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

L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 07:56 AM

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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    ChiliDude RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 08:21 AM

    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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      L.Nightshade RE: ChiliDude Mar 20, 2013 08:44 AM

      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!


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        HillJ RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:19 AM

        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.

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          L.Nightshade RE: HillJ Mar 20, 2013 09:26 AM

          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. juliejulez RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:07 AM

      Would tacos be too broad of a category?

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        Allegra_K RE: juliejulez Mar 20, 2013 09:19 AM

        I could absolutely get behind tacos! Good one!

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          L.Nightshade RE: juliejulez Mar 20, 2013 09:28 AM

          I think tacos would be fine. And fun!

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            juliejulez RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:37 AM

            TACOS is my nomination then!

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            biondanonima RE: juliejulez Mar 20, 2013 09:39 AM

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

          3. alliegator RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:10 AM

            How about bringing in spring with SPRING ROLLS?

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              Allegra_K RE: alliegator Mar 20, 2013 09:21 AM

              Ooh, another fabulous idea!

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                biondanonima RE: Allegra_K Mar 20, 2013 09:40 AM

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

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                Allegra_K RE: alliegator Mar 20, 2013 09:54 AM

                SPRING ROLLS

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                  gingershelley RE: alliegator Mar 22, 2013 11:01 AM

                  Another fabulous idea! Good one:)

                2. Allegra_K RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:18 AM

                  Would there be any interest in Asian dumplings?

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                    BigSal RE: Allegra_K Mar 20, 2013 09:35 AM

                    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.

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                      Allegra_K RE: BigSal Mar 20, 2013 09:48 AM

                      Tired of dumplings? Is such a thing possible?

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

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                        alliegator RE: Allegra_K Mar 20, 2013 09:51 AM

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

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                    ItalianNana RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:26 AM

                    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

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                      HillJ RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:32 AM

                      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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                        L.Nightshade RE: HillJ Mar 20, 2013 09:45 AM

                        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.

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                          HillJ RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:51 AM

                          I did forget, thanks!

                          SPRING ROLLS

                          and my dark horse...BAKLAVA

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                            geminigirl RE: HillJ Mar 20, 2013 04:51 PM

                            Ooh, BAKLAVA

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                              HillJ RE: geminigirl Mar 20, 2013 05:25 PM

                              if only :)

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

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                                geminigirl RE: HillJ Mar 21, 2013 03:37 PM

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

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                                  HillJ RE: geminigirl Mar 21, 2013 03:48 PM

                                  oh yum! sounds wonderful.

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                                    Musie RE: geminigirl Mar 21, 2013 05:01 PM

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

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                                      geminigirl RE: Musie Mar 22, 2013 05:18 PM

                                      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
                                        HillJ RE: geminigirl Mar 22, 2013 05:24 PM


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

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                                Kalivs RE: HillJ Mar 21, 2013 05:12 PM

                                Either sweet or savory using PHYLLO DOUGH

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                                  HillJ RE: Kalivs Mar 21, 2013 05:12 PM

                                  Ooh, clever idea!

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                                    meatn3 RE: Kalivs Mar 21, 2013 05:25 PM

                                    I'd participate in that category!

                                    I vote :
                                    Sweet or savory using PHYLLO DOUGH!

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                                      HillJ RE: meatn3 Mar 21, 2013 05:49 PM

                                      thanks for the encouragement!

                                      PHYLLO DOUGH

                                  2. re: HillJ
                                    geminigirl RE: HillJ Mar 22, 2013 03:07 AM

                                    PHYLLO DOUGH!

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                                      JungMann RE: geminigirl Mar 22, 2013 07:43 AM

                                      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.

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                                        herby RE: JungMann Mar 22, 2013 10:32 AM

                                        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.

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                                          L.Nightshade RE: herby Mar 23, 2013 10:56 AM

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

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                                            herby RE: L.Nightshade Mar 23, 2013 05:38 PM

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

                              3. alliegator RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:52 AM

                                Who doesn't love ASIAN DUMPLINGS?

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                                  Allegra_K RE: alliegator Mar 20, 2013 09:53 AM

                                  ASIAN DUMPLINGS!

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                                    BigSal RE: alliegator Mar 20, 2013 10:14 AM

                                    ASIAN DUMPLINGS
                                    SPRING ROLLS

                                    1. re: BigSal
                                      herby RE: BigSal Mar 22, 2013 10:31 AM

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

                                  2. Musie RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 10:29 AM

                                    MIDDLE EASTERN BURGERS

                                    And tacos sound good too, especially FISH TACOS

                                    1. luckyfatima RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 11:02 AM


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                                        Frizzle RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 06:24 PM

                                        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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                                          herby RE: Frizzle Mar 22, 2013 10:35 AM

                                          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.

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                                          angelsmom RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 07:04 PM

                                          VEGETABLE SOUP, please.

                                          1. delys77 RE: L.Nightshade Mar 20, 2013 09:49 PM

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

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                                              juliejulez RE: delys77 Mar 21, 2013 01:50 PM

                                              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!

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                                                delys77 RE: juliejulez Mar 21, 2013 03:39 PM

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

                                            2. Soul Vole RE: L.Nightshade Mar 21, 2013 12:45 AM

                                              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. aching RE: L.Nightshade Mar 21, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                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. jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade Mar 21, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                  VEGETABLE SOUP

                                                  COLE SLAW

                                                  SALAD DRESSING

                                                  beef ,veal, chicken,bison

                                                  1. linguafood RE: L.Nightshade Mar 21, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                    LAMB (SLOW-ROASTED OR WHATEVER)
                                                    SPRING ROLLS

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                                                      HillJ RE: linguafood Mar 21, 2013 01:50 PM


                                                    2. gingershelley RE: L.Nightshade Mar 22, 2013 11:05 AM


                                                      I vote for

                                                      SPRING ROLLS

                                                      PHYLLO PASTRIES, sweet and savory

                                                      1. L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Mar 23, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                        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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                                                          herby RE: L.Nightshade Mar 23, 2013 05:44 PM

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

                                                          1. re: herby
                                                            HillJ RE: herby Mar 24, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                            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)

                                                        2. L.Nightshade RE: L.Nightshade Mar 23, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                          SPRING ROLLS

                                                          1. Thymus RE: L.Nightshade Mar 23, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                            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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                                                              juliejulez RE: Thymus Mar 23, 2013 05:55 PM

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

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                                                                ItalianNana RE: juliejulez Mar 24, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                Did you do your chicken Tikka Masala yet?

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                                                                  juliejulez RE: ItalianNana Mar 24, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                  Yup, posted my write up in that thread :)

                                                            2. mariacarmen RE: L.Nightshade Mar 24, 2013 08:45 PM


                                                              1. Cynsa RE: L.Nightshade Mar 24, 2013 11:09 PM

                                                                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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                                                                  linguafood RE: Cynsa Mar 25, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                  These are *all* DOTM nominations?

                                                                  1. re: linguafood
                                                                    Cynsa RE: linguafood Mar 26, 2013 07:51 AM

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

                                                                    1. re: Cynsa
                                                                      HillJ RE: Cynsa Mar 26, 2013 07:55 AM

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

                                                                2. snix RE: L.Nightshade Mar 25, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                  VEGETABLE SOUP sounds great

                                                                  1. Dave MP RE: L.Nightshade Mar 26, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                    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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                                                                      DuchessNukem RE: Dave MP Mar 26, 2013 03:45 PM

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

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                                                                        meatn3 RE: Dave MP Mar 26, 2013 06:26 PM


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


                                                                        1. re: meatn3
                                                                          Dave MP RE: meatn3 Mar 26, 2013 08:12 PM

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

                                                                          Dave MP

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