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

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. 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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    1. re: Njchicaa

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

      1. re: Njchicaa

        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. 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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      1. re: Berheenia

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

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: juliejulez

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

            1. re: LindaWhit

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

              90 here today. Oy.

              1. re: linguafood

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

              2. re: LindaWhit

                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.

              3. re: juliejulez

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

                  1. re: juliejulez

                    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.

                      1. re: alliegator

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

                        1. re: juliejulez

                          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.

                    1. re: alliegator

                      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.

                    2. re: juliejulez

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

                      1. re: juliejulez

                        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!

                        1. re: Njchicaa

                          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.

                          1. re: juliejulez

                            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.

                        2. re: juliejulez

                          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!

                          1. re: juliejulez

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

                          2. 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. 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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                              1. re: mudcat

                                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!

                                1. re: karendor

                                  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.

                                  1. re: mudcat

                                    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!

                                     
                                    1. re: karendor

                                      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. 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!
                                http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe...
                                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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                                1. re: alliegator

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

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                    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!

                                  2. re: alliegator

                                    Thanks for the shrimp recipe! Looks great.

                                  3. 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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                                    1. re: GretchenS

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

                                      1. re: roxlet

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

                                      2. re: GretchenS

                                        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!

                                        1. re: GretchenS

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

                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                            Glad to hear your feeling better!

                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                              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.

                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                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.

                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                  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." :)

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    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.

                                                2. re: GretchenS

                                                  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!

                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                    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

                                                    1. re: GretchenS

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

                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                        That sounds nasty. Glad you're doing better!

                                                        But.... mystery virus? Ick.

                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                          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.

                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                            I had the same experience with the GG.

                                                        2. 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.

                                                          1. 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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                                                            1. re: acssss

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

                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                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 :-)

                                                                1. re: acssss

                                                                  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....

                                                              2. re: acssss

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

                                                                1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                  1. re: acssss

                                                                    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!

                                                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                                                      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.

                                                                2. re: acssss

                                                                  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. :-)

                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                    Thanks Linda and I second the idiocy!

                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        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.

                                                                      2. re: acssss

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: acssss

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

                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                            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!

                                                                            1. re: acssss

                                                                              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. 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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                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

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

                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  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?

                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                    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

                                                                                  2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                    Can never go wrong with soup and sandwich, ever.

                                                                                  3. re: boyzoma

                                                                                    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?

                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                      2. re: boyzoma

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

                                                                                         
                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

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

                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          1. re: boyzoma

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

                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                        sometimes those simple meals are the most satisfying

                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY

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

                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                  And it is oily so it does well on the grill

                                                                                                              2. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                    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 :-)

                                                                                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                    1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                          2. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                      2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

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

                                                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                                                        1. re: wyogal

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: wyogal

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

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. re: wyogal

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

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

                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                          1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                            Are you getting rain every afternoon also?

                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                      Both meals sound great for this weather.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                    2. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                          1. re: helen_m

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

                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                  Try alla Marsala with pancetta & mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                    We do that, too. But not last night.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                    ...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 :)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

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

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                    3. 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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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                              mighty large sardines there, frizzle! Beautiful!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Frizzle

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

                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                        Yikes. Thank goodness for fast-acting you!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                        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".

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's but a small sample of the fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frizzle

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: eight_inch_pestle

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Terrie H.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Terrie H.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is such a perfect summer dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How nice of you to treat her to such comforting food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.beaverchoice.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have a great time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rjbh20

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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'.... :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fishy is what happens when it's mackerel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GretchenS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This was delicious, and the hen was perfectly done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rjbh20

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frizzle

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. Salad and vegetarian meals are on my list these days.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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. 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wyogal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: helen_m

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: helen_m

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: helen_m

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the link. They look incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That burger sounds seriously amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mmmm pork! Lucky guests lingua' it sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Terrie H.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: biondanonima

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: biondanonima

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: biondanonima

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rjbh20

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