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What's for Dinner #228 - It's Too Darn Hot, Part 1 [Through Jun 29, 2013]

Predictably, we're only 6 days into summer, and people are already grumbling about the heat. With a new puppy whose name should really be Houdini since she's a real escape artist, we've had to keep the doors to the kitchen closed to keep her with us. The kitchen has turned into a furnace, so meals with little or no indoor cooking have been the order of the day.

Tonight, we will have a grilled tri-tip over a lemony arugula salad. No cooking inside at all! Now, that's my kind of summer meal! What summer meals are you cooking for dinner?

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  1. Thanks to linguafood, I'll be having a proper souvlaki pork chop tonight with tzatziki, green salad with Sriracha buttermilk dressing and an sumac shallot salad. I start a four-day weekend tomorrow so I imagine dessert will be had at the cocktail lounge down the way. There aren't many Wednesday nights that I can have a mezcal old fashioned without paying the price the next morning.

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    1. re: JungMann

      That sounds like a top dinner and I'm always excited by the prospect of cocktails.

      1. re: JungMann

        Oh, I do like the idea of Sriracha buttermilk dressing for a gree salad, JM!

        1. Roxlet, your dinner sounds very nice and summery and something tells me that your new little pal will be getting a tiny nibble of that tri-tip ;)
          My kitchen is also shuttered this evening as pap and and I have an appointment to look at a few houses. We don't plan to buy until after the winter holidays, but I need to look around to see what the options are and think about already standing vs. building, etc...
          So... dinner will be out at a local Afghan place. They have tons of skewered meats that I'm sure pap will enjoy, and I'll probably select something a little more adventurous. Mangator has a dinner meeting, so it's just a party of 2.

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          1. re: alliegator

            You pap seems to be fitting in and keeping up very well. And afghan food. What a great eater he is.

            1. re: alliegator

              Glad your pap is settling in Allie.

              1. re: foodieX2

                Thank you both, ladies. I'm almost dumbfounded to watch him adjust with such ease and continue to have such a positive attitude.
                I'd better go see what really is in all those little pill bottles ;p

                1. re: alliegator

                  Lemme know. I could use some meds for an "adjustment" now and again. Seriously, it must be nice to be around family rather than an assisted facility. Those places can be such a downer. I would come around real quick if ya sprung me from the joint too.

                  1. re: suzigirl

                    Well, just seems to be typical old people stuff. When I need an adjustment, I find a tasty beverage generally does the trick!
                    But yeah, though his facility was "nice" getting him out occupied damned near my every thought until it happened.
                    And Afghan food! He's trying new things and liking them. Can't wait to get him to the Thai joint!

                    1. re: alliegator

                      I want to borrow him. He sounds like a real treat to have around

                        1. re: alliegator

                          Can I sweeten the deal and tell him I am five minutes from the beach? And downtown and Thai and theaters and.....

                          1. re: suzigirl

                            "Can I sweeten the deal and tell him I am five minutes from the beach? And downtown and Thai and theaters and....."

                            With that in mind, if Allie's Pap is not available for adoption, I sure am, suzigirl!!!! I will even set the table AND do the dishes. :-)

                    2. re: suzigirl

                      Me too, when you get a hold of the pills, can I have a few?

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        I meant having pap hang out with me. :-)

                        1. re: suzigirl

                          Oh, haha, that too! I'd be up for that party. Clearly I have pills on the mind...I'm feeling a little loopy these days. My favorite state of delirium when I giggle at random things and sing a lot :) I would love my grandmother to come hang out with me for a week, month or forever, she's a wonderful lady and incredibly fun and energetic for 84 years old.

                    3. re: alliegator

                      It sounds like you guys are having a great time together.

                      1. re: alliegator

                        " I'm almost dumbfounded to watch him adjust with such ease and continue to have such a positive attitude."

                        I suspect being around you helps his emotional state enormously. Well that and the good food and free beer at Chez Alliegator. :-)

                        1. re: alliegator

                          Well, unfortunately he is not up for adoption. I think I'll keep him. I also have no pills of any interest to sell off. And that would be kinda not legal, hehe...
                          Thanks all for the kind words. Fowler, I don't know if everyone would agree that being around me is good for their emotional state, but it's nice to hear.
                          He's excited for dinner after the house hunting to commence soon. He's even learned enough to ask if they have saffron rice. O_o Whoa.

                    4. Can I play too? I've been reading the WFD threads for ages, but have never contributed. You are all so inspiring, encouraging, and nice to each other I wanted to join.

                      It's hot and humid in Central New York, so grilling is on my agenda as well. I'm planning on making chicken fajitas with red and green peppers (in the crisper, need using up) and onions. On the side will be my corn and black bean salad. We have a friend of mine coming over who drinks us out of house and home, so a trip to the liquor store for some wine is in order once I leave work.

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                      1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                        Welcome Lud!!!!

                        Dinner sounds great, love a corn and black bean salad!

                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                          Nice to have you here. I love some good chicken fajitas. Yum, yum

                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                            Welcome! And dinner sounds fab, I love me a fajita. And a stop at the liquor store is never a bad idea :)

                            1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                              My uncle used to drink us out of house and home too, despite him saying that he didn't drink!

                              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                Thanks for joining us -- and dinner sounds terrific!

                                1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                  Welcome, ludmilaD! Love the sound of your fajitas - and enjoy the Hump Day wine - I am! LOL

                                  1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                    Welcome! Of course you can play too and we're all happy to have you. Your dinner sounds great, love love fajitas!

                                    1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                      that sounds so good. I haven't been able to find very sweet corn yet.

                                      1. re: samuraisam

                                        Ours isn't ready yet in my neck of the woods either, so I used canned. Not as good as fresh, but works in a pinch.

                                      2. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                        glad you decided to come in finally! looking forward to hearing about your dinners.

                                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                          "You are all so inspiring, encouraging, and nice to each other I wanted to join"

                                          Welcome and thanks for diving in, The WFD threads are to me like a big dinner table where friends sit down to eat, discuss food and chat in the most friendly way about their day. If something good happened we congratulate them and if something not so good happened we share their pain and give them an over the internet hug of support.

                                          1. re: Fowler

                                            Thank you everyone for the kind welcome! I'm so glad I joined. Dinner was very good if I do say so myself, and my friend actually brought a bottle of wine with him. My husband and I were both shocked.

                                        2. Sweet "Houdini" just knew you wanted out of the kitchen, lol!

                                          Dinner tonight is leftovers from last nights book club-lemon/basil orzo, grilled chicken and asparagus.

                                          1. Making TK's simple roast chicken with baked potatoes (skins rubbed with olive oil & sea salt) and carrots. Not exactly cool summer eats, but hungry soccer boys and running mama need a hearty meal. For dessert ghiradelli chocolate chip cookies I made this afternoon with ice cream.

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                                            1. re: sunangelmb

                                              Hello to my long-lost twin! I made Ina's 'Perfect Roasted Chicken,' a baked potato, and roasted carrots. I agree - not exactly summer eats, but it's too hot outside to grill. I need my AC!

                                              1. re: KrumTx

                                                That's just what I did, pumped the AC. The oldest boy is crazy about steamed carrots, so he had those. I love to roast the suckers instead. Dinner was perfectly delicious, especially after a ver hot wet and humid 10k run. Hope yours was delicious as well.

                                                1. re: sunangelmb

                                                  It amazes me that people run on purpose - without someone chasing them. Good for you! I just used my leftover chicken in an Epicurious recipe for Chicken Curry Salad. Actually looking forward to lunch tomorrow!

                                                  1. re: KrumTx

                                                    What's "chasing" me is my constant desire to stuff my face! I wouldn't run every morning if I wasn't food obsessed, that's for sure!

                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                      I'm the same way! I run so that I can eat!

                                            2. Leftover crab cakes w/remoulade sauce, macaroni and cheese, and a green salad. Nothing crazy bc I'm also making a meal (chicken fingers and Mac and cheese) for a sick coworker's family. 4 boys aged 1-6 hence the meal choice. Also trying to finish up a cake that I started yesterday. I planned to do brownies for the kids too but I think I have too much on my plate already, pardon the pun.

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                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                      1 pound can of lump crabmeat = 12 crab cakes for the 2 people who live here. Let's just say I could get used to having a poached egg on a crab cake every day for breakfast! ha!

                                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                                        I had crab cakes Benedict while vacationing on Cape Cod a few years ago. Amazing!

                                                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                            I've had those in a few places, always a wonderful combo.

                                                1. Tonight's dinner will probably be something very quick, like scrambled eggs, since I'll be getting home late. However, I'm heading up to a friend's lake house tomorrow afternoon for a girls' weekend, so there will be a LOT of fabulous meals cooked and consumed in the next few days. I love cooking for/with my friend and her family - they are all appreciative and adventurous eaters with no dietary restrictions, so cooking there is an absolute joy.

                                                  Living in NYC and not having outdoor space really sucks in the summer, so I will be putting her grill to good use. We're planning to try out a fig and blistered jalapeno salad from this month's Food & Wine, along with an Iraqi Spice Rubbed chicken from Saveur. Perhaps a brisket if I can rig up a smoker. Homemade fior di latte ice cream. And a variety of creative cocktails featuring homemade rhubarb liqueur. I am counting the minutes until we leave!

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                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                    I know how you feel about the outdoor space. I grew up in the backwoods and now live in Baltimore and really crave grass and crickets instead of cockroaches and rats. A lot of the stores around here are in the suburbs and I think part of the reason I spend the time to drive 30 miles is to get a glimpse of some non-city life. Enjoy the grill!

                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                      your weekend sounds perfect - my favorite kind. and oooooh on the fior di latte ice cream... it was my favorite gelato everywhere i went in Italy.

                                                    2. tonight is on the grill - doing a bunch of chicken, both whole and wings, so that we will have leftovers for tomorrow and, thus, a cold chicken salad for when it's going to be even hotter!

                                                      1. We have pouring rain. I am making the Indian Chinese Fried Rice from Grace Young's Stir Fry to the Edge of the Sky. It is vegetarian but I am going to add some fresh shrimp. Fabian seafood came to town with fresh gulf shrimp and crab meat.

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                                                        1. re: Candy

                                                          Sounds very interesting and yummy. What makes it an "Indian" Chinese fried rice?

                                                        2. Deb will sear a club steak in a cast iron skillet and finish it in the oven tonight. Creamed spinach and grated russet potatoes will be on the side. A California Cabernet will wash it all down. I sourced the Angus steak at the butcher's case in my local grocery store. It was well marbeled and reasonably thick at two inches. Price was decent.

                                                          Since our return from Dublin, I've been catching up on chores: outfitting the garage; contracting help with the garden; and battling ants. Yes, it's Leiningen Versus the Ants! I've disrupted their highways with boric acid and am fully prepared to escalate this warfare to levels banned by the Geneva Convention. Napalm is the weapon of last resort.

                                                          The Talented Mr. Ripely may be on the plasma. It depends on how dark my mood is. We shall see.

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                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                            We've had our own battle her, and finally had to call in the pros. Weirdly, they were also in window wells!

                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                              Nasty buggers. They've really made their mark this year.

                                                            2. re: steve h.

                                                              Why am I envisioning Bill Murray in "Caddyshack"? :-P

                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  ROTFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                      :-D The visual was just SO there, steve. Had to go there. :-)

                                                                2. After weeks (months?) of not cooking, I'm making spaghetti, actually fettuccine cuz' that's what I have in the house w/ meatballs and garlic bread. I'm excited! It is hotter than blazes, 109○ today, but I don't care.

                                                                  Over a month ago, I started a rental rehab. Think long commute with long hours and I was eating everything from crackers, cheese and gatorade to Subway and In-N-Out. Don't get me wrong - In-N-Out is awesome! I hadn't had it in years!

                                                                  Then a long camping trip in which part of the food was great - including the corn grilled in the husks on the campfire and that delectable boozy cheese thing on Chow. Oh! and the bacon and pancakes! Ending up with canned chili was a signal that it was time to go home.

                                                                  Then I did a long stint house-sitting, where, for the life of me, I could not figure out the: stove, grill, smoker or microwave. No $hit! I ate a lot of salads. But I'm home! And I'm cooking and am so freakin' happy! Food, food glorious food! Cooked by me! Weather be damned!

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                                                                  1. re: JerryMe

                                                                    I love getting home from a trip and finally being able to make something for myself - even if it's just scrambled eggs!

                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                      Me too! As much as I love traveling and eating out, there is just something so wonderful about being able to make something JUST the way you want it (and eat it from the pan, over the sink, in your underwear if you want, too!).

                                                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                                                        Isn't that that truth?? We always eat well (and way too much) when we're away, but it's SO nice to come home and make my food just as I like it!

                                                                    2. re: JerryMe

                                                                      Spaghetti and meatballs is a GREAT reintroduction to cooking! Enjoy.

                                                                      1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                        Thank you LMDaughter! I did enjoy - ate leftovers for breakfast this morning, with the garlic bread.

                                                                        SO is bringing over a rotisserie chicken. An actual rotisserie'd chicken that was spun on a Ron Popiel thingy that he bought years ago. So that's for round two dinner. It's good to be home.

                                                                        1. re: JerryMe

                                                                          I love my Ron Popiel roaster thingy. One of the things I asked for in the divorce.

                                                                    3. Chicken breasts finally came on sale at a good price, so tonight will be the mustard Milanese recipe I've had bookmarked in the SK book since I got it at christmas. I'll be serving it with a baked potato and sauteed garlic spinach.

                                                                      I also baked some shortbread topped with rhubarb curd today, so I'm eagerly waiting til after dinner to try them. The curd was definitely good.

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                                                                      1. re: Musie

                                                                        I like the look of that chicken recipe, too...please report back! And rhubarb curd sounds delicious.

                                                                        1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                          It was delicious, a recipe I'll certainly make again. I probably only used 1/4 cup of flour too, rather than the 1/2 cup the recipe lists. Plus I only had 1 cup of panko left, which was plenty.

                                                                          Here's the rhubarb recipe;
                                                                          http://food52.com/recipes/4338-rhubar...

                                                                          1. re: Musie

                                                                            I've made a similar rhubarb curd before, and it is DIVINE.

                                                                            1. re: Musie

                                                                              Oh, I made the rhubarb curd shortbread back when it was first posted and had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder (and hope you enjoyed it!)

                                                                        2. Leftover sirloin tips, basmati rice, and sauteed CSA Swiss chard, CSA summer squash & zucchini, and CSA garlic scapes for dinner. No feta, but I'll sprinkle on some crumbled goat cheese.

                                                                          And STRAAAAAAWWWWWWBERRIES for dessert, perhaps drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar, perhaps not. We shall see.

                                                                          And yes - there's wine. It IS Hump Day, after all!

                                                                          http://eatinonthecheap.com/2012/05/31...

                                                                          1. T-2 days until freedom from a very very difficult year, quite possibly one of the most challenging both professionally and personally, but I'm almost there. It's so hard to hide my excitement and the time seems as if it's stopped because of my anticipation. SO and I have started our meal plan for next week and I don't think my waistline will be too happy in 10 days or so at the end of this cooking and tour of the best restaurants in town week, so I'm keeping dinner light for a few days and cleaning out a few things in the kitchen. For dinner tonight, was a quick shrimp with lobster sauce which I absolutely love. Ever since I discovered a great recipe here, I have yet to order it as takeout. The soup really hit the spot and was perfect to go along with the cloudy weather which has moved in. I am really hoping that a good thunderstorm will save us all from the humidity on the east coast.

                                                                            While dinner was great, all I can think about really is the Frankensteak 2 inch dry aged rib eye which I just bought at a local butcher for Friday night dinner. I'm a steak fanatic, but never had dry-aged beef at home so this will be a real treat - at least I hope so given the cost of the piece of mea.t

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                                                                              1. re: KrumTx

                                                                                Thanks so much. The next 2 years of training should be much more relaxed.

                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  Good for girl. What are you going to be like with time to relax? I am glad you are finally reaching a place where you can take a breath and look back on how far you have come.

                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                    Well, I have a pile of books ready and movies and TV shows to watch. I really look forward to even the simple joy of coming home at a reasonable hour, not rushing through the night to get everything done that needs to be done and having time to read and relax before bed time. Perhaps there will now even be time for dessert :)

                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  Congrats! Your waistline will forgive you :) Enjoy!

                                                                                2. I am doing a freezer pull/garden dinner w/ a potato leftover. I am all over the place but it is going to be simple to throw together.

                                                                                  Freezer- cubed picnic ham, blanched broccoli from the garden
                                                                                  Leftover- baked potato from last night I passed on, cubed
                                                                                  Garden- red peppers, chunked. Tomatoes, sliced.
                                                                                  Everything will get a quick saute and a trip under the broiler with some shredded cheddar. Fried egg on top for him, over for me, scrambled for his lunchbox.
                                                                                  Sliced tomatoes on the side

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                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                    Wow, this sounds like an awesome throw together and you truly have inspired me to grab pork more often at the store, it's so wonderful and for some reason until recently with your posts I never even thought about it.

                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                      Thank you. You can do ALOT with a ham. It really is a great money saver. This is the last meal for my last ham

                                                                                  2. After a ridiculous food orgy at our local Sichuan/cocktail place last night, tonight will be some bits & bobs -- leftover salad our friend brought over on Monday (brocc, spinach, walnuts, acovado, cherry tomatoes with an olive oil-balsamic-dressing and I *think* a dash of soy sauce? in any event, very tasty!), 2 leftover trini-chinese chick thighs, 2 hot Italian sausages from the freezer, and the pathetic attempt of threading tequila-marinated shrimpies "wrapped" in basil & chorizo onto skewers. The chorizo is not a stand-up sausage, apparently, so the effort has been .... mostly an effort (see pic).

                                                                                     
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                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                      This sounds good, but a food orgy at a Sichuan place sounds out of control good.

                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                        It was. We left ordering up to our buddy who had just returned from a week in Hongkong...so perhaps jetlag was partly to blame. For a group of 8, he ordered:

                                                                                        4 appetizers (portions are generous)
                                                                                        - two orders of their fabulous pork dumplings
                                                                                        - spicy beef tendon salad
                                                                                        - braised pork belly (that was just ridiculously luscious)

                                                                                        mains (equally generous portions):
                                                                                        - deep-fried shrimp (super-crunchy, eaten with the head & all)
                                                                                        - spicy chicken
                                                                                        - dry fish hot pot
                                                                                        - cumin beef
                                                                                        - sizzling tofu (amazing!)
                                                                                        - stir-fried pea shoots
                                                                                        - stir-fried "hollow vegetable"
                                                                                        - lion's heat meatballs (these are incredible -- like fluffy clouds of pork)

                                                                                        I know it sounds like the perfect amount of food (and we did manage to finish most of it, gluttons that we are), but the portions easily feed at least two people each, so... yah. Stuffed we were.

                                                                                        Not nearly as stuffed after tonight's culinary, um, "collage" -- the shrimp actually turned out ok, the sausages were too dry (probably too much time in the freezer), but the chicken always crisps up nicely under the broiler.

                                                                                        And there still are some ice cream bars in the freezer :-D

                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          I'm stuffed just looking at that list of food!

                                                                                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                            So were we. Really over the top. But so, so good :-)

                                                                                    2. Sounds tasty! If you can bear to boil a little water I always like to go with this fresh raw pasta sauce when it's too hot for the oven. It's really delicious, simple, and a great way to use fresh grape or cherry tomatoes and other seasonal produce. Enjoy. I think we'll grill out tomorrow. No oven for me.

                                                                                      Here's the link
                                                                                      http://www.neurotickitchen.com/2012/0...

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                                                                                      1. re: samuraisam

                                                                                        OMG! Does that sound delicious? Yes! Thank you for the link and seriously, the last thing I want is heat when there's so much more goodness out there!

                                                                                      2. I had a couple pounds of CSA green beans and about six heads of garlic...so doing one of my favorite meals ever. Roasted green beans with a couple heads of peeled garlic cloves and a onion chopped into big pieces...roast til garlic is soft (in olive oil and salt and pepper). Sprinkle with balsamic. Serve with french bread and butter...yum.

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                                                                                        1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                                          Yummy! Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables but I rarely roast them but this sounds like a great recipe.

                                                                                        2. Those who have 99 Cents Only stores around them know that Saturdays and Wednesdays bring the motherlode of organic produce, dirt cheap. I got seriously carried away this morning when I just happened to need to buy garden twine and ended up there. I bought so much it doesn't fit in the frige and we had to turn the air conditioning on for it until I can figure things out.

                                                                                          So.... tonight with be a huge salad of Earthbound Farms half and half mix (baby greens/baby spinach,) with baby red yellow and orange peppers, cocktail cucumbers, mushrooms, and green onions and tomatoes from the garden (I'm in love with these Momotaro tomatoes- sweet and a strong tomato taste.)

                                                                                          I'm also making a large batch of "meatballs" with ground beef and turkey, feta, some shredded kale and grated/drained zucchini, mint and oregano. I'll cook some in the Foreman grill to keep the heat down and will freeze some uncooked for another time. I strained some home fermented kefir and grated/ drained some persian cucumbers for a tzatziki kinda sauce.

                                                                                          The man is on a white chocolate binge so I picked up some Lindt balls today and out of curiosity picked up one of their white coconut bars. It's rare I like anything sweet but that is one tasty bar, I'll probably have a square or two.

                                                                                          1. Sorry to have dropped out a bit lately, but I have been suffering from some pretty serious gastric distress caused by a new medication I started taking a few weeks ago... terrible lower intestine pain has pretty much stopped me cooking, and mostly eating the last few days.

                                                                                            Water, apple juice, chicken broth with a little pastina and lemon has been about it. Feeling a little better this afternoon, after getting something to hopefuly combat all the pain and bloating.

                                                                                            I at least managed to pull some frozen French Onion soup from the freezer, that I will bake with a very light top of leftover toasted homemade bread and a very easy cheese layer. Some local bing cherries for dessert.

                                                                                            It has been rainy and stormy this week, so that should hit the spot.

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                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                              Ugh, ginger! Sounds terrible. Sending you healing vibes. Feel better soon. <hug>

                                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I hope things get better soon.

                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                  Oh gingershelley, I am feeling for you and i am so sorry. I suffer some tummy distress as you know. I hope the meds stop causing the symptoms. The french onion soup sounds nice and comforting

                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                    Sorry to hear you've been unwell. I hope things get better for you soon.

                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                      Sorry the tummy troubles are back. :-(

                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                        Awwwww, poor kitten. :( I wish you were closer, I'd make ya dinner.

                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                          So sweet, but I have been downright AFRAID of dinner for the last few days; and breakfast, lunch and snacks :(

                                                                                                        2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                          Sorry to hear gs, that doesn't sound like any fun :( I hope you're feeling better soon.

                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                            How terrible, gingershelley. I hope you feel better soon!

                                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                              Ugh. Nothing like your "good" ol' guts to put a damper on chowhounding....

                                                                                                              Hope things look up soon for you.

                                                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                poor baby! hope the french onion soup did its soothing.

                                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                  My SO has had a lot of stomach issues caused by medication in the past. I always loaded ginger into foods and they were usually well received and remained where they were meant to be! Pilaf flavoured with ginger, garlic and some tumeric was the go to first solid meal I'll make on those days.

                                                                                                                  Hopefully you'll be feeling better soon.

                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                    Terrible, gs. Do you have to continue on these meds?

                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                      Awww, so sorry to hear it. I hope your soup was soothing and your body adjusts quickly. Crossing my fingers for you!

                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                        Thanks to ALL my kind WFD friends. Your concern is very touching!

                                                                                                                        It turns out I have done exactly the WRONG thing to try to fix what ails me; apparently, trying to get over, ahem, slow movement of the GI tract by eating fiber simply gives you More and possibly worse issues. Fix the plugged system first, then go back and add more fiber (tho I don't think that was a problem - I eat pretty balanced, and not a lot of junk) = easing of the horrible gastric bubble pain.

                                                                                                                        A bit better today, but a few days to be out of the woods. Med's stopped till I see the doc next week - that's fo' sure...

                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                          I really hope it works out for you , gs. Side effects from pills can be hell, but when it involves the tummy---that's just a special kind of hell for folks like us. Keep us posted, please!

                                                                                                                          1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                            Oh, ginger, sending you more healing vibes. Good choice on stoping the meds till u see the doc. Feel better soon.

                                                                                                                              1. re: wyogal

                                                                                                                                Thanks again friends - I am happy to report I survived the tacos 'light version" last night, and things seem to be improving even more this morning.

                                                                                                                                I might even get inspired for some real cooking later today - or more likely, firing up the barbie; the warm weather has arrived again, and we are having nice low 80's and bright blue skies all weekend here in the NW - this place is it's most beautiful in this kind of weather....

                                                                                                                                Going out to do errands and peruse the fish options at a couple of markets, and hoping something on those lines will be WFD tonight. Check back in later - Happy Friday!

                                                                                                                        2. I'm starting to repeat myself.

                                                                                                                          Grilled flap steak - a cut I've never had. Lilac Hedge Farm had one package left on Tuesday, so I grabbed it and grilled it. Really tender meat - a nice cut I'd use again.

                                                                                                                          Radish-mint-snap pea-scallion salad in a champagne vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                          Nice to see so much produce at the farmers' market!

                                                                                                                          I pulled some homemade momos out of the freezer for my man - lamb and scallion. Gave him something to snack on while I whipped the rest up.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: gini

                                                                                                                            I love flap steak. Well, I didn't know I did until I discovered it by accident. Apparently my local Whole Foods mistakenly labels it as skirt steak. When I inquired with the butcher about the steak and why the skirt steak they had out that day looked so different he informed me I must have had flap meat. Wow, it's delicious!

                                                                                                                            1. re: gini

                                                                                                                              Yum to the meal and the momo snacks. Do you have a recipe for them you can share?

                                                                                                                              1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                Oh how I wish I did! My mom owns an inn and had some Nepalese guests who wanted to whip up a big batch of momos for theirs kids at the nearby boarding school. My mom asked for a lesson and profited by pure nepotism.

                                                                                                                              2. re: gini

                                                                                                                                That salad sounds SO good, and I love flap steak. Wish we had that cut more on the left coast; seems to be an East coast thing. Yum!

                                                                                                                              3. Having some upload problems, so apologies in advance if multiple posts.

                                                                                                                                Planned tri-tip on arugula had to be shelved on account of mediocre arugula. Fortunately had some mussels in the icebox and and shrimp in the freeze, so an impromptu seafood salad with avocado, oregano oil & pink crystal salt followed by grilled Santa Maria tri-tip with good ol' summertime corn.

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                    I'm not a huge mussel fan, but this seafood salad was amazingly good. There are still more cooked mussels in the fridge. How about a reprise?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                      I love that roxlet and rjbh make suggestions to each other for their dinners on WFD. :D

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                        "I love that roxlet and rjbh make suggestions to each other for their dinners on WFD. :D"

                                                                                                                                        I am always impressed that they are so civil. If my SO posted here all you would read is "no you didn't, yes, I did, not that I recall, how can you not recall, what, when did I say that, now what are you talking about, peas, what, those were yams not sweet potatoes...

                                                                                                                                        And on and on and on.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                        One of the best HD's I had at my wedding was a marinated mussel on the 1/2 shell that I borrowed from a catering Co. I worked for back around then. Nice sharp white wine viniagrette with finely minced scallions, gr. onions, and minced fresh tomato stirred in, and each mussel put back in it's better 1/2 cradle with a bath of that, arranged in a platter spoke-fashion. Haven't thought of that dish in years.....Always a winner.

                                                                                                                                        I shall have to make that for a starter again this summer with your inspiring reminder!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                          It was delicious again last night, and the addition of finely chopped jalapeño added a nice zing.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                            That's a great idea to add to my mussel vinaigrette recipe - some heat!

                                                                                                                                    2. Well I ended up picking up a bag of torta rolls at Costco, so a sandwich for dinner it was. I sliced up the leftover maple mustard chicken, brushed some of the leftover sauce on the bread, and threw on some shredded mozzarella cheese. Tossed it all in the microwave to melt the cheese and heat up the chicken, and my it was delicious. I wish I had some bacon because that would have made it even better.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                        Doesn't it always? (Bacon making things even better). :-)

                                                                                                                                      2. I cooked 2 free range chickens (from my sustainable meat guy) on my grill rotisserie Monday night. Tonight we had bbq chicken sandwiches using the leftover chicken. I bought buns from our co-op and they were delicious. We made a salad with our CSA greens plus orange pepper, cucumber and grape tomatoes from the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                        Last night it was Taco Tuesday. Tacos, refried beans. It was a meal cooked inside but it didn't take long.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: suburban_mom

                                                                                                                                          I LOVE to use my grill rotisserie for chicken. I also like to throw some potatoes and other veggies in the drip pan so that they wind up cooking in the delicious chicken fat. Yum!

                                                                                                                                        2. It's hot yoga night so an early, quick dinner was a loose interpretation of a Spanish chickpea and potato salad from Arabesque. I roasted the cubed potato instead of steaming and added a good dousing of smoked paprika. Not bad but it lacked something. No doubt the bloke will tinker with it tonight and make it better, he's far better than I at picking what flavour is missing in a dish.

                                                                                                                                          Post yoga will be a couple of glasses of cold sav blanc to retox. 90 mins at 40c/105f means I've earned it.

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                                                                                                                                          1. after our antipasti dinner last night i made a favorite cauliflower dish i like to riff on, but didn't end up eating any of it for dinner tonight - went to the oldster's instead, and late in the evening my sister and i went to our favorite izakaya in Berkeley. fan-fu**ing-tastic, as usual.

                                                                                                                                            but i had some of the cauli dish for lunch: cauli chopped up into tiny florets, very sweet fresh corn scraped off the cob, sauteed in butter and olive oil, add minced shallots and a chopped up salt-packed anchovy, minced salt-packed capers, sultanas, toasted pine nuts, paprika and aleppo, granulated garlic, s&p, and a handful of chopped cilantro tossed in at the end. i love this dish - hits all the notes - salty with a touch of sweet, a tad spicy, crunchy, rich, yummy. i may end up finishing it for lunch tomorrow, so i'll have to think of another accompaniment for dinner....

                                                                                                                                            ETA - the BF just pulled out corned beef from the freezer, and we have rye bread, so...

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                              Mariacarmen, that sounds delicious,

                                                                                                                                              Quick question for you... There is/was a place in the Portal area that served Afghanistan-ish food. I took my Brother there once for their lunch buffet but cannot recall the name and he of course is asking me years later where it is and what is the name of the place.

                                                                                                                                              Any ideas?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                The only afghani place i know of is called Helmand, and i've not been yet, but it's on Van Ness...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                  That's it! Helmand Palace. You must think I am a lunatic for thinking it was in West Portal. I am fairly sure they once were in North Beach but then moved over to Russian Hill and neither location was West Portal. Thanks, mariacarmen.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                    oh no, i knew they had moved from somewhere, but not
                                                                                                                                                    from where, so it could have been West Portal as far as i knew. i keep meaning to try that place - thanks for the reminder!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                  Is the aleppo a pepper spice or a black olive? Cook's Thesaurus lists both for that term...http://www.foodsubs.com/

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                        Actually, MC isn't totally incorrect. You can get aleppo from both Turkey and Syria. I only recently found out myself.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                          Funny how it would be called aleppo coming from Turkey, but what do I know! I didn't know about aleppo pepper until a year or so ago.

                                                                                                                                                          Don't listen to me!!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                            I thought it was odd as well. And I learned about aleppo from reading the WFD threads!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                              Ditto. And it was *reallly* hard to find around here. Ended up buying some at the Milwaukee Public Market.

                                                                                                                                                              I know, I know, I could also order it online....

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                              i only learned about it 3 years ago, so i don't know that much either!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                          That combo in the cauli salad sounds inspired! MUST make that - thanks for the idea. Did you cook the cauli and corn - or raw?

                                                                                                                                                        3. OK, it's pretty much a no cook meal at Harters Hall.

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, there's some asparagus to steam (I reckon it's just dragging towards the end of the season as I spotted the Peruvian crap back on the supermarket shelves).

                                                                                                                                                          There's also a brown gloop soup from the freezer. It says its beef and vegetable and I think this originated as a stew or something - and this is the leftovers blitzed down to soup consistency.

                                                                                                                                                          And there will be cheese. Yes, it's still the cheese we bought back from France. And, yes, we got carried away with the buying. There are two sorts that havnt even been opened yet and the Marollies and Wissant and now getting so pungent that you can smell them as you walk in ther kitchen - even though they are wrapped in greaseproof paper, then stuck in a Tupperware and kepy in the fridge. Taste delicious, though.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                              My mother in law just got back from Paris (she was born and raised there) and I'm hoping she managed to smuggle back some yummy cheeses and pates. Enjoy your cheesy goodness!

                                                                                                                                                            2. We ate at a pub in Gettysburg last night, it was O.K., of course, overpriced. We brought the leftovers back to the hotel, half a cheeseburger, and a slider... and they are sitting in the fridge. Will probably get tossed, a I don't want them for breakfast! ha! It was a long day yesterday, had a bit of stress, so appetite was gone. We are road weary and bone tired. Today we get to drive around DC (decided not to stop there today, I think we could end up killing each other).
                                                                                                                                                              Tonight, I don't care what we are eating, because I'll be at my son's table in Va Beach, with his wife and child, our grandson! yay!

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wyogal

                                                                                                                                                                Have a WONDERFUL time with your son's family, wyogal! And take some time to relax after the long drive.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wyogal

                                                                                                                                                                  Enjoy the visit, which is by far the best part of the trip!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wyogal

                                                                                                                                                                    Woohoo to seeing your son and grandson. I hope you have a great time. That will be worth the road stress.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Grilled meal here - pork chops two ways - cubed & alternated with fresh pineapple and drizzled with Ponzu (soy/citrus) sauce before grilling. I put these in the veggie basket usually used for mushrooms - not even threaded on skewers. Second way marinated overnight with veg oil & spice mix and grilled as whole chops.

                                                                                                                                                                    To my surprise, the cubed version was much better than the marinated one. Good to know since it was very quick and easy prep.

                                                                                                                                                                    Plus corn on the cob wheels with onions, red & yellow peppers, with olive oil & salt, roasted grate-top in a disposable pan.

                                                                                                                                                                    Commercial mini-ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Perfect 3-bites sized works for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. A cheddar cheese, chipotle pepper and stout beer beef meatloaf. Then I am meeting some high school friends at (and if any of you tease me about this you are off my "be nice to list") the Billy Idol concert.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                        Love BI... back then! Haha just kidding! i still go see all the old faves. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                          I'd love that meatloaf recipe if you care to share - cheddar, chipotle and beer are basically my husband's three favorite foods, after beef!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                            Seconded, that sounds really good! I have a bottle of guinness in my fridge waiting to be used, leftover from doing some braised short ribs a few months ago. Guinness to drink is only good from the tap.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, I am sort of a "wing it" type of home cook and rarely use a strict recipe but here is how I usually make it...

                                                                                                                                                                              2 pounds of ground beef sirloin and chuck

                                                                                                                                                                              3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

                                                                                                                                                                              1 big Maui or other sweet onion

                                                                                                                                                                              2 small jalapeno peppers

                                                                                                                                                                              The zest from an entire lime

                                                                                                                                                                              Some red bell pepper

                                                                                                                                                                              About 4 ounces of a stout style beer (I have found that the ones that have more coffee and chocolate notes work best)

                                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce from the chipotle chiles

                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup of whole milk

                                                                                                                                                                              2 eggs

                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup well-aged grated cheddar cheese

                                                                                                                                                                              4 cloves of garlic

                                                                                                                                                                              A couple handfuls of chopped bread

                                                                                                                                                                              A splash of white wine

                                                                                                                                                                              Sautee all of the veggies but NOT the meat. When they are about done, pour in the stout beer and white wine and cook until you have a 75% reduction.

                                                                                                                                                                              While that is going on and you are drinking the rest of the wine, soak the chopped bread in the milk.

                                                                                                                                                                              Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and gently mix them together. After it is all mixed together, I put it in one of those double meatloaf pans that allows the fat to drain out, but you can also put it on a Silpat if you want more of the surface area to get crusty.

                                                                                                                                                                              Glaze the top with a little more beer, wine and adobo sauce and bake in the oven at around 325 for approximately an hour and a half.

                                                                                                                                                                              LindaW, please look away now.

                                                                                                                                                                              When it is done, top it with a healthy sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds great - I'll have to give it a go!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                  Great flavor profile Fowler - I will make that!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                Great day for a white (cheddar) wedding! (Rib)-eyes with out a face!!

                                                                                                                                                                                Have a good time, Fowler!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                  Haha! Only a foodie musician could come up with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                  That meatloaf makes me want to dance with myself.... hehehe

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ooooo (I actually sat here and made that noise, thank goodness I'm sat here alone). That's aimed at the meatloaf, btw ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. SO comes home today and it looks like he'll be home all next week because of the holiday so yay! Because of that though, he wants to go to Wyoming to hang out with his family, boo. Hopefully I can talk him out of that, as it's a 5 hour drive and I've had my fill of his family for a few months after last weekend. Perhaps I can entice him to stay home by having a meatapalooza BBQ for the holiday instead. I have a $40 groupon thingy to the meat market near my work so I can pick up something extra delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner tonight is a Donna Hay recipe that I've slightly modified. It's from "Instant Cook" and is for a honey mustard beef stir fry... only I'm using pork (sliced up center cut loin chop that were on sale). I originally only planned enough for just me because his flight wasn't supposed to get in til 11, he moved it earlier. I eat relatively small portions and only have 9oz of pork, so I guess I'll just throw in extra veggies to bulk it up for the SO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                      meatapalooza sounds good to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad the SO is home for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to say it would be hard not to pout if you have to go to the family's house vs hanging out alone. I would rather get the little time you get now all to yourselves. Hope you get your way. Enough family for now. :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like a yummy dinner that can be stretched for two. Guess you'll have to rustle up another lunchbox-

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, I ended up going to lunch w/ a friend today so I have today's lunch for tomorrow. Worked out great :)

                                                                                                                                                                                          And yeah... his family is umm... interesting so I can only take them every few months LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                            Well good for you on the lunch. Fingers crossed for some quality alone time

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Tonight is nibbles night! I have the day off tomorrow so my son's sitter (who is a good friend) is going to stay late with her daughter so we can all catch up. My plan is to have various things that don't need to be heated up. If the rain holds off we will sit by the pool, the kids can swim and we can share a bottle of wine!

                                                                                                                                                                                        TJ's is not slated to open until the Fall and while I am not a fan of Fresh Market think I will head over there during lunch and see what they have. I would love some kind of cold salad. In the past they have had curried couscous with raisins which was quite good and they usually have some kind cold roasted veggies which are pretty hard to mess up. If not I’ll pick up a couple of cheeses, some fun crackers, olives, maybe some nuts and summer sausage. I already stuck the wine in the fridge so we will be good to go!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                          I love a good nibbles night. I'm kind of inspired here. I planned a trip to TJ's for later, so I believe I'll poke around and find some nibbles for dinner at the casita tonight.
                                                                                                                                                                                          We're looking at 113 today, so not firing up the kitchen would be lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                            see if they have that lovely spanish charcuterie we had - Del Duca! soooooo good.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                              113? I know you have mentioned crazy hot temperatures before and I do not like to put people on the spot and ask where they are from, but do you live in Death Valley or the Sahara Desert, or...

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                My plants call this Death Valley, but it's largely known as Phoenix. And this weekend is going to be a pretty unusual one, temperature wise. Next 3 days: 119, 118, 116. We are heading for the mountains. In fact, I think If you did like an aerial view of people leaving Phoenix tomorrow, it would look like the ants boiling out when a little kid kicks over an anthill, hehe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phoenix. Now I would never put any pressure on a fellow hound, but is there any chance you could "take one for the team" and dine at Amy's Bakery Company in Scottsdale and provide us with a full report?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, I've been wanting to do this for a little while now. I've had a busy few weeks, but next week is wide open. I'll put a note here in WFD when I make a report.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, just freakin' brilliant, Fowler. :D Allie, can't wait to hear how it goes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                        After I check with mangator, we'll look to find a reservation next Friday or Saturday. One fan of food opinion, one eat-to live opinion, and one old guy opinion coming your way!!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Dinner tonight will be typical bar apps (nachos, potato skins, fried mozz sticks, buffalo wings, salad platter, chili, etc.). Going over to the new office space with the entire company to see how it's coming along, and then to a local restaurant for a surprise retirement party for one of our officers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                "Machos" sounds like not your typical bar app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Are they very strongly flavored? Musky? Rough texture?

                                                                                                                                                                                                :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I'm actually mostly water today. The amount of rain is unfuckingbelievable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And we don't even have our borger beef (or bacon) yet. Waaaah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, I just snuck a peep at your weather any you have my sympathy. Wish I could send you a tractor trailer of "dry".
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe tonight would be good for delivery?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It would be. And can I keep it for a few days? I really kinda miss the pool '-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I meant delivery food... but I'll contact FedEx about their dry air rates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Being very familiar with that neck of the woods, I do feel your pain. Nothing like waiting for summer only to have it show up and suck. I always found a visit to the cancer factory (tanning salon) cheered me up. But some delivery food would have the same effect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, good grief.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Guess my few remaining brain cells drowned in the meantime. Because "weather delivery" makes so. much. sense. Not. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thankfully, the torrent was briefly interrupted, so we did manage to get to the ghetto Weis on our side of town for some local beef, a fat beefsteak tomato, hickory-smoked bacon, and 4 ears of corn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Because if staying here all summer has one advantage, it's ODing on corn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure if it'll stay dry until we want to grill, but if necessary, those suckers can go on the CI griddle pan just as well....

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL! Having lived in central PA (Lewisburg) I know *exactly* what you mean by the those type of Weis Markets. Anyone that hadn't been built within the last few years of me living there or had been refurbished and built out were truly dismal supermarkets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whenever I have the need to go in one of those old ones, I try to do it as quickly as possible to avoid becoming very, very depressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lingua,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are you not Berlin-bound soon for the summer?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SO sorry if you are stuck state-side this year... I thought I had heard rumors of plane ticket checking ,etc. a while back....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alas, we are not, this year. For the first time in 12 years. But my sweetie had some health issues earlier this summer, so we decided to stay put, just to be safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We'll save a hell of a lot of money, and maybe we can swing a week at the beach somewhere this summer.... haven't seen one in 7 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Makes total sense to stay out of the air with his recent heart work.... I guess it will be a USofA kind of summer, and a beach vacation sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ROFL! Oops - I fixed that. (Glad I read the post within the editing time period!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                          But... but.... but now my superclever joke is ruined!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why, I oughta send over some cheese-covered machos up there to talk some sense into you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't forget to throw a turkey leg and can of Bud on top to make them extra macho!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I could TOTALLY go for some cheese covered machos to talk some sense into me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps Shemar Moore, Jim Caviezel, and Noah Wyle could be my machos? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. It's too darn hot, but it's mostly too darn dark, rainy & thunderstormy. Not really what I had in mind for a summer in the boonies.... >sigh<

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And judging from the forecast, there's no end in sight to this crap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing's more fun than grilling in the rain, so we'll be doing that tonight, I guess. After watching two episodes of BurgerLand last night (*after* dinner, and we *still* were drooling), cheezborgerz are in order at casa lingua. And nuked corn, of which I can't seem to get enough these days. Maybe a tomato salad on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Summer eats for a "summer" eve. Summer my ass '-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ETA: Make that bacon-cheezborgerz. Might as well go all the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                          At least you have warmth, lingua.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here, it's raining and the temperature has been only in the mid-teens (and set to stay like that).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm wearing a jumper and seriously considering turning the heat back on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Flaming June", my arse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know! Not to be all schadenfreud-y and stuff, but given that our Berlin vacash had to be cancelled this year, I am a little relieved to see that the "summer" in Berlin (and your neck of the woods) is similar to last year: cold & rainy. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, warm & rainy isn't much of an improvement, especially when the only daytime entertainment option here is an outdoor pool. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                              i am picturing you, as best i can, in a "jumper" - as it is known here. and i am giggling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Damn it all, MC. Another of those words different in American.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                What on earth do you call it then - a knitted woollen thing you wear to keep warm. Like this - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lambswool-Jum...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That said, I think I might look quite fetching in an American jumper. Hand on hip and the like. It's what we'd call a pinafore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This whole thing is cracking me up. Your garment is known to us as a sweater :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heh, I read some british/irish chick lit writers, and was always puzzled when they referred to people wearing "jumpers". I was always picturing something like mc posted. I finally looked it up and realized they meant sweaters!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, certainly Rebecca Brandon would not be wearing the American style jumper ;P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here in the 'colonies' I knew exactly the garment you were speaking of Harters. I have never seen a dress described as a jumper before. That said, I'm sure you could pull it off with style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you'd be the bee's knees fer sure, Mr. H. even in Fowler's scenario.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In my tiny part of the world, a "jumper" is a set of electrical cables used to jump start a car. When I noticed that Harters was saying he was wearing a jumper I mistakenly thought it was some sort of bondage/sadomasochism sort of thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OMG, Fowler, you owe me a new computer screen!! LMAO over here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler - your "jumper" would be my "jump leads".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let's get back to the food now, folks. I've embarrassed myself enough (what with everyone now probably having a vision of me as a transvestite sado-masochist)and we've probably tried the patience of the mods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, fridge is pretty clear. We're going out for dinner this evening with friends (local Indian place). Rest of the day of the day is clear, so I'm going to spend some time scouring the GA & TN boards for restaurant possibilities for our September trip. I love the food planning for trips, as much as herslef loves the hotel planning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              " I love the food planning for trips, as much as herslef loves the hotel planning."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A match made in heaven. Albeit with both of you in dresses. :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                " Albeit with both of you in dresses."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snort laugh! You are always funny Linda, but that comment is one of the best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nah - herself's the one who really wears the trousers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            <<It's too darn hot, but it's mostly too darn dark, rainy & thunderstormy. Not really what I had in mind for a summer in the boonies>>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like you need a Darky and Stormy to go with cheese burger!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dunno if grilling's gonna happen after all. It is pouring. We refuse to leave the house until this flood chills out just a little. Or we could swim to the store....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But a drink is definitely in order '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That rain is heading in my direction. They expect it to start in a little while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly, no cooking for me tonight. I got suckered into going to one of those tupperwear type parties, expect it's some kind of jewelry. Origami Owl? Dunno, I hate these types of parties. Normally I would never go to a friend's house without bringing something, but if I'm there for a sales pitch they better wine and dine ME! And from what my girlfriend told me, there will be plenty of both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Back to the kitchen tomorrow, hopefully.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh, I hate those too! The big things these days around here are "adult novelties" parties. At least those usually have cocktails instead of wine! <wink>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been to one of those. Pretty amusing actually!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Indeed. I actually sometimes prefer a dark and stormy day as it's a good reason to sit around and do nothing :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thing is, I'm reeaaaalllllly adept at doing nothing, regardless of the weather situation. In fact, if anything, I should be *more* productive when it's impossible to even leave the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Feel ya' girl... we have had the same rainy, warmish (not Hot, it is SEA, after all) weather all week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Weird for us, as usually never humid here..... my hair is as messed up as my middle section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Be gone gray and thunder! Be gone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Work has been crazy today...just now getting lunch and taking a breather for a sec...so I bet WFD tonight in our house will be some kind of take out! It happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But this weekend, I am determined to go up to the fish market, grab some amazing looking shrimp, grill them, and serve with my favorite lemon basil pesto. Orzo alongside, tossed with a bit of butter and some parmesan. Maybe some other additions in there - ideas welcome. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And of course, a green salad to start things off. Thinking of maybe taking the baby to one of our farmers markets Saturday - our produce drawers are looking pitiful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grilled zukes? Or zucchini carpaccio?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always find shrimp and zukes work together well, I even have a pasta dish with farfalle, shrimp and zukes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grilled shrimp rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love grilled zukes!! Good call. Lingua, how do you cut yours for grilling?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I try to get longer slices, if possible, so I cut vertically on the bias (if that makes any sense?). I have a cheap-ass mandoline which helps make evenly thick slices, and I tend to go for a 1/3 or an inch or so? They are a bit of a PITA to grill, especially when yer a klutz like I am, and can easily slip through the grates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What's also great & much easier is to get one of those bags of small sweet peppers. Just toss with olive oil -- I like to add some chili oil, too, oregano, sea salt, rosemary.... and grill till nice & soft & charred. They are fantastic even a couple days later, you can add a splash of red wine vinegar or lemon, and they're great hot from the grill or at room temp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dammit I hope we can grill agai soon :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ha! Funny you say that. When you mentioned grilling zucchini I was thinking, "well, maybe she has an easier way to do it."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Because they truly are a PITA to grill. But worth it :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your idea for the sweet peppers is fantastic - I'll keep my eyes out for some...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just cut them lengthwise so they stay nice and long. About 1/4 to 1/3 thick... I don't have a mandoline so each slice isn't totally even. Having the longer pieces makes it easier to grill, just lay them on the grill perpendicular so they don't fall through :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, Julie...I have probably been making mine a little too thin. Gonna try out these tips this weekend, I hope!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Too thin, then they burn in spots instead of getting cooked with nice grill marks... I learned the hard way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ItalGreyHound

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We love minced garlic, some cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives in with our orzo - I usually halve the tomatoes, add the garlic, olive oil and olives and let it sit while I make the orzo, then add it while it's still hot. Our fave summer side dish when we have garden fresh tomatoes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: iowagirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's a great idea - so simple, but cherry tomatoes totally slipped my mind. I wish (I really do) that I loved olives, but they are just not my thing. But garlic, tomatoes, and an excuse to throw some extra fresh basil on top? I'm all about it. Maybe I'll throw in some white beans or limas. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You'd be welcome Allie...I'm positive good ole' USAir has a direct flight from Phoenix to Charlotte :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. And the sun came up after all... at least on the plates @casa lingua. Topped with bacon. Mmmmmbacon sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks like one tasty burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How are you going to wash it down?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dangit, now I want a burger, not my lame healthy stir fry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's a beaut of a burger, lingua. No sun on the horizon here. Been raining steadily since 5:00pm yesterday. Sigh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's an awesome-looking burger, lingua! Want!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. You all are eating well, and coping with the heat and/or storms admirably... I am mostly eating vicariously.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A handful of triscuits and a bowl of grapes are the extent today. The cramping has subsided, so if that continues - I may go crazy and try to make a simple old-school taco or two in an hour. Have all the stuff, and a little ground beef that needs using, and I really want salsa and avocado. Wish me luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There will be NO re-fried beans this evening. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm glad to hear you're filling a wee bit better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good luck. Your dinner sounds great, and I hope it agrees with your tummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Tonight I made a recipe from one of my newer cookbooks, individual sweet potato gratins. I can't say I much cared for mine (the pooch probably got more of it than me), but then again I've not been feeling all that good this week. The SO enjoyed his however, so it wasn't a big fail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A reprise of last night's marinated seafood salad (by request) followed by pasta alla diavolo with a sausage & chicken ragu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. we're having unseasonably summer weather here in San Francisco - 70s-80s! IN the City! this usually doesn't happen until October. i'm not complaining. but it called for another light, summerish dinner. Corned beef Reubens, with the BF's russian dressing, swiss cheese and saurkraut, sliced cornichons on the side, a delish olive oil, caper and shallot potato salad, and a green salad. and a half a proper deviled egg each, with paprika!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wha'??? You each only had half a deviled egg. Wow. You have much more self-control than I do. Or maybe as lazy as I am. But I could easily eat 5 of those. Any day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                he only made one and split it in half. believe me, if they were there, they wouldn't be now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks scuba. the ONLY flaw with it, if it can be called a flaw, is that it was grilled in butter. he toasted the bread, so it was a bit dryer than i like. nothing another dollop of russian dressing didn't help alleviate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Tonight's fare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seared tuna with a fennel and arugula salad. A vinaigrette of clementine and lemon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow. That's a perfectly seared piece of tuna. Nice job!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks and sounds fantastic. Great job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I had to run a ton of errands tonight to load up for the next week with multiple stops at several different stores, so dinner was takeout Peruvian chicken. It's oh so good especially with that spicy green sauce. I've been planning to attempt to make it at home, but I figure why bother if takeout is down the street, guaranteed delicious and super cheap. Dinner was a few hours ago and now I'm sitting up like a little kid with anticipation for tomorrow...how old am I? It looks like it might cool off this weekend so maybe we won't all be sweltering.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Winner, winner chicken dinner! I love Peruvian chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I did just say that. I've got my flame proof suit on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That looks really good. I am running that recipe past the bf. I have a feeling it will get a stamp of approval.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ooh. now i know WFD this weekend (albeit in the oven/under the broiler). thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ooh, that looks great. I most definitely nearly drink that green spicy sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I added that to Pepperplate.... looks like that may be on the menu this weekend when it's too hot to cook indoors here (which only happens a few times each summer!). YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I am hosting two other couples at my house during the front end of the music festival so WFD today will be a grilled sausage platter. Linquica, jalepeno & cheddar bratwurst, thueringer, venison sausages and hot Hungarians. I will grill all of those and serve with pretzel rolls, butter fried onions and sauerkraut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Then it is off to see the Smithereens and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at the festival. Hopefully all of the Cubs/Blackhawks fans found the train station last night and are on their way home so they can cause all of the trouble they want there instead of here like they did last night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love the Smithereens and Tom Petty. Jealous. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fun show! i'm finally too old for music festivals (although in reality that limit should have been reached probably a good 5 years ago), but that sound like a great combo. enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I treated myself to a massage yesterday. Followed that up by 4 pieces of bacon and two fried eggs for dinner. Life is good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two of my favorite things in the world, massages and bacon (and I like eggs as well).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Well, I managed not to buy a single thing at last night's stupid jewelry party. I truly couldn't find anything that I liked. Oh well, better for my wallet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been craving shrimp scampi for a while now, so unless I imbibe a bit too much at my watering hole during happy hour, shrimp scampi will be WFD. If I have a few too many, it'll be Chinese, Indian, or Thai delivery.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lucky you! I would sell off one or two of my organs to have places that provided Chinese, Indian and Thai delivery. The only delivery around here is Dominos and that is dreadful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have fun at the watering hole. TGIF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. We had chicken quesadillas last night for supper. We are babysitting tonight while our son and his wife and her sister are going to the Brad paisley concert. Not sure what we'll have for dinner, but since we'll be babysitting the grandson, it doesn't really matter, right? Bring on the mac-n-cheese!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. It's Friday!! Dinner tonight is the Frankensteak Prime dry aged ribeye that's been taunting me in the fridge alongside sauteed crimini mushrooms with thyme and white wine and a ginormous loaded baked potato. The biggest decision in my life today is what cheese to top my potato with - Fontina, Cheddar, Dubliner...I'm so glad to finally be done and to have such minor things to worry about for a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TGIF and congrats on finally having some time for yourself. Heck, live dangerously and combine all of the cheeses!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! I am currently laying on the couch with not a care in the world listening to the thundering rain outside watching a movie. I can't think of the last time I sat down to watch a movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The sound you never want to hear when you're driving: that soft ::::whup, whup, whup::: and then the realization you have a flat tire. Gah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's what happened on the way to the new office space yesterday afternoon. First I heard a sound that sounded like a stick was caught in the wheel and it was hitting the side of the car. It stopped at a stop sign and didn't start up again - until I heard that ::::whup, whup, whup::: I was all of 500-750 feet from the entrance to the new office, and found a space right outside the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you, AAA. The annual fee amount I have spent with you since 1985 is MORE than worth it with the times you've been there to tow cars to dealerships, replace a flat tire, put out a potential engine fire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And I'm going to my dealership tomorrow for an oil/filter change, so I've added a tire to the deal. Luckily, they're all still under a 2-year semi-warranty, so to replace it will be half the cost of buying a new one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight's dinner? It's a non-Frankensized b/s chicken breast. I'm not yet sure how I want to make it, however. I'm thinking just grilled and put on a salad with CSA Boston lettuce, CSA radishes, and some non-CSA sugar snap peas with a quick vinaigrette. We'll see when I get home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But it *IS* Friday. There is that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, there is that, and I hope the weekend is a great one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh, flat tires are such a pain. I used to drive a Honda Prelude with very low profile tires.... in Chicago proper. I got flat tires 4 different times! It was always at very inopportune times... in the rain, in a parking garage when it was hot as shit outside, etc. Glad you were able to put your car in a safe location while you awaited your AAA rescuer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, it was parked on the street, so his truck ended up sticking out in traffic while he changed it. Oh - AND it was raining. Of course. :-/ But he was great, and it was done in about 5 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JulieJulez, Uggh. I had a tire blow out on the Edens. I will give you one guess as to how many people from Chicago stopped to help out when they saw WI license plates on my car.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, no! No fun at all! When something like that happens you have to immediately go home where it's safe and there is wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, we were going to a restaurant right after the new office tour, so I had wine. Along with the "machos" I had noted earlier in the day. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Machos make everything better! Sorry about the tire, but sounds like it was all tidied up quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here Here for AAA! They have saved my but many a time.... well worth the annual cost, agreed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Change of plans. Two friends said "I need to relax. We're going out, right?" Why, of COURSE we are! :-) So dinner is OUT tonight. (Hey, the chicken probably wouldn't have been defrosted anyway! LOL) I'm going to assume it'll be Dali, but it's up to one friend who's been housebound for awhile due to medical issues. Her choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA: Not Dali. Orleans in Davis Square. Haven't been there in a long time. Looking forward to relaxing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy! The tire thing freaks me to the core.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner was superb - my app was two small 5-spice duck tacos with a sweet ginger glaze, and then I shared a lobster mac and cheese with one of my friends. My friends had Thai Chicken Wraps and Spicy Fried Calamari for their apps, and then the one friend who didn't share the lobster-mac had dry-rubbed wings with a dipping sauce. Lots of laughter, lots of wine, and just what was needed for all three of us!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. In chilly Europe (London at least, and reports from Geneva say the same!) not really going down the full salad route (yet). But we did have gooseberry crumble with the first home grown gooseberries last night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like your name, Londonlinda. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And I don't know if I've ever had gooseberries. Wait! Yes I have! I think we get them in my CSA last year. I think they were marketed as a "sweet tomato" instead of a fruit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Londonlinda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lucky you getting gooseberries. No sign of local stuff here in North Cheshire. I'd normally expect our local pick-your-own farms to have them in Wimbledon week but not a sign as yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Harters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't keep an allotment diary, but from memory all the soft fruit is at least 3 weeks behind last year. Still, all those summer puddings to look forward to!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ah, gooseberries. Never see them here! Welcome, Londonlinda!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hadn't even considered I wouldn't be able to get gooseberries here! Well jel of your home grown ones Londonlinda!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Friday!!! I'm waiting in for the sofa doctor (to fix the leg the delivery guys took off then couldn't get back on on Tuesday!) and so I have time to plan dinner. I haven't used the grill all week because of the random downpours but I'm going to grill regardless tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The quest for the perfect burger continues and we'll be having grilled corn, walla walla onions (never had these before, they look like spring onions for giants!) and arugula salad alongside. Some wine, for sure. Hopefully whilst relaxing on the new sofa!

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