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What's for Dinner #224 - The Calm Before the Storm Edition (through Jun 15, 2013)

roxlet Jun 12, 2013 04:35 AM

Gorgeous weather here today, but more chilly, torrential rains forcast for Thursday and Friday. Seems like that will be a good time to the rest of the wintery meats (stew and osso buco) out of the freezer.

Last night was a first for me -- my classic meatballs, but made with turkey this time. They were a big hit, though everyone was in 3 directions and we never sat down to dinner together. There are enough meatballs left for heros today.

Tonight's dinner will be my son's choice--he leaves first thing tomorrow morning for a week to tour of Hawaii with his glee club. His glee club director us Don Ho's nephew, so I'm sure that they will see an interesting side of Oahu! And I'm sure he's going to love poké!

  1. fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 05:20 AM

    Last night, I got home at a reasonable 930pm and had more energy than expected so dropped my bag and headed straight to the kitchen to cook dinner! We used to have chicken cordon bleu weekly, but it fell off the weekly menu plan some months ago. I am in a current state of disinfatuation with chicken breast, but we had a pork tenderloin in the fridge and I figured it'd be a nice substitute. I usually use a combination of Muenster and Provolone but used the inspiration of a spin of cordon bleu to peruse the cheese counter a few days ago to find a new cheese to perk up the dish and settled on Sottocenere black truffles cheese. This was quite the elevated cordon bleu and sooooo delicious! The stuffed pork tenderloin was by far easier than the stuffed chicken breasts which is another reason I prefer it to the good ol' bird and the cheese was just outstanding. I didn't get around to a pan sauce but I think mushroom flavored wine sauce would be great with this dish.

     
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    1. re: fldhkybnva
      Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 05:47 AM

      What a clever interpretation of a Cordon Bleu fid and how decadent it sounds with that fabulous cheese! I couldn't agree more about the mushroom wine sauce, especially with your truffle cheese. This is a Tuscan-sounding variation...oh to get your hands on some fresh porcini!! The escape me here in Toronto.

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        fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 06:14 AM

        Yea, my local Whole Foods only has them dried. I planned to grab some dried morels this weekend to try them for the first time and if so will definitely use the the rehydration liquid in a sauce.

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          Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 06:18 AM

          Great idea fid. I love morels with asparagus. We're fortunate enough to have both in season about now. The mushroom farmer at my market didn't have them last week so fingers crossed for this week!

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            linguafood Jun 12, 2013 10:45 AM

            After my last fresh morel experience (an expensive one at that), I don't think I'll ever buy them again. The image of 100+ dead ants is a tough one to shake, and the shrooms just weren't flavorful enough -- at least not discernibly more flavorful than the dried morels I've had -- to justify price and ant-o-cide.

            1. re: linguafood
              fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 12:17 PM

              Oh yes, I do remember this which might be the voice in the back of my head which stopped me from buying them last week. Do you enjoy dried morels? It's only worth it to me really if they are flavorful.

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                linguafood Jun 12, 2013 02:18 PM

                I found the dried & reconstituted morels to be more flavorful than their fresh counterparts.

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                  fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 02:31 PM

                  OK, perhaps I'll give them a try. I'll probably saute and to serve with some form of meat, perhaps steak. Do you have any idea the dry to wet yield? I never know how many oz to buy dry which I think is also why I've avoided them

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                    linguafood Jun 12, 2013 02:56 PM

                    Depends on how much you're willing to spend. The package I bought cost $8.99 for 1/2 oz or 14 grams.

                    It's likely enough for a pasta dish, especially if you add other 'shrooms to the mix. And it would also be enough to top a steak.

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                      fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 03:10 PM

                      Great, thanks. Yea, I think it's in that price range at my local store.

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                        biondanonima Jun 13, 2013 09:11 AM

                        If you find that you fall in love with dried mushrooms, you might want to look into ordering them from Amazon or another online retailer - you can get much better prices and higher quality that way. Several reputable sellers have them for closer to $10 per ounce. I order dried porcinis in 1-lb bags - it's a huge savings over what you pay in the grocery, and they last forever in the pantry.

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                          fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 10:21 AM

                          Great, thanks for the tip. I usually buy fresh but of course can only get a few varieties, namely Shiitake, Maitake, Crimini, and Oyster, easily in my area so online would be a great option. I always forget utilize 21st century conveniences. Do you need to just cover them with water or a larger volume?

              2. re: linguafood
                Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 12:51 PM

                I can certainly empathize lingua, if I'd experienced that I think I'd be turned off as well!!

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                fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 12:16 PM

                Sauteed with asparagus?

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                  Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 12:52 PM

                  Yes fid. I also like that combo sauteed in a little butter then I add in a splash of cream and toss in some pasta. So wonderful w a little grated Parm atop. I make this every year.

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            alliegator Jun 12, 2013 08:31 AM

            Wow, it looks soooo good. And very innovative. After the long days you've been having, you deserve a dinner like this!

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              fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 12:17 PM

              Thanks, it was just what I needed.

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              Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 08:39 AM

              That pork sounds delicious. Nice work!

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                suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 09:17 AM

                Wow. That pork looks wonderful. I have never thought of stuffing it cordon bleu style.

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                  linguafood Jun 12, 2013 10:47 AM

                  Sottocenere is wonderful.

                2. Musie Jun 12, 2013 05:46 AM

                  A new shift rotation at work means I cook supper in the morning and take it along to work with me and eat it there. So my meals have to be good cold or be able to re-heat decently in a microwave.

                  Monday was spring pig pasta, a favourite of mine. Just a simple tasty sauce of blended peas, asparagus, mint, scallions and milk. It also reheats great, so was perfect to take to work.

                  Tuesday was lobster potato salad. I got the recipe off the SK website, but it is a barely altered recipe by Ina Garten. It was so delicious. I had homemade bread to go with. Plus there is plenty extra for my lunch today.

                  http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/0...

                   
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                    Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 05:55 AM

                    Musie I'm so glad to read your post about that lobster potato salad. I just gave Ina's Foolproof cookbook to a friend of mine on Saturday and she'd flagged that recipe to make this week. She's an Eastcoaster so all things lobster appeal to her! It's good to know you enjoyed it. That's the thing about Ina, you can really count on her recipes.

                    Your bread looks sensational!

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                      Musie Jun 12, 2013 11:18 AM

                      I think the simplicity and balance makes her recipes so successful. Although, this recipe was a little time consuming due to having to crack the lobsters, but it's good practice!

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                        Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

                        I'm lazy Musie. My fish counter will steam them for you while you shop then they crack them so all you need to do when you get home is extract the meat.

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                      fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 06:15 AM

                      Hello, that lobster salad looks great as does the bread!

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                        acssss Jun 12, 2013 07:14 AM

                        Your bread looks wonderful! What is that 6 braids? Impressive!

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                          Musie Jun 12, 2013 11:19 AM

                          Yup, 6 braids. This is my second braided loaf and I found that braiding isn't as scary as many recipes make it out to be.

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                            acssss Jun 12, 2013 11:32 AM

                            Not scary, but difficult - and you were a master at it - congrats!

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                          LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 07:25 AM

                          Good lord, Musie - that bread AND lobster salad looks amazing!

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                            suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 09:19 AM

                            That bread is making my mouth water

                          2. fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 06:15 AM

                            Poke is the best ever! I make it quite often, it's either poke or seared tuna but on a hot summer day it's fabulous with a sprinkle of furikake.

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                              scubadoo97 Jun 14, 2013 07:50 PM

                              Poke and other raw applications can be fantastics

                            2. LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 06:19 AM

                              Dinner was OUT last night with several friends. A fine grilled salmon with a lemon butter on top; rice pilaf, and beans. And white wine. :-)

                              Tonight, I dig into the CSA veg. I'm going to start with the bok choy - stir-fried with garlic and ginger and dry sherry. I'll probably make rice, and I'm hankering for more seafood - so I'll probably stop at WF on the way home to see what they have in their seafood case. No idea how I'll do that - I'll update later this evening once I've purchased something and figured out what to do with it!

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                                acssss Jun 12, 2013 07:26 AM

                                Garlic and ginger - ooh I love the smell it makes in the kitchen!

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                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 07:29 AM

                                  Keen to hear what inspires you from the seafood case Linda. I so wish we had a WF nearby!

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                                    fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 12:18 PM

                                    Ginger, garlic and dry sherry are an oft flavor choice in my kitchen, it's great with nearly everything.

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                                      LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 04:57 PM

                                      OK, I ended up with wild caught mahi mahi. I saw some wild caught Alaskan King salmon, but at $29.99/lb, that was a major "No Freakin' Way!". I ended up just drizzling it with olive oil, and seasoning it with a blend of a vegetable rub - sea salt, basil, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, garlic, celery seed, red chile, and lemon peel. Pan seared it and finished it with about a Tbsp. of lemon juice for a bit of "sauce".

                                      The bok choy was done with said garlic and ginger and a healthy pinch of Aleppo pepper. I used 1 Tbsp. of grated ginger - why wasn't it gingery enough for me?

                                      So the meal was good but not stellar.

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                                        steve h. Jun 12, 2013 05:08 PM

                                        Nice.

                                        Baby bok choy in garlic sauce is one of life's great pleasures.

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                                          LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 05:20 PM

                                          Not baby bok choy. This was a very large head of full-sized boy choy from the CSA. It was good - I've got a mild after-burn going with the Aleppo pepper and ginger. Although the ginger still wasn't quite enough. :-)

                                        2. re: LindaWhit
                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 05:13 PM

                                          Hi Linda, I love ginger as well. One suggestion for you is to crush some ginger and pour some evoo atop then refrigerate for a couple of days. Strain out the ginger then just keep your oil in the fridge - or I even freeze it (and don't bother draining) in a ziplock then break off pieces as I need them. That way you'll always have ginger oil on hand. It really does help layer the flavour.

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                                            mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 05:23 PM

                                            ginger oil is a good idea.... you know, we've been cutting open fresh ginger, using what we need, and then leaving the rest out, on the counter in a bowl, uncovered, and the cut end dries up and the rest of it stays fresh and usable for weeks and weeks on end, retaining the same texture and juiciness.

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                                              LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 05:24 PM

                                              Oh geez - I *have* some ginger oil in my pie safe pantry that I bought at Home Goods - that would have helped a LOT!

                                      2. Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 06:28 AM

                                        Our antipasti dinner on Monday was lovely. I wish we could have dined al fresco but alas "June-uary" continues and it was damp and cold.

                                        I'm very excited about WFD tonight. I could not resist a stunning piece of Patagonian Sea Bass I spotted at the market though my wallet wept a little on the way home! Much as I love this fish I tend to avoid purchasing it as it's classed as "Not Recommended" by the Vancouver aquarium's Ocean Wise program. Interestingly though it is recommended as a "Best Choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. I'll take comfort in the latter as we dine this evening. Fingers crossed it stays sunny and warm as I'd love to grill it.

                                         
                                         
                                         
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                                          roxlet Jun 12, 2013 06:39 AM

                                          Are these antipasti fromCarmine's too? They look lovely. June-uary returns for us tomorrow. I love that word to describe it!

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                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 06:57 AM

                                            Thanks roxlet. The first antipasti is from a wonderful cookbook by Rick Tramonto called Fantastico! - the book focuses on little Italian plates and antipasti. This was a Crostini with Chopped Egg and Asparagus. We love poached or fried eggs atop roasted asparagus but I'd never thought to combine asparagus with egg salad for some reason. What a revelation! They were the first to go. The middle dish is just my usual roasted Campari tomatoes and garlic. I got some beautiful local garlic at the farmer's market...the cloves were almost as big as the tomatoes!! I drizzled them with a balsamic glaze and served atop a platter of torn bufala mozzarella. The third plate is from a book called panini, bruschetta crostini by Viana La Place. It's a Crostini with Savory Mushroom Topping which really amounts to a hearty mushroom ragu. It was my first time using that book and it looks promising. I was re-arranging my cookbooks on Sunday and that's how I re-discovered these two books. I couldn't resist flipping through them and found a number of delicious-sounding dishes that will be perfect for the summer months when we tend to eat lighter meals in the evening (if it warms up that is!!).

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                                              linguafood Jun 12, 2013 10:42 AM

                                              Looks delish.

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                                                roxlet Jun 12, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                Yum, one and all!

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                                              acssss Jun 12, 2013 07:19 AM

                                              Lovely, indeed

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                                                LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                My stomach just growled seeing your antipasti.

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                                                  Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                  Your antipasti look amazing.

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                                                    steve h. Jun 12, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                    Great pictures. Great call on the Patagonian Tooth Fish, too. That's one ugly critter but it tastes so good.

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                                                      JungMann Jun 12, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                      Those are fantastic pictures. What camera are you using?

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                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                        Thank JM, that's very kind of you. The camera is mr bc's, it's a Nikon D50.

                                                        I'm embarrassed to admit this because undoubtedly the camera can take much better pictures but I have zero understanding of how it works. I basically just turn it on and twist the lens until everything comes into focus. I actually just purchased an e-book on photography in the hopes I might be inspired to read it during my commute home. I do enjoy taking photos and I'd like to get my own camera with a special lens for close-up photos (which we don't have for the Nikon) but given the investment I thought it made sense to read about how much work it would be first.

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                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                          They are wonderful photos. What's the name of the e-book? I would like to upgrade my equipment from a standard iPhone/point and shoot camera and start to get into better food photography.

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                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                            fldhkybnva, thank-you! Here's the book:

                                                            https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/impr...

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                                                              juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                              This is a link to an e-book put out by a food blogger that focuses on food photography http://pinchofyum.com/tasty-food-phot...

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                                                                Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                Oooh, nice find julie!! Thank-you!

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                                                                  suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                  Jj finds the best stuff. And she's fast too

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                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                    I'll say! I'm totally impressed!

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                                                          gini Jun 12, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                          I'm suddenly very hungry!

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                                                            JoanN Jun 13, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                            Re the Patagonian Sea Bass: Monterey Seafood Watch just recently updated their recommendations and now does include Chilean Sea Bass among it's best choices, but only if it's from the Heard and McDonald Islands, Falkland Islands, or Macquarie Island. It's still to be avoided if it comes from Chile or a number of other places. See details here: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...

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                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 13, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                              Thanks Joan. That makes sense, I'd never seen it referred to as Patagonian before but I suspect it's to ensure folks know it wasn't from Chile. I was surprised to see it at my market as they only carry sustaiable fish and when I asked I was told they use the Monteray info.

                                                          2. Njchicaa Jun 12, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                            I have way too much pasta in my cabinets so I pulled out some frozen marinara sauce (Carmine's) and some frozen meatballs to have tonight

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                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 07:06 AM

                                                              "I have way too much pasta in my cabinets"

                                                              ...isn't that a happy problem to have Njchicaa and a great excuse to enjoy that amazing marinara!!

                                                              Buon appetito!

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                                                              acssss Jun 12, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                              Tonight for dinner I am in the mood for some Lebanese food... I think it will be my homemade Labneh with za'atar and olive oil and Lubya b'zeit (sauteed green beans with tomatoes and onions, cayenne, turmeric and cinnamon) with rice.

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                                                                alliegator Jun 12, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                I am always in the mood for Lebanese food! Your dinner sounds great!

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                                                                  acssss Jun 12, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                  "I am always in the mood... for Lebanese food"
                                                                  Great lyrics for a jingle!

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                                                                  Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                  That sounds like a lovely meal. I love lubya b'zeit.

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                                                                    acssss Jun 12, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                    Thanks frizzle! Me too. I eat a ton of this stuff.

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                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                    Oooh, homemade Labneh! I'm impressed acssss! I feel very fortunate to have a Persian grocer close by who gets it in daily. Is it difficult or time-consuming to make at home?

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                                                                      acssss Jun 12, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                      It's very very easy and not time consuming at all.
                                                                      It takes three minutes of work, 12 hours of waiting, and then three minutes of work.
                                                                      Open a container of yogurt. Add a pinch of salt and mix.
                                                                      Take a glass bowl, put a plastic colander inside the bowl (same one you'd use to drain your pasta).
                                                                      Pour the yogurt into a small cotton muslin bag (or cheese cloth) - twist the bag/cloth - tie with a rubber band - set it on the colander and cover the entire thing with a tea towel.
                                                                      Let it sit in a dry cool place on your counter for 12 hours or overnight (unless it's too hot inside your house, in which case, it may be better in the fridge).
                                                                      After 12 hours, take a clean bowl and take the muslin bag, turn it inside out and pour the creamy, delicious labneh into the bowl - smother the labneh with olive oil and add a lot of za'atar!
                                                                      You will have the Whey from the yogurt left over in the bowl - I know people who use this in their energy drinks or smoothies or drink it as is. I sometimes drink a bit, but usually just throw it away.

                                                                      Oh, and by the way, IMO TJ Whole Milk European yoghurt is the best - others will disagree and say that Greek Yoghurt is better - but, of course, they are wrong :)

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                                                                        linguafood Jun 12, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                        Well, Greek yogurt is basically the same as labneh, no? I mean, it's yogurt that has been drained which is why it's so rich.

                                                                        Would there even be any drippage from full-fat Fage if left over night?

                                                                        1. re: linguafood
                                                                          JungMann Jun 12, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                          Labneh is thicker than Greek yogurt, almost the consistency of cream cheese. Some varieties are strained even longer so that they have a firm enough texture that they can be rolled into balls and coated with spices or stored in olive oil.

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                                                                            linguafood Jun 12, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                            Mmmmmm. Sounds good.

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                                                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                          acssss thank-you so much for these amazing instructions. I've actually pasted them into a Word doc so I don't lose them. I will most definitely give this a try.

                                                                          Sadly, no TJ's here in Canada so I'll have to find my yogurt of choice. I'll take your tip and look for a European style though. Thanks again!

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                                                                        LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                        The green beans sound very good!

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                                                                          acssss Jun 12, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                          I put lots of cilantro in it (just kidding)

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                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                            ::::ack!::::: My cilantro hatred reputation precedes me. :-)

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                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                              it totally does. you don't know how many times i think about posting something and then think, "LW won't like this"!!

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                                                                                alliegator Jun 12, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                Yup, I'm also aware. We're a big ol' family here at the dinner table, and if someone has an aversion, we know it ;)

                                                                      3. scubadoo97 Jun 12, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                        made Mahi tacos last night. Pretty simple fare.

                                                                        A couple of fillets seared with a bit of cumin and ground chiles on them in addition to the normal s/p

                                                                        Instead of cubing them as I often do I left them whole and then cut into logs after cooking

                                                                        A big bowl of guacamole was made as well as the usual shredded lettuce, radish, tomatoes, fresh chiles and cilantro. Well what I had on hand

                                                                        All served on corn tortillas toasted on the comal

                                                                        1. scubadoo97 Jun 12, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                          Reading through these post you gotta say, Chowhounds eat well!

                                                                          Great dishes everyone

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                                                                            relizabeth Jun 12, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                            I'm going to buy some halloumi cheese and fresh pita breads a lunch time. Dinner will be a huge but simple salad of (last week's CSA) lettuce and napa cabbage shredded, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and grilled halloumi. It is in the mid 90s here, and standing and cookign is the last thing this pregnant lady wants to do.

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                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                              Stay cool relizabeth! I love grilled halloumi, it's been ages since we've had some and I need to rectify that!

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                                                                              Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                              There's some good sounding meals going on here.

                                                                              Last night was bounty from my parents again. I love the doggy bags I get when I visit them. They made a big batch if molokhia, which is a soupy kind of dish very popular in Egypt. It's made from a green leaf commonly known as Jews mallow (dried in this case) and in a meaty broth with bone and meat. We had lamb with ours but chicken is perhaps more common. Lots of coriander and a frightening amount of garlic is included. For me it's comfort food. Many people however find the greens too slimy and sometimes they can be especially using frozen leaves I've found.

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                                                                                acssss Jun 12, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                I love mlokhia... it's one of those dishes that taste much better than it looks :)
                                                                                and for me, there is no such thing as too much garlic!

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                                                                                  roxlet Jun 12, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                  Lol. I HATE molokhia! When we lived in Egypt, everyone would say that his or her mother made the absolutel BEST molokhia. To me, it always tasted like slime soup, and I am happy to not have to face it anymore.

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                                                                                    Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                    The bloke dislikes it too. He'll have the broth but won't touch the leaves. I was researching it on the Internet yesterday and read somewhere that Lebanese people fry the leaves first to reduce the slime factor. My dad also says the older the dry leaves are the less slimy they are.

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                                                                                      acssss Jun 12, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                      Lucky you!
                                                                                      When I make Swiss chard soup - my husband hates the leaves, and I love them. That's what is great about opposites - if we both liked the same things, then what?

                                                                                      I also love bamya - which is very similar to molokhia.

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                                                                                  JungMann Jun 12, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                  I have two bags of molokhia and a box of lamb bones calling my name from the freezer... How do you spice your broth? Do you add any condiments at the table?

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                                                                                    Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                    I was supposed to get a cooking lesson from dad yesterday but he forgot I guess and it was already cooked when I arrived. All I know is that three bulbs of garlic went into it. I guess he's using chinese garlic which is milder than local stuff. I'll have to give him a call to get his spices - I'll shoot you an email if this threads long dead before I get around to it.

                                                                                    We just have lemons on the table to squeeze in it. I read yesterday that vinegar soaked onion slices are common so next time I'll try that.

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                                                                                      JungMann Jun 12, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                      I'm in the vinegar and onion camp. I also like to add minced cilantro to the mixture if there's not already cilantro in the molokhia itself.

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                                                                                        Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                        What sort of vinegar do you use? The cilantro sounds like it would be a perfect addition.

                                                                                        Slightly off topic but yesterday dad was fondly remembering chapli kebabs. Have you made them? Dad was saying they have pomegranate seeds in them. Do you know if fresh seeds are ok or should they be dried?

                                                                                        1. re: Frizzle
                                                                                          JungMann Jun 12, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                          You are lucky to have your father around to inspire your eats! Pakistani recipes are hard to find online unless you speak Urdu it seems. As far as the kebabs, you can use the dried pomegranate seed, which is called anardana, in place of lime or tomatoes. For my molokhia, I use white vinegar or red wine vinegar.

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                                                                                            Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                            Thanks JM. Yes, I'm very lucky. My project this year while I'm home with the toddler is to spend time with all the grandparents and collect family recipes. Yesterday I managed to get some wonderful video of dad and the two year old making fattoush together.
                                                                                            I think dad's Urdu is very rusty but I'll suggest he try searching online in Urdu for recipes.

                                                                                  2. re: Frizzle
                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                    I've never met a dish that's too garlicky!! Yum to your soup Frizzle!

                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                      Me neither. I just heard of Toum, the lebanese garlic sauce, today and I can't wait to try it.

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                                                                                        Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                                        Toum with chicken. Delicious.

                                                                                        1. re: Frizzle
                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                                                          Is there any particular way you make the chicken? I know that most times it's grilled skewers but I thought even simple seared and baked or stuffed would be good!

                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                            JungMann Jun 13, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                            Toum tastes like the heat of garlic in cream form so while it's delicious with shish taouk or shawarma, no reason a pungent dollop of whipped garlic couldn't enliven a plate of french fries, crispy rotisserie chicken or even toasted pitas and cheese for a Middle Eastern take on garlic bread. I usually eat it with kibbeh nayyeh, a lamb steak tartare, or rice, but then I love any garlic sauce with rice.

                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 13, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                          I found this recipe for Toum on the Food52 website:

                                                                                          http://food52.com/recipes/5032-shish-...

                                                                                          If someone is familiar with the sauce could you comment on how authentic this version is?

                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                            JungMann Jun 13, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                            The recipe as written offers tips on how to adulterate the flavor of toum. I'd avoid anything with added mayonnaise; what you want is an emulsion of garlic with oil. Maureen Abood has good tips on making toum on her website. Others might recommend adding an egg white to help the emulsion come together: Choosy Beggars is pretty explicit about why they turn to this trick to solve their toum nightmares.
                                                                                            http://www.maureenabood.com/2012/06/13/serious-garlic-sauce-or-toum/
                                                                                            http://www.choosy-beggars.com/index.p...

                                                                                            1. re: JungMann
                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 13, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                              JungMan thank-you so much for those two excellent resources. Choosy beggars experience and determination in the face of adversity has me even more keen to try this.

                                                                                    2. juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                      Wow, some great sounding dinners. I'm feeling rather incompetent with my dinner tonight.... I'm throwing a cheddar brat on the grill, along with some corn on the cob. I soak the corn with husk on in water and then throw on the top rack in the grill and it always turns out nice. I'll eat the brat on a bun, with mustard. My aunt posted on facebook the other day about how she mixed chili pepper flakes, mustard, and lime zest in with the butter for the corn, and it was good, so I think I'll try that for the corn on the cob.

                                                                                      Also just found out that SO's new gig in San Diego will last at least 9 months! Poor him, being forced to hang out in San Diego every week for that long. Hopefully I can go visit a few times instead of him having to come back every weekend, especially since my grandparents and one of my aunts lives there. He's going to rack up some serious Kimpton Hotel points too. I also hope I can start getting some good inspiration for meals for one... I was doing OK for awhile but it's starting to fizzle out....hence my very uncreative bratwurst dinner.

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                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                        LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                        Dinner sounds very good to me, julie!

                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                          Julie your dinner sounds scrumptious to me. I love brats though I've never had a cheddar version and your chili-lime corn....I'm drooling!!

                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                            gini Jun 12, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                            There might be something simple in your brat dinner, but simplicity is a thing of beauty! I'm a big fan of uncomplicated, delicious food. Also, I had brat for dinner on Sunday, so I'm right there with you.

                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                              juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                              Thanks folks, it turns out a simple dinner was what I needed. Have a pretty massive headache from all the smoke in the air that's blown up from the Colorado Springs wildfires. The best part of all is, the only dishes to wash are the plate I ate off of, the corn cob holder thingies, and a fork I used to put the butter mix on the corn. Oh and I guess the bowl I did the butter mixture in but it's going in the fridge :)

                                                                                            2. alliegator Jun 12, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                              Didn't grill my wings yesterday as planned. Got busy turning my extra bedroom from a pink, red and purple palace for 20 year old princesses into a cozy place for my grandfather. The wings never made it out of the freezer. So, Chinese takeout to the rescue. BBQ spare rib combo from a great local place. Bright red in color and deliciously inauthentic.
                                                                                              Tonight, I'm feeling Italian. Probably chicken Milanese or something similar.

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                                                                                              1. re: alliegator
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                                                                                                acssss Jun 12, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                I think that's wonderful about your grandfather! Is he coming to live with you or does he just visit often?

                                                                                                1. re: acssss
                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 12, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                  Thank you :) He's coming for good. He's 91 and my grandmother died last year. It took that whole year for him and me to convince the rest of the family that he'd be happier with me than an apartment for retirees---and success!!
                                                                                                  I may have to steer away from some of my more adventurous cooking habits, but it's well worth it :)

                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                    suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                    It will be worth it. It is very nice of you to take him in.

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                                                                                                      alliegator Jun 12, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                      Thanks, Suz. He and my grandmother raised me to the age of 5 and we've always been so close. I'm just returning the favor as the circle of life goes on.
                                                                                                      On his list of favorites and things I've not mastered: fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and mac & cheese with the crusty stuff on top. Bread pudding for dessert.
                                                                                                      So, I do have some cooking projects coming my way once the room décor is finished.

                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                        Yum. It seems like mastering these things can only benifit you both. I have never had chicken and waffles but i bet it is fantastic together. It sounds like your grandfather likes good homey food. He'll fit right in

                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                          Berheenia Jun 12, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                          You'll get lots of help from your friends on this board. We love all that stuff ...
                                                                                                          fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and mac & cheese with the crusty stuff on top. Bread pudding for dessert.

                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia
                                                                                                            alliegator Jun 12, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                            Thank you, and I know the bunch is always eager to help!
                                                                                                            I've got some of his other favorites down as I stayed with him for a few months last year, and I've introduced him to some of my likes.
                                                                                                            I'm going to stick to the comfort food basics for a bit when he arrives next week as Pennsylvania--Phoenix is a big change. I've already got pretty sound advice rolling in on the meatloaf!
                                                                                                            Burgers and dogs on the grill always do the trick, too :) And I'll never go wrong with a kielbasa or the fried cheese from a few threads back, the foods of his original homeland.

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                                                                                                        acssss Jun 12, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                        He is lucky to have you Allie!

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                                                                                                          alliegator Jun 12, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                                                                          Thanks :)
                                                                                                          I did order one of these thingies to help my meatloaf efforts, I like the whole fat draining away thing.
                                                                                                          http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                            I go old school and put two slices of bread on the bottom of the meatloaf pan to catch the drippings. I'm cheap, what can I say?

                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                              weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                              Suzi, I pour it into a skillet, add heavy cream, season it and reduce it to make sauce for the meatloaf. :) Yum!

                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit
                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                Even better.

                                                                                                        2. re: alliegator
                                                                                                          Fowler Jun 12, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                          Allie, that is so incredibly kind of you to take in your Grandfather. I am sure he would much rather live with you than be stuck in some nursing home.

                                                                                                          Cheers to you and I wish we had more people like you in this world.

                                                                                                          1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                            alliegator Jun 12, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                            Thank you so much for your kind words. But it's win-win, I love his company.
                                                                                                            Now I have to learn to love his food, haha!

                                                                                                      3. re: alliegator
                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                        allie how sweet of you. May this transition be as seamless as possible for all of you.

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                                                                                                          alliegator Jun 12, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                          Thank you kindly, Breadcrumbs. I've worked hard on my preparations, I'm feeling good about it going smoothly. My kind mangator is the real hero here, with his "whatever he needs, do it, get it, and never apologize to me for a second".

                                                                                                          Dinner tonight is taking a little detour. I'll do chicken piccata. A neighbor of mine loves it, and just returned from a long trip. She dropped in to borrow some ice, and I know she loves it, so she'll be over. Not much of a change up from Milanese.

                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                            I love Chicken Piccata too and I'm now finding myself truly wishing you were my neighbour!! Enjoy!!

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                                                                                                              scubadoo97 Jun 12, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                              Chicken piccata is good eating

                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator
                                                                                                              linguafood Jun 12, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                              LOVE piccata! Can't believe I haven't made it in a while.... guess all the grilling and such distracted me from one of my favorite pan-roasted dishes :-)

                                                                                                              Lemon & capers, one of my favorite flavor combos.

                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                alliegator Jun 12, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                Too bad I don't need to head to the valley of happiness to collect Pap, we could have enjoyed some together.
                                                                                                                But the nice folks at USAir will give him a hand.
                                                                                                                And yeah, lemon and capers? Tangy heaven . Like, my eyes could almost roll back in my head...

                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                  linguafood Jun 12, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                  US Air? Oy. G'luck to your grampa. We've managed to avoid both US Air and flying out of or thru Philly for the last few years.

                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 13, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                    Well, he's sure not to make it on time, may never see his bags again, but they generally do get people from point A to point B. Knock on wood.

                                                                                                              2. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                Your dinner sounds great but Mr Gator sounds excellent.

                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                            turned out the BF had a different, less invasive dental procedure yesterday, so all my purees were for naught. off to the freezer they go. they'd go to the Oldster's but i'm afraid they have too much "flavor" for him. But we did have a cup each of the corn soup last night, along with boiguhs - on rye toast (i cannot find hamburger buns within walking distance of mi casa!), with crumbled blue cheese, avocado, lettuce, cornichons on the side, fried potatoes too.

                                                                                                            and i brought some of the cauliflower soup for lunch today, which i'm currently sipping like vichyssoise.

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                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                              So glad he didn't have to have anything invasive. I'm sure your hard work will still be a treat for you on a lazy night when you can pull those soups from the freezer and prop your feet up.

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                                                                                                                acssss Jun 12, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                You are such a good friend!
                                                                                                                You got me craving cauliflower soup - I may just make me a batch with leftover cauliflower from yesterday - thank you so much for the idea Maria!

                                                                                                                1. re: acssss
                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                  you're welcome! i am now full of cauli-blue cheese soup and it's not even 11:00 a.m.

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                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                    Oh doesn't cauli-blue cheese soup sound outstanding!!

                                                                                                              2. linguafood Jun 12, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                Wow! A Hawai'i trip with the glee club. The boy sure gets around :-)

                                                                                                                Given the weather forecast, I wish I were part of that glee club right now, too.... >sigh<

                                                                                                                Last night was another wonderful dinner at the local cocktail/sushi place which has a new menu with all kinds of Sichuan dishes, which makes it the 3rd place in town to get yer peppercorn & oil fix on: pork dumplings in chili oil, spinach with ginger sauce, cumin beef. Bunch of 1940s Mai Tais as well. Still in a bit of a recovery mode...

                                                                                                                Tonight it's looking like take-out chicken noodle soup (braised beef soup for me), as my man is feeling under the weather. There's a *really* nasty cold going around (at least according to christinamason) the east coast, so I'm hoping he's got something else. Too damn late in the year to be having a cold.

                                                                                                                Hope to get back to cookin' again tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 12, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                  Sounds like last night was great!
                                                                                                                  Sorry about your man's cold. He's not been having the best go of it lately :/ If that is what it turns out to be, some of that Sichuan deliciousness should at least clear out his head a bit.
                                                                                                                  And @roxlet, I agree, that is a fantastic trip!

                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                    roxlet Jun 12, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                    I'll bet 'Tiny Bubbles' means nothing to you, lingua!

                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                      :-) That's the first thing I thought of when I saw "Hawaii" and "glee club" in the same sentence.

                                                                                                                      And then the late Bruddah Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) and his version of "Over the Rainbow".

                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                                        roxlet Jun 12, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                        I love that rendition of Over the Rainbow. It was part of my music mix when I would do my walk in Cairo, so it doesn't remind me of Hawai'i, it reminds me of Cairo!

                                                                                                                      2. re: roxlet
                                                                                                                        linguafood Jun 12, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                        Sure does. Reminds me to practice my uke more!!

                                                                                                                    2. Fowler Jun 12, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                      There should be a law against what I had to endure for dinner last night. My SO's colleague invited us over for dinner. A very nice single woman probably in her early 60's and it was a pleasure to meet her.

                                                                                                                      BUT, she made a casserole out of elbow macaroni, ground beef, canned tuna fish, mayonnaise and topped with those super cheap and greasy types of anchovies.

                                                                                                                      I took a few bites and like a 4 year old pushed it around on my plate for as long as I could. Then I got what I refer to as The Look from my SO. And that look said I had better eat every bite of it and start raving about how good it is.

                                                                                                                      And I could not even wash it down with something strong because our hostess does not believe in drinking/serving alcohol.

                                                                                                                      It was a very, very long dinner.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 12, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                        ((Fowler))
                                                                                                                        I'm not normally a cyber hugger, but you really need it.
                                                                                                                        Other than that, I don't really know what to say. At least it's over now, and you're safe here with us.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                          oh my. did you lose a bet?

                                                                                                                          1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                            Wow.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                              Oh you poor baby. What a horror story. I would have really had a struggle with getting that dinner down. Sounds like she got cooking lessons from my mom

                                                                                                                              1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                Berheenia Jun 12, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                What no sardines! I'm gagging thinking about this. You poor baby is right!

                                                                                                                                1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                  Wow, that is some combination of ingredients.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                    That was my thought too. Casserole with ground beef and mayonnaise? OK, doable...sorta like a hamburger. Casserole with tuna and mayonnaise, OK, doable....sort of like the ubiquitous tuna noodle casserole. But Casserole with ground beef AND tuna and mayonnaise? No.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 12, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                    Thank the powers that be that you struggled through it. My face will always betray what I'm thinking, and I don't think I could have done it.
                                                                                                                                    Really, what was she thinking?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                      Fowler Jun 12, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                      "Really, what was she thinking?"

                                                                                                                                      That ran through my mind as well. Serving us that kind of food and refusing to serve alcohol? :-)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 12, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                        The whole thing is like something outta my worst nightmare. I need to go wander around the grocery store now in hopes of purging the thought of that gloop from my grey matter.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Fowler
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                                                                                                                                      acssss Jun 12, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      What about the ol' cough in the paper napkin and/or excuse me I have to use the bathroom (with my mouth full)?

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                                                                                                                                        aasg Jun 12, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                        Confession: today, I had tuna melt that I made on my own accord and ate it. Canned tuna, mayonnaise, fresh herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, chives), green onion, red pepper, lemon juice, and apple topped with 2-year cheddar.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: aasg
                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 12, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                          Sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                            lurrrrve a good tuna melt.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: aasg
                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                              That sounds delicious. If you had added anchovies and ground beef it would not sound delicious :)

                                                                                                                                              This reminds me how good canned tuna is for single person meals.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: aasg
                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                A tuna melt is WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY different than what Fowler was forced to eat.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: aasg
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                                                                                                                                                  Owtahear Jun 13, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                  No need to confess. A good tuna melt with great cheese and great bread is absolutely one of my favorite things. As a lapsed Catholic with lenten memories...it was always a go to.

                                                                                                                                                  I find I make a better one that I can get at a restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Your SO owes you. BIG.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                                                                    helen_m Jun 12, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yes! there is no way I could have coped with that. I honestly would have had to feign some allergy to get out of eating it.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                    OMG Fowler, I actually gagged when I read your post. I'm horrified.

                                                                                                                                                    Did she have a name for that putrid mess?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm voting for putrid mess.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Welcome to my home! Here's a nice glass of Sprite for you. The putrid mess will be out of the oven shortly!
                                                                                                                                                        :P

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Hahaha!

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Fowler
                                                                                                                                                      gini Jun 12, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Flasks can come in handy sometimes.

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                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Agreed.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                                                                          alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Good to know I'm not the only WFD lady in possession of a flask.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                            My friend got me mine for my birthday. It is inscribed "shut up and be pretty"

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                                                                              alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Haha! They have a ton of silly ones at Urban Outfitters. My best friend got me one years ago that says "It'll all feel better in just a minute..."
                                                                                                                                                              And at many functions with bad food and no alcohol, it did get all better.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Mine hasnt seen a wedding yet but it would feel better if i had one at a function

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 13, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Mine gets to go on an awesome trip to North Dakota this August for the in-laws' 50th anniversary! Yay!
                                                                                                                                                                  I can't even begin to imagine what the hell will be served at that event :/
                                                                                                                                                                  But it will probably taste salty with my tears of despair ;P

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Jun 13, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Lol!

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                              We have a collection at our house :)

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                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                The professional drinkers are coming out of the woodwork

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                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  We keep it classy too... we also have a large collection of beer coozies. Mine is black with sparkles.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez
                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Fancy! Mine is hello kitty and one that says i am just peachy and it has a fuzzy peach. I am such a child.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl
                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator Jun 13, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      While glam and cute are good, I like to go "designer" with my coozie.
                                                                                                                                                                      I have no idea how this thing came to be in my possession. It was just in my beach bag pile of crap one day. At least it's the worst thing I've ever brought home when I was drunk.

                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh my god that was funny. That's the worst thing you brought home while drunk. Lucky you. It is a pretty cool coozie

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler Jun 13, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          " At least it's the worst thing I've ever brought home when I was drunk."

                                                                                                                                                                          If that is the worst thing you have ever brought home when drunk you are alright. In my younger days, I brought home much worse things when I was drunk but thankfully they went back to their own home when they woke up the next morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Jun 13, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            second that.

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                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator Jun 13, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I was 19 when I got married. While I do not advise this for 99% of the population, it helped me avoid raccoon arm many times.
                                                                                                                                                                              And now, after some thought, it's not the worst thing I ever brought back. That was actually a pizza from some non descript 24 hour pizza joint in Hungary. It said "spicy ham". My friend and I assumed this would be pepperoni. It had ketchup, rubbery cheese, ham, and various pickled peppers all over the thing. I shiver at the memory. But we ate it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                'I shiver at the memory. But we ate it."
                                                                                                                                                                                Priceless. I can admit to having 7-11 frozen hamburgers in the nuker back in the day. As bad as that pizza, I'm sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 13, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm familiar with 7-11 death dogs, but never had the burger. Probably equally suitable for the situation.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I've got to find the drive that has pics of that trip, it was truly a hideous pizza. Oddly enough, aside form that pizza, I found Budapest to be a fun food city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jun 13, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                :::nodding::: What Fowler said.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler Jun 13, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh I definitely have a flask or two. I was even given one of those fillable, furry animal hide bags with the screw top and shoulder strap just in case I need to keep an entire bottle of booze on me for things such as snow skiing or late season football games.

                                                                                                                                                                          Leave it to friends to come up with the most thoughtful and useful gifts.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Musie Jun 13, 2013 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh dear....

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                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Jun 13, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Yikes! Sounds awful

                                                                                                                                                                  2. DonShirer Jun 12, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I don't often do posts like this, but tonight DW and I collaborated on an interesting menu.

                                                                                                                                                                    Sauteed chicken breast and sweet potato in peach salsa atop jasmine rice. Chef salad with arugula and pepper dew.

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                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Jun 12, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      There is not one thing I would change about that meal!
                                                                                                                                                                      Perfetto!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Don what a lovely meal! As acssss said, perfect!

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                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, PLEASE continue to do posts like that! This sounds amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Ham is creeping into the menu tonight. Tonight is a bean and ham soup with lovely little diced carrots and celery and leeks and both great northern and cannalleni beans in a nice ham broth. A nice big salad with red leaf lettuce, purple peppers, yellow pear tomatoes, Kirby cukes, green beans, celery, carrots and blue cheese crumbles. Balsamic viniagrette for the salad and a semolina sesame boule to toast in the oven and slather with butter and dip in the soup and mop up the salad dressing. Lots of chopping but I am happy for a nice bowl of soup and bread. I know it isn't summery but summer really never ends here so I am not a seasonal eater. I have a/c :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            You had me with mopping and slathering suzi!! Though I did feel a little sad when I read "summer really never ends here"...I wish I could say the same!!

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                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I am in FL and the temps don't change much in my part. Besides the heavy rains and occasional hurricanes that have never hit where I live directly in hmm hmm something years... since I was born anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator Jun 12, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              This is totally my kind of meal! Oh, ham... divine and versatile ham...
                                                                                                                                                                              And it's amazing what blasting the aircon can do for one's appetite. Enjoy with gusto!

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                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I still have enough for one more meal and i think the ham is hitting the freezer and coming out for its last meal in an omlette on Saturday or sunday

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                                                                                                                                                                              whitneybee Jun 12, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight's dinner was a stir fry with bok choy, mizuna, and garlic chives from the first week of the CSA, along with some beef, carrots, and a bell pepper that needed be used up. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                The emphasis here this week is on comfort and simplicity. (The man's foot and all of the projects and work I have going on this week...)

                                                                                                                                                                                Last night while the oven was on anyhow I spied 2 pounds of ground beef in the frige that I had defrosted so I whipped up a meatloaf with a bunch of grated zucchini in it, well seasoned with fennel, red pepper flakes, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, a pinch of dry mustard, finely diced onions and a couple of those delicious farm eggs. It will be sliced and pan fried. We're still swimming in salad greens (a 50/50 mix of baby spinach and spring mix,) so there will be another big green salad with red, yellow and orange peppers, cherry tomatoes from the patio (the BEST cherry tomatoes.... Sweet Millions,) and a persian cucumber at the very least, anything I find in there while I'm collecting veggies to take to the counter is bound to wind up in the salad. Maybe another green side as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  hey weezie - so is that sliced while raw, in loaf form, and then fried, like a rectangle burger? it sounds great. does the zucchini just give it moisture, or help bind? (i can't imagine it helps bind, but i know you don't use breadcrumbs....)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I cooked it last night while the oven was on for the enchiladas- it will make for a nice quick dinner tonight since I'll only really be reheating. The zucchini adds moisture like you figured. :) Then it doesn't dry out on the re-heat while you're getting that nice crust on the edges. I just use the eggs for binder and don't worry about replacing the breadcrumbs anymore, I used to add almond meal but it adds a lot of calories and I haven't found it really necessary. It maybe a little more fragile than when you use a bread binder but not so much so that you can't slice it neatly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    PesachBenSchlomo Jun 12, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe you will introduce me around, Weezie? I just finished eating a huge plate of arroz con pollo, made from scratch, scratch, scratch: made chicken stock, made sofrito, "made" alcaparrado, "made" achiote oil, and! Used my brand new 10 Qt Lodge Dutch Oven discovered in pristine, never used condition at the Goodwill for $9.95!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Its about time you joined this thread! :) Don't worry, only a few bite and not too often.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice score on the dutch oven, that's a great piece of equipment to have!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        10 qt Lodge at Goodwill. Color me jealous. Dang. Your meal sounds so delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Seriously, I'd be visiting that store as often as possible....

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                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd be living there

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                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez Jun 12, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Welcome to the party! Like weezie said, only a few bite :) Just don't mention potatoes... ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit Jun 12, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            or cilantro..... or *ducking*.... taco salad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Fowler Jun 12, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              "only a few bite"

                                                                                                                                                                                              I can assure you that my bark is way worse than my bite, :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                              The WFD threads are actually very nice and civil IMHO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 13, 2013 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              bienvenido, pesach!

                                                                                                                                                                                              some of us may bite, as weezie said, but others merely nibble.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Berheenia Jun 12, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken and rice casserole using the white meat from Sunday and a bunch of mushrooms that were ready to eat. I went to the "Flash" sale of bulk goods at WF and there wasn't much in our tiny store but I needed some white rice and I got a cup of basmati. I cooked the rice with sauteed onions and some chicken stock I found in the freezer and now WFD is doing nicely in the oven, having benefited from the last of the gravy and generous amounts of cream and dry sherry. Obligatory peas are mixed in for the green veg. part. There is a parmesan dusting on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Breadcrumbs Jun 12, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh we are soooooo full. In a happy way! So, the weather co-operated and we were able to grill the fish. Fresh from the farmer's market I had peas (a pain to shell on a work night but worth it!), zucchini, green garlic and baby onions. All those ingredients were diced or sliced then stir-fried into some steamed basmati rice. I picked up some mangoes, mr bc grilled me a red pepper and:

                                                                                                                                                                                              WFD = Grilled Sea Bass with Mango-Grilled Red Pepper Relish served with Basmati and spring vegetable stir fry

                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                VERY nice, Bc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  gini Jun 12, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you could just make your pictures look a lot less appetizing, I would feel a lot better about myself. (kidding)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    helen_m Jun 12, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your photos really are beautiful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, well if i could stop licking my tablet every time she posts I would feel better about myself too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle Jun 12, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That all looks fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        scubadoo97 Jun 12, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That looks GREAT! Very well done. Bet it tastes as good as it looked

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler Jun 12, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great job, Breadcrumbs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, Breadcrumbs---fabulous. I need to wipe the drool off my chin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 13, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              really, really beautiful. and yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. mariacarmen Jun 12, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              going to the Oldster's tonight, and my sister tells me he has leftover pasta he didn't eat last night. if he doesn't want that, i'll take over some corn soup just in case, and also saute him up some Brats and make mashed potatoes. then, of course, i'll have to sneak a brat for myself, you know, to stave off starvation, because i'm probably going out for sushi with my sister later in the evening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I knew that soup would get used up. Sushi....mmm. my bf won't do sushi or Japanese. Not his bag. Enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jun 13, 2013 12:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hah - he didn't like it, as expected! this is a typical conversation with the Oldster:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mc: do you want last night's leftovers for lunch today?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  O: yes, but heat up the tomatoes, cilantro and onions too, because hot meat and potatoes with cold tomatoes is no good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  he was referring to the salad. all of sudden, hot salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yikes. Warmed salad...burgh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yikes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Jun 13, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Men!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jun 13, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OLD men. 84. he was always bad, but not THIS bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the other day it was:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          O: "this needs something - salt, or ketchup...." pointing at buttered broccoli.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          me: how about some lemon?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          O: ok.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          me: is that better?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          O: too much lemon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jun 13, 2013 12:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh, and the sushi was delish! (we brought it home.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. MidwesternerTT Jun 12, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It''s a week of special restaurant lunches with friends and a very chicken week for dinners. Some of the leftover pacific lime chicken from Sunday was reheated for Monday supper with rice. More was thin-sliced and mixed with salad greens, cucumbers, peanuts and peanut-dressing for Tuesday supper. And the last was lunch for one today (I was out, again), just in time to clear that spot in the fridge for a rotisserie chicken & sweetcorn from Costco - WFD tonight. Remains will be WFD Thursday & Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's been lots of fun catching up on news with folks who are all in town AND available for lunches this week. The weekly menu plan I made last weekend and the associated kitchen recreation (i.e., cooking) will just happen next week instead -- this week it's all about small and quick evening meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. gini Jun 12, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The in-laws also left a nice batch of radishes one of their neighbors had given them from the garden. I love raw radishes, but was intrigued by this recipe: Spring Radishes Braised with Shallots and Vinegar - http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-sprin.... Always one to forget things on the shopping list/try to use up what I have/plain old forget to add in ingredients, here are my substitutions for tonight:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bacon in place of salt pork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chicken stock in place of water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        plumb forgot about the vinegar - oops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dill for parsley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Final product: totally delicious. I can see how the acid would work well here and will add in next time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baked salmon steaks to go along with.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mango with lime whipped cream for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler Jun 12, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds great and I love that dinner plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bblonde Jun 12, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I felt like a zombie tonight after getting home from work. Don't know why--was a fairly uneventful work day. Fired up the grill and cued the Jimmy Buffet music; temps in the 90s. Didn't cut the zombie-ness but at least I had a delicious dinner of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grilled chicken thighs with ancho chile glaze (a Steven raichlen recipe. Love him. I've been a fan of every recipe of his that I've tried with the exception of just one)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grilled corn, poblano, and black bean salad--this was good, but I think I prefer my less work-intensive corn and black bean salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          corn tortillas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fruit salad of cantaloupe, white peach, blueberries and strawberries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now that my tummy is full, an early bedtime is in store

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your fruit salad sounds very refreshing, bblonde!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can I have your less work intensive recipe? I can't have corn but my bf loves it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. helen_m Jun 12, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are waiting to see whether the derecho will hit DC tonight so it really is the calm before the storm! But today was a gloriously hot sunny day so we fired up the grill for the second time. I used Mark Bittman's perfect grilled chicken method (when in Rome, right?) and it was so good! I served it with grilled zucchini ribbon, spinach, feta and pine nut salad, corn and couscous and we had more key lime pie ice cream for dessert. A glass of icy fume blanc too - perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gini Jun 12, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love the zucchini-feta salad! I have been hankering to make something similar, but hadn't thought to add spinach. Well done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. scubadoo97 Jun 12, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stopped by my fish guy and picked up a pound of Cobia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice thick firm fish with enough oil to keep it moist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Served it on a smear of red pepper purée and guacamole with a relish of pineapple, mango, multicolored peppers and tomatoes with a shaved asparagus salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 12, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  REALLY nice, scubadoo! Everyone's fish tonight turned out much better than mine!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rjbh20 Jun 12, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Midweek dinner out of the icebox. Reprise of pork rib chops Marsala, this time with sage & pancetta. Sort of a Saltimbala concept. Turned potatoes with sage butter & local asparagus Parmigiano on the side. Chops could have used more braising time, but the natives were restless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jun 12, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love saltimbocca.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 04:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love sage and pancetta in Marsala and ever since I happened upon this combination I don't think we do it any other way. How long do you normally braise? I see to be the worst pork chop braiser ever..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Jun 13, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hard to say how long other than until they're at the right texture. Probably about 30 minutes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ok, and just half covered right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rjbh20 Jun 13, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More or less, depending on how much sauce you want. I put most of the shrooms on top of the chops so the stay firmer. And a touch of potato starch dissolved in cold water added at the end gives a nice texture. Don't use cornstarch -- makes it too slick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great, thanks for the tip about the potato starch. And, I too prefer mushrooms more firm which is why I sometimes just saute them separately and add them later in dishes which simmer for a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Jun 12, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The korean pot roast came our great. The flavors really came together and it made a for nice twist. Knowing my audience I kept the sides simple-mashed taters and green beans. All and all a success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have GOT to remember my camera!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mmm. That sounds great. I am glad it got to marinade longer. I bet it was even better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 Jun 12, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was really flavorful and thankfully the texture didn't suffer. I was afraid it might have gotten mushy but not at all. If you like pot roast you should try it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Which cut of roast did you use? I like seven bone myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 Jun 12, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it was a chuck steak roast. Our cows alway seem to have way too many of these, LOL, and I find braising or slow cooking give me the best results.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 12, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmm. I have to remember to try this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 13, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like a perfect meat-'n-potato kinda meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Musie Jun 13, 2013 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night was pan fried scallops served with broccoli and Parmesan fritters. Quite nice. Although, the meal needed some kind of sauce or dip to go with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight is another eat at work night, so I'm gonna pop my zuni chicken in the oven this morning after my yoga workout, and make some dressing and some mushrooms to go on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Delicious...!! I love Zuni and it's been a while since I've had it. What kind of dressing are you planning?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Musie Jun 13, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's been a while since I made one too. I used tarragon as the herb this time, but felt it didn't leave a big enough flavour impact. The dressing was a mix of potato, onion, celery, mushroom, garlic and bread flavoured with a little mustard seed, rosemary, thyme and sage. I never got to a mushroom sauce since the hubby was home at 9am from work (too windy to fish I guess) and I opted to spend some time with him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Njchicaa Jun 13, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tortilla-wrapped striped bass and rice pilaf with chick peas is WFD tonight, assuming these storms don't knock the power out. Both recipes are from Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the Milliken/Feniger team.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. boyzoma Jun 13, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight will be my version of Chicken Marsala with Penne Pasta and mixed petite veggies on the side. Lots of mushrooms in the sauce, which will be poured over both the chicken and the pasta. DH is leaving tomorrow afternoon for Seattle and won't be home till Sunday afternoon so I probably will just be eating leftovers from the fridge. He's taking his Mother up to see his niece's graduation. And I'm staying home with the dog. Definitely going to be quiet around here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is just some chicken fajitas, with ONLY red peppers, no green, blech. I was originally going to attempt to grill everything but it's very smoky here due to the fires down south, so it's best I stay indoors as much as possible. The cast iron new grill pan SO got me for my birthday will be put to good use.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss Jun 13, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is nothin' like cookin' in cast iron!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Jun 13, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love cast iron. I have restrain myself from buying every pan I can get my hands on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Jun 13, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am with you on the green peppers. While I know I am not "allergic" they do NOT agree with me. Even the smallest amount give me the worst acid stomach/heartburn and I can taste the darn things for days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ae you loving your grill pan??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah I just hate the taste of them... bitter to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love the grill pan, especially when I plan to grill something and then our crazy weather brings me rain, right at dinner time, or like the day I got it, the grill ran out of propane. And, it's generally more efficient for one person than firing up the big gas grill to cook up one burger or whatever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Jun 13, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup, our burgers are being done in the grill pan. Darn weather!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Musie Jun 13, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love fajitas. And I also on the cast iron band-wagon here too. When I acquired my MIL's old oven she sent her oh so wonderful cast iron skillet with it too, it gets used for a lot of on top or in oven dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 13, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last day I had to lecture.... yay!!! I feel more or less twenty-something (y'know - young at heart yada yada yada), but until I have to spend time with a large group of people of that age, only then do I realize oy, how I've changed!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WFD???
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This chilly/dreary day calls for some good chinese food!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We'll start out with some wonton soup (which I don't fill with anything)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          then... a Hong Kong radish salad a friend of mine taught me how to make - and it's amazing - (it is dented radishes soaked for a few hours in a soy/vinegar/garlic sauce)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          then... some Liang ban huang gua - a spicy cucumber salad in a soy/vinegar/sesame oil/chili/ginger sauce...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and all this will accompany the main dish... (wait for it, wait for it)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fun sze (bean vermicelli)! which I make in a garlic/chili/soy/vinegar sauce with lots of veggies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Can't wait for dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ooh, sounds super good!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. alliegator Jun 13, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken piccata turned out well last night. I made an Ina recipe risotto and had cherry tomato and arugula salad on the side.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was just informed I'll be on my own tonight for dinner, so it can go anywhere. I'm kind of in a fishy mood. I'll have to see what grabs my attention at the store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss Jun 13, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Evenings alone = no clean up :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood Jun 13, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My poor man is hacking away, so I have lemons on my brain. Yeah, yeah, I know. Once you got the cold, no amount of vitamin C is gonna do diddly-squat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BUT..... I can't even remember the last time we had chicken piccata @casa lingua (what with all the grilling going on lately), and that's unacceptable, I say.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, unless Wegmans or TJ's dictates otherwise -- as in seeing something we'd rather have tonight -- piccata it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haven't quite decided on a side. Still have a big ball of bufflo mozz from TJ's that would make a fab app, but my man wouldn't be able to taste it, so there's no point. We needz flavahs that'll punch him right in the sinuses. Sini? Whatevs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rain here. Wah. Shit summer so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                boyzoma Jun 13, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, no. Sorry your man is having such a hard time. I sure hope he feels better soon (and I hope it is not taking a hard toll on you, as well). And I agree about the rain. Wah as well (It's raining here too)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you have something to throw together that needs lots of horseradish? That would do the trick for the sinuses! Along with a hot toddy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Jun 13, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great idea, boyzoma. Or anything really spicy. I mean REALLY spicy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 13, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agreed on really spicy. What about some sort of fra diavolo style pasta? It keeps the Italian thing going on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jun 13, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The cough sounds brutal. Let's hope this'll pass soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for all your well-wishes and food suggestions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My man was craving peas, so that'll be one side (with mint and aleppo pepper), and roasted cauli tossed with olive oil, dukkah, cayenne & sea salt, then served with a very generous squeeze of.... more lemon juice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Neither will be particularly spicy dishes, but I'll make 'em so they have at least a healthy kick to them. Just watch me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for the pasta idea -- after last night's salt-in-a-bowl Chinese noodle soup, we need a bit of a pasta break. My eyes are still puffy from all the MSG. Good eats, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe an arrabiata dish tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Jun 13, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The peas with mint and Aleppo sound good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jun 13, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aaaaand I decided to add a can of TJ's sweet corn to the peas. Why not go the whole nine yards while I'm at it :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Jun 13, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Who was it on this board that called this month Junuary? Roxlet maybe? It has stuck with me. I only leave the house wearing my black hoodie armed with my trusty totes umbrella these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Jun 13, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope he feels better soon and enjoy that piccata!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Owtahear Jun 13, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The "Deracho" was a bit of a bust here in Western PA. Anyway, trying to use up my 2012 canned garden tomatoes. I grow Roma and San Marzano, so I am making pasta with Marcella Hazen's tomato, butter and onion sauce. If you haven't tried it, google it and try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, lettuce and fresh arugala are coming up nicely to make a nice garden salad with it. Easy...cheap and delicious dinner. And meat free....which is rare for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Jun 13, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it is FREEZING here today. If we hadn't had days of rain I would having a fire tonight. I checked but the wood is too wet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner tonight is mexican burgers. I mixed the ground beef with my own version of taco seasoning and some shredded pepper jack cheese. They will be topped with "cowboy candy" and served on my son's favorite pizza dough rolls. Along side will be fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Am I terrible mom if we just skip the veggies or do the pickled jalapeños and catsup count??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those rolls seem to be a real big hit. I think i am going to try these. And jalepenos and ketchup completely count

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit Jun 13, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dinner will be a grilled chicken panino - probably with some garlic-herb cheese and roasted red peppers. Alongside, a salad with the CSA Boston butter lettuce, shaved carrot, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and a simple vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And yeah, there's wine. It's Thursday. One day away from the weekend. Let's start it a bit earlier, mmm'kay?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler Jun 13, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum, Linda!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mmm'kay.(holds out empty wine glass with sheepish grin)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your panino sounds really good. I have some semolina sesame boule leftover from last night and that is how I wanted to use it up but i made the misstep that i make often... I give the man choices. He chose chicken strips with buffalo sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jun 13, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mine was on sourdough boule. Sometimes, a very simple dinner is the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                helen_m Jun 13, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm virtually clinking wine glasses with you Linda! I got another boston butter lettuce in my veg box today - I really love them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. JungMann Jun 13, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My friend was talking about Greek food earlier at lunch and it's put me in the mood for a big, messy gyros. Having grown up on midday episodes of "The Frugal Gourmet," however, I have an insistent voice in the back of my head telling me to use up my groceries. With only lean ground pork on hand, I bolstered the flavor by browning it in a combination of tallow and olive oil. Cumin, coriander, oregano, bay leaf, garlic, black and Aleppo pepper vaguely suggested the flavor of gyros. Smoked paprika hinted at a grill and harissa rounded things out with its insistent heat. Tossed with romaine, scallions, red peppers, cucumbers and tzatziki it wasn't exactly gyros salad, but certainly hit the spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Fowler Jun 13, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gyros for dinner tonight. I went over to the Greek market this morning and picked up some of the ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The end result is sliced seasoned/herbed rotisserie lamb, onions, feta cheese, roasted garlic and tzatziki sauce on some toasted pita bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's freaking me out a little that you and Jung Mann both posted about your gyros, 2 minutes apart. And now I want a gyro.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know. And there wasn't even a post in between. I want one now also

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Jun 13, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        me three! There is a great middle eastern place right down the street from me that makes great one. I see lunch in my future.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fowler Jun 13, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought it was weird as well and especially that my post has an earlier time stamp but appears "second"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JM's meal actually sound much better than mine though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would eat them both in a minute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann Jun 13, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's uncanny! I would much have preferred your lamb. I've never actually tried to make gyros from scratch. Did the grocer have rotisserie lamb or did you make it yourself?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fowler Jun 13, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner was just for two and a weeknight so the rotisserie lamb was from the Greek market rather than my usual home made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the sound of the seasoning you made and will try that soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Jun 14, 2013 02:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yum! I wish I had access to a rotisserie lamb, it sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JungMann Jun 14, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wish I had access to rotisserie lamb! The best I can do is a Costco chicken and that's even further off from the gyros of my dreams!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fowler Jun 14, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JungMann, have you tried looking for rotisserie lamb in Astoria? I would think there would be a place in that neighborhood that would sell it but maybe not.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JungMann Jun 17, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't get out to Astoria very often and I mostly hit the Middle Eastern section when I'm there but I'll have to give the Greek stores a look next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was ready to make panini for dinner tonight with my leftover bread from last night but when i called the man and said chicken breasts he wanted buffalo chicken sandwiches and we agreed on chicken strips that i will serve him on the bread with cheddar and blue cheese. Mine will be w/o bread and dipped in a Dijon mustard and lavender honey mixture smoothed out with a little mayo. My favorite creamed spinach and Tatar tots. It was supposed to be fries but it turned out to be a bag of tots in the freezer. That's okay, I like them better. Strange little minced potato orbs,mmmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit Jun 13, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I made creamed spinach one night last week, I had forgotten how yummy it is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So simple and delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now I want tater tots.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Jun 13, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So bad, so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. helen_m Jun 13, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by veg box arriving today when I already had a bit of an excess but managed to pull together what we call "picky tea" which is basically lots of bits from the fridge that need using up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last week's tomatoes were roasted with oregano and chilli flakes, courgette griddled and made into a spinach salad (lemon and oregano dressing) feta from last night was seared with olive oil and oregano and I made a crudite style platter with leftover olives, radishes and persian cucumbers. I foraged 2 pittas from the freezer to dip in the slightly wobbly feta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 12:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                picky tea! much nicer sounding than fridge clean-out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tcamp Jun 14, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That does sound elegant!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. alliegator Jun 13, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alright, choice made. The solo dinner tonight here at La Casita Gator (not actually my last name) will be tilapia. It looked nice at the fish counter today and I'll be using weezieduzzit's method from the tilapia thread--
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904553
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And a mix of multicolored baby potatoes and carrots with dill will be on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 13, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And mangator has finished work! I'm so glad my the fish is big enough to split.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He went to pick up the ring he got me for my birthday (which I <3) that needed a resize, and is on his way. Sometimes, he drives me batty, but he loves that broiler tilapia. An easy to please man that comes bearing jewelry makes me feel like a fortunate girl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Jun 14, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How thoughtful of the mangator!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator Jun 14, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I guess I'll keep him!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. steve h. Jun 13, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    More freezer diving this evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I pulled out a Chicago deep-dish pizza (cheese) from Lou Malnati's. House red will be on the table, Burn Notice will be on the plasma.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 12:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      YUM!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva Jun 14, 2013 03:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night's dinner was a fridge hunt and peck. I think I was so stunned that I was able to leave at a reasonable 630pm that I didn't know what to do with myself. I hadn't planned dinner since I assumed I'd be at work until the wee hours of the night so when I got home I decided to stick with that plan and save the cooking energy for this weekend since I'm feeling soooo much better than last week. I am usually a ravenous eater and can't wait to eat my next meal, but last week I just had no appetite and was just too exhausted to even think about much in general, but this week I feel back to my usual self for the most part. Either my body is adjusting or I've just gone 100% insane with the work hours. Last night, I opened the fridge, spotted some random items which were calling my name and went for it - a huge bowl of sauteed shrimp seasoned with Herbs de Provence and a sprinkle of lemon juice with the ever-so-addicting marinated mushrooms from Whole Foods and a pile of smoked salmon. For a quick throw together random dinner, it hit the spot. Unfortunately, I didn't sleep well if at all, but TGIF and hopefully all the WFD'ers are in for a great weekend and perhaps a few Father's Day gatherings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle Jun 14, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Groan. So tired and full. We had a guest so I made an effort tonight. All Chinese and from Fuchsia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We started with pipa tofu puffs with sichuan pepper and salt dip. The remainder of the mix ended up in the pipa tofu dish from her book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smacked cucumber in garlicky sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sichuanese numbing and hot beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smoky aubergines with garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pipa tofu in sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Red-braised beef with tofu bamboo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stir-fried broccoli with chilli and sichuan pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JungMann Jun 14, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love Sichuanese food, but I get so overexcited when I get to order it that I can't help but groan and undo a belt notch or two after all that chili oil. Your dinner looks like it involved quite a bit of labor as well! Very impressive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Everything looks amazing. I would be full too after that feast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss Jun 14, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              amazing - fo shizzle frizzle!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator Jun 14, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is one bootiful dinner! Very impressive :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  VERY impressive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rjbh20 Jun 14, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very nicely done

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs Jun 14, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What an incredible spread Frizzle. No wonder you're exhausted! While everything appeals to me, it's the Pipa tofu in sauce that beckons me right now. I love that dish and yours looks spectacular!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Jun 14, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stunning photos. Quite a banquet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Jun 14, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks aMAZing, Frizzle. Sichuan food is in my top 3 cuisines (I have it at least once a week, often twice).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'd make it at home if we didn't have 3 great Sichuan places in town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            helen_m Jun 14, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow that looks amazing! I am intrigued by the tofu puffs. I am ashamed to say I have the book but haven't cooked anything from it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle Jun 14, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All of the recipes aside from the smacked cucumber which I didn't bother photographing as I had a photo of a prior attempt were brand new to me and all were successful Helen. It's a very easy book to follow. The tofu puffs are a variation listed in the pipa tofu recipe. We ate these standing in the kitchen chatting over wine before the meal started. I used soft tofu - she doesn't specify in her recipe what type to use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They're wonderfully light and fluffy and I would do a double batch again and use half as pre-dinner snacks and the rest in the pipa tofu like I did last night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit Jun 14, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beautiful, Frizzle! I bet that made your guest feel very very special.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle Jun 14, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you for all the lovely comments. I was very pleased with the meal. One of the rare occasions when everything turns out just the way you hope it will.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Jun 14, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner comes from our "cooking the books" exercise. The book in question is the "Archers' Country Kitchen", Angela Piper, 2011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now, this is a sort of fake book, with recipes purporting to come from the fictional characters of the eponymous radio soap opera programme to which Mrs H is a nightly addict. It's the world's longest running radio soap. I will not bore you with the characterisation (not least as I don't listen in regularly) but suffice to say, it is set in in a rural English county (fictional).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, the recipe is called "Sparrowgrass and spring onion frittata". The sparrowgrass, or just "grass", being a country name for asparagus. Jersey Royal spuds are boiled until just about tender, then cooled and sliced . The grass also gets a bit of a boil. Eggs are beaten and the spuds, grass and thinly sliced spring onion go in. Fritttata cooks in the pan and is finished under the grill, before getting a sprinkling of Parmesan and parsley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, to accompany this Bologna meets Borchester dish is a simple salad - rocket, cos lettuce, sliced tomatoes. We've just bought the latter at the supermarket and it will have travelled about 1 mile from where it was grown. By the by, the brother-in-law worked as a picker there when he first came to the UK.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs Jun 14, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds lovely harters. Potatoes are my favourite ingredient for frittatas. This sounds like a wonderful seasonal meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss Jun 14, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WFD?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are moving all over the map this week (Lebanese, Chinese)... today I'm in the mood for some Indian food...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the menu is Moong dal vadas - lentil fritters - served (as tradition requires) with an Indian cilantro chutney - which I happen to love - and I make mine very very spicy. This will be served along side some Pav Bhaji which I will serve with extra large challah buns (to be used in place of utensils).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tomorrow is suppose to be sunny and warm and ALDI is having a sale on an assortment of fruit and corn-cobs so husband and I are planning on going hiking and having ourselves a picnic with fruit salad, wine, corn on the cob, and husband's famous baguette rolls which each of us will stuff with our favorite assortment of cold cuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Life is good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator Jun 14, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds wonderful. I was thinking Indian for tonight, too, and now I'm totally inspired.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But I've got to keep dinner light because tomorrow, we're going about 2 blocks south of the border to visit one of my favorite restaurants of all time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.larocarestaurant.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Jun 14, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad to be of help!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I find Indian food to be very light - unless you eat a lot of bread. I feel full fast, but then my stomach is empty after about an hour. Have a great time at the restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jun 14, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that is fascinating. I find Indian food to be some of the heaviest foods to eat, which is why I rarely have it. All that ghee does not a happy stomach make for ms. lingua.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator Jun 14, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Generally, Indian goodies lay in a heap in my gut, too. But I must admit that I have very limited experience with Indian cookery. I think I'll go with a sort of Biryani type dish tonight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And, acssss, I will definitely enjoy. I adore that place, and it is worth the 3.5 hour drive and trudging over the border and back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Jun 14, 2013 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The meal consists of lentils, and veggies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vegetables - 1/2 hour digestion time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lentils/chick peas - 90 min. digestion time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as opposed to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chicken/Beef - 3 hours digestion time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pork - 5 hours digestion time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and if the Ghee is bothersome - just use olive oil or nada :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Jun 14, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lentils, actually most legumes, don't agree with me very well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found out the hard way at a catered Ethiopian dinner at our place. About 75% of the dishes had lentils in them. Oy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No such problems with chicken (unless whole roasted), beef (unless a fatty rib-eye, my nemesis that doesn't love me back), or pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's really not the digestion *time* so much as the... intensity. Lentils will last me another day, trust me on that one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Jun 14, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I trust you. We sleep with the windows open :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator Jun 14, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the info, acssss. I need to take some time and figure out which dishes I tolerate and which I do not because I'm going to India in September. With, of course, lots of immodium, and various prescription crap. I plan to use the summer to just try a bunch of things, and log my findings in a little journal I bought.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Luckily, unlike lingua, legumes and I get along. My ambitious goal (along with seeing and photographing some sublime sights) is to avoid Delhi belly :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Jun 14, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    India is a magical place.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's amazing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (and people that are bothered by that word can KMA).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One thing I love about traveling around the world to places that are unique and different from what I know is you get to have new experiences with people and food that is new to you. So it's a learning experience as well. That is one of the reasons I am passionate about food and about travel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you find a lot of things you can tolerate and will be able to taste the local food (especially in towns far from the tourist attractions - so you get a feel of real Indian food and customs) and worst comes to worst, you can always find a Micky D's, a KFC or a Denny's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    last night was a ridiculous dinner. went to an excellent play (if Black Watch rolls through your town, RUN to see it) and got home at 10:30, sans dinner, but avec 3 drinks before the show. STARVING. fried some bacon, fried an egg on top of that in the bacon fat, topped that over tortilla chips, salsa over the top of that, and a bit of sour cream. MANGIA! oh it hit the spot. and a couple of tablespoons of dulce de leche ice cream for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tonight the bf will do some real cooking - something with chicken. and Saturday, i am doing something with pork brisket. yes, PORK. i'd never heard of a pork brisket before! thinking about doing this: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Jun 14, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm assuming the play is the one about the, erm, Black Watch in Iraq. From your comments, I presume it's translated well for an American audience. I missed it when it played in Manchester in 2011.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Jun 14, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.act-sf.org/1213/blackwatch/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it is and it was fantastic, just fantastic. i'm sorry you missed it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator Jun 14, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like a great evening, and you're dinner the perfect end to it. What a good creation for a belly that's starving!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Jun 14, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MC, I saw that about two years ago in Austin. My son, who is a pro at accents, still recites parts of that play.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and the food... talk about filling a craving! Benissimo!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. tcamp Jun 14, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Friday nights my spouse has succeeded in dubbing pizza night and now the boys count on it. So, pizza for them and seared scallops, steamed bok choy, and stir fried broccoli and hot peppers for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              scubadoo97 Jun 14, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You win!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Musie Jun 14, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I enjoy pizza and my hubby started making it weekly. I got fed up of it quickly! You dish wins hands down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. LindaWhit Jun 14, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                >>>>>FINALLY the sun is shining in Boston!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                >>>>>Rolling Stones are playing their 2nd show @ the Garden, and hearts are light because it's FRIDAY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And somewhere two women will be laughing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                >>>>>Because work is done for the week and it's going to be a beautiful weekend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Because there IS joy in Somerville — those ladies will be quaffing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                >>>>>SANGRIA and MANGO MARTINIS!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Obviously, tapas are on the menu tonight. I don't much care which ones, at this point. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Jun 14, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Casey at the Bat" for those who don't know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Jun 14, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ;-) Gotta keep my street cred going for my Friday posts, steve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Lord help me, did a 54yo woman just use the term "street cred" in reference to herself?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Jun 14, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Street cred AND strong literary chops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well played.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs Jun 14, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well done Linda. You really raised the bar this week! It wouldn't be Friday without your post!! ¡Salud!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Jun 14, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, technically, it'll be Linda at the (sangria) tap. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Jun 14, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thayer was pretty cool. Both San Francisco and Boston lay claim to this brilliant poem. San Francisco has the historical edge (first published 1888 in the Examiner on June 3!) but Thayer is a Boston boy (Harvard) who went west to work for a colleague (Hearst).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I came across the background after the 125th Anniversary of the poem appearing in print.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah: younger, smarter, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Jun 14, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You had me laughing out loud! Enjoy your Friday Linda. If I was close to Somerville I'd come join you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Jun 15, 2013 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ahhh...all is right with the world again - sangria has been had. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, I went with one of my favorites - roast duck with berry sauce. My friend chose the saffron-battered fried shrimp with mojo sauce. We both were hankering for sweet, so we headed right to dessert after 1 tapa each - the Fresones for me (giant strawberries dipped in a sherry batter and fried with a creme catalan sauce with tiny scoops of vanilla and strawberry ice cream), and my friend had their Tarte de Chocolat. I've never seen a dessert disappear as fast as that chocolate cake. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also had a small snifter of Licor 43, which I haven't had in awhile, as they usually give me a bit more in the glass. While it's nice that they do that, it doesn't make for safe driving OR a non-headachy head the next morning! Julio allowed me to pour it (probably a no-no in MA) and I got it right on the money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A good meal and drinks with a good friend, and hugs from the owner and staff made it a very nice Friday. Now on to see what I can accomplish around here today before the Bruins game tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Jun 15, 2013 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sounds like a great night! Glad you had fun. And we woke up to a gorgeous morning here, can't ask for anything more except our hometown boys to do us proud tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 15, 2013 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds wonderful Linda, and those strawberries are outrageous...I think I'd go to the restaurant just to try those!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...who are these Bruins of which you speak btw? I thought the Blackhawks were the only game in town tonight!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think tonight might be some of my "house ground" chuck burgers. SO originally wasn't supposed to fly back until very late tonight, so I was going to pick through the bits of leftovers in the fridge, but then he changed his flight to get in around 630. So, dinner on the fly usually results in hamburgers at my house :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am going to the store too so maybe something in the bargain meat bin will strike my fancy, I've gotten some great deals there on really nice meats that are otherwise unaffordable for me, just have to either cook them or freeze them within a day or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love the markdowns. I got a BBQ marinated pork loin (24 oz) that was 9.99 usually but was on sale for 6.99 and had a 4.00 off coupon so it was 2.99. Cannot beat that. I got two. One for this weekend and one to freeze.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is a great deal! I love to bargain shop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a scratch and dent store here that you would love. Just because the label is torn or the can is dented doesn't bother me.brand name veggies for 60¢ a can. I got tubes of pesto for a dollar because the boxes were squished and the tubes got a bit dented. Big deal! It is still food in that ugly box.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah I need to find one of those here, we had one in my hometown. They could write what's in a can with a sharpie, I don't care about the label at all LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No such luck with any markdowns. Went to a different store in a umm less nice area since it was more convenient on my way to the airport (where I am now) and it was a disaster. Very dirty and unorganized so I'm not sure I'd want to buy meat there anyway. Sad that the stores of the same chain in the less nice areas are so much worse than the ones in the nicer areas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In my area the chains in the worse areas are more expensive. I can only assume it is to cover theft. I had a chain that had been here years and when they opened another nearer to me it was much cheaper. I can only speculate that because one of the store managers from the first store said it to me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. steve h. Jun 14, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cleaning out the coolerator - part 3.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We'll pull some home-made crab cakes from the freezer tonight. Deb is thinking that a corn, red pepper, jalapeño medley is in order for a side. Works for me. Wine TBD.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 14, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But what's on the plasma??? Oh wait. I know. NCIS. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Jun 14, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deb would love that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    U.S. Open highlights for me followed by Philadelphia Story. Hard to argue against Grant, Hepburn, Stewart and Miss Pommery.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Jun 14, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's a shot of the crab cakes, corn/red pepper/jalapeño/scallion medley and Deb's tartar sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh lovely! i'm starving already and working late.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Jun 14, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. Crab cakes and summer go hand-in-glove here on the east coast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez Jun 14, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of my favorite movies, I also love the musical version from the 50s (High Society) Bing, Grace Kelly (and her wardrobe), Sinatra, Celeste Holm, and Louis Armstrong cameo, oh my!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Jun 14, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It truly is a great movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I heard/read that Barry wrote the stage play as a vehicle for Hepburn. Can't vouch for the accuracy of that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          High Society is now on my list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Jun 14, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WFD? My best girlfriend just called and invited me over. Margaritas and fajitas! The leftovers will have wait. Woo hoo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Jun 14, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perfect for a Friday!! Girl time with meat and maggies!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spaghetti Friday here at cucina bc as coined by mr bc in the hopes he could have meatballs and marinara every Friday. Alas, I get bored of repeating meals that frequently so I try to mix things up and think of it as pasta Fridays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight Fettuccine with a wild mushroom sauce (all 'shrooms fresh from the farmer's market) and to give mr bc his meat fix, I pulled a filet from the freezer which will be grilled. A yummy '06 Azelia San Rocco Barolo will be dusted off and served alongside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jun 14, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fettucine with wild mushrooms (really, any long-strand pasta besides angel hair which I dislike for some reason) is probably my favorite pasta dish, ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Jun 14, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey BC, would love to know how you make your wild mushroom sauce - and which wild mushrooms you use.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs Jun 15, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi acssss, this was another recipe from my Carmine's cookbook. It called for 1/4 oz of dried porcini mushrooms and 1lb of mixed wild mushrooms. I used a mix of: lobster, chanterelles, oyster, cremini, shitake and portobello mushrooms. Most mushroom pasta sauces I've made are cream based but this differed in that it was primarily stock-based (chicken that's boiled then simmered w the mushroom stumps and stems then drained and then the porcini soaking liquid ) Sliced garlic is sauteed in evoo 'til golden brown then fresh herbs are added (oregano, basil and parsley) I reserved the basil and added it right at the end though. All the mushrooms are added into the pan and sauteed before adding in the stocks, a cup of chopped tomatoes. This is boiled over high heat then simmered. Though the book said to simmer for 3 mins we simmered ours for 30-45 mins to deepen the flavours. The sauce is finished with some butter and Romano cheese. The book suggests that you can also finish w some truffle oil however we opted out. This really was a lovely sauce...perfect w the Barolo btw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Jun 15, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wow, that sounds amazing. i've got oyster mushrooms on the stove right now, and i feel like i'm smelling your dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs Jun 15, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks mc, it really was nice. I'll definitely make it again. I just love the almost heady aroma of mushrooms cooking...especially if there's a little garlic in there too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia Jun 15, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He should have come to our house. Meatballs were the main event. After yet another goodbye meet-up for drinks with friends WFD was a tipsy affair- leftover meatballs sliced and served hot on french bread with some shaved parm for the garnish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs Jun 15, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds scrumptious Berheenia. Meatballs really are terrific in sandwiches too! Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I decided to go for the dried morels so tonight is either seared pork chops or sirloin steak with sauteed morels, shallots and white wine or perhaps I'll bring out the sherry. I am really looking forward to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight is going to be a homey night with chicken fried steaks, fresh mashed red potatoes and sauted mixed red, purple and Hungarian wax peppers with garlic and leftover leeks. Garlic cream gravy for the mashed and CFS. Cant have to much garlic. Toasted semolina sesame boule left from bean night slathered in butter to dip in the gravy and mashed. If i have more bread I will make a strata from the leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle Jun 14, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My hangover is craving some of your garlic cream gravy and mashed potatoes right now. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And if it were a hangover in the states it would be the chix fried steak and creamed gravy, hashbrowns and buttered toast. Mmm. But belly up to the table for the mashed and gravy. Have as much as you like to sooth the hangover belly and head

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SarachkaInBrooklyn Jun 14, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My boyfriend had a business lunch today. For some reason, the lunch was at an upscale buffet (it struck me as bizarre for a business meeting, but anyway) and came back home stuffed to the gills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We've been eating out a lot recently, so WFD tonight was some nice homemade chicken soup. Homemade chicken stock chock full of carrots, celery, onion, chunks of moist chicken, some sage, some fresh lemon juice, some Dijon stirred in, and a bunch of fresh spinach tossed in at the very end to gently wilt. Crusty roasted garlic bread with butter on the side, and it was just what I needed. I don't think I could have eaten a heavy dinner, and my boyfriend definitely could not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's been raining almost every single day in NYC, so even though it's summer, soup felt appropriate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Jun 14, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I live in FL and still love soup in summer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you just made my tummy rumble. dijon stirred in - nice touch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will just be nibbles, I found perfect-for-us vintage barkcloth fabric today that I must turn into livingroom curtains NOW! A cheese plate, salami, olives, baby peppers, whatever pickled veggies I can find in the frige, that kind of thing. We ate a big lunch very late so I don't think the man will mind.... if he does, he knows where the kitchen is. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. gingershelley Jun 14, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi All! You have been cooking up some lovely meals this week... well, other than Fowler's horrifying story of the surf n' turf casserole from hell!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I read along when I could (very busy week, and not in front of the computer nearly as much as usual), but didn't seem to have time to post. Ok, since nothing exciting from my kitchen this week until last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Made a nearly-textbook aspapargus risotto last eve, along with an also great Bin5 European peasant loaf, and a big salad with all kinds of minced spring veggies in it. We especially liked the chopped sugar snap peas and radishes from my garden. I made all to serve to a vegetarian friend who came over to fix my leaky toilet in exchange for a meal (even here at Shangrila, things need fixin' some times!). Toilet sans-drips, and the meal was very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, just me. Marinated a boneless top loin chop (not my first choice, but they looked good at TJ's, and actually had a little marbling and a fat strip intact) with a quick cuised-together mix of chopped ginger, shallot, fresh pineapple, chili-garlic sauce, soy & fish sauces, sugar and lime juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That shall come out shortly and get a quick grill, and get served alongside leftover pineapple/mango/cuke/tomato salsa - originally for mexi food a couple nights ago, but hey - it sounds good with my "asian-y" dinner - thawed out leftover peanut sauce, some leftover grilled asparagus and the last of the risotto left-overs in place of the usual coconut rice I would make here, and some 'chinese spinach' I bought from one of the farmer's market vendors yesterday.. it looks like spinach, only with tiny leaves and more delicate. That will get shredded raw and go on the risotto leftovers under a nap of the peanut sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rhubarb-cherry frozen yogurt for afters. Homemade, but recipe needs work.:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy FRIDAY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Jun 14, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I AM VERY HUNGRY AND STILL AT WORK PEOPLE!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight was simple but tasty chicken salad sandwiches. I added dijon, parsley, chives, tarragon, some grated onion and a squeeze of lemon juice to some mayo, tossed a generous amount of chicken in the mayo sauce and piled on some of my braided bread that I made. I also buttered and toasted the inside of the bread first so it was warm and a little crunchy and topped it off with some arugula.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley Jun 14, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now THAT'S a sandwich! Love chicken salad; and with arugula on homemade bread? purrrrrfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Jun 14, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes a simple sandwich can bring me more enjoyment than a meal at a 5-star restaurant. Yours sounds just like that kinds of sandwich (I love the addition of the tarragon - gives it a nice kick).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the BF's late dinner tonight (i finally got home at 8:45) was much like last Friday's - Delish! he again roasted leg/thigh pieces with oregano, cumin, cayenne and cinnamon, with a dauphinoise-like potato thing, somehow incorporating some of my corn soup and two kinds of cheeses we had in the fridge (queso fresco and jack - please don't tell France!), and it was really good. also, fat grill-panned asparagus with shallots and kalamata olives. meaty and tart, yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            really loving these olives - we'd purchased a HUMONGOUS jar of them and found that they were in oil and the oil was rancid. so we followed some online directions and rinsed the heck out of them, and then re-brined them in vinegar and salt. they're perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i just discovered that the pork brisket package i bought actually says "pork brisket BONES". It's still frozen, so hard to tell if they are mostly bone and not much meat, but i'll find out in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            feliz friday!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle Jun 15, 2013 03:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nice save on the olives! Your dinner sounds lovely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Jun 15, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice crisp on the chicken.