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What's for Dinner #211 - The Relaxing (hopefully!) Weekend Edition [OLD]

LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 09:42 AM

My head hurts for my adopted city - seeing Boston streets completely deserted while in lock down is extremely unsettling. I do hope the insanity ends very soon for those people in the midst of it - please stay safe, all of you!

So - what do we turn to to comfort ourselves? Food (and drink!). What are you cooking, eating, and drinking?

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  1. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 09:44 AM

    As for me - it's lunchtime. I'm making yet another cheese steak for lunch - this time, with Utz potato chips.

    Dinner tonight is, as yet, undecided. There's lots in the freezer - perhaps a hamburger or some chicken. We'll see.

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      suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 04:23 PM

      I feel for all of you in Boston. This has been so difficult to watch and read. I cant wait til they catch the second bastard. I was tempted to much not to have these sammies. I am making cheesesteaks for dinner tonight after reading this post twice in a row. Peppers, onions mushrooms and shaved ribeye. Provolone for me, cheddar for bf. Steak fries in the toaster oven to go with. A1 on the side to dip for me

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        LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Apr 19, 2013 04:42 PM

        The cheesesteak sounds great, suzi! AND it seems as they might have found him.....we're still waiting to hear.....

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          LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Apr 19, 2013 05:48 PM

          It is OFFICIALLY OVER. They have him in custody!

          ETA: Thanks for the leeway given, Mods....

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            wyogal RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 05:51 PM


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              Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 06:03 PM

              I hope those of you in the area can sleep a bit easier tonight.

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                suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 06:15 PM

                Thank god peace is restored. I hope he gets what he deserves. I want to say so much more but this is about food. Diligence prevails. God bless America.

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                  Fowler RE: suzigirl Apr 19, 2013 06:32 PM

                  It was nice to see tonight on the news the fine people of Boston with a smile on their face rather than tears in their eyes.

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                    suzigirl RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 06:37 PM

                    Yes it was.

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                  littleflower RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 12:23 AM

                  Greatly relieved for all of you in and around the Boston area! It's rocked all of us around the country and can only imagine what it must like to have had it happen in your own city.

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                    steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 07:48 AM

                    A wag on another website suggested the cops drop the suspect off at a bar in the South End.


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                      Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 09:13 AM

                      Ditto Mods! WFD offers therapy to many of us.

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                        mariacarmen RE: Berheenia Apr 21, 2013 01:58 AM


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                    littleflower RE: suzigirl Apr 20, 2013 12:21 AM

                    A1 sauce is a great choice as a dip for beef...yummy! While we have tried recreating many of the brand label sauces, A1 and Heinz 57 are two sauces that we still keep on hand at all times. A1 is especially great with hamburgers!

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                      suzigirl RE: littleflower Apr 20, 2013 07:05 AM

                      Love me some A1. It is (and was) great on cheesesteak

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                  girlwonder88 RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 09:46 AM

                  I'm so sorry, Linda. We are all thinking of you guys. Stay safe!

                  Tonight I think I'm making Ellie Krieger's chicken satay with peanut sauce, brown rice, and roasted broccoli. I normally work Fridays but have today off, so will have time to do a little cooking. Nothing fancy, but my little kids love it, it's pretty healthy, and I'm happy with anything that has peanut sauce on it :). Camping this weekend, possibly...so probably simple food for that.

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                    littleflower RE: girlwonder88 Apr 20, 2013 12:16 AM

                    I like Ellie's recipes - the chicken satay sounds like a good one. She was the guest chef tonight on Simply Ming, and wish one of the food channels would add her into their line up. I watched her show when she used to have on the Food Network, and miss her tips on how to use healthy ingredients in recipes while still maintaining great flavor.

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                    wyogal RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 09:54 AM

                    I have lots of leftover chili. I made it Wednesday, thinking my husband saw going to be snowed in, not taking a trip to another part of the state for a music festival. Wrong. The minute the roads opened, they took off. We had a snow day Wednesday here. It's melting somewhat, but we are expecting another snowstorm in a few days.

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                      LindaWhit RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 10:03 AM

                      MORE snow? Ugh. You and juliejulz dealing with that, and so much flooding in Chicago yesterday. Bizarre weather. :-(

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                        wyogal RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 10:04 AM

                        Yes, we got around 20 inches Tues/Wed. after the snow from the last storm melted. At least the leaves haven't come out on the trees yet, otherwise there would be lots of damage.

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                          Pwmfan RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 12:47 PM

                          I feel your pain, although not 20 inches worth, thank goodness. A measly 7 inches in my driveway (but my plow guy came and did his thing) .

                          Low and slow mini pork butt in the oven for dinner nachos.

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                            GretchenS RE: Pwmfan Apr 19, 2013 01:54 PM

                            sounds yummy Pwmfan

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                          juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 10:34 AM

                          Seriously... the weather keeps effing up my meal plans! I have this asian BBQ chicken I've been dying to try, but every time I put it on the plan, snow pops up on the weather forecast!

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                            LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Apr 19, 2013 10:44 AM

                            No way to make it indoors vs. using the outdoor grill?

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                              juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 10:59 AM

                              I suppose I could just bake it, but I really want to grill!! Hopefully this next thing will be the last.... although that's what I said about this week haha!

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                          PHREDDY RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 10:11 AM

                          Snow?, come on! not again?....Keep the soup pot on! I hope you purchased the extended warranty on the snow blower!

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                            wyogal RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 10:12 AM

                            Got rid of the snow blower. :(

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                              PHREDDY RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 01:42 PM

                              I bet the snow man was not happy about that decision!

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                                wyogal RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 01:52 PM

                                It was his choice! He spent most of Wednesday morning shoveling. Our son also helped, and once they got it shoveled, it stayed pretty clear as the ground really is warming up. really, it is. (I keep telling myself that.)

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                                  PHREDDY RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 01:58 PM

                                  Did you serve the "shovelers" something nice and warm afterwards?

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                                    wyogal RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 01:59 PM

                                    I was hoping to feed him chili... but then he had to leave. He's getting the chili tonight. Son got a breakfast burrito. :)

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                                      PHREDDY RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 02:19 PM

                                      Anyway...it will be a rainy weekend here NYC....so thinking about meals for the inside......Keep warm, the sun will come out tomorrow!

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                                        wyogal RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 02:24 PM

                                        Sun came out today, melting like crazy! In time for more snow in a few days.

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                                          PHREDDY RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 02:29 PM

                                          ; - {

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                                            gingershelley RE: wyogal Apr 19, 2013 05:38 PM

                                            Really? MORE snow for you? When will it end this year.... (am I wrong in thinking this is going really, really late in the season even for your area?).

                                            Best wishes for WARM GROUND and a change in the weather. Oh, and of course, delicious food in the meantime:)

                          2. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 10:02 AM

                            I can't even think about dinner right now. I know I will feel better if I get into the kitchen. It's just my mind is in a state of shock. I start trying to make a list and then I am overwhelmed by what is going on.

                            I am thinking an impromptu potluck might be in order. Friends, food and wine might be just what we all need. A am Thankful I can even entertain that idea unlike my friends in the city.....

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                              LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Apr 19, 2013 10:06 AM

                              A potluck with friends sounds *perfect*, foodie!

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                                GretchenS RE: foodieX2 Apr 19, 2013 12:11 PM

                                Potluck does sound like a perfect idea foodieX2!! I am feeling blessed that I volunteered to bring food to friends with a child in the hospital -- something to do and I do feel better in the kitchen, I bet you will too.

                              2. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 11:01 AM

                                I have a massive chicken roaster breast (3#+) thawing on the counter-top, and provided it's not a hotbed of salmonella this evening when I get home from work, it's WFD. Here's hoping.

                                No idea what sides will be. Time to return to obsessively refreshing Boston Globe articles.

                                1. Candy RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 11:21 AM

                                  It is chilly here today, we got lulled into thinking the 70-ish weather was here to stay. I was planning on a shrimp salad with some steamed asparagus and a simple vinaigrette made with the oh so wonderful Castelas Olive Oil Noir. If you have not encountered this wonderful olive oil, seek it out. It pressed from black fermented olives in Baux, Provence.

                                  I have the shrimp cooked so I guess I will turn the heat on to get rid of the chilly dampness we've had for a few days with accompanying storms and get on with the salad and a warm roll or two.

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                                    Will Owen RE: Candy Apr 19, 2013 11:45 AM

                                    Well, Candy, I'm sitting here in shorts and polo shirt on a brilliant SoCal day, but I wish to heck we'd had more wet and chilly this year. It was a bad winter for water replenishment, for sure, and now we're likely to get no rain worth mentioning until maybe November.

                                    As far as cooking is concerned, I've rediscovered the Asian markets and have been stir-frying everything that will stand for it. One major discovery was how wonderful a way to cook asparagus that is! We're both enjoying the realignment of our diet, away from the stews and pasta dishes and towards crunchy, bold-flavored greens with sharp notes of ginger and garlic embedded, exploring the range of greens and mushrooms and other odd vegetables we've never tried before. The core of it is that I'm learning another food vocabulary, another operating code, working towards the point where I won't need to look up recipes anymore, but simply find what looks best and take it home and cook it. With Chinese methods you can get there pretty fast, I think.

                                    But tonight? Eating with a set of friends down the road; they're bringing in pizza, I'm bringing a big bowl of iceberg lettuce and avocado, and a bottle of blue cheese dressing. The pea shoots and bok choy can have the night off!

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                                      ChristinaMason RE: Will Owen Apr 19, 2013 12:13 PM

                                      great post!

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                                        Candy RE: Will Owen Apr 20, 2013 11:15 AM

                                        Ironically Will, I left the shrimp in the fridge and made Chinese Beef and Asparagus. I had made Kung Pao Chicken the night before. Maybe I'll make a Tagine tonight just to get out of the wok rut.

                                        I had put Chinese food on the back burner for awhile. I have been enamored with Vietnamese food, especially in our hot sticky summers and over the past few years have been testing recipes for an author who writes books about Vietnamese and other Asian dishes. Doing that has taught me quite a bit.

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                                        helen_m RE: Candy Apr 19, 2013 03:36 PM

                                        I love all the Castelas olive oil I've ever had (gorgeous bottles too). I will seek this out.

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                                          Candy RE: helen_m Apr 20, 2013 01:35 PM

                                          I buy it on Amazon. A place I used to work carried it but going to Amazon and having it delivered to my door is so simple, The Castelas you want has the red label, not green. The oil tastes like great Kalamatas. It will be over $25/bottle and worth every penny. Don't cook with it, that would be a waste. Salad dressings or just for dipping is the way to go.

                                      3. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 11:26 AM

                                        While my man is stuffing his face and freezing his little toosh off in the Windy City, I'm holding up the fort :-)

                                        Meaning in tonight's case a ladies night out at our local sushi/cocktail bar. I need to go out and buy a pork shoulder for Monday's upcoming porkapalooza which I'm throwing for my bandmates.

                                        Tomorrow is open as of yet, food- and otherwise.

                                        I have a ginormous pork patty in the fridge -- leftover from Wednesday, but I just don't know when I'll eat it. Hope it might still be good for lunch tomorrow.... IS IT SAFE??? :-D

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                                          ChristinaMason RE: linguafood Apr 19, 2013 01:55 PM

                                          Cook now, eat tomorrow.

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                                            mariacarmen RE: ChristinaMason Apr 19, 2013 08:41 PM

                                            second this.

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                                              linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Apr 19, 2013 10:51 PM

                                              I dinn't.... but will risk it for lunch tomorrow. Possibly with a fried egg on top... or two -- that should make up for any health issues, right??

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                                                mariacarmen RE: linguafood Apr 21, 2013 01:59 AM


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                                                  linguafood RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                  Ha! Well, guess what. I ended up eating it at 3 AM Friday night, after my lady friends had left the building.... I was feeling peckish, so decided "ah, I'll just fry up half of it...." and then the other half. All gone. Still alive to tell the tale '-)

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                                              fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Apr 19, 2013 10:28 PM

                                              Now that's a proper Friday night!

                                            3. Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 11:48 AM

                                              Crab cakes with a simple tamari, garlic and onion sauce for an appetizer. Pan seared tuna steaks with a ginger, butter and chardonnay sauce for the main course.

                                              I had originally planned to make these on the grill, but it turned out to be crazy windy and SNOWING today!

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                                                gini RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                I have been really wanting crab cakes recently!

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                                                  gini RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                  Since we were locked inside all day, we made dinner out of the fridge & freezer:
                                                  grilled salmon with lemon
                                                  mashed potatoes with garlic
                                                  salad with avocado, olives, blue cheese, snap peas
                                                  chocolate-peanut butter chip cookies

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                                                    gingershelley RE: gini Apr 19, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                    Nice lock-down meal! Stay heartened!

                                                  2. re: Fowler
                                                    gini RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                    Your stew sounds delicious.

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                                                      gini RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                      My mom's deal with my dad was that she would cook dinner 5 nights a week. We would eat out one night and order in on the other. Our favorite order in food was Chinese.

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                                                        fldhkybnva RE: gini Apr 19, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                        Oh boo, now I want Chinese. I rarely have it, well in the winter I seemed to have a run of Chinese food weekly similar to as a kid but now it's usually a once a month or every other month thing though we usually go big when we order. I really want it this weekend as I'm on call and so not particularly in my most excited cooking mood. But, hopefully it'll be on the menu next weekend as it's the end of a big project at work so probably cause to indulge in my favorite take out.

                                                    2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                      We guiltily crept up the block at noon to the diner and there was a line! I just wanted a cheeseburger and coffee and it was worth the wait for a booth. I needed comfort food. My avatar is the diner. Nothing to do but wait for them to catch the second bomber although a school of thought says he may have already died from a gunshot wound.. TV on. Posted some stuff on Craigslist. The lunches we were taking to the office looks like WFD- leftover stuffed peppers and some chicken.
                                                      Hope the local opens or the liquor store- either would be good.
                                                      Thanks for starting a new thread- hope it comes true about relaxing.

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                                                        LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Apr 19, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                        I'm sure cabin fever has set in for anyone in the lock down area. Glad you were able to get out for a bit. (LOVE the diner stools, BTW!)

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                                                          gingershelley RE: Berheenia Apr 19, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                          Glad you could get out amoungst people - and at a great diner no less!

                                                          Hope they catch him soon too, with no more loss of life.

                                                          And the liquor stores should be required to be open under such circumstances for you all!

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                                                            foodieX2 RE: gingershelley Apr 19, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                            so glad your made it out for a bit, Berh. Looks like it is going to be a long weekend regardless.

                                                            I just texted my husband and asked him to make a trip to packie for the hard stuff. I think tonight calls for something stronger than wine…

                                                        2. boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                          First of all, my heart goes out to all those in both the Boston area and in Texas. Please all, stay safe.

                                                          Well, it's still raining so last night I made a sort of Tex-Mex chicken soup. Turned out wonderful. Poached 2 chicken breasts, added chicken stock, sauteed onion, celery, corn, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapeno peppers, diced zucchini and corn. Seasonings were simple of ground cumin, mexican oregano, s&p, and a little corn meal thrown in. Kinda on the idea of a tortilla soup, but not really. I'm definitely making this again!

                                                          So tonight will be leftovers, and I for one sure am glad.

                                                          1. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                            I read about the shells stuffed with artichoke hearts this morning in a thread about the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and I haven't been able to get the idea of it out of me head. So that's what's for dinner!

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                                                              girlwonder88 RE: Njchicaa Apr 19, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                              Ooh! That's a thread I started so I'll be stalking you for your report :)

                                                            2. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                              Linguafood has her NY Times chicken recipe and I have the serious eats Halal Cart Chicken, which my son requested for tonight.


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                                                                linguafood RE: roxlet Apr 19, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                Hokay. I pepperplated this now. I'll make this soon, maybe even with rice!! :-)

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                                                                  littleflower RE: roxlet Apr 20, 2013 01:14 AM

                                                                  I want to try Halal Cart Chicken SOON - yum!!! Not only is it a great recipe for chicken thighs (which I have to admit I have yet to develop a taste for - always went for the white meat chicken growing up), but also to incorporate tumeric into the meal. I have heard that tumeric is suppose to be an excellent spice for your health, and would like to find more recipes that contain it.

                                                                2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                  My heart goes out to all in Boston, such a scary thing. My SO is flying into Logan on Sunday to start a 6 week gig in Webster, staying in Worcester (pronounced Woosta, right?) so I hope this gets somewhat resolved soon, for everyone's sakes.

                                                                  Very sad in Texas too. My dad was a landscaper and I remember how many precautions he took with the fertilizers etc,and that was in small quantities.

                                                                  Hockey tonight.

                                                                  1. gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                    Please be safe and sound all in Boston... and of course our hearts are also with those in West, Texas and for all the flooding in Chicago too!

                                                                    Well, last night I had made lasagna, but when the housemate announced fried chicken, mashed tater's and cream gravy; I put that lasagna away!

                                                                    So tonight it will be that - which is a pretty traditional lasagna, except that I put spinach (sauteéd with onion, garlic, butter n nutmeg) into the ricotta cheese layer, and I also do a bechmel sauce for additional layers of goodness, and for on top of the last red sauce and before the finish cheeses. With bechemel, I also go fairly light on the mozz, and heavier with the parm.

                                                                    Sides will be a nice wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese, and leftover roasted asparagus.


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                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: gingershelley Apr 19, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                      That lasagna sounds killer.

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                                                                        suzigirl RE: gingershelley Apr 19, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                        Slap that lasagne and chicken right on my thighs cuz that's where it is going to end up anyway. I'll have seconds of both please

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                                                                          gingershelley RE: suzigirl Apr 19, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                          I hate to say - I am with you sgirl - of course, we had just had a talk about going 'no carbs' around here, then I needed to make a morel 'shroom, ramp & dandelion pesto lasagna for the 'spring' section of a cookbook I am doing recipe testing for.... and I only had ingredients of that caliber for the 'test' to give back to the author, so I just had to make some kind of lasagna for myself too.

                                                                          Then the roomie comes all on with the chicken, potatoes and gravy.

                                                                          I will never lose this 20 lbs.

                                                                          I will try to get back to channeling my inner MariaCarmen tomorrow - yeah, uh, tomorrow.

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                                                                            suzigirl RE: gingershelley Apr 20, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                            Yeah, that's it...tomorrow

                                                                      2. JungMann RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                        What's for dinner is pretty much what's for lunch since I enjoyed it so much. Firstly the elixir is made: an avocado emulsion with lemon juice, balsamic, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cilantro and Sriracha. Then it gets slathered on anything I can find. For lunch I used it as a salad dressing, but tonight I'm thinking of pairing it with pimenton-rubbed shrimp with a napa cabbage salad, roasted green beans and red onion escabeche.

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                                                                          linguafood RE: JungMann Apr 19, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                          That sounds like a really good elixir.

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                                                                            JungMann RE: linguafood Apr 19, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                            It was my salad dressing for lunch today and might very well be for lunches for the foreseeable future...

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                                                                            PHREDDY RE: JungMann Apr 19, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                            Nice idea!

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                                                                              gingershelley RE: JungMann Apr 19, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                              Pass the elixer!

                                                                              Any deets on proportions? I have 4 ripe avocadoes looking for some action tomorrow.......

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                                                                                JungMann RE: gingershelley Apr 19, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                I used half an avocado, one clove of garlic, a half handful of cilantro, the juice of half a lime, maybe a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, a quarter teaspoon of Sriracha and balsamic and thinned with water until it was the consistency of ranch dressing. Salt and pepper to taste.

                                                                            2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                              Repost here from #210...

                                                                              I had to turn off the news, as I just get angry over and over again.

                                                                              Dinner tonight will be the usual fish night. I'm in the mood for swordfish but cod is the Friday WF sale although I really am not a fan of cod so probably should go with an old favorite, especially today. Or perhaps, I'll forego the fish altogether and do something quick like a pesto chicken. SO and I often develop food patterns - fish Friday has been one of them and then it's hard for us to kick ourselves out of it although he argues - why bother? If you like no need to change up the program? Anyone else have certain foods on particular days? Growing up it was always Pizza on Fridays and Chinese food on Sundays.

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                                                                                Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Apr 19, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                " Anyone else have certain foods on particular days? Growing up it was always Pizza on Fridays and Chinese food on Sundays."

                                                                                That is such a great and interesting question that it deserves its own thread! I would love to hear the answers.

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                                                                                  PHREDDY RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                  Fowler, read my initial post above..I did answer it. How about you?

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                                                                                    Fowler RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                    I love your story, PHREDDY. Hopefully the subject will become a new thread.

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                                                                                      PHREDDY RE: Fowler Apr 19, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                      Do you have one to share here?
                                                                                      Put it out there!

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                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: Fowler Apr 20, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                    Did anyone start a thread on this topic? I think it would be great!

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                                                                                      Fowler RE: foodieX2 Apr 20, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                      I will start one in Home Cooking. I did not yesterday because I didn't want fldhkybnva thinking I was trying to take credit for their great idea by starting the post. I will word it so credit is given appropriately.

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                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Fowler Apr 20, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                        Oh no, go for it! I didn't do it yesterday because I was a busy little bee but was going to if no one else did. Did you start one?

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                                                                                          Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                          Thanks. I put it out there.

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                                                                                    JungMann RE: fldhkybnva Apr 19, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                    I didn't think to check what is on sale at my local WF. Salmon is a good buy today so that will stand in for my shrimp tonight.

                                                                                    In my house we generally observe fish Fridays as well (though there are rare exceptions for special holidays). The vast majority of the time that means sushi, but lately I've been staying in and cooking more fish and occasionally vegetarian meals.

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                                                                                      steve h. RE: fldhkybnva Apr 19, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                      Growing up, Sunday was always the big meal. We would sit down in the dining room around 3 p.m.. Mom would begin with several apps, dazzle with a roast of something or other accompanied by numerous sides and finish with a homemade dessert. It was a semi-formal event: good china, crystal, silverware. Dad would hold court as the meal was being prepared. Guests were numerous and always welcome.

                                                                                      When I went away to school, my friends and colleagues would continue to show up for the Sunday meal. Can't say as I blame them.

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                                                                                        PHREDDY RE: steve h. Apr 19, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                        Steveh..interesting.....ours were obviously less formal!
                                                                                        You mom was a great cook?

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                                                                                          steve h. RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                          She was a very good cook and tireless community volunteer. Sundays were pretty special in our house.

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                                                                                            PHREDDY RE: steve h. Apr 19, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                            Funny you say that. My mom also did a ton of volunteer work , especially for special need and orphaned kids in shelters...but Friday night, (Shabos) was really her night to shine, and she did!

                                                                                            What would you do to go back and sit at her table again?

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                                                                                              steve h. RE: PHREDDY Apr 19, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                              Going back is not something I would do. I'd like to think I share my folks' values and that's good enough.

                                                                                              Goat cheese agnolotti is on the menu tonight. Butter sauce with sage for a topper. House red to wash this modest meal down. Maybe some cheese for afters. His Gal Friday, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, will be on the plasma.

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                                                                                              gingershelley RE: steve h. Apr 19, 2013 06:31 PM


                                                                                              Such nice praise for your mother. It sounds like a great time around your house - especially on Sundays.

                                                                                              It's funny, my mom was a fabulous scratch cook; making interesting meals with fresh veg from our garden when canned and frozen convenience food was very popular in the '70's when I was growing up.

                                                                                              We had many a fine meal at our house, and dinner time was sacred, including candles, real cloth napkins and good coversation on most nights - including weeknights.

                                                                                              But it's funny, we had an oposite Sunday tradition; no big 'roast meal' on Sunday afternoons, when most of our church community did that big Sunday meal. I don't remember much about what we ate mid-day after church, but I know my mom told my in high school she never wanted to feel that she had to race home from church for the oven timer:).

                                                                                              Sunday nights were awesome, with grilled cheese (or for my sister grilled peanut butter and banana?) sandwiches, cambell's tomato or chicken noodle, and "Wild Kingdom" (Lon Perkins, may you rule in heaven with the wild cats...) and "Wonderful World of Disney".

                                                                                              May Mom's and Sundays rule over bombs and mayhem. Peace to all of your households tonight, WFD peeps.

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                                                                                                steve h. RE: gingershelley Apr 19, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                That's a great story. Family shapes our lives whether we know it at the time or not.

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                                                                                                  PHREDDY RE: steve h. Apr 19, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                  And how Steve!

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                                                                                                  littleflower RE: gingershelley Apr 20, 2013 01:01 AM

                                                                                                  GS, I enjoyed reading your post about your dinnertime experiences while you were growing up. You were very fortunate to have had a mother who cooked from scratch - very rarely would my mom do that. My mother did cook approx. 5 nights out of the week, but quite a few dinners consisted of at least half of the meal made with boxed/canned/prepared foods. Sunday was the one exception where my father would help out and help to make a delicous meal from scratch, and it was always either a roasted chicken, pork chops, or my favorite - roast beef.

                                                                                                  Thursday night growing up was always Italian night - spaghetti with meatballs or italian sausage, lasagna, manicotti, stuffed shells, etc. Friday we always went out to eat and Saturday's were reserved for pizza delivery or other such take out.

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                                                                                            girlwonder88 RE: fldhkybnva Apr 19, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                            We used to do pizza Friday nights, often quick and easy homemade-now husband can't have gluten so it's much less simple :/. Lately, our favorite Friday night activity has been walking to our favorite local Mexican restaurant-our three kids plus our old friends with two more-and splitting some fajitas and having a margarita for husband and a Negro Modelo for me :).

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Apr 19, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                              Well the cod sold out which I was kind of happy about so that I didn't have to argue with myself whether to buy it or not. It's swordfish and shrimp instead - I'll probably do the lovely Bacardi 1 marainde for the swordfish and the shrimp are usually paprika lemon garlic herb

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                                                                                                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Apr 19, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                I didn't mark bacardi1's marinade. Can you save me from wading through endless posts and repost it for me please? I used it once on pork and loved it. TIA. Bet is great on fish.

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                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Apr 19, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                  I have been using different ratios but I think the original 1-2-3-4 marinade is

                                                                                                  1 tbsp soy sauce
                                                                                                  2 tbsp dry Sherry wine
                                                                                                  3 tbsp any oil of your choice
                                                                                                  4 cloves garlic minced

                                                                                                  This was my introduction to Sherry and now I can't stop splashing it on everything.

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                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                                    You rock. Thanks

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                                                                                                  Berheenia RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                                                  I actually like cod, especially if I catch it but my party fishing boat days ended when I married Mr. Berheenia. He hates fish or claims to. My favorite way to cook cod when I get a chance is to put it in a ramekin and spread a mixture of mayo and mustard on it and a sprinkle of bread crumbs, preferably Italian. I bake it in a hot oven until there is a lovely aroma. I have an annual swordfish dinner when we are at the beach and usually cook it over coals with nothing but some melted butter and lemon juice to baste it.
                                                                                                  Of course the fish has to be caught and purchased locally.
                                                                                                  Point Judith RI is still my gold standard although we have gravitated to Cape Cod for our vacations

                                                                                              2. biondanonima RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                Having a friend over for dinner so I'm deviating from our usual Friday night routine of wine plus takeout or leftovers. I'm making a stuffed/rolled flank steak with a shallot/mushroom/herb filling and red wine reduction, sauteed shredded Brussels sprouts and roasted tomatoes. I made some spiced pecans this morning for a pre-dinner nibble, and I may bake off some olive cheese balls I have in the freezer as well. Roasted pineapple with a lime-maple glaze and creme fraiche for dessert. I also made a loaf of sourdough bread this morning, but I'm not sure it's going to be serve-able (if not, I'll run to the store for a decent loaf).

                                                                                                However, the one thing that will not deviate is wine. There WILL be wine!

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                                                                                                  wyogal RE: biondanonima Apr 19, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                  yummy yummy!

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                                                                                                    PHREDDY RE: biondanonima Apr 19, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                    B..Are you who posted the meat idea in the last thread?...Sounds D-wishious!

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                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: biondanonima Apr 19, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                      Dinner sounds great - and thr roasted pineapple desert sounds divine!

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                                                                                                        biondanonima RE: gingershelley Apr 20, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                        I loved the pineapple - very tart and refreshing! Tonight was leftover steak and grilled cheese sandwiches, made with leftover Brussels sprouts and aged cheddar (on my sourdough, which was ugly but totally edible!). A new favorite sandwich for sure!

                                                                                                    2. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                                      I've only been cooking for me and my 3 year old all week (risottos, pasta etc) but I have my husband back for dinner tonight!

                                                                                                      I'm making Moro fish stew with saffron and almonds, tiny roasted fingerling potatoes dusted with sweet smoked paprika and spinach salad with pine nuts and sherry-soaked raisins. I'm getting pretty sherry-soaked too (it's been a long week), I found my favourite sesame and sea salt tortas and am nibbling them, olives and manchego and whilst I sip and cook.

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                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: helen_m Apr 19, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                                        every single bit of your evening sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                        Harters RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                        We've been in London for a couple of nights. Got the train back this morning, arriving just in time for sister-in-law's birthday lunch thing at a nearby pub.

                                                                                                        Wasnt very hungry tonight - so just pizza & salad for dinner.

                                                                                                        1. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                          Making something easier tonight - chili. Took a container from the fridge and it's in a small pot on the flame tamer. Will be served over elbow noodles with grated sharp cheddar and sour cream on top.

                                                                                                          Maybe a salad. Maybe not. But definitely wine. The comfy clothes went on and the wine was poured as soon as I got home.

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                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                            I am getting in my 'comfies' just now.... bacon cooked for the " wedgie" salad.... lasagna going in the warmer oven soon.

                                                                                                            Sigh. I like a Friday at home. Grimm will be on the TV.

                                                                                                            The events of the day weigh heavily on the mind, weather or not that young man did everything they say, I don't think anyone should not have a right to Miranda rights, so I am of heavy heart for my countries 'exceptions". To my mind, until you know, you just don't really know....

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                                                                                                              PHREDDY RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                              I was in my MoM0 by 5pm....did you get in your MuMu too?

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                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                              We had a couple of vegetarian nights eating the barley and feta risotto recipe from Jerusalem so tonight we're having our first NZ lamb rack in years. We'll just rub it with salt, pepper and oil and pan fry then pop it in the oven for a bit. I'll do some polenta and some spinach as a side.

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                                                                                                                magiesmom RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                We're having socca with a wheatberry salad and poached egg.

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                                                                                                                  helen_m RE: magiesmom Apr 19, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the reminder to make socca again, it's so good. Sounds lovely and very Friday-night-like.

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                                                                                                                    magiesmom RE: helen_m Apr 19, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                    you are welcome. I recently took a flatbreads class at King Arthur flour in VT and this was one of the things we made. It was very fun.

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                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: magiesmom Apr 20, 2013 01:05 AM

                                                                                                                    Magiesmom - what is socca? There are many foods that I have heard of on the board but don't know that much about, but will be honest that I have never heard the term socca before.

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                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 02:04 AM

                                                                                                                      it's a yummy chick-pea flour and olive oil bread or pancake thingy.

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                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                        Oh okay, thanks MC - it sounds good, and love chickpeas in just about any preparation.

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                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                          As mc says. It is also called farinata. Mark Bittman published a good recipe for it in his Minimalist column. The chickpea flour is made by Bob's Red Mill, among others.

                                                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                      What's for Dinner...tomorrow? I was planning to soup up the Zuni for dinner either Saturday or Sunday but now pondering that wonderful Peruvian chicken although not sure I can recreate it without the smoke flavor.

                                                                                                                      1. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                        I dressed the brined chicken roaster breast with melted butter, Penzey's Krakow Nights seasoning, salt, pepper, Penzey's Forward! (seasoned salt minus the salt), and dried mustard. Set that on a rack and roasted some baby carrots and baby turnips, which were tossed with the same seasonings, plus marjoram and lemon pepper. It roasted up crispy and delicious.

                                                                                                                        To start, some gourmet pepperoni, pecorino romano, mixed olives, aged white NY cheddar, and French blanc de blanc bubbly w/ a splash of Aperol. What a way to celebrate the capture of Suspect #2.

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                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Apr 19, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                          I haven't tried penzey's forward or Krakow nights but now I want to. Sounds so good for dinner and starters sound amazing

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                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: suzigirl Apr 20, 2013 01:06 AM

                                                                                                                            Will echo suzigirl's comments - fantastic choices for your appetizers!!

                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 19, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                          I just can't get enough of fish. Dinner tonight was swordfish marinated in sherry wine, ginger, garlic and soy sauce broiled to just the doneness that both SO and I like with a side of roasted asparagus with Berliner der Kase cheese sprinkled on top and a handful of paprika, lemon, garlic, herb U15 shrimp. Belly rub time although even though I can inhale a lot of fish (as with other foods as we all know) it's so light that it doesn't ever feel heavy which is great especially at night.

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                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 01:09 AM

                                                                                                                            Do you refrigerate your dry sherry? I bought a bottle about a year ago for a recipe, used it once then left it out on the counter. I have heard before that it should be refrigerated after opening, but hate to use up precious space in my refrigerator for it!

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                                                                                                                              Harters RE: littleflower Apr 20, 2013 02:29 AM

                                                                                                                              The experts say that sherry should be fridged and, in any event, drunk within a short time. Not that we've ever done that. Bottle is opened and lives in the cupboard with the other booze - and stays there until herself has finsihed drinking it (several months).

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                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Harters Apr 20, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                Agree with Harters. I've never refrigerated dry sherry. Mine inhabits a place next to the madeira and marsala. I've always understood that since they are all fortified wines, they don't need refrigeration. I haven't noticed any discernible difference when I use it after having been opened for several months.

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                                                                                                                                  PHREDDY RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                  Sherry in the cupboard, (awfully low on Marsala)...a trip to the package store to see my Gunga-din is in order.

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                    Nope, on the counter next to the Marsala.

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                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                  Thanks so much everyone for your input...so it appears that the consensus is that it's okay to leave it in the cupboard/on the shelf. Apparently the people who say it absolutely must be refrigerated are the same ones who think you're risking your life eating pork cooked at under 165 degrees and runny egg yolks.

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                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 02:06 AM

                                                                                                                                    i've never refridged, but i also don't let it sit too long - they're so good, just to drink as an aperitif! but even the dry sherry i buy for cooking (as opposed to an amontillado or something a bit finer - and i'm also not talking about "cooking" sherry) i've never refrigerated.

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                                                                                                                                  Harters RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 02:36 AM

                                                                                                                                  There's a Chinese-ish recipe for tonight's dinner. Who knows if its authentic? Who cares?

                                                                                                                                  Pork belly gets chunked into 5cm cubes and gets a long marinade in a little dark soy and rice wine, before being browned. Garlic, chilli and ginger get a fry, then into the pan goes Chinese black vinegar, sugar, vegetable stock and the pork. It gets 90 minutes simmer with the lid on, and a final 30 with lid off. Into a serving dish and a scatter of sliced spring onions and sliced red chilli (which the recipe says should be soaked in rice wine vinegar for an hour - but I doubt whether I can be arsed to do that).

                                                                                                                                  Steamed rice to accompany and bok choi or whatever the supermarket has along those lines.

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                                                                                                                                    hannaone RE: Harters Apr 20, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    Love pork belly.
                                                                                                                                    Your prep is very similar to one of the ways done in Korean cooking (not surprising since there has been so much back and forth between China and Korea).

                                                                                                                                  2. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                    Today was supposed to be a trip into Boston for some retail therapy, more therapy than retail, but we wanted to support the local business (and even the chains) that were hard hit this week. Afterwards we were going to head to Cambridge for cocktails and dinner. Needless to say the week didn't pan out the way we thought so we cancelled our reservation and rebooked for next weekend.

                                                                                                                                    So WFD? We still had the sitter booked but decided we would rather hang out with our kids. Communal dining was on our minds so we decided to do assorted fondues. I have 2 fondue pots so I am going to have a meat one and cheese one.

                                                                                                                                    We will have assorted meats-thinking beef, lamb and spicy sausages. Maybe even some mini raviolis as I think the kids would love those.

                                                                                                                                    Cheese will be traditional and served with breads, cold/steamed veggies and sliced apples.

                                                                                                                                    Our friends are bringing wine, Belgium beer and dessert. We entertained the idea of chocolate fondue with fruit and cake but decided that would be too heavy.

                                                                                                                                    I slept easier last night. Let the healing begin.

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                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: foodieX2 Apr 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                      Molten cheese can heal just about anything :-)

                                                                                                                                      This reminded me of my fondue pot that is tucked away.... somewhere.

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                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: linguafood Apr 20, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                        Dig that baby out! :)

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                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: linguafood Apr 21, 2013 02:08 AM

                                                                                                                                          oh yeah, been way too long... actually, i used it last summer for bagna cauda, but it's been ages since i've done a proper fondue. must remedy.

                                                                                                                                      2. hannaone RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                        I truly hope that with the capture of the second suspect all of Boston can begin healing.

                                                                                                                                        Tried my hand at making a "Pocket" meal yesterday.

                                                                                                                                        Mixed some ground beef and sausage together, browned, then seasoned with a bulgogi/teriyaki type sauce. Added chopped Jalapeno and green onion, folded in a modified bread dough, and baked.

                                                                                                                                        Came out very good for a first attempt.

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                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: hannaone Apr 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                          Those look good. I have got to start taking more pics!

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                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: hannaone Apr 20, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                            Sounds very good, hannaone! This would be a great thing to make and freeze to bring into work - thanks for the idea!

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                                                                                                                                              hannaone RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                              That was kind of my idea, but out of the 2 dozen I made there are none left, My sons decided that "eat now" is better than "eat later".

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                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: hannaone Apr 20, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                TWO DOZEN??? The pockets were small and the boys are big? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                  hannaone RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                  LOL! Full grown in their late 20's, and just two of the pockets filled me up.
                                                                                                                                                  Marathon computer gaming and all night munchies. They also polished off the four cheese logs I made along with the pockets.

                                                                                                                                                  I won't see any grandchildren until computer/human hybrids are possible. ;-p

                                                                                                                                          2. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                            I'm excited to be making the Cochin coriander-cumin chicken posted by Nyleve, I'm getting ready to get it marinating now so it will have all day. The smell of toasting spices already has the attention of one neighbor. :)


                                                                                                                                            While I'm in the kitchen I'll prep 2 chickens Zuni style for Monday or Tuesday night.

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                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: weezieduzzit Apr 20, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                              That's a lot of great cooking.
                                                                                                                                              Zuni Chicken rocks!

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                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: steve h. Apr 20, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                We haven't had Zuni in a while so we're both looking forward to it! I cook the second one while we're eating the first one so there are lots of planned leftovers and then lots of bones for a big batch of stock.

                                                                                                                                                I'm doing a TON of food prep today, I'm expecting a really busy week so lots of chopping, toasting, grinding, marinating, bagging and labeling. I don't usually do this but I don't want to get stuck with mediocre food or take out. Blech!

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                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: weezieduzzit Apr 20, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                  "I don't usually do this but I don't want to get stuck with mediocre food or take out."

                                                                                                                                                  Words to live by. ;-)

                                                                                                                                            2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                              Tonight we are "running" a 5k. I say running in quotations because I haven't worked out in at least 3 years, so I will be walking. It's a "Rave Run"... loud music, lights, etc. SO's bday is Monday and when we were trying to figure out something to do for this, we realized most of his (mostly more fit) friends were doing this run, so we signed up too. But it should be fun since there's an after party... and I'm kind of a fan of not having to dress up to go out on a Saturday night... yoga pants and gym shoes ftw.

                                                                                                                                              It's perplexing me about what to do for dinner. The run is at 830, so I don't really want to eat dinner beforehand, but I have no idea if there'll be food available there, or if we'll trek somewhere else to eat. So, I guess it'll just be a heavier snack in the late afternoon and some kind of fast food or maybe a diner much later at night.

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                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Apr 20, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                A nighttime "rave" 5K?? Sounds like fun, I know some folks that would love that!

                                                                                                                                                Whats the after party like and where is it? The picnic thread got me thinking about them. Maybe you can pack a cooler with a post workout meal you, the SO and his friends could share? Even just nibbles and snacks…

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                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: foodieX2 Apr 20, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                  It's in a very large park downtown, but I have no idea how it'll be set up, and I'm guessing our car will be parked pretty far away from where we'll be. I would guess they have to have at least some snacks at the party, since most people do need to eat after a run.

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                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Apr 20, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Well have a blast! Happy b-day to the SO.

                                                                                                                                                    And maybe tuck a protein bar or some nuts your sports bra just in case, LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Apr 20, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like a good time despite the "running."

                                                                                                                                                3. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Dinner today is Garlic chicken salad with the raved warm bacon vinaigrette

                                                                                                                                                  Supper is likely a buffalo sirloin with mushrooms and onions

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                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 02:29 PM


                                                                                                                                                    When you say 'dinner' on a weekend, do you mean 'big midday meal', and then 'supper' is dinner time?

                                                                                                                                                    Or is 'dinner' dinner, and 'supper' is ahem, to borrow a phrase - 'fourthmeal'?

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                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley Apr 20, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I am channeling my Southern grandmother and using it in the context of the latter, but as I'm usually a more than 3 meals a day eater dinner often becomes a repetitive occurrence :)

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                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Like Linguafood; I am in awe of how much you can eat...... I would not fit through the door if I did that, no matter how much I exercised!

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                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: gingershelley Apr 21, 2013 02:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                          yeah, but she's a weight lifter, which is hard core, right??

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                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I do weight lift as a hobby mostly, nothing professional over here :)

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                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 12:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Can't believe I missed it the first time I read through the posts a little earlier...buffalo sirloin - yay!!! Hope you enjoy it, personally we've never tried buffalo/bison sirloin, just ribeye.

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                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                        It was delicious and I can never find a big Buffalo top sirloin but they were on sale at Whole Foods this week so I couldn't resist.

                                                                                                                                                    3. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Sunday gravy, pasta, and garlic bread here. I know it's only Saturday but we have friends here helping to put up a new fence as the old one was blown to bits by Sandy. I figured a big pot of meat would be appreciated at the end of the day.

                                                                                                                                                      I've actually never made it before. I've done meatballs in sauce and sausage in sauce but never several different types of meat at once in the same pot. I used short ribs, baby back ribs, braciole, hot sausage, and meatballs. We shall see!

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                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: Njchicaa Apr 20, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Sounds good. Fence builders get thirsty, too. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                          Njchicaa RE: steve h. Apr 20, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          We have 2 mini fridges filled behind the bar downstairs in the Man Cave. =)

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                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: Njchicaa Apr 20, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I have never made Sunday gravy either but your sure sounds great. What did you stuff the braciole with?

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                                                                                                                                                            Njchicaa RE: suzigirl Apr 20, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I just bought the braciole that they made at the supermarket. I've never attempted making it before. I did make the meatballs though.

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                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: Njchicaa Apr 20, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                            wow a true meat party! I'd be in, I'm sure it will be tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Njchicaa Apr 20, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I think with short ribs, baby back ribs, braciole, sausage AND meatballs, the fence builders will be MORE than satisfied! Which reminds me - I need to get a braciole and make it before it gets really warm.

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                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: Njchicaa Apr 20, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I'd build a fence for some of that at the end of the day. And wine - don't forget the wine:)

                                                                                                                                                              2. boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Tonight will be really simple. Going to do some rice in the rice cooker, some mixed petite veggies in the rice cooker's steamer basket at the same time. I love it when you can do double duty like that. In my cast iron skillet will be some sauteed sliced mushrooms with some garlic butter. When those are done, I'll quickly saute some shrimp also in garlic butter with a dash of soy and some fresh squeezed lemon. I've made a mustard dipping sauce and a ginger dipping sauce for the shrimp. On the side will be a small salad with a fresh ginger dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                1. jmcarthur8 RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight we're having friends over for a cookout. Pork chops, brined and rubbed with one of Penzey's blends, along with my old Polish friend's recipe for sauerkraut (bacon, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, two kinds of sauerkraut), some baked sweet potato wedges, my sister's home canned apples for dinner. For nibbling on before, I made Reuben dip and chopped chicken liver spread to serve with toasted pumpernickle slices. I really like those dips with pumpernickle pretzel rods, but couldn't find any.
                                                                                                                                                                  For dessert, hubby made mango-pineapple-honey frozen yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, that warm bacon vinaigrette IS good! Well, how could warm bacon not be. It's quick and easy too - Butter Lettuce with turkey breast with bacon, blue cheese and warm bacon vinaigrette dressing. I'm wondering if you could make ahead and rewarm.

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                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      What???? No mushrooms???? It was so funny - DH shopped today and came home with DOUBLE the amount of shrooms I requested. Guess I'll just have to eat them anyway. :-) Your salad looks great.

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                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma Apr 20, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. Hilarious, I wanted to add some but I only have enough for my massive mushroom accompaniment to steak so I had to stay away from them. I've descended to skipping the meat in meals altogether and just loading up on mushrooms like a recent mushroom Stroganoff. I'm looking forward to the shrooms tonight, thanks for reminding me and enjoy yours as well! Do share any new and interesting ideas though I usually just love them sauteed.

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                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 20, 2013 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva - not sure if I just missed seeing it posted or not, but would you mind letting us know how you make your warm bacon vinaigrette dressing? I have been on a kick lately of trying to make my own homemade salad dressings and wow - it's so true when they say how easy they are to make, how much better they taste, and how much healthier they are for us without the added preservatives, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh I used a combination of a few recipes I found online and the one on CHOW.

                                                                                                                                                                          Saute bacon, drain, spoon out fat but leave a few tbsp, add shallots and garlic, 4 tbsp vinegar (i used 1/2 red wine and 1/2 apple cider), 1/2 tsp dijon, few tbsp broth or stock, simmer for a few minutes, pour over salad greens

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                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds yum - thanks, need to add bacon to my grocery list and try this soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I love that you have to add it to the list - it's always on mine...eeek! We have a nice collection of different varieties, it's like mustard or something in this house. The dressing is great and you can use as little or as much bacon grease as you want which is nice and also mix up the vinegars for variety.

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                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                One more question if you don't mind - what kind of broth do you normally use when preparing the bacon vinaigrette? Does it depend on what type of protein is on top of the salad, or do you want to stick with a more neutral vegetable broth?

                                                                                                                                                                      3. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Lots of errand-running today - some errands accomplished, some not. (It really shouldn't be that hard to find a *small* suction-cup thermometer that goes between the bedroom window and the screen so I know how cold/warm it is outside without having to go downstairs and peer out onto the deck! I'll be searching on Amazon later on.)

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm making juliejulez' Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce tonight. Picked up a single bottle of Narragansett Lager for the 1/2 cup of beer. We'll see if I like it to see if I want to drink the rest. Otherwise, can you freeze beer for later use in cooking? LOL

                                                                                                                                                                        The chicken will be sliced and served over basmati rice with sauteed asparagus, green beans, and carrots sprinkled with thyme on the side.


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                                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Too funny- I grew up with people drinking a GIQ of Narragansett in the back seat of their father's Buick in high school- I can't imagine freezing it.
                                                                                                                                                                          GIQ= giant imperial quart.

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                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Apr 20, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            OK, then freezing isn't the way to go. :-D And I've heard from friends that 'gansett was the Rolling Rock of my generation (the cheapo beer that everyone could afford that was a few steps up from Schlitz and PBRs).

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                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, it's pretty foul stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: steve h. Apr 20, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to drink a decent-sized juice glass of the lager - so it didn't go to waste. Maybe my beer taste is really, really bad. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  How did you like the chicken?

                                                                                                                                                                                  And for the record, my SO loves PBR. But he's kind of a hick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I liked it a lot, julie! I ended up simmering the sauce-glaze a bit longer than they call for in the recipe, and I also returned the chicken to the pan for some more cooking (these were Frankenchicken breasts, so I knew they weren't fully cooked after the initial browning on both sides). I think having them in the glaze, in a covered skillet, helped glaze them even more.

                                                                                                                                                                                    It's an easy dish, and very good - not too beery, not too mustardy, not too anything but just good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cool, I'm glad you liked it. I think I'll definitely make it again and double the sauce ingredients so I can cook the chicken in it. My chicken was pretty thin (I pounded one breast out, and cut the other one in half so they were all even) so it was definitely done after just the browning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Linda, I take offense to your crack about Schlitz and PBR. I am a native Milwaukeean and know for a fact that Schlitz, PBR and even Blatz were artisanal brews carefully created from only the best hand selected junk yard grown hops and the finest samples of sewer water that could be found.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Fowler Apr 20, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My deepest apologies, Fowler. The wild junkyard hops, ever so carefully chosen from a full field of inferior weeds and the thrice-strained sewer water makes for a superb pee-beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Schlmiel, Schlamazel, Hassenfeffer Incorporated!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Smoked pork butt (Porkette!) is on tonight's menu. Madame Cartet's Potato Gratin, by way of Patricia Wells, will be the starch. Spinach will be on the side for color and taste. Maybe a California Pinot Noir to wash it all down.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Boston is super active now that the businesses are open and that the bastards are no longer a threat. Try getting a seat at the bar!
                                                                                                                                                                              Brunch was a Noah Club- two Noah on the arks with a piece of American cheese in between. (A Noah on the ark is a piece of fried bread with a hole in the middle for an egg and flipped in a buttered fry pan, this is true comfort food.)
                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner is BLT's as we have some awesome bacon and tomatoes from Whole Foods.
                                                                                                                                                                              Tomorrow I'll make a proper dinner with a roast pork tenderloin and two veg.

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                                                                                                                                                                                PHREDDY RE: Berheenia Apr 20, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                B...you go girl...so happy to hear all is ok!!!! the fill up at home with love!!!! you guys deserve it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: Berheenia Apr 20, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  So happy you can all get out and about again.... relief and cocktails for everyone; share stories, give hugs, and support for those grieving from Monday's hurt folks at the beginning of it all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Hetterella RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Salad with beets, orange vinaigrette, and panko-crusted goat cheese. Then chicken cutlets coated in crushed pecans, asparagus, and sweet potato fries. I've been tossing the sweet potatoes with a little corn meal and smoked paprika before baking for extra crunch and flavor.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I have family visiting next weekend, so I'm also going to whip up a batch of gougeres for the freezer and marinate Castelvetrano olives in oil infused with orange rind, fennel seeds, crushed red pepper, bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary (a Dorie Greenspan recipe).

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                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: Hetterella Apr 20, 2013 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nice salad, Hetterella! And nice chicken and fries - love the idea of tossing the sweet potatoes with corn meal and paprika. Will have to remember that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Hetterella Apr 21, 2013 02:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      loving that salad too- been ages since i've breaded a little goat cheese crottin - mmmm... and the olives! Castelveltranos are so amazing on their own, and to have them marinade in all that? wow.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I am happy to say that i am being released from kp duty tonight. We are heading to a pizza joint up the road a bit (across the street from my wonderful butcher) for beer and whatnot. I can't decide if I want a slice of white pizza with spinach or hawaiian pizza. I would love both but they are so big if i get both I will repeat Outback night all over again. I don't want to be miserable. A nice cold beer or a dirty martini to whet the appetite. James will probably get the wings and a small pie for himself.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        My housemate and I were both thinking of mexican food today; she came home with makings for old-school beef soft tacos, and I was going to re-purpose some of my pork shoulder from last sunday into a taco filling by rinsing of the bbq seasonings, and simmering with some a chili in adobo, chopped onion, garlic, and taco seasonings like cumin, oregano, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                        That is going on the stove now, guacamole made and letting it's flavors meld. Jalapeno's in pickling brine.

                                                                                                                                                                                        So it will be both crunchy and soft tacos with beef or pork fillings, and her homemade refried beans from last weekend on the side - Pass the chips and guac - and a beer:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley Apr 20, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hungry minds think alike I guess - I had a craving for something with a South American swing and so marinated a few chicken breasts in a Peruvian chicken like spice mixture. If it's good I hope to make a full roasted chicken so we'll see. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Not much day to day cooking going on here for the past week and a half as I recently started a new job; a few dishes I had during that time was home made lasagna with fresh pasta; duck potstickers (made with duck confit) served with a sesame cabbage slaw; cheese ravioli with homemade marinara; steak one night and a couple days ago, I cooked a pot of short ribs in a roasted mushroom, onion and carrot sauce which was really good; it was served with rice pilaf and peas/carrrots..tonight was no cooking night and I made do with ham/cheese sub on whole wheat roll and multigrain sweet potato chips (Green Giant, these were good...my first time trying)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Trying to decide what's on the menu for tomorrow; the weather has gone from 70's - 80's back down to the low 60's; I'm thinking gumbo...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Cherylptw Apr 20, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Congrats on the new job, and YUM on the duck potstickers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Echoing LindaWhit's congrats on your new job - how exciting! Amazing that you made all those dishes too - especially drooling over that pot of short ribs you made. I can't eat beef (hard for my tummy to digest) but I can eat bison, so I am very much looking forward to trying bison short ribs at some point in the near future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: Cherylptw Apr 21, 2013 02:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              yeah, those duck potstickers stood out for me too! and i'm hoping you're enjoying the new job, as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. hannaone RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              So tonight we had Yukejon, a Korean spicy beef soup.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Shredded beef brisket, enoki mushrooms, coral mushrooms, fern sprouts, and green onions in a spicy beef broth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                boyzoma RE: hannaone Apr 21, 2013 01:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, wow. That looks fantastic. Lucky you.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 20, 2013 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring on the fungus...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bison sirloin with red wine sauteed mushrooms and onions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 12:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The bison sirloin looks and sounds yum - wait until you two try the bison ribeye!! Truly one of the best cuts of buffalo/bison - hope the sirloin was tender and flavorful, too!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perfect that you all paired it with red wine and the mushrooms/onions for added depth of flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was a great piece of meat, I wish I could get my hands on a bison ribeye but haven't seen any around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Whole Foods where I used to live would have a supply of most cuts of buffalo/bison on hand in the back where they cut all of their meats. They normally only had one cut on display, but usually that did not include the ribeye. All I had to do was ask if they would hand cut a 10 oz (or however large of a steak you're looking for) bison ribeye for me and they were happy to do so (and they even trimmed the excess fat for me, too!). You may want to ask if they will provide that service for you at your WF.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh great, thanks. I know the butchers there well and so I'm sure if they can do it, they will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Musie RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't really eat much red meat, but those mushrooms look delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: Musie Apr 21, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think when sauteed and browned mushrooms are meat :) I often eat a plate of mushrooms, so yummy and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    let's see... thursday i was at the oldster's, and made him some of that pork shoulder steak thingy we've been liking so much.... he kind of pooh-pooh'ed it... broccoli and potatoes (for him) on the side... nothing fancy... no cooking Fri. (take out tacos for me and the BF)... today, yep, no cooking, we took the oldster out for dinner - he wanted ravioli - he actually got a craving from seeing a commercial about Chef Boyardee - um, yikes. so we took him to an italian restaurant. i think he was actually disappointed that what he got were not those. i had caesar salad, roasted salmon and sauteed spinach. why, i don't know. i've not lost one. ounce. on this low carb thing. sigh. ALTHOUGH, i have to say i'm not dying for carbs, so it's not hard to do. guess i just need to smallen the portions of what i am eating. and duh, get active again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    tomorrow, however, if i get my butt out of bed at a decent hour, i will prepare the marinade and sauce for lingua's NYT chicken recipe and at least leave it ready for the BF to stick the chicken in for at least 3-4 hours while i'm at the oldster's again, and that'll be WFD Sunday night. of course, it's after 2:00 a.m. now, and after my second new fixation, Manhattans.... so we'll see if sleeping in holds sway...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm T-3 days to being Chicago-bound.... YAY ME!
                                                                                                                                                                                                    nice to see y'all cookin up a frenzy. carry on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 03:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner comes from "River Cottage Veg Every Day", Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, 2011. It's a book crammed with recipes I want to cook and they are ones where I just know I'm not going to miss having meat for dinner. We're having sweet potato & peanut gratin - for no other reason than we had sweet potates in the house for something else that we never got round to cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You slice the sweet potatoes fairly thinly (for readers familiar with British coinage, he suggests that's about the thickness of a 10p coin). The slices get tossed in a mix of a little sunflower oil, chopped garlic, cream, s & p. Half of this mix goes into a gratin dish. Meanwhile, you've mixed peanut butter (he suggests the crunchy no-sugar added type - we only have the bog standard version that, in this house, usually goes on toast, or into satay sauces) with lime zest and juice. This gets spread, in dollops, onto the potato. Then the rest of the sweet potato mix goes on. Dish is covered with foil and it gets 20 minutes at 190. Foil off and another 30 minutes or so, until it's cooked through and the top has gone crispy. He says it'll need a leafy salad to go with it and I'm sure he's right - we've a supermarket mixed bag of spinach, watercress and rocket that should do nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Red Leicester cheese for afters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Harters Apr 21, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        very interested to see how you like this... do tell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: Harters Apr 21, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just ask some African countries; sweet potatoes and peanuts are a natural pair! Sounds great, Harters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do report back on that one. Seems like it would be good with a pork roast, if - ahem - you couldn't do without meat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: Harters Apr 21, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was really lovely - and I didnt miss the meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The peanut butter gave a richness, tempered by the zing from the lime. The chilli didnt really make an appearance - it was very, very mild - a hotter one would add another layer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And H F-W was right. it absolutely needed the crisp salad, as everything would have been a bit soft, otherwise. Endive would be good bringing a bit of bitterness to it (that's the endive that's cigar shaped, not the lettuce like one)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's a link to the recipe (and a handful of others from the book). Please go try this one next time you want a veggie dinner. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. PHREDDY RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Portabella mushrooms baked with garlic and provolone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Romaine , chunked blue cheese, roma tomato, garlic crouton, celery, and cucumber, with a sour cream , garlic dressing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Potatoes risole, home made creamed spinach ,grilled skirt steak, with house made sofrito ,potatoes, on the grill , with garlic and some simple HagenDAS with chocolate syrup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: PHREDDY Apr 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yum! That's all I can say.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                boyzoma RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree. You had me at Portabella mushrooms!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma Apr 21, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another round tonight with Zuni roast chicken - my diet seems to consist of "meat x" on bed of mushrooms

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PHREDDY RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think it is time for a 'shroom thread! Let me count the ways I luv thee!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: PHREDDY Apr 22, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I posted a "what's your favorite mushroom" thread a few weeks ago but a "what's your favorite mushroom recipe" thread might be in order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I survived the 5k. I even managed to sort of run about half of it. But I hurt today. And I'm still of the belief that running for fun is really stupid. I don't get it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We ended up going out afterwards for mexican food where I put down 3 carne asada tacos and some chips with some really really hot salsa. I like hot but good lord, this was HOT. Nobody else even had any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today I'm taking the SO to the airport in a bit so he can head off to MA, and plan to be a sloth the rest of the day. For dinner, I'm going to grill up a steak, and saute some green beans to go with it. It's actually grilling weather for once and I didn't buy the ingredients for the asian chicken I've been dying to try :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                " And I'm still of the belief that running for fun is really stupid. I don't get it."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You would get it if the finish line was right next to a bar. Those were the only races I ever ran in. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: Fowler Apr 21, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha... we were very dismayed to find out the "after party" had no alcohol or even food. My SO said we wouldn't have even done the run if he had known there was no "reward" at the end.... especially since we each paid $60!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What the hell?? what kind of party is that? you were gypped!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A stupid lame party, that's what kind of party that was.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No alcohol or food?! The race organizers need to get their priorities straight. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In all seriousness though, when I used to "run" (mostly walk) 5K's I used to really look forward to all the food goodies they had for us post-race.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congrats, it sounds like it was fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      glad you had fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My dad used to always say "I have never seen a happy looking runner". :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Running really is stupid. Congratulations on that epiphany :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: juliejulez Apr 21, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We cook for fun on this board. Maybe there is a runners board for those who run for fun but you won't find Berheenia on it! haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: Berheenia Apr 21, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haha...that one made me laugh, Berheenia. Needed a good chuckle today! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PHREDDY RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was a runner for some 25 years, then it came to an end four years ago after 7 hours of spine surgery!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite 5K run is on Thanksgiving, called a Turkey Trot, run thru a quaint old town....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love it, for two reasons, it raises $$$ for a local hospital's cancer unit, and at the end, they serve deep fried turkey, as much as you want, along with cold beer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I walk now, but fast to the finish line for deep fried turkey!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hey y'all, to those who have made the NYT's Trini Chicken and not fried it - when or do you end up using the sesame oil? it appears to me it's used to fry with mixed with the canola oil, not in the marinade or dipping sauce.... so if you're not frying, you don't use sesame oil at all? i'm about to start the process so if anyone has any thoughts on this, please chime in. i was thinking of not frying, but i'm tempted to add the sesame oil to the marinade so that at least there is some sesame oil element to the dish, as it seems that was intended....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA - lingua just answered me elsewhere. she said she added about a tbls. to the marinade. imma try that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FRYYYYYYY :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: linguafood Apr 21, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm convinced! Gonna fry! Chicken marinating as we speak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what I did, and I grilled the poultry. So far, I am the only one who didn't rave over the dish, but I think it was 'cause I did turkey thighs, and they were just kind of tough - which distracted from the flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With all the continueing love for this recipe, I am going to try with chicken parts again. And will probably grill again, as weather forcast for this week is sun, sun, sun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: gingershelley Apr 21, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've only used BISO thighs, and they come out fantastically.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. JungMann RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not originally from the East Coast so I don't go as ramp crazy as others do when these little leeks come in season. But I couldn't help think pickled ramps might be a great snack to have on hand for unexpected company so I bought several bunches at the farmer's market for canning. The leaves do not fare as well as the bulbs, so I've saved the leaves for tonight's dinner. Chicken paillards with brown butter, capers and wilted ramps. Roast asparagus with black pepper zabaglione. Maybe some braised napa cabbage as well so I have that on hand for this week's lunches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gini RE: JungMann Apr 22, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pickled ramps sound delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Making Mario Batali's recipe for Chicken Alla Diavolo today (lemon and orange juice/zest, red pepper flakes) along with some kind of potatoes--probably roasted and steamed carrots. Easy which leaves me time to try to make the mint chocolate chip ice cream in Ad Hoc at Home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Njchicaa RE: Njchicaa Apr 21, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WOW! This is a great recipe! I used boneless skinless chicken breasts as that's what I had on hand. I usually hate eating grilled chicken breasts b/c I ate entirely too many of them as a child. The nice lemon/citrus flavor of the meat was so delicious and I just couldn't stop eating it. My husband already told me to put this chicken on top of his weekday lunch of salad and chickpeas instead of the canned tuna I usually use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If I have to eat chicken breasts, I think they will always be made this way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Lunch/dinner" this lovely Sunday was stuffed chicken boobs with a combination of Muenster and Dubliner cheese, sauteed onions and prosciutto. I also tried the roasted brussels sprouts again as I burned the last batch and I think I'm in the camp of not liking them. I didn't detest them but something about them I didn't like which I can't pinpoint. I love broccoli and cabbage. It may look like a mini cabbage, but doesn't taste like one :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm very excited - cedar plank salmon, one of my favorite fish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      biondanonima RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Before you write off Brussels sprouts entirely, I highly recommend trying a couple of different preps. I adore them shredded and sauteed in bacon grease, then seasoned with herbs of your choice, lemon juice and/or parmesan or other hard cheese. They also make a DELICIOUS gratin - just chop them up, saute briefly with a shallot or two, pour in cream to come about halfway up the sides of the sprouts, top with parmesan and bake at 400 until bubbly and browned. SO good. I made the gratin for my family at Christmas and I thought my sister (who isn't really a big eater at all, and prefers sweets to savory foods) was going to knife someone to get at the last serving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: biondanonima Apr 21, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ooh, I think the shredded idea might work. I think it was the texture of all the leaves in the middle mushing around in my mouth-wow, what a picture. I really want to like them which is odd but love most veggies and they are such nutrition powerhouses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: fldhkybnva Apr 21, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In response to a suggestion here montha back, I tried roasting the nasty farty things. All it does is intensify the vile farty flavour. So many lovely vegetables out there, I can pass on sprouts (and okra and kohl rabi, by the way)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: Harters Apr 21, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hahaha...I must say I am with you, Harters. I have personally never met a brussels sprouts that I've care for. I have tried them prepared in a variety of ways and as far as liking any of them no-can-do. Must be a personal preference because I cannot acquire a taste for them

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: Harters Apr 21, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can't stand them either. I call them little farts, lol!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gini RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What about roasting them in bacon fat and then serving them with crunchy bacon on top? I mean, bacon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: gini Apr 22, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like it has potential :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: gini Apr 22, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I will refer to Harter's post about the ' vile farty flavor".... the Brussel Sprout is not for everyman - even with bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I find, if people don't think they like them, shaved brussels sauteéd with bacon, shallots & thyme (deglaze with madeira) does a good job of making them better - for those who already like 'em - maybe even best; with a garnish of fried capers, garlic croutons, and a drizzle of balsamic. Delish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's a super-sunny day here in Happy Valley, so I think I'll finally be swinging around the vacuum cleaner! Happy fun time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had ambitions to bleach/clean the base boards, but we'll see if that actually happens. There's a bunch of them, and I can just see myself losing steam halfway through...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After a tasty 2 AM bacon snack last night, I've not been particularly hungry for anything, but all y'all's posts about steak make me crave a hunka beef. It's cold out, but I might just hafta throw a big fat rib-eye on the Weber.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My sweetie returns from his Chicago trip tonight, so I'm looking forward to that, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The fridge smells of porkapalooza -- the shoulder is bathing in a huge vat of brine & will get a rub-down at some point tonight before I throw it in the oven for my boys tomorrow night :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's been a fun bachelorette weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's chilly here in southern Connecticut. Temps were in the low 30s last night and have yet to crack 45 today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Today's mid-day meal is lasagna. Deb had some leftover Bolognese sauce in the coolerator so it was a natural. I greased the cooking wheels with a brut rose. Deb is also repurposing some ham in a split pea soup for duty later this week. Taken together, the lasagna in the oven and the soup on the stovetop are making the house smell great. They also add a little warmth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll serve a house red with the lasagna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magiesmom RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm making a chicken and brown basmati dish . Chicken thighs marinated in preserved lemon, garlic and ginger, browned stovetop then braised in the oven with the basmati in chicken broth, more preserved lemon, garlic and coriander seeds. spinach and dandelion greens sauteed in olive oil on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: magiesmom Apr 21, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that sounds delicious, MM - I love the taste of preserved lemons (well, at least those which I have had prepared for me - I have never tried making them from scratch myself) so all around sounds like a great dish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magiesmom RE: littleflower Apr 21, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are so easy to make, well worth the trouble imo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Musie RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Been a few days since I've updated here..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday was a favourite of mine, Spring Pig Pasta. I make a spring sauce from asparagus, peas, mint and milk, then blend it together and serve over pasta and top with crispy bacon. It really needs the bacon too to introduce a little texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night was date night. We went to our usual place. SO had ribs and I had a quasedilla.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight my husband is taking his second try at singapore rice noodles. Hasn't reached the table yet, but it smells pretty damn good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Musie Apr 21, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love the sound of that pasta sauce, Musie! Will have to try it very soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Musie Apr 21, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        whoa, that pasta sauce sounds fantastic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Musie RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2013 04:28 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's pretty much this Jamie Oliver recipe. I tried using salmon in it before (as I could'nt find smoked trout), but I found it couldn't hold up to the other flavours, so this is where the bacon was introduced. It also works great when using frozen vegetables instead of fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More errands today. The kittehs got a new climbing/scratching post that seems to have been well received. I'm sure the catnip infusion already on the carpeting had *nothing* to do with their enthusiastic initial first use and then tear-about throughout the house. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner is vegetarian. I've peeled and sliced a very large carrot, a half a large red bell pepper, half an onion, and about 15 asparagus spears. They were put in a ziploc bag to which I added olive oil, salt, pepper, Aleppo pepper, and dried thyme. It all roasted in a hot oven (along with another roasting pan that holds a Frankenchicken breast which will be used for lunch at work the next couple of days).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The roasted veggies will be tossed with pasta (using up several 1/3-filled boxes of penne and cellentani spirals), and then tossed with a creamy roasted red pepper sauce (half a jar of roasted red pepper, whirled in the food processor with about 2 Tbsp. of the liquid it sat in and a 1/4 tsp. of Aleppo pepper, with about 1/3 cup of heavy cream added and the whole lot warmed on low heat). A sprinkle of grated Parm-Reg and a crusty roll alongside, and it's dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, there is wine. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds outstanding, Linda! You had better hope your neighbors do not smell that cooking up or they will all be on your doorstep asking for a seat at your dinner table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the details on the creamy roasted red pepper sauce. I will try that soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Fowler Apr 21, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler, I seem to have a penchant for buying jars of roasted red peppers at my local Ocean State Job Lot. I realized a few weeks ago that I had 4 - two that are 15.5 oz. and two that are 24 oz. I realized I needed to use some up! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And unless my windows are open, I can't smell anything my neighbors are cooking, so I'm assuming they can't smell what I'm cooking. Mine! Alllllll mine! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love roasted red peppers and like to lay them on a cooked chicken franken breast with some fontina cheese and give it a blast in the oven- pan sauce to taste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Apr 21, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love them too! Obviously. Love the idea of using them as a topper for chicken with the fontina. Will have to remember that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Apr 23, 2013 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love roasted red pepper sauce too. Now I've gotta make some soon! It's also good as a dip for scallops! Yummy. Lucky you, Linda. I may just have to stock up on them myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It has been a nice peaceful Sunday around the suzigirl household. Love lazy sundays. Tonight I am having meatballs I brown gravy with mashed Yukon golds and broccoli au gratain. The broccoli sends off small florettes off the stem after you pick the main head so i still have broccoli in the garden. Sliced tomatoes with ranch to start with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. boogiebaby RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hubby is out of town this weekend so it's just me and the kids. When he's gone, we always eat stuff he doesn't like. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night I made a baked chicken spaghetti - kids request. I cooked the pasta, and tossed it with a cream of chicken/sour cream/milk mix. Then I added some leftover grilled chicken tenders that were wrapped in bacon (sliced those up), and some chopped onion and red bell pepper. Put that in a baking dish and topped with a little cheddar cheese and crushed crackersand baked until bubbly and browned. Kids pronounced it a hit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight we're having fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with pork gravy, green beans and sliced cucumbers. Also kids' request.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: boogiebaby Apr 21, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If the kids are happy, Mom is happy. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: boogiebaby Apr 22, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the pork chop dinner sounds like the ultimate comfort food meal, I would be requesting it too!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: boogiebaby Apr 22, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's great your kids know what you make and make requests!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are a good cook it appears if your kids are into the food enough to ask for things

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We had lots of veggies to use up so made a spiced bean stew based on one we had at a veggie cafe in Vauxhall years ago. It's a tomato based sauce with brown mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, ginger and garlic with a mix of beans thrown in - today we used up snow peas, yellow beans and some frozen fava beans with parsley and chives thrown in at the end. The original recipe had lovage in but there was none to be found in DC today. Brown rice on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: helen_m Apr 22, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you will need to grow your own lovage in a pot, maybe DC is different but I have never seen it for sale in New England.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: GretchenS Apr 22, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i have never seen lovage for sale anywhere even in a farmer's market; perhaps too out of the mainstream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seeds or a start and a pot is the way to roll for that. Tender inner celery leaves can be substituted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Apr 23, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've seen lovage at the Takoma Park farmer's market in summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      relizabeth RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lazy food: oven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and some bread. Artichokes, probably roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cedar-plank salmon - I seasoned the salmon with Cavendar's Greek seasoning, pepper, garlic and lemon and baked in the oven. My belly is happy! This was my first taste of sockeye salmon as for some reason I have avoided it because I grew up listening to mom go on and on about how much she didn't like sockeye and just stuck with my favorite King. It's good, but very different flavor. it's even happier with the side of green beans inspired by suzigirl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          boyzoma RE: fldhkybnva Apr 23, 2013 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks wonderful. I've only had cedar plank salmon with a maple glaze and it was wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma Apr 23, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yea, all the recipes I found included some sort of syrup or brown sugar which I image would be good. I've never been the biggest syrup lover and am usually quite low carb, but I think the next time well try out one of those recipes on a high carb refeed day or something as they look so caramleized and delicious. My other hesitation was whether it would cover the flavor of the salmon. I usually do very simple lemon and herbs because I love it's natural flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooops, green beans for suzigirl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mmm mmm. They look very bacon-y. I hope you liked them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Apr 22, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yea, it was "only" 4 slices but I kept most of it on the side to top with so it wasn't too chewy. They were delicious. I never realized they were so simple, definitely a frequent veggie side dish now. I love asparagus and roasted asparagus is nearly a daily occurrence in our house but the green beans I love just as much so will offer some variation and are cheaper than those darn spears.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is for sure much cheaper than asparagus. And it is cooked with bacon. What's not to love about that. I had to giggle a bit about you stinking of garlic to a workmate. I have been accused of smelling like a pizza once or twice. Oh well. Garlic is good stuff. Pish posh to those who don't understand. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Apr 22, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yup, no cutting back on garlic for me. Oh, I did add a few tbsps of red wine vinegar to the beans which was nice but I have an odd fascination with acetic acid. I think a sprinkle of malt vinegar when eating might also be nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trini-Chinese Chicken! damn, that's good chicken. i followed the recipe and fried, after all, and it was excellent. my only mistake was in using thigh/leg combos and they really take a long time to cook - had a bit of rawness in the middle, so i had to throw them back in. but the flavor on these is excellent. i marinated the chicken for close to 7 hours (it's not really supposed to go past 6 because of the lime, but there was no problem in texture.) the chicken comes out of the marinade a lovely mahogany color, as if it's already cooked. the chinese 5 spice is actually subtle - i mean, you can taste it, definitely, but it's not overwhelming. the char that the chicken gets from frying just takes this dish over the top. and the sauce!!! i know lingua rhapsodized over that sauce before, and i'm doing it too. it really does have that whole Caribbean zing to it - such a simple sauce - oyster sauce, habanero hot sauce (or scotch bonnet-same thing - i could have used more - the recipe calls for 3 tbs., and i think i used 2-1/2 tbs. of the habanero because the BF doesn't always love it as hot as i do. it was sniffly hot but not kill-me hot. i do love heat, so next time i might add some fresh minced habanero to it.), fresh lime juice & pepper - that's it! fresh and hot and salty and tangy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with the chicken i steamed some butternut squash and tossed it while still hot with some dark soy sauce, sesame oil and scallions. a quick-pickled cabbage & scallion slaw on the side finished us off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the BF loved this too. I'll be making it again. next time i'll try just thighs as they're easier to maneuver and take less cooking time - plus more surface area to be marinated. and i might try starting in the frying pan but finishing in the oven to make sure they're cooked through. although that may not be a problem with smaller thigh pieces. as you can see by the pics, these were pretty huge. we have one leg/thigh piece left, which i'm sure won't make it past the late night cocktail/snacking portion of the evening. and more sauce!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to say it: WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, lingua!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: mariacarmen Apr 21, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aw. While I appreciate the praise, all the thanks should go to the NYT magazine, which can be sorely lacking in good recipes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thankfully, this is a real keeper! I've yet to fry it, and I'm glad you liked it. Thighs are def the way to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sauce is magic. I find myself looking around the house/fridge (ok, more fridge than house '-)) for things to dip in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gorgeous pics mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: GretchenS Apr 22, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks GS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, great pics, and great job - the sides seem perfect too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I must try this again and pay more attention. Pile o' thighs to buy for this... I am on a mission as you all have so much goodness to say on this recipe and for me it was a meh. Tell's me the cook was not properly about her business when I made it (ssshhhhh! Don't tell I made a bad recipe - I hardly use them, and then, well - I failed.) Doooh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yours looks amazing - the pics are GREAT!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: gingershelley Apr 23, 2013 12:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thanks gs! do try it again! i can't imagine anyone finding this recipe meh... unless you really just don't like those flavors - in particular the five spice. and don't be shy on the scotch bonnet sauce (or habanero) unless you're really heat-averse-it really makes the sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Apr 23, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love 5-spice, and everything in that recipe - that's why I couldn't figure out why it was meh. I am getting chicken thighs today (last day of a sale), and will make for dinner tonight, and report back on the next thread!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: gingershelley Apr 23, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought it was meh. I must have gone wrong somewhere with all the raves here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too, roxlet! I am trying again tonite, to see if it was me, or the recipe. Usually what everyone loves here, I do too, so this one has me a bit stumped, so am giving it another go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We were starving when we got home today, so I pulled out a bunch of "antipasti" to tide us over: St. Albray cheese, mixed olives, sliced roast beef (from the deli) covered in lots of cracked black pepper, with a homemade horsey sauce for dipping, homemade spicy pickled eggs, tamari roasted almonds, and Claussen hot 'n spicy dills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our "snack" was a bit heavy than intended, and neither of us really got hungry enough for dinner. I've been craving a brothy soup w/ this cold snap...Campbell's chicken noodle, to be exact. Gross, right? Not that we have any in the house, but it's what I've been craving for a few days. Will probably make due with some doctored-up broth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sedimental RE: ChristinaMason Apr 21, 2013 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like Campbell's chicken noodle, especially with saltines and butter... Add some 7up to that meal and it reminds me of being sick and staying home from school as a kid :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Apr 22, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I have an attack of gastroperesis it all I want. Yea to Campbell's chicken noodle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: ChristinaMason Apr 22, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CM, not sure if you have a Trader Joe's near you, but they sell an excellent Chicken Noodle soup (the one in the small yellow box, not the one in the can). This is our go-to Chicken Noodle soup now over Campbell's when we aren't up to making our own (which has been the case the past few months). Note - depending on your tastes, you may want to add a dash of s&p to the soup. We salt our foods with a little sea salt, and that made the soup craveable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sedimental RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 10:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had a friend stay unexpectedly for dinner. Leftover shredded pork, ginger sauced soba noodles and a boat load of grilled veg to the rescue! I threw it all together from the fridge and topped with fried garlic. I did a ton of food prep for the week yesterday-with pickled veg and different Vietnamese and Thai sauces, so it all came together like I planned it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only problem now is that all those things were going to be my lunches for the week, lol. I guess there is always protein shakes and vegetable sticks in a pinch. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: sedimental Apr 22, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You deserve some awesome lunches - how kind of you to give your "preps" away!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sending you a 'virtual good lunch' via this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. NavyMom89 RE: LindaWhit Apr 21, 2013 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          End of the paycheck came way too soon. Mexican casserole using the dregs of my pantry. Leftover chili from a week ago. A 1/4 of an onion, 3 scallions from my backyard. Some tomato paste from a tube and chicken granules to make a stock. Threw in leftover pork carnitas. Layered that with leftover refried beans, corn tortillas. Topped with cheese "spread" and a tomatillo salsa I found in our closet saved from MRE'S we were gifted with after our last hurricane. Instant mashed potatoes on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some of us hounds are truly poor. But thankful for every single bite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: NavyMom89 Apr 21, 2013 10:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds yummy! Sometimes running out at the end of the month can inspire tasty meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So true! I'm on a self imposed spending freeze inspired by a challenge on a couponing site I read daily. Today is day one and I think I've got a pretty damned fine meal plan considering I can't shop for 2 weeks (unless I run out of veggies, I won't do without fresh veggies, but I have to be completely out, not just "I want this instead of that.")

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I actually like doing things like this, as you said it makes you creative but it also reduces waste and makes the frige and cabinets nice and clean and ready for a new batch of groceries when it comes time to shop again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: NavyMom89 Apr 22, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think it sounds pretty darn good for being a "pantry dreg" meal. I'm actually having the same issue right now and I almost find it's more fun to cook when I have to be creative :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: NavyMom89 Apr 22, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a wonderful, creative, tasty-sounding "pantry dregs" meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: NavyMom89 Apr 22, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It sounds pretty good - and creative - that is the mark of a great cook, you can look in the fridge and pantry, and find something good to make with what is there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone can follow a recipe. You MADE something!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: gingershelley Apr 22, 2013 10:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with GS - very creative use of those ingredients and you just made your own recipe from scratch rather than following one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: NavyMom89 Apr 23, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well done! Now that's being resourceful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 03:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mrs H is doing something with sea bass fillets. Simply fried so the skin goes crispy (is there any other way to eat fish skin??)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alongside....Potatoes Nicoise, from Delia Smith's "One is Fun". Spuds are chopped into small pieces (the recipe says 5mm but we always do them about twice that size). They get fried along with chopped green pepper. Then onion and garlic goes in for more frying. Chopped tomatoes and herbs (probably rosemary & thyme) go in and the heat gets turned up to dry off the toms. Sliced black olives scattered over as its served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With my husband out of town for the last several days, my son and I enjoyed a mixed bag of eating out, take out, and a couple of dinners in. Last night, I made some delicious prime strip steaks in the cast iron skillet. My husband always grills steak, which I love, but my son and I also like the nice brown crust formed by a visit to a hot cast iron skillet that has been sprinkled with salt. To go with that, I made my son Hassleback potatoes, which he liked just ok, so I'm not sure I'd go through the trouble again. We also had a green salad to start.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is snowing, again. We got a couple of inches, supposed to get a couple more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, so very tired of snow. "We need the moisture."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a pork butt or whatever it's called now, will roast it low and slow today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez RE: wyogal Apr 22, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugh wyogal... that probably means I'm gonna get it too. So far, down here at work (south of Denver) it's sunny. It was quite cloudy (NE of Denver) at my house this morning though. I've learned that my house and my work can sometimes be two completely different climates!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A pork roast sounds perfect though :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wyogal RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it's from the north, they are getting dumped on in Gillette and Sheridan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I even picked up some potatoes. totally blowing the diet, making chocolate chip cookies; oh well, I did use half whole wheat flour and added walnuts...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: wyogal Apr 22, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey, the cookies are healthy then ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I spoke too soon earlier, it's now very overcast and windy as hell down here at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, my stomach was on the fritz last night for some unknown reason and I tweaked my back at the gym and have been hobbling around all weekend, so Zuni never happened :( I really wanted to push myself into that kitchen, but with a bloated belly (likely from the muscle relaxant to help my back) and pain with every step I gave myself a break and made a ginormous omelet instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It'll be another late night for me at work and I'm still hobbling around holding my back like an old maid, so dinner tonight will be something quick yet tasty which I'm hoping will heal my wounds :) The plan is rack of lamb with the spinach and artichoke stuffed portabello mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Took the chili out of the freezer for dinner. Probably doctor a box of TJ's cornbread with some scallions and cheddar. No fresh jalapenos in this house but I might sneak in few shakes of Penzy's dried. Not sure about the salad situation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I spent the weekend shopping for, making and handing out ham and cheese sandwiches on the Boston Common. Things are getting back to normal- the Sox lost, the traffic sucks but Boston is still an awesome place to live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Apr 22, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I smiled at your last sentence, Berheenia, especially about that traffic. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia Apr 23, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been thinking about getting those dried jalapenos. Are they so chunky they need to be rehydrated, or are they more like flakes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: Berheenia Apr 23, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia, forgive my curiosity - but why did you hand out sandwiches? Was it a special event, something to do with the week past, or is it a regular thing? please share...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: gingershelley Apr 25, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just saw this. My church is one of many main stream churches in Greater Boston that makes lunch once or twice a year for a congregation of unhoused people who worship every Sunday on the Boston Common. Back in 1994 a street minister started having a simple service outdoors because so many of the homeless were uncomfortable in a brick and mortar building and this allowed them to worship without abandoning their belongings. She ended up starting a national grass roots movement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So this was our week assigned back in 2012 and we made about 200 sandwiches and bagged them as well as some giant chocolate chip cookies and served lunch to about 100 people and stayed for the service. Think Kumbaya sung in a circle of a diverse group holding hands. We couldn't have had a better Sunday as there was so much relief in the homeless community particularly, because the bombing occurred on their turf. Very healing for all involved plus the weather was gorgeous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night all I needed to make was salad to accompany a Timpano I purchased from a local butcher. I ended up making a Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Bread salad and it really was delicious...a recipe definitely worth making again and again! The acidity in the salad proved to be a perfect match for the richness of the pie. The Timpano was wonderful as well. I'm delighted it worked out because I now intend to buy one for a friend of mine to enjoy next weekend - she's moving into her first home after years of renting and I'm sure this will make for a nice celebratory dinner along w a good bottle of red!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight we're having fish. I picked up some freshly caught perch on Saturday so that will be dusted w some seasoned flour and pan-fried. I also picked up some beautiful and "new-to-me" purple watercress so that will be the inspiration for my side dish....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The salad sounds wonderful. I love roasted tomatoes and can't get enough of garlic. Perhaps I should cut back as my coworker while we were sitting side-by-side at conference this morning mentioned "hmm, do you smell garlic?" I think it oozes from my pores :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh if you love garlic and tomatoes then you'll adore this salad fldhkybnva. Since the garlic is roasted it is a little more "co-worker friendly" too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I posted a link to the recipe in the Donna Hay thread along w my review if you are interested in making it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the link, BC! once i'm back on bread, i'm making this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks!! I do love garlic and am quite a fan of tomatoes as well. I already reek of the raw garlic so no worries here :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JungMann RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I didn't realize timpani were surrounded by pastry crust. I always thought the exterior was made of pasta that had cooked crisp in the baking pan. This looks utterly decadent!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: JungMann Apr 22, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, I'm definitely no Timpano expert JM and the only time I'd actually "seen" a Timpano prior to this was in the movie "The Big Night". The Timpano in the movie definitely had a dough crust but I looked at Google Images for Timpano and the preparation varies. Indeed there are some w pasta on the outside as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that salad sounds great - and so does that Timpano!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks mc. I've just shared a link for the recipe above in case you're interested in making the salad at some point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gini RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice! I first tried a timpano at a local restaurant here for their "Big Night" tribute. There's really nothing quite like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How cool bc that your butcher offers a 'timpano" pie to buy! Awesome. and very nice you will buy one for a friend as a house warming gift. Nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next time I get a house, you are welcome to send one:) Super plan for friends BC!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After a crazy busy weekend I finally got to cook the Cochin Coriander-Cumin chicken thighs that had been rubbed with spices originally planned for Saturday (link to NYT recipe originally posted by Neleve on this board.) Fantastic! The mint, cilantro, garlic, ginger, curry leaves mix stirred in at the end gave it a beautifully balanced brightness. Lots of flavor in lots of layers. It's a winner! I'm jealous that the man got the leftovers for his lunch today. Fortunately I spice rubbed a double batch and the other half is in the freezer for next week. I served him basmati rice and we had roasted broccoflower.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steak Sunday got bumped to tonight, I figure it'll be Steak Diane but I've got all day to decide for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Apr 22, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that sounds great... i'll have to see if any of my little meximarts (many run by asians) carry curry leaves....)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Apr 22, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While the curry leaves do give it flavor they are not dominant. I wouldn't let not being able to find them be a dealbreaker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The man sent me a text at lunch that they were even better today (he got all of the leftovers for lunch!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Apr 23, 2013 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    good to know, thx. and yeah, there seems to be a lot going on in the flavah dept. in that dish already!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I'm hurting even worse today from the 5k than I was yesterday. It's rather sad, but I guess that's what happens when you do a 5k after sitting on your ass most of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight's dinner will be pretty simple... I have a jarred Arrabiatta sauce (Private Selection brand, I saw a reco for it in another thread and grabbed it when it was on sale), so I'm going to take some of that and mix with greek yogurt. It sounds weird but it really tastes just like a heavy cream sauce. I'm going to mix it with penne, chicken (that I roasted last night), and broccoli (organic was on sale this week, yay!) that I'll throw in with the penne for the last few minutes of cooking. Top it with fresh grated parm, and dinner is ready. I might add more red pepper flakes depending on how spicy the sauce is. I love it hot and since SO is gone, I can make it as hot as I like. It'll also provide me with 3 days of leftovers for lunches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey, I am impressed that you made it all 5k. I would have lied down on the asphalt half way through. Dinner sounds simple and comfy cozy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gini RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh no! Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can be tough! Rest, Ibuprofen, and potentially some yoga could help you feel better. Great work finishing it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: juliejulez Apr 22, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I changed my mind about dinner. I'm making chicken enchiladas instead. I had pasta for lunch so I didn't feel like having pasta for dinner again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Fowler RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A gigantic bowl of ice cream. I cannot recall the last time I had ice cream for dinner, but it is "one of those days" when one says, well it cannot get any worse. And then it does!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Fowler Apr 22, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sorry you've had a bad day. It's been a crap day for me as well and I can't focus or get anything because my back is not cooperating and keeps shooting pains down my spine. I'm not a big ice cream eater but you're so right. I could dig into some Chinese food at this moment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ouch! How did you hurt your back?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: Fowler Apr 22, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, I don't think I have the best ergonomic setup at my desk at work which for someone who spends all day picking up slides and staring in a microscope is probably a problem I should address now. I think my back was strained just from sitting at the desk all day and cranking my neck. It felt OK and I rubbed out a nice knot and so decided to continue with my lifting schedule as planned. A heavy squat day at the gym turned into me limping around and unable to even turn the steering wheel with my arm or speak for that matter due to sharp pains. I think I strained a muscle pretty badly . It's getting better, but still really hard to get around and as someone always on the go it's frustrating and I have to be slow which I doesn't suit me well. It's been a hectic few months at work and so I'm stressed and horrendously sleep deprived which for me is always a perfect recipe for an injury. I really hope it'll get better soon, but I think I'm going to have to convince myself to REST!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds just terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You should probably lay off the squats for a while. Yes, I know, summertime is coming up and we all want to look good in our shorts and swimsuits but it will not matter how great you look if you are laying at home in bed because of a bad back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope you can get some rest and feel better soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: Fowler Apr 23, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yea, slept in today, no gym for at least a week for me. Plus I am a year-round intense gym bird, so a forced break will probably do me nothing but good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: fldhkybnva Apr 22, 2013 10:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope your back feels better soon! My mom used to suffer from sciatica (sp?) pain that ran from her back down to her legs, so I know it is not fun to go through.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: littleflower Apr 23, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, luckily it's not nerve pain which can be excruciating and hard to treat but once I get over my tough girl mentality by about day 3 of miserable muscle cramping and pop the Advil it's more manageable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Porkapalooza for my bandmates tonight, altho I just learned that my drummer was "talked into" working tonight, so he won't be there until after 11 PM. With a 9 lb. roast for 6 folks, there should be at least *some* left over :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cole slaw on the side, chocolate ice cream for dessert. My bassist is bringing some sort of apple side for the pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Casa lingua smells intoxicating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. GretchenS RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I picked up a bag of organic Ruby Crescent fingerling potatoes over the weekend. If you see some I really recommend grabbing them, they are awesome. Pink skin, yellow interior, they roast up beautifully and are almost sweet but not really. Last night they accompanied a grilled cornish hen that I marinated in lemon, garlic and olive oil. It didn't have enough flavor to my surprise, so the other one (it was a 2-pack I couldn't resist) has been marinating since last night in harissa and garlic, loosened with some olive oil. For my friends I made a giant pot of lentil-spinach soup that came out well, plus I grilled a bunch of artichokes and then put them in a lemon-garlic-olive oil marinade and made a spicy dipping sauce of mayo, Sriracha and a bit of smoked paprika. It made a pretty platter and they were excited when they saw it. I kept the stems for myself and they were tasty with the bird and spuds. Not sure what will go with my harissa hen tonight...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: GretchenS Apr 22, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wow, what a nice platter!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              how about some couscous with that hen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: GretchenS Apr 22, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                May I ask where you picked up these little darlings?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS RE: Berheenia Apr 23, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia, I bought them at the Fruit Center in Hingham when I was visiting my Oldster but then saw them at Wilson Farms in Lexington too (and cheaper). So good!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: GretchenS Apr 23, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love th "Fruit Museum"! Will be grabbing lunch there later today-I am in the mood for soup as it is cold and rainy here today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: foodieX2 Apr 23, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Fruit Museum", too funny, I can see what you mean! Love that place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: GretchenS Apr 23, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too however it used to make me nervous to bring my son when he was younger. I was convinced he would pull one apple from the bottom and they would all come tumbling down! Everything looks so shiny and perfect it was hard to resist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The gumbo was particularly good today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: foodieX2 Apr 23, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They do make good soup, I don't get it very often but I'm sure I would if I lived in the area. Jake's is open for the season -- that's the plan for this weekend with my Oldster, our favorite!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: GretchenS Apr 23, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice! Enjoy it and the time with your kid I didn't make it to Jakes once last season so color me jealous. boo hoo, pity party for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We always ended hitting lobster express next door and getting lobsters to do at home. My husband doesn't eat lobster and can't eat most shellfish so when the craving strikes I get it myself and make him a big old steak. Nothing beats sitting at Jakes, taking in the view and having someone else's kitchen steamed up though, LOL. Now that I am gainfully employed I need to persuade the co-workers to head there for lunch one day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia RE: GretchenS Apr 25, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Got 'em! At Whole Foods. Looking forward to these babies next week. (I actually do not know the price- I just grabbed them)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS RE: Berheenia Apr 25, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay! Eat'em quick because mine started to sprout kind of fast although they are still really yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And I loved your post above about the lunches for unhoused people, that is such a wonderful thing to do! And appreciated by all involved I would think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS Apr 22, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner sounds great, and I love the new picture for your username!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. gini RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After everything that happened in Boston last week, we were excited to break out the tandem for date night on Saturday. After a rather slow paced movie, we stopped by a local burger place. I bit into potentially the worst burger I have ever had (yes, that includes fast food), chewed, swallowed, and didn't eat another bite. Burgers should be juicy. Cheeseburgers should be melty. The patty should have fat and some flavor. This bad boy had none of those things. Also, it was cold. We navigated home and I had two cookies. Sadness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thankfully, last night I got my burger comeuppance: a beautifully juicy bacon cheeseburger with french fries, aioli, and a hoppy IPA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: gini Apr 22, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night's burger sounds fantastic!! So sad about Saturday's burger nastiness. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia RE: gini Apr 22, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tasty Burger is our current favorite in Boston.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini RE: Berheenia Apr 22, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadly, Tasty Burger was the site of the Saturday night disaster. I had tried Tasty when it first opened and their burgers were delicious. Too bad, so sad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: gini Apr 22, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugh. Sorry your first burger was so bad - but sounds like last night's burger was the perfect reply to that bad burger. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sedimental RE: gini Apr 22, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight was a chicken burger, full of spice and pepper jack cheese, on a low carb " oopsie" bun, served with intense guac ( tomato, green onion, jalapeño and sour cream), and flax chips. Healthy and delish. Getting ready for summer sports in the most delicious way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Musie RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is pasta with fresh and dried oregano, with slices of italian sausages fried up to go with my husbands portion. I'm tempted to roast a bulb of garlic to make into garlic bread as a side, but that is just an idea at the moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              boring dinner tonight-burgers fries and ginger glazed baby carrots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also have a gorgeous burrata in the fridge. I might serve that first along with kumatos but then thats a really heavy meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: foodieX2 Apr 22, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Go for the burrata as an antipasto since the half life is so short. Consider a few scrapes of nutmeg over the top. Nutmeg and burrata were made for each other.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No need for fries with that burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  helen_m RE: steve h. Apr 22, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've never heard of nutmeg and burrata (I got stuck on the two burrata recipes I first tried and fell in love with) but I can see it working.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree don't leave it sitting around, eat it asap! It seems to lose it's creamy centre the longer you keep it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: helen_m Apr 22, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, we just polished it off (burp!) and now I am too full to even entertain dinner. My husband and son will dine on burgers and fries and I will regale them with stories of my day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: foodieX2 Apr 22, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice. I cribbed the nutmeg idea from Roscioli in Rome, a high-end purveyor of all things good. Their shop/wine store/restaurant is pretty special. Their burrata is trucked up daily from Andria. I rent a place not too far from them every March/April.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: steve h. Apr 22, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and I drool over your posts about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm trying to eat up things from the freezer/cupboards as we move from our temporary apartment to our new home next week. I am an absolute hoarder when it comes to food. So I've got a batch of tomato and basil sauce blipping away on the stove and have defrosted fennel sausages to turn into meatballs to have with pasta. I'll throw in frozen peas and basil leaves at last minute (it's a much loved Jamie Oliver recipe) Spinach salad to get my fix of the green stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For our appetizer (I'm getting into my american terms!) I've taken out a package of frozen artichokes (bought on a whim, I'd never seen them in the UK!) and am going to grill them with parmesan, parsley and garlic (a recipe I saw on pinterest) and eat them with bruschetta made with La Brea frozen ciabatta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lemon, ricotta and cardamom gelato (that I picked up on the way home the other day when my 3 year old needed the bathroom near our local ice cream shop) and amaretti biscuits for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A huge dent made in the freezer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  helen_m RE: helen_m Apr 22, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The parmesan artichokes were amazing and so easy! I will definitely make them again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Apr 23, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi helen_m, could you share the link, please?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: helen_m Apr 22, 2013 10:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We live off of Trader Joe's frozen artichokes - in my opinion they can pass for fresh much better than most if not all canned/marinated artichokes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: littleflower Apr 23, 2013 12:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i keep forgetting i have a pack of these in the freezer! maybe that can be part of WFD tomorrow night...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: helen_m Apr 23, 2013 04:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the UK, I find frozen artichoke bottoms in Middle Eastern shops (where I also find ones in jars). Much recommended by Claudia Roden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've kind of fallen in love with Maya Kaimal Indian sauces, so tonight we are going to have the Kashmiri one with shrimp. Her web site suggest lightly sauteing shrimp, and then adding the sauce for the next 5-8 minutes before throwing in about a half a cup of green peas. So, that is what I'll do, and this will be served with basmati rice.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet, I saw those sauces in several Home Goods/Marshall's that I was in this weekend. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Really! I'll have to look in the ones near me. Some of them aren't shelf stable and are in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The one in the jars are the ones I've seen - the Tikki Masala, the Kashmiri Curry, and the Madras Curry are the 3 I saw this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks LW for the tip on where to find these - we have a Marshalls near us so will have to go take a look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: littleflower Apr 23, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make a list of all of the Marshall's/Home Goods/TJMaxx stores near you and hit them all up. Sometimes one will have it when others will not. Depends on the size of their food goods aisles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: roxlet Apr 23, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The refridgerated ones are much better (fresher tasting) than the jarred versions, so if you can get fresh, do that. Her website has a store finder on it:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MAH RE: roxlet Apr 22, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those sauces (the refrigerated ones) are so wonderful. Tonight I made chicken tikka masala with her version. It was oilier than the others I've had (vindaloo, tamarind, coconut curry), but the flavor was great. I spooned off the extra oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: MAH Apr 23, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll have to try that one too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. gridder RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beef Kofte with sauteed kale. Simple and good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Chocolatechipkt RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken and dumplings tonight, probably the last (and first) of the season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll resuscitate the smoked pork butt, potato gratin and both the orange and green veg I found in the coolerator. House red to wash the leftovers down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a moment of weakness, I bought some mass-marketed gelato at my local grocery store. I'll report back on this folly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shogun, disc two, will be on the plasma tonight. It's ok to yell, just don't hit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: steve h. Apr 22, 2013 10:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If it is Talenti then I am all ears. I have heard good things about their gelatos, but then again nothing compares to the real thing freshly made in a gelato shop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley RE: littleflower Apr 23, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I LOVE the Talenti pistachio (like them on facebook to get a $1 off coupon), but it certainly is no match for fresh gelato from a shop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: gingershelley Apr 23, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wish you hadn't written this, because now I will have no choice but to buy some. None.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Apr 23, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since we're on the topic of Talenti, I love the Roman raspberry sorbet and my more ice cream/gelato-loving SO loves all of the other flavors mostly the chocolate and sea salt caramel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: gingershelley Apr 23, 2013 09:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ooh, good tip, GS! Thank you - the 1.00 coupon coupled with Harris Teeter's sale prices on Talenti and I will be able to try it for under four dollars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chocolatechipkt RE: littleflower Apr 24, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their black raspberry is pretty good, too. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: Chocolatechipkt Apr 24, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh no, another one I'll have to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Work wins again! I expected to be home at the latest at 6pm but the Monday madness hit and I had to stay a few hours later. I wobbled to the car with this strained back of mine, feeling like a zombie and planning to skip that whole dinner thing and head straight to the bed but...I arrived to a warm cozy house (42F, isn't it almost May?) filled with the lovely aroma of a warm dinner waiting on the stove.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SO and I had planned to have lamb and stuffed mushrooms tonight but I told him we should just do it another night since I wouldn't be home at a reasonable hour for dinner. Well, he went ahead with it and now my belly and my heart are quite warm, happy and full. We enjoyed a lovely rosemary leg of lamb and artichoke and spinach stuffed mushrooms which brought the Monday moans to a halt. I was also shocked that he even took pictures. He likes to jab at me about my need to document all things cooking-related but he knows I think it's fun so he threw in that extra token as well.