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What's for Dinner #231 - the Dog Days of Summer (#1) Edition [Through Jul 15, 2013]

LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 04:24 PM

It's hot and humid across a lot of the United States - and even England is getting into some proper summer weather!

So - how are you beating the heat? Grilling? Chilled salads? Saying "forget YOU, hot weather - I'm having whatever I want...after I turn the A/C on High!"?

What's cooking in your neck of the woods?

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  1. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 04:38 PM

    As for me? It was an attempt to use up some of the CSA veg. Didn't do as good of a job as I would have liked, but....

    CSA garlic scapes, homegrown marjoram, basil and flat-leaf parsley, olive oil, salt, pepper, a smidge of Dijon mustard were all processed in a food processor. Into a sauce pan, and chicken stock was added, then some heavy cream and Parm-Reg. :::Whisk, whisk, whisk:::: until it thickened.

    Meanwhile, corn pasta fusilli was boiled.

    Second meanwhile, some asparagus, red bell pepper, a carrot sliced on the bias, and the rest of some mushrooms I had in my crisper drawer were sauteed.

    Pasta was drained; veggies were added, then the slightly green sauce, and into a bowl with some additional Parm-Reg sprinkled on top.

    A club roll turned into an open-faced garlic bread, and it was dinner. Not bad, not too garlickly (like that could be a problem with me!) and it removes the scapes from the crisper.

    (And yup, it's Hump Day - there WAS wine!)

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    1. re: LindaWhit
      fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 04:51 PM

      I am so thrilled it's finally Hump Day!

      1. re: fldhkybnva
        nlgardener RE: fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 04:58 PM

        Every day should be Hump Day!!

      2. re: LindaWhit
        helen_m RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 05:08 PM

        I'm with you on the wine Linda!

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          herby RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 10:55 PM

          Linda, next time you get scapes turn them into a pesto and freeze in ice cube trays or jars to enjoy in the dead of winter - into bean soup, pasta sauce, with fried eggs, on a toast - the uses are endless. Just put six jars of "scape pesto" into the freezer for my daughter and family (if she will share!).

          1. re: herby
            mariacarmen RE: herby Jul 11, 2013 12:52 PM

            THAT'S what i'm going to do with my scape pesto! brilliant!

          2. re: LindaWhit
            Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 07:57 AM

            I do wish you ladies would stop referring to "hump day". I don't know if "hump" has the same connotations on the western side of the atlantic as the eastern but, whenever I read your posts, I can't help but giggle.

            1. re: Harters
              foodieX2 RE: Harters Jul 11, 2013 08:29 AM

              LMAO Harters!! Is does have the same connotations here in the US but not when used as above. It

              1. re: Harters
                LindaWhit RE: Harters Jul 11, 2013 09:55 AM

                :-D It has that EXACT same meaning in the States when used alone.

                But when called "Hump Day", it means getting over the hump of the middle of the work week, and it's all a slide downhill from here to the weekend.

                It's a muchly anticipated weekly event, Harters. Hey - we take what we can get sometimes, you know? ;-)

                1. re: LindaWhit
                  roxlet RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 11:18 AM

                  Have you seen the very funny commercial (for what I couldn't tell you!) with the camel in the office bugging everyone, asking, "What's today? Huh? Huh? What's today?" Finally, one woman replies, resignedly, "Hump day." The camel gets all excited.

                  1. re: roxlet
                    LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 11:28 AM

                    I *LOVE* that commercial! (It's for GEICO):


                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      roxlet RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 12:07 PM

                      Right. I remembered after I posted.

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                      Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2013 04:59 AM

                      That's funny roxlet, I haven't seen it up here in the great white north but it sounds hilarious!

                  2. re: Harters
                    mariacarmen RE: Harters Jul 11, 2013 12:53 PM

                    there is nothing better than imagining Mr. H. giggling. unless it's imagining Mr. H. giggling in a jumper. The American version, of course.

                    1. re: mariacarmen
                      alliegator RE: mariacarmen Jul 12, 2013 10:10 AM

                      with white tights and mary janes...

                  3. re: LindaWhit
                    Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 05:03 AM

                    Your sauce sounds good Linda. If you get scapes again, another use that we've come to really enjoy is to steam them along with some fresh or frozen peas then puree them in the blender or food processor with a little bit of broth or cream to loosen the mixture. If we're using it as a sauce, I toss in some fresh basil or whatever herb goes best with the meal. I add less liquid and we've used the puree as a spread for crostini too.

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                      LindaWhit RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 01:25 PM

                      Bc, my next CSA is tomorrow, so we'll see what I get. Everything I've seen about a sauce made with peas leads me to believe I'd like it. Peas, scapes, and some mint or basil, along with the broth and/or cream. Sounds perfect! I was watching "Food for Thought" in the nail salon yesterday while getting a pedicure, and the pea puree (with mint) was used on a crostini as well (didn't have scapes, however).

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                        Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 02:00 PM

                        I so need a pedicure Linda! I'm envious!!

                        You've reminded me that I've also added freshly grated parm to my pea puree when using it for crostini. It's amazing!

                        1. re: LindaWhit
                          gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 02:37 PM

                          I like the idea LW, of watching a food show while getting a pedi - awesome way to roll....

                          and the pea/mint/scape pesto sounds good on crostini - now, if we could only get some fava beans around here in the PNW, that would really rock that out!

                    2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 04:55 PM

                      Wow, it's been an unexpectedly long day. It was all going well until I arrived home to a lovely letter from Mr. IRS likely pointing out a dumb error that I made 2 years ago. I am hoping, praying, fingers crossed, ritualizing that it wasn't my error and it's just a mistake. In my mad dash to find the tax returns, I discovered a lovely family of flies which were having a wonderful party on the window of the back door. I can't figure out where they are from or if they were coming or going but I literally had to take out 30 or so flies just resting on the window panes. Now my mind is pretty much occupied with all of that madness and I wasn't too motivated to cook dinner, so it's an omelet for me tonight which actually is a great dinner since I love omelets - tonight's combination was black forest ham, Canadian bacon, regular bacon (I went a little crazy with the piggy products), Shiitake mushrooms and a mix of Asiago and Fontina cheese. It was a perfect dinner for a night like tonight and now I hope I can get some rest with my mind which is now running a mile a minute worrying about flies and taxes. The best news of today is that my instrument cluster which pooped out 2 weeks ago has finally been delivered to the dealer so I my speedometer and gas gauge will be back in action :)

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                      1. re: fldhkybnva
                        ChristinaMason RE: fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 05:39 PM

                        I feel your pain when it comes to horrible letters like that. My best advice is to CALL and just explain, as kindly and calmly as possible, what happened and how much you wish to right things ASAP. G'luck!

                        That omelet , meanwhile, sounds very soothing!

                        1. re: ChristinaMason
                          fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Jul 10, 2013 05:48 PM

                          yea, it's in reference to a form for education credits. I was definitely enrolled that year and so I'm going to start with the financial aid office here and see if there is some quick fix, otherwise it's to the IRS I go. I called tonight and it took me 10 calls to figure out how to speak with a real person. I finally gave up and Googled "how to speak with a real person at the IRS" and got great advice - FYI if anyone needs it and I hope you don't, you call and then press your language selection and then continually press 0 even if the voice repeatedly tells you to choose an option. I finally was put on hold but then of course the phone call got disconnected after 30 minutes of waiting so I will attempt perhaps tomorrow morning. Thanks for the advice, and I definitely think that's the way to go as I am a complete idiot with these kinds of things so of course no harm was meant by my possible checking "no" instead of "yes." Thanks for the well wishes, hopefully it'll be sorted out tomorrow one way or another and I can at least stop worrying about the outcome.

                          The omelet was a soothing, massive protein mess, just like I like it.

                        2. re: fldhkybnva
                          foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 05:53 AM

                          I have been on the reciving end of one of those letters. Ugh! Hope it goes well.

                          That omelet sounds heavenly.

                          1. re: fldhkybnva
                            Breadcrumbs RE: fldhkybnva Jul 14, 2013 05:05 AM

                            Sounds like a nice comforting meal on the heals of some distressing news fldhky. I'm just catching up on this thread so I'll keep my fingers crossed that you have this sorted by the time I get to the end of the page!!

                          2. alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 05:01 PM

                            Thai take out for me!!! The Kentucky hot brown from last night was a very, um, warm experience, so there will be no cooking tonight. And it was a long errand day. Took pap to get a new and valid passport for our trip to Prague this winter. That place was a zoo!
                            I've tried to post pics and a write up of the KHB, but my net connection is being a turd and it's not posting--I'll try later :)
                            As long as we don't get the haboob (dust storm) that's a possibility. But it's fun to say haboob.

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                              fldhkybnva RE: alliegator Jul 10, 2013 05:10 PM

                              Good luck avoiding the dust and Thai sounds wonderful. I also agree, haboob is a great word but not a great occurrence I imagine. I look forward to hearing about the KHB which I keep reading as KGB...I hope you don't have information on the KGB, but that might be interesting as well.

                              1. re: fldhkybnva
                                alliegator RE: fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 05:16 PM

                                No, no intel on the KGB :) But I have plenty to say about the KHB.
                                And haboob is not that big of a deal for me, because my car is black, I get the garage. Magator and his neutralmobile will be the busy ones tomorrow am.

                              2. re: alliegator
                                suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 10, 2013 05:22 PM

                                I am curious... how did you like the hot brown? I am a huge fan and I think i may be making them soon. That will bulk up my calorie count in a damn tasty way.

                                1. re: alliegator
                                  alliegator RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 09:19 AM

                                  Ok, The interwebs are more cooperative today, so on with Tuesday's hot brown. I mostly used this recipe with a few tweaks.
                                  It was good, but it didn't blow me away. I think because I was dripping in sweat from making the thing. Bacon, the sauce, broiling, ugh. Much better suited to a winter's day.
                                  I did find the French toast-like egg bread to be a good touch, it made it hold up under the cheese sauce. And I use gruyere for that. Photos below...
                                  Argh! no photos, I can't get them to post for some unknown reason.

                                  1. re: alliegator
                                    juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 09:40 AM

                                    This looks like the ideal couple-days-after-Thanksgiving-and-we-need-to-use-up-the-turkey meal :) I think suzigirl mentioned she did that last year.

                                    1. re: alliegator
                                      Allegra_K RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 01:27 PM

                                      I had to google what a hot brown was--I've never heard of it before! Sounds like a pretty good diner fare....though for rare occasions only!

                                      1. re: alliegator
                                        twodales RE: alliegator Jul 12, 2013 07:17 AM

                                        The best part of Thanksgiving is the Hot Brown which comes a day or two after. Definitely a cool-weather food for me and worth the wait.

                                    2. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 05:07 PM

                                      I'm still craving food from home, and tonight it's busaba eathai I'm missing. I've made pumpkin curry and a cucumber relish. I left them both to sit whilst I took my toddler to try and catch fireflies in the woods behind our house. We got home just before a massive storm, thunder, lightening, huge bouncing raindrops! I think the weather is better at home than it is in DC!

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                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: helen_m Jul 11, 2013 08:40 AM

                                        I had to look up busaba eathai, but it looks like it's a restaurant? Either way, pumpking curry sounds wonderful.

                                      2. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 05:46 PM

                                        Tonight we're having turkey paprikas, which DH prepared while I was stuck late at work. Sides will be rice and some pickled cucumbers.

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                                        1. re: ChristinaMason
                                          helen_m RE: ChristinaMason Jul 10, 2013 06:08 PM

                                          S is stuck at work still! Glad I made something that gets better for sitting...

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                                            ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Jul 10, 2013 06:46 PM

                                            That kind of week. Hang in there!

                                            Dinner was great. I should "let" him cook more often.

                                          2. re: ChristinaMason
                                            fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Jul 10, 2013 06:09 PM

                                            Sounds great. I love paprika and for some reason never get along to the poultry paprika. I do use it often with shrimp.

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                                              ChristinaMason RE: fldhkybnva Jul 10, 2013 06:48 PM

                                              One of my favorite dishes. Give it a try! You don't need a lot of carb to eat it with, necessarily, either.

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                                                fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Jul 10, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                Just season with paprika and bake?

                                                1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                  ChristinaMason RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                  It's more stew-like, with sour cream, onions, garlic, and more. Check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/743235

                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                    LindaWhit RE: ChristinaMason Jul 11, 2013 06:08 AM



                                          3. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 06:52 PM

                                            Made a BANGING Chicken Tinga on Tostadas from Pati's Mexican Table. My husband ate 3 servings and then asked me to pack up 2 more for him to take to lunch tomorrow.

                                            I was going to make green rice as well but there just wasn't enough time to do that as well which was fine. We had lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado on top of the tostadas.

                                            Tomorrow I plan to finish the strawberry-rhuarb pie I started today (don't ask) and try a tequila-shrimp-crema dish I saw on Pati Jinich's blog. The plan is to serve that over green or white rice. We shall see!

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                                            1. re: Njchicaa
                                              Fowler RE: Njchicaa Jul 11, 2013 10:46 AM

                                              First someone is talking about hump day and now you are speaking of banging.

                                              Could we please keep this thread at least PG-13 people?!?!

                                              Totally kidding. :-)

                                              1. re: Fowler
                                                Njchicaa RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                Hahaha It was totally unintentional. =)

                                                1. re: Fowler
                                                  twodales RE: Fowler Jul 12, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                  Thanks for the Friday grin!

                                                2. re: Njchicaa
                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: Njchicaa Jul 14, 2013 05:11 AM

                                                  Mmm Tinga....sounds great Nj. Is this the recipe you used:


                                                  If so, I'll bookmark it.

                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                    Njchicaa RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                    Yes, that is it. So good!

                                                3. prima RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                  Baked wild salmon with a fresh home-grown basil sauce, roasted asparagus, and quinoa pilaf with spinach, Swiss chard (baby chard from my garden), collards (a few leaves from my garden- the bugs have been feasting on my collards, so most has gone to the bugs), chevre and garlic. Raspberries for dessert.

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                                                  1. re: prima
                                                    fldhkybnva RE: prima Jul 11, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                    Baked wild salmon with basil sauce sounds fantastic - pesto sauce?

                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                      prima RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                      More of a fresh basil sauce, to serve with salmon that's already cooked. I cut a couple dozen basil leaves into a chiffonade, then added the basil to a quick sauce made of mayo (around 1 tbsp),sour cream (around 2 tbsp), 1 tsp lemon juice, splash of white balsamic, splash of Jamaican hot sauce, and a dash of cayenne. Made sauce for a pound of salmon filets, with a little left to dip of the asparagus.

                                                      1. re: prima
                                                        fldhkybnva RE: prima Jul 11, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                        Ooh, that sounds wonderful!

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                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: prima Jul 14, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                          Ah, I now see I should have read ahead. That's what you get for falling behind on these threads!! Pls ignore my earlier question prima, I see you've answered it here. Your sauce sounds lovely, and I love the kick from the hot sauce & cayenne.

                                                      2. re: prima
                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: prima Jul 14, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                        Nice to have basil and chard from your garden prima. How did you prepare your basil sauce?

                                                        In our case it's been the rabbits and the gopher that have been wreaking havoc on the garden. I put out veggie scraps to distract them but they seem to think of my fennel castoffs as antipasti and still feast from my garden when I'm not looking!!

                                                        Here's mr gopher enjoying his antipasti of fennel this morning. He then raced over to my veggie patch and finished off my last lettuce before I could dash out the door to chase him off.

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                                                          suzigirl RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                          I am going to stop complaining about my pesky garden invaders. That's one fat and sassy little critter there. He is cute though

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                                                            GretchenS RE: suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                            cute and FAST if he beat you to the lettuce Bc!

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                                                            mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                            awww chubbo!

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                                                              Fowler RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                              You are too funny BC and I can relate to your problem. My yard is filled with more animals than the average zoo. Everything from badgers to deer and they treat my garden as if it were some type of free grocery store. I planted red onions this year and figured they would go untouched. Um, wrong. Something actually dug them up and ate them. And the animals know they have been naughty because when I go out to the garden to see what they have devoured the animals suddenly have very guilty looks on their otherwise happy faces.

                                                              1. re: Fowler
                                                                suzigirl RE: Fowler Jul 14, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                Okay, that just made me snort-laugh. Very guilty looks on otherwise happy faces. I swear that the birds watch me to see how I wrapped the tomatoes so they can undo it

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                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: Fowler Jul 14, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                  Love it Fowler! Too bad we're not neighbours...perhaps you could distract them from my garden!! Like you we too have deer. Also, coyote and foxes.

                                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs
                                                                  eight_inch_pestle RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                  Mmm, fennel-finished gopher bacon.

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                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 14, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                    OMG, too funny eip!! mr bc almost passed wine through his nose when I read your post aloud!!

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                                                                    KrumTx RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                    That's one fat-and-happy gopher!

                                                                3. Dave MP RE: LindaWhit Jul 10, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                  Not summery in San Francisco. It's cool and foggy, so tonight I made mini frittatas, which I had never tried before.

                                                                  I sauteed 1 chopped onion in some olive oil, then added spinach, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, I beat 4 eggs, and added about 1/4 cup of milk. I also cut some nice feta cheese into small cubes.

                                                                  I greased a muffin tin with cooking spray, then ladled in the egg mixture into each of the tins. It filled 11 of the 12 (which is like the story of my baking life). Next, I added the pieces of feta, and then the spinach/onion mixture. I baked them for about 12 minutes at 375 degrees, until the tops had just set. I let them cool for about 15 minutes, and then they came easily out of the muffin tin.

                                                                  They tasted good (probably thanks to the good quality feta), and had a light fluffy texture. I ate them at room temperature, and I'll probably try them either cold or reheated tomorrow at breakfast!

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                                                                    roxlet RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 05:19 AM

                                                                    Those sound awesome! If I could stand to turn on the oven, I'd be making those right now!

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                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                      They're perfect for breakfast bites, Dave. Did you sauté the spinach before adding to the egg mixture?

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                        Dave MP RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                        Just ate one cold for breakfast and it was great!

                                                                        And yes, I sautéed the spinach with the onions (and thyme, pepper, salt) and then added the cooked mixture to the tins w/ the egg and cheese.

                                                                        1. re: Dave MP
                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                          Just one? :-P

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                                                                            Dave MP RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                            Well, I did eat 4 last night. Plus a salad and a pasta dish.

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                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: Dave MP Jul 14, 2013 05:37 AM

                                                                            I make a very similar recipe Dave but mine includes mushrooms and green onions. For anyone interested, here's a link to the recipe for Mini Spinach and Feta Frittatas...you can adapt the veggies to your taste:


                                                                            I had a chuckle about your 11 vs 12 comment Dave. I suffer the same challenge w baking as well!!

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                                                                          alliegator RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                          I love the mini-ness of them. Makes for tidy leftovers! what a great idea.

                                                                          1. re: Dave MP
                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                            Another delicious meal on the WFD!

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                                                                              mariacarmen RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                              they're so pretty!

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                                                                              Londonlinda RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                              The basil plants are growing about 1cm a day, so last night we had salmon (grilled) with pesto, home grown potatoes and broad beans (last of the beans - sob!). Followed by the Ottolenghi (am having a bit of an Ottolenghi moment!) ricotta pancakes from the Guardian last weekend with mixed fruit compote. Yum!


                                                                              And it's still hot and sunny in UK!

                                                                              1. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                                Last night, it was summer simplicity itself: a grilled T-Bone steak and a lemony arugula salad. Husband also had a "baked" potato which he cooked in the microwave and finished on the grill.

                                                                                Today, my son leaves for Poland where he will be representing the US in the World Junior Squash tournament with more than 37 countries sending players. So, that means that the next 11 days will be an empty nest preview featuring dinners for 2. That will be interesting...

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                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                                                  Party @ roxlet's and rjbh's! CANNONBALL!!!! :-D

                                                                                  Congrats to your son and good luck to him in the tournament - what an accomplishment!

                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                    Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                    CANNONBALL. lol!

                                                                                    "It's a little harsh, but here...cannonball it..." :-)


                                                                                    1. re: Fowler
                                                                                      roxlet RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                      Par-tay, par-tay, par-tay!

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                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                    That's awesome Rox! Good luck to him!

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                                                                                      alliegator RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                                      Sound like a great stick to your ribs dinner to send your son of on a long trip with in his belly.
                                                                                      Congrats on his accomplishment. I wish him safe travels and the best of luck in the tourney!

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                                                                                        roxlet RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                        Only he was working, and then playing squash, and I didn't pick him up until 10:15. He had already eaten at the courts--pasta--so he didn't have our dinner!

                                                                                      2. re: roxlet
                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                        how exciting for your son!

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                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                          Love the sound of your salad roxlet and very best wishes to your talented son. Let us know how he makes out in Poland.

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                                                                                            roxlet RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                            Oh, we know he won't do that well -- the American boys never do. He is a HS student who plays squash, and many of the international players (Egyptians in particular) are full-time squash players who mainly do a correspondent HS course. So far, he hasn't had any Polish food, so I'm looking forward to that report from him!

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                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                                                              It sounds as though it will be an incredible experience for him roxlet. Let us know what he thinks of the Polish food when you get a report!!

                                                                                        2. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                          Dinner tonight will be grilled salmon served over a bed of sautéed spring onions, kale and rainbow chard. It’s nice to back in the kitchen after a crazy week/weekend. Just wish this NE weather would cooperate. Rain rain go away!

                                                                                          1. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                                                            Tonight will be leftover spring pea soup w/ croutons and leftover paprikas and rice, unless we go out.

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                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: ChristinaMason Jul 14, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                              CM, you're soup sounds terrific and you've reminded me that I'd clipped a recipe for pea soup with lobster that I must dig out. I picked up some peas at the farmer's market yesterday and we must be getting very close to the end of the season so I really should make this dish. Thanks for the inspiration!

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                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                I found it! This will definitely be on the menu soon!

                                                                                            2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                              I think tonight we are going to have the leftover barbeque chicken sliced over a bag of Caesar salad. We are off for lunch to pick-up what is described as the best meatball sub (or grinder is what they say here) in the area.

                                                                                              1. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                Tonight is a chicken stir fry since I'm picking SO up at the airport and we won't get home til late. I already mixed up the sauce (half I am using as a marinade for the chicken) which has about every basic asian ingredient under the sun in it... rice vinegar, hoisin, soy sauce, fish sauce, fresh ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Oh and some honey. Veggies are carrots that I already have chopped up and some sugar snap peas. Stir fry it all up and serve w/ udon noodles. Fast and easy.

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                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jul 11, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                                  That sounds really good to me right now. And i have to say not much has sounded good lately.

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                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                    You can add peanut butter and peanuts to it to it to bulk up the calories :) This is the recipe I'm going off of. I've made it with pork before too. http://pinchofyum.com/hoisin-pork-wit...

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                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jul 11, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                                                      That recipe looks delicious. I think it would benefit with the peanut butter for me. I am desperate to bulk up. I am lingering way to close to the double digits on the scale lately. I am sucking down Ensure drinks and eating cubes of cheese for snacks. Yes, it got nasty

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                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                        Uh, so, on the 4th of july I cubed up a pound of pepper jack to use in a pasta salad but only used about half of it. The rest of it was gone by Sunday :-/

                                                                                                        Maybe making milkshakes would be better than that nasty ensure :)

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                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jul 11, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                          A milkshake would be nice on my sore throat. Good idea. I have two bananas in the freezer that are calling me now

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                            Have you tried the frozen banana soft serve "ice cream?"

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                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                              If i had ever seen it I would have tried it. I wonder if anyone around me makes it. I would love that.

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                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                Here's a link but basically you just throw them in the food processor or blender and let it go http://www.choosingraw.com/banana-sof...

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                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                  Damn, that sounds super good and simple. Thanks

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                                                                                                                    Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                    OK, my computer must be malfunctioning. I was just reading your comment about getting a cat. Then I did a refresh to see if there were new responses and saw the one about about how one should just throw them in the food processor or blender.

                                                                                                                    I thought what a horrible idea to get a cat and throw it in a food processor or blender.

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                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: juliejulez Jul 11, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                      That sounds really tasty. I have to pick up hubby from the airport tonight as well, but it's pretty early if his flight is on time (7ish).

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                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 11, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                        Yeah his flight gets in around 630 but by the time he gets through the airport (DIA is huge!) and gets his bag, it's usually like 730 before I can actually get him.

                                                                                                    3. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                      Well today has been another whirlwind, my oh my I'm not having good luck this week. I am still waiting to hear about the tax madness, but in the midst of that this morning as I reached into the couch to grab the remote a lovely mouse decided to climb out! I nearly lost it, well if you ask SO I did lose it. I am at my wits end but not sure what else there is to do. It's an old house so there are holes all over, but it's not fun to live with critters, however cute they may be. Fortunately, I woke up early and was hungry so whipped up dinner for later. I am certainly looking forward to it although very afraid to go home. Dinner will be grass fed sirloin with spinach and artichoke stuffed portabello caps. The spinach stuffing is already made and stuffed so I'll just need to throw the shrooms in the stove and sear the steak so should be a quick and easy dinner. The mushrooms are a favorite recipe of Rachael Ray's which I think I posted about a few WFDs ago. Now if only I could get rid of the mice. I think I would rather pay the IRS than deal with mice.

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                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                        Ugh on the mice! I totally sympathize. We live in an antique farmhouse and mice are just a way life. There is no way to plug up all the holes! Thankfully they stay mostly in the basement but I freak every times I actually spot one.

                                                                                                        I must have missed the RR stuffed mushroom recipe. Sounds wonderful, off to search….

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                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jul 11, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                          My landlord has been responsive but that's kind of her take on the isuse as well. I live in a historical rowhouse so I'm not sure there's much to be done and at this point I leave nothing out - all dishes cleaned and put away before and after eating, no trash left overnight. Have you ever had them creep onto furniture? I could perhaps deal with them in the kitchen or on the floor, but now I'm afraid to sit on my favorite couch. I imagine you'd take the risk :) Here is the Rachael Ray recipe, it's pretty similar to others I've found online but works well as a stuffing rather than just spinach artichoke dip stuffed in a mushroom http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ra.... I don't usually use all of the bread or even any sometimes and it still works out well.

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                                                                                                            alliegator RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                            Ugh, so sorry about your mice! That would really freak me out. My dad has them in his cabin sometimes and leaves little poison snack things for them under sinks, etc... Not terribly humane, but it seems to work pretty well.
                                                                                                            I live with cockroach invasions in S. Carolina, so I know the feeling of just wanting them gone.
                                                                                                            The stuffed 'shroom recipe looks yummy, thanks for sharing.

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                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                              Yea, they are smart critters. Steal the bait from traps, eat the poison bait and just get loopy and a little slow but nothing else, run right over sticky traps. I have to admit they are quite brilliant for such small mammals.

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                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                              The furniture is warm and cozy, so no surprise it was tucked in there. Try a cotton ball soaked in peppermint oil.


                                                                                                              And one of the replies on ^that^ thread said "I read somewhere that you can add ½ cup of soap detergent and one tablespoon of Tabasco sauce to one gallon of water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spritz this home repellent around the home, as well as nooks and crannies. This is a much desirable alternative to laying down toxic poisons in your home."

                                                                                                              Or get a cat. :-D

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                                                                                                                alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                Yeah, a cat! Much better than the poison cakes. I would love to have a kitteh and doggy home, but this just would not work with my wacky dog.

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                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                  My 125lb lab is petrified of them! My 9lb pom on the other hand is all "come and get me". She stalks the edges of the basement door all winter!

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                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                    My terriers (they live w/ my mom) LOVE hunting mice/rats. One found one in her yard and brought it to her LOL. I think you said your pup is a dalmation though so I'm not sure they're hunt and kill types. I know our basset hound would be useless, he'd just want to play with it, he likes anything that moves.

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                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: juliejulez Jul 11, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                      Haha, funny about the hunting terriers. I love that breed. Desi is not a hunt/kill type of girl, but she just wants to play. and that could get destructive. Luckily, her brother is an almost 16 year old pug, so my home remains largely intact.

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                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                    Hmm, that sounds like it's worth a try. Thanks for the link. Actually that's been the recommendation by all of the locals here. Apparently the smell keeps them away even if the cat doesn't grab them. I actually am pondering a trip to the SPCA tonight to investigate. I grew up with a cat so I'm quite familiar and it might be nice to have one around. There are a lot on the site which I'm sure would love a nice warm home.

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                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                      I don't know how I would survive without my furry friends. I think looking into adopting is a fantastic idea. You will both benefit

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                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                        A nice safe warm home with meat eaters is heaven for kittehs. :)

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                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit Jul 11, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                          Very true!

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                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                      thanks for the link! appreciate it. They are on my list once I turn on the oven again!

                                                                                                                      The first winter we were in the house and discovered we had mice we had an exterminator come over to give us an assessment on how to plug up the holes. Not only did he say there really wasn’t an way to do it due to the nature of our natural stone foundation, he also told us we had BATS(!!!) In the basement too. He plugged up what he could and recommended a tight seal on the basement door. We still get them in the main part of the house but have learned to live with them like you have-sealed garbage, all pantry items in tight containers, hospital clean counters (ok sometimes!) and the like. Thankfully they seem to move out in warmer months…

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                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                        Oh yikes. I can imagine how frustrating having mice can be. I guess its the trade off for a lovely historical home.
                                                                                                                        Thanks for the link to the mushrooms. They sound good without being over creamy or cheesy

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                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                      Oh my. First flies, now mice! At least dinner will be good.

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                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 11, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                        Dont forget the IRS. Fldhwkybnva is having a rough couple of days

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                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                          Yea, let's let it stop now. Also bad news on the car today as well. The dealer didn't call to let me know the part was finally in but that the part is no longer made so now they are scavenging salvage yards to hopefully find a part which of course might not work. At least tomorrow is Friday!

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                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                            You poor girl. You just can't catch a break. Jeez!

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                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: fldhkybnva Jul 14, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                        Sorry to hear about the mice now fldhky...what a week! I hope you have some wine on the menu for the weekend, it sounds like you could use some R&R.

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                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                          Thanks, I have been resting as much as I can with the new family member prancing around all over. I hope that next week will be a bit better.

                                                                                                                      3. Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                        I have a 3:00 PM appointment with the sadist, um I mean dentist, to have two fillings replaced so dinner tonight will be something easy to make and gentle on the teeth. Maybe a double gin & tonic or something along those lines.

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                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 11:02 AM


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                                                                                                                            Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                            Linda, you just made not only my day but my week. Thanks for the laughs.

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                                                                                                                              alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                              Holy crap, that's funny!!
                                                                                                                              Good luck Fowler, and don't forget some Kleenex to mop the drool off your face when he's done.
                                                                                                                              Healthy chompers lead to more eatin'!

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                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                              Your dinner plans sound perfect. Maybe firsts will be so good that you must go back for seconds.

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                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                And try this one.

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                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                  <3 <3 <3 Bill Cosby. :D

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                                                                                                                                    Fowler RE: roxlet Jul 11, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                    Thanks roxlet for making me feel less apprehensive. LOL. :-)

                                                                                                                                    It could be worse...


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                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                      I thought you were going to link "Marathon Man:"


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                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                        lol! Talk about horror!!

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                                                                                                                                          Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                          Linda, Thankfully I viewed your link AFTER I returned from the dentist.-)

                                                                                                                                          I am glad that you and roxlet know you can post links like that and I will laugh with you. Some of the people here take themselves so unbelievably seriously that one cannot even joke around with them. Not me. I am the first to laugh at myself and always appreciate the humor others bestow.

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                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                            oh, now, i've found most people on WFD to have a great sense of humor! some are just drier than others, which i appreciate. thank goodness, not like on some other threads!

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                                                                                                                                              Fowler RE: mariacarmen Jul 11, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                              I agree that *most* people that participate in WFD threads have a great sense of humor. There are just some, however, that take themselves intensely seriously.

                                                                                                                                  2. alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                    The Thai larb I had last night was absolutely fantastic. The lady that runs the restaurant we favor really knows how to get all her flavors in balance. And, a very pleasant surprise came of it all--I gave some to pap and he liked it! I almost fell off the chair.
                                                                                                                                    So tonight, we're going somewhat Asian again. I've got glass noodles and some beautiful shrimp, I thing I'm going to piece together some sort of cool salad with that and mango, some cilantro and other herbs and veg. I think the way to do Asian with pap is to lay out each ingredient individually, and do the "do you like this?" test.
                                                                                                                                    I'm sure we'll come up with something :)

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                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: alliegator Jul 11, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                      Wow, very impressive he likes larb. Good luck with tonight's salad.

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                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                      The hubby returns today. He's not a huge mushroom fan so I typically only make them when he's not at home, but I bought some with the intent of making them earlier in the week and that never happened. I really don't want them to go to waste, so I think I'm going to make a mushroom strogonoff. I'll probably grab a rotisserie chicken to go with it. I'm hoping that the fact that there's pasta involved will appease him somewhat.

                                                                                                                                      1. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        My husband has to be up in NYC at 10pm tonight for work. I'm not sure if he is coming home (1 hour east) and then going to NYC (1.25 hours north) or if he is just heading straight there.

                                                                                                                                        Sooooo.... I pulled a bag of homemade ravioli, a container of marinara sauce, and a couple of breaded chicken cutlets from the freezer. It will be either dinner for both of us or dinner for me and lunch for him. Either way it will be easy which was the plan.

                                                                                                                                        1. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          Indulged in yet another food orgy at our local Sichuan & cocktail haunt while watching the world go under (yes, another massive thunderstorm.... more like *fish* days of summer). Came home to find the garage door not opening and general darkness. Took us a few to realize the power had gone out on our entire block.

                                                                                                                                          Our friends, who will be spending the next couple weeks scuba-diving in the Caribbean, came over with some candles and we hung out in the semi-dark for a few hours being silly and drinking wine until the power finally came on again.

                                                                                                                                          It ended up being another crazy late night, so tonight will and has to be mellow -- I have a guest gig with my keyboarder in the early afternoon (decidedly not my favorite time for singing) at the local Arts Fest, and thus need to be a good girl tonight.

                                                                                                                                          This will involve having a buddy of ours over for homemade pizza with mozzarella, shiitakes, prosciutto and ..... drum roll.... squash blossoms :-)

                                                                                                                                          I got those at the farmers market on Tuesday, and don't feel like stuffing and frying them today. If we have any leftover, I might try my hand at that on Saturday or something.

                                                                                                                                          Side will be a simple tossed salad with vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                          World War Z for dessert. Our friend's buying. Nice.

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                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: linguafood Jul 11, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                            Enjoy the dinner and movie. Will be interested to hear what you think of it (the movie).

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                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Jul 11, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                              Enjoy the dinner and movie, and the pizza! The toppings are a sure winner.

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                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: linguafood Jul 11, 2013 11:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                I'm so jealous you have a place that serves Sichuan and cocktails. What a fabulous combination.
                                                                                                                                                Enjoy those squash blossoms.

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                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                  We now have 3 (!) places in a town of just over 100,000 people that prepare very good Sichuan food.

                                                                                                                                                  The cocktail place also serves sushi, hibachi and American-Chinese, and used to have abysmal service, which is why we avoided it for a while. But both barkeepers are brilliant and really know their shit. The sushi is also by far the best in town.

                                                                                                                                                  The Sichuan menu at this place is fairly new, and my friends keep claiming that it's *all* my "fault" this is happening... I have my doubts, but I love it anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: linguafood Jul 12, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                  My son loved the movie, my husband did not. I chose not to go to enjoy the peace and quiet. Let me know us know what you thought of it!

                                                                                                                                                  Stuffed squash blossoms are my absolute favorite thing but I have never tried my hand at them. Do you have a good recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: foodieX2 Jul 12, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I liked it. The zombies were positively creepy, it had a good pace, wasn't too melodramatic and it had some great scenes (on the plane and at the WHO health unit); also, for once people didn't all turn into selfish assholes, as they tend to in most zombie flicks. I am also glad they reworked some of the very, very obvious CGI from the trailers, which looked ridiculously fake.

                                                                                                                                                    I was worried about the running time, but it was entertaining enough that I didn't look at my watch once, which is generally a good sign for me.

                                                                                                                                                    As for the squash blossoms, I do not. They are also one of my favorite appetizers, but I've only had them in restaurants and I am positively intimidated by the idea. I think ChristinaMason made them recently.... I might have to pick her brain or search the interwebs.

                                                                                                                                                    Unless someone here will speak up. Now's yer chance, 'hounds!!!

                                                                                                                                                    They were just ok on the pizza, perhaps too mild to really shine. And maybe splooshing Grace's scotch bonnet sauce generously all over the slices might have had something to do with it :-)

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                                                                                                                                                      JungMann RE: linguafood Jul 12, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I like squash blossoms stuffed with a soft goat or ricotta cheese that is spiked with something stringy like mozzarella. For seasonings, I like the usual: lemon zest, parsley, basil, oregano, though a combination of dill and cilantro is nice with goat and feta and served with a spicy tomato sauce.

                                                                                                                                                      If you don't want to bother with the frying, quesadillas of lightly sauteed squash blossoms are a quick meal I can't get enough of.

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                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: JungMann Jul 12, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                        How do you manage the stuffing not coming out? And when you fry, do you flour, egg wash, flour (or panko) again?

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                                                                                                                                                          JungMann RE: linguafood Jul 12, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I use a piping bag to fill the blossom upwards, pressing the petals against the filling and leaving the last couple centimeters unfilled so I can twist that portion shut. The petals generally stick to the cheese so if you press down on the twisted tops, you shouldn't have much of a leakage problem. Dip in batter (flour, cornstarch, seasoning, soda), fry for a couple minutes to brown and melt the cheese and you're done before the filling has had a chance to escape (though I've had one or two poppers, when I've accidentally broken a damaged petal)

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                                                                                                                                                            helen_m RE: linguafood Jul 14, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I make little balls out of the ricotta/mozzarella/parmesan mix wrap them in basil leaves and pop those in the courgette flower. It really helps to stop cheese leakage.

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                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: JungMann Jul 12, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                            i think the spicy tomato sauce is key actually - my sister and i recently made them with flowers from her garden and while they were good and we had no spillage/breakage, they needed something tart/spicy to counter the fried/cheesy. they have a nice light texture, though, and i'm always bummed i didn't make these while living in Italy. The 2 or 3 times i actually bought some from a veg stand, by the time I'd get them home (it was hot as blazes and i depended on a 2x a day bus) they'd be completely wilted and unusable

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                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: linguafood Jul 12, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the update. Will add to my netflix list when it comes out on DVD.

                                                                                                                                                            I have been way too intimidated myself so if you do make them let me know and takes lots of pics!

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                                                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                        We've had company, been traveling, then came home and husband built a fence. Whew. It is supposed to be 100F here today. We are in the house, with air on, fan going, windows closed up, he has finished his project and is taking a nap.
                                                                                                                                                        I took a couple of boneless pork loin chops out of the freezer, trimmed them (what little there was to trim), and sliced them, not too thin, into strips. I have them marinating in a yogurt-based sauce: yogurt, sweet onion, garlic, paprika, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ancho chile powder, s&p, lemon juice (from my MIL's tree in AZ, I froze the juice), olive oil.
                                                                                                                                                        We'll grill, and serve with plain, brown basmati (Lundberg), and a chopped romaine salad.

                                                                                                                                                        1. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                          dinner out last, dinner out tonight, but i'm looking at this really simple "thai" sausage salad for the weekend, using chinese sausages, as we have all the ingredients on hand: http://eatingasia.typepad.com/eatinga...

                                                                                                                                                          lurrrrvvvvve chinese sausages...

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                                                                                                                                                            Dave MP RE: mariacarmen Jul 11, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                            That looks good! I also love Chinese sausage, but I never know how long I am supposed to cook them for before it's OK to eat them.

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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: Dave MP Jul 11, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                              i don't think it's very long... we usually chop them up and pan fried, but sometimes chop and mix them into the water when making jasmine rice, so the flavor permeates the rice. great to use the leftovers for fried rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                Dave MP RE: mariacarmen Jul 11, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I love the sweetness of Chinese sausage in fried rice. If I don't use Chinese sausage, I sometimes use chicken-apple sausages, which are pre-cooked and also have the nice sweet/salty flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: Dave MP Jul 12, 2013 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Good to know about the chicken apple sausages! I love lap cheong in fried rice, but am not always able to get my hands on some.

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                                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: Dave MP Jul 12, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                The lap cheong are usually already hot smoked so you don't need to worry about cooking them. Just long enough to get some caramelization on the outside is long enough for me.

                                                                                                                                                            2. rainbowbrown RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Tonight will be my first night cooking anything in a few weeks, since I've been honeymooning in Italy and just got home. For about a week while traveling I ate pesto and anchovies every single day. I miss it so much that tonight I'm making pesto with pasta and peas - and mushroom and tomato bruschetta. Also because when we got home the basil and peas had taken over the garden. I sure do wish I could get some fresh anchovies though.

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                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: rainbowbrown Jul 11, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                congrats, rainbowbrown! honeymooning in Italy sounds fab. as does your dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: rainbowbrown Jul 11, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Congratulations! I've only had canned anchovies but I hear the fresh and jarred are well worth seeking out.

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                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: rainbowbrown Jul 11, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    What a wonderful place to honeymoon - and welcome to the WFD thread!

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                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: rainbowbrown Jul 11, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Nice to have you here. Congratulations on your wedding. Lucky you ...three weeks in Italy. Enjoy that meal it sounds nice and fresh

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                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: rainbowbrown Jul 12, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Mazel Tov!

                                                                                                                                                                        I spent my Luna di Miele in Italy as well, 22 years ago! Still one of the best vacations I ever had. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: rainbowbrown Jul 14, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Congratulations and your dinner sounds wonderful btw. mr bc and I are huge fans of Italy and Italian food.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          The man requested something "fajita like" and since it is National Mojito Day..... there will be mojo chicken and I'm afraid carne asada may have to sub for the usual churrasco since this wasn't planned ahead of time. I took a big stainless bowl out to the garden and filled it with various chilis and peppers. There might be a few skewers of shrimp while I'm at it. The usual veggies will be grilled because that's what happens when you grow them. It took every fiber of my being to NOT pick the eggplants that look ready.... but there has to be something for tomorrow! All will be served with warmed tortillas, crema mexicana, cheese, etc. to be "fajita like."

                                                                                                                                                                          There will be a large pitcher of Mojitos with mint from the garden (I swear it's the best mint for Mojitos EVER.) A stack of Cheap Trick records is ready next to the turntable. It's the man's Friday since he doesn't work tomorrow and it's looking like its going to be a good night.....

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                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler RE: weezieduzzit Jul 11, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            "There will be a large pitcher of Mojitos with mint from the garden (I swear it's the best mint for Mojitos EVER.) A stack of Cheap Trick records is ready next to the turntable."

                                                                                                                                                                            Throw in some chocolate and that basically sounds like the ideal night. Have fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: Fowler Jul 11, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm one of the few people on the planet that doesn't like chocolate but we do have pistachio gelato in the freezer...

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                                                                                                                                                                              Breadcrumbs RE: weezieduzzit Jul 14, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Mojitos and Cheap Trick...now that sounds like a fun evening weezie!! I won't be able to get "I want you to want me" out of my head now!! Love Cheap Trick!

                                                                                                                                                                            3. prima RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Roasted rosemary and thyme chicken, roasted beets, Caesar salad, a new potato salad with radishes, basil and celery, cherries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                gini RE: prima Jul 15, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                How do the radishes play with the potato salad? I'm intrigued.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: gini Jul 15, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure the radishes and potatoes are very well behaved in the same salad sandbox, gini.


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                                                                                                                                                                                    gini RE: LindaWhit Jul 15, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You sure? Those radishes sure to have a peppery temperament.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm using up my two CSA pattypan squash in a "zucchini pizza bite" dinner. Got the link from a friend of mine, and thought it was a great way to use up the squash.

                                                                                                                                                                                I was going to make a salad, but thought a plate of pizza bites would make a nice, light dinner all by itself. (Well, yeah, there IS wine! It is, after, the day after Hump Day and less than 24 hours to the weekend!)

                                                                                                                                                                                My changes (of course I did some tweaking - it IS me, after all!):

                                                                                                                                                                                I added some Aleppo pepper to the tomato sauce (maybe 1/4 tsp. to the 1/3 cup of sauce) to give it a bit of a bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                I minced up some of the mozzarella pearls I had for a salad last week instead of shredded mozz, and chopped up some CSA green onions and sprinkled that on top with some of the homegrown basil. Note - I also ended up cooking for about 5 minutes on each side, as I cut the pattypan squash a bit thicker than 1/4".

                                                                                                                                                                                Quite a very nice, easy, vegetarian meal! (That's two in a row for me, which is unusual! LOL)

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not as adept at taking photos as Christina and Breadcrumbs, and others are, especially with my old cell phone's camera. But this will give an idea of how they came out.


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                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Those look good and cute!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    aw, shucks. thanks for the photo shout-out. dinner looks mighty tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Linda I love this idea of making pizza bites with zucchini and yours look fabulous. I'm also very impressed with your camera photos. I'm absolutely horrible with my phone camera and if you looked in my photo file on the phone you'd laugh because I have more photos of feet and nothing (from mistakenly pressing the button) than of anything else. I also prefer looking through a view finder and get messed up if I don't have one so the non-feet photos on my phone tend to be of people without heads or appendages!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight the piggy gets it. Someone "squealed" on him. A nice well trimmed one and a half pound center cut loin filet went into a mixture of olive oil,garlic cloves, rosemary, oregano, basil, onion powder, smidge of brown sugar, rwv, and half a lemon, salt and pepper. I am par boiling red new potatoes and dressing them with maranade and roasting them in the oven. Quicky creamed spinach and dinner is done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love that your back with your piggy meals! I hope the meal sits well tonight and that you're officially on the road to recovery. What do you put in your creamed spinach?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 11, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          My quicky version is one box of frozen chopped spinach well squeezed, a very large soup spoon of cream cheese and a heavy glug(1/4 cup) of milk and a half teaspoon of minced dried onion and some badia complete.cooked til cream cheese and milk make a creamy sauce and the onions are hydrated. Go easy on the onion. It goes a long way
                                                                                                                                                                                          Not cheating version
                                                                                                                                                                                          One minced shallot and a minced clove of garlic sauted in butter, a bag of washed baby greens or a bunch of spinach(usually a pound) stemed and thrown into the shallot mix and stirred to start to wilt. A heavy handed splash of cream to cover and reduce on a simmer til thichened. Salt and pepper to taste

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                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 12, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! I'm still on the hunt for that Badia, I might have to buy it online.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 12, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              You might want to look for it in the Latin section of your grocery store. Not WF though. Pretty sure they won't carry it. Good luck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: suzigirl Jul 12, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for both versions, suzigirl! glad you have your mojo back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: GretchenS Jul 12, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks gretchen

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                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: suzigirl Jul 11, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum! Back with a vengeance, suzi!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Jul 11, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Well it was juicy and tasty to me but my bf said the pork was a bit aggressive in seasonings. I do have a cold so the taste was probably off. My peanutbutter on a spoon for calories and protein tasted a bit flat so, I admit the faux pas on the pork was my fault. I went easy on the oil in the marinade for my tummy and that must be the cause. At least I feel like cooking again

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                                                                                                                                                                                            whitneybee RE: LindaWhit Jul 11, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's dinner was all CSA produce - zucchini pancakes with a spinach and heirloom cucumber salad. Delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: whitneybee Jul 11, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              nice! welcome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: whitneybee Jul 12, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                welcome to WFD, great dinner to start out with!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    whitneybee RE: whitneybee Jul 13, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, all! I've enjoyed lurking on these threads but have never really posted so I'm looking forward to sharing more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: whitneybee Jul 14, 2013 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Welcome whitney, nice to have you here. Your zucchini pancakes sound wonderful. We love them, especially with some tzatziki to serve alongside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 01:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday night, we had a family meal at a local pub to celebrate the nephew's graduation from university (food lousy). Last night, herself & I went in to the city for Cantonese (food good).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight, a Nigel Slater recipe from Kitchen Diaries 2 - pork chops & gooseberry sauce. Chops are fried in butter, according to the recipe, but I think we'll finish in the oven as they are quite thick. A couple of splashes of cider go in the pan, along with 250g of gooseberries, a little sugar and a few sprigs of oregano (I'm growing that for the first time this year), Lid goes on and it cooks for 15 minutes or so, until the berries collapse and make a sort of lumpy sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: Harters Jul 12, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love how you're 'growing oregano for the first time this year.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have oregano up the wazoo in our frontyard, not ever having done anything to make it so. It's taking over....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 bushes, easily. Want some? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: linguafood Jul 12, 2013 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nah, the plant is doing OK in a pot and will feed us. I've grown marjoram for years as it's hardy for us but I thought I'd give this a try and see if it comes through the winter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          biondanonima RE: Harters Jul 12, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have oregano in a pot on the windowsill that I couldn't kill if I wanted to. It goes dormant in the winter, but comes blazing back in the spring. I wish I had as much success with other herbs; my DH doesn't care for oregano, so I don't use much of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Njchicaa RE: biondanonima Jul 14, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have it in a pot in my backyard and I leave it outside all winter. It has been covered in feet of snow and that thing comes back every single year. I almost never use fresh oregano but I have it every spring, summer, and fall!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Njchicaa Jul 14, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              i first read this as "I have pot in my backyard" and thought "Shhhh, Njchicaa! Don't let the NSA know - they're probably reading us!" ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When the brother in law lived in Mallorca, he had a small construction company. He and his two guys were doing major renovations on a near derelict house. Then the cops turned up and arrested them for growing pot in the garden. Well, someone had planted about half a dozen plants but it wasnt them. Still spent a night in the cells till it got sorted out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: Harters Jul 14, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And here I thought Spain was one of the countries with a more reasonable approach to drugs.... guess Portugal has them beat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: linguafood Jul 15, 2013 02:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They moved to the UK getting on 20 years back, so the Spanish approach may be more liberal now. I have it mind that possession of pot for personal use is not an offence (as in the Netherlands) but production and "dealing" is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: Njchicaa Jul 14, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Apparently, it's the wet winters we have that kills it off, not the cold (which surprises me as North American winters are sooooo much colder than ours).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 03:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight was adobo chicken - leftovers from last night. A friend of my parents passed the recipe along and the ingredient quantities and process were quite different to the recipe I've used so I gave it a go. It was very light on soy and vinegar and fried the chicken first. Water made up most of the sauce. The chicken was tender but the dish lacked the punch that our usual recipe has.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Most of the day was spent cooking for the bloke's birthday family dinner tomorrow night. He requested a grilled Vietnamese pork rib dish so the menu became all Vietnamese. Let's just say I've squeezed a LOT of limes and chopped a lot of shallots today in preparation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          JungMann RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've seen adobo recipes that are light on the soy, but this is the first time I've seen one that is light on the vinegar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: JungMann Jul 12, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't want to be mean about the recipe I was given but there is probably a good reason for that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            oooh, can hardly wait to hear about the bloke's birthday dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. sbp RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Italian roast pork sandwiches with greens and provolone a la DiNics in Philly. I deviated a bit because I smoked the pork for a few hours before braising.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: sbp Jul 13, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: sbp Jul 14, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree with CM, your meal sounds wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It finally cooled off enough to garden here yesterday so we bagged the light meal we had planned as pulling weeds and digging holes works up an appetite. I dug out a beef kielbasi from the freezer and made a zucchini casserole with squash and scraps left over from the squash and bell pepper kabobs as it was cool enough to turn on the oven. There was potato salad on the side. Maybe tonight will be the chicken and caesar salad or an omelet. Tomorrow we head to the outer cape and beach and bars in Ptown. Can't wait!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 12, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wild time in those bars in P-town! :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: Berheenia Jul 12, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my favorite places. We usually go in the off-season but summer can be quite the wild time! Wnjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Still trying to figure out WFD tonight. I am craving bun so might try to talk my husband into heading over to our favorite Vietnamese place. The boy loves pho so I am sure he will be up for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did pull out some of our cow this morning so back up dinner will be steaks. Just hope the rain clears!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had bun FD...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: ChristinaMason Jul 13, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Very jealous. We ended up an asian fusion place last night. I am still craving bun!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Woohoo Friday! It's been such a long week for me! I have decided that people and food win over mice so I will be in the kitchen all weekend as usual and will promptly plop on that couch when I get home eek...I have been so occupied that I've failed to plan what is usually a busy cooking weekend. For tonight, I am in the mood for steak but since I haven't been doing much cooking recently there are so many different dishes spinning around in my head. So many good dishes, so little time. Anyone else ever feel that way?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I couldn't stop thinking about that little kitten all night. I think I have decided to get it although I am waiting to hear from the landlord for a written letter to bring to the SPCA. Unfortunately they are assured the cat will go either today or this weekend so hopefully I"ll hear from her promptly sometime this afternoon and then kitty can enjoy a fun Friday night at home while SO and I cook away in the kitchen and hopefully find a good movie to watch and toys to play with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some local friends are coming over for dinner and I am using duck that I smoked over apple wood to make quesadillas tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guacamole, chips and salsa for an appetizer and Rioja sangrias for the beverages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have a great weekend everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: Fowler Jul 12, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. Smoked duck quesadillas. Nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: Fowler Jul 12, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight I'm going to freezer drive and will probably have the last of the chicken and fresh pasta with pesto sauce that I made last weekend. SO is taking a class tonight so he won't be home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're also heading out early tomorrow morning to Wyoming to go camping with friends, just for one night though. Since we're not really sure what the cooking situation will be, I am going to grill up a couple small steaks tonight and will thinly slice and make steak sandwiches out of them. Mine will have a chimichurri spread, and his will probably have a horseradish mayo. They'll keep nicely in our cooler. I'm home from work today too so I think I might try out these to take for snacks/lunch too http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-whole...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jul 12, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Those little snacks look very good. I want to try those with some pb&j and some with cream cheese and jelly. I think that would be good

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez RE: suzigirl Jul 12, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh I bet cream cheese and jelly would be good! Or brie... mmmm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: juliejulez Jul 12, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now you've got me thinking. I have some killer raspberry habanero jam. I bet that with brie would rock this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 12, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh for sure!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jul 12, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have to try these NOW! Brie or pepper jelly. The possabilities are endless

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle RE: juliejulez Jul 12, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those sandwiches sound really good. Enjoy the camping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Jul 12, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They're empanadas without the meat! Love this idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night's dinner took a little detour as we lost power in the early evening. Rather than sit around and wait, we tried a new sports bar. And it was fab! A nice, varied menu, and one of my favorite things: grilled wings. I got the teriyaki variety and they were crispy outside, juicy inside. Just perfect. I picture us there quite a bit in the future. Last night's cool salad plan become the plan for tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Surprisingly, while I wasn't a huge fan of the mushroom stroganoff that I made last night, hubby (mushroom hater) actually claimed that he liked it. I felt like it was lacking something. I used half baby bella and half shitake mushrooms (about a pound), onion, garlic, s&p, all sauteed for a bit until the mushrooms were soft, added white wine and let it reduce, and added two tablespoons of sour cream at the end. It was kind of flat. Maybe it needed a bit of stock or something. Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner tonight is out celebrating one of my friend's birthday. It's at one of my favorite restaurants in town: http://www.gentilesrestaurant.com/Syr.... I'm torn between the linguine with shrimp in a spicy peanut sauce, or the Langoustine Stuffed Chicken. Either way it will be delicious. Lots of friends, food, wine, and laughter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Friday all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 12, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is a wonderful sounding menu. Not that my vote counts but the langoustine stuffed chicken breast sounds outstanding

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 12, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I sometimes add a few dashes of Worcestershire to the stroganoff so maybe that might provide the umami you're looking for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: fldhkybnva Jul 12, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            exactly what I was thinking: Worcestershire

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: GretchenS Jul 13, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or a few drops of maggi sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ludmilasdaughter RE: GretchenS Jul 15, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, that sounds like it might give it the "umph" that it needed. Thanks guys.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yahoo! It's Friday! Looks like I have a whole thread to catch up on over the weekend too!! Can't wait to read about what you've all been cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yesterday we finally enjoyed a rain and humidity-free day so mr bc was happily back on the grill. Grilled Trout with a Lemon Caper Mayo with a salad on the side really hit the spot. The mayo was delicious (doctored Hellman's olive oil mayo). It's used to coat the fish prior to grilling and then the remainder is served alongside as a condiment. Really yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight it's mr bc's fave - spaghetti and meatballs. Carmine's mb's and sauce pulled from the freezer. I've been craving hummus lately so if time permits I plan to make two different versions. I found a recipe for one where green olives are added and that's really calling to me. Of course the house version too for my change-averse mr bc!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Friday all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 12, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup. Bc's pics are WAY better than mind - so is her dinner last night! :-) Enjoy the catch-up reading, Breadcrumbs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hah Linda, I've just worked my way down the thread and I thought your pizza photos were terrific. I'm enjoying the thread and as I near the bottom, I'm hoping to find that fldhky has rec'd good news from the IRS. Fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 12, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Breadcrumbs, your meals always look spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have noted that you have mentioned "Carmine's" before. If you have read any of my posts you know that I am a hick of sorts so it would most likely not surprise you if I asked if Carmine's is a restaurant or a chef or the name of a book?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Breadcrumbs RE: Fowler Jul 14, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Fowler, that's kind of you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Up to about a month ago I wouldn't of known what Carmine's was either. It's actually a cookbook that I'm referring to and as it turns out, it's a cookbook from a famous NYC Italian American restaurant. I purchased the book on the recommendation of someone here on CH and I've been smitten with it ever since. I can't seem to put it down and have likely made almost 20 recipes from it by now!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love it too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fowler RE: roxlet Jul 14, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks. If both you and roxlet like it, it must be good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Njchicaa RE: Fowler Jul 14, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carmine's is an Italian-American restaurant chain. There are 2 locations in NYC, 1 in Atlantic City, 1 in the Bahamas, and there's a new one opening any day now in Las Vegas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My family loves Carmine's. We go to the NYC Theater District and AC locations a couple of times per year. (1.5 and 1 hours away from here respectively)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 12, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, Breadcrumbs! Looks amazeballs :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: alliegator Jul 15, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "amazeballs," I'm so stealing that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 12, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That looks delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The bloke's birthday dinner tonight is for seven adults and two toddlers. The bloke requested a Vietnamese style BBQ pork rib so most of the meal is coming from the same book the pork rib recipe: Vietnamese Street Food. We don't have enough room to sit nine at the table so small eats should work better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Apps are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roasted rice and tofu rice paper rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pork filled deep fried rice paper rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried pork and quail egg dumplings (I might steam half and fry half)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The mains are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A mountain of BBQ pork ribs (3kg/6.5lbs)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bahn mi - baguettes filled with a Vietnamese style pulled pork (purists forgive me - I had a pork shoulder that needed to be used), pâté, carrot and daikon pickle, fresh coriander, cucumber, red chillies and mayo. These will be a construct your own affair.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm thinking I might need another salad to balance the meat factor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dessert is being brought by the father in law - sticky banana and rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally there will be two cakes. I made an orange cake from this thread : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/415619 but as I am a shocking baker I needed a back up plan and the mother in law is bringing a yoghurt cake which apparently is the bloke's favourite cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There will also be a truckload of wine and even a few beers. Tomorrow which is his actual birthday will no doubt be spent nursing a hangover and grazing on leftovers. Despite his assertion that all the ribs will be eaten on the night I just can't see it happening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like great spread, Frizzle!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: linguafood Jul 12, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks lingua - I'm using your method for cooking the pork shoulder but I changed the dry rub out for a five spice, coriander and brown sugar rub. I'm thinking I'll do the 'BBQ sauce' from this recipe: http://www.closetcooking.com/2010/12/... and decide when I taste it whether it needs the sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow. You have been a busy Frizzle. Happy birthday in advance to the bloke. Enjoy that wonderful sounding meal

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: suzigirl Jul 12, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Suzugirl. I hope it all comes together. Cooking for the in laws is always stressful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Frizzle Jul 13, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds amazing, you will blow them away!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great meal! Happy birthday to the bloke!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: Frizzle Jul 12, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Friz, that all sounds amazing, lucky bloke and lucky in laws!!! Happy birthday to the bloke!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle RE: Frizzle Jul 13, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The apps were a hit, as were the ribs. The banh mi was a bit average and eyes started glazing over at this point. I think I should have omitted it and just done a salad with the ribs. Everyone squeezed around the table anyway so my standing food idea was a bit pointless. We had the yoghurt cake but skipped dessert. My orange cake didn't make it out of the cupboard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today we think we might invite some of his friends over for a leftover party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The dish of the night was the quail egg dumplings. Surprisingly good. Hard boiled quail egg surrounded with a pork mince and vermicelli mix and encased in a bread dumpling and deep fried. A little dusting of salt and white pepper to serve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: Frizzle Jul 14, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    those dumplings sound amazing!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  woohoo we made it! It's finally Friday! I heard potentially good news about the IRS so at least 1hiccup might be over (fingers crossed). No word from the landlord today so unfortunately no little kitten is running around right now. I am courageously sitting on my favorite couch although not very comfortably yet and quite afraid. I'm not sure how long I'll last here but I can't avoid it forever. The week is looking up this afternoon perhaps :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I spent a lovely afternoon browsing aimlessly at the store today and discovered a buffalo ribeye. My favorite Whole Foods always has a random selection of grass fed steak and I usually get a sirloin for Friday dinner but of course they were out today. I spotted the ribeye and couldn't resist. I also couldn't resist the sea scallops which were on sale so I think dinner will be a surf and turf of seared buffalo ribeye and scallops alongside roasted Parmesan and/or Gouda asparagus. I've never had buffalo ribeye but I'm looking forward to it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: fldhkybnva Jul 14, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So happy to read about your positive news from the IRS fldhky and I must say, your scallops sound incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's FRIDAY!!! FRIDAY!!! FRIDAY!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :::::::::::::::::klaxon horn:::::::::::::::::

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and the ceremonial pouring of wine. Natch. Like DUH! Would you expect anything less from me? Of course not!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Frankenchicken BISO chicken boobarino was seasoned with olive oil and Williams-Sonoma Meyer lemon & pepper rub. Into a 375°F. oven to roast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sides were basmati rice, and sauteed CSA Swiss chard with garlic, salt, pepper, and a smidge of lemon juice added at the end. Lemon and pepper was the theme of the night, I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup. There was wine while prepping dinner. And there was another glass during dinner. It *is* Friday, after all!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And then there's I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Scream should I want dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ah, here's the Friday post I always look forward too!! Cheers to you and your Friday wine Linda!! Funny we too were screaming for ice cream and I made a special trip to Baskin Robbins yesterday to pick up a pint of vanilla to enjoy with our fresh berries. YUM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am off the hook tonight. Weeeeee!! My wonderful man has taken pity on my weary virus-dipped ass and went to the store and got dinner provisions. He is at the helm making his version of grilled chicken that he won't give me the recipe for or even the seasonings for. I just know par boiling is involved and that totally freaked me out the first time he made it but hey, a man was cooking... for me. :-) It was totally delicious. So, grilled chicken drumsticks are on the menu along with a small sweet potato for me and a baker for him nuked and finished on the grill and smothered green beans (cheaters version for the man to be able to pull it off simply). He bought a package of cooked bacon when i was really ill and it needs used so smothered green beans it is.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheaters version-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two guy handfuls of green beans minus the ugly ones that got mixed in there, stemed and snapped(my big contribution)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Three slices bacon, chopped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Water to cover the beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One chicken bouillon cube or a small tsp of better than bouillon paste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Minced dried onions to taste, maybe a tsp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Simmer half an hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Butter and sour cream and bacon for his baker. Butter, salt and pepper for my sweet tater.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Being sick with a cold ain't half bad when your man is on the ball. I wish this type of lover on everyone here. Kisses to my James.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Jul 12, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Awww, suze, I *LOVE* this post! <3 <3 <3 Can you please clone James for me? And probably make the clone a bit older, so I don't feel like I'm robbing the cradle? Mmmmkay, thanks! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy your dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I doubt we are far off in age but I would clone him for you. I just get to keep the original just in case the clone has a glitch. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 12, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your post is so timely, with the chilly rainy I was just thinking about the smothered green beans that you brought to my life a few months ago. It sounds like a great meal especially as you're getting better and what a catch you have there on your hands! Hold on tight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 12, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aside from caughing myself hoarse and having a raw sneezy nose, my tummy is on the mend. And frankly, a good tummy here is a plus. As for the green beans, now you have my cheaters version. But i must add my recipes are by eye. And trust me, I am keeping this man near and dear.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice to be treated to such a lovely meal suzi. Both the meal and mr suzi sound wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I picked up our first green beans of the season at a farm stand yesterday so they'll definitely be part of WFD here at cucina bc this evening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It really was a nice treat. He always treats me good when i am ill. Enjoy those green beans. They are one of my favorite veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. sunangelmb RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just the oldest boy and I so I made a veggie burger topped with lettuce, home grown tomatoes (yay), avocado, and bean salad. He had spaghettios and a white bagel with butter. We are yin and yang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 12, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              well, the chinese "thai" sausage salad was good, but not great. it just tasted very basic, lacked oomph. the BF followed the recipe exactly; i think we could have made a tastier dressing on our own. i would have liked it hotter, too. the sausage itself was good, of course

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alongside he made a trumpet mushroom dish with rice noodles, which i thought was better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and at my request, this beautiful watermelon radish showed up mushroom dish. it tasted just like a regular radish, but it's just so purty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jul 12, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Awww, I'm sorry it didn't taste like you wanted it to, it certainly looks delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I finally found seeds for those radishes. I like to grow pretty produce, even if it tastes the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Jul 12, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and i think that's a totally worthy endeavor!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Breadcrumbs RE: mariacarmen Jul 14, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mc your photos are lovely. I've never seen a watermelon radish before. How beautiful. Are they huge or do they just have the colour of watermelon?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks BC! They're about the size of a large orange. Pretty huge, compared to regular radish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breadcrumbs RE: mariacarmen Jul 14, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that's amazing mc. I'm going to ask around at our Farmer's Market to see if anyone has tried them. There's one farmer in particular that's always keen to try to grow new thinks we ask for. That's how I can now get my purple potatoes! Hey...wouldn't purple potatoes look nice with those beautiful radishes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler RE: mariacarmen Jul 12, 2013 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great presentation and it sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Jul 14, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks fantastic! LOVE watermelon radishes, have only seen them in Oregon and Florida farmers markets, hope they show up here this summer. They make nice bases for canapes and a change from cuke slices for that purpose if you are avoiding crackers and bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 02:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can tell that summer has arrived in the UK without even looking outside. After only three days of decent weather, the "heatwave" is now a subject for mention in the press with my newspaper this morning running a front page headline "Britons keep cool as temperatures soar". Should get to around 27 here in Cheshire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll be making lamb koftas. Not sure what I'll add to the lamb but probably grated onion and za'atar. We'll eat them wrapped in khobez, with a dollop of houmous (supermarket) and a yoghurt/garlic/mint affair to dunk them in. Alongside, radish also for dipping and we've got jars of mixed torshi, pickled turnips, olives and chilli peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For afters, I've discovered a tin of figs that I've no recollection of buying. We'll have them probably with a dollop of yoghurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Needless to say, this is going to get eaten at the table on the back patio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Londonlinda RE: Harters Jul 13, 2013 02:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, how long do you think it will be before we're told it's a bad thing?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight we're leaving cycling to allotment to water till as late a possible, then just having cold stuff like smoked fish and cheese with salad. And lots of strawberries and cream. Hopefully also, a chance to do my favourite type of gardening, wandering the garden with the secaturs in one hand and a glass of chilled rose in the other.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: Londonlinda Jul 13, 2013 03:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have to agree. Nothing better than wandering round the garden in the evening doing a bit of dead-heading

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JungMann RE: Harters Jul 13, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The lamb kofta spices that made the rounds last month were superb I thought, in case you're thinking of trying something new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Woke up this am feeling the effects of last nights Asian dinner extravaganza. Gyoza, chicken and pine nut lettuce wraps, fried rice and spicy tuna rolls have left me bloated and puffy. Breakfast will be washed down with lots of green tea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My first tomato looks like it almost ready to eat. Hoping the sun comes out so it can be part of WFD tonight along with our monster steaks and some almost local corn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          change of plans! A friend and her son are coming for dinner so thought I would upgrade the meal plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Starter will be local burrata with roasted balsamic cherry tomatoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main will be ginger/soy marinated top round steaks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sides will be salt potatoes, grilled corn and farm stand salad-hoping to find some interesting lettuce and greens along with some radishes and cucumbers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ill make a batch mint lemonade/vodka/st germaine cocktails to start and then open nice red to have with dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a perfect summer evening dinner, foodie - enjoy! Hopefully the weather will hold out. The skies have threatened up by me, but then change their minds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How gorgeous do these tomatoes look? Just need a drizzle balsamic which I'll do right before serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Probably just a veggie stir fry. My first order of business today though is trying to remove a huge vintage port wine stain from my off-white carpeting which I think will be as easy as trying to remove motor oil from the carpet. As I mentioned yesterday, I had some local friends over last evening. I went to bed early because it had been a long week but told them they were welcome to stay and enjoy themselves at a reasonable volume. Which they did and this morning I see why they suddenly became so quiet and quickly fled for the hills. I am still trying to piece together what happened, but it appears that after I went to bed they got into the port and one of them spilled it on my carpeting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: Fowler Jul 13, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Won't white wine get red out? It may have to be fresh. Or salt? Motor oil I can handle, that one I'm used to (and thankful we don't have carpet.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: weezieduzzit Jul 13, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you, weezie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: Fowler Jul 13, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was it still damp? If it is blot it dry with paper towels and then pour salt over the stain and leave it alone. The salt will soak up the wine. Then mix oxi-clean powder with hot hot water, soak a wash cloth in the solution, ring out and lay that over the stain, blotting gently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If all else fails, rearrange the furniture? <wink>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi foodieX2, those are great ideas. I am now soaking it with oxi-clean, sprayed it with something called Spot Shot and put some pieces of Italian bread over it to hopefully soak up the stain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was rather upset about this, but your comment to consider rearranging the furniture really gave me a laugh. Thanks. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: Fowler Jul 13, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Let us know how it comes out!! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, salt while it's still wet/damp (might be too late) and/or club soda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great friends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: Fowler Jul 13, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Try club soda, Fowler. (And major booooo! on the friends who spilled the vintage port and didn't say anything!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: Fowler Jul 14, 2013 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We've been known to have a wine spill or two here at cucina bc (I'm just sayin'). So much so in fact that we keep a pre-mixed spray bottle of oxyclean powder and water in the cleaning cabinet. It works like a charm. Just spray, let sit for a minute or two then blot up with paper towel. Or an item of the offending guest's clothing!! ; - )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think this particular offender needs to offer up his hide to blot up the spill. I'm just sayin'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I guess I should introduce the newest family member - Mr. Kitten. He's currently nameless so hopefully he'll reveal himself in a few days. I learned more about him when I went to pick him up - poor kitty was found 10 days ago all by himself in an alley. He is quite boisterous and comfortable exploring all over the house so far and I imagine he's thrilled to experience a house for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think tonight's dinner will be a swordfish with a tarragon and mustard sauce alongside sauteed spinach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow. So literally an alley cat. You are a nice person to take him in and care for him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I see a chow kitty. He has wishbones on his forehead. What a precious boy. Love that he has swirls instead of stripes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congrats on the cat, I hope he eradicates those mice for you. He's awfully cute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sweet kitteh! Great green eyes. So glad it worked out with your landlord.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a feeling your feline friend will go crazy when he smells fresh fish, LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AH! He's adorable! (I looooooovvvveeeee kittehs!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Chowhound Team RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Folks, let's stick to What's for Dinner. Kitties are adorable, but they're Not For Dinner. One hopes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: The Chowhound Team Jul 14, 2013 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I understand your point and I'm trying not to wax poetic about cats but if you just scan this thread alone most posts with WFD details about food, cooking and all things culinary also usually include oftentimes a few sentences about other topics. Not sure why the kitties are such a target but I'll keep my yapper shut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree. You totally mentioned WFD in your post. Congrats on the new family member.So cute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmmm...I haven't had swordfish in a long time, and now you've got me craving it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 15, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's my favorite! I have to restrict myself so I don't start twitching from mercury poisoning as I also love tuna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Chowhound Team RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We're not just biased dog-people, we promise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And we recognize that WFD threads are chattier than most but sometimes the chatter jumps to the forefront when the back and forth really takes off, and even on WFD, when there are dozens of replies that have nothing to do with food, that's not great. We'll put back some of the good wishes, and leave down some of the back-and-forth. We hope that'll help people not feel too hurt by this, but also to get back to discussing what's for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ludmilasdaughter RE: The Chowhound Team Jul 15, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds reasonable!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      biondanonima RE: fldhkybnva Jul 13, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cats love swordfish. Therefore, this post is totally on-topic. And that kitten is ADORABLE. Good on you for saving a life - I hope he's a good mouser, too! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WINGS. It's what's for dinner tonight. Someone had them a few days ago on this or the previous thread, I think, and it's been all I've been thinking about. Yes, I know I just had chicken last night. But I'm cool with that. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went to BJ's and picked up a mongo-sized bag. Most of them are in the deep freeze downstairs, but 10 of them were tucked into a ziplock bag with the following marinade:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp. olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 cup reduced sodium teriyaki sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/3 cup honey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 Tbsp. ketchup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Tbsp. grated ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 tsp. minced garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      freshly ground pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They'll defrost in the marinade on the counter, and go in a single layer in a baking dish. Will pour half of the marinade on top, and they'll be baked in the convection toaster oven at 375°F. for about 45-50 minutes, turning occasionally in the sauce (adding more if I need to) until the wings are all caramelized and brown. (I do wish I had a grill, but oh well.....)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the side dish, I think I'll keep it simple and make a coleslaw from red/green cabbage, grated a carrot, grate some CSA radishes, and finely minced some red bell pepper, and toss it all with a dressing of mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey and a smidge of horseradish for a bit of a bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I *think* this is a vodka and lemonade type of meal, don't you?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes it is!! They are on my menu too. cheers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds great, Linda. Is a BJ kind of like a Costco or something similar?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: Fowler Jul 13, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's exactly it, Fowler. A warehouse store that I believe is mostly located on the Eastern Seaboard (Maine to North Carolina) and out to Ohio. Of course, when they first opened up in my neck of the woods, much giggling was had about its name. :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I still can't say "I got it at BJ's" with a straight face.:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 13, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Which is why I usually say the entire name of BJ's Wholesale Club. Just forgot to in my initial post. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Absolutely a vodka and lemonade meal. Chin chin Linda!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. eight_inch_pestle RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Been a stupid crazy few weeks with no time for chowhounding online or in the kitchen. Only really got back to the stove the last few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night was an herbed pork brisket braised in spiced milk that turned out really well. Rubbed the inside of the meat with crushed white pepper and strewed a load of fennel fronds and fresh tarragon on top of that. Rolled and tied it before browning in butter, then braised in milk with nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, and about 10 cloves of lightly crushed garlic. Gently simmered for just under three hours. Browned again under the broiler while reducing the liquid to pretty much just the browned milk solids. Finished the sauce with a bit of water, a splash of calvados, and some fresh fennel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Earlier in the week made what I guess would be best called pot roast pasta. Took a hunk of chuck leftover from 4th burgers and braised it in some leftover wine with just garlic and star anise. The next night, sauteed quartered creminis and young-ish walla walla onions in butter and a bit of the fat from the refrigerated braising liquid, adding a little of the liquid itself toward the end. Busted out the pasta roller and whipped up a quick half-batch of black pepper pasta. Melted a good sized knob of butter and tossed the boiled pasta in it for a few moments before adding the (now shredded) meat, mushrooms, and onions. Finished with a splash of cream, the last of the braising liquid, some fresh thyme and thyme flowers, and a good grating of Parm. No, not low-cal, but nom nom nom. (And with a salad first, a small-ish portion was plenty filling.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 13, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Damn EIP, just DAMN.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 13, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WOW, eip! That herbed pork brisket sounds really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And then the black pepper pasta with pot roasted meat? Holy frijoles, Batman - that sounds out of this world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eight_inch_pestle RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 14, 2013 02:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks gals. Good to be back at it again. Been flying solo the last couple days, playing around in the kitchen with some success and some epic fails.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 14, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you may not have had much time in the kitchen recently but you sure made the most of the time you had!! I love pork braised in milk, haven't made it in far too long...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eight_inch_pestle RE: GretchenS Jul 14, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd actually never done it before, Gretchen. There's a recipe for it in the Marcela Hazan book I have, and I've mentioned it to the gf pretty much every time I've bought a boston butt for about a decade, without rousing her interest. Was high on the list of "things to get around to next time you're alone for a few days." Didn't end up following Hazan's recipe---like, at all---but like you I loved the technique.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JungMann RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 14, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I started growing tarragon a couple years ago because of how much I love it with pasta salads and shellfish. It i have to try it with meat. This has to happen before the blackflies decimate what is left of my summer supply.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eight_inch_pestle RE: JungMann Jul 14, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blackflies, eh? I planted three last spring and they grew like gangbusters, but they never came back this year, despite reportedly being perennial in Seattle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You should give it a try in scrambled eggs or a chicken brine, too, and I love it minced up in vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: JungMann Jul 15, 2013 02:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tarragon is classic with chicken (look out for French or french inspired dishes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My garden used to suffer badly from greenfly - made a mess of the roses every year. Since I started gardening organically, I don't have a problem.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann RE: JungMann Jul 15, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iPhone and Chowhound are not friends. I meant to type "I have yet to try [tarragon] with meat," however I now realize I have had tarragon with poultry, but it would still be new to me when combined with pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for the blackflies, they are the bane of my existence. I keep my herbs in a windowbox indoors and yet regardless of how often I change the soil/container, each year they seem to develop a blackfly infestation that causes the herbs to wilt and eventually die before the end of summer. If I didn't plan on eating these herbs, I would gladly use the insecticide I use for aphids since I know it works on the blackflies as well. As it is, I'm limited to using organic soaps and harebrained fruitfly traps to fruitlessly mitigate my losses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: JungMann Jul 15, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JM, check out this post on the fruit flies - seems to work for black flies, greenheads, etc!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: LindaWhit Jul 15, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd give that a try except they technically should be able to see their reflection in the glass of the window where I keep the herbs. FWIW I feel like whatever these flies are, they are coming out of the soil post-waterings. They managed to attack a poorly spaced planter that harbored a moist environment where they thrived, but I beat them back after two applications of insecticide.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: JungMann Jul 15, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you solve the blackflies let me know. I don't have any plants inside or outside but everyday when I get home there is a family on the window panes of the backdoor. I assume there is a crack somewhere but they are sneaky buggers. I hate the sound of flies buzzing so if I spot one I have to stop whatever I'm doing to make it disappear which SO does not appreciate when I abruptly get up from the kitchen table if one appears.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fowler RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva, have you tried the wine/dishwashing liquid approach? It has worked for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Foggy on the tip of Cape Cod. We're going with Trader Joe's because it's on the way to our rental and we miss them since we moved away from Boston. There are some ravioli's and the rainbow chard I love. Brought some garlic butter for the baguette. No TV here. Just Miles Davis on the Bose. And Sauvignon Blanc or Woodford or a Stella, Hard choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. twodales RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad to have work behind me for the day. Tomorrow will be a looonnggg one. Weather is gorgeous here. Hubby off playing in the Sailboat races so when I got home I poured myself a glass of Merlot and dug into an aged manchego, duck rillettes and a fresh demi-baguette. That just might be dinner. Sometimes life is good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eight_inch_pestle RE: twodales Jul 13, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I'll have to try duck rillettes sometime. Do you spice them as for pork rillettes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: twodales Jul 13, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi twodales,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The man ain't playing. The Mackinac race is serious business. But you know this. Your meal sounds wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Sometimes life is good." Indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  More freezer diving. There's a tenderloin to be pan seared and finished in the oven. Sides TBD. A Saint-Emilion to wash it down. Yanks are staggering to the All-Star break. At least the weather is cool.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: steve h. Jul 13, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sides included mashed Yukon Golds and carrots. Sauce was a red wine reduction. House chives decorated everything. A little Maldon salt to kick things up a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: steve h. Jul 13, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jealous. That looks very nice

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jul 13, 2013 11:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        beautiful as always steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. biondanonima RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DH took my stepdaughter, who has been staying with us for the past 6 weeks, back to her mother's house today. Therefore, a bottle of rose' and a hunk of cheese is WFD. I enjoy her visits, but it is REALLY nice NOT to have to be a responsible adult and provide a balanced meal tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: biondanonima Jul 13, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Awesome dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Delivery pizza tonight. Not chain but a local run place that has five store here in SRQ. We got a pie with two slices with light mozz and basil and garlic for me and the rest meat lovers for the man. It was super nice of them to accomidate me concidering I am not a dedicated customer.I didn't even have to explain that i was sick and that was why I wanted this pizza. They just did it. This would be our first take out/ delivery pizza together. I make them alot on the weekends for lunch. This was a nice big pie. I have a whole piece leftover.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: suzigirl Jul 13, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like a place to continue to give your business to, suzigirl! Good for them. Hope you're feeling better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was worth going back to and it is maybe a two minute drive or a ten minute walk to boot. Love the slogan too. "Eat my pie". Funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia RE: suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can tell you're feeling better. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: Berheenia Jul 14, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am. Thanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rjbh20 RE: LindaWhit Jul 13, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rotisserie chicken with tzatziki barley, couscous a l'herbe & haricots Dijonnaise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler RE: rjbh20 Jul 13, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As always, that looks fantastic. Quick question: Do the two of you ever just chow down on hot dogs and crack open beer? :-) Your meals always look so fancy. In a good way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: Fowler Jul 14, 2013 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, we do!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: rjbh20 Jul 14, 2013 04:10 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There'll be something caponata-esque, with garlic, thyme, red onion, celery, courgettes, tomatoes, capers and sultanas cooked together. Sitting on top, fried chicken breast - recipe suggest cutting it through horizontally and then opening it up (like a book), bashing it out to a big thin thing and then cutting it into strips after it's cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's the sort of meal that I will happily load onto thick slices of bread, if herself decides to bake today (although the weather is such that you want to spend minimum time in a kitchen). Otherwise, some new potatoes as the carb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night we were guests at a BBQ and DH made our contribution: adorable, tiny baby eggplant halved lengthwise and marinated with olive oil and dried herbs and salt, roasted until blistery over the grill. And chicken thighs marinated with some kind of soy-brine concoction and then rubbed with a homemade blend that included sugar and lots of granulated onion. They were brushed with Stubb's sauce during the last couple minutes. Excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight I'm making an eye of round roast I got on sale and froze a few weeks back. I'm going to marinate it in a bit of leftover chimichurri sauce and black pepper and roast according to CI's method. Sides TBD, but almost certainly will include caprese salad and perhaps some summer squash from the FM cooked with butter and dill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night I used up practically the whole veg box (in a record 2 days!) making a veggie mezze. We did roasted radish with dukkah; griddled courgettes, spring onions and green beans with mint and lemon; roasted beetroot with burrata, thyme shoots and hazelnuts; spiced carrots and some mejadra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The only new component was the roasted radish and dukkah, which was really interesting - cooked radish taste very different and it was a great way to use a whole bunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: helen_m Jul 14, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree on the roasted radish being a nice change of pace - and an easy way to use the up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another hot, sunny day here so there's lots to be happy about! I enjoyed my read through this thread, such a nice way to start the day - with coffee in hand of course! So many delicious meals being prepared in the WFD kitchens!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just put a big pot of Peposo (Peppery Beef Stew) in the oven. Yes, I know that's not the first thing that comes to mind for dinner on a steamy hot day but I'd sent mr bc down to the freezer on Friday to dig up a flank steak and when I pulled it out of the fridge last night to marinate it for today, I realized he'd unearthed a boneless beef shank...not flank (but they do rhyme as he quickly pointed out!). So, this Sangiovese-spiked peppery stew will braise away in the oven and will be one less WFD meal to plan for during the week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for tonight, I picked up some lovely veal chops this morning so we'll be grilling them and serving them with a tomato/potato/green been dish alongside - the latter another recipe from my Carmine's cookbook. If I get all my work done (yes, I brought work home with me) then I may make a fennel antipasti dish that I've been eyeing but we'll see how the day goes. There's also laundry to be done...and ironing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's the duo of hummus that I made on Friday night. The first is a new recipe I tried for a spicy green olive hummus and the second one is our "house" hummus...a slightly doctored version of Ina's. I LOVED the olive one. I don't know why I'd never thought of making this variation before. It really was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll share last night's WFD a bit later on. mr bc has the camera outside at the moment so I can't download my photos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ETA: Ooops! I mixed up the photos! The second dish it the olive hummus...if the 2 olives on top didn't give that away already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      helen_m RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love the sound of olive hummus, I've never made it either!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That spicy green olive hummus sounds -- and looks! -- wonderful! Is there a recipe you care to share?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs RE: GretchenS Jul 14, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll be happy to share Gretchen. I let my neighbour borrow my book yesterday but I'll have it back tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Breadcrumbs RE: GretchenS Jul 26, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi Gretchen, finally I'm back with the recipe for you. It's from Edible Brooklyn (adapted to meet CH req'ts):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spicy Green Olive Hummus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 tbsp evoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 clove garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 (16oz) can chickpeas – drain and rinse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 tbsp tahini paste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1/3 cup water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8-10 pitted green olives
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ½ tsp chili-garlic or Sriracha sauce (or to taste)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fresh ground pepper to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1 tsp chopped parsley plus extra to garnish if desired

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In the bowl of a food processor, combine evoo and garlic and pulse for approx 30 seconds. Toss in chickpeas, tahini and water. Turn food processor on and add the remaining ingredients through the feed tube. Garnish & serve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 26, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks so much, Breadcrumbs, this has been Pepperplated and will be made soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 26, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mmm... going to try this tonight for midnight snacking! thanks BC!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jul 26, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can I come? I'll bring pitas and wine

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Jul 26, 2013 10:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you've got 2 hours!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    didn't end up making it as the BF had already whipped up a batch of "his" hummus the other night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night we had some awesome beef ribs. Picked them up from Whole Foods Friday night. DH put on a dry rub (which he adapted from Steven Raichlen). Then near the end, basted with bbq sauce. These babies were so tender. To go with, I made corn on the cob and a potato salad out of some baby red potatoes and some baby yukon gold potatoes I had. That was good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight we will grill some sockeye salmon with maple glaze and to go with will be a shrimp salad with some garlic bread. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gini RE: boyzoma Jul 15, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love how gigantic beef ribs are. They always make me feel like Fred Flinstone when I eat them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks to someone in this thread we are having hamburg/mushroom Stroganoff for dinner. (Who are you?) Over egg noodles. Made with a can of cream of mushroom soup. Hush.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seems like an odd choice for a Sunday night on vacation when the weather is in the 80's but a craving is a craving. California sauvignon blanc will be my in my wine glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tomorrow morning we are going to a farmers market in the village - that should get us on the true Cape Cod WFD path. Hoping for some local eggs and bread plus veggies. Honey would be nice too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Still haven't hit a Ptown bar but tonight the weekend warriors leave their barstools for the city and we'll go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              during the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 14, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No shushing from me - that's *mostly* the way I make my hamburger stroganoff as well, Berheenia! Enjoy dinner tonight, the farmers market tomorrow, AND whatever fresh seafood eats you get on whatever Ptown barstool you inhabit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our friends last night served Vietnamese marinated flank steak courtesy of a NYT recipe, and it was delish. I would probably up some of the ingredients, and not use jalapeños, but more appropriate chiles. Sides were a crisp radish & cuke salad and rice noodles on the side. Apricot cobbler for dessert, and hanging around the fire pit watching fireflies until we got tired -- which was early, given another latelatelate night Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's a scorcher out today, which screams for pool time, but I should also get cracking on the book translation I scored a few days ago......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I do feel like grilling tonight, so we'll either grab a steak or some burgers. Salad of good tomatoes w/feta is likely to be on the side. Nuthin' fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 14, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like a nice meal at your friends house. Enjoy the pool if you play hooky on the books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. GretchenS RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight will be pork souvlaki kebabs (using Jamie Oliver's recipe rather than lingua's only because I have all the ingredients for his and am feeling lazy) with tzatziki and probably parsley'd and chive'd whole wheat cous cous with grape tomatoes. That should all work as leftovers to take to work for dinner tomorrow when I have to work late. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner tonight will be shredded pork in ancho-orange sauce, refried beans, and green rice.... all from Pati's Mexican Table cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I cooked the pork last night. I had a little snafu which resulted in it not cooking in a reasonable amount of time and us skipping dinner... but the good news is that it is cooked and all I have to do is deal with the sauce part of the recipe tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: Njchicaa Jul 14, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds like a delicious meal. I'm going to have to look this book up. I've seen dried ancho chillies at a gourmet market here so it may be a Mexican meal I can get ingredients for here in NZ. Do let us know how it turns out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Njchicaa RE: Frizzle Jul 14, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I actually can't find dried anchos around here. I'm just going to sub dried ancho chile powder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You know that "gut feeling" you get that you try and remember to heed? I didn't do that today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Up early (gee, THANKS for the 6:15 a.m. wake up Mrrrow, Buster!), and up to Mom's to drive her around to various stores to search for throw pillows for her new couch. We didn't find any pillows she liked, but I did take her out to lunch at Sylvan St. Grille for her birthday (next Friday). Hence, the gut feeling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is an OK place, and I usually get a pretty decent burger here (they *do* have excellent seasoned fries). But i saw a "Grilled Paninis" listing on the menu with 3 choices. The one that sounded relatively good was grilled chicken with fire-roasted peppers, slices of mozzarella and "carmelized" onions on focaccia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gut Feeling #1 - the double-plural (and use of a non-existent word) "Paninis" was used for the section header instead of just "Panini".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gut Feeling #2 - the plural "panini" was used in referenced to each individual sandwich (instead of panino).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gut Feeling #3 - "carmelized" instead of "caramelized".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I know. But hey, I can't help it. It's all WRONG. And yet....I got it anyway. Next time, Linda? Go with your gut feeling(s). That grill part means there were only a few grill mark lines from being placed for probably no more than 30-45 seconds, both sides, on a ridged grill. It wasn't a pressed sandwich, as it's proper panino is supposed to be, making it rather impossible to eat, as the chicken slid right off because of the slippery "carmelized" onions and roasted red peppers. Oh well. The fries were excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BUT....because that was a filling and slightly late lunch, I'll be keeping it VERy easy for tonight's dinner with little cooking. WFD is yet another sandwich - a BLT&C. Picked up some thick-sliced bacon at BJ's Wholesale Club yesterday, so before I package it up for the freezer, I'll cook up a few slices for the sandwich. The cheese will be some nice melty gruyere cheese I had picked up for a quiche from a couple weeks back. And the LETTUCE will be a handful of my very own home grown mesclun lettuce! LOL I slaved over that lettuce - I'm going to enjoy it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sandwich is it. Don't need chips - had my fries allotment today. But perhaps a Vodka and Lemonade for a libation. After all, some fortification is needed for the return to work tomorrow, right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sucks about the panino. I hate getting something mediocre when i am out. Enjoy the BLT&C. The lettuce from the garden just puts it over the top. Nothing better than plucked straight from the earth and on to the plate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ugh but at least dinner and the cocktail will be good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jul 14, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, I changed my mind on the cocktail. I just went with a glass of 1% milk. But the BLT&C was very good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's been a whirlwind here and I have my hands full with feline. Dinner last night was fantastic. I used this recipe as inspiration http://food52.com/recipes/5755-pan-ro.... In my prep, I broiled the fish and in a separate pan sauteed crimini mushrooms with garlic and shallots, deglazed with a splash of white wine, added 1/2 cup of seafood stock and let it reduce a bit then finished with a tbsp or so of Dijon mustard, a handful of tarragon and lemon juice. It was a fantastic dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For tonight, I plan to keep it simple. I learned my lesson last night with a plan to devote my full attention to cooking. Now, that I realize my attention will be demanded in other directions for a few weeks, I decided to make dinner quick and easy tonight so I think a taco salad is the plan to keep it simple but tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 14, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like the sounds of the sauce you made last night. But truth be told, I really want a taco salad right now. Man that sounds good. What all do you put in your salad(lots of cukes right? Lol) Maybe I will whip one up later in the week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How is Mr. Cutiepants settling in? Keeping you on your toes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 14, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was indeed good and a perfect dinner. My taco salads always include cukes, as the base - double layered. Blech...no cukes! :) I usually go the classic route with salsa, sour cream, guacamole or avocado, jalapenos, and of course meat, lots of meat. I will sometimes add beans or corn, but rarely. For tonight I poached and shredded chicken breasts which I then simmered in my homemade taco seasoning with some added minced garlic and a chipotle in adobo sauce. The chicken was piled high on a bed of iceberg (always iceberg for taco salad in my world) dressed with a quick mix of salsa, sour cream and lime juice. Always cheese next - Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar was the choice tonight - jalapenos and guacamole on the side. I never mix in the guacamole because I like to have bites with big hunks of it. Taco salad is such a great, quick dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The chat is doing wonderful! I have a new shadow it seems, SO calls him my cling-on. He was quite rowdy yesterday, but today calmer and resting more which is great but still restricted for meal time unfortunately since plates are oh so enticing apparently. It's been a fun adventure so far, but good thing my work hours are better these days as he's quite the demanding, curious one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Always crisp iceberg in a taco salad. Its the law. I like all of my condiments on the side so i don't get one huge bite of all sour cream or salsa and i can alternat. Sounds a little anal but that's OK.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am super glad he is settled in already. It is a real gamble with a kitten how they will react to the environment changes. Sometimes you get a hider. Good for you that he is a confident kitty. Let us know when he has earned a name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 15, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love this approach, it's also my favorite. Actually most of my meals are well partitioned so i can decide which bites go together. It's the same with condiments - never on the plate, always on the side in multiple ramekins for game time decision making. SO laughs when I eat eggs which is often as I have a dish of Maggi seasoning, a spray bottle of Liquid Aminos (I swear they taste different), usually 1 or 2 bottles of different hot sauces and a ramekin of mustard all of which I use throughout the meal. I'll wear my anal club name tag proudly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate to mention it but...to answer your question. I think I we are going to name him Popsicle - Popsi for short. I love my cling on but this weekend the biggest challenge was stopping him from suckling me like his mother. I did a quick Google search and it seems that that's common when they are never weaned but the shelter says the behavior should try to be remedied. Given the constant licking, popsicle popped into my head. SO is not a fan but if he doesn't come up with anything by Saturday (first doctor's appointment) then Popsi it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      <3 :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Stands up) Hello, my name is Suzi and I am a condimentaholic. It is good to know I am not yje only one that takes ramekins of various dippers and bottles of vinegar or hot sauce to the table.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also have a kneader that wasnt properly weened. She doesn't suckle she just kneads but lucky for me she like the blanket at the end of my bed rather than me. I think Popsicle is a cute name. Why not? And its food related. Love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 15, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks suzigirl, you have enlightened me! I just Googled "kneading," and he does that nonstop. I thought it was just him!! You're right, as with pathology, food names for non-food-related things are the best. (note to mod squad: short chatter, I'm done with the directed kitty response :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 15, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kneading is very comforting to little ones. Sometimes they don't grow out of it. I'm still calling him wishbone cuz of the marks on his forehead though. And i am very glad to see the mods put back some of the kitty remarks. I think this time they were a bit to harsh in taking all the responses so quickly and feel like putting the congratulatory ones back was the right thing to do. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 15, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree, thanks. The discussion has been had over and over but digression is part of the beast of the WFD and we always return to the heart of the matter, food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After a couple of hours lazing at the pool (and *still* being too chicken to attempt a full flip off the diving board... wah!), we picked up a bunch of local beef patties which we've had before and which are wonderfully flavorful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They will be grilled & topped with Kraft American "cheddar" processed cheese slices mmmmmmprocessed cheese!!!!, as well as hickory-smoked bacon. Heart health doesn't come naturally, after all :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Side are ears of corn, one each. Dessert is fresh champagne mango.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And now I bettah get some work in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 14, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I knew up thread that the water would win. Love me some Kraft "cheddar" cheese, especially in a nice juicy burger. Now get to work! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Breadcrumbs RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well my work took much longer than I'd hoped so the fennel antipasti will need to wait until next weekend. I just popped some cauliflower in the oven to roast - super simple antipasti. The balsamic veal chops are now marinating and I have the potato/bean side dish partially made, I just need to steam the beans and add them in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night's dinner really hit the spot. mr bc was craving a giant steak so I turned to a newish cookbook to make myself a shrimp recipe that had been beckoning ever since I got the book. Shrimp are dressed with chopped chives then wrapped in little potato blankets before cooking atop the stove in evoo. These were some of the best shrimp I've ever had! Though this was a bit fussy, it was definitely worth the effort and now I know what I'm doing, it would make a great company dish. On the side I made another recipe from the same book. A roasted medley of fennel, potato, shallots, garlic and thyme. The dish looked like a vegetable still life on the baking sheet. Luckily it tasted as good as it looked. Quick and easy to pull together, this one's a must repeat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's a great looking spread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      outstanding, BC!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That looks like alot of work. Delicious, delicious work. Brava

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looks fantastic, Bc, especially the roasted veggies! It is amazing what alchemy dry high heat performs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eight_inch_pestle RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 14, 2013 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum. What's the cookbook?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            marinating now are bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs, in olive oil, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic scapes, leeks, thai chili peppers, and thyme. i think i'll grill-pan those and stick them under the broiling for some charring. yesterday i sauteed up some of the chive stems, finished with a little bit of oyster sauce. i'm thinking of making a tortilla de papa with those to go with the chicken. cukes, watermelon radish, scallions and lettuce will go into a salad. i don't know what you'd call all this, but i'm calling it dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Jul 14, 2013 03:59 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's hot and humid. Overall, a bright but not so pleasant day here on the Sou'west shore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We continue freezer diving. The last of the crab cakes are on the menu tonight. Corn on the cob and cole slaw will be on the side. Deb has a Rosé chilling in the coolerator. The day is soon to improve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jul 14, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I may never get over this cold if my man doesn't stop spoiling me. I can fake a sore throat and run the thermometor under the faucet but my stuffy nose is going away and someone is gonna catch on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway, tonight is babyback ribs, pulled pork, baked beans and vinegar slaw. There has been a local BBQ restaurant that has been here locally in some fashion(either catering or brick and mortar or both) for over thirty years that went under last year. I got wind that he opened a food truck on the weekends. My man went and got us some this afternoon. Oh yeah, smoked mullet too. We have to much.