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What's for Dinner #218: National Salad Month [OLD]

Seems to me that last year it was a week, not a month, but either way for many of us the growing season is just shifting into high gear....

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  1. I will start this thread by linking roxlet's totally fabulous Green Goddess dressing: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9004...
    I had an amazing salad tonight of romaine, radish and asparagus with that dressing and it completely outshone the accompanying steak. Just imagine a riff on salade nicoise, with salmon instead of tuna, and that Green Goddess dressing.... Heaven....

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    1. re: GretchenS

      This afternoon:
      Tortellini with garbanzos, black olives, roasted red peppers dressed with a red wine vinagrette.
      Portobello mushrooms doused with a reduction of balsamic , fresh buffalo mozzarella melted on top, nestled upon some fresh field greens, all when meeting a new great niece

      1. re: GretchenS

        It is very good. Be warned, it gets more fishy-pungent as it ages.

        1. re: ChristinaMason

          Good to know before Mr Picky announces this. I'll make half.

        1. re: rjbh20

          Gorgeous!!! What makes it Moroccan?

          1. re: GretchenS

            A Marinade/baste of Moroccan spices -- nicely fragrant with a definite bite.

            1. re: rjbh20

              "What makes it Moroccan?"

              " nicely fragrant with a definite bite."

              I learn something here everyday. When I visited Morocco, I never had any of their cuisine that had a "definite bite". I like "bite"and really think it would have made an excellent addition to their complex flavor profiles.

              1. re: Fowler

                I've never been to Morocco, so I just winged it. Probably not authentic for the reason you pointed out -- but it was really good and a no brainer, other than to keep an eye on it while it's roasting since the honey & lemon juice in the marinade/baste will burn if you don't pay attention.

                1. re: rjbh20

                  Roxlet's other 1/2; you don't have to go to Morocco to cook like it! Dreaming of souks, making an herb paste with ginger, turmeric, etc. is enough to get you a spot in a rihyaad.... at least for a night!

          2. re: rjbh20

            Wow, it's gorgeous--and I'm sure was very, very tasty!

            1. re: alliegator

              Both the bird and the couscous came out very nicely, particularly for a last minute improv. Would be very well-suited to a dinner party since the hens can be done somewhat in advance & reheated and the couscous takes 5 minutes.

          3. I guess that works for mom since that is her favorite food. We had Goi ngo sen aka lotus root salad. Not the way you would find it at the Vietnamese restaurants. Just lotus roots, shredded carrots, crab, shrimp tossed in nuoc cham.

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            1. re: vttp926

              Welcome to WFD vttp926! Sounds yummy...

              1. re: vttp926

                Sounds delicious vttp...how is the salad dressed?

                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                  Just with nuoc cham comprised of fish sauce, sugar, lime and chili. Very easy and most Vietnamese salads are dressed with the nuoc cham.

              2. I can't wait for my CSA to start up - there will be lots more salads in my future!

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  right there with you!!! Mine doesn't start until June.

                  Just planted my tomatoes and August seem so far away…

                2. I made Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad
                  from Food 52. The bitter and sweet was very nice. The biggest challenge was broiling the pineapple and getting it brown but not burnt.
                  I am enjoying more salads with fruit.

                  http://food52.com/recipes/21736-maric...

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                  1. re: mscoffee1

                    I, too, love fruit in salads. Plums and strawberries are a favorite.

                  2. We ended up at our local old dive bar last night instead of burgers (picture wood paneling, christmas lights, awesome juke box...) They have a really great top sirloin special for $6.95 (top sirloin, baked potato, salad or soup, cheesy garlic bread.) That and a few cocktails did the trick. The cocktails there are serious. :)

                    Lunch was really late today so if we do any dinner at all it will be something incredibly simple like some of the marinated mozzarella, prosciutto, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers and lettuce leaves to wrap. Some good balsamic on the side to drizzle. I honestly don't know if I'll even have room for that, though!

                    1. "Fried" chicken came out great - after sitting over 24 hours in the buttermilk marinade, i drained the pieces, then tossed them in flour seasoned with paprika, s&p, cayenne, thyme, and a touch of brown sugar. fried in my CI pan until just crispy brown, then into the oven for 45 minutes. on the side was an iceberg wedge with a dressing i replicated from one we had in Chicago, with gorgonzola, buttermilk, greek yogurt, a ton of dill, a little lime juice, and lots of cracked black pepper. also, grill panned a couple fresh corn cobs until they had nice brown blistered spots, then rolled them in a "crema" of mayo, cotija, chili powder and lime juice, and sprinkled with cayenne.

                      the pork is done, too, and half of it is in the freezer for another week, the rest in the fridge. i'm too tired to do the duck tonight. mañana for el pato.

                       
                       
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                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        courage, sista, courage! Nice spread so far, and all will come together.

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          Fabulous meal mc and that Chicago-inspired salad sounds amazing. I particularly like the lime juice in the dressing. Beautiful!

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            The chicken looks GREAT, and so does that wedge salad. Makes me crave a wedge salad with ranch dressing.

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                Homemade fried chicken...yum. Looks great, MC!!

                              2. A massive bowl of brussel sprouts was dinner tonight courtesy of the bloke. They were halved then fried until golden. Chicken stock was added and when they were almost cooked through dijon mustard, capers, a wee squeeze of lemon and cream joined them. A slice of sourdough mopped up the juices.

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                                1. re: Frizzle

                                  What a great way to eat brussel sprouts.

                                2. I am sooo ready for this. May have to order salad at Panera at my kick off the work week Monday lunch.

                                  1. Last night for us was a sesame crusted teriyaki pork tenderloin, rice with teriyaki sauce and steamed california style mixed veggies. I can't believe how juicy and tender that pork was. No knife needed!

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                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                      I have a tenderloin in the fridge for Tuesday. How did you do the sesame crust?

                                      1. re: tcamp

                                        The tenderloin was marinated in teriyaki sauce then rolled in 1/2 bag of Penzey's sesame seeds. I used this recipe as a guide: http://www.porkbeinspired.com/RecipeD...

                                        I should have taken a picture of it (which bums me out that I didn't). But it was completely covered in seeds. Then I made a teriyaki sauce to use with both the pork and the rice with this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/restaurant....

                                        I've used that sauce many times and it also works wonderful on grilled chicken (or anything else for that matter).

                                          1. re: boyzoma

                                            Just bought a pork tenderloin today. Thanks for the inspiration.

                                            1. re: sunangelmb

                                              It's my new favorite protein. I love it!

                                            2. re: boyzoma

                                              Sounds great... can you imagine how much money you would own if you owned the website 'food.com" ? Boggles the mind.... :)

                                        1. Last night, seared scallops, fried rice, and this terrific salad of carrots and moong dal -

                                          http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2013/0...

                                          I love watching her cooking shows and the recipes I've tried are great.

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                                          1. re: tcamp

                                            Thanks for sharing the link to that wonderful salad tcamp, I've bookmarked it as it looks and sounds delicious.

                                          2. The Zuni chicken was great last night, although I think I might be getting Zunied-out and need a break for a few weeks. It's a great meal so I don't want to ruin it's by appeal with oversaturation. I served it with sauteed mushrooms and smothered green beans. The green beans by far were my favorite part!

                                            National Salad Month...I'm all in! I love salads and I'm sure the WFD will be great for new ideas. I actually had a salad for breakfast today. I have this odd fascination with vinegar and woke up with a craving for acid so just decided to have salad for breakfast instead of lunch. Today's choice was herb roasted pork tenderloin salad topped with mushrooms sauteed with garlic, shallots and anchovies, blue cheese and gouda dressed with sherry vinegar/walnut oil vinaigrette.

                                            I have had pesto on the mind so dinner tonight will be pesto turkey breasts and steamed broccoli.

                                             
                                            1. Fancy that, with no prior knowledge of National Salad Month, it seems I managed to prepare an appropriate dish last night!

                                              Mr bc gave the the charcoal grill a good spring cleaning and then proclaimed that he'd like to grill burgers last night. I'd picked up some baby new potatoes (red-skinned, buttery yellow flesh) and decided to make a smashed potato salad with fresh chilis, capers and herbs to go alongside.

                                              Burgers were served with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and blue or aged cheddar. This was the kind of meal that screams summer and the perfect end to a day of yard work!

                                              Though it's warm, sunny and bright right now, I understand it's supposed to rain later so I have 2 different dinner ideas for tonight. We'll play it by ear depending on the weather. I picked up some freshly made sweet Italian fennel sausage at the Italian market so they will definitely be the star of the meal. We'll grill them and serve them w onions and peppers if it's still sunny, otherwise they'll be cooked atop the stove and used in a pasta dish.

                                               
                                               
                                               
                                               
                                               
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                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                omigosh, I think the entire office just heard my stomach growl when I saw your pictures! Mouth-wateringly gorgeous!

                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                    OMG that looks good. Seriously, seriously good. I'm with GretchenS. Wow.

                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                      Good lord - I just finished lunch and I'm hungry all over again!

                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                        Put me on the OMG list, and it's only 10:30, so no lunch in my belly yet!!!!

                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                          Thanks so much everyone! The first charcoal grilled burgers of the season are always an event here. My "secret ingredient" is garlic chives from the garden. Oh, and terrific ground beef from a local farm doesn't hurt either. That potato salad (a recipe from a new cookbook I purchased) is a real keeper. We had the rest with lunch today and the heat factor had crept up a bit...perfect w our Buffalo chicken sandwiches!

                                                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                          What they all said, nuff'; awesome spread. Delish! Chow worthy:)

                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                            WOW!..wina all da way!!!!! Dewishis!!!

                                                          2. Trying to sort of keep my dinners on the lighter end this week since it's my birthday this coming Friday and so far I already have 3 not so healthy meals on the books for later this week for that. So, tonight I'm going to make an asiany kind of turkey meatball I found on skinnytaste. They have panko, egg, fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro, scallions (hope mine haven't gone bad), soy sauce, and sesame oil in them. Then there's a sauce made w/ more soy sauce and sesame oil, lime, and chopped scallions. I'll serve w/ some brown rice and snow peas, with it all piled up in a bowl and drizzled w/ the sauce.

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                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                              Happy early birthday!!! I would love to hear about the meatballs. I have had this recipe on my list for a while now.

                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                Your dinner sounds wonderful. I would love to sit at your table! And just so I don't forget, Happy Birthday (a little in advance). Hope it is wonderful for you.

                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                  Sounds good (except for the dreaded cilantro! LOL) And just in case you're off gallivanting around the world on your birthday - happy early birthday!

                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                    Sounds really good--please report back! I'd love to give this a try if it works out well!

                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                      glad you have good times booked ahead! yay you!

                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                          Have a great birthday, glad you have lots of yummy plans!!

                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                            I hope you have a great birthday. :-)

                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                              Thanks everyone! I'll be reporting back on dinner tonight later on and on my not so healthy foods later on this week.

                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                Have a great birthday! From one fan of food and hockey to another :)

                                                                              2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                Dinner sounds wonderful julie. Many happy returns. Wishing you a delicious Birthday!

                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                  JJ - you are SO good at keeping it in check and planning for big meals; great job, and well - happy BIrfday!

                                                                                  Impressive, all round:)

                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                    The meatballs were quite tasty! I made them a bit small, the recipe called for 12, I ended up with 16. This is the recipe by the way: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/01/as... I dunno where she got her calorie count from, but I got 294 for each meatball servings.

                                                                                    I also got an early birthday surprise, my BFF sent me the KitchenAid pasta making attachments for flat sheets, spaghetti, and linguine for my birthday! I've been wanting it for YEARS. So, hopefully I'll get to play with those soon.

                                                                                     
                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                        I have those attachments, and they are fabulous. I particularly love the roller, which effectively becomes the 3rd hand you always need when making pasta. Happy early birthday!

                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                          Happy Birthday! I am quite jealous of your wonderful pasta making attachment...enjoy!

                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                              Indeed it is, I was thinking I was going to have to wait until I got married so I could ask for it on a registry LOL!

                                                                                              BTW Weezie, you should check out the dipping sauce for those meatballs, no sugar in it! Actually there was only 7 carbs total for the 4 meatballs since only 1/4c panko was used.

                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                Yea the low carb aspect is why I really want to make them, glad to hear they were tasty.

                                                                                            2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                              Jealous. Now you can make room for something else on your registry. :-)

                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                Happy Birthday - and VERY nice gift! Can't wait to hear about your pasta adventures:)

                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                    Those meatballs look outstanding (nice plating BTW!!) and can't wait to see what delicious looking pasta dishes will come from your new pasta maker! There are few things better than fresh pasta!!

                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                      That looks so yummy--glad they turned out well :)

                                                                                                    2. With spring/summer upon us it's car show/ drag racing season which means a ton of cooking on a grill in a parking lot/ field/ the pits, etc. so tonight I'm testing a Bic FlameDisc (I got 10 of them this weekend for about $4 total so I figured they're worth a shot since it would be SO MUCH easier to use them than haul a bunch of charcoal around and how difficult it is to clean up and dispose of some places.)

                                                                                                      Knowing they won't impart that charcoal cooked taste I opted for a very flavorful herb and garlic marinade on some chicken thighs. We have an abundance of cauliflower so some will be sliced and oiled/ seasoned to be grilled as well. A big green salad with lots of veggies on the side, of course.

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                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                        Those flamedisks look like handy little buggers. Let me know if you like them. I would like to get my bf a charcoal grill and those look useful

                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                          HOW HOW HOW did you get 10 of those for $4? Do dish! It's a story worth telling weezie... you know many chow'ish folks are also gourmet bargain-greedy:) In a good way. Please share?

                                                                                                          Food sounds awesome!

                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                            They're $2.99 this week at Rite Aid and there is a $1 Video Values coupon on the Rite Aid site. Stacked with the $2 off coupon on coupons dot com one of them was free. The rest were 99 cents after the $2 off coupon (you can print 2 per computer/ device, use multiples, there was also a $2 coupon in this Sunday's paper if you know anyone you can get it from,) and use up to 4 in one transaction so I did a couple of transactions (the store has many boxes of them so I wasn't hoarding them, there are plenty for all!) I used +UP rewards for most of it and paid the balance (mainly tax,) in cash.

                                                                                                            I'll report tomorrow in reply to suzi's post just above you, GS. I would buy again and think they have some very good potential uses. They're kinda like oversized sterno.

                                                                                                            Dinner was really good, super juicy chicken and zucchini joined the cauliflower.... and rum and ginger ale while the food was cooking...

                                                                                                        2. I'm having a hard time deciding. I want to make Singapore street noodles:
                                                                                                          http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/01/si...
                                                                                                          But the mangator looked over my shoulder while I was hounding and saw that cheese stuffed burger. So I may go with that even though I named the burger as my most overrated dish.

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                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                            Decided to go the burger route. There's a lot of directions I can take it. And everything is better with bacon! I got a bit pudgy for me shortly after moving because of restaurants, but after a month with the guests and just being more active here, I've dropped a few too many lbs, say my clothes. Fatty is good!

                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                              If only I had your problem! I was just looking up the Singapore noodle recipe which sounded really good!

                                                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                I have all the stuff, the noodles'll be tomorrow or Wednesday. One of my favorite dishes.
                                                                                                                And y'know, when you're a certain age (I turn 38 next week), losing weight makes your skin all wrinkled. Yuck. You don't want that!

                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                  38? I wish I had that problem too! But happy birthday in advance! When you are my age, wrinkles are a natural!

                                                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                    Well, thank you for the birthday wishes. I will now stick my foot in my mouth (not bad with a little rooster sauce), and say hey, life is happy when your clothes fit ;D
                                                                                                                    And burger pics and noodles upcoming!

                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                      No need for the foot in mouth! But if we can't kid here, it's a sorry day :) A little jealous, am I? Of course! That said, I do remember being a size 3 at one point and was also 38 (again at one point). So I don't begrudge you. Just a green-eyed monster within me. I'm glad your close fit as well. Enjoy your dinner. And remember - remove the foot. Your burger will taste much better that way!

                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                        I was also kidding ;) and yeah, burger without foot--delicious. And kidding is a good thing!!! Thanks for the wishes :D

                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                          See, I have my foot in my mouth so much that I dip it in peppermint.

                                                                                                                  2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                    i want to wish you an early happy birthday but a) you're only going to be 38 and b) you're losing weight! my niceness is superseded by my seething jealousy!

                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                        Hey lady, we all reach an age at some point when we need to keep up our color because of greys and buy the mega moisture products, this is it for me!
                                                                                                                        So thank you for your non-wishes, and I let the pics of my future burgers---filled with gouda and cheddar speak for themselves later ;)

                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                          truly, i do wish you a happy birthday, and a delish burger tonight!

                                                                                                                          and you are so right. life is so much better when your clothes fit!

                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                            Thank you roxlet, happy to see you with us today :)

                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                            early happy birthday allie, even if I am a bit envious of the youth and figure!! :)

                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                              Hoe you have a happy birthday next week. :-)

                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                Thank you all for the early birthday wishes. I hope for 38 to be my best year ever in life and food. Looking forward to continuing to report back to you all how it's going and hearing what the next year brings to your belly.

                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                  Happy Birthday alli...wishing you another year of delicious dishes!

                                                                                                                                2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                  The stuffed frankenburger has been fashion and is ready to chill until the mangator's arrival home...

                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                      That's a very good intro meal to Birthday Week-to-Week-and-a-Half! :-)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                        The frankenburger has been completed and I feel like at least something in my body will be clogged as a result.
                                                                                                                                        Basted in Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce and topped with red onion and bacon, it is a beast.
                                                                                                                                        Bad pic--sorry for that. The beer started before the food.

                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                    2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                      aaliegator = mangator = heheeheeee! nice. I love how you'all have a 'naming' thing for your OH singularly cool to your 'name' on here. LOVE that!

                                                                                                                                    3. The offerings at the meat market were spare last night so I took inspiration from mariacarmen and went with a pork shoulder to slowly roast a pernil. Taking a cue from her experimentations with the Trini-Chinese seasonings, I used soy sauce for my salt and added fennel and five spice to by marinade. Vegetables were roasted rutabagas with herbes de Provence and zucchini sauteed in ramp butter. Dessert? Mad Men and Beefeater Summer martinis.

                                                                                                                                      Tonight will be much the same but with the addition of the pickled green papaya to balance a bit of the pork richness. Hopefully my crackling will still have a bit of bite after a night in tupperware.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                        nice experimenting there!
                                                                                                                                        ramp butter?? do tell....i have yet to see a ramp here.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                          I used this recipe from Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20... although I neglected to note that I was supposed to blanch the ramps before mixing them into the compound butter. Oops.

                                                                                                                                          I'm not sure if ramps grow West of the Mississippi. The epicenter of ramp mania seems to be somewhere between Appalachia and the Mid-Atlantic with many devotees worshiping at the Union Square farmers market in April in NYC.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                            ah, that's why, then. you're right, i was talking about at Farmers' markets, but i had ramps at a restaurant here in SF - they must have been flown in or grown in the chef's back yard.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                              Go a bit further north than the mid-Atlantic, JM. They are always a "sign of Spring" in the New England area as well, and always looked forward to.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                I did a check on the natural range for ramps and it looks like they grow as far north as Quebec! Sadly their western boundary is Nebraska. A bit of a ways from Cali!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                              With you, MC; me and my 'cookbook-buddie' who I am helping with recipe testing for her book (deal)... we need ramps and nettles, and nary to be found in farmer's markets here - all seems to be going to resto's.

                                                                                                                                              I want ramps for butter:)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                According to the USDA Forest Service, nettles grow wild in Washington and California. There are even foraging spots in Golden Gate park and some woods around Seattle, though it takes a dedicated friend to muddle through dirt and nettle stings for a cookbook!

                                                                                                                                                Last night's dinner faced certain alterations. Rooting in the fridge, I found a small tupperware of vegetables in peanut sauce: not enough for a meal; too much to throw away. So I sauteed some shallots with shrimp paste and garlic, added steamed eggplants, the leftover vegetables, baby bok choy and diced pernil until all was heated through and the baby bok choy sweet and tender. Instead of pickled papaya, I thought kimchi's funk might complement the shrimp paste, which it did, though peanut butter and kimchi is a combination that might take a little more getting used to.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                  Oh yes, JM - we have nettles.... I know of a patch in a big park about 1/2 hour from me, but the two times I have gone, they are all cut down - someone else has gotten them.

                                                                                                                                                  I have searched through several local parks hoping to find some, but the more 'tame' parks I think they are removed to keep kids from getting stung, and the wilder parks seem 'claimed'. Sigh :)

                                                                                                                                            3. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                              Nice riff, JM, you are a credit to the pack.....

                                                                                                                                              1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                Do you recommend the Beefeater Summer? I saw a bottle on sale and almost jumped...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                  It's a particularly light-bodied, easy-drinking gin. If you like juniper and a gin with structure, this won't make a satisfying G&T. But if you like lighter, refreshing cocktails, this is great for a Pimm's Cup, French 75 or Salty Dog. The floral notes play up sweetness in a good way -- even the pimento olives in my martinis taste sweeter with the Beefeater Summer -- but because of the gin's delicacy, drinks never end up tasting "sweet" sweet, if that makes sense.

                                                                                                                                                  P.S. I planted a ton of sage to give your sage sours a whirl again this summer. Last year's sage never even survived transplanting so hopefully I have greener thumbs this year!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                    that sounds very intriguing... i made myself a cocktail the other night of Tanqueray, fresh mandarin and lime juice and Campari, with a fat chunk of serrano chili marinated in the gin for a few minutes, and a bit of muddled ginger too. shake, strained, it was nice, tangy, with a bite - i bet that Beefeater Summer would have gone well in that, as the juniper notes were certainly lost.

                                                                                                                                              2. Quinoa, black-bean, sliced black olives, tomato, and yum-yum sauce

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                    Oh is this the Japanese Steakhouse dipping sauce? I have a bottle of Tom Yum Yum sauce I think which I've never used because I could never think of anything to use it for but love it at the hibachi grill.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                      Anything that's delicious could be a yum-yum-sauce, but I would to here more about the particulars here:)

                                                                                                                                                  2. Lousy day at the office and then come home to find out I must dreamed I took the tri-tip out of the freezer. <head slap>

                                                                                                                                                    So WFD?? I have no idea. The meat was vacu-sealed so I have it sitting in cold weather bath with the hopes it will defrost before I resort to having an omelet. I can always throw together some pasta or a kitchen sick frittata but my get up and go got up and went. I am cranky and uninspired.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                      oh dear, I hate when that happens. anything else that might defrost fast? makings of a snacky meal? (like my triscuits and cream cheese and various different toppings last week?)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                        that sounds perfect to me. I think I will let the men fend for themselves tonight and just got to bed. If this was December I would say Bah Humbug.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                          oh man, that sounds like it was truly a lousy day, i'm so sorry!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                          Me too, it's like it just walked away! Many times I am convinced it did, as I for sure know something was in the house and then it's not :)

                                                                                                                                                        3. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                          If you have a microwave, use that, particularly if it has a defrost setting, which cycles the power on & off. You need to pay attention & flip several times, but it usually works just fine. I do it all the time.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                            So sorry to hear of your day foodie. Looking forward to hearing what you end up creating and hoping it's something that soothes your soul.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                              I ended up nuking a big old russet potato and then sticking into a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes to crisp up the skin. Slathered it with butter and sriracha. It was just what I needed.
                                                                                                                                                              The guys scrounged for leftovers and gave me a wide birth, LOL. now I am off to bed.

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks everyone!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                Ahh, butter and sriracha!!! A combo I've never considered but now am craving! G'night foodie!!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                  sounds like awesome sauce! butter and sriracha!

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                              courage, foodiex2.... after all - you are x2!

                                                                                                                                                            3. My husband loaded up on Biancardi's fabulous sausages when he went down to Arthur Avenue on Saturday for sausage casings. Tonight's dinner will start with a Caesar salad followed by those fantastic grilled sausages, and a side of marinara.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                Sounds great roxlet. I was debating between grilled or sausages in a pasta. In the end mr bc preferred the latter so we're mere moments away from serving at this point.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                  Roxlet, in the nicest way possible, may I say that I would like to have an affair with your husband?

                                                                                                                                                                  Any dude that takes Sat. to go to Arthur Ave for sausage casings, and smokes the business he does....well he must rock.

                                                                                                                                                                  All kidding of course, but Kuddos to you both:)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, he does rock, and I'm not lending him out for affairs! We will be celebrating our 27th anniversary tomorrow, but I'm not done with him yet! Actually, he does most of the marketing for the week on Saturday mornings. It's a circuit that begins at The Restaurant Depot, proceeds to Fairway, then on to Costco and sometimes finishing up at Stu Leonards. Arthur Avenue is more occasional, but I think we both enjoy going there.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                      Oooh! An early HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you, roxlet and rjbh!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, LW! We're doing something very unusual for us -- we're going out to dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                          Yay! It will have to be somewhere fabulous considering what you all cook up at home!!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Anniversary!!! How wonderful for you and enjoy your dinner out. Please report back and let us know what you had to eat. And may you have many, many more.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Anniversay Roxlet :) I hope you guys have a delicious meal out!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Anniversary, roxlet! Considering how much you two know about and enjoy food, can't wait to hear about your dinner out! It's going to be hard to beat the food that you two make at home, I am sure. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                  Will you reconcider the affair if its a paying gig? I wouldn't mind you two catering my wedding. That's a nice affair in my book. Have a super anniversary!!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                Happy anniversary!

                                                                                                                                                                                27 years? Pffftt... You're barely into the getting-to-know-you stage.

                                                                                                                                                                                All the best.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Restaurant North in Armonk. Inventive but not bizarre or cutsey. My husband started making a grilled version of the delicious flatbread pizza with wild mushrooms that they make. They also inspired a summer Aperol cocktail we love.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                    Very nice. I've read about the place but haven't been. Looking forward to your thoughts/comments/criticisms.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks great Roxlet.... classy, local, special. Worthy of your anniversary patronage - have a nice dinner and celebration!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Well, my eyelids have been heavy all day, but it was a good day overall especially for a Monday. I had my second round of computer training today which was a quick 2 hours instead of the scheduled 8 hours so I'm home early :) Dinner was delicious. It was another easy, quick favorite of mine - turkey breast stuffed with pesto and Muenster wrapped in pancetta. I have to admit I wish I added more pesto. It looks ever-so "pestoy" but whenever I always seem to have some meat at the end and think to myself "gosh I should have put more in, where did it go?" I am really into broccoli this week and a few days had a wonderful bedtime snack of steamed broccoli and double gloucester cheese with chives and onions so went with that again tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                  After dinner, I got back to my stock attempt. I used the Zuni chicken carcass from last night to have a go at my first ever homemade chicken stock since I use it a lot and figured it'd be cheaper, easier and tastier to make it at home. It cooked overnight in the crockpot and it smelled great this morning but was very light. It barely gelled in the fridge over the day so I decided to throw it all back in and give it another night. It's my first attempt and I kept my expectations low so if the extra time ruins it, I won't be too disappointed. It smells good but is nowhere near as dark as the Kitchen Basics stock which is my regular and I think has a pretty good flavor for store-bought.

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                    What an amazing-sounding and creative meal fid. Love the sound of that broccoli. I adore broccoli and I'll have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, I like Parmesan on broccoli but this worked so much better as it melts well and gave me that childhood cheese and broccoli sensation with much more flavor than Velveeta ever did.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I needed to use up veggies (from my first ever local produce box, why didn't I sign up to one sooner?!) so made asian-ish dinner of ottolenghi chargrilled broccolini with chilli and garlic, bok choy with sesame, garlic and soy, a version of Bill Granger's caramel salmon, smacked cucumber and some noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Got to use my much-loved £5 wok for the first time in ages. I wish I'd taken a photo, the colours were gorgeous. I feel über healthy now too, it was superfood-tastic!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds REALLY good! The warmer the weather, the more I crave lots and lots of veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                        Indeed. I am known to eat large quantities of meat, but I also inhale veggies like air as well. I am so thrilled it's spring and often I struggle to restrain myself from buying too many as there are not enough meals to spread them out over before they go bad. I am pondering joining a CSA or going the produce box route but fear that I would get things and just be stumped as to what to do with them.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                          I was worried about that so I signed up for a pay on demand box that lets me tick 'never include' items, I don't have to get one if I'm on holiday or overrun with veggies. I've got through almost the entire box in 5 days without that much effort, only half a cucumber and a few grape tomatoes left!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh wow, that's a great idea! Who knew the CSA/produce boxes now had options? The market has developed quite nicely. Perhaps I'll research this for next year. I love veggies but tend to eat gobs and gobs of the ones I know I like so this would really help broaden my horizons as veggies are like cheese to me - every new variety I try, I love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                              OK, I *LOVE* the idea of a pay-on-demand and that you don't have to get one if you're on holiday or still have too many veggies in your fridge!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                              Our CSA sends a list that includes helpful hints and recipes!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                That's actually one of the reasons I like my CSA - it challenges me to try new stuff! And I figure I can always come here and ask for inspiration and tips. Although I will say that we got pretty tired of the prolific kohlrabi a few years ago!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iowagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very true and I'm always looking for some inspiration or a new cooking project which 9/10 turns out fabulous and stimulates even more ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iowagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had the same kohlrabi problem a couple of years ago. I took to leaving them on my neighbor's doorstep after she told me she loved them. I'm armed with more recipes for this season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: iowagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ha! Kohlrabi is one of the 'never include' items I ticked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                  helen, what a wonderful sounding meal. Still too early for our CSA's as yet but I'm happy to live vicariously through yours! Yum! I wish you'd taken a photo too!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                    helen_m, you'll have to fill me in on the produce box options. I'm curious to hear about how it's going (well, so far, it sounds!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Coolerator diving tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leftover spinach/ham/mushroom tart will be on my plate. Resuscitating the sauce soubise is simple. Dessert will be a slice of Junior's cheesecake. Our Man Flint will be on the plasma: shades of 1966!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheesecake sounds really good. Might be time to break out some ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Last night was supposed to be chicken drumsticks but my man didn't really feel like grilling so we grazed on ham slices and sharp cheddar. Also had some cuke slices, yellow cherry tomatoes, red peppers and broccoli all from the garden and dipped in salt and pepper or ranch. Also a mix if olives and some pepperoncini. Total snack fest and quite good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight is the chicken drummies on the grill with an attempt at lingua's cucumber salad w/ sour cream(yum) and garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes with some badia. Btw gingershelley, did you try the badia and if so did you like it? I hope so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Despite it being a beautiful, perhaps perfect spring evening without a trace of rain, mr bc had a preference for pasta and didn’t want to grill my lovely sweet fennel sausages. That said, dinner played out per his wishes. To start, roasted asparagus (picked this morning!!) drizzled w a balsamic glaze and dusted w some sea salt….perfection on a plate for me. It’s truly amazing how naturally sweet veggies can be when they are locally grown and fresh from the earth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To follow, a Tuscan pasta dish w a sweet fennel sausage, parmesan tomato-cream sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Despite having a hankering for grilled sausages, I have to admit, the pasta was tasty. As was the super-Tuscan mr bc selected to serve alongside. All is well in the world tonight…as we say farewell to the long weekend and await the fireworks (weather permitting) at dusk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh am I drooling. I was dying when i saw the asparagus at the top of this thread but now that I see all of the pictures and I want a seat at the table so I can just smell the food. Brava

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes! I can only dream of asparagus that fresh! I'd LOVE to pick my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only words I had when I opened this page were "oh my word!" It all looks fabulous but in particular the asparagus is enticing! I am also jealous of your "picked this morning" freshness. It's funny you mention the amazingness of fresh veggies. A friend just emailed me as he made dinner and was drooling over the smells of sauteed fresh vegetables and how we both find that aroma equally as enticing as a big burger or hunk of meat. Perhaps for the fireworks next week for Memorial Day I will give that asparagus a try. How long and what temp do you roast? I also love the thickness of the spears. I keep getting bundles which are 1/2 thick and 1/2 thin and none of what I want :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that "aspergrass" is sensational! Nothing about those pics is less than CH (drool) worthy. Awesome:)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, that seriously looks wonderful. All of it. I adore asparagus and the pasta looks to die for. I'm moving to your neck of the woods!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh lovely! i'm going to have to tell my sister (who has an actual garden) to plant some asparagus!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i'm curious - you're the second person to say something similar - why "farewell to the long weekend"... this coming Monday is the holiday, here.... is Memorial Day on different weekends in other parts of the country?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yesterday was Victoria Day for Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Musie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ah, got it, thanks. I thought it was C.Mason who had said the same thing, and i don't think she's in Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea, I got confused too I just assumed I missed something and it seems I need to read up on my Canadian holidays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks so much for you kind feedback everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @mariacarmen, yes, as musie mentioned, Victoria Day was the occasion up here in Canada - also known as open-the-cottage weekend for many!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @fidhkybnva - I always roast my asaragus @400F and these took about 10 mins (really depends on the thickness) I pull the out at the halfway mark to turn them and in this case, give them a dusting of parmesan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I've been on a baking kick all day, so I topped the day off by making pizza dough. I made one big pizza, brushed it generously with roasted garlic butter, then sprinkled it with diced red onion, diced red and yellow pepper, bacon strips and hunks of lobster that I defrosted, finished with fresh ground pepper, salt, parmesan and torn up mozza. When it came out of the oven I sprinkled over roughly torn arugula.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went down very nicely, plus I have a nice sized slice to take for my work lunch tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Musie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh wow!! I'm not the biggest fan, but this is a pizza I could get into. Was the lobster steamed from before or prepared some other way?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was partially boiled and finished cooking on the pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Musie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roasted garlic butter, bacon, lobster and arugula pizza? I am ordering one large for take-out please!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. So after a very lawyerley day; working out details for 'The Butler Did It! Food tours (insurance, liability, etc - blech! - 3 weeks behind the plan of when we start....), I am now home to sort out my dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Awesome beef/chorizo patty will be grilled for dinner, to be a perfect cheeseboiger with marinated red onions, avocado, blue cheese on the toasted bun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My Friendly folk - it looks like I will do the tours till the fall (then sell the biz to a friend), then move to NOLA to help a friend start an umbrella shop ( to get my feet on the ground), then I will do - dunno, something 'foodie' after I get situated. LOVE NOLA, and have wanted to move there for awhile... so here we go!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, how exciting gs!! I've never been to NOLA but it's of course on the list to go. And umbrella shop? Random! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not so random; It's been an exciting time with my awesome GF who has the shop; she is in the thick of Pike Place market ( how many random stupid comments/questions can customers ask?), and formulating the next shop spot; NOLA, due to inclement rain on tourists.... she says, No contest:). OK, I will run the shop, and get to move to my HEAVEN:)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.bellaumbrella.com/ This is my BF's website for the shop/rental site now. NOLA - here we COME! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those umbrellas are so pretty, I'd be afraid to get them wet :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a clever idea! I was at a meeting there about 10 years ago and people would slip out for a beignet (or a smoke) and come back sheepishly looking like someone threw a bucket of water over them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a GREAT idea - and renting them for parties, weddings, etc. - Brilliant!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh wow, what a lovely adventure. The word umbrella and I are very friendly. I didn't realize until I was 22 and went to college that I've always said it incorrectly. For some reason I can only say UMMMMbrella! My best friend thinks it's quite hysterical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The funny thing is, Seattleites are hardly EVER seen with umbrellas; not considered 'cool'.... hats or hoods are the way to roll around here. Umbrellas are bought by tourists! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I tend to agree with gingershelley - from an Oregon stand point, many of us do not use them either. We're just so used to the rain! I always say I'm not made of sugar and I won't melt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow!!! What an exciting move. The umbrellas are so pretty---such a great business idea. I can't wait to hear about your progress and wish you the best of luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Allie, well it's not my business... just a dear friend making an exciting business stretch, and since she trusts me and I have longed to move to the South - it seems like it will work for both of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We used to work together on very high-end events and weddings when I ran a catering company, and she did alot of our floral design. Then she came up with Bella Umbrella (after apparent many late nights obsessing on Ebay over vintage umbrellas for sale)... that led to her rental business, then designing new 'vintage' umbrellas, her shop, my (our) retreat from full-time event management, and well - here we are!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Exciting for me that I can move there with a job and connection, then make friends in the food community and hopefully, find some kind of awesome job doing tours, teaching, etc. there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I want a shotgun house to rent, and way too much crawfish and gumbo eaten by this time next year:)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ack! exciting! keep us posted! imagine the new culinary (and other!) adventures that await you...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (oops, this was meant for gingershelley, not sure if it posted to the right spot...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks - very excited about what's possible. I love the food scene there - the architecture, music, etc. Can't wait to say y'all all the time:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So exciting!!! Love that you have the chutzpah to follow your dreams!! And I'm sorry for the lawyerly day - sometimes we get a little dry and tedious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iowagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We were just discussing at work what we would do if we won the lottery and my conclusion was that I would continue to work but in a pursuit which I am passionate about or that would be interesting and it sounds like that's exactly what gingershelley has in store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She's a brave one--it's so exciting!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I would go for a shop that sells colorful beaded jewelry on one side, and Thai street food on the other side. Yeah... that would fly! Haha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aaah, thanks for the kudos, but you know, right now - I am kinda poor (first time in a long while), but wierdly happy. First the 'food tours', now the chance to move to a city I have long loved and dreamed of moving too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just believe my life may be much longer than I think it will be - and since I don't currently have a partner, I can navigate these things and do it without compromising with someone else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sell my house, make a move, and all that LIFE will follow if I listen to my 'tiny voice'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Follow your dreams, CH peeps! I am a little shocked by the load of endorphin's flooding my body since March when I started the 'food tours' thing - and now this. It's all a little crazy, but crazy good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GS, I think the higher power from above had you say that and for me to read it about following and listening to that "tiny voice"! The "tiny voice" is the higher power's or fate's or whatever you choose to believe's way of guiding you through life. We only have a *relatively* short time here on Earth...congratulations on making the most of every day you have been given!! Raising a toast to the "tiny voice" and BIG fantastic food! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: iowagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh I-girl - not your fault - you need someone to have your back and sort all that out - the 'buzz' of the tedium isn't so bad if you have nice people (like I am sure you are) to work with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am more of a creative type, but since I worked in the Insurance restoration industry (house fire, flood, etc.) for a few years in marketing, , I have come to appreciate lawyers and coverage!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Who knows who is going to 'step on a crack' on a tour and twist their ankle, and try to litigate. Lame. All for me providing a taste of charcuterie and a fresh oyster and a good time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Best of luck with your excellent adventure. New Orleans is one of our favorite cities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fwiw, the New Orleans board has some really great people on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have fun and keep us posted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you.... I am excited (a little scared, but that is ok). And yes, I shall keep you all in the loop:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NOLA is wonderful, and I admire your daring entrepreneurial spirit! I would be afraid to move there, though. I'd want beignets every morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          God, that is so brave. I wouldn't have the guts to pull up and move. I am a third generation native to Sarasota. Good luck and enjoy yourself. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The food down in NOLA alone is a great reason to move there...creole, cajun.......you will be eating quite well and enjoying it! :-) Have fun and can't wait to hear all about the move.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GS -- all of this sounds so exciting! Never been to NOLA, but we've been talking about taking a road trip there ever since we realised there's now only one state between it and us. There's something that is just so amazing about packing up and moving somewhere new, and it's even better when you're going somewhere that you love already. Good luck with any lawyerley stuff that still needs to be done, and with the (usually tedious) planning and packing phase of your move. Keep us posted on your adventures and I'll be sure to rent an umbrella from you, or check out your 'foodie' pursuits whenever we finally get around to doing our road trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's a BIG state between you, but well worth it! You would love it - I think NOLA and surrounding area is like another country surrounded by the United States :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is indeed a big state between us. I guess it will have to be a long road trip! :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. tonight we had a plateful of pulled pork (the espresso, etc., rubbed stuff i crock-potted yesterday), with some jasmine rice, sweet cherry toms, a little fresh parsley, and another iceberg wedge salad with the BF's blue cheese dressing, and more cherry toms, shallots, and scallions. the BF actually admitted the plate was a little messy (even for me) so no pic, but it was all tasty. and pork shoulder saved, more importantly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i misspoke yesterday - the duck dish with leeks, green olives and thyme i'm doing isn't martha stewart, it's alice waters. i'm doing it in stages: i've cooked it up to the point where you turn the legs over and let it cook for about an hour or so.... so it's going to sit in the fridge until Thurs., the next time i'm home for dinner with the BF.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it smells SO. GOOD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tomorrow night, out for dinner to a local place specializing in Caribbean/soul food (very excited) with a GF; then Wed. at the Oldster's, where i need to make a mac-and-cheese for my office's annual SF Food from the Bar food drive - we're having a mac-off (some of you may remember my ill-fated attempt at the chili-off [with my one-time award winning chili! hah- literally, one time] but i am not daunted!) - and i'm making a mac-n-cheese with spanish chorizo and manchego. i know it's not typical, and it surely won't win, but i don't really give a damn: it'll just be good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All of that sounds delicious! Love the idea of Mac n cheese with chorizo n manchego:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A properly prepared duck (many manifestations) is a thing of beauty. An overcooked duck is shoe leather. Duck hash Saturday morning is killer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          quit jinxing me, you two!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the duck is 1/2 cooked and we'll see how it turns out Thurs. night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dammit. Now I want duck. Hmmm....I have off on Friday - perhaps this will be Thursday dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Very cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              edited to add: get a whole one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ahh, probably not. That requires a long prep/cook time. Duck breast will do me just fine. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That mac n cheese sounds great to me, I'd rather have something like that than the regular stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Our first real Puget Sound spring dinner. Copper River Salmon pan-roasted with local asparagus and zucchini and baby Walla Walla onions in a garlic-bay-tarragon butter. All the veggies chunked nice and large so they could brown and still have some body. Spread a mint pesto made with toasted coriander and almonds over the fish and forked just a few tablespoons of lemony duck-stock bulgur into the veggies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Last night we signed a paper that allows us to smell up our own kitchen again. Yippy! So I raced up to the WF that opened a block away and got some chicken kabobs, french rolls and a bag of microwave spinach. I deconstructed the kabobs and sauted them in evoo and basted with some chicken broth. I had a package of Vigo spanish yellow rice and thought dinner was delicious but hubby said his chicken was dry. Why didn't he abandon the "dry" piece and get some more is beyond me. (He tends to demonstrate passive-aggressive behavior towards chicken- too bad, I have a french roast chicken recipe from this month's Bon Appetit coming up soon)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have one foot out the door but have 5 weeks before we move. WFD during the week is going to have to be something easy made with ingredients from the new WF or Trader Joe's (how I will miss this store!). On weekends it'll something simple on the gas grill as we try to organize our new kitchen. Once summer gets in full swing our new place is near so many farmers markets and egg and vegetable stands that we have ruled out a CSA this year and by next year hopefully will be growing our own veggies. For the last two weekends we have sneered at the 10 dollar a pound grilled vegetables on sale in Boston. Can't wait for the long weekend to grill up a mess of our own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I might do a ham steak as well. I have been lurking on these WFD threads for days!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WOO HOO!!!! Congratulations, Berheenia! And you have a Whole Foods that is a block away? Lucky you! At least for the next 5 weeks. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's the smallest WF in the USA. They remind us of that when you ask for something they don't carry. Very crowded and limited selection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our WF should have a size contest - my local store is like a closet but that's why I love it even though of course I always wish for a bigger store with more consistent stock, it's so nice and cozy and wonderful to know most of the employees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, THAT one. OK, yeah - that wouldn't be my fave WF to shop at. But very nice to have one "just down the street." :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I definitely do not have the willpower to have a WF just down the street. I would be constantly broke. The one I shop at is depending upon traffic a little under an hour away by car and in a weird way I am sorta happy about that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can go into WF for just an apple and walk out with everything from half a case of wine to a small fortune in cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, their cheese counter is pretty amazing for a grocery store. Thankfully, the ones near me don't have a wine section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unfortunately for my bank account, I have something even better. I'm drawn to it like the stupid little fly to the bug zapper. AJ's Fine Foods.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.ajsfinefoods.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's only in Arizona, but oh lord, the seafood is so beautiful, cheese is so varied and so many random little snacks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband has threatened to put a lo-jack on my car so he can call and cancel my cards when he sees me heading that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        too funny allie! I love AJ's when I visit my sister in Tucson, what an amazing store. Of course I can justify whatever I spend then because I am -- what -- ON VACATION. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harumph--lucky for you! Now for June, mangator is on this "give me all your receipts so I can get an idea of what a normal month's budget should be now that we're settled in here" kick :(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe AJ's is hiring and they can pay me in stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well we're moving in 5 weeks and it is a very tiny store with a limited inventory. No wine but abuts a wine store that we like but find pricey. Price Chopper is my new local market. They sell Gallo wine. |:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wait - do I remember you're moving to Pennsylvania? If so, you'll just HATE their state stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I forgot about that. PA has one of those awful LCB type systems. And one cannot even get around it by going to a restaurant. The same junk is sold there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's why I call it 'Whole Paycheck'.... thank goodness we have a local version that started as a wool-water-soaked-granola-sprouted-seed version in the 70's called "PCC Natural Markets" that had evolved into a great place to shop that is a little more local, reasonable, and responsive for all things 'whole paycheck". And my money totally stays with local farmers, cheese-makers, and my community. And, well, they have the best cooking school in the region. I may be biased tho - I taught there for 5 years.:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congratulations, Berheenia, such exciting news!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congrats on the sale and the transition! AND getting to re-scent your kitchen there before trading it in:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe I am misreading your post...but are you not going to be having a Trader Joe's near you where you are moving?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nearest one is an hour drive. But we'll have time for road trips for food. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Last night was round 2 of the Green Goddess salad. I added some radicchio to my romaine, radish and asparagus -- that played very nicely. And a lovely piece of salmon which did indeed go very well although the salad was the star of the show -- an approximately Mt Everest-sized heap of it was hoovered right down. Round 3 tonight with some grilled pork (if it is not pouring that is).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sympathies and best wishes to all who are affected by the terrible tornadoes in Oklahoma, warm thoughts are going your way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Tonight is the first meal of my "It's my birthday and I'm going to eat what I want to" week. So, it's breakfast for dinner. We don't eat actual breakfast too often, and when we do it's usually french toast, but I like pancakes. So, I found a recipe that only makes 6 whole wheat pancakes, so I'm going to do that and freeze the ones I don't eat. Bacon as a side. Not the most well rounded meal, but since the pancakes are whole wheat, that makes it healthy right? :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love breakfast for dinner---your version sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love whole wheat pancakes! And bacon! Dipped in maple syrup! Happy first indulgent meal of your birthday week!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm so glad I'm not the only person who does this. I go all out for my birthday, anything and everything, it's just a week right? Your dinner sounds great! Actually I rarely eat any breakfast foods for actual breakfast so during my birthday week it's pancakes, toast and anything else carb-breakfast related. Can we fast forward to February? I hope you enjoy your celebration

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah last year my birthday was only a couple days after I moved out here to CO, so the week before I moved I went nuts... ate at my favorite restaurants, had some cupcakes, etc. It's a tradition I'm continuing this year :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My birthday is December 23rd. I have to share with Jesus Christ that week. I call BIRTHDAY MONTH. And yes, I allow delayed birthday HH, lunches, and dinner's to last well into January due to friends being out of town, busy with family, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I vote for everyone to have BIRTHDAY MONTH!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tho, perhaps the free-for-all of eating can't possibly go on that long. Cheers:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My grandma does this! I spread it out over the week, we do 4 or 5 weeks of food madness :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love breakfast for dinner as well. We have it at least once a month. I did find a recipe I am dying to try one day soon. Eggs in a Basket http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/eg...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it would be fun for dinner! I just have to remember to buy the prosciutto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. The only cooking I did last night was to make a pineapple-mango salsa which was eaten with a piece of ginger/garlic steamed cod. The guys were away at Scouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, I'm making the sesame crusted pork tenderloin ala boyzoma and another big green salad with the Green Goddess dressing. My lettuce keeps on producing like crazy thanks to the cool temps and damp weather.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. My CSA has been heavy on greens and items from winter storage. I have way too many potatoes. This week is the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Monday- sweet potato gnocchi with apples and bacon, salad with a pear cinnamon balsamic, sliced shallots and some cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday- Batata hara with chorizo with a side salad containing asparagus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday- toasted quinoa and sweet potato tacos, salad with peppadews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thursday- French onion soup with crouton and cheese, salad, sugar snap peas steamed and possibly tossed in butter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will have to make kale chips out of the kale we are getting this week and I still need to use up spring onions and turnip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Our small island, off the coast of northern Europe, is still affected by cold and rain. As I'm still "home alone", I'm doing a quick prawn stir-fry. There's a bag of supermarket stir-fry veg. And prawns defrost in the fridge. And there'll be noodles. And a sauce that I suspect will involve soy, oyster sauce, honey, ginger, rice wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (It may be a fairly dismal Tuesday here in North Cheshire, but I reckon I'm having a better time than Mrs H who, in theory, is on holiday in Florida with the other members of the coven and their parents. I say "in theory", as the MiL has developed pneumonia and is now in hospital in Orlando. So there ain't much holidaying going on. Your guess is as good as anyone's if she's going to recover sufficiently to fly home Friday as planned.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sound slike a very tasty quick dinner! I hope MiL recovers quickly so everyone can return home on time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh dear, so sorry for Mrs H and family, hope the MiL recovers swiftly! Your bachelor dinner sounds quite tasty...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Too bad about MiL. Maybe a member of "the coven" will whip up a cure?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I see a cauldron on a southern beach with a lot of (perhaps) overweight english folks with fine accents chanting a cure....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very sorry to hear the Missus MIL is ill and hospitalized! I hope she recovers quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was wondering what had become if you and feared you had drifted into a deep funk after your team's loss in the football. I hope the stir fry satisfies and that the mil recovers sufficiently so all can come home this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the concern, Friz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, definitely a footballing area of gloom. And the team's owners fired the manager - that's the most successful manager we've had in 40+ years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But that's not the reason I've been missing - with herself away, I decided on a little trip of my own down to Devon (in the south west of England). Nice hotel, right on the beach - breakfast and dinner included (not fantastic quality food but OK). Have returned laden with jams and other preserves from farm shops. And bought asparagus from one, where it had literally come from the field next door - I doubt whether you could get fresher without growing it yourself - I ate a whole bunch last nigth just drenched in metled butter and sprinkled with Halen Mon sea salt. Fab.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MiL is somewhat better and there's a good chance she may be discharged tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Devon is so lovely Harters - excellent choice! A personal holiday is a grand thing when the missas is away...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Courage to you both!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ahh, Devon.... Growing up I never saw what the big attraction was to my home county, but being older and a LOT further away from it I now appreciate it's tourist attracting qualities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your mentioning of jam makes me wish I could indulge in a cream tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hard to argue against a prawn stir-fry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The weather has significantly improved here in Southern Connecticut: sun, warm weather. The weather gods are probably just setting us up for the next right to the chin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Too bad about the MiL. On a positive note, my transplanted peonies have popped through the surface, rubbed their eyes and apparently like what they see. Blossoms next season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry about the MIL and hope everything works out ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the other hand, I love the sound of prawns and pasta. Two of my favorite things. Enjoy, Harters and hope the DW comes home soon, safe and sound. Sure you are missing her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. All the talk on the "favorite food from your cultural heritage" thread has left me with some deep hunger pains for some smazeny syr. So that's what's for dinner. With a side of potatoes and cucumber salad. I'll make myself a little portion of the above mentioned Singapore street noodles for lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....... we lived off of those smazeny syr sandwiches from the little stands on the street in Prague while visiting there. Its a good thing we walked so much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, all the walking definitely makes all that tasty street food and beer okay in a way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Street food is my favorite part of travelling. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can you describe what this is? And how to pronounce it please?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This should explain it all:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma%C5%B...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pronounce sma-zhen-EE seer. Ok, laugh, best way I can describe it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I make mine with edam. It's a common Czech street and pub food. Some places use 2 thinner slices of cheese and out a slice of ham in the middle. The stuff is food crack---you can't stop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds delicious. Drooling at the thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It doesn't help that they're insanely cheap, too. When we were there they were 25-30kc each and the exchange was 35kc= $1USD. Two of those and a good pivo or two (which was literally cheaper than water,) for $4 or 5 was the perfect lunch. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Its time to take another trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i'm bummed i didn't run into these when we were there (2005) - what rock were we hiding under?? but i do remember how the beer was cheaper than water! what i do remember are these shops that had open face sandwiches with all manner of toppings - http://www.kolarsky.com/family/cookin... - i devoured these!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I now must plan a trip to Czecheslovakia, along with my 'wished for' trips to Croatia, Puglia and Greece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, thanks alot MC and Weezie... sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fried cheese with sauce? Count me in!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will enjoy with gusto. News that my beloved grandfather can leave rainy and chilly PA (sorry, lingua) and come live with me in Arizona has just been delivered. He's the Czech one, and there will be a definite Eastern European slant to my food in the future :D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And all the Czech chatter can drive the mangator nuts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rainy and chilly? Pshah! 90s today, allie. Suck on *that* :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I care to suck on nothing that is 90 degrees---but I know what all his moaning and complaining sounds like 8 months of the year! I'm a Happy Valley fan, but old folks dig Arizona ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, I'd dig the weather there more, for sure. I like my heat dry, not wet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hair cooperates much, much, better here. Skin? Not so much. But decent food scene, I must say.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes, yes they do. He will be a happy Czech!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fun to have your grandfather near you! how good of you to care for him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, mc. It is my my honor and privilege. He's always been there for me and who better to provide his fave meals than me? Well, I'm sure Sofia Vergara would do, but I'm better than paid professionals :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I will now need to master a good meatloaf...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You enjoy with gusto. Glad that you get your grandpa. I can't wait to hear about future meals and how you get to enjoy the company and food culture heritage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you! The man knows nothing about food other than if it's right or not, but I believe I've got his favorites down, svíčková na smetaně, a beef dish, being the toughest to master.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sv%C3%AD...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow Allie, lucky grampa and lucky you! How fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was out of work for about a year when I was told my grandmother was near death and I moved back to Chicago to be with her. She kicked on for probably another 4 years but the time I spent with her taught me more about my family's food, traditions and history than the previous 21 years of holidays, Sunday suppers and visits combined! My bank account was impoverished, but my soul certainly was not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bravo, JungMann...that is wonderful that you took time away from your job to care for your grandmother. You made the right choice (I know you know that, too)!! When we leave this Earth we can't take money with us, but a soul that is brimming over with good memories lasts this lifetime and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So nice for you to do this, and I'm sure it was so enriching for you and your grandmother.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sure my time will be equally enriching, as pap is still sharp, in general good health, but lonely. And he loves to tell stories, listen to music, and tell me about the dishes his mother made. I stayed with him last year for 3 months after my grandmother died, and I had fun trying recipes until they were "just like her's" and seeing his face light up made me happy in a way that I can't put into words.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Allie,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do dish on the dish a little more?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OOPs! Now I see you did upthread.... ignore me for not reading on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's a little more dish. It's very simple to make and oh, so yum!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sadly, I won't be having it tonight. Mangator was dragged to a dinner meeting and I hate to make such a mess for just me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It may be me, Arby's and the DWTS finale this evening!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Last night the bloke did the honours again as I've just been too exhausted to cook after a day of wrangling a toddler and unpacking boxes. The glass/bottle of wine per box suggestion last thread was enticing but with 91 boxes it's a tad hard core even for a wine lover like me. Most of the unpacking has been done sober.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The bloke whipped up refried beans, a tomato salsa and we ate it in tortilla wraps with cheese and fresh coriander.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today we hopefully will get a gas hob installed to replace an electric one so depending on how that pans out we may either have chicken adobo or batata hara. The big question is whether the new hob will slide nicely into the existing hole in the granite bench top. Fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those crossed fingers of yours must have helped. It slid in perfectly. Chicken is marinating right now for adobo. I gave the hob a wee test cooking the toddler's dinner and was very impressed with the level of control I have on the flame. One very happy camper here!