke out their ice shaver to serve everyone individually made halo-halo. All I want for Christmas is some Nexium...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 26, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Absolutely stunning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 26, 2012 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      What a feast, JM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, sounds wonderful!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mebby Dec 26, 2012 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, JM, that sounds like an incredibly impressive and diverse holiday feast. Love the 40-lb pig "hogging up" the table!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann Dec 28, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            "Hogging up the table" Good one! Wish I had thought of that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh wow! And the lumpiang sariwa filling sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              JungMann Dec 28, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Of all the different types of lumpia, I think the filling for sariwa is the best. It's so light and yet so flavorful. Perfect cooking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle Dec 26, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Lechon! Fabulous. I've had it once and it was delicious. The lumpia sound fantastic too. What a great Christmas spread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman Dec 28, 2012 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Gosh, JM, many moons ago, a Filipino friend, a nurse long- since moved and settled elsewhere, made lumpia for a pot luck dinner party that sound like what you describe here. They were delectable, snowy white pillows; I've never since had any that even come close--one of those well-preserved memories that will no doubt always trump any subsequent reality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The whole dinner sounds astounding.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood Dec 26, 2012 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Below are the kebabs pre and post grilling, and the gratin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The quinoa salad was really tasty (first time I've had quinoa), with a lime dressing, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion. Really very nice and refreshing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                We had a crazy amount of leftovers, so sent our guests home with lamb containers :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                After all, we have about 3 lbs. of pork shoulder still sitting in the fridge, and now about another 2 lbs. of lamb shish kebab. And gratin. Damn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                We may have to have a friend of mine over for dinner again tonight, even though we had planned on a "quiet" night at home with our favorite party treats :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                But those aren't going anywhere, so we might postpone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The snowpocalypse we've been forecasted is on the mellow side for now, but now they're talking freezing rain later. Ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps an early eve cocktail with my friend, followed by dinner of leftovers at casa lingua, and take it from there.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lamb shish kebabs bring up many fond memories for me, as my Dad frequently made them for family cook outs. Yours look delicious, as does the gratin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 26, 2012 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's likely my FIL's recipe... my man's half Armenian, so lamb made regular appearances on the table. He makes it so well, I'd marry him again for that talent alone :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 26, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lucky, lucky you. :-) The kebabs and gratin sound and look wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. weezieduzzit Dec 26, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  With the exception of a container of penuche, gingerbread, caramels and the family favorite cookies (for my parents who I will see tomorrow,) ALL sweet items were banished from the house this morning on a large tray that went to work with the man. I don't want to see, smell or think about sugar for another year. Blech!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christmas dinner was good (FIL made prime rib and since he's not a cook by any means he was following the recipe to a T. It was sitting on the counter and when I saw the temp and time I turned the oven off 25 minutes early when no one was looking and it ended up being a perfectly medium rare.) Sides were not exciting but well executed and we all left the table full.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm happy to be back in my own kitchen tonight where things will be lightened up considerably- a great big veggie stir fry and bowls of tom yum goong on what is suposed to be a cold night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  After dinner I'll flip through the copy of Ad Hoc I received to see if there is something I want to make for NYE. I picked up dried black eyed peas and ham hocks today at the store since they always run out so I'm almost set for New Years Day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. suzigirl Dec 26, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went to my boyfriend's mom's housefor the holiday and she cooked everything delicious and simple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roasted turkey and ham
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roasted brussel sprouts
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steamed broccoli, carrots,green beans and asparagus(seperate)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mashed potatoes( forgotten on my post on 178)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stuffing(forgotten on my post on 178) btw...hers is like grandma made full of sage and cooked in the bird. Yum
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pan gravy
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cloverleaf rolls and butter
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Some kind of chocolate pie and ice cream which i skipped

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I brought to be taken home or eaten there
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toasted almond white chocolate bark
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rocky road brownie bites
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sugar cookies with peppermint sanding sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peanutbutter blossoms
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oreo truffles

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was simple, lovely and delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    And P.S. thanks mariacarmen(MC) for inviting me here. )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Dec 26, 2012 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reading about all these fabulous Christmas feasts is a little overwhelming. So much good sounding food. My last exploits definitely feel humble in comparison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boxing Day dinner for us was about using up leftovers. We had a big dish of Parmesan roasted potatoes to use and a fair bit of smoked ham. We decided on potato croquettes stuffed with the ham and some cheese and rolled in sourdough breadcrumbs. Alongside was a 'salad' of dressed lettuce leaves and radishes. Dessert was the last of the drunken cherries and some more ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight and until New Year's Day I am dining solo so it will be one dish meals. I have some aubergine I bbqd whole on Xmas day de-skinned and draining in a colander to turn into the burnt aubergine and lemon salad from Jerusalem for tonight's dinner. Beyond that I am perusing a Xmas gift for ideas - Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall Three Good Things on a Plate cookbook. Harters mentioned the UK TV show it stemmed from and so far it looks like the perfect book for solo meals. I'm especially excited by some of the mackerel recipes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle Dec 27, 2012 01:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And the photo. It was a pleasant enough dinner made better by the fact it was eaten on a summer's evening on the back deck,with a glass of pinot gris while listening to the mysterious opera singer neighbour practice his singing. Full review (of the dish not the singing) is on the Jerusalem thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very pretty - this is the aubergine & lemon salad? And a "mysterious opera singer neighbor!" Neat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle Dec 27, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, the photo is the aubergine dish from Jerusalem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. roxlet Dec 26, 2012 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My son will be spending a week in March training with his crew team and living together in a house where they will be expected to cook, so we started lessons today on a simple marinara sauce and a green salad. We are assuming that the house will have no real equipement, so I had him make the sauce without the use of a blender, just by breaking the tomatoes up with his hands. He did a wonderful job, and it was nice to have a simple pasta and a lovely, simply dressed green salad after the richness of all of the foods of the last few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle Dec 26, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds wonderful roxlet - both the dish and spending time like that with your son.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Exactly. Talk about quality time. Very nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 27, 2012 01:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's pretty much Turkey Use-Up Day at Harters Hall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turkey, leftover stuffings (sage & onion, chestnut), peas. And chips (that's Brit chips, of course, not Yank chips).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It may leave the odd scrap or two for a sandwich (mango chutney an absolute requirement) - leaving aside the bag of mainly brown meat that's now in the freezer waiting for a future brown gloop appearance on the dinner table. I see turkey pie in my future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            is turkey pie like a cottage pie, but with turkey, or is it under a crust?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 27, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dunno yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Remember that I am British, northern and a man. Pies are, therefore, deep in my genetic makeup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of things I've done before is to make a bechamel sauce; mix in the turkey and some sauteed mushrooms. Then dump the gloop (I suppose this is a beige gloop meal, then) onto a sheet of supermarket puff pastry. Eggwash the border of the pastry and then draw up the corners towards the middle - so you've got a sort of square pasty type thingy - and bake it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                sounds gloopily lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Bacardi1 Dec 27, 2012 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night I whipped up a batch of Julia Child's "French Onion Soup Gratinee" (from her "The Way to Cook" book).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Absolutely perfect for a cold snowy/sleety evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are spending the holidays with family in the Midwest. Christmas dinner was prime rib and boiled shrimp served up with plenty of casseroles: potato cheese, macaroni, corn and cheese topped with flaked cereal, artichoke and green bean in cream sauce, cranberry sauce, and lemon jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, mandarins, cool whip, and cream cheese. For starters, my SIL made a great dip with corn, pepper relish, sour cream and and cream cheese, served up with Fritos,and her SIL brought a brick of cream cheese topped with raspberry jalapeno jam. Cream cheese, it's fair to say, features in a lot of holiday food here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I made dinner last night for the fam: Smitten Kitchen's turkey meatballs, homemade red sauce, garlic bread, spaghetti rigati, green beans with browned butter and lemon, and a Romaine salad with roasted beets, feta, cues, grape tomatoes, and chopped radish. More lemon fluff for dessert for those who wanted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 27, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll have to have my midwest living done vicariously, since I've never been there, but I'll bet that your meal for them last night was a real treat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, my nephew wasn't down with the meatballs since they had the unfamiliar "green stuff"--parsley, and were made of turkey. But he loved the sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is flaked cereal corn flakes?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cream cheese is goooooood....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Dec 27, 2012 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T'was SpecialK this time...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, how Americana! Yes, they sure do eat lots of corn products, white foods and jiggly desserts in the midwest! Your meal sounds so refreshing, I bet it was wonderful....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. steve h. Dec 27, 2012 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cleaning out the fridge in advance of next week's wretched excess.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night was leftover split-pea soup with ham, tonight will be cheeseburgers with the 3:1:1 house grind that I froze a few weeks ago. Potato rolls (lightly toasted) are the delivery mechanisms of choice, white American cheese will top the meat. There will be caramelized onions to add sweetness. Potato chips will be available. Beer for me, wine for Deb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're making me crave burgers again...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      we had leftover ham last night - sandwich, on rye, for the BF, slices warmed up with leftover paella for me, with the addition of some aioli. also some of the canned white asparagus and stuffed piquillo peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at the Oldster's tonight - where there is more ham. Ham Ham Ham Ham Ham Ham ... reminds me of something....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ6N5m...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 27, 2012 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lol!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have some leftover porkette that will make its way into another ham, spinach, cheese tart. Simca's recipe is pretty good. Any leftover porkette will be sliced razor thin and placed on a split, warmed and buttered Grands for nibbles. There will be no leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh yes, buttered bun with ham! how could i forget? that shall be my dinner tonight. no more, no less.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 27, 2012 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice. Consider a good French mustard lightly dabbed on the ham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am the Oldster's tonight, so the French's/brown sugar glaze had to suffice. but it was still tasty. hard to go wrong with butter and ham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Burger. Potato rolls. American cheese. And caramelized onions. And wine for Deb. You had me at burger. But you made me melt with the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Would Deb consider allowing a 2nd wife? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 27, 2012 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So the winky smile is a "maybe"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 27, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of Mom's annual Christmas gifts is a "coupon" good for various meals that are freezable in 1-2 portion sizes for her to enjoy. The list includes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mac & Ham & Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beef Burgundy/Beef Stew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cordero Estofado (Smothered Lamb Stew)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pork & Apple Cider Stew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meat Sauce (for when she wants sketti)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        White Chicken Chili
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken Corn Chowder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beef-Barley-Vegetable Soup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mom had mentioned that she wasn't sure she would like white chicken chili, so if I made it, maybe give her a very small portion (1 cup) so she could try it. After waking to the snowplows and then a heavy rain that washed the snow away, then cold and wind, I thought today would be a good day to make white chicken chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd only made it once, and couldn't find which recipe I had used, so I went a-hunting. I found a blog called "The Novice Chef" that had a recipe that looked right up my alley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://tinyurl.com/White-Chix-Chili

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm cheating and using canned jalapenos already sliced for nachos - I'll remove the seeds and use them *very* judiciously, as Mom doesn't like spicy anything, and I'm not fond of overly spicy either. I'll toss in some chopped red bell peppers for some color, and maybe some Trader Joe's roasted corn. We'll see how I feel when I make it. I'm also splitting the stock - half homemade chicken stock; half homemade corn stock. Monterey Jack and sour cream to top the chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As I was reading the recipe, the comment at the top where it said "Serve this with a hunk of Buttery Beer Bread..." caught my eye. I clicked. I read the recipe. I jumped up to see if I had a bottle of beer in the fridge - BONUS! I had a bottle of Harp Lager. So the Buttery Beer Bread is now in the oven. I'm afraid I'm going to like this bread WAY too much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://tinyurl.com/Buttery-Beer-Bread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A small lettuce and radish salad alongside tossed with a champagne vinegar, oil, and blood orange juice vinaigrette. The last of the Lemon Mousse Tarts for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 27, 2012 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A bottle of Harp in the coolerator? Very cool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm tipping my hat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have no idea where it came from. I probably bought a couple of singletons for cooking beef stew or sumpin. Worked out perfectly, as it foamed up quite properly as I poured into the flour mixture. And the house smells GREAT right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Methinks the bread is going to be as dangerous as being in the ocean unprotected by a cage when they're chumming the open water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 27, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds great. There's a classic symmetry with beer and bread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sharks? Ask Deb sometime down the road.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nice - your mama is lucky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i love a good white chili! much prefer to a regular chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            just looked at that recipe - chicken! now that i think of it, that is probably the classic white chili protein, but i bet it's really good with pork loin too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. linguafood Dec 27, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A few of our good friends have returned from their various holiday family visit obligations and are coming over to destroy our leftovers -- a good amount of pork shoulder from xmas eve, some lamb & potatoes au gratin from xmas day, a brand new cole slaw I made for the occasion (also, one veggie friend) and some more bbq sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nibbles are truffled chicken liver mousse, a nice brie, and some pain de campagne, as well as mushroom turnovers and kale bites (all of these tasty treats store-bought).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There will be wine, maybe gimlets and aviations, too. And maybe poker. Or just stuffing our faces and hanging out :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stuffing faces. Hanging out. Perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 27, 2012 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, unfortunately, 2/3 of our friends had to cancel, so it's "just" the vegetarian. At least the gratin and the slaw will get et, but my man and I will have to do double duty on the meats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Poor, poor us '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 27, 2012 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My heart bleeds!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm hearing violins, lingua. They're playing for the guests who have cancelled!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on my way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right behind you....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        'Like" I missed the carpool to your house by 24 hours - any shredded pork left?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 29, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I finished the last shreds of it for lunch yesterday :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Guess I'll have to make a new shoulder again soon...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Dec 27, 2012 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pork, lamb, chicken liver mousse, Brie and so on. Then you had to go and add gimlets, poker and wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 28, 2012 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With "just" our veggie friend coming over after all, we stuck to the brie & pain de campagne, pork leftovers, fresh-made slaw, gratin, and those spinach-kale-bites from TJ's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even after 3 days, the pork was still awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Alas, no poker or gimlets, but The House White '-) and an obscure filippino horror movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. roxlet Dec 27, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My son's baby sitter traveled from Brooklyn to our house in order to make my son his favorite Jamaican chicken and rice and peas. I snuck a taste, and it is absolutely scrumptious. They have a complete mutual admiration society, and it is beyond adorable to have a 17 year-old boy be so thrilled to see his old Nanny, which is what he used to (and still does) call her. She also made him her carrot cake, which is the only one he likes, and which he tasted although she said that it would be better if it aged for a couple of days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, I'm tearful right now, roxlet! How wonderful your teenaged son and his Nanny still have such love and regard for each other! What a very special woman she must be. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Dec 27, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She is special and absolutely lovely. He was very fortunate to have had her care for him, and she calls him her son (she has a daughter).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How nice! So great for both that their relationship continues on... and involves Jamaican food and carrot cake (food = love, in the right circumstances...):)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 27, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is so cool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posters on this board never fail to impress.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that is the best story! so very sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. GretchenS Dec 27, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All of you continue to amaze, impress and inspire with your amazing Christmas meals -- bravo!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My oldster chose steak and baked potato for his Christmas meal to which I added smitten kitchen's garlic butter roasted mushrooms. He carefully picked the capers and parsley off his (he has always loved both). Really, it is becoming pretty entertaining. Those mushrooms are seriously good and leftovers reheated very well last night with leftover steak. Tonight I have the rejected duck terrine (he did keep the rabbit terrine) and an artichoke which I will steam. Not bad at all. Tomorrow my sister comes to town for 4 days and I will have the interesting challenge of feeding my oldster fattening food while trying not to undermine her very successful dieting. I figure lean protein, fattening carb which she can skip and salad which he can skip. That should work!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 27, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              quite a culinary juggling feat you're going to attempt there, GS! mmm love those SK shrooms....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, GS, I can understand your dilemma! My oldsters are visiting here, and trying to balance feeding a diabetic mom, and dad who is eating less than half what he used to, along with two growing kids who are constantly hungry, is quite a challenge! But what a nice meal for your oldster! And your plan sounds good, too! Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. weezieduzzit Dec 27, 2012 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I discovered that my backyard is being watered every time we turn the water on in the house (main line blockage... freaking tree roots......) and the dishwasher can't be run and laundry can't be done- and my parents are on their way. Looks like we'll be going out to dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fortunately, my parents are incredibly cool and very laid back and can roll with any change of plans without as much as the bat of an eye. (The polar opposite of my inlaws.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It looks like dinner will be bar food so they can watch the college bowl games. Enchiladas Suiza and a big fat margarita for me! I love when someone else drives. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no, plumbing problems! Always when company comes, too! We had to repipe our entire house one summer while my 'rents were visiting, from a slab leak. It's the loss of the conveniences like clean dishes & clothes that gets to ya! Good luck with your repairs! And I love when someone else drives AND cooks!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 27, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks. It was nice to not have dishes. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll get under the house tomorrow and see what's goin' on... I hate going under there but I sure am glad we don't have a slab!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, yes you are! Good luck!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Weezie - you deserve a couple of margarita's for that water line challenge! Glad your parents are cool enough to still 'roll with it'.... mine too mostly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am sure the day when I call dad my 'oldster' is not too far off tho. Counting blessings while we have them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit Dec 28, 2012 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was nice, I drank margaritas and looked through their photos of their recent trip to Finland, Estonia and Russia- and listened to her describe the food they had each place!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My Mom missed her calling, she should have been a photographer instead of a bean counter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My refrigerators are busting at the seams with so much food, both cooked and thawing out to be cooked....! Remainder of pork racks are going to be diced, jazzed up with a little hoisin and made into fried rice. There's a sliver of pork pie, gold potatoes, lamb and it's potatoes, breads, cheeses, and other assorted goodies to serve, including leftover quesadillas & pizza from lunches. So dinner tonight will be a leftover extravaganza, including pumpkin pie & cookies for dessert. Time to break out the sweatpants.....and go back to the gym!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 27, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like lots of most excellent goodies being served - enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Dec 27, 2012 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks Linda, it was!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Bacardi1 Dec 27, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight was a quick & easy Martha Stewart recipe - "Spicy Shrimp & Broccoli Stir-Fry". Served it over brown rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters Dec 28, 2012 01:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's pizza & salad for dinner. But not just any old pizza. This is pizza from our "cooking the books" exercise - the last of year - and it comes from the Pizza Express Cookbook, Peter Boizot, 1976.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pizza Express is the largest British pizza chain with over 400 branches and another 40 in other countries. My love affair with it goes back to when they only had a couple or so restaurants, all in the London area. Then any trip to London just had to include a pizza meal. Just about my sole claim to "famous people spotting" is that, on one occasion, Brian May, of Queen , was having dinner on the other side of the room from us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now I have to say that, although we've had this book for over 30 years, we've only ever cooked from it a handful of times. Anyway, we'll be making the dough and the tomato sauce from scratch. And it'll be a Napoletana - topped with mozzarella, anchovy, capers, olives and oregano.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Dec 28, 2012 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yum, Harters! I love making pizza, and that one sounds great. Does your oven crank up to a really high temperature? We usually make pizza in the summer and cook it on the grill, not in the oven, but I definitely want to try doing it indoors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 28, 2012 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can get it up to about 225C. Pretty hot, but not really as hot as you'd want for pizza - one of the reasons why we don't make it at all often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia Dec 28, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We have better luck with homemade stromboli than pizza. A 400 F oven will do the trick with this cousin of the calzone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 28, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't think I've come across stromboli on a menu in the UK or Italy. Is it an Italian American creation (as suggested by Wikip.)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia Dec 28, 2012 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quite possibly. It reminds me of a strudel with Italian cured meats instead of apples. It's the most successful thing we have done with store bought pizza dough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Dec 28, 2012 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh no! I thought you just screwed up your pedicure! Get out the mumu's!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hah - it looks like you're talking to Harters about his pedicure....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't see a 'Harters' post that has anything about Hawaii or pedicures..... did I miss something?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trying to catch up with you all here:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh - I think this must have been meant for MC - the mumu being historical, and the pedicure/fall from last weekend...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 11:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          exactly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 29, 2012 02:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Am I supposed to be having a pedicure in Hawaii? Must rush to the airport.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 29, 2012 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i need video of this...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Dec 29, 2012 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another reason to hate the new format. A pedicure might cheer you up though now that you have dishpan hands. :}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia Dec 28, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looks like pot pie is the DOTM for January. My husband has been whining for Grands biscuits ever since Xmas morning when I made TJ's ready to bake cinnamon buns . I might steal your idea. I like the frozen biscuits better than Grands. Maybe we can start that diet in February.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i think i'd like to do a nice version for me and the BF, with proper biscuits, maybe.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (that diet NEEDED to start months ago, but yeah, it looks like it's going to be on a hold for a bit longer. my bum leg (the one i hurt in Feb. and then just fell on this past Sat.) is all swollen and ugly as sin, and it looks like no way i'm getting back to the gym for a couple weeks at least.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ouch, MC! SO sorry that your leg is in such bad shape from that fall. You are doing a great job of coping and cooking despite that. More wine for you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 29, 2012 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks gs. yeah, the leg looks gnarly. it doesn't hurt when standing up, just walking a bit. but i'm sure it will heal soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EXCITED about POT PIE for January - I was the one who floated this for DOTM originally, then clearly others got it going on for January, as I didn't even vote this time - kind of crazy busy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have so many to make after January 1st. Stay tuned!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia Dec 28, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May I ask where you get a cotechino in the Boston area? That sounds awesome- I see it's the classic NY dish in Italy. Learn something every day on this board. I wanted to do something with black eyed peas but it was an uphill battle. Lentils are on the fence but pork sausage always wins approval!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS Dec 28, 2012 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia, cotechino is heaven, it has ground pork skin so it sticks your lips together with gelatinous goodness. This year I got it at Bob's Italian Foods in Medford; other years I have found it at J. Pace and Sons. Always call ahead, supply is dicey but everyplace will save you one if they have one, in my experience. Any other Italian grocery you frequent is also a good candidate, as you say it is the classic NY dish in at least northern Italy. Lentils signify coins aka prosperity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Dec 29, 2012 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                May have to brave Russo's today or Monday and will see if they have it. Happy New Year Gretchen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. JerryMe Dec 28, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We were watching BBQ U on PBS last nite and his grilled pork ribs looked soooo good. The butcher gods smiled down upon us and I have ribs in the crockpot w/ sauerkraut (too cold to grill). Some mashed potatoes to be along side. Don't know if there will be a green vegetable along side or not. I do have carrots, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i made a total cheater version of chicken pot pie for the Oldster last night, for future consumption - using store-bought roast chicken, frozen veggies, and frozen pop-up biscuits for the topping. at least i made the gravy from scratch. and at least it looks cute, right? we'll see what the verdict is...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS Dec 28, 2012 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh I hope he loves it mc, it LOOKS great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pot pie in nearly ANY incarnation is a winter delight. I like's me some frozen pop-up biscuits in a pinch. Homemade gravy covers a world of minor indiscretions for sure no matter, so all will be golden, creamy and delish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. GretchenS Dec 28, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I scored some gorgeous thick-cut veal shanks this morning so will be making osso buco for the dinner party we are having at my oldster's on Sunday with his two oldest friends -- 87 and 88. They both enjoy good food but I have the impression that they no longer appreciate anything too chewy so this seems perfect. And easy for me because it is better made the day before! Also scored a cotechino to go with lentils for NYE, so I am feeling smug as all get out! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that is so nice! yes, veal is the way to go for oldsters' teeth! your dinner sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS - that is SO nice of you that you are making a dinner for your oldster to have a reunion dinner party - what a great daughter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The veal OB sounds like a great choice. Would love to be a fly on the wall at that dinner if they walk down memory lane - just think what the last 80+ years have brought in terms of change. It kind of takes your breathe away......:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS Dec 30, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is fun to listen to them, their friendships date to when they were all in their 20's and they have been living near each other ever since. And one of them was my third grade math teacher to boot! Meant to get the osso buco made yesterday but it didn't happen -- in the oven now, smells fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. nomadchowwoman Dec 28, 2012 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reading through all the holiday posts has me laughing, tearing up, wincing, definitely salivating over so many scrumptious meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Family, holidays, cooking/baking frenzy . . . I don't know about y'all, but I'm exhausted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My brother left early this morning after a week's stay. Dis-engaged (un-affianced?) this past year, he was sans girlfriend--I rather missed her, having gotten used to her being here for a few holidays--and, oddly enough, seemed less high-maintenance, probably b/c he was mostly out and about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We had Christmas Eve dinner at my mom's after my sister inexplicably (and with no warning) just decided not to "do" Christmas Eve this year as she has for over a decade. (Hmmm, wonder if I can get away with that next year.) We talked her into making spaghetti and meatballs (with Italian sausage on the side) and had salad and ciabatta alongside and lots of wine. I brought pears for dessert as we've got two (!) boxes of Royal Rivieras to get through. No arguments or snarky comments made for a very successful evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We hosted Christmas dinner. Started with the usual oyster tartlets, mini crabcakes, and bubbly. Mom, as she always does, complained that we shouldn't serve apps before big meals; we, as we always do, ignored her. Dinner was prime rib with horseradish sauce, potatoes dauphinoise, green salad with pears, blue cheese, dried cranberries, spiced pecans, and the irksome cauliflower w/cheese sauce and bread crumbs that the family demands for every holiday dinner . Had planned a lovely brussels sprouts dish too but when I realized only three of us would eat it, I just gave in to my exhaustion and didn't bother. My home-baked bread flopped but I put it on the table anyway, with fancy French butter (which would be lovely on cardboard). Neighbors came later for dessert--chocolate mousse pie, lemon pecan pie, and marbled cranberry-nut bread (which I'd actually intended for breakfast)--and then they and us and a few stragglers started dipping into the scotch, bourbon, cognac, and various other things of various proofs. Late night, lots of laughing, headaches the next morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Inexplicable Sister decided last minute to have family over for dinner on 26th (26th is the new 24th, I guess)--shrimp po-boys, just as Uncle Bob has descibed earlier: beautifully fried jumbos on NO-style french bread. I must say, the break in tradition proved quite delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night we all went out to an old-fashioned red sauce Italian resto, mostly for the steaks, which are much better than most of the Italian food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, hunkering down for really nasty weather with leftovers, no relatives (and a very large and dry martini for me) .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tomorrow starts a four-day streak of dinners/parties. Two-day holidays that fall on Monday and Tuesday are killers. Or I'm just getting old and cranky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wow NCW, it does not sound like you are getting old at all! What a fun and delish season you're having!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And i say, don't let the holidays kill you, you kill them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS Dec 28, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ncw, that martini is certainly well-deserved! You all did eat well though....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 28, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ncw, your holiday meal(s) sounds wonderful! And sketti and meatballs is a great Christmas Eve dinner. Easy. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, what a lovely sounding Christmas dinner. Nice job, and I, too, know how you feel about being exhausted! Been sleeping in all week, and I still am beat all day, the last two weeks were so hectic and dizzying...... At least the kids are home from school and I don't have the usual chauffeur duties for at least another week....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 29, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You sure know how to party, ncw!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, NMC, I just think you should sit with your martini and be glad for a bit of respite before the next onslaught....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seems you deserve it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I get being tired/overwrought from too much family/celebrating - not this year for me, but many, many in the past.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad for the po-boys, the out at red-sauce resto, and your leftover and martini evening tonight. Festivus to that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. steve h. Dec 28, 2012 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deb's under the weather. I'll fix up some garlic bread, bring a slice of leftover tenderloin to room temperature. Horseradish sauce will be available. Apple tart for dessert, house red to wash things down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 28, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope she perks up!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feel better, Deb!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LJS Dec 28, 2012 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christmas is so-o-o-o over at my house...especially because the fridge blew up in a big smokey cloud at 9pm Christmas night, leaving all those delicious 'planned overs's' basted in an undelicious soot of electrical char...sigh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Three nights of calling repair shops ("we will return January 2nd!"). 3 nights of restaurants and throwing ourselves on the mercy of friends and family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, we hit rock bottom: hubby had scrambled eggs and sausage and I fixed (tinned) salmon, creamed on toast. We shared a bag salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, and we drank a lot, because not even greasy electrical smoke can mess with a bottle of wine...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Even in Chowworld, its not all White Lasagna and Cottage Pie...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 28, 2012 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awww... that sucks! I feel for you, I'm off to pick up a meatloaf and bagged salad to eat on paper plates so I don't create any dirty dishes. We have to keep water use to an absolute minimum until the plumber is here Monday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 29, 2012 02:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm spending inordinate amounts of time washing crockery, etc. The dishwasher is days away from being repaired. Guy came quickly and decided it's the programmer that's given up the ghost. Can't order a replacement as the wholesaler is on "shut down" until 2 Jan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And MiL remains in hospital for several days longer . Her dislocated hip has turned out to have "complications" which will probably result in her having to wear a brace for weeks/months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The "festive season" has turned out to be a complete pisser!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 29, 2012 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oww. Sorry about the MIL's hip, Harters. AND your out of commission dishwasher.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My, Harters - sorry for the Bah Humbug to have appeared with such force.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All the broken appliances and water pipes on here - I hope you all don't jinx my furnace or washing machine (most in danger of having a problem around here).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No where to go but UP!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 29, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, shite and buggery. Let's hope the new year starts out better than the old one ended....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 29, 2012 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              An excellent command of British obscenities you're displaying there, Ms Lingua.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 29, 2012 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm fluent not just in culinary matters. Mr. Harters :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 29, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AND she sings, Harters. That could be some very melodious swearing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 29, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Might have to change the provisional first album title from "Songs of Hate, Sounds of Phlegm" to "Shite and Buggery".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Should be a huge bestseller :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 29, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You've almost been beaten to it, lingua.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The ever wonderful Pogues have an album "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash". Sounds like a great party.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, now we are getting somewhere if the Pogues are brought up... my Harters, for a man of the 'age' I understand you to be, you are remarkably HIP and groovy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I want to come to your party (without the MIL and her hip, of course!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 30, 2012 03:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, of course you're invited to the party, ginger. We shall have music from the Pogues, Clash and the Jam. It'll be played very loud and piss off the neighbours

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have musical regrets - at my age (62), I was too young for rock & roll and too old for Punk. I try to enjoy both now. My musical claim to fame, however, is going to see the Beatles when they played Manchester in 1965.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 30, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Like", to all this, so very much.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    'Like"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and bugger it all.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's to handing Shite and buggery to the 2012, and leaving 2013 all pristine and possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Let's all raise a WFD glass of champagne (or prosecco, what have you bubbles), to ourselves, to each other, and to all that might come true in our POTS and out LIVES:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Viva le 2013!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 29, 2012 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh no. sorry about both mishaps, and the season being ruined for you all..... 2013 can only get better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Pogues....they know how to live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS Dec 30, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry to hear about the MIL's complications Harters!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 28, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh noooooooo! Awww, LJS, I'm sorry to hear the fridge blew up. But quite frankly, breakfast for dinner is a great dinner. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And you had wine. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh. My. Stars. What a letdown! Perhaps you will be able to get a brand new fridge out of the deal? Sorry to hear about the ordeal. Least you didn't have a houseful of people when it happened? Best of luck, seems like a lot of home repairs going on this month....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Dec 28, 2012 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that sucks big time, LJS. here's hoping your fridge woes are over very soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Dec 30, 2012 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So sorry to hear about the fridge and incinerated leftovers, LJS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. roxlet Dec 28, 2012 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We went through a lot of possibilities for dinner tonight. First, we were going to go to our club, and use up some of our minimum, but we nixed that, and decided to eat leftovers. Somehow, that went away too, and my husband started making beef stock for some onion soup. The stock isn't ready, so we just shifted again, and we're having ramen noodle dinner with shrimp, enoki mushrooms, scallions and sprouts. That should be it for dinner and it shouldn't change again since my husband is chop, chop, chopping away and all he mushrooms, sprouts, mushrooms and green onions are ready to be added.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 28, 2012 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, at least you cooked. I reheated the last of the big-ass baking potatoes from Christmas dinner and just had that. Just not in the mood to think about making anything else. Even a breakfast for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think maybe with tomorrow's storm coming in, I'll be going back to the white chicken chili and buttery beer bread. So it'll be leftovers for a couple more days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet Dec 28, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haha! Ramen noodle dinner hardly counts as cooking! That's very charitable of you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 29, 2012 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i went to a showing of The Wizard of Oz in a beautiful old restored Deco theater in Oakland tonight (The Paramount), but worked late prior and missed dinner with my friends. by the time i got home it was 11:30, and i wasn't feeling the taquerias or pizza on my walk home. so, grilled bacon & colby on extry sour grilled buttered rye was dinner. cooking, or not? i guess since fire was used, that is cooking. hit the spot, and now we're going out for a nightcap and a game or two of pool. I'M ON VACA UNTIL WED.!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 29, 2012 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mc, that is a GORGEOUS theater! And yes, grilled bacon and colby on rye is definitely cooking. A perfect meal to end a fun evening!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    VERY nice theater! And bacon cheese toasty sandwiches is cooking fer' sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. gingershelley Dec 28, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, moving into the last weekend of 2012; I must say - I have SO enjoyed this WFD community this past year! You are all such lovely people, and creative cooks. You inspire me....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have been off visiting in South Pasedena this week, flew out at the crack of dawn Christmas Eve, post Sunday, which was my birthday. A couple of pic's attached from that lovely meal, complete with prosecco (lot's), too much gift exchanging, and GREAT food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On to S.Pas; we mostly were trying to hang out together, and didn't make a 'big dinner' for Christmas. My sister has 3 very talented and active teenagers, so more about being together and getting experiences in together that fancy food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The highlight was the tamale dinner on Christmas eve; after my sis picked me up at LAX, we drove to East LA to La Indiana tamales to pick up her order she had placed days before. The line was OUT the door, and the smells were incredible! Most people were clearly from 'the hood', and only buying huge bags of prepared masa to go home and make their own tamales. It was comforting to know that it's not that easy to make great masa, even if you can make fillings and wrap a soaked corn husk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We got a dozen each of beef, roast chili peppers/cheese, and chicken. Just warmed them in a steamer after early candlelight church service, and they were awesome! Huge, perfumed with corny scents, moist and bursting with fillings. Tamale of my dreams! With a big salad with pomagranate seeds, lime dressing, pepitas, chips/salsa/guacamole and black beans on the side - this was an ideal easy holiday meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christmas day; an easy morning of gift opening (SO many for the kids!), we just had proofed-vernight TJ's croissants in several flavors, scones (too sweet, blah), with good coffee, mexican hot chocolate and fresh oj. After a walk to clear our bodies and minds, very late brunch of baked eggs, roasted candied pepper bacon and broiled grapefruit. Simples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chinese food in the early evening down in Monterey Park (a very Chinese neighborhood), which was awesome, sister and hubby having lived in Shanghai for 2 years recently and knowing what to order. This followed by meeting friends of theirs for Les Miz movie at this mall nearby which looked like a street straight out of China - huge video screens showing ads in Chinese for all kinds of stuff outside on the walls between the paths of the mall.... after the movie, all their friends who also went to the showing came back to their house for dessert (I made old-school chocolate pudding cake, served with peppermint ice cream!), and several of the guests, and my neice, treated us to songs from Les Miz on the piano and with magical voices - they are all in musical theatre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Les Miserables was amazing - the visit was great, and I really - this time - just don't care we didn't eat all fancy. The company was the best, and I wouldn't miss any of it for the world:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, South Pas is pretty close to me, and we had some very good friends living there and would go visit all the time when we lived on that side of town, such a great little city. Almost wish you had told me you were there, I might have crossed town to meet and have a Chow lunch together, (not that either of us would have had time, I have family in town.)....! Nice to read what a lovely time you had! Obviously, your Sis is dialed in to the yummy Mexican & Chinese delicacies that are close by, lucky you! Sounds like a wonderful holiday visit for you, how nice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh! Next time I come down DWE - we shall have a Chow lunch! It was such a short visit this one. Expect to be back in spring for Niece and Nephew's spring theater performances. It will happen:)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Dec 29, 2012 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That would be fun! For sure, let me know, I'd love that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me three, DWE, me three...:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 29, 2012 12:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dang, your holiday eating spree sounds AWESOME, all of it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 29, 2012 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like a great long holiday week, gingershel, and you didn't need to "eat fancy" - you "ate great" with family - and that's what counts. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So true, LW, so true...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman Jan 1, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds divine, GS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Dec 28, 2012 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spent a relaxing day with the oldsters and the kids. My Mom & I gifted each other the new Ina Garten cookbook, yesterday when we made some returns, and drooled over it last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So tonight's dinner was Ina's orecchiette with sausage & broccoli rabe, though I subbed broccolini for it as my store was out of rabe. Cheesy garlic bread and plain Italian bread on the sides, and all that was needed with it was some Beaujolais nouveau. My little guy was apprehensive, said he didn't like sausage, I asked since when, you eat it on pizza. He actually loved the pasta and sauce, but put the broccolini on the side, lol! It was very good, made a ton so we have lunches for the next few days, and pretty quick to throw together. Here's a pic:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looks delish DWE - good for you to call the kid on his sausage 'dislike'; glad he enjoyed with you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Dec 29, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hahaha, you know kids, give them an inch..... Yes I was happy he actually enjoyed it and had seconds, not just filled up on garlic bread :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Bacardi1 Dec 29, 2012 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night's dinner should go under a heading of "Creative Use of Leftovers".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had about a cup of Xmas-leftover butter-braised Brussel sprouts & 1/2 of a 2-quart casserole of Boursin Potato Gratin in the fridge. What to do, what to do. Heated up 2 tablespoons of butter in a 10" cast-iron skillet, whipped up 8 eggs, chopped up some deli turkey ham & made a frittata!! And it was absolutely delicious!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Served with a green salad on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Dec 29, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          THAT sounds like one fine frittata, Bacardi - chopped brussels, cheesy-creamy potatoes and eggs? Bring it on....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Dec 29, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That does sound delicious and extremely creative! Nice show!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 29, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Time for a new thread, folks. See ya over here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/883947

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Jan 2, 2013 05:02 AM

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