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What's for Dinner? #222 - The First-Inkling-of-Summer Edition [Thru Jun 8, 2013]

mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 12:21 AM

It's been super nice here on the left coast, mostly, and we're going to enjoy the hell out of it as long as we can, before our notoriously foggy summer days set in. How's it looking by you, and whatcha got cookin'?

  1. mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 12:27 AM

    Tonight the BF went with super simples - smoked brats, pan fried, over a mustardy potato salad made with radish greens, scallions and capers, and a greens salad on the side. the pic makes it look like we just ate a bunch of hot dogs. which i guess we did. good though! i'm addicted to those brats.

    and to conjure up more of a summery feel on a night that suddenly grew chilly, i made myself a sangria, with a good Ribero del Duero, tonic, fresh squeezed citrus juices, strawberries, and a few dashes of orange bitters. it went down way too easy. good thing i made a whole pitcher-full.

     
     
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    1. re: mariacarmen
      Fowler Jun 4, 2013 01:08 AM

      Your dinner certainly brings back a lot of great memories. When my roommates and I were in school that was a typical summer dinner. Smoked brats and that type of potato salad.

      We could not afford the Ribero del Duero but had plenty of beer to go around.

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        scubadoo97 Jun 4, 2013 03:39 AM

        Looking good Maria.

        Last night I made a bowl roasted corn off the cob mixed with sautéed Patagonian scallops

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          mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 09:54 AM

          yum is right - yes please!

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          boyzoma Jun 4, 2013 04:25 AM

          Yum. I'll have some of that!

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            Musie Jun 4, 2013 06:36 PM

            Yum yum to the sangria.

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              littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:02 PM

              Pass me over a plate of those smoked brats with mustard potato salad...yummy is right!!

            2. Njchicaa Jun 4, 2013 03:22 AM

              Pasta primavera is WFD tonight. I have a bunch of vegs to use up before tomorrow's organic produce delivery. I'll use onion, broccoli, carrots, peas, and maybe some kale sliced super-thinly so my husband can't identify it. I serve it over angel hair pasta.

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                Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 11:22 AM

                What is it with men and kale?!! I have to do the same thing Njchicaa!!

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                  Njchicaa Jun 5, 2013 12:12 PM

                  Crazy, right? He ate it last night and had no clue he was eating kale. Took some for his lunch today too. Haha

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                    Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 12:16 PM

                    Our secret Njchicaa!

                    FYI, I shredded some into into mr bc's soup and told him it was spinach. He was totally fine with that! Sheesh!! I used to have the same issue getting him to eat broccoli but have learned that if I roast it, he loves it. Go figure!!

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                      Njchicaa Jun 5, 2013 12:26 PM

                      I've snuck it into spinach lasagna and he never knew!

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                    JeremyEG Jun 5, 2013 06:35 PM

                    I'm a man who loves kale deeply. I feel all real men like kale. :)
                    JeremyEG
                    HomeCookLocavore.com

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                      mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 11:31 PM

                      my BF loves kale too.

                2. MickiYam Jun 4, 2013 03:59 AM

                  Finally asparagus season here. We had buttered asparagus with balsamico, French bread, pastrami, and Sunny lettuce.

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                    foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 03:37 PM

                    yum!!!

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                    Harters Jun 4, 2013 04:59 AM

                    Faggots for dinner.

                    NO, not that sort (nor is it a word used in that context in British English)

                    These are sort of meatballs, made mainly from offal and, most usually, bought rather than homemade. They get served with gravy. Alongside, we've soem leftover spuds and veg which I think I'll mash together and turn into a sort of bubble & squeak.

                    By the by, I bought the faggots from a farm shop, so they are homemade - just not my home. The best known commercial faggots are Brains - even though they don;t have any brains in them in. And, in the north west, we usually call them "savoury ducks", but they don't have any duck in them either.

                    There are four in the pack, so that'll be three for me and one for herself as she finds the flavour a bit too rich and livery.

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                      mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 09:59 AM

                      that is the first time i've heard that word used in that context - not a cigarette, not a bundle of wood, and not the hateful epithet - how nice to know it has a food-related meaning!

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                        Harters Jun 4, 2013 10:08 AM

                        In the UK, a cigarette may well be a fag, but never a faggot. As in "I used to smoke 40 fags a day" (which, actually, I did).

                        We have enough hateful epithets of our own, without importing more from elsewhere.

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                          mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 10:16 AM

                          ah, i extrapolated.

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                        Frizzle Jun 4, 2013 12:42 PM

                        I'be never heard of these either. I always thought a faggot was a bundle of wood. Another new thing learnt from this forum.

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                          foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 03:42 PM

                          me too-bundle of wood is the only not hateful definition I know.

                          And while I would happily eat Harters meatballs I doubt I will ever use that name. It is too loaded and smacks to too much of "but a swastika was originally a good luck symbol/hindi religious symbol/etc" said by people to defend their display.

                      3. Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 05:34 AM

                        After heavy rain yesterday the temp dropped enough to think about turning on the oven again. We are using up the freezer and pantry so I was able to fake a pan of beef enchiladas. I'm not a big Monday night cook so I skipped an essential step and didn't blister the tortillas first in a black frying pan before dipping and rolling the enchiladas and it does make a difference. They were still okay and we ate them with the rest of the WF caesar salad and some cottage cheese.
                        WFD is still up in the air but I need to stop in TJ's after work for some wine and will try to get inspired.

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                          littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:06 PM

                          If you are ever looking for a Rose' wine, do give TJ's Natural Sweet Rose' a try. I have had a few rose' wines lately and the TJ's one is great for the price, and wonderful to cook with as well.

                        2. fldhkybnva Jun 4, 2013 05:39 AM

                          Well, the physically exhausting rotations are complete and now I guess I enter the phase of mental exhaustion. It seems I will be working 14-16 hour days nonstop on a rotation alone this month so it will be quite hectic. Last night I walked into the house, brushed the teeth, and straight into the bed I went. However, the night before was good eats delicousness!

                          My taste buds must be evolving...I found another 2 foods that I am in love with. First, I finally prepared the skirt steak I bought over the weekend. I love steak and the butcher guaranteed that I'd love the skirt steak as well and even offered to comp me if I didn't. Well, he was right. I think I enjoyed it just as much and perhaps even slightly better than my favorite ribeye. I did a very simple preparation - salt, pepper, garlic powder and seared 2 minutes a side, sliced thin. I know some claim it's tough but I could literally cut each thin slice with the side of a spoon it was so tender after cutting across the grain.

                          To go with, we had avocado halves sprinkled with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Avocados and I have a long history - a long history of dislike. For some reason, they were calling out to me at the store so I figured why not and this time they were delicious! I'm in the avocado obsession club now. I usually found them so mild and not really worth eating but this time they were subtle, yet delicious and buttery delicious that I couldn't seem to resist eating. The bites of steak and avocado were like heaven! I love discovering new favorites - last week it was fried eggs which I now want to put on everything and this week avocado which I'm sure I'll be eating quite often.

                           
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                            gini Jun 4, 2013 05:53 AM

                            Avocados are amazing. I like to put olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the indentations and eat with a spoon.

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                              fldhkybnva Jun 4, 2013 06:23 PM

                              Ooh, that sounds great. I wasn't sure if I had a lemon and was a few steps from sprinkling on apple cider vinegar as it's my new favorite condiment it seems and I love it with most everything but balsamic sounds a bit more refined.

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                              suzigirl Jun 4, 2013 07:51 AM

                              I love a great skirt steak. So full of flavor. I am glad the avacados won you over. Try them with nice squeeze of lime juice.
                              Good luck on those brutal rotations.

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                                mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 10:01 AM

                                beautiful job on that skirt steak!

                                i love avos. salt & pepper, a little sriracha - yum!

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                                  foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 03:44 PM

                                  Love the combo of skirt steak and avocados! I usually have some kind chili/mexican rub on the steak along with guac so a simple avocado half look a perfect match to me.

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                                    fldhkybnva Jun 4, 2013 06:24 PM

                                    I loved the natural flavor, but I definitely will be trying different rubs and spices for this lovely piece of meat. What's in your rub?

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                                      foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 06:38 PM

                                      I usually make a rub with what I have on hand. The staple always include some kind of chili powder (recent love is ancho chili), coriander, cumin, salt, pepper and a little brown sugar. Sometimes I add minced fresh garlic and lime juice for more of a wet rub.

                                      For more asian inspired I have done minced garlic, ginger, chinese 5 spice, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce but that turn into more of a marinade than a rub.

                                      I find that flank steak seems to absorb the flavor faster so you can make the rub, get it on the meat and start cooking right away but it still holds up texture wise if I leave it over night.

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                                        fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:53 AM

                                        I love ancho chili pepper. I put it in my homemade taco seasoning mix which sounds similar to your rub so I bet that would work well. I do have a bottle of five spice but for some reason the smell turned me off. I imagine it's one of those of course it doesn't smell appetizing but in combination with other ingredients is great so perhaps I'll give that a try as well even with chicken or something else like that. Do I cook flank the same way? It's much less marbled right?

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                                          foodieX2 Jun 5, 2013 03:28 PM

                                          yup, cook it and carve it the same way. Makes wonderful fajita style wraps. Just added some grilled onions, salsa and guac. My son would eat that every night if he could!

                                          The asian flavor is great tossed with udon noodles or vermicelli and peanut sauce. I hear you on the 5 spice, a little goes a looooog way!

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                                    Fowler Jun 4, 2013 04:45 PM

                                    Fldhkybnva, that meal looks and sounds fantastic!

                                    Gotta ask why they would subject you to 16 hour days nonstop for a month. Is that to "toughen you up" as it were so if there was something like a natural disaster you could attend to patients for incredibly long hours?

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                                      fldhkybnva Jun 4, 2013 06:25 PM

                                      You do wonder...Well it's a rotation which usually has 2 people on it, but unfortunately some months there aren't enough of us to go around and so it's just me this month doing work which is barely able to be finished in even a 10 hour day for 2 people. It will be pretty tough, but as they say "you'll learn a lot" :) I love to learn but not sure that ever brings me much solace. I think it's mostly that we are an insanely busy hospital and there are only so many residents that can go around.

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                                      roxlet Jun 5, 2013 05:20 AM

                                      Both avocados and skirt steak are favorites of mine Glad you enjoyed them both.

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                                        fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:54 AM

                                        The skirt steak was fantastic. My store also has grass fed skirt steak which the butcher as usual pushed away from as none of them seem to like grass fed meats but I think I'll give it a try. I know it's leaner but even for skirt steak it should be quite marbled and I enjoy grass fed sirloin so it can't be any less lean than that.

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                                        tcamp Jun 5, 2013 06:04 AM

                                        I'm glad you and the avocado have made peace. Not that they need help from me in being delicious but if you're ever in the mood, fried avocados are a real treat. Along these lines:

                                        http://acozykitchen.com/fried-avocado...

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                                          fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:53 AM

                                          Yum, that looks great. I was also pondering grilled avocados.

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                                          scubadoo97 Jun 6, 2013 02:25 PM

                                          That skirt steak looks soooo good.

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                                            littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:08 PM

                                            Gorgeous looking skirt steak...but have to admit I am in the avocado hating camp. I have tried it a variety of ways but have never really developed a taste for it. This annoys me too because it is SO GOOD for you and such a great healthy fat!

                                          2. LindaWhit Jun 4, 2013 08:06 AM

                                            Debating. Either a mushroom/spinach lasagna pulled from the freezer, or the remaining half-cup of pulled pork with coleslaw that I made this past weekend. I'm leaning towards the pulled pork.

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                                              Harters Jun 4, 2013 08:17 AM

                                              I cannot envisage circumstances when I would do other than lean towards pulled pork.

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                                                LindaWhit Jun 4, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                LOL! And it *is* good, if I do say so myself.

                                                I think it depends on what I have for lunch today. If it's something heavier, I'll go pulled pork. If it's a light salad-something-or-other, I'll go with the lasagna. EXCEPT it's a solid frozen hunk of said lasagna. Which would mean a longer defrost time in the microwave vs. a gentle re-heat of the pulled pork. Yet another reason I'm leaning towards the pulled pork.

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                                                  juliejulez Jun 4, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                  Pulled pork on an english muffin :)

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                                                    LindaWhit Jun 4, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                    LOL! No, that's just for fried eggs and hamburgers.

                                                    I have four soft whole wheat potato rolls left from the package of 8 I had to buy that hasn't yet gone stale. I'll freeze the remaining three.

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                                                      Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                      I made some corn blini for pulled pork appetizers last year. It wasn't a combo I'd ever tried before but it turned out great.

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                                                  Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                  My vote would be the lasagna.

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                                                    LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                    I went with the pulled pork and coleslaw. There was enough pork for two small rolls to be piled with it with the coleslaw eaten on the side. Worked to fill the tum-tum.

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                                                    littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:10 PM

                                                    Pulled PORK!!! Especially if it happens to be of the Eastern NC Vinegar variety. Yes, I am one of THOSE who likes a vinegar based pulled pork. :-)

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                                                      LindaWhit Jun 8, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                      I'm a sauce girl, littleflower. But I bet fieldhawk would like that version. :-)

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                                                        littleflower Jun 8, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                        LOL LW...yeah, I realize I am in the minority when it comes to my love for vinegar based pulled pork sammies. Now when it comes to pork ribs all bets are off...bring on the sauce and slather it on liberally!

                                                  3. juliejulez Jun 4, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                    Tonight's a dinner for the SO. Basically another attempt at homemade Hamburger Helper. The recipe is called "Taco Mac".... made with elbows (I'm doing whole grain to keep it kinda sorta healthy LOL) and ground beef, along with green chiles, onions, taco seasoning, diced canned tomatoes (I'm using fire roasted), and.... cream cheese. Top it with sour cream and shredded cheddar. When I told him last night what I was making for tonight he said "I want it now!", so hopefully it'll live up to his expectations. I'm glad to have him home even if it's just for this week.

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                                                      Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                      Sounds delicious!

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                                                        fldhkybnva Jun 4, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                        I want that now too!

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                                                          juliejulez Jun 4, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                          I'm eating it right now (an early dinner here... before 8pm!) and it's really delicious. Haven't gotten SO's verdict yet since he's upstairs watching baseball, but I'm thinking he'll like it. This is the recipe I used: http://ellysaysopa.com/2012/07/26/one... I used the taco seasoning she listed too since this is already really high on the sodium. I used a little can of green chiles instead of the green pepper, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes since that's what I had on hand. It came together really quickly, under a half hour (hence why it was done before 8pm!) Definitely a good replacement for the box stuff.

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                                                            juliejulez Jun 4, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                            BTW SO liked it, said it's better than Hamburger Helper because it has "real vegetables" in it LOL. He said it could use more salt but he always says that. I tasted throughout and thought the salt level was fine, but I'm not a saltaholic like he is.

                                                            It's kinda funny, he's getting more into eating "real foods". The other day he asked me if his I Cant Believe Its Not Butter spread was margarine, and I said it pretty much is, and he asked me to throw it out. Apparently he read stuff online about how bad margarine is. Nevermind I had been telling him that since I moved in :-P

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                                                              foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 07:28 PM

                                                              Don't you love that? My husband will come home and say "I heard XYZ today, we should try it/go there/stop eating it/etc". I always want to say "Ummmm, remember when I told you that last week/month/year?" But I keep my mouth shut and just say "Interesting…"

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                                                                fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                wow, this sounds like my house. It's like they have to discover it for themselves or something.

                                                      2. gingershelley Jun 4, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                        Well hello all; I got kind of busy this weekend, and didn't cook too much - out for a friends bday on Saturday to a bbq, and I just brought a potato salad that was pretty normal, but I do put poppy seeds in it - a habit born from being taught to make it from a German lady at a pt job I had at a local family-owned deli when I was 16.

                                                        Sunday was not such a nice day, so I pulled a chunk of bone-in ham left from Christmas (I cut up an on-sale ham before cooking, in Dec., planning to spread it over a couple months) that needed cooking. I baked it with an apple cider, brown sugar, mustard and rum glaze, and baked some apples and potatoes in the pan toward the end. Small pan of mac n cheese with crumbs and sliced tomato on the side. Very good.

                                                        Dinner at the parents yesterday, which was spinach lasagna, and a fabulous huge green salad, rosé wine, and a fab sunset over puget sound.

                                                        Today, Tuesday, the weather is warming up, but I am making a meatloaf (pork and beef, horseradish, ground onion, fresh crumbs, garlic, thyme) patted out flat, and stuffed with fontina, spinach and roasted red peppers.

                                                        I think a crisp green salad with housemade ranch with dill, garden radishes, cukes, etc. on the side. Might slip in leftover mac n' cheese, but shouldn't. :)!

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                                                          mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                          like the sound of that stuffed meatloaf....

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                                                            gingershelley Jun 5, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                            It was very, very good:)

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                                                            littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:13 PM

                                                            GS we do that too with what we call "holiday" ham...freeze some to eat over the next few months. Sadly I am fresh out of the ham that I froze from Eastertime and that one produced some fantastic ham omelettes.

                                                          3. janetofreno Jun 4, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                            I've had a stress-filled few days, and last night DH knew how to cheer me up: dinner and margaritas at a favorite Mexican haunt. DH never eats beef, but doesn't mind if I do when we go out, so last night I ordered "birria" (I put it in quotes because I think of birria as goat, but this particular place uses beef...). Anyway, I have a few good hunks of very tender and delicious stewed beef left over, and DH is out of town on business today, so I think I'll make myself machaca. The beef shredded and sautéed with onions and peppers from my garden, then scrambled with eggs...and served with hot tortillas and sliced avocado (and of course plenty of salsa...). uh oh, typing while hungry again:-)

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                                                              iowagirl Jun 4, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                              Yum, Janet! Mexican is my go-to comfort food too, which hubby indulges when I'm really stressed as it's not his fave. Both your original meal and tonight's repurpose sound delicious to me!

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                                                                Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                Sounds delicious Jane. Here's to stress-free days ahead!

                                                              2. weezieduzzit Jun 4, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                I just received the most wonderful gift of over a pound (.527 kg,) of Parmigiano Reggiano and 15 year balsamic from my neighbor's sister, who lives in Northern Italy. I'm not sure what's for dinner yet but it will revolve around these! I'm soooooo tempted to just get some realy good vanilla ice cream for the balsamic......

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                                                                  gingershelley Jun 4, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                  Ooohhh! What great gifts Weezie! Perhaps some strawberries for that balsamic and vanilla ice cream....

                                                                  Parmesan flans are awesome - an idea!

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                                                                    weezieduzzit Jun 4, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                    When she said "would you like some cheese and balsamic?" I never thought it would be such a generous amount!

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                                                                      suzigirl Jun 4, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                      That is a very generous gift alright. What an amazing treat. And i second gs. Get some wonderful juicy berries to go with that ice cream. And invite me for a dish while you are at it(don't I look hungry and pathetic and in need of a balsamic pick me up?)

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                                                                        mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                        and if you're not doing sweets, drizzle some of that balsamic on fried eggs - browned butter fried eggs with a splash of balsamic, let it swirl around and caramelize a bit - delish! lucky you!

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                                                                          weezieduzzit Jun 4, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                          I think that's going to be breakfast tomorrow. :)

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                                                                      weezieduzzit Jun 4, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                      I'm loving the flan idea and it uses eggs which I need to use since I buy so many at a time these days (20 miles each way to the egg ranch so I buy 2 flats= 60 eggs at a time.) We always have heavy cream an whole milk so it looks like I have everything I need for a flan! Bonus!

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                                                                        weezieduzzit Jun 4, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                        Ok..... last night the chicken wasn't thawed enough to cook but it was ready to cook tonight so I did a quick high heat roasted whole chicken with lemon and thyme. Zucchini from the garden has been shaved into ribbons with the veg peeler and wilted with lemon juice and a pinch of salt. A tomato (black tomato, didn't keep track of what kind, probably cherokee purple,) will be sliced and stirred into the zucchini ribbons and it will be topped with a touch of grated parmigiano reggiano and freshly ground pepper. Parmesan flan will be topped with a chiffonade of basil and a drizzle of 15 year balsamic. Dessert will be vanilla ice cream with strawberries and a drizzle of the balsamic and won't be served until much later. Because I'm eating very low carb I had to choose between dessert and a glass of wine- there isn't room for both. Tonight dessert won, no matter how small my portion will be, and I'm thinking I really won't miss the wine at all. A few delicious bites is all I need.

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                                                                          GretchenS Jun 5, 2013 04:44 AM

                                                                          yum weezie!

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                                                                            weezieduzzit Jun 5, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                            It was delicious, Gretchen. :) We didn't make it to dessert, though, it got so late. So... we have that to look forward to tonight!

                                                                            I'll make her something she doesn't get in Italy to enjoy while she's here as a thank you.

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                                                                              biondanonima Jun 7, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                              I would love your recipe for parmesan flan - we're low-carb too, and I'm always looking for interesting ideas! BTW, I started a "What's for LC Dinner" on the Special Diets board if you're interested!

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                                                                                suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                I have been reading along. Yum to the meals on there so far

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                                                                                  ChristinaMason Jun 7, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                  ooooh! bookmarking. i need to get back on that wagon.

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                                                                        Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                        You lucky duck!

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                                                                          littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:14 PM

                                                                          Those gifts are music to foodie's ears. WOW!!!

                                                                        2. Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                          All this spinach lasagna talk was running through my mind an hour ago at Trader Joe's and I had a bag of frozen riccota and spinach filled ravioli in my cart for WFD. But at the last minute I lunged for the fresh Artichoke ravioli, a tried and true favorite on our table. So the frozen ravioli, which is a new product to me, is in the freezer and I'm hoping to find out if it's a yay or a nay on the chains board. The fresh ravioli will be served over a bed of baby spinach with a simple marinara sauce and some shaved parm and I'm thinking of finishing off the roasted garlic chicken sausage with some sauteed peppers on the side to make it a true Trader Joe's night.

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                                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                            I don't think I've ever had artichoke ravioli but boy does it sound delicious!

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                                                                              littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:16 PM

                                                                              I love me some artichokes...that artichoke ravioli from TJ's sounds right up my alley. Is there anything else besides the artichokes that make up the filling?

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                                                                              foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                              Dinner tonight is "OMG, I still never made it to the store" freezer panic. I nuked a frozen container of meat sauce I made a few weeks ago courtesy of our cow and its now simmering on the stove. I found a half a loaf of sourdough tucked in the freezer too that will become garlic bread and because I love them some sautéed fiddleheads a co worker brought me today.

                                                                              Just might have to open a bottle of red….

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                                                                                Berheenia Jun 4, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                Just do it!

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                                                                                  foodieX2 Jun 4, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                  You were supposed to add "all the cool kids are doing it!"

                                                                              2. suzigirl Jun 4, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                I have some nice lean(ish) country style ribs that have been braising in an IPA and a garlic peppercorn mix from McCormick. Some BBQ and bacon baked beans in the oven and red skinned potato salad with extra egg, mustard and celery. I like it creamy, eggy, crunchy and tart. I am going to baste the ribs in BBQ sauce and broil them until it is sticky and repeat on each side at least three times until sticky and thick. I am starting off with a mustard based sauce called King's I believe and doctoring it up from there. Brown sugar, ketchup, molasses to tame the sharpness but keep it nice and bitey. I like thing a bit more tart than most. I am looking forward to the fork tender beer braised pork for sure.

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                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                  I don't usually report back on myself but i could have eaten those ribs with a spoon. Meltingly tender. Weee

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                                                                                    littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:17 PM

                                                                                    Congrats on the tender fall off the bone ribs...that is not an easy feat to achieve!

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                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                    I love the sound of your creamy potato salad suzi, I'll bet it will be amazing with your pork. Bon Appetit!

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                                                                                      suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                      It was a nice homey meal. That's the kind I like best

                                                                                  3. Breadcrumbs Jun 4, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                    Wow, already 40+ posts into a new thread..I have some catching up to do!! Looking forward to reading about your fabulous meals.

                                                                                    Tonight we're dining on leftovers that are heating atop the stove as I type.

                                                                                    On Sunday I made a dish called Steak Contadina which essentially is a giant charcoal-grilled steak served alongside sweet Italian sausages, garlic, potatoes, peppers and onions that are finished by roasting in the oven. We had lots of leftovers so tonight I sliced up some of the sausages and tossed them in some home made marinara along with the peppers and onions. We'll be enjoying this atop grilled panini...provided all goes well with the heating up that is!

                                                                                     
                                                                                     
                                                                                     
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                                                                                      suzigirl Jun 4, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                      I would love to dine on one of your most pedestrian meals. Your posts and rbjh20 are just mouthwatering. I want to be a fly on the wall while you are cooking

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                                                                                        littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:19 PM

                                                                                        You're killin' me BC with that meal!!! Steak, italian sausage, garlic, onions, potatoes...oh my! and the leftovers with homemade marinara on top of grilled panini - yes please I would like some! :-)

                                                                                      2. JungMann Jun 4, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                        I'd been meaning to try my hand at Persian cookery so when I came across Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Limes from Louisa Shafia's "The New Persian Kitchen," I grabbed my opportunity. The flavor packed into the short ingredient list was a great surprise. Turmeric on its own has a bitter, slightly pasty flavor, but the lime juice brightened the sauce and the seasoning was simple enough that the heat of the black pepper actually shined through. On the side: pan roasted green beans with Isot pepper.

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                                                                                          mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 10:44 PM

                                                                                          ooh i need to look for a link to that. i love persian food. sounds great.

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                                                                                            Frizzle Jun 4, 2013 11:05 PM

                                                                                            The chicken sounds fantastic.

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                                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 12:21 AM

                                                                                              here's the link. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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                                                                                                JungMann Jun 5, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                I was nervous about the recipe since no one had commented on it and the ingredients looked dubious, but it just turns out Serious Eaters don't interact with cookbooks as much as our COTM contributors. This recipe is worth a bit of chitchat!

                                                                                                Had a piece of the chicken as I was tearing it for today's lunch salad. Delicious leftovers and the black pepper is still surprisingly spicy.

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                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                  This looks REALLY amazing - and right up my alley with the lime and sumac. Will have to pick up some turmeric very soon.

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                                                                                                    juliejulez Jun 5, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                    Looks great, I saved it to my Pinterest to try soon!

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                                                                                                gini Jun 5, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                I love tumeric! Thank you for passing along that link.

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                                                                                                  gingershelley Jun 5, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                  I just saw a preview of that book yesterday courtesy of one of my food blogs I follow... it looks great.

                                                                                                  And that chicken sounds super JM!

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                                                                                                    littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:20 PM

                                                                                                    Turmeric is such a healthy spice...I am always looking for ways to add a little in to dishes that are not indian based. This one would work well! Love the lime juice to brighten up the flavor!

                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva Jun 4, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                    Is it only Tuesday? It feels like it's been a month since the week started. Tonight was another late night for me so I threw together a tried and true favorite - my usual "meat with a side of lettuce and a A LOT of vinaigrette-heavy-on-the-vinegar" salad. The pile of meat and mushrooms was just the umami boost that I needed and the vinegar was quite refreshing after a long exhausting day. Tonight's mix included shrimp seasoned with Herbes de Provence and Cavendar's seasoning with Ossau Iraty Basque cheese, 5 year aged Gouda (love love the crunchy crystals), maitake mushrooms and a vinaigrette with walnut oil, a combination of red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar, shallots, garlic and anchovies. As is quite apparent, I'm a fungus fan. I tried maitake a few months ago and wasn't too impressed but now they are one of my favorites. I'm really running a theme these days with all of the things I hate on first impression but love on a second look. I guess the saying is not always true :)

                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                      I'm salivating fidhkybnva...you had me at crunchy crystals!

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                                        I refuse to eat any cheese with crunchy crystals melted since I love them so much. Good thing, most of them are so aged that they don't melt well :)

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                                                                                                          suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                          More aged, less water, bigger price tag. Definately worth savoring straight and close to room temp to enjoy the crystals.

                                                                                                    2. Musie Jun 4, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                                      Tonight was a quick and easy pork hash spiced with cumin and a sprinkling of mustard seed. I also used up some of the mushroom and cabbage I have in the fridge. Topped each serving with a poached egg.

                                                                                                      1. Fowler Jun 4, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                                        I am always far outclassed by the fantastic cooks here and tonight was no exception. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and two MSM pills for dinner.

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                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 10:48 PM

                                                                                                          hah - no way!

                                                                                                          but i'm right there with you tonight. we had take-out pizza and the BF made a simple salad with blue cheese dressing.

                                                                                                          ooh, i just remembered the BF stashed the leftover pizza in the oven! see y'all later....

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                                                                            That is the epitome of "classed food" in that classic-feels-so-good sort of way. Those meals are often the best!

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                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                              PB&J gets much love at casa bc Fowler. PB&J is in a class of its own IMHO.

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                                                                                                                KrumTx Jun 5, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                Love it, Fowler. I worked a 16-hour day and was pretty darn proud of myself for making a bowl of Honey-Bunches-of-Oats for dinner. I poured in milk and everything! The hell's a MSM pill?

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                                                                                                                  Fowler Jun 6, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                  " The hell's a MSM pill"

                                                                                                                  Hi KrumTx, MSM is methylsulfonylmethane. Now that I am middle-aged but refuse to give up participating in sports on a daily basis, I get a lot of sports related joint injuries and not only is MSM all natural, but it definitely has helped me with joint pain and injury recovery.

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                                                                                                                    KrumTx Jun 6, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                    I learn something new on these boards every day. Good for you for sticking with sports. I grew up playing basketball but that'd be a hideous sight now:)

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                                                                                                                  juliejulez Jun 6, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                  One of my favorite things to eat is a peanut butter and honey sandwich on potato bread. When I worked long hours at my old job, that was my dinner quite often, usually at around 10pm. So I'm feeling ya on that dinner :)

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                                                                                                                  sedimental Jun 4, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                  Roasted pork tenderloin with roasted turnips. I made a broccoli slaw salad with wasabi mayo and extra celery. All was well until the last bite. CRUNCH. WTH? I was eating glass. One piece was actually very large. Seriously. Unfortunately, I swallowed some...so if I don't post for a week....remember me fondly ;)

                                                                                                                  I have no idea where the glass came from. I checked and re-checked everything. Ruined dinner :(

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                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Jun 4, 2013 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                    Wow sedimental - weird! did you cut yourself? hope you're ok! please check in tomorrow morning!

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                                                                                                                      sedimental Jun 5, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                      I am still here! I'm alive! :D

                                                                                                                      I am concerned that I still can't figure out where the heck the glass shards came from! I will just have to chalk it up to one of those weird events in life. There must have been broken glass on the countertop at some point, that was transmitted to one of my ingredients.

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                                                                                                                        tcamp Jun 5, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                        Yikes about the extreme colonics! Glad you are ok.

                                                                                                                        It is a bit off-putting to not be able to figure out where the glass came from.

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                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                          YIKES! Very glad you're OK, sedimental!

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                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                            Wow, that's so odd sedimental. Thank goodness you're ok. I've actually seen people on tv that eat glass. I wonder if there's any money to be made with your new skill?!! ; )

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                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                              oh good! thanks for letting us know!

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                                                                                                                                littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:32 PM

                                                                                                                                Sed you have one tough tummy there to be okay after swallowing something so sharp! Glad to hear you are okay - how scary that must have been for you!!!

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                                                                                                                              Frizzle Jun 4, 2013 11:06 PM

                                                                                                                              Oh no. That's scary. I hope you are ok :(

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                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                I hope that nothing bad comes from swallowing some glass. That sure would spoil my meal too.

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                                                                                                                                  boyzoma Jun 6, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                  Wow, what a horrible shock. I certainly hope you are ok. Please take care.

                                                                                                                                2. MidwesternerTT Jun 4, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                  We're back into the (almost) freeze in MN - only 56 degrees. WFD last night & as leftovers tonight were roasted butternut squash halves, stuffed with chicken/rice/fresh herbs mixture, topped with goat cheese. I got to use the fresh chives from my garden. I've been cooking with (virtually) TDQ from Family Focused Cookbooks. This was a Robin Miller recipe from Quick Fix Meals cookbooks, and I enjoyed the flavors & textures combination.

                                                                                                                                  Dessert was rhubarb upside down cake.

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                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                    Nice MwTT. I love rhubarb upside down cake. I haven't made one yet this season but thanks for the reminder. I've got a rhubarb crisp in the oven as I type.

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                                                                                                                                      littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      Isn't it funny how we want what we cannot have? Whatever the reason may be, I really am looking forward to cool, fall-like weather and am hoping for a quick summer and an early fall! :-)

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                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 4, 2013 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                                      Last night was carbonara with pappardelle, eggs from a local farmer with roving hens and the clandestine guanciale I bought online and arranged pick up by text message and eventually received it wrapped in a brown paper package. It was delicious but oh so rich.

                                                                                                                                      Tonight is yoga night so I ate dinner early with the toddler. We made a vegetarian version of this: http://www.steamykitchen.com/15288-ch...
                                                                                                                                      The rice cake noodles were an impulse buy at an Asian supermarket and they're a wonderful texture with a nice spring to them. I'll try a non-vegetarian version of the dish next time.

                                                                                                                                      The bloke will fix himself a big bowl of sprouts. I saw some red brussel sprouts at the shop and decided to try them. If I'm lucky there will be some leftovers and a big glass of cold wine waiting for me when I return from hot yoga so I can retox.

                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                        GretchenS Jun 5, 2013 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                        the carbonara, complete with clandestine guanciale (why?), sounds fabulous!

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                                                                                                                                          Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                          I was being overly dramatic using the word clandestine. The whole ordering and pick up process felt very cloak and dagger with text messages flying back and forth.

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                                                                                                                                          JungMann Jun 5, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                          Are red brussels sprouts any different from the green variety? I've never seen the former but would love to get my hands on some.

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                                                                                                                                            Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                            I hadn't seen them either although I did have a friend who mentioned she was growing them a couple of years back. They were slightly bitter - the outside leaves in particular but not objectionably so. The insides seemed to be softer than green ones but that may have been due to the cooking or the fact the seem to have more stem in them. The bloke said there was something a bit 'mushroomy' about them. We both decided we liked them and would buy them again.
                                                                                                                                            Photos below. I particularly like the photo when they are cut side down in the pan and look like the alien eggs from the Aliens movies.

                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                              Stunning Frizzle, I've never seen them before but I'll be looking out for them. I love brussels sprouts!

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                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                Those are just beautiful. I must try them if they ever end up where I am.

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                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                  In the middle picture, they look like jeweled scarabs. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                Everytime carbonara shows up on this thread I am so jealous and my mouth starts watering. This looks fantastic!! As soon as I find guanciale, carbonara is on the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I struggle with the richness of carbonara at times and the other night was one of those times unfortunately. There's a few other recipes that call for guanciale that have tomato sauces so I'll give that a whirl next. The guanciale itself was lovely - best of luck tracking it down.

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                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I really like guanciale Frizzle but like you, I prefer it in less rich applications. Don't know if you happen to have a wonderful cookbook called Mozza but there's a great recipe in there I've been meaning to try. I found it online so I could paste a link here for you in case it's of interest:

                                                                                                                                                    http://zahlicious.com/2013/02/21/light-at-five-fiorentini-with-guanciale-tomato-and-spicy-pickled-peppers/

                                                                                                                                                    Also, I find Mario Batali tends to use guanciale in many of his books. One of my favourite recipes is this one for Bucatini all'Amatriciana. Here's the link if you haven't seen that one:

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.mariobatali.com/recipes_bu...

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                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Thank you!!

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                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                    LOL me too fldhky...the saliva starts its drool session at the mere mention of carbonara on this thread! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                    biondanonima Jun 7, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                    "Retox" is my new favorite word. And that carbonara looks STUNNING.

                                                                                                                                                  4. Caroline1 Jun 5, 2013 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Have you ever had a desire for a certain comfort food that defies the weather? Well, it was 91 degrees outside and I wanted chicken pot pie. Thank heaven for air conditioning! But I didn’t want to work too hard to get it, so while my wonderful housekeeper/sous chef went off to the store to pick up a gorgeous rotisserie chicken and a bag of frozen peas, I cooked some carrots and potatoes. By the time San got home the chicken was just the right temperature to shred by hand. Diced chicken is just wrong in a pot pie! Next I sautéed some onions and celery in clarified butter, fished them out and made a roux (light blond) with the butter, then added some chicken stock, chicken, chicken juices from the container it came home in, and the veggies (baby carrots, potatoes, bright green peas, celery and onions) along with salt, pepper, a little thyme and some crushed rubbed Dalmatian sage.

                                                                                                                                                    All that was left to do was divide it among 4 bowls and top them off with a puff pastry crust. I’m peeved with the Pepperidge Farm Frozen Puff Pastry crust. Those idiots! WHY don’t they know that defrosting makes the dough sweat, and sweating makes it stick together? If they would only put a fill size sheet of Saran wrap or waxed paper over the dough BEFORE rolling it up, all would be well in the world! Instead, it was a major PIA struggle. Boo to Pepperidge Farm! But once the struggle was over and the puff pastry was egg washed and baked, it was all I had hoped it would be. Delicious! And if I had used my head, I would have also taken a picture of it opened up so you could see all of the delicious goodies inside. Too late! But mmmmmmm… It was good!

                                                                                                                                                    To be continued next winter when the weather is more appropriate. ‘-)

                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                      scubadoo97 Jun 5, 2013 03:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                      That looks fantastic

                                                                                                                                                      Living in a warm climate I can't worry about the temperature when considering what I want to make. Well as long as the A/C is working

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                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia Jun 5, 2013 04:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Now I know WFD! Thanks Caroline1. I have leftover chicken and potatoes and was wondering what to do with them. Perfect!

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                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                          All the time. I'm a soup in summer kind of person and chilled foods in winter as well. My mom is the exact opposite and foods have definite seasons for her which always drove me crazy. We weren't allowed to have chili in summer or traditional summer foods in winter, it's quite hilarious really.

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                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Lovely, Caroline! And in response to your question "Have you ever had a desire for a certain comfort food that defies the weather?"

                                                                                                                                                            ALL. THE. TIME.

                                                                                                                                                            Pot roast in the summer is the usual one.

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                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Me too...come to think of it, many "comfort foods" are also synonymous with foods we normally associate with the cooler weather. Ah...I say through out the rulebook and go with what the tummy is craving!!!

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                                                                                                                                                              Fowler Jun 5, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                              "Have you ever had a desire for a certain comfort food that defies the weather? "

                                                                                                                                                              Yes! I can have a cold melon salad after coming in from shoveling the snow in the middle of winter or make a pot of cassoulet in the middle of summer. Same thing with wine. I can drink a chilled Tavel rosé in January or a vintage port in July.

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                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Caroline your pot pie is picture perfect and your crust looks sensational despite Pepperidge Farm's shortcomings!

                                                                                                                                                                I know some stores in the US carry Canadian "President's Choice" products (from our Loblaw supermarket chain). Anyway, the PC Puff Pastry is outstanding and it comes rolled with a piece of parchment that you can then use to line your baking sheet I might add. If you ever see it, don't hesitate to give it a try. Though the quality of many of their PC products has declined over the years, fortunately this product is just as good as it was when it was first introduced.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Caroline1 Jun 5, 2013 11:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks! I'll look for the PC brand. The question is, will I get lucky? Oh, well. I've been thinking about making my own puff pastry one more time, but here it is summer, and no matter how much I ice the granite, better I should wait until winter. (How's that for a procrastination excuse? Besides, my waistline needs puff pastry like it needs a marshmallow massage... <sigh>

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                                                                                                                                                                Harters Jun 5, 2013 01:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                It's a brown gloop from the freezer day at Harters Hall. In this case, the meat and veg bit for a cottage pie. It just needs some spuds boiling and mashing as a topping.

                                                                                                                                                                Alongside, I see stuff lurking in the fridge waiting to be used up. Cabbage that needs steaming. Mushrooms that need a saute.

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                                                                                                                                                                  JungMann Jun 5, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Do you season your steamed cabbage? My go-to recipes are always braised or stir fried. Steaming would be a good alternative when I've got other items in the steamers anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Jun 5, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Generally it's just plain when I steam.

                                                                                                                                                                    I am a fan of braising red cabbage with juniper berrries and a goodly splash of gin.

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                                                                                                                                                                      JungMann Jun 5, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I am always tempted to add a splash of gin to my red cabbage, but then I just drink it instead.

                                                                                                                                                                2. tcamp Jun 5, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yesterday was my birthday so DH took care of dinner meaning we had an assortment of Whole Foods dishes from the food bar and a nice bottle of wine. I threw together a green salad as we're swimming in lettuce from the CSA. Very good, actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                    MidwesternerTT Jun 5, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    " swimming in lettuce from the CSA" - Seems to be a common problem, and perhaps filling a small swimming pool with it for bathing might be a use? Otherwise, I've been reading up on blended fruit / green smoothies recipes, just add lettuce.

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                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Happy belated, tcamp! Sounds like a nice dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Happy belated birthday. I hope it was lovely.

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                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Happy Birthday!! My WF food bar is hit or miss, do you have any favorites?

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                                                                                                                                                                            tcamp Jun 5, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            The sesame noodles were good. Of course I had to stir in a bit of chili paste with garlic to get mine to an appropriate spice level.

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                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Happy birthday, tcamp!

                                                                                                                                                                            My "swimming in lettuce from the CSA" starts next Monday. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS Jun 5, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Happy belated birthday tcamp!

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                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Birthday tcamp - and a "tapas" of sorts from Whole Foods sounds like good eatin' for a birthday dinner...especially when paired with a nice wine!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. JungMann Jun 5, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                While assembling last night's dinner, I reserved two chicken thighs to debone and marinate with Creole seasonings. Tonight they get stuffed with boudin sausage, sewn up and wrapped in chicken skin to be browned in butter and served with either a white wine reduction or sauce creole. I have nettles to use up, which I had intended on turning into a quiche, but if I make a tomato sauce for the chicken, I am leaning towards a palak preparation with kasoori methi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds so fantastic JM...love the idea of deboning chicken thighs and filling them with stuffing (for me my preference would be a cornbread/sausage stuffing yum), esp. with a white wine reduction. That sounds like a dish right off a fine restaurant menu!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was adding this to a past COTM thread and thought I'd mention the recipe here as well in case folks are interested in a quick and easy fish dish that's perfect for hurried weeknight meals. It's a Halibut with White Wine, Basil and Shallots.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The recipe lends itself well to substitutions and any fish would work though a firm fish would be best I think. I added some mushrooms when I prepared this but you could also add any veggie like green beans. Stock would work in place of the wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                  This was WFD on Monday and we served it with some roasted asparagus because we just can't get enough of the local stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's a link to the recipe online if anyone may be interested in this one pan meal:

                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.recipecircus.com/recipes/C...

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Fowler Jun 5, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    That looks and sounds excellent BC. I also love your counter tops.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Fowler! It took us forever to pick out that granite. I had no idea how hard it was going to be!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      This looks delicious and similar to one of my favorite preparations with fish - simple steamed with ginger, scallions and garlic. I am with you on the roasted asparagus, it's an every other night appearance for us these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. linguafood Jun 5, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      No cooking last night, as our local group of chile heads went to check out the new Sichuan menu at our local sushi/cocktail haunt. Yeah, I know. It sounds weird. But the chef knows his shit. Dishes ordered included light-as-air pork dumprings in hot chili oil, stir-fried pea shoots, hollow stem vegetable, and water spinach, frog with yellow chives (my first experience with frog EVER, if you can believe it!), dry hot pot w/fish, diced chicken with hot peppers, and fragrant tofu on a hot stone. Hoboy, were we stuffed :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight will be another grillin' event on the paddy-o, though it won't be quite warm enough to sit out.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I bought nice n fatty pork cutlets at the farmers market (the dude has killer bacon as well) which will take a bath in Greek marinade: olive oil, lemon juice, s&p, oregano, paprika.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sides still TBD. My man mentioned okra in tomato sauce -- flaunting his Armenian heritage -- I might add a crisp salad to that.... maybe whip up that buttermilk dressing again, which has become a house favorite in just two days. We also have some grilled sweet peppers leftover from our last grill adventure with the cedar plank salmon, so those might make an appearance as apps.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Nobody shall go hungry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Lingua drooling at the fatty farmers market pork cutlets with that greek marinade!!! I use a Greek marinade for lamb and chicken but never thought of pairing it with pork! Brilliant!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Fowler Jun 5, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        A version of South American smoked sausage, black bean, bacon and rice stew.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Incredibly easy to make and it is a one pot meal...Diced tomatoes, jalapeno chilies, rice, black beans, one chile de arbol, chicken stock, tons of garlic, celery, onion, smoked Kielbasa sausage and several strips of bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Orange wedges and Mexican crema on the side as condiments.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 5, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken paprikash with homemade challah rolls.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I divided up the dough incorrectly by mistake, so they came out very small - although ever so cute. Miniature, bite size challah rolls. Perfect for dipping in the hot, spicy chicken paprikash!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I cannot read the word paprikash without the When Harry Met Sally scene popping in my head where Harry is saying paprikash in a funny voice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jun 8, 2013 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I just watched that movie tonight, great classic.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Njchicaa Jun 5, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mushroom stroganoff over egg noodles and a green salad tonight. I also pulled an eye round steak out of the freezer bc my husband will ask "where's the meat?" if I serve him just mushrooms in the sauce. He can throw it in the grill while I'm doing the rest. I got away with no meat last night but 2 days in a row won't happen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok, now I'm starting to wonder if we're married to the same man Njchicaa!!! I get that line all the time. I'm happiest in the summer because, like you, I can pull something out of the freezer for him to grill (usually a boneless chx breast) so his plate is complete. The other night after having the halibut he still wasn't full and said "fish is kind of like a side dish isn't it?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds like a nice dinner but I too cannot pull off meatless meals very often here either. Enjoy the stroganoff

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Musie Jun 5, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Heh, my husband is exactly the same! As is my Dad come to think of it. Often I'll have bacon on hand to meat up perfectly good vegetarian meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental Jun 5, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight will be Cubano's! I have leftover port tenderloin and just bought some pricey ham slices yesterday, so this will make good use of those things. Side dish will be salad of very small heirloom tomato, burrata cheese and big fat basil leaves. So, it is Italian-cuban fusion night.....with a low carb beer :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A little globe trotting? I love it. That sounds like a nice dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. GretchenS Jun 5, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No cooking mojo at all lately, working too hard. :( NOT the way I like to prioritize my life. The plan for tonight is to gussy up some TJ's cooked lentils with sauteed aromatics, some mustardy vinaigrette, and some parsley which needs using up (it looks brand new after two weeks with its stems in a mug of water and with a plastic bag over it to contain humidity). Then I will accompany it with a sausage pulled from the freezer. Rinse and repeat for next 3 nights (different sausages) until I leave on a 2 week business trip. Mojo sure to have returned by end of that time....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      gini Jun 5, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Having returned from a 3 week nonstop trip myself, I can totally relate. Hopefully you're going somewhere with delicious eats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        she's coming here - TO SEE MEEEEE!!! LUCKY MEEEEE!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        actually, she's coming here for work and i'm a side trip - and I'll make sure she gets good eats on at least one evening!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini Jun 5, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You will probably be able to find at least one thing good to eat in San Francisco. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            :::jealous::::

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ::::again:::::

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fowler Jun 5, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              MC, I wish I would have known you on my first trip to SF. Someone told me I HAD to go to a place called The Stinkin' Rose and another place called something like King Julius' Castle. Both were horrible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 11:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                ack! that's a waste of a trip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 6, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh. My brother and SIL took me to the Stinkin' Rose in L.A. I knew it was gimmicky, but brother really liked it. Oh well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fowler Jun 6, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Linda, I spend a considerable amount of time each year in both LA and SF and am always amazed when I see the Stinkin' Rose in Beverly Hills and the one up north in North Beach full of customers. I am thinking it must be a tourist thing. Or residents of California just like everything from garlic wine to garlic ice cream. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gretchen, all I have to say is thank the Lord for TJ's foods on a busy night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. monavano Jun 5, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I made the season's first crab cakes with jumbo lump from the Chesapeake Bay. Topped with grilled corn and remoulade and served over mustard greens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now this is summer food!

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler Jun 5, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bravo, monavano!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  monavano Jun 5, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bravo crabs!! The pound of meat I got was the largest and sweetest ever.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Man, I love Tuesdays (farmer's market where the crab comes from) in season

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gini Jun 5, 2013 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I want my farmer's market to have crabs! I adore crab cakes - thanks for the gorgeous picture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      monavano Jun 5, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're welcome!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh so beautiful mona. I shall live vicariously. I adore crab and I've never had fresh CB crab. IT's on my bucket list!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WOW! Want want want want want want want want want!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gorgeous!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        scubadoo97 Jun 5, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fantastic

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KrumTx Jun 5, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've had a crazy busy few days at work and need comfort food. As Caroline posted above, I'm ignoring the fact that it's blazing hot outside. Tonight is one of my favorites - Paul Prudhomme's Cajun Meatloaf, along with a Mashed Potato casserole with Gouda and bacon - Epicurious recipe -http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm pretty darned excited.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 5, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's my favourite as well Krum...delicious! You're making me crave it. It's been too long since I last made that. Leftovers are the best part IMHO!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had *no* idea what was for dinner when I left the house this morning. And then I remembered "You've got a lot of broccoli to use up!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry with Cashews it is. A quick search found this easy recipe:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://reluctantgourmet.com/recipes/p...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No oyster sauce; I'm fine with that being left out of the velveting marinade, and I'm using dry sherry instead of rice wine. I semi-halved the recipe - a bit more of the marinade/sauce ingredients so I have lots of sauce (may even add some extra dry white wine to ensure there's enough).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And yes - there is white wine for the cook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken with Broccoli Stir Fry is delicious...that sounds like a winner of a dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am an orphan tonight because bf has a work dinner. I want something simple so I decided on a sandwich. I went to the deli and got a chunk of black forest ham and tossed it in the food processor along with two scallions and a three inch piece of celery, some salt, pepper, a big fat scoop of MW and a small squeeze of mustard and wizzed it up. Spread on a multi grain roll spread with room temp kerrygold, lettuce, Mr stripey tomatoes and shredded romaine traded for tomatoes again and bread and butter pickle chips. It was going to be green curry but i forgot I was alone tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight we were all about quick and easy. Like others have mentioned, we were also craving some comfort food and what screams comfort more than potatoes?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I picked up some locally made pierogies, gave them a quick boil then sauteed them with butter, onions and chopped bacon. I roasted some green beans tossed with some lemon zest and evoo and seasoned some pork chops with lemon zest, paprika, garlic and S&P. mr bc was on the grill while I finished up inside and dinner was on the table within 30 mins! Dessert will be a rhubarb anise crisp served warm with vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Jun 5, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everything looks delicious!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So where's the pic of the dessert?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's the dessert assss! We were so full I didn't have the energy to post that night!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rhubarb Anise Crisp from the Coyote Cafe Cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We loved the sweet, buttery anise-speckled crust. Definitely a dessert I'll make again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 5, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wonderful - all three pics!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That makes me think of the two polish delis that carry homemade sausages, breads deserts and pierogies. I need to go there soon. I have an itch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mouthwatering looking chop there, BC!!! Nice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. gini Jun 5, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was starving when I got out of yoga and all I could think about was getting something on the table - fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Flank steak marinated in allspice, lemon, and soy sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blanched green beans with shallot, garlic, lemon juice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Simply and satisfying. Hopefully I'll have time to cook more time intensive meals this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Jun 5, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love Flank steak. I love green beans. Great meal!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some trivia... Flank was the part of the cow that they used to throw away, but then butchers started selling it at a very low cost so people with little means could afford to eat meat (during the Great Depression). It became so popular that the price rose and rose and now it is sold for about the same price as other meats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini Jun 7, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not unlike the story of lobster's popularity. Thanks for sharing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sedimental Jun 5, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds like a wonderful marinade for the beef. I adore allspice and lemon together. I am stealin' it! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whitneybee Jun 5, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight's dinner was lamb chops, pan-roasted and then finished in the oven, fresh corn, and roasted broccoli. Heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice to meet you whitneybee. I haven't met you so if its you're first time, welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love me some lamb. Dinner sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another long day but thankfully a few hours shorter than the others so far this week. Nevertheless, I'm pooped so tonight will be a ginormous omelet which I would post a picture of but it's too darn ugly to show to company :) I had some leftover crab so I tossed that in with pancetta and the usual Cheddar. I think the Cheddar is getting a bit old, but I love omelets and think I'd be back into them 100% with some new ingredients or just cheese additions. Any favorite cheeses for omelets?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              monavano Jun 5, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Swiss is a favorite of mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                biondanonima Jun 7, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also love swiss in omelets - if you want a little extra umami, go for a nice gruyere instead of a more buttery emmentaler or Jarlsberg style. I also like to combine young gouda for meltiness with a few shavings of aged gouda for salty richness. Fontina plus parmesan has the same effect!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gini Jun 5, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I noticed that you eat a lot of aged cheeses - perhaps adding in goat or feta to your omelets could be the twist you're looking for?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jun 6, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm a glutamate/umami freak so usually go for aged cheeses but also like other less aged cheeses. I recently found a gout gouda that I love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We often use parmesan for a sharp cheesey flavour in ours. Those hours you are doing sound exhausting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jun 6, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, I'm so exhausted. I just had to take a break to check WFD even though I still have piles of work because my brain is shutting donw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 11:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    how about a super melty stinky taleggio?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now that sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I admire your creativity fldhky when it comes to your choice of omellette fillings! Omellettes are a Godsend - yummy, easy to prepare, and filling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Jun 8, 2013 12:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I found a new cheese and it was great! The last omelet mix was Canadian bacon, smoked chicken breast, onions and Jasper Hill Landaff cheese. It was great and I'm back in the omelet business, I guess I just needed a new dairy accompaniment :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Jun 8, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You could start a food truck on the side and feature your omellettes there! Really, the combinations of toppings that you put together are creative and sound really tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. steve h. Jun 5, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burgers were on the menu tonight. This was a 2:1 chuck, short rib mix I ground and froze last week. White American cheese, tomato slices, red onion were the toppers. Potato rolls, lightly toasted, were the delivery mechanisms. The burgers were good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I spent today playing hookie at Yankees Stadium: Yanks beat the Indians 6-4, Sabathia pitched a complete game. A buddy trained down from Albany and enjoyed a stunning day in the Bronx.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Musie Jun 5, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For some reason I got a craving for tzatziki today. So the asian style stir fried scallops I was originally planning were changed to pan-fried scallops that I seasoned with salt, pepper and some dried oregano. I also made oven fries and of course I whipped up a big serving of tzatziki, which the fries were generously dipped in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          relizabeth Jun 5, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had envisioned a simple dinner of summer rolls with smoked tofu, candy sweet turnips from the CSA box served with the Burma Cabbage salad that is on the CBOTM thread. But then was plagued with problem after problem... First, we dont have cabbage, but some sort of mustard green (I think). So Burmese Mustard Green Salad. Then the bean thread noodles we have in the pantry turned out to be the transparent variety rather than the summer roll variety. So, now we are having rice topped with mustard green salad, turnip & smoked tofu salad with mint, cilantro and shiso. Hoisin and fried shallots will save it if it needs saving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best part will be dessert: CSA box has 3 quarts of strawberries!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 5, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like problems were solved nicely. That meal sounds super despite the snags. I wish I could bounce back so nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. scubadoo97 Jun 5, 2013 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight I made Copper River salmon with a salad of arugula, fennel, raw corn and peppers in a citrus dressing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle Jun 5, 2013 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That looks great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 11:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                whoa....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. prima Jun 5, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mon's dinner was roast chicken, roast asparagus and orzo pilaf, and Tue's dinner was Kansas City-ish rubbed slow-oven roasted baby back ribs, blue potato salad with parsley and home-grown arugula, stewed kale with peanut butter, garlic, ginger and tomato.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight's dinner was panko-crusted turkey schnitzel and oven-roasted asparagus, mushrooms, Vidalia onions and snap peas tossed with baby pasta shells, shredded Parm, fresh ground pepper and a little fresh lemon juice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jun 5, 2013 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oooh... time to do schnitzel again... been too long.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  both your dinners sound awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JungMann Jun 6, 2013 06:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with you there. I'm waiting for some good tomatoes to come around so I can make myself the comically large schnitzel that goes into a proper Midwestern pork tenderloin sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      prima Jun 6, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never had a pork tenderloin sandwich- is it mostly bread, pork schnitzel and really flavourful tomatoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of my favourite pressed paninis ever, at a coffee shop that no longer makes pressed paninis the way they did in the late 90s, was filled with veal schnitzel, sauteed spinach with garlic (a spinach layer that was at least a 1/2 inch thick) and provolone. Really miss that sandwich!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JungMann Jun 6, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A pork tenderloin sandwich is somewhat like a Chick-Fil-A sandwich if you swapped out the chicken for a dinner plate-sized pork cutlet. At the very least, it should be of sufficient diameter to make your hamburger bun look like a puny slider roll.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The works would be bread and butter pickles, tomato, lettuce, red onions and your choice of mayo and mustard, though come to think of it, Chick-Fil-A sauce might be pretty tasty on pork!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Candy Jun 6, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think The Tenderloin is our state sandwich. Commercial places usually us loin slices and beat them into tenderness. I use a pork tenderloin and give it a few beats with my meat pounder. Then egg and panko.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When we moved here we were clueless about what it was. It took one order and we were hooked. Another thing was mushrooms. Someone at work asked if I liked mushrooms. Well sure. She gave me some of hers and I was surprised. The mushrooms were morels. They also are dipped in beaten egg and coated with crumbs. and fried. I thought I was beginning to see a trend here. If is dipped in egg and coated with crumbs you must be in Indiana.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS Jun 6, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Too funny Candy, both the pork and the morels sound delicious!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            boyzoma Jun 6, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite sandwich with left-over pork tenderloin is a cuban with ham and pickles. If you can find it, Costco (sometimes) has a type of cheese crusted focaccia bread that works great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              prima Jun 6, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, Candy! Sounds good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            prima Jun 6, 2013 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks, mariacarmen!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gini Jun 6, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm interested in the kale-peanut butter dish - can you please elaborate?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              prima Jun 6, 2013 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's based on various African peanut stews and peanut soups floating online. Here's the basic idea, although I use a lot less tomato, usually 1 or 2 fresh tomatoes. http://spicybohemian.blogspot.ca/2011/03/tomato-peanut-stew-with-collards.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My quick recipe is to saute roughly a tbsp of minced ginger, and 1 minced clove of garlic in olive oil or vegetable oil until golden, add 1 chopped tomato and 1 bunch of torn or shredded kale or collards. I let the greens stew in its own juices for around 10 minutes over medium heat. Just before serving, I stir in a couple tbsp of peanut butter, and add a few shakes of red pepper flakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes, when I have more time, I'll start first with a chopped onion, before adding the garlic/ginger, and when I've got jalapenos on hand, I add them when I add the garlic and ginger. A little coconut milk, stirred in with the pb, is also a nice addition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other similar recipes add chicken, sweet potatoes, plantain, etc. One CH recommended this for a chicken version:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7575...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gini Jun 6, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have prepared schnitzel with beef (a long time ago when I could still eat it), bison, pork, chicken, and lamb. Now turkey is one protein that I have never "schnitzel'ed"...I bet it would work well, too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JeremyEG Jun 5, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Asparagus and sugar snap pea salad with lemon and evoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sauteed porgy fillet and roast fingerlings with spring garlic
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am going to go ahead and risk sounding silly for curiosity has won out...is porgy another word for pork?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jun 8, 2013 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think my grandmother calls some fish porgy but I could be mistaken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Jun 8, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup, it's a fish. I think it's a milder tasting white fish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      littleflower Jun 8, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL...oops! Oh the things I've learned on this board!! Thanks fldhky and LW.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JeremyEG Jun 8, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is a fish and a delicious one (although now you're making me crave pork!). Here's some other information about it:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.seafoodsource.com/seafoodh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is very affordable and tastes truly delicious no matter how it is cooked. I've dried, steamed, stir-fried, baked and broiled. I've also over and undercooked it slightly and it is still delicious! My favorite is fried porgy tacos with cucumber and jalapeno slaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are some bones but no more than lots of other fish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This thread is fun.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Jun 9, 2013 01:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the porgy description, Jeremy - and those fried porgy tacos sound great! I will have to keep an eye out around here and see if I can find some porgy to try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fowler Jun 9, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not a silly question at all, littleflower. I do not know where you live, but in my area porgy is called Bream so you could ask for that next time you visit your fish monger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 6, 2013 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight turned out to be Fuchsia Dunlop tofu night. We did have a vegetarian dinner guest booked but they came down with a cold this morning and opted to keep their germs to themselves. A few dishes were axed from the menu and the three that remained all happened to contain a type of tofu. Poor planning on my part - a green dish would have balanced the meal nicely. Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pressed marinated tofu was in a salad with peanuts and celery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soft tofu was used in salt and pepper tofu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tofu 'bamboo' was used in a second cold dish with red pepper. I believe the tofu bamboo is what I've eaten as bean curd skins in the past and not enjoyed, this dish however was a revelation. I loved the texture and it soaked up the flavours of the stock and garlic etc perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS Jun 6, 2013 04:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friz those all look delicious!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Jun 6, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Making my kids favorite - upon their request - CocaCola chicken. I make it with 1 cup cola and 1 cup soy sauce which turns into a delicious BBQ sauce during cooking) plus I have leftover challah rolls from yesterday, so I am making bread pudding for dessert... guess tomorrow will be diet day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Jun 7, 2013 11:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds like such a lovely meal acssss...all of it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Berheenia Jun 6, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm baking a TJ's cornbread doctored with scallions and raw milk cheddar. It'll go with the leftover enchiladas and a bag salad with ranch dressing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            YAY for TJ's cornbread...that is one great mix to keep on hand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jun 8, 2013 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whole Foods also has amazing cornbread - premade wrapped up in the prepared food section. I live for that stuff with a bowl of chili.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MidwesternerTT Jun 8, 2013 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tried but didn't like the TJ's cornbread mix - so disappointing after reading raves from others. The overly dry whole corn kernals in the mix just get chewy. For me, it's as quick & easy to start with cornmeal and stir in the few ingredients to make a batch, including canned or frozen kernals if we want some tender chunkiness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. juliejulez Jun 6, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night brother and I went to my cousin's kid's birthday dinner... he was turning 5, so he's practically a grown up. It was at BJ's Brewhouse. Not my first choice but I had a perfectly acceptable turkey club with seasoned wedge fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight I had planned a "man food" dinner for my brother and SO... big thick steaks on the grill, grilled asparagus, and baked potatoes. Then my brother told me he's going to have dinner w/ a friend, so it's just me and SO. Still doing the man food though, and this means I will have leftover steak to eat in a sandwich for my lunch tomorrow. I bought this chimichurri sandwich spread made by Mezzetta that is really good on cold steak sandwiches, so I'm looking forward to my lunch tomorrow too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler Jun 6, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Last night brother and I went to my cousin's kid's birthday dinner... he was turning 5, so he's practically a grown up."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is good because I know a few males that are 10 times his age and not practically a grown up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 6, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like you've met my ex husband.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. boyzoma Jun 6, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight, even though it is warm out, we are having chicken tortilla soup. I'm using up the leftover chicken from Sunday's beer can chicken. Got a lot of my prep work done this morning (diced green/red/yellow peppers, diced onion, sliced celery and minced some garlic, all hanging out in a big plate in the fridge getting to know each other). Have all my spices in a dish too (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt). The tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, chicken stock, corn tortillas (which are sliced like little noodles) and Masa are all lined up on the counter like good little soldiers. All ready to jump into the pot in a little while. I offered to make chicken fajitas instead due to the warm weather, but DH had his mind set on the soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: There will be a dollop of sour cream and bias cut scallions on top too! Wish I had an avocado for the top.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma Jun 7, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Soup turned out fantastic! Thought I'd share some photos!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    scubadoo97 Jun 7, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boy do I love tortilla soup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yours looks really good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Jun 7, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's freezing here again, for me at least. I'd love a bowl of this soup. I'm sure it's even more delicious leftover.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. linguafood Jun 6, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's a rainy day in central PA, so the grill will get a little break.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been lusting for Ina Garten's lemon chicken, so that's on the menu tonight. I might even splurge and throw a few potatoes in with it, hoping they'll turn into something akin to Greek lemon potatoes :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What will be the green/veggie thing on the side? Only a trip to Wegmans will provide an answer to that....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 6, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mmm. It sounds like perfect rainy weather food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jun 6, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oy. My man has a craving for sushi. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then again, given that I am still lounging in bed & thus haven't made it anywhere near Wegmans, it's looking to be the likeliest dinner option. Too lazy to go shopping now, and the dish will be hard to pull off without, um, chicken in da house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not really "feeling" the sushi, but this place also has some outstanding Sichuan food (pork dumplings as lights as clouds), or maybe I'll give their noodle soup a try tonight...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cocktails, OTOH, might be out for me today, given last night's heavy-ish partying. Sucks being old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. gingershelley Jun 6, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night my housemate had her mom over for dinner, and she made her delish fried chicken, plus mashed potatoes, pan gravy and a nice crispy salad. It is great she makes fried food - I never do. Well, it's great she makes it sometimes - too often and I would be fat!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight dinner out; meeting a friend at "Island Soul' for Caribbean food. It's in a hip little neighborhood Columbia City, that I never get too...I am thinking I will be enjoying tostones and goat curry or snapper escabeche later on. Looking forward to it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pulled some bolognese and mozzarella out of the freezer. Going to do baked ziti with the sauce and cubes of mozz throughout. Easy night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Baked ziti with a bolognese sauce (or any kind of meat added in, really) makes a fantastic meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. steve h. Jun 6, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Leftovers are on the menu. The crispy, braised chicken thighs from a prior day will be field stripped and repurposed as chicken salad. Keller would approve. There will be potato salad, beer and potato chips, too. Cleaning out the coolerator.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Season premier of Burn Notice will be on the plasma tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. weezieduzzit Jun 6, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm off duty tonight, got stung by a bee right under the arch of my left eyebrow and it hurts like hell. I have a bag of frozen peas and carrots on it as I lay here in a dark bedroom with my ipod. Frozen peas are the best "icepack" ever! :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The man will take care of making food happen. My fingers are crossed for Thai.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle Jun 6, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ouch! That sounds painful. Fingers crossed for the Thai to eventuate tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS Jun 6, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ouch is right! feel better soon weezie!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Jun 6, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you both. It was really a weird thing, very aggressive bees 'cause we weren't doing anything to bother them! The man had the stinger out and I had ice on it within a minute of being stung (I had just filled one of my drink bottles to the top with ice and a drink before leaving the house,) and we immediately stopped at a convenience store and got Benadryl but I swear it was the Thai food that worked the best. Within 15 minutes of eating the redness and swelling went down dramatically (I was starting to look like the boxer that lost the fight...) I suppose it makes sense since ginger, galangal, lemongrass and some of the other ingredients of the Tom Kha and Beef Salad are anti inflammatory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Its nice to have a night off, though, we have an awesome family run Thai restaurant right in the neighborhood that we like to support.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smart thinking with the Benadryl AND with the ingredients in your Thai meal! Hope you're feeling better...ouch!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. scubadoo97 Jun 6, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight I grilled a ribeye.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After seasoning, I cold smoked the steak for about 30-40 min then tossed it on a waiting hot grill. I chose a ribeye with a large cap muscle. One of the most delicious muscles on the animal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After grilling and resting I separated the cap from the rib steak

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS Jun 6, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GORGEOUS!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jun 6, 2013 10:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yowzah, that looks perfectly cooked! Casa lingua is debating the purpose of a smoker, but more research (likely on the boards here) needs to be done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love rib-eye, but it doesn't love me back most of the time. Shame.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scubadoo97 Jun 7, 2013 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used the cold smoke just to add a touch of wood smoke to the meat before grilling. Something missing when using a gas grill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. helen_m Jun 6, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've barely managed to get online since I met up with the lovely ChristinaMason last week! We spent the weekend in NYC (my first visit) where we ate so much good food! And the day after we got home my friend arrived from the UK so I have been cooking lots but not really able to post much without seeming rude.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We overindulged a bit at the weekend so this week has been all about vegetables! Last night was ottolenghi black pepper tofu, chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic, smacked cucumber and steamed rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight was halloumi with pomegranate molasses roasted grapes and fattoush with sumac pitta chips (a new invention tonight and they were so good!) My friend is just preparing dessert, roasted strawberries with black pepper which we'll have with creme fraiche ice cream. I love having house guests (apart from the lack of getting online...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 6, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drooling at the sound of both meals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sedimental Jun 6, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good lord. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wowza!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sedimental Jun 6, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, I made up a chicken recipe. I butchered the "fairly pricey" organic chicken with leg and thigh pieces together. Multiple layers of lemon- puréed preserved lemon, lemon grass, lemon salt, limoncello. I used coriander and peanut oil in the pan first. Braised along with some shallots and white pepper. Made a nice pan sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, I could hardly taste the lemon! Strange. It was really tasty chicken, really good -but not really lemony. I guess I didn't miss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my calling as a cookbook author! Where do you think the lemon went?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley Jun 8, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sed - I find after cooking lemon, it can really lose it's 'punch'.... perhaps next time try stirring some fresh lemon n' some zest at the end?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle Jun 7, 2013 03:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I needed to use up a few more Chinese ingredients leftover from the no show vegetarian diner from the previous night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hot and sour tofu soup from Fuchsia Dunlop's latest book. This was the star of the evening for us- such a crazy mouth-watering balance. Yes, that's bhuja/Bombay mix you see sprinkled on top in the photo. It's in the recipe I promise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Garlic stems with pork was another dish from Fuchsia's book. This had chilli bean paste and black beans. I over-cooked it but the char on the pork was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally I winged a Chinese olive rice. I probably should have stuck with plain rice for this line up but I got over enthusiastic. I swear the jar of Chinese olive vegetable was like crack. I could eat that stuff straight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow we're off to Internet deprived accommodation for the night. It will either be our favourite river cafe borlotti bean soup or a cheeseburger from the local pub.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JungMann Jun 7, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bombay mix on hot and sour soup? Talk about fusion!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS Jun 7, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, mouth-watering!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A classic wedge salad: iceberg, tomatoes, red onion, bacon, blue cheese dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's Italian night here at cucina bc!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To start, Spiedini Alla Romano which is essentially grilled bread rubbed w garlic then stacked with bufala mozzarella in between. The bread/cheese accordion is then skewered and baked until the cheese melts. Once plated, the toasty, gooey mess is drizzled with a shallot, basil, caper wine sauce. Mmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Next up, Linguini with Red Sauce and Shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and then...a nap! Yay for Fridays!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOVE LOVE LOVE the sound of that Spiedini Alla Romano! The thought of warm oozing buffalo mozz paired with grilled bread rubbed with garlic and that sauce drizzled over it?!? Amazing. Need to try this ASAP.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Jun 7, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I got in to work at 5am so I can leave early for the weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another thread got me in the mood for tilapia - so I went to Whole Foods two days ago and ordered three whole tilapia fish - which I will pick up this afternoon. So... dinner will be grilled whole tilapias, roasted carrots, baked potato slices, and a romaine lettuce salad with grilled mushrooms and deep fried thinly sliced sweet potatoes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. roxlet Jun 7, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This has been a funny week for dinners. First, I was touring colleges with my son and we were eating out. My husband was also out of town. We came home with pizza from his favorite place in New Haven (the son and I had a late lunch/early dinner there on the way home), so he had that for dinner. Wednesday night, I was solo, so I did some shrimp Madras using a Petak sauce (not as good as Maya Kaimal, for sure). Last night, I thought I would be solo again, so I made myself a turkey burger on toasted whole wheat that I picked up at King Arthur Flour in Vermont. Then my husband came home, and he made himself some shrimp Gyoza. Tonight is anyone's guess. We left our house at 5AM this morning to pick up our new puppy at Newark Airport, so we'll probably be too pooped to do anything much. Meet Remy Martina. She has big paws to fill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        boyzoma Jun 7, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        She is adorable. How wonderful for both your family and for Remy. She doesn't know how lucky she is to get a family like yours! Congratulations.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 7, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cute!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Our Golden is 14 - and still acts like a puppy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit Jun 7, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Awwww... now that is a cute face!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp Jun 7, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG, Remy is adorable! Congrats, dog mom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Welcome home Remy. You are a lucky little puppy. Congratulations on the new baby you guys. Enjoy her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome to the adorable Chowpup Remy! roxlet is she a golden-doodle?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  May you enjoy many delicious dinners with your new sous chef in training!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Jun 7, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She is an Australian Labradoodle. She'll be about 25 lbs-- a little smaller than Dixie. Dixie's mother and Remy's grandmother were sisters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So in a round about way you have a bit of Dixie Doodle. That is very special.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How lovely roxlet. Undoubtedly you'll see a little bit of Dixie in her from time to time! Have fun with your new arrival!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh my god, I love her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SO wants to get another puppy since our hound is getting older, and I keep saying no because with him traveling, it'd be all on me to do the training etc, but after playing with my BFF's new puppy and seeing this adorable girl, maybe I'll change my mind....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome Remy! Adorable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler Jun 7, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great looking puppy. Clever name as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 7, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WHAT an adorable mooshable pup! Welcome, Remy Martina Doodle Dog!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS Jun 7, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What an adorable face!!! And love the connection to dear departed Dixie Doodle, how wonderful. Welcome Chowpup Remy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gingershelley Jun 8, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What the other GS said :)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle Jun 7, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very cute pup!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Jun 7, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Remy has such a compelling face.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I get the champagne cognac reference for the pup's name but maybe the lead rat in my favorite Pixar movie, Ratatouille, had a measure of influence, too?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Welcome to the WFD family, Remy Martina! She absolutely does have some big paws to fill, but with a face like that I think she may be up to the task :-). Also, what a lucky puppy she is - she will be the most envied puppy in town with parents who can cook like you all can...I am sure she will be the recipient of a few of ya'lls tasty treats!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. JungMann Jun 7, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If The Simpsons has taught me anything, it is to love donuts and fear the blowfish (see: One Fish, Two Fish; Blow Fish, Blue Fish). Tonight I conquer my fears with panko breaded blowfish tails fried in ramp butter. I'm feeling like a light yogurt slaw on the side and, if I go to the gym, onion rings. If not, ramp Gibsons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Jun 7, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow wow wow! They sell blowfish tails at your local fishmonger's??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JungMann Jun 7, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've seen them for the past 2 weeks at the closest thing I have to a supermarket in the Upper East Side (Fairway). I've never seen blowfish before, not even at my Asian grocer, so it will be a first for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        free donut at Dunkin today! Homer would be very happy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 7, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ..and you can have it with a chocolate arse :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I sent your link to our entire extended family! Too funny!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ha! I sent it to all my friends and family too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss Jun 7, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They say every hour of laughing increases your lifespan by a day - so thanks for a few days more of life!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. biondanonima Jun 7, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight will be fabulous flap meat kebabs, marinated in coriander, cumin, loads of garlic, cayenne and a bit of preserved lemon. Baba ganoush and roasted broccoli alongside, with some leftover tomatillo-tahini sauce for DH, who hates eggplant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 7, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just the description (without any photos) is making my mouth water!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS Jun 7, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mine too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. ChristinaMason Jun 7, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sadly not much cooking going on lately. The happy hour culture here in DC really picks up in summer, which is not conducive to healthy meals at home. And we're entering the busy period at work. Excuses, excuses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night I was craving spicy, brothy soup. I browned some ground beef that needed using and sauteed onion and shallot in the drippings together with a few tablespoons of Thai red curry paste and some fresh grated ginger. Then in went some homemade chicken broth from the freezer, a cubed Japanese eggplant, a zucchini on its last legs, 2 cans of coconut milk, and a can of bamboo shoots. I added a handful of jasmine rice in the last 15 min. of cooking. It came together nicely, and was just the thing for my SO with one of those terrible Man Colds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, I think we'll pick up/go out for some pho and summer rolls. Plenty of sriracha and lime to clear the sinuses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gotta love the man cold!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz6Dkt...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS Jun 7, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that video cracks me up every time I watch it! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CM, that soup sounds perfect for a Man Cold!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Jun 7, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd just like to point out (being fairly new to chowhound an all) that his site is a godsend. Does anyone remember the Jungle Book movie where the birds on the tree are "Wacha wanna do?" "I dunno, wacha wanna do?" "I dunno"...? Anyway, that's how my husband and I are on Skype every day from work with regards to dinner. With this site, man o man, I know what to make the day before - just need to read a few posts, see a few pics and I have an idea for the next day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love when things here catch on like a cold. Someone posts a meatloaf and the next three days are dappled with meatloaves. Even the over lemoning thing went through here like a wave a few months ago. It is very inspiring here for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Jun 7, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "dappled with meatloaves" - brilliant!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Jun 7, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Totally agree, WFD is pretty compelling. First take is that hard-core foodies call all the shots here. Sort of like the Red Queen's observation that you have to run real fast just to stay even.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing could be further from the truth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. steve h. Jun 7, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I purchased two, 2-pound live lobsters from my fishmonger today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paraphrasing Jasper White, "There will be big chunks of lobster baked into a casserole tonight."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                White's recipe is savory and calls for lobster stock, heavy cream, tomato paste, minced garlic, lots of butter, salt, pepper and saltine crackers. Parsley is an afterthought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'll boil/fieldstrip the sea roaches, Deb is in charge of assembling the casserole. Beer for me, wine for her. Leftover carcasses will end up in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet's new puppy rocks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  biondanonima Jun 7, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I want dinner at your place. Lobster casserole sounds like heaven!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jun 7, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ditto. Lobster casserole is my kind of casserole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Jun 7, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amen, sister.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Jun 7, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks. It's a little labor intensive when you start from scratch but that's just the price of poker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        scubadoo97 Jun 7, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Leave room for me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve that sounds fantastic

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Jun 7, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Jun 7, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh. MY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 7, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I second that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Jun 7, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jasper White is a Jersey boy. He's the Eric Clapton of the lobster world. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Jun 7, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              :-) on both the Jersey boy and the Eric Clapton reference. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your post brought back vivid memories of my first visit to Cape Cod. We sat oceanside on a hot summer evening. I was sipping white wine and despite the heat, I simply couldn't resist the draw of the scrumptious-sounding lobster casserole. It was sublime.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Jun 7, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, the Cape.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My folks would rent a little summer tourist cabin there when I was really young. Lobsters, clams were all new to me then. Heady stuff for a sprout.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 7, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              damn, man. you know how to live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Jun 7, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ...way too kind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Jun 7, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a good dish. Crisp the cracker topping under the broiler for a minute or so to make the dish really pop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm looking forward to leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  any meal where you look forward to the leftovers? winner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Jun 7, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yeah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Jun 7, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just finished cleaning up. Deb is snoozing. The soft thrum of the dishwasher is background to the end of The Last Samurai (Deb's call). Feet are up, I just poured a vintage port. Friday's are good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dinner tonight is burgers, french fries and grilled asparagus. I ran out roll so I thawed some pizza dough and are turning into hamburgers rolls. Should be interesting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Got my latest shipment from Alpha Omega and this month is white! Got a nice bottle of chard chilling as we speak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burgers, wine and Friday. Nice combo. I think the pizza bread rolls will be fine but let me know. I could always use that info in a pinch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They came out puffier than I imagined but I think sliced they should be ok. I'll let you know how they hold up with a burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They look like french hamburger rolls to me. Can ya save me one and just pass the butter? They look damn tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They look pretty darn good to me foodie! Cheers, enjoy your delicious-sounding meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They were perfect, crispy on the outside, super tender yet substantial inside so a perfect foil to the burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Suzi- my 11 year promptly stated the rolls would be great with butter so when he finished his burger he grabbed the last roll, slathered it with butter and went to town. Great minds!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great minds indeed, my friend. Tell him that he has good taste and that he needs the carbs and thanks for saving me. I will try this soon but with sesame seeds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jun 7, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i bet they taste great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JeremyEG Jun 8, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love this idea! Pizza dough is really one of the only things I bake from scratch and I often have dough around but have never thought of this. Thanks so much for the idea!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Jun 7, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use pizza dough a lot as rolls. Mine come out hard on the outside and very airy on the inside - which is IMO the best way to eat a burger! Crunch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jun 7, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This is probably idiotic but I'll attribute it to my severe sleep deprivation. Do you grill asparagus on the grate?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i do! snap off the woody ends, toss with little olive oil and they are done in a flash.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's how I do it too... and with a little s&p. Delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. gini Jun 7, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it's cold, it's rainy, the in-laws are descending on me shortly, I'm lazy, I need a one pot meal. Some sort of riff on this will happen tonight: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That looks really good. bookmarked!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Skillet Ground Lamb with Asparagus, Peas, and Tzatziki Sauce - wow, does that ever look good gini and a perfect use of the season's freshest veggies. I happen to have all ingredients on hand except for the tzatziki so I may just need to put this on our menu as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Jun 7, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lucky inlaws!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gini Jun 7, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm super into lemon and dill this month, so I subbed in lemon for lime and added dill to the tzatziki sauce. Also, made it with sour cream instead of yogurt because that's what I had on hand. My cayenne is really potent, so it was a little spicier than I imaged, but still bright and fresh-tasting. Attached is a picture of my plate; the rest of them stuffed some pitas and declared it good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beautiful gini, even more enticing than the one on Serious Eats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chili lime shrimp from epicurious and green rice from Mesa Mexicana to use up tomatillo salsa I have left. Also going to marinate a chicken for Cinnamon Chicken (Too Hot Tamales) and assemble Reuben quesadillas to bring to a friend's BBQ tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. linguafood Jun 7, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Still rather dark, grey and rainy today. Meh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To brighten everyone's spirits (well, mine at least) we're having a poker game at casa lingua tonight. I plan on taking everybody's money :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We have a massive ciabatta (*the* best bread in town, it is so good I could eat the entire loaf...... so we only get it for crowds) from a local bakery, a nice goat brie, a Dutch double cream gouda & and an herbed goat log -- all courtesy of TJ's -- to go with the bread. I also still have some marinated sweet peppers I grilled Monday or Tuesday, which are rather delish smooshed on top of a slice with chèvre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This alone, of course, won't suffice for dinner, which I am guessing will consist of take-out/delivery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's gonna be a late one, I can feel it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini Jun 7, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't forget to hydrate. Then dehydrate. Then hydrate again! Good luck/win it all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Laughing hard out loud...it is late here and as I was skimming your post all I saw was "herbed goat" and "courtesy of TJ's". I got so excited at the thought that TJ's might be carrying goat now. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still not quite sure what's going on tonight. My brother leaves around 6, and SO and I might head to the bar to watch the hockeys, Pens vs Bruins tonight. If we stay home it might be burgers. I just landed a USDA Choice chuck roast for $2.74 a pound (half price), so it's going to get ground up into burgers... if not tonight, then tomorrow or Sunday. At that price I might need to go back and get another one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GO BRUINS! Get out your brooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thats our plan for tonight, burgers and hockey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haha well my SO actually had the Pens and the Blackhawks in the finals for his pool, but looks like that's not happening. I like watching playoff hockey, no matter who is playing though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  agree, a good watch! And hockey is the only sport I can watch on TV and enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jun 7, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice price on the chuck roast! And yes - go BROONS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, SO is tired and not feeling well so we're staying home. I'll give him a choice of the burgers or brats for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Jun 7, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ugh, hope he feels better soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, kind of a bummer that he's been feeling not great on his week home from traveling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now on the menu is some kind of BBQ chicken thighs. I offered him burgers, brats, or the chicken and he picked the chicken so now I need to come up with something LOL Should have just left it to the burgers and brats as choices :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Jun 7, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow - great price! I bought one today for twice as much because I'll be making french dip sandwiches on ciabatta for the weekend (company coming)... lucky

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez Jun 7, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah and it wasn't even from the bargain bin LOL! The store (Sprouts) has them all 50% off this week. They do sales like that on meat pretty frequently. I rarely buy chuck roast so I had no idea what the regular price was, nor that it was Choice grade. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 7, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anything beef where I live for under three dollars a pound is rare. Lucky you. Hope the man feels better. Glad he still has an appetite, just not a need for the world outside. Tell him to feel better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 7, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea, what kind of beef is that and can I get some!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. LindaWhit Jun 7, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me - Home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clothes - Comfy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wine - Poured.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner - Easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cream cheese scrambled eggs and toast. Scrambled eggs with wine, you say? Of course!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Jun 7, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I drink a glass of wine every evening no matter what I eat, and yours sounds like a wonderful combo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sedimental Jun 7, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup. I didn't even make it home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After my long-ass training day..... Went for wine and sliders with a side of crab cake at a new place. Very nice. Even better after the .first. glass of wine ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 7, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <<Scrambled eggs with wine, you say?>>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wine not?!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Linda's Friday night posts - Priceless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Jun 7, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh shoot. That would have been a WAY better ending! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Jun 7, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            littleflower Jun 8, 2013 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LW you gave me a perfect excuse to buy some cream cheese. This is not a usual purchase for me, but that paired with scrambled eggs and toast AND wine sounds too good to pass up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Free! Well, I left work early today at 5pm and just decided to call it a week and return in the morning to finish up the