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What's for Dinner #187 - the "We're Cooking Right Along" Edition [OLD]

We're zooming through threads here! Lots of cooking going on - so what's going on the stove top, into the oven, into the wok, or onto the grill in your house?

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  1. As for me, I'm not sure. I bought beef shins with *lots* of meat as well as some marrow bones to make some homemade beef stock tonight, and thought I'd cut off the meat and use it for a stroganoff. But it needs long braising, so I'll use it in the stock, and then shred it tomorrow night.

    So.....will it be TJ's Mandarin Orange chicken or scrambled eggs? Not sure.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      ack, at first i read that as "TJ's Mandarin Orange chicken AND scrambled eggs! don't do it LW!!!!

      1. re: mariacarmen

        LOL! Don't worry - I'm not going there! And it ends up being neither. The oven's on to roast the bones, so I tossed in a baking potato - that's dinner with some butter, salt, pepper, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

        And mc - maybe you can "report" the previous thread? I did so, asking the Mods to add "OLD" to the subject line - but it looks like whoever attempted to do that just deleted most of the subject line!

        1. re: LindaWhit

          done!

          your BP sounds like a great dinner.

      2. re: LindaWhit

        I read the same as MC! So glad it's my skim-reading and not your meal. The potato sounds lovely.

      3. With the bizarrely warm weather here, my husband will grill a skirt steak for dinner tonight. With the excitement of him being on The Taste last night, I never got a chance to make Ina's roasted broccoli with parmesan, and I will make that tonight. He will likely devise some sort of potato dish, which I will pass on. Pretty simple, but you can't have seafood sausage avec beurre blanc every night of the week now, can you?

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        1. re: roxlet

          How fun is that!! Did he get chosen for a team? I caught most of the episode last night - what was his dish?

          ETA: I just saw your line about seafood sausage with beurre blanc - now I know! Bummer but he did a great job!

          1. re: biondanonima

            I was watching too, wondering which one he was. It's always fun to have someone to root for. I remember the sausage but not the face to go with it.

            Even though he didn't get through, still what fun!!! These things are all just personal preferance (taste wise) but still fun to watch.

        2. Thin spaghetti Amatriciana, salad and garlic toast for tonight. Comforting and simple.

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          1. re: twodales

            <3 Cannot go wrong with that, twodales.

            1. re: twodales

              Sounds great. I'd love a heaping bowl of pasta right no!

            2. Taco night here. Good old salt lick Old El Paso package seasoning, lettuce, tomato, cheddar and green pepper, ground beef and stand and stuff shells. Refried beans and Spanish style rice to go along side. Simple

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              1. re: suzigirl

                Love it! We have our family taco seasoning recipe but there are times when a good packet of Old El Paso McCormick is what I'm after.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  I don't have a taco seasoning mix. Can I have the recipe? I would love to control the sodium. I'll trade ya for a great fajita marinade that I have. :-)

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    i just mix ground cumin, ground oregano, a bit of cayenne, (depending on how much spice you like), and granulated garlic and/or onion into sauteed a diced onions/ground beef mixture... and s&p of course. i would say maybe a teaspoon each for a pound of gb, and then keep adding to taste....

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Yup, similar here. We always use Mexican oregano and like to add smoked paprika.

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        oh yes, i did actually use a little smoked paprika last time - good tip.

                    2. re: suzigirl

                      For the equivalent of a packet - here are quantities/proportions. Note that sugar is an ingredient. We're spice wimps and prefer ours with 1 tsp. less chili powder than this recipe indicates. Al Sicherman of Mpls. Star Tribune included the recipe and his taste-testing experimentation in his 1987 cookbook - fun reading.

                      3 tsp. chili powder
                      1 tsp. paprika
                      2 tsp. onion powder
                      1 tsp. ground oregano
                      1 tsp. ground cumin
                      1 tsp. sugar
                      1 tsp. garlic powder
                      1/2 tsp. salt
                      1 tsp cornstarch

                      1. re: MidwesternerTT

                        d'oh! how did i forget chili powder? i use a lot less than that, but add cayennne.

                        1. re: MidwesternerTT

                          Thanks to all of you. I will try this next time I make tacos. Although I will admit my dirty little secret... I do like the package. Its what I grew up on :-)

                            1. re: juliejulez

                              I even make my ground beef enchiladas with the taco packet seasoning. I feel so dirty but they're so good.

                              1. re: juliejulez

                                I use it in my Mexican lasagne. In the meat and the cream cheese mixture

                            2. re: suzigirl

                              we all have our childhood treats! our first tacos at our house were ground beef with onion, PERIOD. iceberg lettuce, jack cheese, guac. fried tortillas. i still LOVE those.

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                And now I want that for dinner.

                                Must remember to pick up iceberg lettuce!

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  Oh my tacos are still always with iceberg...crunch, crunch

                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                    Those sound good even after having my fix last night

                                  2. re: suzigirl

                                    The packet combo is just fine. If you already have the spices in your cupboard, assembling it on your own is cheaper and MUCH faster than a special / return trip to the store. Desperation pushed me to get out the recipe the first time -- the meat was already browning and there was no packet where it should have been.

                            3. re: suzigirl

                              We love old school tacos here, too. Try subbing red lentils for the ground beef with the same seasoning sometime. Surprisingly, it really works, particularly if you use crunchy corn taco shells.

                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                That sounds fabulous. Inhave some red lentils. Might have to give it a go!

                              2. re: suzigirl

                                Mom tacos. They belong in the comfort food column.

                              3. Eating Out w/ the potential in-laws tonight. Going to a Bonefish Grill, which I guess is a seafood chain. Hopefully it's good, I've heard some decent things about it. It's hard to find good seafood in the middle of the country :)

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                                1. re: juliejulez

                                  LADIES,
                                  off topic...but what's for diner tromorrow?...
                                  My first girlfriend at my place after after my X is gone for diner...give me some hints trust all of you...(this needs not be a new thread. ...I totally respect your suggestions)

                                  1. re: PHREDDY

                                    Well I'm making jalapeno popper mac n cheese tomorrow night but I wouldn't recommend making that for your lady :)

                                    You can't go wrong with a good steak, in my opinion.

                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                      oooh, julie can you tell us more about your mac n cheese....I'm salivating at the thought of it!!

                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                        +1 on the recipe please. I love the food that you have found that I can make in a jiff.

                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                          Sure, here's the recipe, looks pretty quick and easy and I have a big hunk of pepper jack to use up. I'm having an off week and forgot to buy jalapenos though. I have a bigger can of green chiles so I'll just use that. http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013/...

                                          I'm also going to add in the 2 extra chicken breasts that I defrosted the other night (for the dinner that never was), I baked them then and I'll just cut them up and toss them in.

                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                              This turned out OK. It was missing some "oomph" probably because the jalapenos were missing. But I also think some seasoning could be done to the milk/cream cheese mixture. But overall not bad, especially since it came in at under 600 calories even after adding in the chicken, 4 slices of bacon, and doing some panko mixed with butter as a topping.

                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                It absolutely needs some seasoning when making the cheese sauce

                                                1. re: LaLa

                                                  It had some as part of the recipe, but I was talking about adding in more seasoning like chili powder or cumin or something.

                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                            Actually did a vegetable and ground turkey meatloaf, smashed, red spuds, steamed brocolli with evoo, garlic and a hint of curry.
                                            Desert was real easy...."Peach Melba"...with some store bought biscotti!

                                            1. re: PHREDDY

                                              Sounds great to me! I'm sure you impressed her :)

                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                          Bonefish Grill is pretty decent! Enjoy your meal, and I hope it goes well with the future fam.

                                          1. re: alliegator

                                            Thanks! It was actually pretty good. I'm not a huge fish fan but I had a great mahi mahi. They also had this garbanzo bean salad side dish that was amazing, I wish I had thought to ask what was in it so I could try and make something similar at home.

                                            I also had a big fat glass of wine. SO's stepdad's company was paying for it, so I got the most expensive one. After my week, I deserved it! haha I like the potential in-laws, they're super nice people, just having them at my house is tough, we're very different, and they smoke in my garage, ugh. But they'll be gone by the time I get home tonight *happy dance*

                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                              One of the commenters on this recipe mentioned it's similar to Bonefish Grill's. Does it sound close?

                                              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                Ohhh yes it does, thank you!! I even have some chorizo in the freezer.

                                              2. re: juliejulez

                                                Oh dear! Smoking in the garage?!
                                                Glad your meal was tasty. I enjoy bonefish pretty well as chains go. We just got one but we have only been once. They are constantly on a two hour wait.

                                                1. re: melpy

                                                  Yeah... they open the door but still, I can smell it when I come home. Hopefully now that they're gone the smell will go away.

                                                  We made reservations, I guess they allow limited ones. I also noticed it cleared out pretty good after 730-8pm.

                                                2. re: juliejulez

                                                  I love mahi mahi and that bean salad sounds great. I can understand having company can be a crimp in things. Glad that life can get back to normal. Don't sprain anything doing that happy dance(giggle).

                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                    What suzigirl said, but glad you like them anyway!