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Jun 4, 2013 12:21 AM

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

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'?

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  1. 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

      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.

      1. re: mariacarmen

        Looking good Maria.

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

            1. re: mariacarmen

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

            2. 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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              1. re: Njchicaa

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

                1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

                  1. re: Njchicaa

                    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!!

                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

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

                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

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

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

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                  1. 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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                    1. re: Harters

                      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!

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        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.

                      2. re: Harters

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

                        1. re: Frizzle

                          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. 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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                        1. re: Berheenia

                          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.