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What's for Dinner #217 - The Spring has Sprung Edition - Bunnies, Cicadas and Commencements (5/19/13)

fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 05:52 AM

Well, it seems that spring has sprung for many of us - nature is finally blossoming, cicadas will be back in the East to drive us all bonkers and Saturdays and Sundays are filled with caps and gowns.

Today, I find myself in a 7 hour computer training which is as exhilarating as you might expect. Luckily, I should be home early and so dinner will be another surf and turf this time with grass fed sirloin and lobster tails which are kind of small but I couldn't resist at Whole Foods. Can a lobster tail be too small? Hopefully in the next few weeks I will acquire some proper ginormous lobsters for a nice spring seafood dinner.

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    foodieX2 May 16, 2013 08:23 AM

    Surf and Turf! Sounds great.

    Our WF doesn't carry live lobster because it is "inhumane”. Thankfully the fish mongers around here don’t agree! Heading to ME soon and anticipating my lobster feast of the season

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      fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 09:19 AM

      Interesting, perhaps I'll ask them about this. I look forward to the bigger guys as the small tails are a pain in the rear to de-shell.

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        LindaWhit May 16, 2013 11:28 AM

        I thought *all* WF didn't carry lobsters because it was "inhumane" in the way they had to be killed. I always thought "well, lobsters aren't human, so how can it be inhumane?" ;-)

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          foodieX2 May 16, 2013 11:52 AM

          Its not the killing, its the transport of and storage of a "live" animal

          http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-1...

          <<Customers craving fresh crustaceans will have to look beyond Whole Foods Market Inc. after the natural-foods grocery chain decided Thursday to stop selling live lobsters and crabs on the grounds that it's inhumane.

          The Texas-based grocer spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from boat to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way.

          In some stores, they experimented with "lobster condos," filling tanks with stacks of large pipes the critters can crawl inside. And they moved the tanks behind seafood counters and away from children's tapping fingers.

          Ultimately, Whole Foods management decided to immediately stop selling live lobsters and soft-shell crabs, saying they could not ensure the creatures are treated with respect and compassion.>>

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            fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 12:11 PM

            They never have live lobsters or crabs but usually have lobster tails.

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          Fowler May 16, 2013 12:13 PM

          Totally agreeing with you and adding that WF does not carry live lobster because it is not a high profit margin item for them. But that is just what the local Manager of WF told me.

          Lobsters also do not have a nervous system which means they do not feel what we as humans know of as pain.

          WF is trying to play the "we are more sensitive" card by claiming they do not sell them because it is so terribly "inhumane" to the poor lobsters.

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            Musie May 16, 2013 02:26 PM

            They'd have fit seeing how the fishermen man-handle them then.

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              MidwesternerTT May 16, 2013 04:40 PM

              Fowler - fact-check / source? I'm hearing from my in-house biology expert "of course lobsters have a nervous system!".

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                Fowler May 16, 2013 06:06 PM

                The type of "nervous system" which is capable of letting them feel what humans know as pain?

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                  linguafood May 17, 2013 01:52 PM

                  There was a fantastic DFW essay in Gourmet many years back called "Consider the lobster". It was interesting and, of course, incredibly well-written.

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                    mariacarmen May 17, 2013 02:11 PM

                    i read that. loved it.

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                  fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 06:34 PM

                  I think they have a nervous system as they move, but I'm not sure if they have awareness or all of those higher level functions that us humans are blessed with..or challenged by depending on your outlook.

            2. alliegator May 16, 2013 08:45 AM

              Tonight will be the grilled ham steaks that never came to be last night. And tomorrow, this:
              http://andrewzimmern.com/2013/05/15/r...
              I saw the pic on my facebook feed this morning, and it was like "yowza!!". I love pistachios, and can't want to give this a try.

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                LindaWhit May 16, 2013 11:40 AM

                Love the sound of that pasta dish - except I can't find the Mediterranean pine nuts that won't give me pine mouth. I'm going to have to renew my search (other than from nuts.com)

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                  alliegator May 16, 2013 12:01 PM

                  I really think it would be ok if you just omit. I don't have much advice for sourcing pine nuts, as I'm a huge fan. I'll report back over the weekend on the recipe :)

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                    fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 12:12 PM

                    Oh, I was just talking to a friend about this as I discussed my hate of spinach teeth.

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                      littleflower May 17, 2013 04:34 PM

                      I was thinking about that myself the other day...where DOES one find pine nuts that won't give you the dreaded "pine mouth". I can't remember if Trader Joe's pine nuts cause PM or not.

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                        LindaWhit May 17, 2013 04:39 PM

                        TJs pine nuts are from China, Russia and Vietnam - those are the inferior nuts, so yes - they would. And yes, they did. That's where I discovered pine mouth affects me.

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                          littleflower May 17, 2013 08:22 PM

                          That is a shame...Trader Joe's needs to seriously upgrade their selection of pine nuts! They are too quality of a store to be selling an inferior product.

                          I guess the search continues... :-).

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                            mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:56 PM

                            knock on wood, i've never had pine-mouth - and i don't know enough about it to know if it's just a matter of time, or if it just happens to some and not to others (i buy mine there, and luckily have never had pine mouth)... i think if TJs sold the "good" stuff it would be even more expensive than it already is. it would be nice to have the option, though, for people who are afflicted.

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                      alliegator May 16, 2013 04:49 PM

                      Still doing the ham steak, but I'll do some instant steamed green beans and steam in bag potatoes from the produce section. After a month of guests, the man's wreck, and some, uh, cosmetic injections to the forehead today that left me with a blinding headache, I think easy is the way to be.
                      You really can't go wrong with ham, beans & taters!!

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                        suzigirl May 16, 2013 04:56 PM

                        Sounds like a great meal. I had its counterpart meal this week. Hamsteak, mashed taters and smothered green beans. Potatoes and green be and are great with ham.
                        I hope that your honey isn't to sore. How has he been? Hoping he is doing well.

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                          alliegator May 16, 2013 05:01 PM

                          Thanks so much, suzigirl. He is fine and unfazed.
                          We're looking forward to a little time alone now that the Thainamic duo has departed, and getting ready for my brother's wedding in Hawaii on June 1.
                          Yup, he's basically bleeding money--but we'll fix it. He's a positive guy, and I'm a lucky gal.

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                            mariacarmen May 16, 2013 05:18 PM

                            Thainamic due - love it.

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                              suzigirl May 16, 2013 05:27 PM

                              That's exactly what I was thinking. What a hoot

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                                alliegator May 16, 2013 05:49 PM

                                Hehe, glad you like! We had to refer to the both of them as something humorous!
                                Love and miss those girls, but Hawaii awaits. As Jay Z (I think) said "on to the next one..." I'm exhausted, but looking forward to some Hawaii food! After that, you'll find me on some tacky pool floaty drifting aimlessly in one of a bazillion Phx overly landscaped pools. Oh course hounding from the phone. I'll give that a :/ Sun good, skin cancer bad.

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                            alliegator May 16, 2013 07:26 PM

                            Urgh, the ol' man still has not arrived. I really want to grill those purdy ham steaks, but may just broil. Plus, lots of kids in the grill area---love the apartment living!!
                            Either way will still be tasty and I can spend some time on Zillow seeing if there is an acceptable standing home 'round here.

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                              fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 07:34 PM

                              All of this talk about ham steaks, I might just have to ask the deli counter to cut me a hunk of black forest ham tomorrow and join the club. It's just as simple as a a few minutes of grilling or broiling? I love ham, why not a ham steak?

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                            ChristinaMason May 16, 2013 07:08 PM

                            Really liking that pistachio-asparagus pesto--wow. Must try.

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                              gingershelley May 18, 2013 11:41 AM

                              +1! I am making that this weekend - tho will sub prosciutto for the bacon, me thinks :)

                          4. iowagirl May 16, 2013 09:29 AM

                            It has been SO nice here (finally!) this week, that we have been having porch meals! Last night was grilled chicken sausages with sauteed peppers and onions and mozzarella chees, oven baked fries and salad. With a couple of cold beers on the side.

                            Tonight is a no-cook meal of avocado and chickpea tacos and mango salsa. A few more beers and some lounging on the screened in porch. Enjoying the lull before the storm that is graduation next week. Yikes!

                            1. juliejulez May 16, 2013 09:29 AM

                              Have a already grilled chicken breast to use so I think I'm going to take the suggestion of valerie in my "what to do with this" thread and make fajitas. I've never actually made them at home before!

                              Or, I might do something with brown rice, some kind of warm brown rice salad with the chicken... I dunno. Probably will end up doing the fajitas since they'll cook quickly. We have a busy weekend planned so I need to start working on my usual weekend chores tonight.

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                                alliegator May 16, 2013 09:36 AM

                                Fajitas are such a fun dish to make at home. And easy!

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                                  fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 09:41 AM

                                  We love fajitas at home and they are so simple though I do miss that whole restaurant served on a sizzling cast iron platter show.

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                                    juliejulez May 16, 2013 09:44 AM

                                    Yeah I guess I could eat them out of my skillet haha!

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                                      fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 09:52 AM

                                      Now you're on to something!

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                                    juliejulez May 16, 2013 07:29 PM

                                    I ended up doing the fajitas, and they were delicious. I feel a little silly that I've never made them before. It wasn't something my mom made growing up and it's not something I order often in restaurants so it doesn't even pop in my head. They're a good "cooking for one" dish and are pretty low calorie too. I put some olive oil in my cast iron, threw in the onions and peppers, then seasoned with ancho chile powder, cumin, cayenne, onion and garlic powders, and some salt. I didn't have flour tortillas but they were still good with corn. Also threw on some shredded chihuahua cheese. These will probably become a normal dish for me, especially in the summer... might try doing it on the grill w/ the cast iron on the really hot days.

                                    Also put together my lunch for tomorrow... just cooked up some penne and a jarred arrabiata, and the last of the cheese stuffed chicken meatballs from the freezer.

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                                      fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 07:32 PM

                                      They are so quick and delicious and a nice spin on tacos. I like to add a few diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce if you like some heat.

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                                        juliejulez May 16, 2013 07:48 PM

                                        Ooo that sounds good. I love heat, I should have done that, I have an open can in the fridge.

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                                    flavrmeistr May 16, 2013 10:03 AM

                                    Blackened New York strips with mushrooms seared in sherry and butter, sauteed asparagus w/parmesan cheese, Caesar salad and a nice Syrah--cooked and served on the back deck. A little weekend before the weekend.

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                                      fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 10:11 AM

                                      Steak and shrooms with asparagus and Parmesan is the most frequent go-to dinners in our house. This is quite the classic and perfect meal for us at any time. Do you use a particular blackening seasoning?

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                                        flavrmeistr May 17, 2013 11:09 AM

                                        I use Paul Prudhomme's Redfish Magic with a pat of butter on each steak and a black iron griddle on the outdoor gas burner. It's so good I can't bring myself to grill a steak anymore.

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                                          fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 11:48 AM

                                          Wow it sounds great and perhaps might work with the vent on high inside on a cast iron pan?

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                                            flavrmeistr May 20, 2013 01:11 PM

                                            I wouldn't, especially if you have a sprinkler system. The average household stove burner doesn't generate enough heat, nor does the average stove vent move enough air to stay ahead of the smoke. There's a lot of smoke.

                                            Blackening, barbecuing and deep-frying are safer and better done outdoors, in my opinion.

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                                        ChristinaMason May 16, 2013 07:09 PM

                                        sounds fab. welcome!

                                      3. Fowler May 16, 2013 10:07 AM

                                        My neighbors down the road invited themselves over for dinner this evening so I am thinking along the lines of something that with fill them up,make them sleepy and will compel them to return back to their own home.

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                                          fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 10:12 AM

                                          Thanks for the giggles.

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                                            boyzoma May 16, 2013 10:28 AM

                                            Try something with tryptophan in it. Maybe that will help them get sleepy! Would serve them right for inviting themselves.

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                                              alliegator May 16, 2013 07:44 PM

                                              :( Go with Benadryl.... hehehe

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                                                flavrmeistr May 17, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                Turkey roll and cheap chablis.

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                                                mariacarmen May 16, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                turkey and pasta and mashed potatoes. all mushed up together.

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                                                  weezieduzzit May 16, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                  All smothered in cream gravy.

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                                                  littleflower May 17, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                  Love the honesty there, Fowler!! :-) Needed that laugh tonight!

                                                3. BananaBirkLarsen May 16, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                  This is what I'm thinking for tonight, although I'll have to run it by the BF first (he claims he isn't a picky eater, but...):

                                                  Roast asparagus, poached eggs, "mock hollandaise", new potatoes, gin & tonic (lots of lime). Hopefully on the porch. Maybe something for dessert.

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                                                    fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                    I had an ex-boyfriend who refused to eat anything he'd never seen before which was nearly any and all home-cooked food since he grew up on bags of Doritos. Every single time without fail I made a dish he scoffed at he loved it but it was a challenge and he never really wholewheartedly believed that food from a kitchen was usually more tasty than Doritos.

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                                                      littleflower May 17, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                      Odd question perhaps, but was he so picky that he would only eat one type of Doritos (Nacho Cheese, for example)? Or did he just like Doritos in general.

                                                      What a sad food life!

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                                                        BananaBirkLarsen May 18, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                        I think he likes most flavours of Doritos. Although he does tend to pick a favourite version of something and insist on sticking with it (even if he doesn't technically dislike the other versions).

                                                        He's often iffy about unfamiliar foods, although he's usually willing to give them a chance, but can be incredibly squeamish about unfamiliar versions of foods he likes. For example, he tried (and loved) beets with yogurt sauce about a year ago, and he'd never eaten beets in his life. But the time I tried to duplicate a pizza I'd had at a restaurant, with merguez and no tomato sauce, he was sick for days. The real problem is that he has a nervous stomach (or "chihuahua stomach", as we like to call it, since our dog has the same problems), and will have food-poisoning-like symptoms either if something is a little off (eg. the chicken wasn't as fresh as it could be) or if something grosses him out. Which means that I have to be super careful about freshness (because this will make him sick even if he doesn't know about it) and also about what he feels comfortable eating (this is all in his head, but has very real implications). I'd have a lot less sympathy for it if the reaction wasn't so real and physical, but it's not worth pushing it if it means he'll be barfing in the bathroom all night. Still, while I understand why he's sketchy about fish, or even cooked oatmeal, I'll never understand why he refuses to eat pancakes.

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                                                          littleflower May 18, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                          I am a *little* picky about my pancakes...I prefer them the way that my mom used to make them for us when I was growing up which was more like a swedish pancake or perhaps a cross b/t a pancake and a crepe. Very light and thin but truely yummy. I will eat thicker pancakes but prefer them light and airy and not like dense "hockey pucks".

                                                          Oh, and this is a definite breakfast food oddity of mine, but for both pancakes and french toast, I can't eat them stacked on top of each other. Each pancake and pc. of french toast has to have butter and syrup spread evenly over the entire piece, and I eat each piece one at a time. Even stranger, with waffles each square needs butter spread over it with syrup also applied in each square. My ex-boyfriend used to tease me about this as he would stack these up for himself and place the butter and pour syrup on top of the mound and eat them all together. This just never made sense to me. :-)

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                                                            mariacarmen May 18, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                            i too am a fan of really thin pancakes (when i have them). thicker ones are way too bready/filling for me.

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                                                        gingershelley May 18, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                        OUCH!

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                                                          weezieduzzit May 18, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                          Doritos smell like puppy feet. Couldn't pay me to eat 'em.

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                                                            gingershelley May 18, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                            +1; chemical puppy feet. ugh.

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                                                              mariacarmen May 18, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                              mmmm... i love both, actually....

                                                          2. re: BananaBirkLarsen
                                                            mariacarmen May 16, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                            can i be your boyfriend? : )

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                                                              fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                              Sign on the dotted line, I'm sure you're in!

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                                                                BananaBirkLarsen May 16, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                If he says no to this dinner, I'll start taking applications.

                                                                BTW, I've decided on a dessert: goat cheese rice pudding (using leftover rice from last night and a container of white chocolate raspberry goat cheese I found in the back of my fridge) topped with blueberries and peaches.

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                                                                  mariacarmen May 16, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                  GOAT CHEESE RICE PUDDING??? please let him say no please let him say no please let him say no....

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                                                                    suzigirl May 16, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                    Lol.

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                                                                      BananaBirkLarsen May 16, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                      Sorry, MC. I casually suggested the whole egg-asparagus ensemble and his eyes got all big and he said, "That sounds amazing" ... and then I had to stop him from eating the pre-assembled rice puddings for lunch. Clearly he's a keeper! (until the next dinner, at least...)

                                                                      You're always welcome as a dinner guest, though. ;)

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                                                                        mariacarmen May 16, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                        yup, sounds like he fully redeemed himself... for NOW.... she says, cackling and rubbing her hands maniacally....

                                                                        thanks! and enjoy!

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                                                                          twodales May 18, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                          A Foodie is Born!!! Hope Springs Eternal.

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                                                                foodieX2 May 16, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                Finally gorgeous weather here today- mid seventies with a nice ocean breeze.

                                                                My plan is to leave the office and swing by WF. Rumor has it they have some "local-ish" asparagus. Either from NJ or MD. Throw those on the grill with a a couple of steaks and add a loaf of bread and some red wine-dinner is done!

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                                                                  Berheenia May 16, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                  My WF in Greater Boston had some fat NJ asparagus the other day..

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                                                                    foodieX2 May 16, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                    score! the one in Hingham did too

                                                                2. GretchenS May 16, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                  Last night I had one of those nights when even a salad was too much trouble. So I just played with my food. Triscuits and cream cheese (two ultimate comfort foods for me) and various toppings: sardine and pickled jalapeno -- sliced pimento-stuffed green olive and capers -- sliced radish, snipped garden chives and sea salt flakes -- crumbled blue cheese, thin slices of celery and sriracha (that last one was scary good).

                                                                  Tonight I am thinking bacon cheeseburger, it's a beautiful day for grilling, I have some nice smoky bacon and some really good sharp cheddar and blue cheese, might use both. Mmmm.

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                                                                    roxlet May 16, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                    Triscuit and cream cheese! I thought I was the only one!

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                                                                      GretchenS May 17, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                      so glad to be part of this club with y'all. when I lived overseas I made people bring me triscuits in their luggage....

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                                                                        boyzoma May 18, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                        I'm on this bandwagon. I like a block of softened cream cheese topped with cocktail sauce and baby shrimp spread on my triscuits.

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                                                                          GretchenS May 18, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                          bz, would have been fighting you for it back in the day before I became allergic to shellfish -- yum...

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                                                                      juliejulez May 16, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                      Triscuits and cream cheese are classier than mine... triscuits and easy cheese (yes the stuff from the aerosol can). SO's family had it as part of their buffet style dinner spread on Christmas and I was secretly delighted. I went with the bacon flavored one.

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                                                                        alliegator May 16, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                        Eh, Tricuits with Sargento cheddar and Hormel pepperoni here. Trashy chic!!!

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                                                                          juliejulez May 16, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                          Oh yes, I forgot about the Hormel pepperoni. I eat that stuff plain!

                                                                    3. suzigirl May 16, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                      Piggy is on the table again. A nice fat pork sirloin roast coated in Montreal steak seasoning and some chili powder and cumin and garlic cloves and popped in the oven. Lime cilantro rice and stewed tomatoes with zucchini. I was going to put the roast in a viniagrette but I changed my mind mid plan and I think the lime rice will make me happier than boiled buttered new potatoes I was planning

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                                                                        alliegator May 16, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                        Sounds wonderful, Suzi! I'm waiting for my invitation.... ;P

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                                                                          littleflower May 17, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                          Yum, me too!! Marinated pork roast + buttered new potatoes sounds yummy!

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                                                                            suzigirl May 17, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                            Why thank you. I have an open door policy. C'mon over and bring your appetite(and wine never hurt to get that door open faster) ;-)

                                                                        2. Musie May 16, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                          It's been a dreary ol' day today, so mash is a food I am craving. So I've got some big scallops that I will pan sear and serve atop potatoes mashed with sage infused brown butter with some sliced scallions and peas mixed into the mash. I'll have a nice glass of red to go with it and Cloud Atlas to sit and relax with for afters.

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                                                                            ChristinaMason May 16, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                            Great meal, great novel. I approve.

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                                                                              Musie May 19, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                              I didn't really care for the film. The concept was clever and the acting was great, but perhaps it is just one of those ideas that can only be best portrayed in novel.

                                                                          2. steve h. May 16, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                            Leftovers are on tonight's menu: Deb's heart-stoppin' mac&cheese plus house red. Yankees baseball will be shoehorned around a replay of Tuesday's NCIS season finale.

                                                                            It's finally warming up here on the Sou'west Shore of Long Island Sound so lobsters may be in our immediate future.

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                                                                              tvchick May 16, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                              Tonight's dinner is Halal cart chicken and rice. It's 93 degrees here, summer is upon us, and I don't want to heat up the kitchen too much. I love that I can make this stove top, quickly, and enjoy leftover the next day.

                                                                              1. MidwesternerTT May 16, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                20-minute-prep dinner after a day of garage-sale meandering. B/S chicken breast sauteed using the Lemon Pepper convenience butter/oil/herb blend from LandOLakes. Microwave-baked potatoes. Sauteed mushrooms & spinach with garlic. Cookies for dessert.

                                                                                The dishwasher is running and my feet are up & happy.

                                                                                Menu planning a week at a time has made evenings much less stressful. And I had even remembered to put the chicken in the fridge to thaw last night, allowing speedy supper prep tonight.

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                                                                                  suzigirl May 16, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                  Now that sounds like a dinner I can get behind. Simple but tasty. How is the LandOLakes flavored butter oil blend? What if any others have you tried? They look good

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                                                                                    MidwesternerTT May 16, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                    The Lemon Pepper is excellent, and so is the Italian Herb version. Very flavorful, melt in the skillet nicely without burning, just the right quantity for seasoning about 8 oz of meat. As a convenience these are great. With 5 more minutes of effort and proper ingredients in the house, an experienced cook could assemble something similar, just probably not so perfectly balanced. I kept forgetting that these were in my fridge - glad I finally got around to using them.

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                                                                                      suzigirl May 17, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                      Sure, an experienced cook can make them, but a frazzled weeknight cook or a lazy one takes the help where they can get it. I am not telling you which I am. Thanks for the feedback. Now I feel safe to buy them.

                                                                                2. weezieduzzit May 16, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                  Tonight will be a stovetop version of eggplant parm with some leftover sausagy red sauce we had in the freezer. The house is the *perfect* temperature with a nice breeze blowing through so I'm not turning the oven on!

                                                                                  An enormous salad on the side with lots of bits and pieces of whatever veggies are in the drawers. Since I like to shop on Friday its a good night to do a clean out kinda salad.

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                                                                                    rjbh20 May 16, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                    Crab cakes with red beans & rice and asparagus carbonara. A little too soupy on the beans, but no complaints from the audience.

                                                                                     
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                                                                                      Frizzle May 16, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                      Your meals always look so wonderful, I get hungry just looking at the photo.

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                                                                                        rjbh20 May 16, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                        Why, thanks. This was pretty straightforward other than doing the asparagus julienne. Fortunately I have a mandoline, which makes it a no brainier.

                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                      Dinner tonight was great! I am quite on edge and feel the insomnia as I have my annual review tomorrow. I imagine it will go fine, but I'm a worry wart. The lobster tails were small but satisfying. We had asparagus as well but instead of the usual with just Parmesan SO and I decided to utilize our new favorite ingredient - anchovies! I diced up a few and threw and mixed them in with the usual rub of EVOO, salt and pepper. It was great though we also sprinkled them with Parmesan as well. I bet they'd be just as umami-delicious with the anchovies alone but we weren't that adventurous.

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                                                                                        alliegator May 16, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                        Sounds like a fantastic dinner! And you can never go wrong with anchovies.
                                                                                        I'd wish you luck on the annual review, but something tells me it will go very well :)

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                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                          Yea, these anchovies are wonderful things and now I just keep thinking how to use them next.

                                                                                          I hope so. I have a little wee bit of a knack for always doing the right thing which somehow surprisingly to me seems to get me in trouble as it often conflicts with the usual state of "workplace politics" and kissing butt for the sake of kissing butt which I'm not so good at. I guess the parental lesson of "do the right thing" is not always correct when others' egos are on the line. My dad gave me wonderful advice for the meeting tomorrow - "smile and nod and always remember who you are despite those that might try to make you think otherwise." I love a good dad pep talk! Either way, it's Friday which means fun time at the grocery store tomorrow evening and hopefully a good haul for exciting weekend meals.

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                                                                                            alliegator May 16, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                            Well, that knack will come in handy. I'm sure you'll breeze through the review chat---and enjoy grocery Friday :)

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                              Thanks, I'm hoping the fish selection will be better than it has been but I think I'm learning that fish reproduce in the spring and perhaps that explains the dearth of wild-caught fish.

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                                                                                              suzigirl May 17, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                              I have a wee bit of a knack for always doing the right thing too. Which btw bites me in the ass as much as it saves me. If I try to lie i bust myself. Vicious cycle so now I just stopped lying to people and keep my pie hole shut.
                                                                                              Your dad sounds like a wonderful man who can be proud of you. Let me know how the review went. If you have posted the review, disregard this as i am a bit behind.

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                                                                                                fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                Yea, I'm learning to just shut it sometimes as even though I am doing the right thing, I'd rather not end up in the gutter for it.

                                                                                                Oh my, I can't go on and on enough about my parents. My dad is a retired military colonel and the most amazing, supportive person ever. He's quite stereotypical of a military officer minus the harsh unemotional thing. We share a tendency to cry :) The review went OK. I knew what he was going to say which I must say most of which has been utter nonsense so going in knowing that made me feel great and more calm and my current administrators took me out for a wonderful afternoon snack and coffee.

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                                                                                                  littleflower May 17, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                                  YAY!! Glad the review went well...time to relax and enjoy the weekend!

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                                                                                                    suzigirl May 18, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                    Good job on the review. It was nice that the administrators took you out. What a nice gesture. Did you have a nice carby snack with that coffee?

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                                                                                                      fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                      I didn't actually as much as they assumed I'd want a big fat muffin. I grabbed a chicken breast which looked oh so delicious at Balducci's which really hit the spot.

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                                                                                                        suzigirl May 18, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                        You know I was teasing you. I knew you would not grab a doughnut. Not your thing

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                                                                                              Fowler May 16, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                              Unless you inadvertently shut off the power in the ICU or something like that I have a feeling your review is going to be great.

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                                                                                                fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                Thanks. Oops, was I not supposed to touch that switch? :)

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                                                                                                  Fowler May 17, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                  How did the review go?

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                    Oh it went well. I stayed calm and didn't let my lacrimal glands which are quite known for tear-production take over. I just cry, have always been that way, happy, sad, frustrated...cry! I am now excited to get the weekend started. It was a good day overall, not too busy and wonderful weather. Thanks for checking in.

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                                                                                                      mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                                                      good for you! i too am the sort that tears pop up unbidden when you least expect/want them to. it sucks. glad you remained stoic!

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                                                                                                        juliejulez May 18, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                        Another fellow crier here. I cry at everything, especially at inopportune moments (like job reviews). So, kudos to you for holding it in!

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                                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                          Bring on the water works, my lacrimal glands are just hyperactive.

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                                                                                                            Fowler May 18, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                            Years ago I had an employee that often cried on the job. At the time, I thought it was annoying. Once I became a bit older and wiser, I realized she cried often because she was passionate about her work and very frustrated with her coworkers she felt were not really giving a rip about work and even trying to start arguments with her because she gave a damn about working hard and trying to do the right thing.

                                                                                                            Give me the passionate, hard working, trying to do the right thing crier any day.

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                                                                                                              juliejulez May 18, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                              That's me. My previous job was very stressful but I was very passionate about doing a good job, but not everyone else around me was. It drove my boss CRAZY that I cried a lot.

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                                                                                                                fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                Yea, that's how I am. It's usually happiness or frustration. I'm the crazy woman who can't help tear when she spots a kid do something quite impressive out of the corner of her eye or witnesses a nice moment between two people The other times I cry when I really want to yell because I'm frustrated that my words are going very far. It usually involves mutterings of "I just don't get it, why?" I think I could relate to your employee. The best part is I can stay very logical and with it while I cry. People usually suggest I leave and pull myself together but I'm fully well gathered and always ready to keep the discussion going then in there because I'm in ripe passionate mode.

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                                                                                                                gingershelley May 18, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                +1 on the 'easy cry' club..... so frustrating sometimes - why can't I JUST NOT CRY.

                                                                                                                BTW, bosses - esp. male bosses - really have a hard time with the 'easy cry'. Thank GOD I was really good at my job.....

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                                                                                                                alliegator May 20, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                I am sorry to say I'm not in this club--I wish I cried more to appear slightly more human. I have a heck of a lot of emotions, but they just come out in words. I do generally cry at extremely happy. It's like relief that comes from my eyes.
                                                                                                                Glad it went well for you, fldhkybvna!

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                                                                                                          littleflower May 17, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                          I love anchovies, and particularly enjoy them sauteed in olive oil, then mashed into a paste spread over warm crusty bread. Mmm.

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                            Ooh, I've yet to eat them so in your face but I think I'd love this.

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                                                                                                              mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                                              sounds like you'd love bagna cauda, if you've not had that before... mmm.....

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                                                                                                                littleflower May 17, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                                                                I have yet to try bagna cauda (I think that's the anchovy recipe that includes garlic if my memory serves me correctly) but yes, I think I would love it as well. Some people do not enjoy the perceived "fishyness" and "saltyness" of anchovies but the fishy taste disappears when sauteed and I love salty foods anyways.

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                                                                                                                  mariacarmen May 17, 2013 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                  it's divine.

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                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                  Indeed, that seems right up my alley thanks for the recommendation.

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                                                                                                              Frizzle May 16, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                              It's cold and wet here and I've got a case of the sniffles. I've procrastinated all day with the unpacking and so far have only managed to assemble a coffee table. The box wall is still too daunting to attempt even though I know our favourite dinner bowls are somewhere in there in one of the dozens of boxes labelled 'kitchen'.

                                                                                                              Dinner tonight was a contest between a kimchi and tofu soup or roast vegetables. After spotting some yams in the store this morning the vegetables won. I've got a small buttercup pumpkin, parsnips, beetroot, yams, potatoes and onions. I'll toss them with some salt and pepper. Possibly some rosemary. Game of Thrones will screen if we manage to unpack the TV.

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                                                                                                                ChristinaMason May 16, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                Moving and unpacking are the worst. Hang in there. Things will get so much better once the kitchen is fully unpacked.

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                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                  Yea, I dread moving and can never rest until it's unpacked but it sounds like you need to rest the germies away. I always love kimchi when I'm not feeling well, it cleans out the sinuses, but roast veggies are so comforting. Perhaps some kimchi for dessert?

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                                                                                                                    Frizzle May 16, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                    Lol! I love the kimchi for dessert idea. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                    alliegator May 16, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                    Aww Frizzle, a big move is tough as $hit. We're here with ya!

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                                                                                                                      Berheenia May 17, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                      I'm still packing and it's getting very minimalist around here at mealtime as we are showing the place to potential buyers daily. I dread unpacking and had a few melt downs the last time we moved but living on burgers and bagged salads gets old. We shall be thoroughly sick of our favorite neighborhood joints when we finally sell and move.
                                                                                                                      Here's an idea, unpack one box for every glass of wine you consume..... or maybe for every bottle would work better!

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                                                                                                                        gingershelley May 18, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                        The good news is, once you move - you will have NEW neighborhood joints!

                                                                                                                        Hang in there Berheenia! And love the wine/box ratio:)

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                                                                                                                          littleflower May 18, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                          You soon will be near the much acclaimed Vetri's. Drool.

                                                                                                                      2. ChristinaMason May 16, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                        I'd planned on an Indian curry for dinner, but after remembering I have an important meeting tomorrow, I decided to go with something less pungent (somehow my clothing always ends up reeking of spices, garlic, and onion after).

                                                                                                                        Instead I made chicken parmesan by lightly dredging chicken cutlets in seasoned flour and frying until golden in a bit of butter and coconut oil. Those were topped with an arrabbiata sauce with red peppers, parmesan, and provolone and baked until bubbly. Meanwhile, I browned sliced mushrooms and zucchini batons in butter in the chicken skillet with a shallot, some rosemary, and other seasoning, then deglazed with marsala. I also made a salad of thinly shaved fennel bulb, walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, scallion, and grape tomatoes in balsamic-olive oil-walnut oil vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                        Really happy with how everything turned out, especially for a last-minute menu I made up wandering the grocery store after work.

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                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                          Wow, I'm loving the Italian combo meal happening over there Parmesan, balsamic and Marsala all in one delicious meal with a few added favorite like that walnut oil which I am currently obsessed with and really probably the only reason I insist on a salad every other day. Great job on dinner. Some of my best meals especially on the weekends result from wandering the grocery store. Actually on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I plan to wander with my morning coffee and just let ideas flow.

                                                                                                                          I am quite a fan of pungent flavors as well and sometimes worry if it's possible to overdose on garlic. Imagine my embarrassment when a colleague whispered one morning "do you smell garlic?" My immediate response was "uh, it's probably me" although she denied that it was but I have to emit garlic for sure or I'm a newly discovered "non-emitter" since it must go somewhere.

                                                                                                                        2. alliegator May 16, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                          Well, the ham steaks are broiling, but they'll be chopped into a grilled ham and cheese sandwich for the hubby. He's quite sore and will take a sleep aid tonight but it won't work with a belly that's too full. He's requested a dish that's just fine. Grilled sandwiches. I happen to have some lovely fontina and fresh spinach. It'll counteract that medicinal toxic crud :)
                                                                                                                          And lots of black pepper inside!

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                                                                                                                            juliejulez May 16, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                                                                                            Grilled ham and cheese sounds great, and very comforting.

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                                                                                                                              alliegator May 16, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                              Thanks! Best I could come up with. 8 in this neck of the woods, and he's still working :/ The sandwich should be a winner!!

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva May 16, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                I agree, especially with the Fontina.

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                                                                                                                                  alliegator May 16, 2013 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                  Went over well :) And fontina always wins :)

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                                                                                                                                Musie May 19, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                Sometimes a grilled sandwich just hits the spot.

                                                                                                                              3. prima May 16, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                Tonight's supper was a spicy Italian turkey sausage/cannellini bean/kale/potato stew, with flat Italian beans dressed with olive oil and white balsamic, followed by rhubarb crumble with strawberry Haagen Daz.

                                                                                                                                1. boyzoma May 16, 2013 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                  Tonight was roasted red pepper soup with cheese bread on the side. It was made with diced onion, carrots, celery and roasted red peppers. All got sauteed in the DO. Some chicken stock was added, then used the "boat motor" to blend. After that, I added some heavy cream, white pepper, sweet pepper flakes and a little regular s&p. Was so delicious. So glad we have some leftovers. (And yes, that is a paper plate under the bowl and bread. All my plates are dark red/burgundy.)

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                    linguafood May 17, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                    Looks great!!

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                                                                                                                                    Redstickchef May 16, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    This evening was my mom's birthday. We plan on doing something big this weekend, but I still wanted to do something special. I made lasagna Bolognese, fresh Italian bread from scratch, corn and asparagus. I also made some cc cookies from scratch.

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                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit May 17, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                      Happy Birthday, RedstickMom!!!

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                                                                                                                                        GretchenS May 17, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                        sounds fabulous, what a birthday dinner!

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                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason May 17, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yum, that all sounds really delicious.

                                                                                                                                        2. juliejulez May 17, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                          Tonight I'm throwing a 2lb tri-tip on the grill... just seasoned with montreal steak seasoning. My first tri-tip of the season :) gave SO the option of pork tenderloin, burgers, or tri-tip and he picked the tri-tip. Also will grill some asparagus. And, if needed, I have some dinner rolls in the freezer that I can defrost for the sole purpose of sopping up the meat juice.

                                                                                                                                          1. tcamp May 17, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                            Tonight, homemade pizza and salad are on the menu. Mine with goat cheese and herbs, sausage and onions for the boys.

                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow is my first CSA pickup of the season so dinner menu is undecided until I see what I've got. Kids will be scout camping tomorrow night so maybe grilled steaks, veggies, and fresh pineapple spears.

                                                                                                                                            1. alliegator May 17, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                              Tonight was going to be Andrew Zimmern's pasta that I posted a link to before, but I'm not so much in a pasta mood so I'm going with beef rendang from this month's Saveur. I've only made it once, years ago and from a different recipe, so I hope it turns out!!
                                                                                                                                              http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

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                                                                                                                                                alliegator May 17, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                As I enjoy a rare and well timed cloudy day here in my desert corner (dose adjustment on my migraine med has left me photosensitive), my beef is working away and smelling like it'll be a success. I sure hope so!

                                                                                                                                              2. gini May 17, 2013 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                We had southern fried chicken wings and sweet potato fries for dinner last night. It was awesome.

                                                                                                                                                1. GretchenS May 17, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I stopped at the fish counter on my way in to work today and they had the most gorgeous locally-caught wild mackeral that had just came in. They will be amazing grilled whole. I can hardly wait. Sadly I will have to until my delightful 5:30 to 7:30 conference call is over (perk of working on the East Coast for a West Coast company -- course, the flip side is I came in late after errands this morning, it all works out).

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                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Woohoo Fish Friday! I have my eyes set on the 80 lb rockfish that my local Whole Foods just got in today...not the whole hting of course :) Although, I'm a bit hesitant to get a filet from such a large fish as I've heard the texture can be quite different. Your dinner sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit May 17, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm aiming to stop at WF as well and see if there's anything interesting @ the seafood counter.

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                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Yea, nothing intrigued me. I am not the biggest fan of rockfish, it's good but not worth the price they had it at so I went with a land animal but I am on the lookout for any swordfish that comes in this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit May 17, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                          And I had other errands to run after work, so I didn't stop at WF tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                        linguafood May 17, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I absolutely *love* whole grilled mackerel!!!

                                                                                                                                                        There's a fish guy in Berlin who sets up at various markets, who grills the most fantastic fish & fish filets -- mackerel, trout, walleye. Served on a sheet of paper with housemade remoulade sauce, creamed horseradish, raw diced onion, and a lemon quarter. It's our go-to lunch at least once a week when we're over there.

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                                                                                                                                                          alliegator May 17, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                          This sounds like a guy I must meet in the future!

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                                                                                                                                                            linguafood May 17, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                            And he's a sweetheart. Well, a grumpy sweetheart.

                                                                                                                                                            http://steckerlfisch.com

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                                                                                                                                                              alliegator May 17, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the link. The man around here has a good grip on German, so I'll sift through it with him tonight :)
                                                                                                                                                              And I <3 grumpy sweethearts.

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                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I am booking my flight to Berlin for this summer....to meet with the 'fish guy' :")

                                                                                                                                                        2. ChristinaMason May 17, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                          We're celebrating an anniversary tonight, so dinner will be something Serbian at a new, well-reviewed place around town: http://www.ambarrestaurant.com/#menu-...

                                                                                                                                                          Our neighbor friends have invited us for dinner tomorrow, so I guess my next (and last) opportunity to cook will be brunch tomorrow. I have a bunch of egg whites that need some love. Maybe a spinach and Swiss souffle? I have an oval Le Cruset pottery gratin/baking dish---think it would work?

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                                                                                                                                                            Fowler May 17, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Happy Anniversary, CM!

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                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl May 17, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I know it is late but I am catching up. You didn't say if the anniversary was your as of this reading. I hope it was yours and it was dynamic. Wink and a nudge.

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                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                It was ours, yes :) This year the traditional gift was "appliances"---which I interpreted liberally ;)

                                                                                                                                                                Also, my husband proved he is the most thoughtful man ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS May 18, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Happy happy CM!

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                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl May 18, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    He may be thoughtful but he is also lucky. He has you :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      That's so sweet!

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                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Congratulations, enjoy dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma May 18, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary ChristinaMason!

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                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez May 18, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Anniversary, I hope you guys had a nice meal. I can't say I've ever had Serbian food, but that menu looks great, kind of a mix of italian and middle eastern, which makes sense :)

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                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower May 18, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        You all are lucky to be living in a city with such a wide range of internationally diversed restaurants. I hope your meal of Serbian food was delicious and had a great time celebrating your anniversary!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Meltlady May 19, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Happy Anniversary! I'm also in DC and my future brother in law was bar manager at Ambar until he took a new job two weeks ago. What did you think? I liked the soft opening (free!) but thought it could get pricey quick if paying menu prices!

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                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason May 19, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you! Without going too off topic...I liked it, didn't love it. The happy hour is tough to beat, and I love the opportunity to try unfamiliar wine varietals or Balkan interpretations of styles I know. I'm familiar with the flavor profile of the food thanks to my time spent in Central/Eastern Europe, but given my druthers, I like more vibrant flavors. I'd go back if I were in the neighborhood, but probably wouldn't make a special trip.

                                                                                                                                                                            What are some of your favorite DC spots? Maybe we can pick this convo up in a Washington, DC thread instead...

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                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen May 19, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              happy anniversary, CM!

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                                                                                                                                                                                Meltlady May 19, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Right, I forgot we have to stay on topic! I'm new:) See you on the DC board!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. linguafood May 17, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            It's another sunny day in Happy Valley. Now that I've recovered from last night's post-jour fixe shenanigans, I'm just about ready to party again. It's the weekend, after all :-)

                                                                                                                                                                            We're having a couple friends over for ...... wait for it.... the famous Trini-Chinese chicken. Again. But we all love it.

                                                                                                                                                                            Which is why I'm making it *again* tomorrow, for another set of friends who couldn't come tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                            Side today will be grilled asparagus and roasted green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow's sides TBD, altho roasted cauli will definitely be on the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Glad things at casa lingua seem to be 'back to party as usual'.

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, I must try that trini chicken again.... I must have missed something if you think it's good enough for two dinner parties in a row!

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                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood May 18, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                This is the 5th time I am making it within a couple of months. It's definitely in the top 10 these days.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. steve h. May 17, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              It's sunny and warm here in Southern New England. Lobsters (jumbos) are on the menu tonight, maybe a small salad on the side. Beer for me, wine for Deb. I may pull Pulp Fiction from the archive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen May 17, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                damn you steve h., damn you.

                                                                                                                                                                                i mean, enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  What she said.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. DonShirer May 17, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Requested osso buco for a birthday dinner since I hadn't had it for 10 years. The meat cost a fortune, but it lasted for four meals and was delish! We had it with noodles, rice, rice again, and potatoes. I think the rice soaked up the sauce best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower May 17, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Osso Buco sounds fantastic, especially with the rice absorbing all those wonderful meat juices.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. LindaWhit May 17, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  To Brimfield, or not to Brimfield, that is the question
                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Slings and Arrows of Antique Dealers looking for outrageous Fortune
                                                                                                                                                                                  Or to take Arms against a Sea of a List of Honey Do’s.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Still not sure whether I'm heading west on the Mass Pike tomorrow. I suppose I'll set an early alarm and figure out what I want to do tomorrow morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, however? There is WINE. And there will be BJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken served over rice, with some peas alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                  And WINE. Did I happen to mention WINE? Oh yes. Definitely WINE.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood May 17, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    BJ's?

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tee hee hee. Tell us what's really on your mind, Linda '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. May 17, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Evil

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                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit May 17, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey! I didn't name the warehouse store - it's called BJ's Wholesale Club - just easier to write BJs. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen May 17, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          hah - we thought you meant to write TJs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit May 17, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ohhhhhhh! LOL I never even thought of that - same finger used on the keyboard; but WAY too far apart to be a typo. At least for me. Unless I've had more wine than food. Then? Maybe. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood May 17, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes. That was indeed what I had assumed.

                                                                                                                                                                                              BJ's Wholesale Club? Sounds like the Dream Store for any guy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit May 17, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL! Only because if you go on Saturday between 11:30 and 2:00 p.m. or so, they've got lots of "taste test stations" around the warehouse trying to get people to buy more food. The men like and stop at all of the taste tests. I just try and get around all the monster-sized carts that crowd around the taste test tables. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. May 17, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Earl, cleanup on aisle two!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA GROSS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl May 17, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That is so funny. I knew exactly what LW meant and didn't get why the questions until I read your answer. And I started laughing my ass off. Very funny to you all I am sure. I guess to you I am laughing in reverse. Cheers Linda. I understood from the get go. But it is really funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl May 18, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not that i didn't think that this was funny enough... I got a free 60 day membership for BJ's in the mail today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia May 17, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              To Brimfield! my vote

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                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower May 17, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder how BJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken stacks up compared with Trader Joe's. I was not impressed with TJ's version...the majority of the chicken pieces were the size of small pellets, and some of the chicken was not of the best quality (gristle-ly). Not sure if it was just a lack of QC in that particular batch, but would try BJ's version if it's better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit May 17, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  BJ's pieces that just came out of the one bag I opened were *mostly* as long as my thumb (2") , and half as wide. A few smaller, and a few of those crispy crunchy bits. No gristle. I agree that TJs pieces of chicken are much smaller.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower May 17, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great to know!! We only have a Costco's membership not a BJ's, but a couple who I am friends with does. I will have to see if they can pick me up a bag to try! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower May 17, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Going for a Japanese spin on pork tonight...making Tonkatsu with homemade Tonkatsu sauce and a side of rice. Thin cut pork loin chops breaded in panko, granulated onion/garlic, salt and pepper then sauteed/lightly fried. Tonkatsu sauce made with soy sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and a dab of dijon mustard. The sauce recipe usually calls from dry mustard but do not have that on hand. Recently tried Maille's Dijon Originale which I have grown to love!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  mmmmmmmmmmmm - love tonkatsu!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great meal. How did the Tonkatsu sauce turn out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any special tips on making the perfect pork cutlet? Sounds so good, I just might have to copy you soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower May 18, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Usually when making Tonkatsu I will use a medium-sized center cut pork loin and pound it out thin (cutlet sized). If there is a small amount of fat around the perimeter of the pork, I make an incision on each of the four sides to allow the pork to lay flat instead of curving upward on the sides. I season the pork loin itself with a little S&P and granuated onion+garlic, dip in egg wash, then coat in panko breadcrumbs which I also season the same way as the pork. I sauteed them in pure olive oil until golden brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Tonkatsu sauce turned out great, and really makes this dish. It is so simple to put together with pantry ingredients (soy sauce/ketchup/worcestershire/dry mustard). It's a great dish to make at home...let me know how it turns out when you make it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    sedimental May 17, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Taco salad...and some alcohol :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Long week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. weezieduzzit May 17, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burgers on the grill with all the fixins (lettuce to wrap, tomato slices, red onion, pickle halves, mustard, sharp cheddar, buns for the man, etc.) I might do some brats while I'm at it to give them that char cooked taste, I can always reheat them in beer tomorrow for lunch. A big green salad with cukes, beets, mushrooms, cranberries, walnuts and feta on the side. I'm mulling over the idea of a pitcher of mojitos.... I'm not the one that has to get up early tomorrow.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I scored 4 containers of various sizes of fresh mozzarella for 99 cents each at the grocery store when I ran for cheese and think I'll marinate some of them in olive oil and herbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower May 17, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        What an incredible deal!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed! Jealous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit May 18, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think they're trying to compete with the nicer market a couple blocks away (this isn't really a crappy store, just the lesser of the two.) They must have a new deli buyer because the offerings have gotten a lot better than they used to be... but despite that they still don't attract the same crowd the other store does (its weird how different the shoppers are in the same neighborhood with the stores literally less than 4 blocks from one another!) so the stuff gets marked down- and sometimes there is a ton of it marked down! This is the same place I got a dozen cabernet salami, half a dozen Boursin, half a dozen spreadable herb cream cheese stuff, half a dozen gouda, half a dozen of this and that.... for 99 cents each.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl May 18, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I want them to move by me. I am not to proud to shop and eat markdown items. I frequent a scratch and dent store near me that sells dented cans and ugly boxes and bread going out of date. Works for me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit May 18, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                WOW, that's an insanely great price!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley May 19, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a similar store near my, Weezie, that can't seem to attract the shoppers from the 'view' part of the neighborhood, but keeps trying.... I will take all the expensive cheese and meats they mark down:)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They need a better wine program, and I think it would change things, but ssshhhhhh! I am not telling the manager......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood May 19, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boursin for 99 cents???? OMG, it's almost 6 bucks at Wegmans. The black pepper one is my favorite. Great on pasta, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley May 19, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOVE the stuff... usually 4.99-5.99 here too. Read my tonight post for what I am doing with my second package :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl May 18, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The burgers sound great. The cheap mozz is making me green with envy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, it has been a wonderful Friday. slow day at work, great weather and although Whole Foods fish counter let me down I have now come up with a plan for dinner. It was pretty empty in the store and I had nowhere to go so just browsed for a bit and came up with roasted pork tenderloin stuffed with Shiitake and either Raclette or the new Kerrygold sweet Skellig cheddar cheese that I picked up aside the usual roasted asparagus with Stravecchio Parmesan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also picked up a seriously thick Applegate black forest ham steak which I was planning to dice and use in omelets but all the chatter about ham steaks around here has me pondering a broiled ham steak for tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower May 17, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am hooked onto Applegate Farms meats...our local Trader Joe's carries their Roasted Turkey and Slow Cooked Ham that we buy often - we go through at least three packages of the turkey per week. Truely tastes like it was just roasted, and love the fact that it is antibiotic free + no nitrites added to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know! I haven't met a meat or cheese that they sell which I don't love. We buy the smoked turkey and black forest ham weekly and always have the Muenster cheese on hand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower May 17, 2013 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, we're lucky that TJ's carries some Applegate Farms meat, but the selection is rather limited. You are fortunate to live near a Whole Foods that carries a wide variety of AF meats. Fresh Market carries a few more varieties of AF but their prices for that brand are rather steep. God Bless TJ's for keeping their prices on the low side!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. roxlet May 17, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Today was a really sad day in our house -- our wonderful dog, Dixie, died unexpectedly after surgery. We have been unable to function, so went out to eat some dinner. We all had the same thing -- a BLTsalad and an aged steak. None of us finished out meal. Dixie is my avatar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit May 17, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      :( I'm so sorry, Roxlet. Take it easy this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit May 17, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh roxlet, so SO sorry you lost your cute, funny Dixie Doodle. {{{{hugs}}}}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. May 17, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Condolences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All dogs go to heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower May 17, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am so so sorry to hear that, roxlet. I often thought to myself what an adorable puppy that is...will definitely keep you and your family in my prayers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez May 17, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sorry to hear about your pup roxlet. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh honey, so sorry! that is terrible! and worse when so unexpected. really feel for you.... it really feels awful to lose them, they bring so much. big hug....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler May 17, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am very sorry for your loss and I think Dixie was really very happy because of your love and care.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh wow, roxlet. I'm so sorry to hear this. My family recently lost our 16 year old cat and it was much harder than I expected. We'll all have Dixie in mind when you post, very cute little pup! Relax, if you can and take it easy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood May 17, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's incredibly difficult to lose "a pet" -- which really is a family member. The more years they've shared with you, the harder it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If it's any consultation, you know that you made her life wonderful & happy. That is one thing to hold on to among all the pain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hugs to you and your famblee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle May 17, 2013 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So sorry to hear about your dog. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 May 18, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RIP Dixie. So sorry Rox. Hope you are holding up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          <<Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.>>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet May 18, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's difficult...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia May 18, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always loved your avatar. I hope you keep it. Sorry about your loss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 May 18, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is. I lostt beloved Pom a few years back. Very sad

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl May 18, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know that there are no words to comfort you right now. Just know that every parent (2 or 4 feet) hurts for your loss of Dixie. Feel better soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS May 18, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet, I am so sorry to hear your news. Such a cutie and her picture hints at a huge personality. What a hole she will leave in your family. Treasure the memories... It is such a loss. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma May 18, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roxlet: I am so sorry about Dixie. I don't know how I would cope either. My heart goes out to you. Sending you loving hugs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh - what a sad, sad shock. My thoughts are with you and yours for your deerly departed to doggy heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator May 18, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awww, roxlet. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of Dixie, especially so suddenly. I hope you'll be feeling and eating better soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs May 18, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh roxlet...my heart breaks for you. Please take good care. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tcamp May 18, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm sorry about Dixie. My two mutts are oftentimes the family members I like the most.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet May 18, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. Our hearts are broken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. May 18, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi roxlet,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deb and I love all dogs and cats. We mourn your loss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit May 18, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My heart aches for you both, roxlet and rjbh20. Dixie was loved and loved you all in return with her heart and soul.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs May 18, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Such a sweetie. When we lost our sweet boy I was crushed. It was the thought of his smiling face and wagging tail that occasionally drew me out of my funk and warmed my heart. Wishing you such moments in the days and months ahead roxlet. Undoubtedly they are family members...so sweet and loving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FWIW our next boy couldn't be more diametrically opposed in terms of personality to our other pooch...despite my best efforts and being the same breed. It is precisely that difference that made us fall in love all over again. Healing takes time but it does happen. Trust me (who burst into tears at the mention of my sweet boy's name for almost a year)...you will heal and have an appetite for another meal again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight I shall bake meatballs (a favourite of all 2 and four-legged family members) in honour of Dixie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower May 18, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It usually takes quite a bit to get me to tear up, but tears just welled up in my eyes at the sight of Dixie's picture. What a sweetheart. Thank you for sharing this picture with us, roxlet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS May 18, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley May 19, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        +1....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl May 18, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That couldn't be a better picture. You caught the one ear in a slight flip and the tounge readying itself for a kiss and the tail in a full on wag. What a happy looking baby. I know she will be missed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        helen_m May 18, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        She looks like such a precious dog, that photo is so adorable, she looks like she was a real character. Thinking off you and will raise a glass to Dixie to tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          twodales May 19, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So terribly sorry you must endure something so painful. Our 14 year old is having heart issues but he is still happy so we are enjoying his company while we are blessed to have him here in our lives. <3

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator May 19, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for sharing the pic--Heaven sure has a very cute new angel. Again, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Hopefully my Carly has found her and is showing her around up there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hope that in time, you'll just have memories of the good times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS May 19, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ... And I hope my beloved Dauber is with both of them. Every time I get to this part of this thread I end up with tears rolling down my face. Roxlet, my heart is sore for you and your family.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Musie May 19, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So sorry hopefully time will heal your loss. Anyone who has a beloved pet will know they are as big a part of the family as everyone else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you have space you should plant something to commemorate Dixie, even if it is in a plant pot, then each time you look at it you'll be reminded of all the great memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl May 19, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A couple of years ago l lost my amazing cat Sis after having her for 18 years and her mama for 13. I watched her be born on Christmas eve. Toughest animal I had to lose in my life. I got a Sheppard hook and hung a pothos over her grave and when I go out to water it or trim it, I talk to her. It soothes me

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EM23 May 19, 2013 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a beautiful face. We are so lucky to have such lovely creatures in our lives. I am very sorry for your loss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PHREDDY May 18, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                :-{...may your pooch rest in heaven!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BananaBirkLarsen May 19, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I missed your post the other day, but I wanted to say I'm so so sorry about your Dixie. She looks like a wonderful dog. I don't know what I'd do if I lost mine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen May 17, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The BF made chicken tacos, using B/S chicken breast he'd already seared off a day or so ago, and ten marinaded last night in a sort of al pastor-type marinade, subbing apricot jelly (!) for the pineapple/orange called for. the result was slightly sweet, slightly spicy, juicy little chicken bits, on a charred tortilla, with queso fresco and salsa fresca made of chopped cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, scallions, lime juice, s&p. black beans on the side with a little avo, a cuke salad, and a black bean dish with a hunk of queso fresco and a jalapeno sauce we buy poured over the top - really nice combo. Feliz Viernes, everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower May 17, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am now craving Mexican food...all of that sounds yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Feliz Viernes a tu tambien! I probably just butchered the little Spanish that I still remember from college intermediate clase de Espanol, but it's fun to try. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen May 17, 2013 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gracias!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you done good, lf (except it's a "ti" tambien.) very good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower May 17, 2013 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        :-) - thanks mc. I like to practice the little I learned in high school and college but forgot verb tenses for the most part. Are you fluent in Spanish?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen May 17, 2013 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah, pretty much. both parents are Bolivian, though i was born and raised here. coincidentally, the BF has the same scenario.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fowler May 17, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That looks incredibly tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I must admit that I have some type of mental defect that compels me to collect interesting and beautiful plates. Would you be willing to share the details about that plate with the black rim and various imprints?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower May 17, 2013 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fowler that is not a defect at all...I think that is a wonderful thing to collect!! Shows you are a true foodie who appreciates not only good food but creative presentation as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen May 17, 2013 11:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks! i think they are plates i bought a hundred years ago at Pier 1 Imports, and the little designs are just items you'd find in a cafe - coffee cups, little cafe chairs, wine glasses, ice buckets, candelabras, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 09:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, your BF should open a taqueria. The tacos look fantastic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen May 17, 2013 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            aw thanks, i'll tell him!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS May 18, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gorgeous mc!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. fldhkybnva May 17, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, I thought I was in the mood for fish but the pork tenderloin really hit the spot. It was delicious! I stuffed it with Shiitake mushrooms sauteed with garlic, shallots, thyme and a splash of white wine and sherry wine and Raclette cheese. I usually wrap pork tenderloin in some sort of other pork product (usually pancetta) but I think I might prefer the unwrapped a wee bit more as the wonderful pig flavor shines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SO and I rented a movie which is quite rare for us and a sign that we intend to actually relax. I hope to stay awake, I'm a chronic movie-watcher-go-to-sleeper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen May 17, 2013 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that combo sounds amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (me too - movie goes on, i go off.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                +1 - on both the pork and the fall-asleep-during-movie action...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fortunately, I can stay awake if I am in an actual (read = expensive ticket) movie theatre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I fell asleep once in a movie theater as a kid and all I remember is my friend's mother being quite upset :) I don't think I've been to a theater in at least 5 years probably because I know I fall asleep or get fidgety.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit May 18, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love the sound of the mushrooms sauteed with garlic, shallots, thyme and white wine - might have to do something along those likes for tonight's dinner with whatever I'm going to be making.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meltlady May 18, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We split a big NY strip steak, coated with garlic, rosemary, and black pepper and grilled. Also grilled artichokes and brussels sprouts, and made a baby tomato-caper-olive-chickpea relish/salad with lots of fresh herbs from the garden. Unfortunately I left my plate unattended for a minute on the coffee table and the hound ate it (except for the artichoke)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no! But it sounds so delicious, can you blame the pooch for being unable to resist?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS May 18, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh no, all that yummy cooking and all you got was an artichoke??? Happy hound though....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood May 18, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HA! I made tuna salad for my man yesterday and left it out on the counter for a bit, waiting for the celery to perk up before I was going to chop and add to the bowl, and the dude (our cat) got into it. Pets, man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen May 18, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dude shoulda had his own bowl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Njchicaa May 18, 2013 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Making chipotle meatballs and spinach-mushroom enchiladas from COTM tonight. Possibly some shrimp ceviche as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS May 18, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Njchicaa, my reco for those meatballs is more crumbs will make them more tender. Super tasty though, the mint really adds something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Njchicaa May 18, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Woohoo the snapper appeared! I walked into Whole Foods this morning and caught the eye of a fresh caught red snapper. They were only selling it whole. I've never cooked a whole fish but seems like fun! So tonight's dinner will be baked whole snapper with ginger and scallions alongisde braised brussels sprouts with pancetta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl May 18, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yum. I miss whole baked fish. The only fish the bf will eat is salmon and, well that takes whole out of the equasion for most of us except maybe Rbjh2o(forgive me if I butchered your name but i am going from memory and that stopped being reliable years ago).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's interesting that's the only acceptable choice vs. a less fish-tasting fish. Snapper is one of the few white fish that I enjoy as I'm a fishy-fish person so I was quite excited to grab them. Though, I learned a nice lesson as to why fish filets are so costly. I asked him the yield and he defeated my estimate to correct me to approximate 45% yield from a whole fish which shocked me for some reason. I guess I didn't think the head and tail weighed that much but I guess the yield for small fish like snapper would be low vs. a monster halibut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl May 18, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is funny that he chooses salmon but he likes the texture and the fattiness that allows him to cook it enough that he feels its dead. And he thinks it tastes good with cheddar cheese melted on at the end of cooking and other fish doesn't taste right. Don't pull my chow card for feeding him the cheesy overcooked fish. He likes it. What can I say?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh right, he's the cheddar salmon guy. I love that! It's like a friend who douses asparagus in Old Bay as it otherwise has no taste. I think you just don't like asparagus. Give the man what he wants, we like what we like. I can have very peculiar tastes to many in the world, oh well my belly is happy and so is your bf's :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hmm, your post made me think about the fish in my fridge. I sure hope that guy is gutted. I know the butcher de-scaled it but I hope it did the rest as well and I totally forgot to ask. I think I can tackle cooking it whole without freaking out too much but gutting is another level.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Usually, they would gut the fish on catch, as leaving the guts in results in an 'off' flavor if it is not going to be sold in a few hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tho, if they are there - it's not too hard to deal with. Plus, you get more Chowhound cred if you know how to gut a fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I always want my fish scaled when I buy it, as that makes SUCH a mess if you have to do it in your kitchen!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great, I checked and of course they gutted it as I expected they did but you never know. There were a few remnants which I scooped.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Musie May 19, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              there's something deeply satisfying about preparing and more so eating a whole fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. steve h. May 18, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leftover lobster meat from last night's supper found its way into today's brunch: lobster eggs benedict. We washed it down with a little prosecco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Preakness will be on the plasma later today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You are killing me, man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. May 18, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, it was one tasty dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley May 18, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok, now you REALLY are starting to piss me off..... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. May 18, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's in my job description.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen May 18, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      U are well-suited for the job.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. May 18, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yeah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. juliejulez May 18, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The tri-tip last night was oh-so delicious, there's only about a sandwich's worth left over... I'm hoping SO won't touch it so I can have it tomorrow after he goes to the airport, hehe :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're going to a Rockies v Giants baseball game tonight, so we'll see what I end up with. Coors Field has so many interesting food choices beyond the usual.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma May 20, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love that meat. Lucky you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm glad to hear some tri-tip lovers. I've always heard horror stories so always avoid it in the store. What do you usually do with it? Does it have to be marinated?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen May 20, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a favorite prep of mine is rubbing it with truffle oil and then smothering it with dijon and chopped-up green olive stuffed with pimentos. sounds weird, but a GF did it once years ago, and grilled it, and it was divine. now if i don't have truffle oil, i'll still do the dijon and olives, and if no grill, into the oven she goes. always delish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I have a reason to buy that truffle oil I've been wanting but had no "good" reason to spend $14 on a bottle of oil I'd probably not use much. What's the texture like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen May 20, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            texture of the truffle oil? it's just like any other oil....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry, that was confusing, I was referring to the meat :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez May 20, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          People who have had bad tri tip either overcooked it or sliced it the wrong way. It's like flank steak in that you have to slice against the grain otherwise it's very tough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For a quick meal, I usually just season it with montreal steak seasoning and grill it... maybe 15 min on each side? Depends on how big it is. I pull it when the thickest part is about 115-120 degrees and let it sit for a bit, then thinly slice. Since it always has one thicker and one thinner end, I usually use the thinner end for sandwich leftovers and eat the thicker (more red) end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It really is ideal on a low heat charcoal though, done low and slow. Or, REALLY ideally, on one of these bad boys http://joysquared.org//wp-content/upl... The best tri-tip where I'm from is at a gas station, they only do it 2 days a week and it sells out by 1pm. They say it's sandwiches but it's basically just chunks of meat on a bun, you really have to eat the meat with a fork.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great, thanks. Would you compare the flavor to other cuts from the sirloin?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez May 20, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think it's more flavorful than your basic sirloin. It has a decent amount of marbling. Try it out, it's not expensive. I buy at Costco and I think a package of 2 that average around 2lbs each is around $20.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yea, it's less than the sirloin and we buy those all the time. My inquiry actually is that I think they mispackaged a tri tip as a sirloin. It looks like no sirloin I've seen and from Google all I could come up with was tri tip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez May 20, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well technically tri tip is part of the bottom sirloin so labeling it as sirloin isn't totally wrong. If you post a picture of it I'm sure we can all help identify your mystery meat :) A lot of people, especially in the eastern part of the US, haven't ever had or heard of tri tip so that could be part of it too...they didn't want to label it that because nobody would buy it. I know when I moved to Chicago in 2003 the only place I could find it was at Costco or Trader Joe's in a pre-marinated package. One butcher I tried only sold it as steaks vs the entire 2lb portion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for texture, I would compare it most to maybe flank steak, except it's obviously thicker. They're from very close locations on the cow so it makes sense that they would be similar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where is my brain today? I specifically meant to write it was labeled top sirloin and quite different from the other piece of meat I also bought at the time with the same label which looked like the usual top sirloin cut that I buy a few times a week. I actually grabbed the other steak because it was the biggest top sirloin I had ever seen ready to go cut in the store. I guess that should have tipped me off as the grass fed top sirloin at this store are always under a lb and never more than a shy 1 inch thick, usually thinner. The other things which made me wonder were the shape as well as the connective tissue on the underside which just seemed different to me although my local Whole Foods doesn't specialize in the best butchery skills all the time. I feel like this is one of those "if it feels different, trust your judgement." It could be a different cut of top sirloin closer to the rump end, but I've just never seen it this shape or size. I've posted a few pictures so maybe we can identify the suspect. #1 is the top sirloin and the rest are the "unidentified suspect"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez May 20, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm, yeah I don't know what that is either! Doesn't look like the top sirloins I normally get either I know it's not, but it looks like liver!! I don't think it's a tri-tip though. Maybe try posting it in a new thread so other folks will see it, not sure tons of folks read the old WFD threads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love a good mystery. I posted in the Home Cooking board so I guess we'll see what we get. Interesting...If not, I'll just bring the pictures to the butcher next time and see if he even knows :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, it seems the consensus among a few is that it's a blade steak. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9026...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit May 20, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here are some pics of tri-tips - I'm not sure if yours is triangular enough...at least in the 2nd/3rd pictures. The first one *does* look more like tri-tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.mikerags.com/sites/default/files/user3/sous_vide/tri_tip/01_TriTip.JPG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MeBi8LSVzw0/UHND9RUt9DI/AAAAAAAAChc/y72U0Xrpth8/s1600/Tri+Tip+003-001.jpg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.seriouseats.com/images/201...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez May 20, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That last one is making me hungry :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to admit it does, although it tasted just like the usual sirloin and had the same texture and seems to always be in that shape. SO did cut out a piece of gristle so perhaps that's the reason for the shape as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. BananaBirkLarsen May 18, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night was doctored frozen pizzas (because that's what we usually have when I tell my boyfriend to pick something up for dinner) and the last of the gin and tonics with lime (the perfect accompaniment to watching the sun set from the font porch...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight I work late, but I have a London broil marinading in a balsamic-garlic-soy-thyme mixture. I'll broil it (surprise, surprise) when I get home, reduce the remaining marinade to use as a sauce, do the whole thin-sliced-against-the-grain thing, and serve with rice and the last of the enormous bag of asparagus (probably steamed and tossed with butter and salt).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds good, stealing that beef idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower May 18, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              YUM BBL....love London Broil...a restaurant that my parents and I used to go to just about every weekend when I was little served THE BEST London Broil in the world. My mother always would order the London Broil and give me a large piece of it to eat with my kids meal. Sadly, they closed their doors about ten years ago...I wonder how London Broil would work if using bison as the protein instead of beef.......will have to try this out someday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Musie May 19, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My husband runs on the same train of thought as your BF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood May 18, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another 'cue coming up tonight, even tho the weather isn't as cooperative as it was yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once again, there will be the legendary TC chicken. I wonder if I'll ever tire of it. Sides will be roasted cauli, maybe some grilled sweet peppers, maybe a salad. Who knows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night I made roasted asparagus on the side, tossed with lemon oil, some lemon juice, and grated parm, but the star was a friend's dish of roasted green beans. Those were just awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I might have to get lemon bars at TJ's for dessert, or try one (or two, or three) of the new, pretty awesome sounding Wegmans ice cream flavors.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood May 18, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dinner's shaping up quite well -- chick thighs are marinatin' away, dipping sauce is done, cauli broken into to small florets to be soon tossed with olive oil and dukkah, and the sweet peppers will be tossed with olive & chile oil, probably some oregano, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My friends are bringing tabbouleh and hummus, the latter of which they master in way that makes even me eat some. And I'm not much of a fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dessert is a trio of Wegmans new ice cream:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dark Chocolate chill -- dark choc ice cream with mint crackle fudge swirls & white fudge flakes. Hey, only 320 (!!!) cals per 1/2 cup! HA!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Under the Boardwalk - caramel ice cream with sea salt caramel swirls & caramel truffles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cherry Licious - cherry ice cream with fudge pieces, bing cherries and black cherry ribbon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope everyone's hungry :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley May 18, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am on my way to crash your dinner party.... must find out why your trini chix is SO much betta' than mine, and I need a dish of all THREE ice creams after:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood May 19, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The ice cream was the shizzle!!! I think the caramel one was the most popular, but the cherry & chocolate were et, too. Mostly by me '-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Time to get a grip on the pie hole stuffing again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator May 19, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        God, I love Wegman's....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood May 19, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It sure saved our culinary sanity when it opened up out here in the boonies in '03 or '04.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower May 19, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I so wish we lived near one...the closest is a good 2.5 hrs. away!! Those ice creams sound delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley May 19, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight is pie hole stuffing around here. Ouch. (GET-A-GRIP ginger!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think those pants-wanderings are starting again.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Fowler May 18, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Super simple tonight...Grilled Barolo and cheese Italian sausages with bow tie pasta, marinara and basil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe a small cup of espresso laced with Frangelico for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit May 18, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh MY those barolo and cheese sausages sound great - enjoy! Although the espresso would leave me awake all night. :-/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl May 18, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Exactly what Linda said. I have the jitters just reading this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler May 18, 2013 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You and Linda were right. It is getting close to midnight and I feel as though I will have to run around the block 40 times, swim for 3 hours and then maybe read the entire encyclopedia Britannica full version before I even start to get sleepy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Feel free to say "Well we told you so". :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle May 19, 2013 12:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hope you get to sleep soon. I always finding reading a long 'not about food' thread sends me off to sleep fairly easily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love a shot of espresso after a nice meal with a shot of white sambucca alongside. Generally the amount of wine consumed during the evening cancels out the effect of the caffeine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit May 19, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bing bing BIIINNNNNGGG! Ricochet Rabbit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do hope you eventually got to sleep, Fowler.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl May 19, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am not an 'I told ya so' kinda girl. You poor baby. I hope you don't have to work today. Try and get some sleep

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood May 19, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was it espresso or coffee? Espresso has so much less caffeine, I find it to be the perfect post-dinner drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But then coffee doesn't affect me at all -- not at night, not in the morning. I do love the flavor, however.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen May 19, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that's the BF - he drinks it late and strong. of course, he's usually up until 3 or 4, but not because he CAN'T sleep. he just doesn't want to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood May 19, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A fellow insomniac! Nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen May 19, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ahem, night owl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley May 19, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      agreed on espresso being lower...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My housemate just started making cold-brew coffee for us for the summer. Heaven. Caffeine levels like espresso, smooth - serve over ice with a sploosh of cream or milk. I HAVE lucked out on the awesome room mate!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl May 19, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You really have a great roomie. I had a feeling that you guys would get along when you had lunch together before she even moved in. Good for you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler May 18, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Although the espresso would leave me awake all night. :-/"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  60% of the reason why the Frangelico is added. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit May 18, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Still wouldn't help me. I can't even have the cafe con leché at Dali - I drank about a half of one about 10 years ago and I remained wide awake until 5:00 a.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That was NOT a good Sunday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      helen_m May 18, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love a teeny espresso at the end of dinner, it feels like a proper occasion. Frangelico too - heaven! Although I'd have mine in a separate glass. In an ideal world I'd have them both over vanilla ice cream *greedy*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. May 18, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of life's great pleasures is a grappa after a good meal followed by an espresso. Strolling to your favorite gelato place afterwards goes without saying.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          helen_m May 18, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gosh yes! Reminds me of being in Rome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. May 18, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator May 19, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Super simple, but super delish sounding!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. LindaWhit May 18, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Didn't go to Brimfield to do some antiquing - I set the alarm last night, woke up early and lay there thinking of all of the things I needed to do around the house. So that won out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner was planned while I was out running errands - took out a beef tenderloin end that I had in the freezer - about 1-1/4 lbs. I'll rub that all over with some oil and minced herbs, sear the bejeezus out of it and finish it in the oven to medium-rare. Meanwhile, thanks to fieldhawk mentioning this last night, I'm going to slice up some baby bella mushrooms, minced some shallots, and sauté both with some garlic and a bit of fresh thyme, adding red wine to reduce towards the end as a topper for the slices of beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sides will be a baked potato with sour cream and steamed broccoli. And WINE. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dessert will be pound cake topped with sliced and macerated strawberries, whole blackberries, and topped with a vanilla whipped cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fowler May 18, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds perfect! I hope you have some wine with that as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit May 18, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the reminder - I edited my post to include that. (although on weekends it's usually a give!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. alliegator May 18, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night's beef rendang turned out well, if I do say so myself. Just the right amount of spice and was very tender.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today is reserved for looking at cars, so I'm sure we'll just grab something out. In a middle eastern sorta mood, so I need to research my choices!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez May 18, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good luck w/ the car shopping. I hate hate hate car shopping and I'm probably going to be doing it again this summer. I've only had one pleasant car buying experience and that was when my friend worked at the dealership and all the negotiating was done over the phone before I got there. Thankfully my SO is a good negotiator, because I'm horrible at it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator May 19, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good Lord, it was awful. I hate any shopping experience where somebody is breathing down your neck. I'm usually a very smiling and friendly person but I wanted to slap that salesman. But we selected a car and the man will return on Monday to get it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dinner was at PF Changs, but I like some of the apps their, so we did a bunch of dumplings and northern style ribs. Yum!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not sure yet what tonight brings, but it will be something on the grill, fer shore!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler May 19, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Good Lord, it was awful."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A few months ago I was looking into purchasing a new car. I was doing research about prices, brands, trim lines, etc. on the internet and came across a website for car salespeople. I thought it would be a good idea to read through it so I could perhaps pick up on some of their tricks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just about every post was from a car salesperson moaning, whining and complaining about how they are so misunderstood, unfairly judged, mistreated by all of their customers and basically treated like a bad disease.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gosh, I cannot understand why that would be the case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator May 19, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eh, I just have nothing nice to say, so I won't say it at all. But hubby is happy with his choice of car, so all is good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll erase they memory of the creepy dude with his nose practically in my ponytail all afternoon by grilling up some kielbasa with red onions and green peppers for lunch, with a little beer and bbq sauce glaze. Then, on to the pool!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley May 19, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And drink a beer too, to really get that guy out of your ponytail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is why many of my friends use a buying service for cars now; no dealer to deal with. Just a nice middleman/woman who saves you as much as you would hand that ___hole at the dealer :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator May 20, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's actually a good idea! Thankfully, we're now good on cars for the next couple of years. The kielbasa lunch was great with several beers ;) and left room for only ice cream for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. May 19, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I like buying cars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My attitude is simple: I'm paying the money so I'm calling the shots. A little homework on Edmunds.com/equivalents will help you select a new/used car, figure out the price to pay, determine the trade-in value of your current vehicle and so on. Easy peasy. That leaves very little wiggle room for the sales gremlin to mess with you, thus freeing up time for a seriously good meal with wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle May 18, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night was my dad's silverbeet (chard) recipe piled onto grilled sourdough. The silverbeet is cooked slowly with lots of onions and seems to be a recipe that converts haters of silverbeet into fans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight's dinner might be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trip to a local hand pulled noodle house for a bowl of spicy pork noodles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley May 18, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum - hand pulled noodles - and I love chard. Win,win, win....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am already a fan of the family recipes you've shared...could you give us this one as well :)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen May 18, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes please! i already love the stuff (in blitva) - would welcome another prep.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle May 18, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd be delighted to share his recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 bunch silverbeet (chard) I use the white stalked type. Toughest bits of the stalk removed, rinsed well and roughly chopped.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 brown onions, medium dice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2-3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A generous amount of olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lemon juice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In a large pot with a lid fry onion and garlic in the oil uncovered on a low heat until very soft but not browned. I take my time doing this, about 30 mins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Add your silverbeet to the pot and cover. There should be enough moisture from washing it to cook it so it doesn't need any water. Cook on a low heat until it's a nice green gloopy mass in the pot, stirring from time to time. It should take about 15-20 mins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Season with S&P and serve with a good squeeze of lemon juice. I like to sprinkle parmesan on it and have it on grilled bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The key to making it is to let the onions cook long enough to be nice and sweet and to let the silverbeet cook long enough to be silky. If you rush it it won't be as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason May 19, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wonderful, thanks! That's about how I pictured it, but it's helpful to hear the technique from you directly. Thank you again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By the way, do you serve it hot, warm, room temperature? I'm guessing it's at least warm, since the cheese is melted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle May 19, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I serve it hot but trying it at different temps would be interesting. It's a winter vegetable for us so we've always opted for hot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen May 19, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sounds wonderful! thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen May 19, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks. sounds really great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. gingershelley May 18, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night was dinner ad Dad's house for a father-daughter date... step mom is off cavorting with her bestie's in Barcelona (jealous!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had a nice steak (tho Dad has a hard time getting it MR, sadly) with some sauteed peppers and shrooms, and his usual BIG salad. Nice conversation and a big Barolo to drink:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight, I am having a girlfriend over, and am making crab cakes with the reserved lump crabmeat I froze from my big vat I bought at Costco last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am going to make a mango,tomato,avocado salad with a zesty chili-lime dressing for a side, plus roasted asparagus and a nice loaf of my no-knead bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rhubarb pie with cardamom in a nice lattice crust for dessert. Vanilla ice cream on the side. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great meal, lucky friend! My mouth watered reading that salad description.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley May 18, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh - and a steamed artichoke with homemade lemon-chive aioli to start :) - I forgot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          helen_m May 18, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, lucky friend!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower May 18, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. I love artichokes dipped in aioli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. steve h. May 18, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stevens, Lukas, Oxbow win the Preakness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice. All my ponies finished, Deb is rolling her eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wings are on the menu tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. helen_m May 18, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wanted to cook something suitably Saturday night-ish but also use up some of my amazing local veg box whilst it's in its prime so I ate crudités of radish, carrots and olives dipped in my best e v olive oil and have just polished off a whole (but one-person-sized) baked st marcellin served with slow roasted tomatoes, spinach salad and baguette (that was still warm when I picked it up from the bakery!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A glass or two of cotes du rhone in my new wine glasses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - I've been drinking out of tumblers but it feels so much more grown up drinking from a posh glass!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dessert will be local strawberries I picked up from the farmer's market doused with orange juice and rosewater served with orange ricotta cake (still eating it up!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower May 18, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dessert sounds fantastic...my favorite fruit are farmer's market fresh sweet strawberries, and they sound heavenly paired with the orange ricotta cake. Mmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen May 18, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that sounds like the PERFECT dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  helen_m May 18, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was a pretty decadent solo dinner but after nearly 2 weeks of cooking for just me and my toddler I had to take advantage of him falling asleep early. My husband isn't a huge fan of that kind of cheese so I'm making the most of it until he's back from his trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS May 18, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fabulous meal! Did you just put the St Marcellin in the oven till warmed through? Great idea, it is a perfect single-serving size.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    helen_m May 18, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After roasting the tomatoes I just put the cheese in the oven in the dish it came in and kept an eye on it until it looked wobbly in the middle, 10 mins or so?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS May 18, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can hardly wait to try that, thanks helen!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meltlady May 18, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your dinner sounds perfect to me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley May 19, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Be still my heart at the sound of the St. Marcellin..... yum - that had seemed to be one of the harder to procure of the French cheeses on this side of the pond - but DC perhaps has a great international cheese store? Curious where you purchased...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That all sounds SO good Helen_m :)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        helen_m May 19, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just our local Wholefoods, they have it in our Safeway too. It's a little more pricey than home, but for a treat it's worth it! I'm becoming quite the fan of US cheese though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley May 19, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow; I can't imagine a Safeway in our area that would have nice cheese like that. I don't 'whole paycheck' often, as it's not in my general errands/driving routine, but I should check with my local cool gourmet-mart, Metropolitan Market where they have a lovely cheese dept. If St. Marcelin is in season - now is the time to get a lovely ripe one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl May 18, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catching up as I didn't post last nights dinner. I was busy imbibing with the sweet birthday boyfriend. He was having beer, I was enjoying vodka and berry club soda. Dinner for his birthday is usually chicken cordon bleu but i had a big day and got home late and tired. So the chicken went into buffalo chicken sandwiches. I had plain chicken w/o sauce. Cheese fries for him and red leaf lettuce and yellow grape tomatoes from the garden for me. Blue cheese for his sammie and my salad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For tonight it is either grilled drumsicks and more salad before it gets to hot for the lettuce. Or salmon and broccoli and jasmine rice. And lots of lemon

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason May 18, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wish him a happy belated from your foodie friends :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS May 18, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy Birthday to the bf!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva May 18, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Birthday and even though he didn't have it this year chicken cordon bleu is an awesome birthday meal! Can you pass the cheese fries? Fries are one of few carbs I can't resist :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl May 19, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks you guys. I will send along the birthday wishes while he puts up his new shelving unit in the shed. He likes the romantic gifts. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen May 18, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight i'm going to a wine tasting party (Priorat, a Spanish varietal) at friends', to which we're all bringing food. i'm making paella, this time with little neck clams which i picked up this morning from the fishmonger, and chorizo, from Spanish Table in Berkeley. also have marcona almonds, Ygnacio pimento and Ygnacio anchovy-stuffed olives. should be a yummy night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At home, i've got chicken thighs/legs marinating in buttermilk and paprika, granulated garlic/onion, celery salt, paprika, cayenne, and a little aleppo. fried chicken tomorrow, with a wedge salad with gorgonzola dill dressing. not sure about a starch for the BF, but maybe i can get away with another green veg instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and, at the oldster's, i picked up some paper thin carne asada to make apanados for him (chicken fried steak, basically, but wafer thin). fried some plantains, mixed leftover sauteed onions/tomatoes with leftover rice. that takes care of him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AND, tomorrow, also..... sigh. SOMEONE... no one will cop to it, took out about 4 packs of different meats from the freezer at the Oldster's, and put them in the veg crisper of the fridge.... don't know who, don't know when, but they're fully defrosted, and essentially it means tomorrow i need to cook spare ribs, duck legs and thighs (which i was saving for confit - i have no duck fat!), 1/2 lb. of ground beef, and some other thing i can't remember right now. gaaaah...meatpocalypse!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit May 18, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Someone" - Not Me! Not Me Either! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hopefully you can make some freezer meals for the Oldster.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit May 18, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's a lotta cookin' goin' on!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. May 18, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Amen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  helen_m May 18, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So jealous of your Spanish feast maria! It's one of my favourite cuisines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your meat feast totally suggests Asian food to me - nigel slater does duck leg (but I imagine it would be great with thighs too) with star anise and ginger that is a favourite in our house. He has a great pork ribs recipe too, but I think it's also a star anise (and honey?) recipe which is prob star anise overkill! I adore jasmine ribs and order them whenever I see them so might try to recreate those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not so sure about the beef mince but a version of dan dan noodles or dumplings? Or make a ragu and freeze (it's ok to refreeze one cooked, right?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower May 18, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MC reading your post brings back great food memories for me. One of my roommates in college had a boyfriend who was born in Mexico City and used to cook us outstanding Mexican food. One of the dishes was a rendition of chicken fried steak that he would coat in breadcrumbs and fry up. Instead of the usual cream gravy found on CFS here in the States, he would cut up lime wedges which we liberally applied to the CFS's and sprinkle with salt. Mouthwatering delicious...not sure how exactly he made them but they remain the best CFS's I have ever tasted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl May 18, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeez. That's alot of meat going on. Hope that everything is still good since you don't know when it was thawed. I know that you can pull it off but you will be knocking yourself out. Lucky you have a man that cooks if you want a break after this. Keep us posted please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS May 18, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mc, can you share details about the Gorgonzola dill dressing? And bummer about the meatpocalypse.... Have fun tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle May 18, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh dear. That's a big cooking day. I look forward to hearing what you do with the meat fest.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley May 19, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MEATPOCALYPSE!!!!!!!! Gah is right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Courage; that's a lotta cooking to do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen May 19, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              so the paella did not turn out well - the chef's fault - inattention, vino, miscalculation of rice/liquid ratio..... girlfriend also made a paella - veggie, which turned out nice. i am so bummed to waste good ingredients like clams and chorizo. still, a good time was had by all, from what i rememb