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

Nominations are now open for April's Dish of the Month. Our dish for March is Tikka Masala, if you'd like to look at that active thread, click here:

It's time to start thinking about dishes for our cooking adventures in April. We are defining a dish as an ingredient and a method of preparation.

Nominations will be open until March 25th at 8pm Pacific time (11 pm Eastern time, and 3 am March 4th GMT). Nominate your dish by typing it in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. You may nominate more than one dish. The dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting round, where each person only gets one vote.

As always, if you haven't participated before, please feel free to join in!

I will be on vacation next week, with intermittent internet access. Dave MP has kindly volunteered to handle the voting round.

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  1. Risotto...it's a dish with many variations of ingredients besides the rice. Leftovers can easily be incorporated as ingredients.

    Did I miss something? I have never suggested any dish of the month before now. Has risotto already been a monthly post?

    Did I mention that my wife is of Italian heritage? However, I'm the risotto cook, and my genes are of a different heritage.

    Vivi, ama, ridi e specialmente mangia bene!

    Buon appetito!

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    1. re: ChiliDude

      Risotto was our dish of the month in February! You just missed it, but you are welcome to post there at any time. Do come back and nominate another dish for April!


      1. re: L.Nightshade

        LN or DMP,

        Should we use the Recommend button to cast a vote already presented and the comment box for a new nomination, or it doesn't matter?

        I'm asking because I've noticed the Recommend button being used to tally votes in both Cheese of the Month and Cookbook of the Month nomination threads.

        1. re: HillJ

          I think it works better to enter a post (in capital letters) on the nomination thread. There is always a lot of discussion about entries at this stage. The recommend button works great for the voting round, when we've narrowed it down to a few options.

    2. Would tacos be too broad of a category?

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      1. re: juliejulez

        I could absolutely get behind tacos! Good one!

          1. re: juliejulez

            Tacos would be great! ETA: TACOS!!!!!!

          2. How about bringing in spring with SPRING ROLLS?

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              1. re: Allegra_K

                Agreed - I could definitely get behind spring rolls, fresh or cooked. Yum. ETA: SPRING ROLLS, just to make it official!

                1. Would there be any interest in Asian dumplings?

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                  1. re: Allegra_K

                    Yes! Although you'd think I've already had my share of Asian dumplings this month. :) I'd like to try Dunlop's dough recipe with my gyoza filling.

                    1. re: BigSal

                      Tired of dumplings? Is such a thing possible?

                      I wonder if spring rolls would fall under the dumpling category..

                      1. re: Allegra_K

                        I'm not sure, but since we can nominate more than once, I'll put one up for dumplings :)

                  2. VEGETABLE SOUP

                    Vegetarian or otherwise. Start with a great stock. Lots of grist for the mill right there. Lovely, ethereal cream soups, (artichoke, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc.) fresh, spring vegetables in flavorful veggie stock, (haven't got that mastered at ALL) hearty vegetable-beef-barley for the still chilly April nights, chicken noodle with vegetables incognito for fussy little eaters...chunky, robust, one dish meals that are even better re-heated for lunches at work...:-) elegant, first course soups, and Asian delights like egg drop with bok choy and hot and sour soup. Remember the 1980's diet eat-all-you-want cabbage soup? Bet we could riff on a good, homemade version without the dried Lipton onion packet.

                    Or SALAD DRESSINGS

                    Or STIR FRY

                    Or MAIN DISH SALADS

                    Oh wait! TACOS sounds terrific! Heehee

                    1. I can't decide this time because right off the bat tacos, spring rolls and dumplings all sounds great...see you in the voting round!

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        Remember, you can nominate more than one dish. You might want to nominate whichever dishes appeal to you, and help get them into the voting round.

                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                          I did forget, thanks!

                          SPRING ROLLS

                          and my dark horse...BAKLAVA

                            1. re: geminigirl

                              if only :)

                              I've been working on my baklava skills! Even baklava french toast.....

                              1. re: HillJ

                                And I have a baklava muffin recipe that needs tweaking....

                                  1. re: geminigirl

                                    I'm intrigued by the idea of a baklava muffin. I'll happily volunteer to test drive such a recipe!

                                    1. re: Musie

                                      Here is the recipie I used, I hope I didn't get your hopes up to high as there is no phyllo involved....but that's where the tweaking comes in!


                                      1. re: geminigirl


                                        And, here's the recipe for baklava french toast (no phyllo either) and it's fantastic for brunch!

                              2. re: HillJ

                                Either sweet or savory using PHYLLO DOUGH

                                  1. re: Kalivs

                                    I'd participate in that category!

                                    I vote :
                                    Sweet or savory using PHYLLO DOUGH!

                                    1. re: meatn3

                                      thanks for the encouragement!

                                      PHYLLO DOUGH

                                    1. re: geminigirl

                                      I could get behind phyllo pastries. Just writing phyllo dough, though, seems a bit broad for a category, so I'm going to limit myself to savory phyllo pastries: BÖREK.

                                      1. re: JungMann

                                        Those I've eaten many delicious BUKERs in my life, I actually never made one - would love to try and to hear about others' experience and recipes.

                                        1. re: herby

                                          Herby - I've googled buker with no results. Is that another name for borek?

                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                            I meant to say burek which is the same as borek - really need spell checker! Sorry to confuse :(

                              3. Who doesn't love ASIAN DUMPLINGS?

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                                    1. re: BigSal

                                      I'll enjoy ASIAN DUMPLINGS - will give me a reason and inspiration to pull the book by the same name off the shelf :)

                                  1. MIDDLE EASTERN BURGERS

                                    And tacos sound good too, especially FISH TACOS

                                      1. COOKED VEGETABLE SALAD (I forget who suggested this last time but I love the idea)
                                        RATATOUILLE - maybe the wrong season for most of you.

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                                        1. re: Frizzle

                                          I suggested it last month, Frizzle, and COOKED VEGETABLE SALAD will still be nice to make in April since there isn't much fresh produce out yet.

                                        2. VEGETABLE SOUP, please.

                                          1. I'm not a big taco maker, but my curiosity has been peaked. How would we define taco?

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                                            1. re: delys77

                                              That's why I originally was wondering if it would be too broad, but I don't think it would be. I think it lends itself to a lot of variety and interesting takes, which makes for an interesting dish of the month. The more variety the better I think. I would think anything that's served in a tortilla (smaller, not rolled up like a burrito) could be considered a taco!

                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                That's a pretty simple and clear definition that should work very well.

                                            2. Tacos would be great.

                                              They come in near infinite forms -- beef, pork, chicken, seafood, eyes, brains, uteri and other offal, beans, cheese, potatoes, sausage, grilled, fried, steamed, flour or corn tortillas, and then there's all the garnishments and salsas. I'm barely scratching the surface here.

                                              The difference between how tacos are understood within and without Mexico is huge and worth exploring.

                                              And there's the simple fact that tacos are nearly universally loved. And also a common source of controversy (especially in Mexico).

                                              Sounds like a perfect dish of the month.


                                              1. I know we typically don't do an ingredient only, but I would love to see LAMB as our DOM. If I had to pick a method of preparation, I guess I would go with SLOW-COOKED LAMB (braised, roasted, stewed, etc.).

                                                1. VEGETABLE SOUP

                                                  COLE SLAW

                                                  SALAD DRESSING

                                                  beef ,veal, chicken,bison

                                                  1. LAMB (SLOW-ROASTED OR WHATEVER)
                                                    SPRING ROLLS

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                                                    1. LN,

                                                      I vote for

                                                      SPRING ROLLS

                                                      PHYLLO PASTRIES, sweet and savory

                                                      1. As I won't be online most of the time for the next few days, I'll leave final determinations to Dave MP. But in my opinion, "phyllo" is too broad of a category (unless you are suggesting we all make our own phyllo dough). I see it as an ingredient. I think that making the dish more specific lets us take a deeper look at ingredients and methods, and compare notes. I also think that when the category is too broad, it eliminates dishes for future months. Perhaps we'll want to have a baklava month, a spankopita month, a bstilla month, a borek month, etc. But if we've already done a phyllo month, no doubt people will consider those dishes already covered.

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                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                          What about PHYLLO PIE? This will include all similar savoury preparations such as burek, spinakopita, etc.

                                                          1. re: herby

                                                            LN had a point about ingredient vs dish. So would you call this nomination PHYLLO PIE-SAVORY? Would adding the inclusion SWEET with savory make the nomination too broad?

                                                            Could be a long while before a sweet phyllo dish came up again....my yearn for baklava techniques and variations runs deep. :o)

                                                          1. VEGETABLE SOUP. I loved tacos at first thought until I realized they're not seasonal, and spring growth brings new fresh ingredients.

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                                                            1. re: Thymus

                                                              You could make them seasonal :) Asparagus tacos anybody? Hmmm that gives me an idea...

                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                Did you do your chicken Tikka Masala yet?

                                                                1. re: ItalianNana

                                                                  Yup, posted my write up in that thread :)

                                                              1. I had that bug that makes you feel as though you'll never be well again and have not cooked/baked since February 19. Wellness is like the sun peeking through the clouds and here's my to do list:
                                                                DEVILED EGGS
                                                                PIZZA DOUGH
                                                                PIZZA SAUCE
                                                                LAMB SHANKS
                                                                BEEF STEW
                                                                CHICKEN LIVERS
                                                                COLLARD GREENS
                                                                PECAN PIE
                                                                FISH STEW
                                                                BEET SALAD
                                                                BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
                                                                FRIED OLIVES
                                                                LENTIL SOUP
                                                                SHRIMP AND GRITS
                                                                TOMATO BEEF CHOW MEIN

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                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                    all in CAPs... why not? there is no limit on nominations.

                                                                    1. re: Cynsa

                                                                      Right, no limitations and plenty of interesting nomination/ideas to take the DOTM project well into 2014. Handy list.

                                                                1. VEGETABLE SOUP sounds great

                                                                  1. Nomination period is over, and the voting thread is up here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895810

                                                                    This month, we're using the recommend buttons to cast votes!

                                                                    Dave MP

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                                                                    1. re: Dave MP

                                                                      Lol, DaveMP, I think you're lovin the chance to use the REC button to vote (it's a great idea anyway!). :)

                                                                      1. re: Dave MP


                                                                        I looked at the voting thread and have a question. Are pyllo dough pastries sweet, savory or either?


                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                          I meant for it to be Sweet pastries, so I have changed that in the post. Thanks!

                                                                          Dave MP