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What's for Dinner #233 -- The Dog Days of Summer Edition #3 [Thru Jul 21, 2013]

roxlet Jul 18, 2013 08:38 AM

I am incredibly jealous of anyone who is living anywhere that is not as hideously, stiflingly, breathlessly hot as it is here. Temperatures are set to hit 100 today (that's nearly 38) with humidity in the 70% range, and we are desperate for a break.

Our cooking has been at a minimum. Last night was shrimp and chorizo tacos using beans that were in the fridge from last week's shrimp and chorizo tacos. Having to cook for less than 10 minutes is definitely a big plus. Tonight we are solving that problem by meeting another couple for dinner--and we requested an indoor table!

How are you keeping it cool?

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  1. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 08:51 AM

    I was going to just do beef bourguignon leftovers tonight but my husband took some for lunch.... which means that he is going to want something different for dinner.

    I pulled out some BSCB from freezer. I'm either going to marinate in OJ/lemon juice/paprika/red pepper flakes (Italian Grill) or do garlic, rosemary, and lemon. I'll grill them along with the 2 ears of corn that I have and maybe some of the Japanese eggplant that I received in yesterday's organic produce box.

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      Njchicaa RE: Njchicaa Jul 18, 2013 07:27 PM

      Ugh my neighbor got me talking and the grilled chicken became chicken jerky. My husband fed his to the cats.

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        juliejulez RE: Njchicaa Jul 18, 2013 08:07 PM

        Ugh I hate when that happens. I overcooked my steak last night because I got distracted when grilling it, so I feel your pain.

    2. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 08:56 AM

      The temps continue to soar on the tip of Cape Cod. Going to the beach before breakfast seems to work. Today we had a Portugese scrambler for the post beach hike and swim. I copied this from a defunct restaurant in Ptown. Linguica, bell pepper and onion are chopped and cooked and then some butter and beaten eggs are mixed in to make the scramble. Last minute addition of cubed cheese- all we had was some fontina but that worked. We bought some local honey and had that with toasted Tuscan bread. I just made a simple coleslaw for dinner. We are cooking out cheeseburgers and boiling up some corn that is local but off cape. The big challenge is keeping cool for the next 6 hours with no AC. The Lone Ranger is a contender for this time slot but I have a feeling the movie theater will be swarming. Wine and beer chilling.

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        ludmilasdaughter RE: Berheenia Jul 19, 2013 07:24 AM

        A fitting meal considering the large Portuguese population in the Cape. Yum.

      2. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 09:09 AM

        By staying inside, mostly: thank goodness for central air... I don't think we'd be alive if we didn't have it. At a pleasant 72 inside last night & with a hefty hangover to boot, I could even imagine having a big bowl of beef noodle soup..... but the cheeborgerz & Greek salad really hit the spot, too.

        My man's been craving fish, so we'll be heading over to Wegmans in a bit -- they have their fish delivered on Thursdays. I'm partial to whole trout or mackerel if they have it, or some other whole fish that's not too expensive.

        Salmon filets would be another option, but either way, they'll be grilled -- our MO of cooking these days.

        Side will likely again be a salad, probably butter lettuce & cukes with a buttermilk & chive dressing.

        And maybe not half a pint of ice cream today... though I keep saying that like just saying it makes it so. Willpower shmillpower.

        1. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 09:16 AM

          I hope the east coasters will get the weather we had a couple days ago soon... didn't even hit 80 on Monday!

          I'm always looking for new ways to use up ground beef (other than burgers), and most casseroles are out for me in the summer because it's too hot. I found this recipe for "Korean Sloppy Joes" and I'm going to try that out tonight. It's got red bell pepper, onion, and carrot mixed up with the beef, and the sauce is made w/ gochujang, mirin, soy sauce, tomato paste and... corn syrup? I'm guessing the corn syrup is to thicken it but I'll leave it out if I don't think it's needed.

          I'm going to chop up everything this afternoon and have it ready to go since I pick up SO at the airport this evening and we won't get home til well after 7. That's one advantage of being unemployed I'm already enjoying... more time to prep dinner :)

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            LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 09:38 AM

            I think our weather is scheduled to break on Saturday evening into Sunday, julie. Which will be a big BIG relief.

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              linguafood RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 09:42 AM

              Yah, ditto here. It'll be in the high 70s low 80s.

              90 here today. Oy.

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                ludmilasdaughter RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 07:27 AM

                You both must not be too far from me. 90s today, high 80s tomorrow, and finally high 70s on Sunday. Thank goodness.

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                juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 09:43 AM

                I'll be crossing my fingers for you. I remember living in Chicago and it was so hot and humid... miserable. I would put the window AC in my bedroom on at full blast and just lay on the bed in front of it after my walk home from work. At least out here when it's hot, it's not usually humid too.

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                alliegator RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 09:49 AM

                Let me know how the sloppy Korean Joes turn out--sounds interesting :)

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                  juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 09:59 AM

                  Will do...they're from Bev :)

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                    alliegator RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 10:17 AM

                    Thx! I <3 Bev.
                    And glad to see your embracing unemployment! I'd try to convince you to join me here on the dark side and just be a "lady of the house" but SO would probably come down here and kick my ass.

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                      suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 10:22 AM


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                        juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 10:52 AM

                        Haha yeah I'm sure he wouldn't be too into paying off my credit card debt and student loans :)

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                          alliegator RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 10:58 AM

                          Makes sense! I think I only have this gig because mangator has a deathly fear of the following things: the stove, any and all cleaning products, the laundry room, and vehicle maintenance.

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                      juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 04:45 PM

                      The Korean sloppy joes were decent. Not like "wow OMG I need to eat tons of these" but perfectly good for a quick weeknight meal that doesn't require too much cooking. This is the link to them: http://bevcooks.com/2013/05/korean-sl...

                      I used 3tbsp of the gochujang, if it was just me here I'd use 4 to get more heat.

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                      fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 10:25 AM

                      I hope so. I overheard a "feels like 107F" for Friday on the radio this morning.

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                        Njchicaa RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 11:11 AM

                        I don't work in the summer and you are right--lots of time to cook and prep stuff.

                        I just saw recipes to make a homemade hot fudge sundae cake on Smitten Kitchen and I'm actually considering it for next week!

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                          juliejulez RE: Njchicaa Jul 18, 2013 11:21 AM

                          I saw that today too! Looked so good. Since I'm home alone during the week, me + cake + free time would be very very bad.

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                            Njchicaa RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 03:20 PM

                            I'm not really a dessert/sweets kind of person so I could make that, have a piece, and then happily deliver pieces of the rest of it to family and friends.

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                          mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 12:34 PM

                          i think i would sub a little brown sugar for the corn syrup, myself... most recipes for bulgogi use a bit of sugar, or they blend in pureed fruit (usually some type of pear) for the marinade. i love gochujang!

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                            Berheenia RE: juliejulez Jul 18, 2013 01:00 PM

                            They actually make a lite corn syrup with"No High Sucrose Corn Syrup". http://www.karosyrup.com/products.html

                          2. JungMann RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 09:17 AM

                            It is unspeakably hot in NYC with the heat index reaching 100 degrees in the morning. Luckily purslane and egg tacos only take about 10 minutes to make, so I won't suffer much. For the salsa, I'm using Salpica cilantro and green olive, which happened to be the only salsa verde available at my market, which is a slight disappointment. As much as I love Frontera products, the gourmet ingredients in the Salpica line get in the way of the straightforward flavor I'm looking for with chips, though the olives salsa isn't half bad with the purslane and a topping of crumbled feta cheese in lieu of queso fresco.

                            1. mudcat RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 09:21 AM

                              Large green salad, scampi style shrimp on toast and fig preserves over vanilla ice cream for dessert. I like to keep it simple and cool without a lot of cooking to heat up the kitchen and the rest of the house. Oh, almost forgot the Abita beer,

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                                karendor RE: mudcat Jul 18, 2013 11:35 AM

                                This sounds delightful & I am a big Abita fan. Mudcat, can you give me some hints on how you make scampi style shrimp on toast? I get the gist but would love your recipe!

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                                  mudcat RE: karendor Jul 18, 2013 02:56 PM

                                  Saute shrimp is a little olive, butter,minced garlic and Italian parsley for a few minutes De glaze pan with a little shrimp stock made from the shells of the shrimp (Not heads). Serve over buttered toast with shaved Parmesan. In cooler weather, I serve this with linguini that has been cooked in shrimp stock.

                                  My stash of Abita is nearly exhausted. I may have to travel West unless friends show up with resupply. I see that you like my home town (NOLA). Next time you are over there try Rocky and Carlo's on the St. Benard Highway in Chalmette. Nothing fancy just delicious.

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                                    karendor RE: mudcat Jul 18, 2013 04:00 PM

                                    Thanks, mudcat. Your scampi sounds just my style and will try it soon. Just picked up a loaf of soft Italian bread for the toast.

                                    I do love NOLA & will be there in November with family (my daughter relocated two years ago). We like to go to Da Track for beer & people watching on T-day!

                                    Will add Rocky and Carlo's in Chalmette to the list -- which is getting ridiculously long.

                                    I can often get Abita at my local Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA or once in a while at Cost Plus/World Market. Abita works in all weather, in all places, and with all cuisines!

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                                      mudcat RE: karendor Jul 19, 2013 12:16 PM

                                      When I was able to get over there regularly, Rocky and Carlo's was my first and last stop[ before heading back East, with several visits in between. You want to try the Veal Parmesan, Baked Macaroni, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Po Boy Oyster Loaf and Roast Beef Po Boy. Wish I was there right now. I can get Abita at Publix in Tallahassee but not always.

                              2. alliegator RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 09:44 AM

                                I'm dying to do anything on the grill, but it's 9:45 am and 99 degrees outside already, so today does not look promising.
                                Saturday and Sunday might be with highs only in the upper 90's, but with some thunderstorms, so I might be able to sneak in some BBQ action.
                                Last night's greek dinner (here's the link again) turned out great!
                                I take no credit, I made it just as written and I loved it.
                                Today, I think I'm just going to do some pizzas on store bought naan bread. They're nice and personal sized, so everyone can choose toppings they like. I know there will be lots of prosciutto on mine :)

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                                  LindaWhit RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 09:48 AM

                                  Nothing at all bad with "lots of prosciutto". :-D

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                                    alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 10:14 AM

                                    After hosing my pap's legs down with self tanner so he can wear shorts, I deserve the whole freakin' pack all to myself! I'll probably be creeping around the kitchen sneaking slices all day!

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                                    SocksManly RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 05:20 AM

                                    Thanks for the shrimp recipe! Looks great.

                                  3. GretchenS RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 12:05 PM

                                    I haven't been here for a few days, felled by something my doctor called "no name virus". Too sick to read WFD is pretty sick! But I am no longer worried I'm going to die so that is definite improvement. Just before I got sick I made a batch of green goddess dressing which seems to be fine so I think WFD tonight is a salad with green goddess (romaine, radish, avocado) and some smoke-roasted salmon. Will wash the salad soon as I am still wobbly after 10 minutes or so on my feet, so will make dinner in stages. I am actually looking forward to dinner though so clearly on the mend! Hope none of you get this, I have not been so sick for about 15 years. Gotta catch up on all your delicious doings!!

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                                      roxlet RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 12:20 PM

                                      Glad to hear you're better. Your meal sounds like one we'd have here!

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                                        GretchenS RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 01:06 PM

                                        yes, but your salmon would have been made in-house! :)

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                                        mariacarmen RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 12:37 PM

                                        wow, i wonder what that was? sorry you were feeling so poorly, hope it's completely gone soon! i'm sure the heat isn't helping you.

                                        speaking of, since everyone is, we have a co-worker who is in our DC office for 2 weeks, and we have been taunting her with our SF weather reports (don't throw things at me, but it's 66 degrees here right now). We are an evil lot. There will be hell to pay when she returns!

                                        hope you enjoy your salad - sounds wonderful!

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                                          fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 12:54 PM

                                          Well, that's comforting "no name virus" :) I'm glad that you're feeling better.

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                                            acssss RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 01:03 PM

                                            Glad to hear your feeling better!

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                                              Berheenia RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 01:03 PM

                                              Reminds me of the summer our kid came down with "5th Disease". It's a no name kids disease like chicken pox.
                                              I'm glad you're not worrying about dying anymore! Poor baby!
                                              That salad dressing is inching to the top of my gotta make list.

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                                                alliegator RE: Berheenia Jul 18, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                5th disease? God, when I was a kid, things fell into like 3 categories: just a cold, tummy problems and strep throat. If I had a kiddo to worry about, I'd be a nervous wreck.

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                                                  fldhkybnva RE: Berheenia Jul 18, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                  In case anyone is interested, fifth disease was actually named as such because it's considered the 5th of the classic rashes in childhood along with things like measles and mumps which are also numbered but not called as such. It's due to parvovirus and I've always preferred the much cuter disease name "slapped cheeks." :)

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                                                    tcamp RE: fldhkybnva Jul 19, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                    Interesting. My kids both had it in their daycare days when it swept through claiming lots of "victims" - I didn't give much thought to the name.

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                                                  alliegator RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                  Nothing like a diagnosis of "I dunno" to comfort you when you're sick. I'm so glad you're getting over it :)
                                                  Dinner sound wonderful, and it's a great sign that you're hungry. Hope you get much better quickly!

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                                                    suzigirl RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                    I am so sorry that you have been feeling so bad. I am glad that you are feeling well enough to eat. But words of caution from an expert on feeling a bit wobbly, take it real easy at first. I know what you mean about feeling to sick to read here.
                                                    Love the sounds of that dinner. Enjoy and take it slow

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                                                      LindaWhit RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                      Oh boo! That's no fun! But glad you're feeling a wee bit better.

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                                                        linguafood RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                        That sounds nasty. Glad you're doing better!

                                                        But.... mystery virus? Ick.

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                                                          GretchenS RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                          Thanks to one and all for your kind words and well wishes! Ended up just having salad and saving the salmon for another day. I did want to report that 6 day old green goddess is a bit more anchovy-forward but still yummy.

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                                                            ChristinaMason RE: GretchenS Jul 18, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                            I had the same experience with the GG.

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                                                          wyogal RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                          Never did have the cheese last night, so had it for lunch, (Rougette Grill Meister) and I just put it in a nonstick pan with a little bit of olive oil, browned it on both sides.

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                                                            acssss RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                            Had my usual 1 hour walk in the mid-morn and almost didn't make it back - due to the heat. Not kidding. Very dangerous. I, of course, had my 1 liter water bottle, but it was already empty 1/2 way through my walk. Started feeling dizzy and my heart rate was racing. Had to stop (never happened to me before), rest and continue at turtle pace. Luckily a house a few doors from there had their sprinklers going so I just stood in front of it (yes, in front of all the neighbors) and got completely watered down - and thankfully a bit cooled off. Finally made it home. No dinner tonight - just lots of gatorade and ice cream. Husband and kids will have to fend for themselves.

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                                                              alliegator RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                              Scary. The heat is no joke. Gatorade and ice cream sounds like a perfect dinner to get you back on track.

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                                                                acssss RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                Yes. I hope your grandpa is cool and full of liquid. The older you get, the harder it is to cool the bod-temp down... and so I've learned :-)

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                                                                  alliegator RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                  Thanks for thinking of him. He is. We had a very good talk about the heat when he arrived, and he's drinking well, and hangs out inside in the daytime. Unless we go to the mall or out to eat, then I go start the car and A/C first to limit his exposure.
                                                                  And there are tons of ice cream being gobbled up!! And candy, and ice pops, oh my....

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                                                                suzigirl RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                Wow. That sounds a little rattling. Glad you are okay. Take it easy

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                                                                  acssss RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                  It was... and I am always so careful.
                                                                  Right now... AC on, feet up, cool drink in hand.
                                                                  Life is good :-)

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                                                                    boyzoma RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                    Wow! I'm so glad you found those sprinklers. You're one lucky girl. Hope you rest tonight and get lots of fluids. Perfect dinner BTW. Just want you to be OK. Stock up on some sherbert, too!

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                                                                      acssss RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                      I'm sure my neighbors were thinking - who does that middle aged woman think she is? Paris Hilton in a burger commercial? Look at her getting all wet in the middle of the street!
                                                                      But I couldn't care less - it was an emergency and probably saved me from having to fall flat across their lawn and have an ambulance come and take me away - which I figured would be even worse.
                                                                      I am ok now - thank you - and I am already loaded up on strawberry sherbert and chocolate ice cream - husband's favorite combo and always in the freezer.

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                                                                  LindaWhit RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                  I saw a relatively young guy running - RUNNING! - last night on my drive home from work. And it was registering 96° here. Idiot. I don't care how much water you drink - you sweat that out in an instant.

                                                                  I'm glad you're OK, acssss - enjoy the cool drink and feet up. :-)

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                                                                    acssss RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                    Thanks Linda and I second the idiocy!

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                                                                      alliegator RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                      Treadmill: $1500 or so
                                                                      Possibly saving your own life: pricele$$

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                                                                        linguafood RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                        You wouldn't believe how many joggers I've seen this week. Mind you, they're in their early 20s, so .... youngins. But still. That's what you get when you live near a jock university.

                                                                        100°F today at the pool. All I could manage to do is lie down, catch up on NYers and cool off occasionally on the slides and diving board.

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                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                        Oh wow, I'm sorry to hear your walk didn't go so well. Enjoy a lovely night of cool air an electrolytes. Note to all: stay hydrated. As my military father says, drink twice as much as you think you need. Feel better and hopefully you'll enjoy a good walk tomorrow maybe.

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                                                                          GretchenS RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                          really scary, thank heavens for sprinklers!!! glad you are OK!

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                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                            I can totally relate. Hubby and I were working outside a few nights ago in the 90 degree heat. I really felt like I was going to pass out. Neither of us were even remotely hungry after that, so we drank loads of water and some ginger beer. Glad you are ok!

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                                                                              primebeefisgood RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                              Please be careful. I had a similar situation last year which appears to have led to a heart flutter that required surgery. The best any doctors can come up with is dehydration was the culprit. Scary stuff.

                                                                            2. boyzoma RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                              Tonight will be a simple Chef's Salad. Julienned Ham, Turkey, Swiss Cheese and Cheddar Cheese, sliced tomato wedges (or maybe some grape tomatoes that are still in the fridge), thinly sliced onion and sliced hard boiled egg over a bed of mixed lettuce. Dressing on the side for me will be Bacon Ranch and for DH, low fat Catalina. Garlic cheese bread on the side. No cooking inside! Bread will be on the grill!

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                                                                                suzigirl RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                That is exactly what i was thinking for dinner tonight until a beautiful loaf of puerto rican bread came into view. Now its cubans.

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                                                                                  boyzoma RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                  I love a good cuban too! Lots of pickles and mustard. Do you have a preferred type of mustard? I'm looking to change things up when possible. I'm doing some pork this weekend so that sounds like a good option next week. How do you do your cubans?

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                                                                                    suzigirl RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                    The only way I change it is adding hard salami. Oh and extra pickles. I have done them with honey mustard(just not right), brown horseradish mustard(delish), French's Chicago hot mustard(pretty good) and good old classic French's ballpark yellow mustard which is what i am doing tonight

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                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                      Can never go wrong with mustard :)

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                                                                                    alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                    Can never go wrong with soup and sandwich, ever.

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                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                    I love a Chefs salad and have salad nearly everyday but always forget about this reliable classic. I like twist of bacon ranch. Is it your recipe or do you have a preferred brand?

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                                                                                      suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 18, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                      I would like to know that also. Love bacon and ranch.

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                                                                                        boyzoma RE: fldhkybnva Jul 18, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                        I'll admit - I use Kraft Ranch with bacon, but I always add more bacon bits that I keep in the fridge. :) But then again, I LOVE BACON anything. Guilty pleasure.

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                                                                                        boyzoma RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                        Well, here is the basic ingredients. Add lettuce mix and dressing and we are good to go!

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                                                                                          ludmilasdaughter RE: boyzoma Jul 19, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                          I love Chef salad, and ALWAYS with Ranch dressing! Haven't had one in years. Need to put it on the menu soon.

                                                                                      3. suzigirl RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                        While you guys are sweltering I am either getting pissed on by the sky or am sweating outside horribly from the dampness of the rain and the muggy heat. At least there is mostly a/c around here EXCEPT in my black car. It died on me. Oh the horror! At least I was wise enough to know you never get a leather interior in FL no matter how pretty it looks and smells. Anyway, enough about that. Dinner is going to be cuban sandwiches with hard salami in addition to all the usual suspects of ham, roast pork, Swiss, mustard and pickles. Pressed and served with broccoli cheese soup. Classic soup and sandwich. I'm happy.

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                                                                                          boyzoma RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                          Sorry about your car. Here in the NW, we love our leather seats with "seat heaters". Couldn't do without them.

                                                                                          I could no more do soup in this weather we are having as it is running in the steady 80's ++ for the next week or so. That's why salad is on the menu.

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                                                                                            suzigirl RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                            Besides living in FL, my dad has an a/c repair business. I am never without air so soup is perfectly fine for me.

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                                                                                            linguafood RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                            Soup and sammich both sound tasty! Black cars in the sun. Oy.

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                                                                                              suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                              I also know better than to buy a black car here in FL but i can't say no to a gift like that from my man.

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                                                                                                alliegator RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                Black car, leather, and desert. I'm the stoopidest girl in the world! At least my ac works fine.
                                                                                                I was wondering, only half jokingly to mangator if I got get someone to turn about a third of my trunk into a fridge. That way I could hit more than one store at a time.

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                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                  It is a torture all unto itself getting in on a hot day

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                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                    allie -- big coleman cooler, lots of those big frozen blue things = freezer in trunk

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                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                      Allie - they sell insulated shopping bags. I bet you can find them at stores or on Amazon. The couple that I have work amazingly well.

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                                                                                                        alliegator RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                        I do the smaller cooler thing when I buy ice cream. I'm going to look at both of these options. Nothing pisses me off more than doing a big Safeway haul and driving past TJ's in a hurry to get home.

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                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 03:33 PM


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                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                      My car is blue but it was quite difficult to drive after I got in the car this afternoon and my sunglasses turned into foggy goggles. My dad has a black car with leather seats and my oh my it gets toasty.

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                                                                                                        acssss RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                        sometimes those simple meals are the most satisfying

                                                                                                      2. PHREDDY RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                        With mom tonight into her 85th year!!!!
                                                                                                        She wants Chinese!!!!.
                                                                                                        Go Mom...
                                                                                                        I guess at a certain point canned mushrooms, water chestnuts, bean sprouts , lots of MSG doesn't make a good god damn difference...or if we say WFD ...my mom says WTF!!
                                                                                                        It don't mean Jack Sh-t
                                                                                                        Love my mom....hope you love yours too!
                                                                                                        I call my mom everyday , because I can...

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                                                                                                          boyzoma RE: PHREDDY Jul 18, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                          When my Nana got into her 70's +, she would occasionally say swear words (which she NEVER said previously). But then again, she said at her age, she earned it. Go Nana! Sadly, she is gone now for a few years (at 97) and I wish I could hear those words from her mouth again (PS: She had a huge hand in my learning to cook).

                                                                                                          So Go PHREDDY'S MOM. You should eat whatever you want! And bless you PHREDDY. I wish I could call my mom on the phone every day, but I do talk to her none the less (she has passed as well) so take every moment you can get with you mom.

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                                                                                                            alliegator RE: boyzoma Jul 18, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                            Agreed. Our seniors are treasures <3

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                                                                                                            alliegator RE: PHREDDY Jul 18, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                            Party on with you bad azz self, PHREDDY'S MOM!!!
                                                                                                            Happy birthday to her, I'm glad you're enjoying this together :D

                                                                                                          3. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                            Wegmans delivered on all fronts: found two sizable mackerels that will be brushed with olive oil and lots of s&p, then flop about on the grill till the skin is nice and crispy.

                                                                                                            The stupid pool had a stupid swim meet at 5, so I only got one hour in today.... stupid kids :-D

                                                                                                            The realtor's buttermilk dressing is mingling flavors in the fridge (I doubled the recipe just to have some around for lunch salads or such), and I'm trying mighty hard to finish translating the 3rd chapter of the "rock n roll sci fi novel".

                                                                                                            I think I'll deserve a mojito after I'm done :-)

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                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                                              Yum to the mackerel. I can't get the man to eat any fish but salmon.

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                                                                                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                See, my man isn't a great fan of salmon (that's an understatement), but has had to come around because, ya know, all those heart-healthy properties.

                                                                                                                Luckily, mackerel's got some good fats, too, and it's tasty as hell.

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                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                  And it is oily so it does well on the grill

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                                                                                                                alliegator RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                I friggin' love that store! Your fish sounds delish (see--I'm a poet).

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                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                  I've never had mackerel but it's recommended as I love a fishy fish. Is grilling or searing the best simple approach?

                                                                                                                  I an planning to make a batch of the buttermilk dressing tomorrow. Do you use the recipe posted on food.com?

                                                                                                                  The mojito sounds nice, break out the mint.

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                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: fldhkybnva Jul 18, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                    It's fab grilled or smoked (but we don't have a smoker). If you can get a smallish mackerel, you might be able to pan-roast, but they're generally larger fish.

                                                                                                                    I use the recipe as a base, but I add things to taste - like... parsley flakes? No way in hell. Fresh chives are the way to go for me. Scallions work well, too. And I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic because I was lazy and also didn't want the intensity and sharpness of fresh garlic. I used coarse mustard instead of Dijon. And so on. It's a nice base for a recipe.

                                                                                                                    Looking forward to better mojitos than the ones I made yesterday (I actually didn't have one due to hangover-induced lack of interest in anything boozy) -- they needed more mint, more rum, and more brown sugar :-)

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                                                                                                                    acssss RE: linguafood Jul 18, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                    An hour of swimming sounds much better than an hour of walking in this heat and almost fainting in my neighbor's front yard. My husband is a swimmer (3 km every morning) - I think I'm going to have to rethink my workout :-)
                                                                                                                    Swimming, a crispy mackerel on the grill and a mojito - sounds like the perfect day

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                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: acssss Jul 18, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                      Oh, fer sure. You honestly couldn't pay me to walk around in this scorcher of a day any further than I absolutely have to.

                                                                                                                      I'm a swimmer, too -- but the pool is really too crowded (lap lanes included), and I'm perfectly happy with the occasional splash down the two slides, or a dive off the board. I'm still too chicken to try my hand at a flip (or even a one & a half flip) again.... but maybe before Labor Day :-)

                                                                                                                      The mackerels were kinda meh. The Wegmans fish dude apparently never has gutted/cleaned fish before, so they looked a bit like Dexter had his hand in them :-D

                                                                                                                      I also don't think they were the freshest, as the flesh was kinda mushy. Also, since my man decided he didn't have to oil the crates, most of the skin stuck to them.

                                                                                                                      The salad, OTOH, was a-ok. Mojito coming up soon. Only 200 words to go!!! Woot.

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                                                                                                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                        I love Wegmans, but in my neck of the woods I find that Price Chopper has much better seafood and meats. I've been a bit disappointed with the fish I've purchased at Wegmans. Can't beat their produce though!

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                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 19, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                          I think this is the first time I really had any complaints about their fish/seafood.

                                                                                                                          Yes, the eyes weren't clear as glass anymore, which -- let's be real here -- is rather exceptional for most fish coming to the inland, lest you are a 2-star chef in Vegas...

                                                                                                                          Next time for whole fish, I might try a local Asian store. They have live fish... doesn't get fresher than that.

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                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                            Sorry your fish was blah :( I love buying seafood at the Asian market. It's usually quite nice and it cheaper.

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                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 19, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                            Where are you? I just moved to Price Chopper land and have yet to try the meat. No Wegmans near us though, Big Y is the other biggie.

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                                                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter RE: Berheenia Jul 19, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                              I live in Syracuse, NY. I can't vouch for all Price Choppers, but the one close to me has very good seafood and meat, and knowledgeable fish mongers and butchers. But, Wegmans can't be matched in produce and specialty items.

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                                                                                                                        Harters RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                        Just lurve mackerel. Gotta have crispy skin. Why don't restaurants understand this simple premise!

                                                                                                                        Going out to dinner with friends. Truth be told, I'm not that keen on going. Would much rather blob about here at home, bathing in sweat. Nice. Or not. Temperature has been pushing 30 early this afternoon - which is about as hot as it gets here. Forecasters say this will be the driest July EVER! I'm just lying here wearing short trousers and little else. Now I know that will conjure up images of a bronzed Adonis. Truth is it's more your beached whale look.

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                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: Harters Jul 19, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                          I had high hopes for crispy skin. The best part of grilled fish. Didn't happen.

                                                                                                                          Cried bitter tears into my mojito. Which was FAB!

                                                                                                                          Ya lose one, ya win one.

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                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                            I am on my way to Wegmans as soon as I finish this post and will scope out the fish selection. If they have any mackerel or bluefish it's definitely going to be hard to resist as they've been on my list to try for quite a while. Tonight's dinner is steak as it's a Friday favorite but I think fish would be nice for dinner tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Jul 19, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                              Since when does fld need a reason to eat steak?!

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 19, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                Good point! I was successful at Wegman's and Whole Foods. Mackerel is on the menu for this weekend!

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                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                        We are going to go up on the mountain and grill burgers. Maybe I'll take a picture and post it later.

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                                                                                                                          wyogal RE: wyogal Jul 18, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                          We had a great time, temp was perfect, had wild strawberries for dessert. They were super teeny, but had big flavor.
                                                                                                                          (the burgers were pretty horrible, next time when we decide last minute, it will be smoked brats or deli chicken.)
                                                                                                                          We had a fire, brought our kindles, had our dog along, walked a bit, mostly just sat and enjoyed the air. It's really green up there, with wildflowers still blooming.

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                                                                                                                            wyogal RE: wyogal Jul 20, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                            Here are a couple of pictures of our dining spot, one there, and one taken from above.

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                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: wyogal Jul 20, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                              So pretty. We were camping up near Guernsey last weekend and it wasn't nearly that pretty :)

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                                                                                                                                wyogal RE: juliejulez Jul 20, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                You'll just have to come further north! and let me know if you do!

                                                                                                                        2. scubadoo97 RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                          Although I live in Florida, the warm Sunshine State its in the 70s in the evening and low 90s during the day. I have never tailored my cooking to the seasons

                                                                                                                          Tonight it's Mahi tacos with sweet corn

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                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: scubadoo97 Jul 18, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                            Are you getting rain every afternoon also?

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                                                                                                                              scubadoo97 RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                              Light today but yes, this is the rainy season. Growing up you could set your watch by it. Today it's more unpredictable. Yesterday a quick squall came through with 65 mile an hour winds. Didn't last more than an hour

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                                                                                                                                acssss RE: scubadoo97 Jul 19, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                We have friends in Boca - went there one summer - and could not believe the bugs (love bugs, mosquitoes, etc). Since then, will only visit them in February - at which time they are the ones laughing at us in our snow pants while they are bathing in the sun. Love it there in Feb.!

                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                            Not feeling all that hot, so it'll be very simple tonight for dinner. A roasted BISO chicken breast (done in the convection oven to keep the heat down) after drizzling with olive oil and rubbing with the Meyer lemon/pepper seasoning mix I got from W-S.

                                                                                                                            The rest of the CSA Swiss chard sauteed with garlic, slivered red onion and salt and pepper and some lime zest. And it's dinner.

                                                                                                                            And there is a V&L. That was made before the chicken was seasoned. :-)

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                                                                                                                              acssss RE: LindaWhit Jul 18, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                              I absolutely love swiss chard and your dinner sounds simple and delicious. Hope you feel better... I guess this heat is getting the best of everyone... three more days...

                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                              Perhaps, the intermittent afternoon showers will help to cool off the weather for the weekend but in the meantime it's still quite toasty. The AC at work is still blasting so to me it's an icebox. The stares at my big puffy scarf all day were quite comical. Now I'm home sweet home and looking forward to Friday. SO volunteered to make dinner AGAIN! He must have a project at work that he is avoiding. Dinner tonight was simple scrambled eggs with lump crab, bacon, and cheese (oops, count me in the bunch who does not follow that seafood and cheese rule at all). I usually use Crystal Hot Sauce for my eggs, but for some reason with this combination it's always Cholula, both original and Chipotle.

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                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jul 18, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                I have never had bacon with crab. I bet that was a damn tasty plate. Hope Take got a taste of crab

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                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                  It's delicious, although of course not a regular occurrence though in the summer when crab is readily available here it's hard for me to resist sometimes. I needed an egg pick me up as I was some what tired of roast turkey. I'm on the hunt for some good sausage to use this weekend. Indeed he did although it probably wasn't the best decisions. He's a fish lover it seems, gobbles up the salmon and tuna canned food but scoffs at the poultry so he loved it although SO is frustrated with me as the weekend plan is to spend the free time training him to stay off of plates and tables.

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                                                                                                                                  acssss RE: fldhkybnva Jul 18, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                  Don't know about the crab/bacon/cheese - but hot sauce - yes sirrrrry! Tabasco and eggs are one of my favorites!

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                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: fldhkybnva Jul 19, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    Sounds very nice! I'm also a non follower of that rule, especially with crab!

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                                                                                                                                    piccola RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                    Last night was grilled zucchini and cotija tacos with mint; tonight was a scrambled egg bowl with sautéed okra, corn and basil. Minimal cooking, light food and tons of flavour.

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                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit RE: piccola Jul 18, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                      Both meals sound great for this weather.

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                                                                                                                                        piccola RE: weezieduzzit Jul 19, 2013 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                                        Thanks! I mostly lose the will to cook once the heat sets in, so it's either grilling, a quick sauté or countless variations on salad.

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                                                                                                                                      girlwonder88 RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      Tonight we'll be grilling steaks using the recent Cooks' Country recipe for steaks from a chuck roast (I've had one languishing in the freezer)-dry rub of chipotle and cocoa. Corn on the cob and champagne grapes to go with...that's about all the energy I have left after several hours at the pool with 3 seven year olds and a three year old.

                                                                                                                                      Last night was frito chili...so bad yet so good. In this hot weather I could eat a dish like that every week.

                                                                                                                                      1. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                        I made a crustless artichoke, scallion, baby bella, parmesan, cheddar quiche earlier that I'll have some leftover tomato, cuke, feta salad from last night with it.

                                                                                                                                        A neighbor leaving town left me a large bag of tomatoes on my porch this morning. Kinda cool since they're different varieties than I'm growing but I already have a ton of ripe tomatoes right now so I'm thinking about pulling the dehydrator out and making some "sundried" to store for winter. I need to move a Food Saver closer to the top of my shopping list.

                                                                                                                                        1. helen_m RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                          Two green tomatoes turned up in in my veg box today and I decided to make grilled green tomato tostadas with black beans, avocado and cilantro. I made a roasted tomato salsa and guacomole to eat with those nice blue/black corn tortilla chips whilst we were waiting for the grill to heat up. I slung on some corn in the husks to eat alongside the tostadas. We got caught out by a storm and I had to finish grilling wuth my husband holding an umbrella over me and the food! So good though and made a huge dent in the veg box.

                                                                                                                                          I made so much salsa it's ridiculous, I'm going to pack my husband off to work with a huge jar and a pack of tortilla chips for Friday afternoon snacks.

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                                                                                                                                            acssss RE: helen_m Jul 19, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                                                                                            I was sure you were going to say you were making fried green tomatoes :-)
                                                                                                                                            anyway... your meal sounds simple and delicious

                                                                                                                                          2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                            Tonight was a trashy food night.

                                                                                                                                            Appetizer: a small bag of Fritos. Apparently, that's 3 servings? Whoa. DH had a couple, but I put the rest away (in me).

                                                                                                                                            Dinner will be likewise déclassé: pork shoulder chops seasoned w/ s&p and Penzey's Forward! and seared in butter, then set aside, onions, shallots, garlic, and bay leaf added to the drippings, stir stir til golden, then pan deglazed with dry white vermouth. Here's where it gets trashy: a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom, some sour cream, and a dab of mayo go in. Thyme, majoram, a little Penzey's Krakow Nights seasoning, brown mustard, Worcestershire. Chops back in, coated, foiled, baked.

                                                                                                                                            There will be rice and some kind of endive salad hubby put together with goat cheese, FM apricots, tomatoes, and a balsamic and avocado-oil vinaigrette. Manhattans to help it all go down.

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                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Jul 18, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                              One of my clients showed me that recipe but not as nicely seasoned as yours. Yours take me back. I haven't made that in forever.

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                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: suzigirl Jul 18, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                This is probably the second can of Campbell's CoM that we've bought in the past decade. Not really my thing, but I was stumped as to what to do with pork shoulder chops. Pork shoulder tacos are on the menu for later this weekend, so I couldn't go the Latin route. Did think about a Korean-ish marinade, but that really shines when you have a grill to enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                  rjbh20 RE: ChristinaMason Jul 18, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Try alla Marsala with pancetta & mushrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: rjbh20 Jul 19, 2013 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                    We do that, too. But not last night.

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                                                                                                                                                    sedimental RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 04:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                    ...and sometimes trashy food just hits the spot.

                                                                                                                                                    I am a bit of a health nut and I occasionally crave trashy home cooked food (not really trashy boxed food) and I adore badass bar food (poppers, deep fried items). I just go for it a few times a year. No apologies. It just tastes good sometimes, a bit retro and nostalgic. Fun.

                                                                                                                                                    The last time I cooked a chicken dish with cream of mushroom soup, I pulled out TV trays for in front of the .t.v. and we drank a "highball" with the meal, followed by wacky cake! I need to do that again soon :)

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                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: sedimental Jul 19, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I am embarrassed to admit how much we liked this in the end. The sauce was pretty good with all my add-ins and the pork juices. And the pork was so tender after braising low and slow. Typical that DH raves with the homiest, easiest meal...

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                                                                                                                                                        JungMann RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I see you use Forward! a lot. Is that worth placing a special order with Penzey's?

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                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: JungMann Jul 19, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Depends. I switched to it to cut down on our salt consumption, as I often add a dash of seasoned salt to get something to taste "right". It just adds that certain umami and layer of flavor. But you could easily mix some of your own with paprika, dried onion, garlic, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Our trashy stroganov with COM soup was yummy. It must be a defective gene but we both loved it.

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                                                                                                                                                            boyzoma RE: Berheenia Jul 19, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I use CoM soup in my stroganoff too! So we're a matched set.

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                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Your pork shoulder pan sauce sounds great! I love cooking with wine but have never used vermouth.

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                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: fldhkybnva Jul 19, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                      It's totally worth keeping on hand. Keeps better than white wine once opened...we vacuum seal ours in any case. It's a bit more neutral than some of the oakier/tart whites out there, although it does have a touch of spice.

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                                                                                                                                                        biondanonima RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I love vermouth for this reason - it keeps well, is fairly neutral AND it's very reasonably priced - you can buy a 1.5L bottle of perfectly acceptable vermouth for less than $10.

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                                                                                                                                                      eight_inch_pestle RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Sounds great. Love Cream of Mushroom sometimes. For an almost equally cheap pork shoulder chop option we also like canned tomatoes and pbr with any fresh herbs we have around.

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                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I'm doing excited little dances here. The bloke has a man-date with mate tonight so it's Fish Friday for me. A trip to the fish market yielded fresh sardines - a rarity in New Zealand. They're a bit bigger than I like but I bought ten anyway.

                                                                                                                                                      Two were lunch, flattened and baked over slices of lemon, sprinkled with fennel seeds and chilli flakes.

                                                                                                                                                      Four will be dinner. I'm planning on grilling those (winter be damned) . I've gutted them and will keep it to simple with flavours. I'll do a little potato and parsley salad to have with them.

                                                                                                                                                      The remaining four are being give the escabeche treatment and will be eaten tomorrow. I've never tasted escabeche but the ingredients are all things I like so I'm sure I will enjoy it.

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                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: Frizzle Jul 18, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                        LOVE grilled sardines. One of my favorite tapas at (good) Spanish restaurants. Wegmans has them some time, I'll be on the lookout from now on... especially since the mackerels were kinda icky tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 02:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                          It was my first time grilling them - delicious. Good luck finding some.

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                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 02:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                          It's a 'balmy' 12c/54f here. Perfect weather to drag out the hibachi. I clutched a glass of Shiraz to keep me warm. Not being great at lighting charcoal bbqs without fire starters I had a near call being over exuberant with an accelerant but in the end it all came together nicely.

                                                                                                                                                          The grilled sardines paired perfectly with the thrown together mayo, potato, preserved lemon and parsley salad. Rubharb and apple crumble with a dollop of ice cream was dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Friz, those look fabulous!

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                                                                                                                                                              acssss RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                              mighty large sardines there, frizzle! Beautiful!

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                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                These were the smallest of the lot too. In Australia I would never have bought them this large but here I'm so deprived I get excited by even seeing them.

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                                                                                                                                                                  acssss RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle - they look wonderful, as is everything you make!
                                                                                                                                                                  I've traveled to many places in the world - and love it, but unfortunately I never had the pleasure of traveling to New Zealand or Australia and I am determined to get that which has been on my bucket list accomplished in the next five years! Had a very good friend who worked with me who made a month-long trip out there and had the most amazing pics when he came back. Wonderful places to hike (one of my favorite pastimes) - I am truly jealous of you!

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                                                                                                                                                                    Frizzle RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    There are some amazing hikes here, including a new one where you walk the length of the country. I'm ashamed to say I've done none of them. I hope you do make it here and get to enjoy the hikes and some of our produce.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      One of the places we hope to visit sometime, Frizz.

                                                                                                                                                                      Mrs Harters has an aunt & uncle living in Christchurch. House was destroyed in the earthquake and they are still in temporary accommodation.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: Harters Jul 19, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Poor Christchurch. I feel for your relatives Harters. There are all manner of issues with the rebuild. I live in the North Island but the continued problems Christchurch (in the South Island) faces make the news constantly.

                                                                                                                                                                        I look forward to maybe catching up with you and acssss for a meal down under one day.

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                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Ooooh, wow!

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                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 01:31 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                  rainbowbrown RE: Frizzle Jul 21, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds wonderful. I've had my mind on trying to find fresh sardines around here. You're lunch and dinner sound great!

                                                                                                                                                                3. alliegator RE: roxlet Jul 18, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Well, my dinner got royally screwed over when I opened up the freezer for a few cubes and felt heat and heard all this snapping and popping like a campfire. Through a vent I saw all this red and little flare ups. The motor (?) was trying as hard as it could to catch on fire.
                                                                                                                                                                  So, I proved that a hundred lb. woman can move out and unplug a fridge in the blink of an eye. The thing is 4 months old, installed the day I moved in. A new one is coming tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                                                  Mangator is picking up a New York style pie, extra cheese, pepperoni on half for a late dinner. A second stiff drink will be in order for me to take down the adrenaline and ease the guilt of scaring the crap outta my pap by my yelling and yanking out a fire extinguisher. Ugh...

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                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Damn girl. Impressive. Glad you went to the fridge when you did. And a couple of drinks are in order

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                                                                                                                                                                      scubadoo97 RE: alliegator Jul 18, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, 4 months old.
                                                                                                                                                                      Glad it didn't burn further

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                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Yikes. Thank goodness for fast-acting you!

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                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 03:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Thank goodness it didn't happen when you were out!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                            acssss RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Holy Cow Alliegator! Lucky for your quick thinking and sudden strength - you saved the day and deserve that drink! cin cin

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                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, now THAT stinks! Especially with it being a brand new appliance! I do hope the drink helped calm the nerves, allie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Yikes, thats horrible! So glad you were home to catch it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Man, that sucks. Of course, my first though is, did you lose any food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: ludmilasdaughter Jul 19, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    The process of old fridge out and new fridge in was completed a bit ago. And I did lose food, quite a bit, in fact. I'd just been to the store in the afternoon. The man that came to do the job saw me loadin' up the garbage bag, and asked for my last 3 grocery receipts to turn into the office, they'll deduct it from my Aug. 1st rent due. I ran a couple of pricey cheeses, some meat and gelato over to my neighbor's, she had some room to spare.
                                                                                                                                                                                    With the rent adjustment, I'll be reimbursed about $200, so I'm quite satisfied with the way the condo manager handled it. But, ugh, what a mess! Water everywhere--but it's all cleaned up and put back together. All in all, no biggie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      That's great you got some reimbursement. What a pain though. Glad you caught it in time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, me too. Yeah, the reimbursement is a nice gesture. No real complaints here. And it might help adjust my bratty 'tude with wanting everything new all the time. New is just "untested".

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                                                                                                                                                                                        alliegator RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's but a small sample of the fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yowie. A stiff drink would be in order after that task.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: Frizzle Jul 19, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            No kidding. What a chore. That is alot of food to waste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I settled for a cool shower and a warm-ish beer.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Suzi, a lot of what your seeing is Asian sauces and such that survived. Any meat or dairy got chucked. I got a message that my rent for Aug will be reduced by $300, so I'm coming out on top.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Now I just need a cold beer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I saw there were alot of condiments but I wasn't judging. :-) if you only could see my fridge. Hey, that would be a fun thread. Pics of the chow fridges.
                                                                                                                                                                                                It was good of them to comp you that money for the food. What is in most of out fridges and freezers well exceed that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fun, IF everyone pulls everything out and puts the Hidden Valley Ranch, Jiffy peanut butter, and I think that's Bestfoods mayo in a tube front and center like I did :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jiffy peanutbutter in the fridge?!?! Wait, I said no judging. Teasing. Keeping it real peepin' in fridges would be fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey lady, it's HOT here! PB in the fridge. Most shit in the fridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      And pap won't take any money, he tries to pay part of the rent, for crap's sake. He just doesn't know that I tear that check up. He could live to be 100 and need that money.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  boyzoma RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, allie - you were so lucky. Glad you are coming out on top on this one. But it would have been very scary. You deserve that cold beer (or sorta cold one). Hope you get things back to normal soon. Best wishes to you, and hopefully good eats soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, Allie, what a pain! Think of any overage on what the food cost as your combat pay! And good call on dinner out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: GretchenS Jul 19, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                She needs to share a little with paps if it becomes combat pay. She did scare the crap out of him. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                OY. Definitely a stiff drink!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Whooooo - I have to leave you all for a week and you nearly get electrocuted or have a house fire, others nearly succumb to heat stroke..... so much excitement!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Good for your quick thinking/actions alliegator, and for pizza take-out:)

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. eight_inch_pestle RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 12:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Brunch for dinner. Wild king salmon gently pan-roasted in butter and white wine with bay, garden thyme, and garlic. On top of a toasted english muffin and homemade bacon and sauteed spinach, with a poached egg and tarragon cream. Some garden chives on top. A terrible picture from a bad angle to follow---it didn't look so, um, architectural in real life, promise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 19, 2013 01:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              HO-LEE HELL. I want to crawl thru my cell phone into your kitchen! Bravo, EIP, bravo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 19, 2013 03:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow. Just wow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss RE: GretchenS Jul 19, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I second that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    alliegator RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Third it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 19, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I could eat that over and over and over...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Terrie H. RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 19, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This sounds spectacular!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 19, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Homemade bacon? Color me impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: eight_inch_pestle Jul 19, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seriously amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Musie RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        With my Dad visiting I've not had much time to report back on WFD, but there have been plenty of tasty meals. The grill has been set up outside a couple of times this week for burgers one night and chicken satay skewers on another. The only other home cooked meal that has been made this week was mustard Milanese. All very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My favourite food spot was from yesterday. We took a road trip up the coast. We strolled up to a place called Deja Bu, which we've been waiting to go to since last year, to discover the place was closed due to fire damage. However, we discovered a great seafood place right on the wharf. Everything was fresh and made on site and all the fish was acquired locally. I had coconut crusted shrimp with a chili dip and fries, my SO had the tastiest fried clams we'd tried with homemade tartar sauce and fries and my Dad had what looked like excellent fish'n'chips. We followed the meal up with homemade gelato from a place near by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just jumped in the ocean and it was perfect but with the high temps coming again I can't sit on the beach and eat a tuna sandwich, my ideal beach food, so I think a meal out is in order. WFD will be some grilled boneless pork ribs marinated and basted in a honey-apple juice- soy and garlic mix with a possible side of grilled yellow squash and eggplant. The veg are from a farmers' market we went to on Tuesday- had to beg for the last eggplant. I think I'm done with farmers markets on Cape Cod. There is a nice farm stand/market at the end of the road that will supply veggies for next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: Berheenia Jul 19, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            love tuna sandwiches on the beach! must be a thing from when we were kids...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            tho i do think anything eaten on the beach with your toes in the sand tastes fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Jul 19, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              With potato chips. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: Berheenia Jul 19, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                mmm yes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: Berheenia Jul 19, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our beach sandwiches were either peppers and egg on Italian bread, or bologna sandwiches on white bread. Always better with a slight crunch of sand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 09:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh yes, sand was KEY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Terrie H. RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is so hot, but I still cooked a little last night. One of my simple, go-to summer meals that I've eaten for dozens of years in true Maryland style: Old Bay coated peel and eat shrimp, corn on the cob, green beans and sliced Brandywine tomatoes. Only salt and butter needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hoping for inspiration from you all, since my desire to cook wanes in the heat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Terrie H. Jul 19, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds fab. Are you in MD? I'm from one of suburbs outside DC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terrie H. RE: ChristinaMason Jul 19, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm also in the DC suburbs in MD., Christina.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: Terrie H. Jul 20, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ah, I grew up in Rockville but am now in DC proper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Terrie H. RE: ChristinaMason Jul 20, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm in Rockville now -- in the old town center area in one of those old houses (141 years old!!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: Terrie H. Jul 19, 2013 10:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is such a perfect summer dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flavrmeistr RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too hot to cook outside this week. DW is laid up with a broken ankle, so comfort food served in the A/C is the order of the day. She's requesting baked bbq chicken w/mac 'n cheese and peas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss RE: flavrmeistr Jul 19, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope she feels better and gets comfort from the food :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      flavrmeistr RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: flavrmeistr Jul 19, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How nice of you to treat her to such comforting food

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        flavrmeistr RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Always a pleasure to cook for the ones you love. Besides, I get some, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss RE: flavrmeistr Jul 19, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I assume you mean the food - with her broken ankle 'n all :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            flavrmeistr RE: acssss Jul 19, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Um, yes. The happy reunion will have to wait a few weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Njchicaa RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I feel like making a summery lasagna... no meat, a pesto-bechamel between some of the layers (made with some of the basil from my garden), tomatoes sliced from my garden, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That being said, the cleaning people will be here from 3-5pm so I wouldn't be able to even start the process until closer to 6. I will probably wind up just cooking some bow tie pasta and tossing it with grape tomatoes and basil from the garden, cubed fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Same flavors but much faster.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Still too hot to eat heavy/hot meals, so tonight I am making salads for dinner... and breads for next week (this humidity and heat is great for the breads)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breads include:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pugliese, pitas, ciabatta and bagels (NY style of course)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Salads include:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Red and yellow pepper salad with soy sauce/ginger and sesame oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cabbage salad with lemon/lime sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fresh mushroom salad (not cooked) with a combo of soy sauce, date syrup and green onions (which I regrew - so cool)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lettuce salad with croutons and an olive oil/lemon dressing topped with chilled grilled flank steak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Corn salad with just salt and pepper (cut from the cob)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caprese salad with basil and buffalo mozzarella (from the animal, not the city haha)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A gigantic fruit salad with peaches, berries, watermelon, cantelope, apples, oranges and pears.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...and drinks include ice cold lemonade with mint and chillin' Sangria with apples, pears and oranges.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The weather should be better tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had a $40 LivingSocial/Groupon thingy for the meat and food market near my (now old) office, so I went down there yesterday and picked up a few things, including a 2lb hunk o' lamb. I'm going to use half of it tonight to make lamb kebabs, along with a hash sort of thing with zucchini and red bell pepper. The lamb is just seasoned with garlic and herbes de provence, it's a recipe from "My Grill: Outdoor Cooking Australian Style" by Pete Evans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here's to hoping our usual afternoon/evening thunderstorms will hold off, or happen before I want to make dinner :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alliegator RE: juliejulez Jul 19, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope you get through storm-free, sounds deeelish. And why do I only get groupons for stupid shit? Groceries is a great one!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ha yeah most of the ones here are pretty dumb, I was so excited when that one popped up a few weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. alliegator RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Given the fridge incident last night, and the big ass clean up effort today (imagine when you tilt a melted ice packed fridge that was not running), it's been decided that I've spent enough time in the kitchen for today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pap suggested that tonight we head out to one his favorites and mine: Beaver Choice. Uh-huh, Beaver Choice :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It has kind of a Scandinavian, Polish, Canadian mashup type thing going on there, but it's fun and the food is superb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, who wouldda thought you'd go to Mesa for Scandanavian food!??!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *Sounds* like a step up (or should that be down, tee hee) from Hooters :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have a great time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alliegator RE: linguafood Jul 19, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can't out out-beaver a girl who used to live on Beaver Ave!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now if your last name is Cleaver... Okay, that was hokey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nah, my last name is Baker. And guess what the one thing I do not enjoy in the kitchen is?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's a good question. What?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reorganizing cabinets. I'm so glad I didn't gain the married name of Cabinetreorganizer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can't do it for myself but have some of my clients that i shop for are alphabetized in the spice and pantry cupboards. I can do it if you pay me. At my house it has become less important lately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alliegator RE: suzigirl Jul 19, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ok, I offer you 1 billion pesos. Especially if you bake something for me too!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arright, enough smartass from me before we get in trouble :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 19, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG organizing cabinets is one of my favorite things to do. In high school I worked in a grocery store and sometimes when it was slow they would pull me off the register and tell me to go "front" all the shelves... basically pushing everything towards the front and turning all the labels in the right direction. Heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alliegator RE: juliejulez Jul 19, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They must have loved you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And, jeebus krist, I was kidding. I hate baking. I don't have the patience. But cabinet organizing does bring a nice calm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm just focusing on the lovely schnitzel coming my way in a couple of hours--I'm so hungry!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And looking forward to the possibility of grilling tomorrow-yay!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. gini RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hello from NY! It is sticky here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Two words: Del Posto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other words: oh my god. Yes. Yum. vitello tonnato - please! Gorgeous room. Lovely service. gini was happy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rjbh20 RE: gini Jul 19, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad you liked it. The room is indeed lovely and the formal service is a welcome break from "Hi -- I'm Tiffany and I'm your server." Formal wine service and great glassware added to the experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That said, this place was the last straw in terms of wildly expensive and totally uninspiring cuisine. The meal was actually bad. So we pulled the plug on this type of dining and are $thousands to the good. And the food's better at home anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gini RE: rjbh20 Jul 19, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually think their lunch menu (which is what I ate) is really reasonably priced for what you get. I would gladly spend that $39 over and over again. I would say the vitello was my favorite dish of the day. Duck, which was perfectly executed, could be described as a bit boring, but I enjoyed the experience a lot. I love formal service, proper cutlery and linens and especially love a long, leisurely lunch. Plus they have two really nice wines from Etna on their by the glass menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do appreciate the note about eating at home, but there's something decadent about a fancy lunch here and there that I really enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 RE: gini Jul 19, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Admittedly I forked out something over $100 for wine that evening, but i recall walking out around $500 lighter that night. I'd do that for Gray Kunz, but nobody else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gini RE: rjbh20 Jul 19, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yikes! I can definitely see why you'd want steer clear then. That is a decent amount of change.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss RE: gini Jul 19, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two words: Agree!! ENJOY!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, it's pouring down rain but all is well as it's Friday night and I had a lovely afternoon of grocery store hopping. SO thinks I'm crazy for just browinsg grocery stores. I'm glad I did as I found so many good things that I'm kind of confused trying to figure out how to put it all togethe.r Wegmans had fresh Macakerel so I grabbed a fish and had them cut a few skin on filets so that will be dinner on Sunday likely (they are on ice in the fridge which hopefully should be OK). They also had local yellow fin tuna which was a steal so I grabbed that as well. For tonight though it's steak and asparagus. My lovely Whole Foods butcher was kind enough to put aside the grass fed sirloin when it came in this week and cut my steaks to size this afternoon. I think it will be the usual seared sirloin with mixed Shiitake and crimini mushrooms perhaps I'll throw in some dijon along with the white wine for a twist. Roasted asparagus with aged Asiago on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Terrie H. RE: fldhkybnva Jul 19, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm always impressed with your access to great meat and fish. You definitely eat quite well! Waiting for Wegman's....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: Terrie H. Jul 19, 2013 10:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have to admit, I spend a good amount of our monthly budget on food and am willing to go out of my way to find things. I skimp on many other thing like clothes shopping as I dread most other forms of shopping and really do love to eat. I also seem to always need to find something different. SO can eat the same thing over and over and I can for certain breakfast and lunch, but for dinner I'm always itching for something new. I love love Wegman's. Also, it was amazing as it was a good amount cheaper than my local Whole Food even though some feel like they are both expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            flavrmeistr RE: fldhkybnva Jul 20, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Y'know, I was looking forward to the Wegman's opening in Frederick last year, but it fell a bit short of my expectations after all the hype. First of all, about half the store is a giant food court serving chicken wings, pizza, warmed-over Chinese food and other stuff you would find at any second-rate shopping mall. Secondly, it's f***ing expensive! They have a nice selection of meat, fish (so-so) and produce, but the prices average 20% higher than the Giant Eagle up the street. That's the main reason I don't shop there, because those are mostly what I'm looking for. OTOH, Wegman's has a lot of niche and high-end products you won't find in most other stores and they have an army of cashiers to get you out the door quickly. I have a friend that swears the Leesburg store is five times better (mostly because they sell wine in Virginia, I suspect). Maybe it's true, but I'm not driving 20 miles to buy groceries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: flavrmeistr Jul 20, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wegmans (NO apostrophe) can be expensive, especially when you shop in the prepared food section a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That said, many staples are cheaper than at Weis or Giant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: flavrmeistr Jul 20, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree, I've never actually had the prepared foods there but the department is gigantic! It's probably more expensive than my local Safeway but for meat and fish it was slightly cheaper and also I think I like that it has more selection. Ours is 20 miles away too which is why I eventually made it a once a month trip instead of more frequently.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: fldhkybnva Jul 20, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhky, please don't wait till Sunday to eat your mackerel. Oily fish like mackerel, sardines and bluefish taste best the sooner they are eaten. I wish you'd had it last night!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: GretchenS Jul 20, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yah, especially given how "fresh" my mackerel tasted the same day I bought it. Oy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS Jul 20, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the tip. Actually I did read that last night when I was recipe hunting and even though I keep salmon for a few days sometimes the recommendation was to not keep this fish for very long. Well, I guess I don't have to worry about it because SO was hungry after a basketball game in the 107F heat and thought it was getting smelly so had it for lunch today while I was at the office. He can't decide if he likes it or not. He thought it wasn't necessarily strong but overly fishy in a way that other fish is not like salmon which is often described as fishy but more over flavorful whereas the mackerel to him was just really fishy. I guess if I want to try it I'll have to buy it again. I love when a house member just casually swipes the food :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS RE: fldhkybnva Jul 20, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Promise us that next time you buy mackerel you will bring it straight home and cook and eat it. Fishy is what happens when you don't. Just sayin'.... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flavrmeistr RE: GretchenS Jul 20, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fishy is what happens when it's mackerel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS Jul 21, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Indeed! I will definitely plan around it next time, I look forward to trying it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: fldhkybnva Jul 20, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any reason you had them filet the mackerel and didn't buy it whole?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've had whole fish before and it was great though I can't seem to master the fileting without getting a ton of bones in my way so it was more of a pain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rjbh20 RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Enough pussyfooting around. South of the border weather demands south of the border flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scorned Woman game hen on seared corn with bacon, red onion & a nicely picante jalapeño out of the garden. Ambient temp be damned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: rjbh20 Jul 19, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This was delicious, and the hen was perfectly done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: rjbh20 Jul 19, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yet another stunning looking meal from your kitchen. Lovely work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 RE: Frizzle Jul 20, 2013 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you. This was a no brainier out I'd the icebox and took about 20 minutes. Hens cook fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner....interrupted. Our power went out around 3:45 and didn't come back until 6:30 ish. Not sure as I was sitting in the pool trying desperately to cool down. Well over a 100 today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner was take out Thai-basil fried rice, pad thai and chicken satay. Comfort food at its finest. I am now sitting in the A/C catching up on Dexter with an ice cold vodka and pompelmo. Thank heaven for small pleasures.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jul 19, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sorry power went out. It's so frustrating, especially when it's nighttime, but it sounds like you salvaged the day and had a good one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Ruthie789 RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Salad and vegetarian meals are on my list these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight is smothered pork chop leftovers, rice, and buttered broccoli. Stiegl grapefruit (Radler) to go with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. LindaWhit RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's dinner? Literally - two french fries. :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went out with about 25 friends from a blog I post on on Boston.com. The A/C was blasting in the car while driving in; getting there was a bit of a sh*tshow while in the city and the A/C was NOT working well at this bar. And then it was just a matter of getting a drink from the waitstaff and making the rounds of chit-chatting with peeps I hadn't seen in awhile. I was able to snag 2 fries off a plate. And THAT was dinner. I made sure Advil was on the dessert menu when I got home. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow will be a party on the Cape - no idea what's for dinner from the host and hostess and what goodies are being brought by others, but if last year's party was any indication, it will be GOOD. I've made 2 gallons of Dali's sangria to contribute to the libations. The weather is supposed to "break" some time on Saturday so I suspect there will be rain upon our heads at some point. But if it gets rid of this gawdawful humidity? I can deal with rain!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See you some time on Sunday evening, ladies and gents. Stay chill and enjoy your weekends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: LindaWhit Jul 20, 2013 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Par-tay time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 20, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have a great time on the cape! It is supposed to cool down to the eighties today! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 20, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope the advil kicks in in time for the drive down! mmm Sangria! Ole!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 19, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BF went a little Mexi tonight - spanish rice, avo slices and sour cream, and grill panned and broiled chicken thighs with cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, paprika. and a big green salad on the side. he let me eat his crispy chicken skin. for this alone....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 03:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The magazine recipe says that this is a Sichuan classic - Gunpowder Chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Said chicken gets a marinade in soy and is then wok'd for a bit before coming out. In goes some dried Sichuan chillis (seeds removed) for aminute. Then the chicken goes back in along with crushed Sichuan pepper, spring onions and peanuts. Followed by a sauce made form dark soy, rice wine, black vinegar, chicken stock, caster sugar & cornflour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alongside smashed cucumber. You, erm, smash your cuke then chop it into 2cm pieces and mix it with garlic, caster sugar, light soy, black vinegar, oil and chopped chilli (in palce of chilli oil which I havnt got).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oddly, dessert is very British - summer pudding. Not what you'd immediately think of after a spicy Sichuan meal but there ya go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Weather is abating over the next few days down to mid-20s. But that's against official estimates that 500 - 700 people may have died due to heat related matters in the last few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      helen_m RE: Harters Jul 20, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The cucumber dish is one of my most favourite sides. I like to call it smacked cucumber though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: Harters Jul 20, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would like to try that, i have just about everything except the sichuan chilis. think thai ones will sub in ok?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is terrible about so many people dying from the heat! Stay cool and hydrated, Mr. H!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: mariacarmen Jul 20, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep, I'd reckon any hottish chilli would sub in. The Sichuan ones are dried (and about half the size of a thumb). When I first started eating Sichuan food (which is only two or three years back), I didnt realise you weren't supposed to eat them. Made for a couple of overly spicy lunches in Chinatown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By the by, I declare this to be a success. And it looked fecking lovely - the dish ends up looking jet black from the soy and black vinegar. Looked stunning against the white rice. And then there was the green of the cuke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: Harters Jul 20, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we have a Sichuan restaurant that we are frequenting again (they closed for almost a year due to fire) and they have a fish soup with "1000" chilis, which the server takes out of the giant tureen at your table. you can get them to go and my sister keeps them in, and the soup gets hotter and hotter, which she likes for whenever she has a cold. clears it right up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i should just ask where they get their chilis - my guess is the Ranch 99 (huge Asian market) a couple miles away....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            glad you liked it! copying your notes down for future ref.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Husband took out some "stadium brats" from the freezer, so that's what we are having.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I might also make up a salad nicoise, for myself. Husband would probably only like the potato and egg part. ha! I have some tasty green beans, and have been craving this. I need to go to the store for hot dog buns anyway, so may pick up some olives and tomatoes while there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He is out sailing today, although not sure how much wind there will be. He hasn't had his sails up this year, we went out one day and just motored around the lake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm going to take a friend up on the mountain, to hike the nordic ski trails, somewhere she has never been.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight is a birthday celebration for a close friend. My contribution is going to be Tyler Florence's "Sticky Honey-Soy Chicken Wings". I am doubling the order so trying to decide if I should do them in the oven instead of the stove top. It's a little cooler today and the AC is on to get the sticky-dampness out of the house but still the thought of turning on the oven…ugh!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wyogal RE: foodieX2 Jul 20, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I baked biscuits this morning, and turned on the AC shortly after, am boiling stuff on the stove now, hope to have indoor cooking done this morning, and AC will stay on all day, probably.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those chicken wings sound delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: wyogal Jul 20, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You were smart! The wings just went into their marinade where they need sit for two hour so I will end up cooking in heat of the day. The good news is the party isn't here so the house will have a chance to cool down before we get home. It's the cheap yankee in me that feels its so wasteful, LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have never made these wings before but the birthday girl loves wings-just not buffalo ones. I thought these sounded good. Her husband loves spicy so I added a chopped jalapeño too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wyogal RE: foodieX2 Jul 20, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just think of it all as your gift... AC on included! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: foodieX2 Jul 20, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wings came out great! Even with the added jalapeño nit much heat so next time I would up the spice factor. Did them stove top in cast iron, hot but worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. helen_m RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found some amazing looking ciabatta rolls on my travels yesterday so decided to make burgers for dinner. I did the Suzanne Goin pork burgers which had a small amount of chorizo, bacon, thyme, chilli, garlic and onion added to the mix. I thought they might fall apart on the grill but they were perfect. A slice of manchego melted on top, rocket, smear of homemade aioli in the rolls and slaw on the side. I didn't have time to make the romesco sauce she suggested but I can see it would have worked perfectly. I will make these again, for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: helen_m Jul 20, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmmm those boighahs with rocket and aioli sound divine. Manchego is inspired!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frizzle RE: helen_m Jul 20, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to have to look that recipe up. Sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: helen_m Jul 20, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They had that recipe as a "Genius Recipe" on Food 52. I have the book, but I've never made it. Let us know...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks to roxlet, I easily tracked down the recipe which looks insanely awesome!! http://food52.com/blog/7400-suzanne-g... And I have access to amazing ciabatta rolls too....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: GretchenS Jul 20, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the link. They look incredible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Jul 21, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was this it? http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-p...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        helen_m RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes that's the recipe although roxlet correctly identified Food 52 as the source of my inspiration! (the recipe's on there too).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: helen_m Jul 21, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That burger sounds seriously amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JoanN RE: helen_m Jul 21, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I made those burgers for my grandsons a couple of years ago and they said they were the best burgers they'd ever had. Problem is, I made them at their house where I have access to a grill and they keep asking for them at my house where I don't. They're still good on the stovetop, but not quite as outstanding as they are on the grill. Goin recommends serving them with Rob's Famous Coleslaw which is also terrific.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's another porkapalooza event @casa lingua today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night had me enjoy a coupla drinks with 2 lady friends I hadn't seen in a while, then dinner with my man at a small plates place that has seen a change in ownership and chef, so things are very much in flux -- never a good sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That said, the dishes we shared were actually pretty decent, and the portions *massive*:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - a "southern" sweet pea soup with crème fraîche & applewood smoked bacon,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - crab crostini -- grilled bread with a very generous amount of lumb crab dressed with some tarragon mayonnaise

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - lamb chops cooked well, but a bit too fatty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - our (former) favorite, crispy pork belly. Why the kitchen decided to glaze these delicious morsels of fatty pork with a rootbeer "jus" is beyond me. Too sweet, too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went back to the cocktail place after dinner for a night cap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went home and stayed up just late enough to put the piggy in the oven around 3 am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The whole house smells of toasted fennel seed and sweet, sweet pork :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We got some local ciabatta, brie & Tuscan salami for snacklets to go with my man's French 75s, and a white gazpacho as an appetizer. Of course, I only remembered today that one of our guests is GF, so ..... yeah. Not the smartest choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The pork is sided by a simple cole slaw and two BBQ sauces, one of which we got at the local farmers market: roasted pepper and maple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dessert is courtesy of my man -- tres leche flan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think we will be eating well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            helen_m RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mmmm pork! Lucky guests lingua' it sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow wow wow. i am in a puddle of drool here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love lamb but haven't had rib chops in a while. The store had great-looking chops today with probably 4 bites of meat vs the usual 2 bites so I figured I'd grab them up for dinner since I had no other plans. Tonight's dinner will be simple seared lamb chops with dijon, rosemary and thyme alongside sauteed spinach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A decent sized boneless ribeye is air-drying in the fridge right now, which we'll split. Corn on the cob SLATHERED with butter and salt will accompany, as will a big salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tomorrow: mu shu pork! Very excited. And i think those smashed cukes Mr. H was talking about.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terrie H. RE: mariacarmen Jul 20, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm with you, though mine is a chuck-eye and I'll be having Italian green beans instead of salad, but my corn will be equally slathered! I'm adding a couple of slabs of my Brandwine tomatoes, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Londonlinda RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Temperature briefly dipped in UK , so could have cooker on! Lamb kebabs marinated in thyme and honey, with a tomato salsa, followed by gooseberry crumble. So many lovely berries - I hate to use the word "glut" as it sounds negative, but our fridge is full and tomorrow will be sent preparing and freezing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Terrie H. RE: Londonlinda Jul 20, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Linda, I'm a huge fan of crumbles (we call them crisps over here), but I've never seen a gooseberry in my 55 years (I live near Washington, DC). How do you make it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Londonlinda RE: Terrie H. Jul 20, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I make crumble with pretty much any fruit in season. I mentioned gooseberries earlier on chowhound and folks in the US posted they had never seen them!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My crumble topping is 100 g mixed flour and pinhead oatmeal, 65 g butter, and between 40 and 50 g sugar (I use Demerara) depending on how tart the fruit is. Whizz up in a food processor, sprinkle over the raw fruit, cook medium hot oven 25 mins (can't give exact temperature as my oven is temperamental)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Terrie H. RE: Londonlinda Jul 20, 2013 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My favorite is with peaches, and sometimes peaches mixed with blackberries or raspberries. I live in a peach growing area and they are my favorite. I also like a little oatmeal in my topping, and sometimes add pecans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Must try gooseberries some time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: Terrie H. Jul 21, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Dupont farmer's market on Sunday has gooseberries right now (or did last weekend)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. biondanonima RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I braved the heat to bake some lovely no-knead sourdough today, but that was all I could bear with the oven on. I've got a quick and dirty pasta sauce (canned tomatoes, ground beef, tons of garlic, sliced green olives, various herbs, red wine) simmering on the stove, which I'll serve with gemelli or some other tasty, twisty pasta. Sour cherry pie from the freezer for dessert!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: biondanonima Jul 21, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds realllly good for some reason. It's been a while since I've had pasta and red sauce. Hmmm....tempted.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          biondanonima RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It hit the spot for sure - especially the bread, slathered with butter and pesto. We ate almost the whole loaf!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss RE: biondanonima Jul 21, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If there is one thing great about hot and muggy weather - it is bread baking (dough loves the heat and humidity!) I made a ton as well!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The pasta sauce with the bread sounds fantastic even without the pasta - just smother it on the fresh baked bread - mmmmm!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: acssss Jul 21, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, more power to you for lighting the oven to bake the loaves!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: biondanonima Jul 21, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think your dinner the other night the planted the seed for mine tonight...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. tcamp RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still unbearably hot in DC area. I spent about 2 hours outside in the sun w/ kid waiting for the bus to depart for boy scout camp. Ugh. Came home and spent the rest of the day in the AC, mainly in the kitchen. Cleaned the fridge and found a few projects to use up CSA veggies: eggplants became baba ganoush; beets, baby carrots, and serranos got quick pickled; unearthed frozen pitas to make pita chips; made a big salad for lunch and dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pasta tonight. It's still uncomfortably warm outside but not as brutal as the past few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deb had some leftover Bolognese sauce in the back of the coolerator and made some pappardelle while we were watching The Open so that's WFD. House red to wash it down. Stinky cheese and port are standing by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rain is promised tonight. We'll see.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: steve h. Jul 20, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tasty. Pretty far from fancy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: steve h. Jul 21, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know I say this a lot, but you're killing me, man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rjbh20 RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scored some very nice wild sockeye today, so a duetto di salmone tonite. First, the trusty ceviche with jalapeño and black crystal salt followed by seared salmon with black bean crema and bacon confetti. No complaints were registered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: rjbh20 Jul 21, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  love the look of that ceviche. once again, i'm asking for your method with raw fish... :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rjbh20 RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For this I cut the salmon in a thin julienne, rather than a dice. Scallion, cilantro, jalepeno, salt &black pepper. All to taste. Let it cure for a half hour, then olive oil and lime juice. Serve over sliced avocado or guacamole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  relizabeth RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cucumber and yogurt soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Salmon burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Zuchini fried rice with radish, z'atar, and pomegranate syrup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm now craving something sweet and might make some molasses cake of sorts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: relizabeth Jul 21, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your rice sounds really interesting. Is there a recipe you can share? I have about a dozen or so radishes leftover from dinner last night to use up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      relizabeth RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - left over rice from the night before.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - shredded and salted a zucchini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - diced a few inches of a peeled diakon radish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - minced garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - chopped cilantro/mint/basil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pomegranate syrup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      red pepper flakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heated oil in frying pan over medium heat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Added rice and stirred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Added zucchini and radish and garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Added chili flakes and z'atar and salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stirred and fried until nicely browned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      take off heat and add some pomegranate syrup and garnish with herbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss RE: relizabeth Jul 21, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love pomegranate syrup - especially on tomato salad - but yours sounds divine - I hope you enjoyed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night was the sardine escabeche (this receipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...) with a small loaf of no knead bread (a very easy friend's mum's recipe). I gave half of the escabeche away to the mother in law who had never tried fresh sardines before and perhaps uncharitably I was glad I did. I can't say I was a fan of it. I found the vinegar flavour was just a bit too sharp for me. Nevermind, the bread came out fantastically and I filled up it. The mother in law claims she enjoyed the escabeche but I suspect she may have said that to be polite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight it's the bloke's turn to practice his meatballs again for the upcoming meatball cook off. He's still in the Mexican zone so they'll be chipotle spiced with a salsa verde. We'll probably start with tostones with a garlic dipping sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: Frizzle Jul 21, 2013 02:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The meatballs were very nice tonight. Far juicier than last time although the increase of the pork ratio made us lose some of the beef flavour. I'm thinking it's time to talk to a butcher about getting a special beef mince mix that's fattier made for him. All we get here in NZ is lean beef mince. Also, I was wondering if a couple of anchovies cooked up and incorporated into his meatball mix might round out the flavour. I've never tried it with meatballs but it might be worth a go.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Frizzle Jul 21, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Meatballs look fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey frizzle, heard there was a sizeable earthquake in NZ, not sure what area, but hope everyone's ok...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks MC. The earthquake was a long way away from where we live and thankfully there haven't been any serious injuries reported. Fingers crossed there are no nasty aftershocks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: Frizzle Jul 21, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh good. the report said no fear of tsunami, thankfully.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: Frizzle Jul 21, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How awful! Wellington is on your island! I need WFD to keep me up with world news! Fingers crossed for you guys.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scubadoo97 RE: Frizzle Jul 21, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sardines are fantastic. Looks amazing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 20, 2013 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yay! The white gazpacho was a success (whew!) -- even our GF friend had a little cup of it; I served her just an espresso cup instead of a soup bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was a first for me with white gazpacho & I really liked the flavors, but it's vital I think to skimp on the serving size due to a cup of almonds and 6 (!) slices of soaked bread. As light and refreshing as it may taste, that stuff fills you up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nonetheless, we barely have leftovers from an 8 lb. shoulder roast for 6 ravenous eaters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My sweetie's tres de leche flan was inhaled as well. I asked him to leave out the coconut flakes this time -- while I enjoy the flavor, I find that they kinda mess with that silky smooth texture. Now, why the flan developed a belly button only my man knows :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The dude showed his love for leather tonight by sleeping on our friend's purse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good times were had. We are lucky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: linguafood Jul 20, 2013 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lucky friends! That's a nice looking feast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks fab, lingua!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That all looks wonderful. Will sweetie share his flan recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will try to share it here -- my man needs to type it up first, I think it's just on a note pad right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Flan Cuban

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 egg yolks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 cup sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 can evaporated milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 can (same amount as the can of evaporated milk) whole milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 cup coconut (optional)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mix above in blender

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the caramel, 1 cup sugar on low heat till brown. Pour this into glass pan (4.5" x 8.5") and wait for it to cool. The pour in blended liquid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours in bain-marie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Remove and let cool for several hours.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, you use the evaporated milk can to measure the whole milk?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This sounds so good! I wish my husband liked custard type desserts! I love them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: wyogal Jul 21, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I think that's what he does. It's really very silky, and basically a log-shaped crème caramel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UNFORTUNATELY, my dear sweetie fucked up in that the recipe also includes a can of condensed milk, which is the one used to measure the whole milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gah. Sorry 'bout that :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wyogal RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hahahahaha! no worries!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we forgive dear sweetie. and now it's truly a "tres" leches flan!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h., i was thinking of you, believe me, when doing ours. we used the cast-iron ridge pan, and i had the oven all heated up to put them in. we had them in the hot pan for about 2 minutes each side, and the BF cut into his. - blue-rare, so back it went. mine felt done to the touch, but i thought nah, so fast? took it out anyway, sure enough, overdone. they just weren't that thick. the BF continued to cook his (he likes his more done than mine). they were both about a medium with just a hint of pink - not rare enough for me. there was just no time to throw them in the oven, unless i'd only quickly seared them for a minute on each side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thanks for the kind words about the pics! too kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                when are you traveling north?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              helen_m RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for sharing the recipe, it sounds really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                give sweetie a smooch from us!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gorgeous gazpacho! love the dude.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 02:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Classic roast pork Sunday dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You know - the sort where you have roast potatoes, steamed greens, gravy and apple sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In this case, followed by summer pudding, again

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: Harters Jul 21, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Summer pudding is so wonderful, but we never get currants here, so never can do it properly. I adore summer pudding!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On another thread, I was asked if gooseberries could replace the currants for sourness. Never done it but I reckon it could work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm quite a fan of autumn pudding - using apples, plums and the like

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: Harters Jul 21, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We don't have them either!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It felt like over 100 degrees F in our kitchen last night after soaring temps in DC yesterday. We had the lovely helen_m over for a big taco spread, along with two other food-loving friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To start, paloma cocktails http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/201... (subbing agave nectar for the sugar) and guacamole made table-side (due to lack of counter space!) with hubby's homemade tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next up, skewered garlic shrimp over elote-style corn (white and yellow corn blanched and pan-seared, tossed with Mexican mayo, cotija cheese, ground anco chili, lime juice, and cilantro). It was a nice flavor combo, but I learned cotija quickly turns rubbery if heated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DH fried up some battered cactus paddle strips (nopalitos) as an intermezzo while I tried to get all the taco sides and fixin's out on the table. I decided my kitchen is way too small (and un-air conditioned) for prepping a multi-course meal in the summer heat. We popped open some Latin beer and white wine and sat under the AC waiting for the last dishes to be ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Finally, taco time. Braised pork shoulder in mojo criollo, chipotle lamb barbacoa, homemade corn tortillas (more a novelty than unqualified success), and lots of toppings: chopped radish, white onion, and cilantro, pickled jalapeno strips, sour cream, red and green taqueria salsas, crumbled cotija, hot sauce, and lime wedges. Sides were yellow rice and pintos and a salad of jicama, mango, pineapple, cucumber, and watermelon tossed with chili, cilantro and lime juice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dessert--not that there was room for it!--was coconut panna cotta with pineapple-lime salsa and some alfajores I purchased through a Chowhound recommendation. The cookies were excellent: https://www.facebook.com/EricasAlfajo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A friend's homemeade coffee liqueur and Tuaca to cap off the meal. We lumbered to our respective beds a little after 1am. Still full this morning! I *may* have had leftover cookies for breakfast this AM with my coffee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                helen_m RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All I can say is wow! I'm glad you posted some of the recipes and the dishes, I was trying to describe everything to S and failing! Needless to say everything was absolutely delicious, I can't even imagine how long everything took to cook in the DC heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm still thinking about the homemade tortilla chips, shrimp and cactus! And looking forward to eating some of the doggie bags Christina packed us off home with. My son ate two of the delicious cookies (they were a great find!) before breakfast, he's a fan!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Jul 21, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is it wrong that I'm preoccupied now thinking about what *else* we can deep fry?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And all the cookies are gone here, too...much like G, I wake up hungry after naps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. juliejulez RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well yesterday was an interesting day. SO decided he wanted to go look at trailers (the travel/camping variety). He ended up doing the paperwork for one, and assuming all the finance stuff goes well tomorrow, he will be the proud new owner of a 27 foot toy hauler trailer. We have no toys to haul, but I'm just happy I don't have to either 1) sleep in a tent 2) share with his parents ever again. Thankfully, we have lots of extra kitchen, bath and bedding stuff since we had doubles of a lot when I moved in. The rest of what we need I'll be hitting up garage sales, thrift stores, and Craigslist. It will give me something fun to do whilst unemployed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner last night was at a friend's house, they grilled steaks, we had pasta salad, and a delicious caprese salad. I drop SO off at the airport this afternoon so tonight's dinner is sambal chicken skewers, hopefully will be nice and spicy. Sides will just be brown rice and (hopefully) sugar snap peas stir fried with some sriracha and soy sauce. I'm hoping that they haven't gone bad in the fridge yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night's dinner was great. The plan was lamb rib chops with roasted asparagus but it was so darn hot and I have just been feeling crummy in this weather I think because I'm not keeping up my water intake so all I wanted was a nice cool salad. Coincidentally, I had just bought some feta from Wegman's which was the first feta I've actually enjoyed other than packaged and SO bought just-made mozzarella at Whole Foods so a Greek-style salad seemed in order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lamb rib steaks were marinated in red wine, oregano, olive oil and lemon, broiled and then served on a bed of romaine with aged feta and fresh mozzarella with a lemon red wine vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss RE: fldhkybnva Jul 21, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's funny that you refer to this meal as something you made because you didn't feel like cooking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is one of my absolute favorites (but without the cheese). In fact, with both my pregnancies, I ate this three times a day for the entire nine months!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It looks fantastic and I bet it tasted even better!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kudos to you fldhkybnva and I hope you feel better!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: acssss Jul 21, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was pretty quick and easy to throw together though I guess I admit it did require some effort. If mincing or chopping is involved, I consider that effort :) I rarely eat Greek salad because I've never found a feta I liked but now I think it'll be a favorite go-to salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. JungMann RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night's stuffed squash blossom tempura was a hit. Only one blossom broke but it managed to maintain its shape for presentation. Purslane salad with Aleppo pepper, dried mint and yogurt to up the veg quotient.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: JungMann Jul 21, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They look really delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They sure do. Maybe I won't chicken out next time and give the stuffed & battered treatment a try....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: JungMann Jul 21, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fabulous. Good job.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's hot. So I am firing up the oven for chicken enchiladas! ha! Yes, the AC is on. Last night we grilled brats, and after spending the day on the lake, my husband could hardly stand to be outside long enough to grill those!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am making charro beans with the Anasazi beans (will dice the leftover brats from last night into them), will use some roasted Hatch green chilies from the freezer for the enchiladas. I have chicken tenders in the microwave with some olive oil, oregano, cumin, garlic, ancho chile powder, and s&p. I'll put them in the fridge and shred them later. or maybe while they are still warm. Will use jack cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Weather is MUCH better - so I could finally walk today... no heat exhaustion or need for sprinklers :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...and we started painting the house. Finished some of the windows today and will continue during the week and next weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yesterday was the day for bread making (house looks and smells like a bakery) and due to yoga, walking and house painting, I am taking it easy with regards to food preparation - had bagels and lox for breakfast, grilled some chicken wings/thighs to enjoy with some bruschetta with the pugliese and made some labneh and hummus to enjoy with the pitas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. rainbowbrown RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night we grilled. Tri tip, grilled ratatouille, potatoes and bread. Oysters served raw with mignonette sauce was our appetizer. It was super fun. And delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It must be lucky day. My wallet is upset but I happened upon a steak motherload this morning of my favorite cuts which aren't always in stock. I couldn't resist grabbing the buffalo ribeyes which I'll freeze and will be all ready for our usual Friday steak dinners. I also ventured to a few newer cuts - flank steak and a grass fed flat iron steak. I've heard great things about both and right now SO and I are trying to decide which to go for tonight. Anyone have a favorite? The steak will be seared and served with anchovy butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: fldhkybnva Jul 21, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like the flat iron a lot. Sear on a very hot pan to rare/mid rare, then slice thinly against the grain. Good stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Berheenia RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We either have a bug or some of our Farmers Market produce got a bit too organic for our delicate digestive systems plus we have eaten out alot. Time out and WFD will be chicken with rice and some vetted zucchini. I think the chicken will be a simple pan fry with some dried herbs. Wine will still be sipped.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: Berheenia Jul 21, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ouch. Hope the bug buzzes off quickly '-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks. I have 4 more days of vacation eating here, damn it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm going in with some Makers Mark on the rocks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia Jul 21, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Medicinal, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: Berheenia Jul 21, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Feel better! Wine is a great antibacterial agent :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jul 21, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ick. Hope you're feeling better very soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. ChristinaMason RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have a bunch of green peppers from last week's farmer's market trip that are begging to be used up, so tonight I'm making a sausage, ground beef, onion, and green pepper ragout with campanelle, to be coated in a mountain of grated Parm. Once leftovers are gone, it's back on the lower-carb bandwagon for me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Jul 21, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This turned out really well. I forget how good pasta is sometimes! I threw in some baby eggplant rounds that needed using, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tonight will be the first garden pesto of the summer! All the early rain and then heat made my basil plants go crazy so the plan is get out there and harvest it. I have some good parm already grated on the counter and some pignoli in the freezer. I picked a good looking loaf bread and house made pasta at WF. Dinner will be good tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jul 21, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fresh garden pesto...heaven! Enjoy. I've been eye-ing the WF house made pasta so it's good to know that someone else likes to use it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jul 21, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I got their basic tagliatelle, just the right width for pesto. It was delicious!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The WF pasta is $$ but pasta is one of those things that everyone says is "easy" to make but I struggle with it. I think its like baking, its too much science for me. The weather, the humidity can impact the results, as can so many other factors. For day to day the supermarket Barilla is fine but when it really matters I am happy to shell out the dough for WF or my local fresh pasta place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jul 21, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We don't eat much pasta so I thought it'd be a nice treat when we do. I'll keep it in mind. I don't think I'll be pulling out the stand mixer to make pasta anytime soon :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While rummaging through my pantry yesterday I discovered 4 little nests of tagliatelle floating around, so pasta is on the agenda (a rare treat). I've thawed some shrimp and have frozen spinach, too. Some olive oil, slivered garlic, the last of my aleppo pepper and perhaps some of the Turkish chile mix a friend brought back from Istanbul will go in the pan, sauté a few leftover cherry tomatoes, add some frozen spinach to the mix, sploosh of white wine, a healthy nub of butter, the shrimpies... add the pasta, done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I feel ambitious (and really, when do I ever!) I might even drive All The Way Across Town to TJ's and snag some fresh bufflo mozza as an appetizer. 4 nests of pasta ain't that much, even with the shrimp, maters and spinaci added -- especially for carb-deprived folk such as we are. We'll see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After yet another late night @casa lingua, vegging on the couch in front of the tube is in order. True Blood & other silliness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: linguafood Jul 22, 2013 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love those little nests of tagliatelle ....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grrrr.... overcooked the rib-eye last night. we have still just not mastered that. i cut the steak in half, giving the BF the bigger, thicker piece, and then my smaller piece cooked faster, though i did pull it out sooner. still tasty, but still grrr. butter-slathered corn, however, was delish, and i made a slaw-ish thing with radishes, cukes, red cabbage, scallions and shallots, and cherry toms picked from my sister's garden (a nice representative bowl also pictured), with red wine vinegar, a little kewpie mayo, oregano, granulated garlic, s&p.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            also, roasted a chicken for the oldster, and fried some taters up with oregano and paprika for him too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on my way home now to make the mu shu pork with more wood ear mushrooms i picked up today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA: OH HELL. that pic of the BF's pride and joy - the ability to eat a single row of corn on the cob at a time - wasn't supposed to attach here! and i don't think you can delete pics here. excuse the messy buttery plate! evidence of my gluttony.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blargh, I hate when that happens. I think I have a good method now since we eat steak a lot but I have a few which are awfully overcooked. But, especially with ribeye, it's not that horrid if it's past my preferred doneness. Other cuts, not so much though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All the pictures look good. You and the new camera have bonded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We sear our steaks in a cast iron skillet and finish them in the oven. It works for us but lots of other ways work too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: steve h. Jul 21, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The sear and oven method is what I use as well for any steak over 3/4 inch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL! I think I like the picture of the eaten ear of corn *except* that one row the best. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love the row of corn photo too, hilarious. That's a skill for the resume.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry to hear about the steak but the meal looks wonderful regardless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. steve h. RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burgers from the freezer tonight. I ground chuck and short rib at a 1:1 ratio a few weeks ago and I'm pretty happy with the results. New house blend? We'll see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    White American cheese for toppers, caramelized onions for sweetness, potato rolls will be the delivery mechanisms. Cole slaw and potato chips will be on the side. Beer for me, wine for Deb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations to Phil Mickelson on winning The Open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. linguafood RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I decided on a whim to first melt some anchovies (about 4-5 filets) in the olive oil AND chop up 1.5 slices of bacon. Because... well, it just seemed like a great idea :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The garlic followed next, along with the spices (oregano & the pepper mix), then blistered the cherry tomatoes, then added the spinach and white wine. I decided against butter, it wasn't needed with all that good olive oil in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The photo is blurry, and the pasta was rather rustic, but delish. I actually had to add a little salt once plated, which I didn't expect having used anchovies and bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stuffed now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sounds like a great combo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It came out well for an improv dish, but I was still surprised at the muted flavor. The dash of salt made all the difference -- I just wish I had tasted one more time before serving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No biggie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that party sounds like 2 days of recovery, for me. sounds like a fantastic time!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What, the pig fest last night? Nah. Folks left before midnight -- 'twas on the mellow side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Friday was the "bad" one, but we're all recovered at this point '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jul 21, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              no, oops, that posted in the wrong place. i was talking about LW's sangria-fest. yours ALWAYS sound like two days of recovery to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wyogal RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It looks messy, but it was good!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken enchiladas: chicken tenders cooked earlier with onion, peppers, garlic, cumin, s&p, and some roasted green chilies, a dollop of store brand onion dip (for a bit of creaminess), and jack cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sauce: green chilies, onions, and yes, a green chile sauce from a can. Smothered with jack cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charro: Anasazi beans with oregano, a bit of the green chile/onion, leftover grill brats from last night, sliced, and a slice of bacon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Served with chopped romaine and grape tomatoes

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: wyogal Jul 22, 2013 03:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a dollop of store brand onion dip (for a bit of creaminess),

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brilliant! Gonna try that when I return.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. rainbowbrown RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've got some local black beans from the farmers market in the pot right now. Will probably eat them with last night's leftover ratatouille. Is that gonna be weird? Whatever, we'll see. Mr. RB will probably make nachos with the black beans. He's a nacho fiend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The weekend's food and drink:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pre-party at the Falmouth Raw Bar - 3 mini sliders & glass of wine (me); fried clams & Island Queen Quench [raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry & pineapple juices] and a lobster roll and a beer (my two friends with whom I drove down to the Cape)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Party food - chicken & sausage cacciatore; lasagna, green salad, rolls, potato salad, pulled pork sliders, corn and black bean salsa/salad, and probably several other things I didn't see. Chocolate cake, cannoli dip with pizzelles for dessert. There was tons of alcoholic libations. I ended up bringing down 2 gallons of sangria, someone else brought 1-1/2 gallons of sangria, and I had brought along the makings of yet another gallon when my 2 gallons were used up, so I made it. ALL of the sangria was gone by the time my friends and I left the party around midnight. ;-) I think the dispensers being prominently displayed on the outside bars might have something to do with that. Oh yeah. Perhaps the HOT FREAKIN' HUMID WEATHER might also have had something to do with that. Bleah. Seriously hot last night, but seriously fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunday breakfast at Betsy's Diner: 2 eggs scrambled, well-toasted English muffin, hash browns, bacon, and LOTS of cawfee. Others had French toast, an omelette, eggs over easy, linguica, etc. And LOTS of cawfee. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shopping and antiquing in both Falmouth and Plymouth for the rest of Sunday, and a good drive home. I got home about 6pm, and luckily had a half a chicken breast and some sauteed Swiss chard in the fridge for reheating, because I was in no mood to cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A very fun weekend with a lot of very fun people. Reality hits tomorrow morning. :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jul 21, 2013 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah, the magic that is yeasts farting and tap dancing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reality is reserved for those who can't handle a good time. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: steve h. Jul 21, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm laughing at your post, even though I don't know what you mean by your first line, steve. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jul 21, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeasts eat sugars. The byproducts can be alcohol and carbon dioxide. Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions talks about the magical transition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not to worry, Deb and my son roll their eyes with great frequency when my references fall flat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jul 21, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sounds like a great trip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jul 22, 2013 03:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sure makes up for your 2 french fries dinner party!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love going out for breakfast on the Cape- linguica everywhere!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Jul 21, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great big jalapenos have been stuffed with figs that have been stuffed with goat cheese. They have then been wrapped with deep smoked bacon and will be grilled shortly. I don't think I'm on the mood for much more than that. The weather is oppressive here tonight- the little bit of rain we got only served to make the humidity worse. Blech. I don't even feel like making mojitos, probably just rum and cream soda for me tonight (hey, don't knock it til ya try it.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: weezieduzzit Jul 21, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh my goodness-those jalapeños sound amazing!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        wyogal RE: weezieduzzit Jul 21, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Much more than that..." That sounds like quite a bit, and really fabulous!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: weezieduzzit Jul 21, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whoa! those sound crazy, and good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Jul 21, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            those sound killer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jul 21, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope so, I'll let y'all know how they turn out! I am hoping the sweetness of the figs balances well with the salty/ hot. There were a few that I didn't have figs for so I used the peach ginger chutney I made when my neighbor brought me boxes of peaches from their tree. They were messy to make, I'm hoping they don't ooze too badly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Jul 21, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mu shu porked! so the BF helped with a lot of the prep before i got home. we used pork shoulder instead of loin because it has more flavor. we also used red cabbage instead of napa because it's what we had, and i really couldn't tell the difference, except in color. the only thing i didn't like was that the filling mixture almost had TOO much flavor.... too soy-saucy, or something. i like the rather mild (but distinctive) flavor of mu shu filling on its own before you add the hoisin (or plum sauce) to the pancake. Still, it was pretty tasty. we used a martha stewart recipe just because we had almost everything on hand for it, but i looked around, and most other recipes i saw were about the same, more or less.