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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2013) - Nominations

Nominations are now open for the August Home Cooking Dish of the Month. 

We've been making kebabs during the month of July, you can view that thread and continue to participate here:

Now, let's start talking about the August dish of the month. Remember that a dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation.

We're going to have an extended nomination period this time, and a shorter voting period, because I'll have sketchy internet access for a few days. Nominations will be open until July 28th at 11pm Pacific time (2 am on July 29th Eastern time, and 6 am July 29th GMT). Please nominate your dish using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. You may nominate more than one dish. The dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting round, where each person only gets one vote.

What would you like to prepare and enjoy on a warm August evening?

By the way, happy birthday to us! The DOTM has been going for one year now!

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    1. re: wyogal

      sounds good to me

      1. re: jpr54_1

        "sounds good to me"
        Sounds to me like you want to enter a nomination for potato salad along with your other dishes? Not sure though, so if you do, please write it in all capitals.

      1. re: grumpyspatient

        I can second the motion, altho I already suggested TEXAS STYLE CHILI.

        1. re: ChiliDude

          If "second the motion" means that you want to nominate frittata, please type it in capital letters. When the time is up, I'll just be scrolling down and counting the dishes in caps.

        1. re: linguafood

          Since it's mid summer, I was going to nominate GAZPACHO. But linguafood has it covered more generally.

          1. re: drongo

            Yah, I thought that could include fruit "soups" (ick) for them there that are inclined that way '-)

            1. re: linguafood

              I couldn't agree more with re: fruit soup.

              I did, however, have a melon gazpacho (savory) at a restaurant recently. It was quite good.

              Unfortunately, my DH doesn't like chilled soups at all. I've made a gazpacho once, it was a labor of tomato-y love.

          2. re: linguafood

            CHILLED SOUP - sounds wonderful in this weather.
            Including fruit soups and vegetable soups. Gazpacho, of course!

            1. re: linguafood

              CHILLED SOUP

              ....maybe I can add all that zucchini...... :D

            2. TEXAS STYLE CHILI

              No beans, no exotic veggies, no toppings like the Cincinnati stuff...Just meat, chiles, onions, Mexican oregano, etc.

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              1. re: ChiliDude

                well the least I can do is second chili, tho as much as I like it August may not be the month for it.

                1. re: grumpyspatient

                  I know I'm repeating myself now, but I don't want to leave anyone's nomination out!
                  If "second chili" means that you want to nominate chili, please type it in capital letters. When the time is up, I'll just be scrolling down and counting the dishes in caps.

                  1. re: grumpyspatient

                    CHILI is not a seasonal dish. It can be eaten all year round. In fact, I had a bowl on Thursday night, 25Jul13, after defrosting a single serving. My wife had been out with her lady friends for lunch, and when that happens, she does not have an appetite for dinner.

                  1. re: angelsmom

                    I haven't participated before, but I'd love to participate with
                    MUSSELS and CLAMS!

                    1. re: angelsmom

                      Another nomination her for STEAMED MUSSELS AND CLAMS.

                        1. To me, August is all about tomatoes. I would like to make variations of

                          TOMATO JAM
                          TOMATO SAUCE

                          and learn new recipes and new ways of serving one of these two dishes.

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                          1. re: herby

                            Tomato jam is wonderful and I would love variations and using it more in savory dishes. But, can it be a dish of the month if it is used as an ingredient in other dishes or a condiment?

                            1. re: sedimental

                              The OP says : " a dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation" and doesn't say that it can't be used as a part of another dish. So I think both qualify.

                            2. re: herby

                              I love the idea of TOMATO JAM, and I think it fits fine into the DOTM. I've tried a couple versions of Moroccan tomato jam recently (they work equally well on chicken and on toast with a little goat cheese). Marcus Samuelsson has a recipe that includes dates and pine nuts and vanilla bean. I'd love to try that one. A lot of possibilities.

                              1. re: herby

                                TOMATO JAM

                                TOMATO SAUCE

                                good way to use fresh herbs

                              2. Zucchini dishes. August around here is when zucchini is given away, begged off, snuck in purses, or grown to baseball bat sizes.

                                I would love to have other hounds inventive recipes.

                                Edited this post, because I can't think of one specific dish I would want to nominate that includes zucchini.

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                                1. re: sedimental

                                  Can you be a little more specific with zucchini? By itself, it's just an ingredient. It would be difficult to compare zucchini bread with zucchini soup with stuffed zucchini with zucchini pickles, etc. Although I do think "what to do with zucchini" is a great idea for a summer thread on the home cooking board, we need to narrow it down a bit more for Dish of the Month.

                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                    Right. I will take it off then....and go with TOMATO JAM :)

                                    1. re: sedimental

                                      Don't forget that you can nominate more than one dish! If you think of something more specific for zucchini, throw that in too!

                                2. PEACH DESSERTS
                                  something seasonal and local for me. I only cook with peaches in July and August.

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                                  1. COMPOSED SALADS
                                    Salads hearty enough for a meal (e.g. salad nicoise). I'm mostly eating from the farmer's market right now and it would be good to have some incentive to be more creative.

                                    3 Replies
                                    1. re: stockholm28

                                      COMPOSED SALADS. What a lovely idea for a summer month. I might never have to turn on the oven!

                                      1. re: stockholm28

                                        I could get behind COMPOSED SALADS too.

                                        I must be hungry because everything sounds good. I better go eat something before I vote again :D

                                        1. re: stockholm28

                                          COMPOSED SALADS is a fabulous idea, think of all the seasonal produce that can go into those!

                                        2. TOMATO SAUCE
                                          Last one. I could definitely get behind this one in August.

                                          1. I'm loving CHILLED SOUPS, COMPOSED SALAD, and PASTA SALAD.
                                            Anything to keep my from turning my whole kitchen into an oven.

                                            1. PASTA SALAD
                                              COMPOSED SALAD
                                              GRILLED FISH
                                              ICE CREAM /SORBET

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                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                I think shellfish might be a bit to vague, like zucchini further down in this thread. More ingredient than dish.

                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                  Ooh, I think Ice cream/sorbet/gelato would be so fun.
                                                  How common is it for people to have an ice cream maker? And how easy is it to make without one?

                                                  Agree with linguafood re shellfish. Now if you want to suggest a prep (grilled shellfish, shellfish stew, etc), we could go with that.

                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                    not everyone owns an icecream maker but id have a freezer.

                                                    idon't think it should be difficult to make sorbet

                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                    one of my catastrophes of a new bride was a chilled fruit soup-

                                                    never made chilled fruit soup again bcz of the burn I received in its preparation

                                                      1. re: jpr54_1

                                                        being not to cooking savvy or bright i placed soup in blender-
                                                        top blew off into my face and also breaking glass

                                                    1. Hi All!

                                                      Trying to get back on the CH bandwagon and participate again here... promise, some kebabs will be forthcoming before the end of the month so I feel ok nominating here again!

                                                      I vote for:

                                                      PEACH DESSERTS
                                                      COLD SOUPS
                                                      HOMEMADE ICE CREAM (you can pick up an ice cream maker, the modern kind with the insert that lives in the freezer, at a place like Big Lots! for about $25:)

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                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                          I second the ICE CREAM - or rather FROZEN DESSERTS (ice cream, sorbet, paletas, etc)

                                                        2. COMPOSED SALAD sounds great.

                                                            1. I am always up for ICE CREAM. I made some lemon curd ice cream the other day. It is a real wow!

                                                                1. FROZEN DESERTS
                                                                  POTATO SALAD

                                                                  1. I'll be in the air tomorrow, mostly without internet, so I'm reminding everyone now that we're just under 24 hours away from the closing of nominations.

                                                                    We've got a great list going so far, if you have a last-minute nomination, now is the time to get it in!

                                                                    1. TOMATO SAUCE

                                                                      I do like the idea of tomato jam though.

                                                                      1. Nominations are now closed!
                                                                        The voting thread will be up some time tomorrow.
                                                                        Lots of exciting choices!

                                                                        1. The voting thread for the August Dish of the Month is now up here: