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

GretchenS May 19, 2013 06:35 PM

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. GretchenS RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 06:44 PM

    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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      PHREDDY RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 06:57 PM

      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

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        ChristinaMason RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 07:30 PM

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

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          Berheenia RE: ChristinaMason May 20, 2013 04:26 AM

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

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        rjbh20 RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 06:49 PM

        Moroccan game hen with couscous.

         
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          GretchenS RE: rjbh20 May 19, 2013 06:51 PM

          Gorgeous!!! What makes it Moroccan?

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            rjbh20 RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 06:57 PM

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

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              Fowler RE: rjbh20 May 19, 2013 07:39 PM

              "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.

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                rjbh20 RE: Fowler May 20, 2013 08:24 AM

                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.

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                  gingershelley RE: rjbh20 May 20, 2013 06:54 PM

                  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!

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            alliegator RE: rjbh20 May 20, 2013 08:41 AM

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

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              rjbh20 RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 08:45 AM

              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.

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            vttp926 RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 06:50 PM

            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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              GretchenS RE: vttp926 May 19, 2013 07:18 PM

              Welcome to WFD vttp926! Sounds yummy...

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                Breadcrumbs RE: vttp926 May 20, 2013 07:50 AM

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

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                  vttp926 RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 03:38 PM

                  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. LindaWhit RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 07:27 PM

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

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                  foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit May 20, 2013 01:45 PM

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

                  Just planted my tomatoes and August seem so far away…

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                  mscoffee1 RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 07:28 PM

                  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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                    ChristinaMason RE: mscoffee1 May 19, 2013 07:32 PM

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

                  2. weezieduzzit RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 07:58 PM

                    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. mariacarmen RE: GretchenS May 19, 2013 09:53 PM

                      "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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                        gingershelley RE: mariacarmen May 19, 2013 10:05 PM

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

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                          Breadcrumbs RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 07:52 AM

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

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                            LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 09:58 AM

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

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                              mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit May 20, 2013 11:06 AM

                              it was wedgelicious!

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                              steve h. RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 04:21 PM

                              The plates look finger-lickin' good.

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                                littleflower RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 03:46 PM

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

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                                Frizzle RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 03:23 AM

                                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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                                  Musie RE: Frizzle May 20, 2013 05:40 AM

                                  What a great way to eat brussel sprouts.

                                2. Berheenia RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 04:29 AM

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

                                  1. boyzoma RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 06:07 AM

                                    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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                                      tcamp RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 06:18 AM

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

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                                        boyzoma RE: tcamp May 20, 2013 09:17 AM

                                        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).

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                                          tcamp RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 09:26 AM

                                          Thank you!

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                                            sunangelmb RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 02:32 PM

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

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                                              fldhkybnva RE: sunangelmb May 20, 2013 03:50 PM

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

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                                              gingershelley RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 06:58 PM

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

                                        2. tcamp RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 07:04 AM

                                          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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                                            Breadcrumbs RE: tcamp May 20, 2013 07:53 AM

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

                                          2. fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 07:31 AM

                                            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. Breadcrumbs RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 08:12 AM

                                              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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                                                GretchenS RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 08:40 AM

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

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                                                  tcamp RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                  Those potatoes, OMG, I'm in love.

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                                                    boyzoma RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 09:26 AM

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

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                                                      LindaWhit RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 10:13 AM

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

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                                                        alliegator RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 10:27 AM

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

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                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                          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!

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                                                          gingershelley RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 06:59 PM

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

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                                                            PHREDDY RE: Breadcrumbs May 21, 2013 03:41 AM

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

                                                          2. juliejulez RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                            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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                                                              fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 09:07 AM

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

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                                                                boyzoma RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  LindaWhit RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                  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!

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                                                                    alliegator RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 10:28 AM

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

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                                                                      mariacarmen RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                      glad you have good times booked ahead! yay you!

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                                                                        foodieX2 RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                        Happy Happy!!!

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                                                                          GretchenS RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 02:00 PM

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

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                                                                            suzigirl RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                            I hope you have a great birthday. :-)

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                                                                              juliejulez RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 02:40 PM

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

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                                                                                alliegator RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 02:54 PM

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

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                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 04:30 PM

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

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                                                                                  gingershelley RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 07:01 PM

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

                                                                                  Impressive, all round:)

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                                                                                    juliejulez RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                     
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                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                      Nice! what a great BF!

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                                                                                        roxlet RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 03:52 AM

                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 08:39 AM

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

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                                                                                            weezieduzzit RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                            OOOOhhhhhh! That's a great gift!

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                                                                                              juliejulez RE: weezieduzzit May 21, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 10:17 AM

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

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                                                                                              suzigirl RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 09:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                gingershelley RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 09:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                  Nice!!!!

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                                                                                                    littleflower RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                    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!!

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                                                                                                      alliegator RE: juliejulez May 22, 2013 09:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                      PHREDDY RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 03:42 AM

                                                                                                      Many (early) happy returns!

                                                                                                    3. weezieduzzit RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: weezieduzzit May 20, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: weezieduzzit May 20, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                            weezieduzzit RE: gingershelley May 20, 2013 09:28 PM

                                                                                                            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. alliegator RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            alliegator RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                              boyzoma RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 11:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                alliegator RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                  boyzoma RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 11:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                      boyzoma RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: boyzoma May 20, 2013 02:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 02:57 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                      what mc said....

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                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                        +1!

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                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                        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 ;)

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                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                          What mc said.

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                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: roxlet May 20, 2013 02:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                          Happy Happy to you too!

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                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 02:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 02:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 12:03 AM

                                                                                                                                  38... spring chicken.

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                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 04:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    Happy birthday!

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                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 04:30 PM

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

                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                    Yummmmm. I love me some burgers :)

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                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 04:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: alliegator May 20, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                      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. JungMann RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: JungMann May 20, 2013 11:11 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                          JungMann RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: JungMann May 20, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: JungMann May 20, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: LindaWhit May 20, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: mariacarmen May 20, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              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:)

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                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: JungMann May 21, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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 :)

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                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: JungMann May 20, 2013 07:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: JungMann May 21, 2013 08:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                  JungMann RE: ChristinaMason May 22, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: JungMann May 22, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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. GraydonCarter RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 01:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: GraydonCarter May 20, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                  GC, what's a yum-yum sauce?

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                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 07:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Here is a quick recipe http://www.japanese-steakhouse-white-.... This is the brand I have at home http://www.amazon.com/grocery-gourmet...

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                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the link!

                                                                                                                                                  2. foodieX2 RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: foodieX2 May 20, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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?)

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                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: foodieX2 May 20, 2013 02:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                          r
                                                                                                                                                          rjbh20 RE: foodieX2 May 20, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: foodieX2 May 20, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: foodieX2 May 20, 2013 05:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  sounds like awesome sauce! butter and sriracha!

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                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: foodieX2 May 20, 2013 07:20 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                            3. roxlet RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet May 20, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: roxlet May 20, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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:)

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                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 06:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: LindaWhit May 21, 2013 11:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 01:50 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            enjoy tons!

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                                                                                                                                                                              boyzoma RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Anniversary

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                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 02:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Happy anniversary!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                All the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 03:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 05:43 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                2. fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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. helen_m RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit RE: helen_m May 20, 2013 04:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit May 20, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          helen_m RE: fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: helen_m May 20, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: helen_m May 20, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              LaLa RE: fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 06:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                iowagirl RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      helen_m RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 06:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: helen_m May 20, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!! ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: helen_m May 21, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. steve h. RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 08:26 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. Breadcrumbs RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Outstanding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The asparagus looks wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                helen_m RE: LindaWhit May 20, 2013 06:10 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 07:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boyzoma RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 11:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs May 20, 2013 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Musie RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yesterday was Victoria Day for Canada.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Musie May 21, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 08:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: Breadcrumbs May 21, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mouth watering...wow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs May 22, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. Musie RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: Musie May 21, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Musie RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was partially boiled and finished cooking on the pizza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: Musie May 21, 2013 09:43 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: Musie May 21, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now YOU're killin' me. Nice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. gingershelley RE: GretchenS May 20, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: gingershelley May 20, 2013 07:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: juliejulez May 20, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: gingershelley May 20, 2013 08:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 06:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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:)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: gingershelley May 20, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iowagirl RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iowagirl RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Allie - I'd visit that shop any day!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agree, little flower:) and toast back to you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 09:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 11:29 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator RE: roxlet May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's why elastic waist skirts were invented!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How amazingly exciting!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BananaBirkLarsen RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: BananaBirkLarsen May 22, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BananaBirkLarsen RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 02:34 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. mariacarmen RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 12:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 08:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can't go wrong with duck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well you can - if you overcook it. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: LindaWhit May 21, 2013 12:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          quit jinxing me, you two!

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 01:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: LindaWhit May 21, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Very cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              edited to add: get a whole one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 05:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 08:58 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. eight_inch_pestle RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 12:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: eight_inch_pestle May 21, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        VERY puget sound 8"! Sounds divine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Berheenia RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 06:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: LindaWhit May 21, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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." :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler RE: LindaWhit May 21, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: Fowler May 21, 2013 11:18 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: Fowler May 21, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator RE: GretchenS May 22, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia RE: Fowler May 21, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. |:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 05:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler RE: LindaWhit May 21, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia RE: LindaWhit May 22, 2013 02:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No PA. The Berkshires in Mass.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OK, you're safe. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: Fowler May 21, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Congratulations, Berheenia, such exciting news!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 08:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 04:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 02:48 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. GretchenS RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. juliejulez RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 09:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iowagirl RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 10:02 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 06:08 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. tcamp RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. melpy RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: Harters May 21, 2013 09:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: Harters May 21, 2013 09:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: Harters May 21, 2013 10:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: Berheenia May 21, 2013 06:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 02:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great minds GS. Bubble bubble....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Harters May 21, 2013 10:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frizzle RE: Harters May 21, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Frizzle May 21, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ditto ditto ditto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: Frizzle May 21, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: Harters May 21, 2013 06:10 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Courage to you both!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Musie RE: Harters May 21, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: Harters May 21, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            boyzoma RE: Harters May 21, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. alliegator RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: weezieduzzit May 21, 2013 09:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Street food is my favorite part of travelling. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 11:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: Frizzle May 21, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh man does that ever sound good allie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds delicious. Drooling at the thought.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit May 21, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am so jealous. Enjoy it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 03:26 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: linguafood May 21, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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 ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 04:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: linguafood May 21, 2013 04:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 06:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 03:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: mariacarmen May 21, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 07:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JungMann RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: JungMann May 21, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I heartily agree!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: JungMann May 22, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: JungMann May 22, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          good man, JM.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: alliegator May 21, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Allie,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do dish on the dish a little more?

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's a little more dish. It's very simple to make and oh, so yum!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: Frizzle May 21, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fingers crossed for gas - 100%!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 11:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: Frizzle May 22, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hear you! We're trading off an electric cooktop for a gas one- 4 gorgeous burners- in our move. It's been an annoying 8 years without gas!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ::::sob!:::: No gas stove for me. Ever. :::sniff, sniff:::

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So after a crabby day at work and crabbier night at home (the impending collision of three families for SD's graduation this weekend is definitely stressing hubby and I out!) I threw together a kale, roasted red pepper, kalamata and feta frittata using my CSA eggs and kale. Roasted garlic sourdough toast on the side, cuz toast just makes things better. Especially when it has chunks of roasted garlic and butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight is the last choir finale we shall see. Hubby had lunch out with oldest SD so will probably grab a sandwich. I have an appt right after work so will most likely eat after the concert - more garlic sourdough toast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tomorrow night we are having a small "just us" family celebration for youngest SD - so marinated flank steak on the grill (with blue cheese!), baked potatoes, green beans, and red wine for hubby and me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just gotta get through the week!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you go girl, it's only a week and there is always wine... ;) Your small celebratory meal sounds perfect...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: iowagirl May 21, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Courage - and hang in there for Grad weekend. Family time (esp. in the house) can be stressful... so ride the familial wave as you can. Kudos for the tasty frittata!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iowagirl RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks ladies - support is much appreciated. And I do love the family time, but it stresses hubby out and then you add in the ex-wife dynamics AND come to find out MIL is now arriving tomorrow instead of Friday. Sigh. And she has so many food rules ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looks like our last respite is tonight with the girls - tomorrow we will have to either find a place that can make "plain" food (chicken or salmon, NO seasoning) or grill at home. I love her, but she is high maintenance!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SCORE! Went to the farmers market on a whim (well, I needed eggs and was hoping for some early tomatoes or corn), and there was a stand selling fresh MORELS for the last time this season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So even tho we already have plans to go to our fave sushi/cocktail place tonight, and our Sichuan jour fixe is tomorrow, I couldn't resist. At $11.50 for a 1/4 lb. not exactly a steal, but hey -- I don't foresee buying those again for a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They're currently soaking in salt water -- not the prettiest sight with all the buglets and ants and things crawling out, and will be frozen to be sure they'll still be good on Thursday, when I plan on making fresh pasta with a morel cream sauce. Yowzah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: linguafood May 21, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oy. Final ant count (6 big morels total).... at least 50. Gross.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: linguafood May 21, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That totally made me laugh:) I pulled a big caterpillar out of my mint today with my bypass clippers even though I had gloves on. Just can't get myself to touch them. I flung it into the driveway- the birds and I have a deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .....the things we do for good food......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  helen_m RE: linguafood May 21, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no! I remember being traumatised by the bug count after I picked elderflowers to make cordial.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: helen_m May 21, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's certainly not the first time I've watched creepy-crawlies evacuate fresh 'shrooms, but the last time that happened was over 20 years ago, and it seemed worth the experience... back then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now, I'm just hoping those morels will freeze well & be a delight once I prepare them. Antless. Ew.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gingershelley RE: linguafood May 21, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So ecxellent that you got some local morels LG; a prize worth all the dirt and crawly bugs and waiting. Short soak is the way to go with them; The salt is a grand idea to force out bugs - why did I never think of that? Brilliant you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, I soaked them for about a half hour, and ants kept coming out. It was rather disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By tomorrow I will hopefully have deleted that image from my mind :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: linguafood May 22, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, even I find that disgusting! I'm so sorry your prized morels were a let down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, we don't know that yet. I'm sure they'll be quite tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: linguafood May 22, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tell yourself that you KNOW there aren't any bugs because you made sure there aren't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A caterpillar tried to hitchhike in with some basil last night.... man, that basil was clean by the time I was done with it! :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: linguafood May 22, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that would be rather a gross-out... worth it tho!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Having a BFD tonight (breakfast for dinner)...glazed spiral sliced ham (leftover from Easter dinner - a freezer staple) omelette, thinly sliced potatoes and onions sauteed in garlic oil, cornbread muffins (made earlier today so will warm these up) with honey butter, coffee and grapefruit juice. Trader Joe's Coffee and Cream ice cream bars for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma RE: littleflower May 21, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OMG - cornbread with honey butter? Die and go to heaven now. As I said upthread (somewhere), love BFD!! Good on ya!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: boyzoma May 21, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, boyzoma...I stole the cornbread muffins for breakfast idea from Cracker Barrel. Eating them warm is a must, so that the honey butter seeps into the cornbread when split in half!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: littleflower May 21, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yum, your BFD sounds much nicer than mine :) Cornbread and honey butter is one of my favorite things to eat in this world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: juliejulez May 21, 2013 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (JJ...the cornbread was adapted from Trader Joe's cornbread mix and wasn't from scratch.......shhhh). :-) Oh who the heck cares...it tasted darn good regardless, and the honey butter was room temperature Kerrygold unsalted butter+local honey+sea salt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez RE: littleflower May 21, 2013 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree, who cares. I almost always make it with a mix. I've done it from scratch but the mix is just easier for a weeknight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: littleflower May 21, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I thought it was going to be a "BIG ____ing Dinner"; either work, esp. with ice cream at the end!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Laughing hard at that one, GS...well, I guess it was that, too!! :-) I am uncharacteristically stuffed - lately have not been making a multi-faceted meal, usually just a main dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. foodieX2 RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Much better day (and mood) today! Tri-tip was great, turned it into burritos with salsa verde, black beans and guacamole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower RE: foodieX2 May 21, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds like a yummy meal...kinda craving steak burritos with those fixin's on the side myself now. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: foodieX2 May 21, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So glad to hear and yum on the dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 May 22, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm writing down all of these tri-tip recipes but it seems the mysterious meat is not tri-tip or blade steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eggs!! My coworker's chickens finally laid enough eggs that she could distribute to a few of us at work. I actually got impatient waiting and bought a dozen from a local farm a few hours away which were good and I am now in love with fresh eggs. Who knew an egg could look like a bright sun on a summer day and your egg dishes would actually be yellow? Go Figure!! I am still at work sitting next to a 1/2 dozen fresh eggs with random stuck on feathers and dried grass and all which excites me even more than the weekend bunch of eggs as they are fresh and never been washed or otherwise handled. My other coworkers think I"m nutso for my excitement but I really do strive to eat as unprocessed and close to the ground food as I can. I cannot wait to get home. Tonight will be a massive fieldhawk-style omelet! I think I'll throw in pancetta, smoked turkey and will have to decide from the massive cheese supply which to use but I am recently fond of the new Kerry Gold sweet cheddar so I'll probably do a mix of that with their 2 year aged cheddar and make it a fully grass-fed meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You lucky girl. Fresh eggs are a delight compared to grocery store eggs. That omlette sounds really great. I think I may do BFD soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yay for fresh eggs - I know it is going to make one fantastic omelette for you!! I am still trying to find time to make it to the local farmer's market (it only opens for a few hours once a week) to get a dozen fresh eggs. I don't quite understand some people who do not have an appreciation for quality food (referencing your coworkers as well as some friends of mine).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yea, they all think I'm nuts most of the time as I have serious delights when I find the freshest quality food or hit on a great recipe! Omelets are my go to meal a lot of nights and mornings so I think the eggs will come in quite handy. I want to make a few more egg-y dishes. We had carbonara a few weeks ago and they'd be fabulous for that but I'm trying to think of a good low carb version, maybe with mushrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: fldhkybnva May 21, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds fantastic!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have had meatloaf on the brain this last week so guess what's for dinner? Pork chops.....kidding. I am going to make a meatloaf experiment tonight. I have a little (maybe half a chub) of bulk breakfast sausage that I am going to mix into ground beef and a couple of spoons full of a packet of BBQ seasoning mix and the regular suspects for meatloaf like panko bread crumbs and eggs etc. That will be free formed into a loaf and wrapped in bacon. Oh, and i stuffed it with cheddar. Like a bacon BBQ cheeseburger. Mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Tommorow I will be taking a martins big sesame roll and slathering it with A1 and more cheese and maybe some MW for lunch

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Drooling at the thought of A1 and meatloaf together in a sandwich. You are talking my food language, suzigirl! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: littleflower May 21, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aww. Thanks littleflower. It is cooking right now and smells drool worthy. I am looking forward to a meatloaf sandwich tomorrow. The BBQ seasoning was like a BBQ potato chip seasoning and I can smell it along with the bacon. Mmm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would seriously love if CH did a drool video over some excellent CH delish food product.':)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's so funny how often w'all say 'drool-worthy", and I can't imagine anyone here doing it, except from an internal consumption viewpoint:) You are all so elegant, awesome and smart!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't envision a bunch of plates, (at seperate tables); fork and knife in the air, while a CH is perched above the plate with drool coming out of the side of their mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL~

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: gingershelley May 21, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you go to thingsiloveattraderjoes.com, the blogger there actually wrote a post about how she drooled on some apples at Trader Joe's while looking at one of their food displays featuring Fleur de Sel sauce and apples. Your post made me think of this...and second the idea of a drool picture or video. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yum. Drool. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I suggested Meatloaf for the Dish of the Month on 'Home Cooking' ; yours would rock the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Viva la Cheeseburger(b-fast sausage included> - Awesome!) meatloaf. I must make one this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: gingershelley May 22, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks alot. Bhbbbbfr(that was my cat Romo putting in his two cents. Sorry to those who don't speak feline. He says hello) It really was good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: suzigirl May 21, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love cold meatloaf sandwiches on squishy bread w/ mayo even more than hot and fresh from the oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley RE: ChristinaMason May 22, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am pretty evenly divided - love BOTH!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason May 22, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So do I. That's why I mentioned the sandwich. It was on my mind. The sandwich was great

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. steve h. RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's hot and humid this evening. Harbinger of weather down the road? Perhaps, but I don't think so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Skirt steak, beans and rice are on the menu tonight. Deb is the editor in charge. The house is smelling good. We'll wash it down with a decent red. Junior's cheesecake for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yankees baseball will be on the plasma right up to the point where NCIS knocks me out of the box.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: steve h. May 21, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was a good call for a night like tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: steve h. May 22, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh my, it's 9am but I want this now!! It looks great. The weather here is seriously hot and humid as well. I'm hoping the rain comes soon to wash away the stickiness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was mighty tasty. Leftovers later this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. helen_m RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot and humid here too. I had a craving for something from home - penne giardiniera which is what I always ordered in Carluccio's cafes. It's a buttery, garlicky zucchini sauce - I usually add loads of black pepper and parmesan and red chilli. I didn't make the nutmeggy spinach balls they they serve on top (although they are the best bit!) as it seemed a bit silly to deep fry for one so I just threw in spinach at the end to wilt it. Huge arugula salad on the side with balsamic dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had campari, soda and blood orange whilst I was cooking. Wishing I had some amaretto now (need to work on my pitiful cocktail cabinet)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: helen_m May 21, 2013 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drooling at the thought of a buttery garlicky zucchini sauce mixed with pasta. Nice dish there, helen!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Musie RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight was spring sauce (blended asparagus, peas and mint with milk) from the freezer with pasta and bacon. I also used up some of my roasted garlic butter and made some garlic bread to go on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower RE: Musie May 21, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow...roasted garlic butter garlic bread?? Drool jets are on overdrive tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Musie RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's incredibly easy to make. I just roast one bulb of garlic, squeeze out the contents and mix with (at a guess) 2 to 3 tbsp of softened butter. I find it offers a nicer flavour than doing it with freshly minced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. boyzoma RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner tonight is my old stand by - Garbage Grinder Sandwiches. Salami, pepperoni, ham, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses all heated till hot and the cheese is melted. Then add green pepper, dill pickle slices, tomato, sweet diced onion, drizzled with olive oil and s&p. Definitely a meal. Maybe a few chips on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There is a trick, however, in how you hold it so all the onions don't fall out when you eat it! LOL Oh - and have LOTS of napkins on hand. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Musie RE: boyzoma May 21, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or you could stand over the sink :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: boyzoma May 21, 2013 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks fantastic too...I have always found it hard for some reason to make a decent sub/hero/grinder at home. I guess our local sub shop just has a knack for it that is difficult to replicate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma May 22, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, what a great idea! My family is from Philadelphia and I love a good hoagie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              boyzoma RE: fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They turned out really good. I usually can't eat a whole one, but I sure did last night. I posted the recipe here a long time ago. http://www.chow.com/recipes/27798-gar... if you are interested.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma May 22, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, indeed I am!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Despite the warm weather I have the oven preheating for a high heat roasted chicken (no time to go Zuni, I need the bones for stock tonight, so just lemon and herb stuffed.) I don't know that I'm hungry enough for a full roasted chicken meal but I'm guessing the man is so there will be veggies roasted as long as the oven is on! Probably cauliflower and zucchini. I might just pick at mozzarella, prosciutto and roasted peppers on a green salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia RE: weezieduzzit May 22, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That chicken is making my mouth water! I was going to try this high heat roasted chicken recipe from the new Bon Apetit and would love your input on the cooking time. Tired of hearing "too dry" or "not cooked enough" from the peanut gallery. I'm in my minimalist kitchen mode but still have an instant thermometer. I will rephrase the recipe to appease the mods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mix garlic, 1/4 cup herbes de Provence, oil, salt, and pepper . Rub mixture all over inside and outside of a 3 1/2 to 4 pound chicken. Place on a wire rack set in a roasting pan in a preheated oven at 475°
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roast chicken until skin begins to brown, 25–30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh registers 165°, 25–30 minutes longer. Let rest 10 minutes before carving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have misplaced the jar of herbes de province (or possibly used it up as we like hdp) so it will probably be next week before I attempt this recipe. thanks in advance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm don't know that I've ever timed a chicken. I have always gone by the smell, and when it smells "right" I take it out and wiggle the legs to see if it's done (taught by my Grandmother who was an excellent cook that never used recipes.) The only time I've ever had a dry chicken was when I used a probe thermometer I got as a Christmas gift. I then read the reviews on the Williams Sonoma site and returned it since lots of people said it was a lousy thermometer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The high heat method makes a roast chicken doable for a weeknight dinner so it's a great method to know, but if you haven't... I highly recommend trying a Zuni chicken when you have time to prep one. I usually prep 2 of them when I bring them home from the grocery store to cook 2 days later. Oh, and chickens are on sale this week! Looks like we've got some Zuni in our future! We never tire of roast chicken and I'm always in need of bones to make stock, I go through gallons of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia RE: weezieduzzit May 22, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Someday I'm gonna do a Zuni but currently things are kind of ad hoc. I just ordered some more Herbes de Provence from Penzey's- turns out there is free shipping if you spend 30 bucks and as I am stockpiling for life in the boonies with no paycheck it made sense to me to go for it. So I'll try the smell and wiggle method. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My thermometer is just a little instant read thingie but one Christmas I bought hubby the big probe from Sur la Table and we ruined an expensive standing rib roast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Top of my Christmas list this year will most definitely be a Thermapen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm still figuring out my Thermapen but I love it so far. It's so accurate that I get confused...go figure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia, when you say rub the mixture all over the inside, are you referring to pulling up the skin slightly to rub the mixture underneath the skin or pouring the rub inside the cavity of the chicken?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit May 22, 2013 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love Zuni but really need to jump on the lemon and herb train. I really want to try Marcella Hazan's Chicken with Two Lemons. The salad sounds delightful, I love love prosciutto - in front of the fridge of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also want to try Marcella's Chicken with Two Lemons. I like that the whole smoking issue is almost assuredly not likely to happen as it roasts at a slightly lower temp. Plus, I love anything acidic and use lemons/lemon juice on just about anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yea, very true. Actually my Zuni chicken doesn't really smoke much but I use a 2.5 lb bird so it only takes 30-35 minutes which I guess gives it less time to create a smokehouse. Well, I'm a vinegar addict so acid lemon juice also works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. BananaBirkLarsen RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In (unknowing) honour of National Salad Month, last night's dinner was, you guessed it, salad. Fairly standard green salad stuff (lettuce, tomato, bell pepper) topped with shredded chicken legs and parmesan (leftover from the previous night's roast chicken and pasta) and a balsamic-dijon dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight is my Friday, so we're living it up with herbed lamb-turkey cheeseburgers and a combination of TJ's sweet potato fries and onion rings. A six pack (2 down, 4 to go) of Lagunitas IPA on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: BananaBirkLarsen May 21, 2013 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liking the sound of the ground lamb/turkey burger combo. Smart thinking to combine those two. Yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BananaBirkLarsen RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When we grind meat at work, there's always a bit of mixed meat that comes out between each grind. Because we can't sell this, we get to take it home. So my freezer is full of odd combinations -- lamb-buffalo, turkey-pork, turkey-lamb etc. That said, turkey-lamb is one of my favourite combinations. The turkey tempers the lamb so it isn't so strong tasting, but you still get a good hit of lamb flavour. The fat in the lamb keeps the burger nice and juicy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: BananaBirkLarsen May 22, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BBL...wow......LUCKY YOU!!! I would happily jump at the chance to be given some of those mixed meat combinations!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: BananaBirkLarsen May 22, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a lovely perk to the job. Fresh mixed meat, nothing could stop me from taking that home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SarachkaInBrooklyn RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight's dinner was pretty much the complete opposite of salad. My father's birthday was this past Friday but everyone had been out of town, so we all met up for a low key barbecue/birthday dinner in Manhattan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had ribs, chicken wings, and pulled pork, and while the accompanying sides were abundant, there wasn't much green on the table. The food was tasty, but fairly heavy, so when I got home I had some leftover broccoli salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To be honest, with today's hot, muggy weather in NYC I probably would have preferred a refreshing salad, but the most important thing about dinner was the company! And the company was pretty great. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So many delicious dinners...more than I can comment on all at once! Need to catch up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight's dinner was borne of necessity to use up some nice andouille sausage and fresh okra we had handy. Jambalaya seemed like a good solution, and it worked out nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I browned a link of diced andouille a big enameled cast iron in bacon grease, removed it to a bowl, then browned skinless bone-in chicken thighs seasoned with Badia Adobo seasoning (Latin seasoned salt), half-sharp paprika, thyme, granulated garlic, toasted onion powder, and s&p. Pulled the chicken out, sauteed 2 c. of jasmine rice in the drippings with a couple bay leaves and about 1 1/2 c. of chopped onion, some garlic greens, and three chopped scallions. Added the rest of the trinity (celery and green bell pepper), some butter, a Tbsp. tomato paste, 4 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce, and more of the seasonings and some red pepper flake. Then in went a mostly drained can of diced tomatoes, 3 c. chicken broth, a good handful of sliced okra, and the meats. Simmered until the rice was almost tender, then set a lb. of shrimp on top to gently steam. Let it finish cooking through with just residual heat and stirred it all together to meld the flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Served up with hot sauce and lemon wedges, it really hit the spot. My first time making jambalaya from scratch, and a success.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JungMann RE: ChristinaMason May 21, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This sounds great. Worcestershire sauce was one of the ingredients my parents kept around but didn't know what do with. Steaks? Is it brown sauce? It's only been the past couple years where I realized how transformative it can be in dishes like yours!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: JungMann May 21, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use a dash in crabcakes, stew, soup, braises...and it's great in Chex mix, naturally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: JungMann May 21, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My mom used Worcestershire sauce in just about everything. It's such a versatile ingredient that adds a nice umami flavor similar to what fish sauce does to an asian dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower RE: ChristinaMason May 21, 2013 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds fantastic, CM. Nice job on that one....wish I had half your energy to create a dish like that which has quite a few steps to it. I am sure the end result was well worth the effort!! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason May 22, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason May 22, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds wonderful. I have never made Jambalaya before. I may just try it soon. God knows there is enough meat to keep the man from complaining that its a rice meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight's plan was messed up when I pulled the pork out of the fridge and it positively reeked. What is up with that, I just bought it Saturday?!?!? Since I had nothing else to go with my salad I ordered Indian from a nearby spot (a rarity). The dog wanted to go along for the ride so I took him but while I was inside picking up we suddenly got this horrendous thunderstorm directly overhead -- awful for a few minutes -- and when I got back out to the car it seemed to be empty. Huh?? But I found the poor little guy in the rear footwell under the reusable grocery bags. Phew. Indian was OK, would rather have had my planned dinner. So it goes some days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower RE: GretchenS May 21, 2013 09:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aww...he must have gotten frightened by the storm, glad the T-storm blew over quickly. What Indian dish did you get for takeout?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: littleflower May 22, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it is super-nonchowish blah Indian food, but convenient and the people are very nice. veggie samosas and a chicken-spinach thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower RE: GretchenS May 22, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Honestly, to some of my friends that I have who eat fairly plain cuisine, any Indian food to them would qualify as CHOWworthy in their book! :-) I know what you mean though, and I probably fit that category because my favorite Indian dishes are Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, and Aloo Matar. Pretty typical stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia RE: GretchenS May 22, 2013 04:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They really hate thunderstorms, don't they.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love your new avatar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My late-lamented Dixie never even raised an eyebrow during a thunderstorm. She never thought she had anything to worry about. :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower RE: roxlet May 22, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That shows you that she knew she was well taken care of, and her parents would protect her!! Please do continue to give us Dixie stories whenever you feel like it, I for one love hearing them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also love hearing them

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: suzigirl May 22, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's so sweet of you. I just teared up again reading that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: Berheenia May 22, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you can download it for free from mlb.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BananaBirkLarsen RE: GretchenS May 22, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry about the bad pork. I hate it when something I was anticipating goes bad in the fridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My dog is okay with all but the loudest thunderstorms, but at even the distant sound of a firecracker, she will run into the bathroom and hide behind the toilet. She was a stray who wandered into our yard, and we think she might have been homeless on the 4th of July and had a bad experience. She's okay with most loud noises, but firecrackers and fireworks inevitably send her running for the toilet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: BananaBirkLarsen May 22, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He has never minded thunder before but this was directly overhead, it might have been the loudest thing I have ever heard. I fear he will now hate all thunder. He is already terrified of house flies, they make him hide behind the toilet or more often under the bed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rox, I am glad Dixie led a care-free existence! and BBL how sweet that your dog chose you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: GretchenS May 22, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What is it about the toilet that makes them feel safe? Do they think it will mask their scent? That's all I can come up with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And yeah, it was very sweet how she chose us! We helped each other through a rather rough time.