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What's for Dinner #237 - In the Summertime Edition (through August 5)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcn...

It's always a good time for a little Mungo Jerry.

In the summer time when the weather is high
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's right
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find

And hey! There's a food reference - look at those mutton chops on Mungo Jerry! :-P

So how are you enjoying your summertime, peeples? I'm aiming to eventually enjoy it come the end of August and beginning of September with a bit of time off - and hopefully some inventive cooking!

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  1. Yup, definitely have the cold. It's mostly just annoying because I keep sneezing and have a runny nose.

    Tonight's dinner is a Donna Hay recipe... chicken breasts topped with pesto and cheese, and then wrapped in prosciutto and baked. Nice and easy. Side will be a pesto lemon rice from Kalyn's Kitchen blog. Oh I might do some sauteed zucchini again if SO doesn't mind having it again, we just had it on Monday.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      Ugh on the cold. Hopefully dinner helps you feel better soon!

      1. re: juliejulez

        Dinner sounds yummy julie, I'm pretty sure I've made that DH dish...yum! So sorry about the cold. I hope SO is feeling better and able to give you some TLC!!

        1. re: juliejulez

          Feed a cold, starve a fever. Sounds like you're doing a good job with the cold. That rice sounds yummy- bookmarked for future use. Mr. Berheenia loves Uncle Ben's rice so he will go for this dish.
          Airborne really does give some relief IMHO. I think it is the echinacea.

          1. re: juliejulez

            Arggg, juliejulez I'm sorry to hear that you caught the cold. The dinner sounds yummy and delicious and a perfect soothing dish for the germies. Feel better.

            1. re: juliejulez

              Summer colds are a pain. Two of my employees are out sick today with colds but so far I'm still healthy and hoping to stay that way.

              I hope you get better fast!

              1. re: juliejulez

                Ugh, sorry it caught on fully. At least you had a nice, nourishing dinner.

                1. re: juliejulez

                  Here's to hoping it stays in the nose and doesn't head south for the lungs. I know it is probably a bunch of hooey but i sucked on Cold-Eeze and it seemed to help. My bf did not and had it way worse than me. The lemon pesto rice sounds great. I am hijacking that one. Get better

                2. Wife's out with the athlete tonite, so I'm woodshedding frites in case I have to make them on short notice. The rotisserie bird was en pointe as well.

                   
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                  1. I'm in such a cooking rut. Hoping that reading and contributing here more, will help me out of it!

                    soooo.. day before yesterday I made a tomato sauce with eggplant and mushrooms, simmered long and slow for hours. At the end, on a whim, I added a tablespoon of Chinese chili bean paste and a tablespoon of honey.
                    The sauce was awesome! Lightly spicy and with a lovely round complex flavor. Had it over spaghetti with lots of grated Parmesan

                    Yesterday I made a noodle salad (rice noodles, carrots, cucumbers, lots of mint/basil/coriander, a dressing of chili oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar). Sprinkled with toasted peanuts and topped with a small piece of seared salmon, it was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night.
                    I'm having the left overs (with cubes of freid tempeh instead of the salmon) for lunch today.

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                    1. re: Klary

                      doesn't sound like much of a rut to me, it all sounds delicious!

                      1. re: GretchenS

                        it was, it's just that I keep making the same things... I miss that feeling of playing with ideas in my head and being creative and trying out new stuff! though I guess that adding honey and chili paste to my tomato sauce was a step in the right direction :)

                      2. re: Klary

                        Sounds great to me Kiary! Welcome to our virtual dinner table!

                        1. re: Klary

                          The WFD threads have helped me through many a rut. Welcome!

                          1. re: Klary

                            I think that your dinners sound light and delicious. WFD is a great place to get inspired. I read a post and get inspired to try things here often. Welcome to the dinner table.

                            1. re: Klary

                              Thanks for pulling up a chair and joining us at the WFD table.

                            2. July was a busy ol' month, and there is more to come yet as it is the annual summer survival festival in my little area finished off this weekend with beer gardens and the island in the bay becoming a party island for 3 days. Since I work in the closest liquor store, I'm on night shifts serving the already inebriated more booze. Not much time to cook..

                              Last night I had a bowl of spring sauce and pasta from the freezer. The SO was nice enough to heat it up so it was good to eat when I got in just after 9. Tonight will be meatloaf and mash, all of which I'll have ready to go before I leave for work later on.

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                              1. re: Musie

                                Oooh, I love meatloaf Musie, you've made me crave it!! Do you have a favourite recipe or do you vary depending on your taste at the time? I have one recipe that I use most of the time but I also like to mix it up from time to time with an Italian inspired meatloaf and of course Paul Prudhomme's Cajun classic.

                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                    I tend to use a recipe I got from a magazine that essentially just gives you the ratios of meat to binder to extras, each time I make meatloaf, it is different. I ended up making one with minced beef, baby kale, roasted peppers and mushrooms with oats as the binder. It also suggests some simple glazes with a ketchup base, but I ended up making one from red pepper jelly instead which went well.

                                1. We're going into the city for dinner - with some trepidation.

                                  It's a hotel restaurant and, until recently, you'd think of it as the "grand old lady" of the city's restaurants - open since 1903, generally French food, generally formal service. I could always imagine Grandad Harters having lunch there doing deals to import cotton from America for the spinning mill of which he was a director. I loved it!. Now it's been taken over and given a remodelling. Very fashionable chef - his main restaurant (also in the north west) is regarded by our Good Food Guide as the second best in the UK. An interesting evening ahead, I think.

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                                  1. re: Harters

                                    Oh, Harters! My great-grandad was a cotton-grower here in Mississippi, and his compressor/exporter mostly dealt in UK accounts, so maybe they were connected, lol. Nothing foodwise to contribute here, just "oh, goodness, the world IS a small place sometimes."

                                    1. re: tracytrace

                                      Cotten spinning was THE major industry in the Manchester area in the 19th and very early 20th century. Fortunes made and all that. It had pretty much all gone by World War 2, although my father worked all his life in the city's garment trade (designing and making women's coats) which grew up around the cotton industry.

                                      As for dinner, it was damn good. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911656

                                      For dinner tonight, it's basically a saute of pork fillet, mushrooms, cooked pasta with a good dollop of butter and grain mustard to form a coating sauce.

                                      It's something of a piggy day at Harters Hall. Breakfast wasa toasted sausage sandwich. There's a family lunch which is going to involve ham, salad, and hot new potatoes. But then I'm a believer in the concept that you cannot have to much pig.

                                        1. re: Harters

                                          it sounds to me as if you really enjoyed that dinner - it sounded marvelous, and quite inventive. i love tasting menus when done well.

                                    2. Definitely enjoying the summertime Linda and I'm guessing you'll be enjoying yours a whole lot more when you have this moving week behind you! Kudos to you for still managing to get some great meals on the table despite your exhaustion.

                                      Last night I was home late so it was leftovers from the prior dinner. On Tuesday mr bc grilled some sockeye salmon. As I mentioned in the prior thread, it was a bit dry because he had to race from the grill to chase off a coyote. Our neighbour's pug was out and he didn't want to take any chances. These coyotes have become increasingly bold and have been snatching pets in our neighbourhood.

                                      On the side we had a luscious lentil dish that I'd made from a recipe in a cookbook called Polpo. The lentils were dressed with a mustardy vinaigrette then topped with Bufala mozzarella and basil oil. I couldn't find the burrata the recipe called for but the fresh mozz was quite nice and melty. I also made a braised broccoli dish from the Aug COTM. Luckily for me, all these things can be enjoyed cold so it was a perfect leftover meal for me last night as well.

                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
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                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                        How kind of Mr. BC. It would have been so sad if something happened to the doggie.

                                        It's funny, for some reason I always think of lentils as the perfect side dish for salmon. Could you please paraphrase the braised broccoli dish? It's one of my favorite veggies.

                                      2. I just ordered garlic to plant in my new garden! Thanks to the gardening board I was able to learn more than anyone really needs but wants to know about ordering and planting garlic in the late fall. This is going to be the virgin planting for next year's garden. It will involve building a raised bed.
                                        to be continued...
                                        Last night we had Breadcrumbs inspired grilled greek style chicken tenders with homemade tziziki wrapped in pita. The only drawback is we no longer live in fresh pita bread land and had to settle for the very limited selection in the huge grocery store and it was on the stale side. Odd as the bread in this area is available in a great variety and generally is excellent. Have to ask the Southern NE Board for help with this. There are, what else, leftovers! I think tonight I'll make a traditional ground beef and cheese pan of enchiladas. With tziziki on the side.

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                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                          Home grown garlic is wonderful, so sweet and no hint of bitterness. We're eating a lot of pesto with home grown garlic and basil.

                                        2. Last night was another egg night which I have no complaints about whatsoever as I've become an egg-loving freak. Dinner was an egg white frittata with a porky trio of Canadian bacon, smoked American bacon, sage sausage, roast turkey and broccoli topped with Cotswold Double Gloucester cheese and spring Gouda. It was the definition of clean out the fridge in preparation for Friday's weekly grocery store trips. My egg dishes are usually quite hefty, but I didn't realize that I had piled in so much this time until I went to remove it from the broiler after my usual 4-5 minutes and it was quite jiggly. They've never been jiggly before and well set by this point but I'm glad my better instinct told me that jiggly was probably not ideal so I popped it back in, turned the oven to 400F instead of broil and gave it 10 minutes or so to get rid of the jiggly. I feared that my lovely frittata was ruined, but I think I gave it just enough time and it wasn't overcooked at all. Me, on the other hand, I am still jiggly from last weekend's pickle binge, but ignoring those few extra lbs as "water weight."

                                          This weekend I am on the hunt for duck eggs. I spotted duck bacon at Wegmans and can't stop thinking about it and then for some reason I got this bright idea that I wanted to find duck egg as well which I thought might bring some culinary fun to the kitchen for omelets this weekend.

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                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                            I get duck eggs from a small operation near Waldorf, MD. They are fun but frankly, I can't detect a flavor difference. The farm owner says that it all depends on what the poultry are eating and hers all eat the same things. What I really want to get my hands on is a duck to cook; I'm on the email alert for next time she has a bunch ready to "go."

                                            Two duck eggs make a big old omelet.

                                            1. re: tcamp

                                              Yea, I actually happened to talk to my mom this morning about duck eggs of all things and she felt the same way - not much flavor difference and so not really worth the extra cost. It seems that they'd be at least a 45 minute drive so not sure that it's worth it as you don't seem to think so either? If you are looking just for duck breast Wegmans has some pre-packaged D'Artagnan breasts although I'm sure straight from the farm is better.

                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                I am with camp on this one. I have even had ostrich eggs and felt the same way. And the ostrich eggs were cooked in canola oil so they wouldn't even take on a flavor. Tasted like egg. However, I would do it again to watch my dad try to crack the bastard. You can try them but I would be tempted to wait til some are closer or you are going that 45 min anyway.

                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                  Great, thanks for the thoughts. I definitely don't want to go out of my for eggs-I love my local pastures eggs well enough :)

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    I would be the first to tell you to go if I thought it was worth it. Sorry to dissapoint.

                                          2. Last night it was teriyaki type chicken thighs, with celery and peanuts. Plus veggie fried rice and red cabbage slaw with the rest of the Realtors buttermilk salad dressing from the weekend. Good cleanout of the fridge as we move closer to the weekend.

                                            Not sure of tonight's dinner. Maybe steamed shrimp with old bay, something with pesto, tuna sandwiches.

                                            1. Last night was just take out gyros from a place I love. Wish I'd have taken a pic, they were quite nice.
                                              Was too exhausted to cook after dealing with hotel cancelations, trying to see if anything could be done about a few Indian domestic flights I'll never take, etc... The eyestrain headache was killing me!
                                              Tonight I'll be feeling much more in the swing of things, so it'll be something Italian, TBD. Maybe even a little grilling action will be involved :)

                                              1. What a great start to this thread, Linda! In the summer time!

                                                Haven't had much to contribute to WFD - too many funerals and nothing more inspiring than bologna sandwiches, salad and cold cereal.

                                                I've finally taken off the mourning clothes and am firing up the grill. We have our first Olethe corn of the season and it's always awesome. I'm grilling chicken red pepper brats and heating up beans along side. God, it's been so long since I've been to the store much less made anything. I have nearly a half gallon of milk that's going to expire so I'll be making chocolate pudding for dessert cuz' nothing says summer time than cold chocolate pudding.

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                                                1. re: JerryMe

                                                  Thank you JerryMe. I was trying to figure out a side for my dinner. Beans it is!

                                                  1. re: JerryMe

                                                    I *LOVE* chocolate pudding! Your entire dinner sounds good, but the puddin' sounds best. :-)

                                                    I'm glad your mourning clothes are off and hope you rock the grill for dinner tonight.

                                                  2. Making Carmine's Shrimp Scampi tonight. I usually just saute garlic in oil, saute the shrimp in that, and then remove the shrimp to make a sauce with white wine, lemon juice, and butter. I serve over linguine or angel hair and sprinkle parsley and sometimes fresh basil over the finished dish.

                                                    Their scampi is totally different. The shrimp is baked with garlic and butter and topped with seasoned and buttered bread crumbs. I've had this book for years but never tried it so I figured why not.

                                                    I also was going to try the Spedini alla Romano which looks amazing but it would appear that my husband has been snacking on the fresh mozz that I had in the fridge. I'll have to make that over the weekend instead.

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                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                      I usually make scampi the same as you, but have been wanting to try the baked version for a while. Hopefully you'll report back. I think Ina has a heavily favorited version as well.

                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                          It was very good! Different but still very yummy and fast/easy enough to make especially if you subbed store-bought bread crumbs instead of making your own. I think I'll add some lemon juice/zest next time.

                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                            I love it done that way. And a little lemon zest does add a lot. Glad you enjoyed!

                                                        2. re: Njchicaa

                                                          oh and just found a recipe for Broccoli Rabe in there. Perfect timing as I received some in my organic produce delivery and I've never been able to make it taste good.

                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                            I hadn't made (or had) chilaquiles for so long and had a dozen corn tortillas that had been hanging around in the freezer too long so... I decided they were stale!

                                                            Making chilaquiles is a bit fussy, what with having to cut up the tortillas and pan fry them but it was worth it. Just under a half hour in the oven and voila, tomatillo-y, cilantro-y, white-corny deliciousness. A side of refritos and that was dinner.

                                                            I wish I remembered what Mexican cookbook I got this recipe from because it is really excellent, even without the sprig of epazote and substituting some random thin light green chiles for the specified serrano. I'll be making it again, prolly when my next packet of El Comal tortillas has resided too long in the congeladora.

                                                            1. re: grayelf

                                                              Chilaquiles. Not just delicious but so fun to say. ;-)

                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                True dat. And my brother and I call them chyle-kwyles when we're feeling extra silly.

                                                                I'm thinking maybe the cookbook I got the recipe from was an old Diana Kennedy. I know it's not The Art of Mexican Cooking because I have that one.

                                                                This one is from page 50 of a chapter entitled The Corn Kitchen, in case anyone has her other books. I'm pretty sure I got it when I was a kid so maybe the seventies?

                                                        3. I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful wild salmon I saw at Costco, but with so many competing threads vying for my attention, I can't make up my mind so instead I'm just sticking with the tried and true. There's a standard lamb gosht in the freezer that can make up the main. I'll switch things up by topping it with hilbeh, a Yemeni dip made of whipped fenugreek seeds, cilantro and green chilies. I thought about ordering saag paneer and dal from the local takeaway, but I just can't bring myself to pay $24 for a couple sides so I'm using what I have on hand to make saag mozzarella. We'll see how that turns out. Purslane raita will hopefully cool the burn if things get too hot in here.

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                                                          1. re: JungMann

                                                            The Yemeni dip sounds intriguing. I'm also intrigued by saag mozzarella. How will you do that?

                                                            1. re: Frizzle

                                                              Raw hilbeh intrigued me, too, but the allure somewhat abated with the first bite. I don't like it as an unseasoned dip, but swirled into a lamb stew like my gosht or a traditional Yemeni salta, it works. The curiously gelatinous, frothy texture might not be for everyone, and yes the fenugreek smell will linger (even after 2 showers), but it adds that spicy bitter bite that makes a dish stand out.

                                                              Saag mozzarella was supposed to be a bag of spinach cooked with a chopped tomato and my typical saag seasonings topped with melted mozzarella. But what I thought was spinach in the freezer turned out to be peas so I just ate the mozzarella on a pita chip. Still tasty!

                                                          2. Stupidly hot today, a 36 hour heat wave. And on the one day I had to drag myself all across town for an interview. So tabbouleh, salad, potatoes with pesto, and pâté for dinner. Stove on for only 10 minutes!

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                                                            1. re: Londonlinda

                                                              If you have an extension cord and an electric grill, it allows you to cook outside and save heating your home up anymore.

                                                            2. Got two bone-in, center-cut organic pork chops from Wegmans currently sitting in a wet salt & brown sugar brine. Not sure yet if they'll be pan-roasted and smothered in a mustard cream sauce or if I'll put 'em on the grill... it looked like it wanted to rain for most of the day, but just in time for the evening it's gotten sunny. Of course.

                                                              *If* we grill, the chops will need some sort of rub, and I may also throw the remaining veggies -- a zuke & a yellow squash, a red & a yellow pepper -- on there to have around for antipasti.

                                                              They're so tasty with some olive oil, herbs, sea salt and a tiny splash of rwv. If it weren't too much food, I'd serve those grilled veggies with fresh bufflo mozza, but I'll save that for another day.

                                                              A mixed tomato salad with the golden grapes and a couple other kinds with a bit of feta and a thinly sliced, quick-pickled onion will be The Other Side.

                                                              Thankfully, I was able to dump all of our eggplant and a massive zuke & yellow squash as well as the carrots from last week on a buddy of ours who will turn them into baby food.... so we're not overwhelmed in the veggie department anymore. Gotta leave some space for da meat :-D

                                                              Maybe some pool tonight if we feel like reeking of smoke afters.

                                                              1. It is sweltering here today and I agreed like a jackass to do windows for a client today. So, I need some cold food relief tonight.
                                                                Roast beef, black forest ham, cheddar, chive and basil cream cheese and red oak leaf lettuce on ww wraps. Parslied potato salad and baked beans doctored up and served cold. I hope there are some beans left for a baked bean sandwich tomorrow. Ice cold mango for afterwards(fresh picked while I was outside sweating my ass off. It is my payoff for the heat. :-)

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                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                  suzi, those wrap sandwiches sound great!

                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                      Thanks. I know you are not a Carb lover but my potato salad came out so tart and tangy it could throw you off the wagon. I usually drain the potatoes in a collander and splash a few good glugs of cider vinegar on them right there while hot. But my sweets bought me a pot with a drainer lid recently. So, I drained the potatoes with the lid and automaticly returned them to the heat like I would for mashed to dry them a bit. Bulb went off! Ding, ding! I put the apple cider vinegar on them in the hot pan over the hot burner and let it evaporate and soak into the potatoes. Then i just made my regular potato salad. It was so much better. Can't wait to have it once it marries for a while and chills

                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                        that potato salad sounds so good.. I love my potato salads super tangy!

                                                                        1. re: Klary

                                                                          It was tangy deliciousness. I say try it.

                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                          I don't do many carbs but I sure do love all things vinegar!!! I'm not sure if it was you who recommended it but I finally found the piccalilli relish! I can't wait to try it

                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                            It was me that suggested it. I sure hope you like it. I think you will..

                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                              Yea and it might be a nice substitute for pickles since I'm on the wagon this week trying to break the habit. What are your favorite ways to use it?

                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                I like to eat it with cold ham, roast beef and turkey. It is good on coldcut sandwiches. And my favorite is with a nice sharp cheese

                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                            darn you suzigirl, trying to get off the carb wagon and you are not helping any! :) that cider vinegar on hot potato trick sounds fabulous, I think that was how an old friend used to do it and hers was the Best. Potato. Salad. Ever.

                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                              I hate to throw you back under that carb bus but it was really good. My bf actually took a potato out of the pot that had been soaked in vinegar and said"mm, why haven't you made these before?" It made the salad really pop.

                                                                        3. re: suzigirl

                                                                          That does sound really good!! And now I'm wanting some mango in the worst way!

                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                            I have never had one straight off the tree. I picked a nice one and stuck it right in her fridge and then straight into mine when I got home. Cold, juicy and super tasty.

                                                                        4. I've got some beautiful fish for dinner. A gorgeous neon-orange color, showing they were wild-raised, they are happy little fish, all with teeny-tiny smiles on their faces. Yes, they all still have their faces. I usually don't like to have my food looking back at me, but I'm OK with with these little guys!

                                                                          Their color pops against the blue bowl in which they were artfully plated. Eaten as is - no marinating; no need to cook them, as they're already baked; nothing to top them; and no side dishes, other than more of the same little fishies.

                                                                          Cheddar Goldfish - it's What's For Dinner.

                                                                           
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                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            You are always funny Linda but this one may be the tops.

                                                                            1. re: Fowler

                                                                              I had two helpings of this annual addiction. Washed it down with a nice organic white.

                                                                              Milk, that is. :-P

                                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                              Please tell me these lovely little fish were wild caught in the red sea(red wine sea)

                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                  Bwahaha! And now I'm craving Goldfish. Thanks alot, LW, you devil.

                                                                                  1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                    Funnily enough, I brought some to work on Friday to have with my sandwich, and they didn't taste as good.

                                                                                    Nothing like that annual first bowlful of Cheddar Goldfish to satiate the craving. :-)

                                                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                    Omg, I almost wet my pants!!
                                                                                    Nice choice with you dinner from the, uh, sea. I'm also a fan.

                                                                                    1. I found today that one of my new bosses is a total food person... so yay! Always fun to work with people who get the food thing. I've really been jiving with everyone I'm working with. Still have the cold... but at least it doesn't appear to be getting worse.

                                                                                      Tonight's dinner is flank steak fajitas. Easy, and hopefully I can get mine a little spicy :)

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                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                        Good on the friendly working environment. That's worth as much as your monthly pay check.

                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          It kind of is. I guess there was a Living Social deal for one of his favorite restaurants, so he sat me down with the menu and told me exactly what I have to order when I go LOL!

                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                            Sounds almost ideal!

                                                                                            I knew I had found a buddy in my former boss (one of my first jobs in town 10 years ago -- a brief stint at the local radio station) when she told me she had made her own sushi, and I replied I was too klutzy for that. She said "Eh, it's as easy as rolling a doob." Age-wise, she could be my mother :-)

                                                                                            We totally connected on the food, as well as many other things. We still keep in touch and get together occasionally for dinner.

                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                          I am glad you are jiving at work. I know gelling into a new environment can be tough. And lucky you to have a food fan boss (note I didn't say Foodie so it doesn't stick in anyone's craw). I looovvveee fajitas. Enjoy

                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                            It's actually really nice to have another foodie around. My coworkers think I'm nuts but a few months ago I shared an office with a guy who actually planned to go to culinary school before medical school and we would finish each others sentences regarding food, it was quite hilarious and we enjoyed each others company.

                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                              Yeah the guy in the cube next to me and I had a conversation yesterday about the merits of authentic mexican cuisine... how healthy it is etc. I guess he's traveled all over mexico and south america, and speaks fluent spanish despite being from North Carolina. Just a really interesting group of people!

                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                It sounds like a great office, I'm so glad you're enjoying your time so far.

                                                                                            2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                              So glad the new job is going so well for you! And having another fof (fan of food) around is a great bonus.

                                                                                            3. just a placeholder here...

                                                                                              no cooking no cooking no cooking. last night was food trucks with my sister near her house. tonight is birthday happy hour (bday isn't until next week) and who knows what to eat. i fully expect to be hungover tomorrow. tomorrow night will be at home but not sure what the BF is cooking yet. Sat., a birthday picnic, to which i'm bringing potato salad with one or the other of the green goddess dressings... so then Sunday, i'll finally be back in the kitchen. i keep checking here for inspiration. i know shall not be let down!

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                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                Happy early birthday. I love to see the different ways people celebrate their birthdays here. Eat well on your week.

                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                  "i fully expect to be hungover tomorrow."

                                                                                                  Please save some of your liver punishment for when I am in town later in the month. I expect you and steve h.to be in top eating and drinking shape. :-) No excuses.

                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                      ahahahahahaha! so true. mine hasn't given up yet.

                                                                                                      however, i'm a disappointment to myself and others. i had maybe 5 drinks total (3 people sharing a bottle of wine, and 2 cocktails?) and was home by 9:30. OLD. still, fun was had by all.

                                                                                                    2. re: Fowler

                                                                                                      still working things out, will email you soonish!

                                                                                                  1. I am SO happy right now! Mostly because, after the 3rd now, I've finally managed to grill the veggies perfectly! Those damn squash and zukes are so easily overdone, rendering them an icky, oily mush.... but this time they turned out great!!!

                                                                                                    The chops also came out very juicy, even tho they were only brined for a couple hours, and the rub gave them a nice smoky kick. The buffalo mozzarella was perfect with the grilled veggies, and my man loved the tomato salad *despite* the onion. Quick pickling to the rescue :-)

                                                                                                    Stuffed now. But with super-healthy stuff. Probably time for a drink.

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                      My favorite, grilled zucchini and squash :)

                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                        Looks gorgeous. I am sneaking in quick pickled vidalia onions in on the man's wrap. Maybe my man will soften to them too. We'll see.

                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                          yay! great when things turn out right! that chop is to DIE FOR.

                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                            I've never cooked a pork chop in a way that I consider to be edible. It looks like everything is cooked to perfection.

                                                                                                            1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                              The chops were a bit of a crap shoot (if that's...um, two words). Because of the fairly dark rub, it was really hard for me to tell whether they were done or not, and I was worried about leaving them on the grill too long. I honestly think I just got lucky. Maybe the short brine helped, who knows.

                                                                                                              Now, as for the grilled veggies.... I really tried to pay attention, and it paid off. I'm beginning to understand why grilled zukes and eggplant (which take even more of an effort) are pricy when you buy them :-)

                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                Yeah I always do mine after the "mains" are done... that way I can really pay attention to them. I've always overdone them when I try to do at the same time as other items.

                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                  He he! I usually do the veggies first, since they can be eaten at room temp.... whereas the chops... not so much.

                                                                                                                  But I agree, it's vital to keep an eye on them.

                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                Nice job, all round Lingua.... love your perfect grill marks!

                                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                  If at first you don't succeed -- grill, grill again!

                                                                                                                2. I have some chicken breasts brining now, I think I'll toss them on the grill and baste with ginger teriyaki sauce, we have some really beautiful snow peas and some broccoli in the fridge that I can pair with it.

                                                                                                                  I finally got around to making the man's cherry pies with cherries that didn't get eaten this weekend.

                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                    Beautiful pies. I really wish I could make a decent crust.

                                                                                                                  2. Dinner night: Grilled corn crepes, a la Smitten Kitchen, bbq chicken thighs, and green beans. We filled the crepes with avocado, jam, grilled tofu, or cheese (not all at the same time.) They were very good (even by themselves), though the corn wasn't super charred, so that flavor didn't come through.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                                      That recipe looked very interesting.

                                                                                                                    2. last night I had 20 minutes to make dinner.. heated up some leftover tomato sauce, stirred in some cheapo blue cheese and served over pasta. Grated a large woody old carrot and mixed with rice wine vinegar, a bit of sugar, olive oil and lots of fresh basil.

                                                                                                                      Today it's 37 C / 98 F in my city.. I don't think I'll cook tonight. Though a couple of co-workers are talking abut firng up a grill on our office rooftop.. so maybe I'll stick around for that, and eat what they make for me!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                        Interesting idea with adding blue cheese to the pasta sauce. I'll have to give that a go one of these days.

                                                                                                                        Yikes! That's hot. Hope you enjoy the rooftop grilling.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                          I agree, very interesting idea. I had the idea once in the past and actually posted about it here and the opinions were quite against the idea http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8908... I've never tried it. Maybe I'll stick to my known taste preferences, ignore the anti responses online and give it a try, it sounds like it was enjoyable.

                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                            Looks like they removed that thread, fldhky. I agree with what you're saying completely. Everybody had different flavor profiles. There is no right or wrong. If you like it, eat it. It reminds me of a time that I was doing a wine tour and we stopped into a winery for a tasting. The guy running the tasting starting asking the group what types of wine goes with what types of food (fish, meat, pasta). Everyone kept throwing out the typical answers. He said "you're all wrong. it's whatever wine you are in the mood for." And I really think he's right.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                              Removed, hmm, wonder why? Who knows. My mom is a "this goes with that and nothing else" kind of person and is shocked when I tell her the things I combine - as mundane as feta on asparagus instead of Parm was a revelation of breaking some kind of culinary rule.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Klary

                                                                                                                            A rooftop dinner in one of my favorite cities! That sounds quite gezellig and, possibly, echt lekker :-)

                                                                                                                            1. re: Klary

                                                                                                                              Jiiminy Crickets, that's HOT, Klary! I hope it cools down very soon for you!

                                                                                                                            2. Tonight we had chicken thighs braised in milk. I've done a whole chicken with this method before but this was the first time with just thighs. A stick of cinnamon went in the pot along with lots of garlic.

                                                                                                                              The thigh and delicious curds were served on top of freekah that I had tossed with almost caramelised onion. Roast carrot and parsnip completed the meal. It all looked a bit duo tone orange and brown on the plate so next time I'll do a green salad instead of the roast vegetables.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                Sounds good! Think I could that with buttermilk (it's still waiting politely in the fridge as Gretchen said it would)?

                                                                                                                                1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                  The buttermilk might make it quite sour Gini. The milk version's curds are almost sweet so I think your results would be very different with buttermilk.

                                                                                                                                  I do remember a delicious chicken my mum used to make for rotisserie. She would marinate it overnight in yoghurt and fresh ginger (grated) and garlic, then put it on the BBQ rotisserie. I think that combo would work beautifully with the buttermilk replacing the yoghurt.

                                                                                                                                2. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                  Chicken and milk? Interesting. Is this the same as the Jamie Oliver recipe I've just stumbled upon?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                    Yes, Jamie does a version. I got the recipe initially from a river cafe easy book. Jamie worked at river cafe in his pre-celebrity days so maybe he got it from there. I think marcella h does pork in this way too.

                                                                                                                                    The meat comes out very moist and the curds are fabulous.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                        Ahh. That makes sense. I haven't tried pork with milk yet. I do have my heart set on a goat braised in milk ragu before winter is done: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pa...

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                    ooh, i've only done milk braising with pork! interesting....

                                                                                                                                  3. The man is away in this week (I fly to meet him tonight), so I met a girlfriend for a fancy dinner last night. It was divine! (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8889...)

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                      Wow, that was a fine dinner gini - loved that they served the foie as part of a dessert... that sounded nearly over the top - and the rest all sounded great as well.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                        That does indeed sound delicious. I sometimes wish we had a true fine dining restaurant nearby....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                          WOW - that sounds amazing, gini!

                                                                                                                                        2. Bolognaise! It's not summer over here.
                                                                                                                                          I make it crammed full of vegetables (mostly mushrooms), which aren't noticeable. It also bulks it up considerably, so going to freeze the rest for... canneloni or lasagna or sloppy joes or something.

                                                                                                                                          1. TGIF my WFD buddies. It has been a brutal week so I am thinking of recreating suzigirl's wonderful sounding liquid watermelon Jolly Ranchers and going with comfort food. Versions of Mario Batali's spicy Sloppy Joe's and his caramelized garlic potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                              Do it! Do it! Do it! They are seriously refreshing. Be careful though cuz they are very drinkable and have been the cause of more than one hangover here in suziville. Those sloppy joe's sound really good. Enjoy

                                                                                                                                            2. WFD in the future may be tricky at our new house. Last night we started to make the pre dinner drinks and found the ice maker was frozen solid in the newish fridge. Then our usual enchiladas were way overcooked in our new to us oven. We took the burnt hard top layer off and saved the meal with sour cream and fresh grated cheese. Washing up the faucet/spray went on high and could not be turned off so we had to turn off the water- no disposal or dishwasher without it. So that makes three major kitchen repairs that are either going to be lived with or cost a lot of unplanned cash to replace. Waiting for a plumber to see about the faucet. A kitchen needs running water.
                                                                                                                                              Tonight I hope to use the trusty gas grill for cheeseburgers. There will be a bag of ice and gin/vodka and tonics. I have some corn I got yesterday at the rainiest Farmers Market I have attended. Was yesterday a moon in shit day that I didn't see coming or what?
                                                                                                                                              Edit: and I posted on the wrong thread too...still waiting for the plumber...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                Add some paper plates and napkins to your list of things for tonight and you're all set!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                  And I thought I had a rough week. I hope it gets better for you Berheenia. Margaritas also never hurt.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                    Margaritas sound like just what the Dr ordered.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                    What a shitstorm. When it rains it pours. I think an extra cocktail needs to be in the plans before that cheeseburger. Hope that you aren't to put out financially.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                      Wow, that is a LOT of stuff going wrong in your 'new' kitchen. So sorry.

                                                                                                                                                      Thank goodness for jugs of water, bags of ice, gas grills and paper products!

                                                                                                                                                      Hope all that get's resolved without a mountain of bills. My sympathies!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                        Geez, you got hit with everything on Thursday, Berheenia - I do hope things started looking up with the cheeboigah dinner last night!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                          Plumbers on the weekend are hard to comeby, Sounds like your problem would relatively to cure.

                                                                                                                                                        2. This week has been HE-double hockey sticks. Moved office spaces, new systems and it is quarter end so we are trying to save every penny which means being glued to the computer crunching numbers. Argh.

                                                                                                                                                          On top of that the new windows arrived (yeah!) but it meant coming home exhausted and having to move furniture, take down drapes and blinds (boo). All in in all the entire renovation should be done but end of next week!!

                                                                                                                                                          Dinners this week have been piece meal combined with farm share. Really looking forward to having a strong cocktail tonight.

                                                                                                                                                          The plan is pesto/cheese stuffed chicken breasts along with grilled zucchini and either ciabatta or some couscous.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                            Boy, everyone is having a tough week. Enjoy the chicken and hooray for the windows

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                              Too bad I moved out of Greater Boston... we could meet LindaWhit at her Tapas bar!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                  I've met Linda at her tapas bar. Great fun - and so was the food.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                      We'll have to figure out a time to trade - get you up here, and me down there for your favorite restaurant, foodie. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                          Would welcome the opportunity as well...can i join in? [for the Tappas?]

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                            Of course-maybe I should start I get together on the Boston board?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                    That's where I WAS last night! See below. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like the weekend can't start too early for ya :-)

                                                                                                                                                                  3. Yesterday was an awful day. DH was driving to lunch with the window down and a bee flew in and stung him in the neck! He is highly allergic. Unfortunately, he realized his epi-pen was expired. Fortunately, he was just blocks from a clinic and was able to get there. Called me right away. They kept him for several hours with an IV going and all the other "goodies" for allergy. They were worried since it was in the neck and could have very easily caused severe problems. Very happy, he will be just fine. Just itches a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                    So, luckily on the menu for last night was taco salad. I had done much of the prep before I even got the call. After the events of the day, it was great to just throw together the salad. Tonight I think we'll eat out!

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                      Poor guy, I was stung in the eyebrow recently and though I'm not allergic it was still awful and painful for days. He's gonna need some extra spoiling for a few days, eating out (or take out,) is a really good idea. Hope he's feeling better soon!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh my. I can only imagine how bad that sting was. My daughter got stung in the face once and her whole face was swollen. Hope that didn't happen to you. We have a couple of errands to do this afternoon (one of which is Penzey's - love that place). So might just stop somewhere after that!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                        I am glad to hear he is ok. I remember when we were little kids and our Grandmother got stung and the allergic reaction caused her tongue to swell up so much that she started choking. She lived in a very small town that did not have ambulance service but a guy that owned a hurse loaded her in there to take her to the hospital. She understood little English and was terrified when they put her in the hurse because she thought they were assuming she was going to die and taking her to the funeral home.

                                                                                                                                                                        I am glad you mentioned taco salad. It is something I have not made in a while but always hits the spot.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, what a story you have to tell about your grandmother. I can imagine what she thought of a hurse. I would be terrified too!

                                                                                                                                                                          And yes, the taco salad definitely hit the spot. Hmmmm - I wonder if that can be called a "COMPOSED" salad for DOTM thread?

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                          so glad he is OK. Can't imagine if it happened on the highway.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                              I have been stung the exact same way twice as a kid. And within months of each other. I can tell you, it makes you acutely aware of how often you turn your head. I also feel like it was more painful, maybe because we were both in motion. Maybe because i am nuts. I am glad he was so close to help. I think a night out is in order for your DH. And maybe wine..

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                Holy crap, so glad he's ok! Allergies like that can be quite scary. I know a couple of people who always have that epi-pen thing (where is it, is if good?) on they're minds. It's not something I envy.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                  whoa, that's awful! i'm glad he'll be ok - so scary!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                    YIKES! I'm so glad he was near a clinic, boyzoma and was able to get quick treatment!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like the end of this week was NOT good for so many of us WFDers!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Fridays are always funny here. Sometimes my husband gets home early, sometimes late. Sometimes we feel like eating dinner and other times we wind up forgetting about it until like 10pm and who wants to cook then.

                                                                                                                                                                                      We're having friends over tomorrow night for dinner. The wife is pregnant and craving Mexican food and, well, I've been all over Mexican lately. So I'm going to make beans for refried beans and empanadas tonight so I don't have to do it tomorrow. If we decide to eat, we can sample the empanadas. If not, there will be more for tomorrow's appetizers!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A poker game hosted by our buddy tonight will likely involve some sort of take-out/delivery, and hopefully luck will be more lady than bitch for me tonight :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Have had a busy few days, I need to go back and see what's been appearing on your dinner tables (or coffee tables if your like me).
                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night, we had rigatoni with just an easy tomato sauce I made to use up some of my basil. And sliced mild Italian sausage.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, upon we request, we're having a Czech style dinner. I made a little batch of mashed taters this morning before it got hot, and they will become mashed potato cakes with sour cream and green onions. That and some green beans will accompany a chicken schnitzel. And beer, of course:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                              Y'know what czeese tastes like on a 105 degree day? Czit. Gloopy, oozing Czit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No czame here! You wanna try it? C'mon on out, the summer's young. I'll make a big ol' platter for ya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would positively love to, allie! Maybe I'll hold off until that hellish heat is over so I can really enjoy the czeese :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        *Offer valid through August 31, 2013. Some conditions may apply. Offer is non-transferable and has no cash value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aw, dang. My August is full of gigs....

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ima cry myself to sleep now. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Y'know what czeese tastes like on a 105 degree day?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                    But that is a dry heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In all seriousness, I have absolutely no idea how people tough it out with that kind of heat. Unless they grew up in the Sahara Desert or someplace like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have a good dinner and weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of air conditioning. Lots of standing around the pool, lots of ice in drinks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      But, a lot of people can't stand it here, and I certainly understand that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      But my man's allergies are gone, my pap's arthritis is calm, and I like the no real winter part the best :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I need to make potato cakes again and try to win bf over. And they sound perfect with schnitzel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Toady was a totally stressful day. My client rescheduled because he has his house (a tiny 5000 sq ft two story right on the beach)on the market and he wants me before his next showing. So, I was forced to sleep in late and drag my ass out for a late breakfast. Torture. Tonight I am making unbreaded chicken parm with a basil heavy tomato sauce. Corkscrew pasta and a red pepper diced in a rwv and parsley dressing for sides. And a Ile De France Brie au bleu with a granny smith apple for after if we aren't to full. It is out on the counter just in case

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "My client rescheduled because he has his house (a tiny 5000 sq ft two story right on the beach)on the market and he wants me before his next showing."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Of course he wants you and I hope you took the moral high ground and declined his lurid sexual offer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since his house is going for a cool five mill, you can imagine his offer...but nay, I declined. Nice of you to catch that one ;-p I could edit that. I just checked. But i won't because its funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was nice to get a free day but i didn't get paid. I got to make a slow cooked sauce though

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Wegmans Deli was calling my name quite loudly today so tonight's dinner is a random combination of corned beef and smoked turkey with steakhouse onion cheese...hmm, where did I come up with this? SO thought the combination quite odd but it was tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You must tell me about the steakhouse onion cheese. What's it like and where can I get it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I discovered it at Wegmans. It's Yancey brand sold in wedges and also sliced at the deli counter. They have a whole family of flavored cheeses which all look suspiciously delicious http://www.yanceysfancy.com/flavored-....

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow those flavors look great. Many, many I would like to try. They sell it at my local WF and Winn Dixie according to the website so i will check it out. Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yea, I can't wait to try out the others. I was looking for the smoked gouda with bacon but alas it was one of few they didn't have. Be sure to report back if you do try any of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am hoping that i can find the dill cheddar and any of the peppered cheeses. I will report back if i score.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Left work early to deal with automotive upholstery issues and pick up the young athlete from work. Who subsequently muses that he'd like pasta with herbs and truffles, the summer weather notwithstanding. Opposed to this is the spouse who don't do pasta these days. And hates truffles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So a primi of linguini Alfredo a'lherbe with truffle oil followed by mixed grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The pasta was ridiculously rich and totally fabulous. Probably will be banished to the couch tonite in retaliation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet hates truffles???? i'm aghast...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roxlet is so so about truffles, but hates truffle oil. The main problem was how rich and delicious the pasta was. WW, remember?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Come on, rox. A wee bit o' the pasta ain't gonna make you esplode. You're a skinny minny anyway. :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's nice of you to say, but unfortunately untrue. I used to be a skinny minny, but the years have packed on the pounds, and packed on the pounds, and packed on the pounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roxlet, I would weigh 400 pounds if I lived in your house because the two of you cook such fantastic, appetizing meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now if you want to lose weight, come live at Chez Fowler for a month. My cooking could make even a starving person run from the dinner table saying they would rather go hungry than eat what I made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've read about what you've cooked, Fowler. Untrue, untrue!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm in love with the pasta plating, rgbh. It looks like a flower!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It does! Like a flower I want to put in my tummy :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                              OK hand over that mixed grill and nobody gets hurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Simply beautiful rjbh...your grill marks are dazzling!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ok, I am not even going to read down, as if I do, I won't post... has been the problemo for the last couple weeks; lack of time, big hungry me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Suffice it to say, starting a new PT job to support the Butler Did It! Gourmet Food Tours - and/or, the move to NOLA getting of the ground...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very little time on here, which I seem to spend perusing you all, and not sharing anything. I am sure my Vacance is not a big deal for you all, but I see I am slipping away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight, in short is a lamb burger, with kind of shitty lamb mince. Too mashed. Added some shriracha, ice water (to loosen it!), garlic, shallot, minced fresh oregano and thyme, Stuffed with jack and Danish Feta, mixed with roasted garlic, flat-leaf parsley, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shall be grilled, served in a cheap hypermarket onion bun with good sliced tomato, swab of horsey-mayo with mint, and a small lashing of reduced balsamic vinegar.... a couple leaves of spinach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                STFU Ginger, and eat the burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I tired. Miss you all. Oh, and there are sweet pots fries (oven) on the side with garlic sprinkled on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                See you soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bless your heart. You must be worn thin. I hope the move to NOLA is as seamless as can be. What is the countdown now? I miss your posts but want you to do what you can to realize your dreams. Hope the lamb burgers are good. They sound great, really great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the heartening words, suzigirl... Still not sure if heading to NOLA (Want to soooo badly!), but the opportunity of starting this tour company is also exciting, and I am being exhorted by local food folks it is needed. But, I am tired of SEA - have lived here forever, and know everyone. Tiny town. Want to spread my wings......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kitteh has his head dipped in my crooked arm as I type on the keyboard - I think he knows how tired 'we' are..... BBQ heating up for the lamb patty - Bun is warm and toasted and waiting in the 'warming drawer" (love that thing!). Sweet 'tater fries roasting /frying in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh! Steve H. - I got Dinner Rush from the library hold system today - that will be on my 'non-plasma_ tonight. Cheers for suggesting it. Anything with Danny Aiello can't be bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burger and a movie, my WFD friends, and TGIF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tomorrow, hopefully, there will be cherry preserves, and jalapeno-bing cherry jelly:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aww, we do miss you! I'm sure that all your hard work will pay off later. Dinners like that will fuel you along :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Miss your posts too. I hope the lamb burger satisfies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awww, we miss you, gingershel! Your lamb burger and sweet pot fries sound very good - I hope they were!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We've missed your delicious dinners gs! Wishing you all the best with your new venture!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks all for your kind encouraging words!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The burger REALLY hit the spot - juicy and flavorful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now I must confess tho, I only got through about 1/2 the movie (Steve:(), and fell asleep......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will try again later today! I am one of those who frequently fall asleep during movies - argh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have been wondering where you went. Glad to here your project is moving in a real positive way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just don't forget us.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. the bf grill-panned little boneless pork chops, served them with a relish of kalamatas, garlic scapes, cherry tomatoes and scallions, spanish rice, and cauli which he rubbed in olive oil, granulated garlic, s&p, roasted, then tossed in parm regg. simples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          off to make the roxlet/GretchenS green goddess dressing for potato salad for my bday pique-nique tomorrow. already mixed some hummus the BF made earlier in the week with chopped green olives, olive juice, and sriracha for spicy olive hummus (who was it who posted that?), and next up i'll be wrapping bacon around smoked brats for some bacon wrapped hot dogs to put on the grill. more simples. people are bringing carnitas, corn on the cob, guac and chips, watermelon, cake balls, tortillas de papa, fruit salad, St. Germaine cake (!!!), cheese, bread, etc., etc., etc., plus a shitload of vino and cocktail fixings, so i'm fine with bringing 3 things. plus some mighty fine Portuguese white wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The weather is not cooperating. We had a similar party years ago in Golden Gate Park which we dubbed the Arctic Picnic. And tomorrow is slated to only be 63 degrees, in the Berkeley Hills! phooey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy birthday!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your feast sounds so good it may be illegal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds great! Cocktail lifted to you (well, later today:), and pass me a bacon dog and some of that salad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Throw on a sweater, and party like the bday Goddess you are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Happy birthday! With a spread like that, I doubt a dip in the mercury can but a damper on the day. Sound like some mighty fine eats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grazie, tutti! bday's actually Tuesday but imma party like it's today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh and the green goddess dressing with the anchovies? TO DIE FOR. i thought the other one was super great, but this... even the BF liked it better, fishies and all. he said they gave it a ceasar-salad-dressing type of flavor, and so they do. so, thanks Rox and GS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i threw together a fruit salad of berries that were hanging out in the fridge - strawberries and raspberries - they're macerating in lime/lemon juice, cointreau, and chambord - a boozy little fruit salad, because why not? Kiddies, stay away. Mixed in a little chiffonade o' basil for color and flavah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the wienies are wrapped in their little bacon stoles, and i packed along some kimchi for those with slightly more exotic tastes for their haute dogues, as well as grilled onions and serranos. don't forget the mayo! a Mission Street Bacon Wrapped Dog requires it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and oh ho! the weather report is now saying 77 degrees for our destination today! whooo-hooo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheers to your Birthday mc!! Wishing you another year of delicious dinners!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Save a sloth day, really? Wow - it IS a special day! i'm planning to be a sloth the minute i get there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You were the master who taught me the value of a sloth day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            especially around any holiday, big effort event. So now instead of guiltily hanging around in my nightgown I announce that I am having a Sloth Day and the man nods and leaves me alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOVE the idea of the macerated berries and basil chiffonade! Have fun at your birthday party. Sounds like the pups are dressed in their finest for your gathering - although mayo on a hot dog? I can't wrap my head around that one, mc. But enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad the Green Goddess worked out, mc! I'd say we've been making that recipe for near on 20 years. When we first made it as a dip for crudites for a party, people were begging for the recipe, and even people who don't care for anchovies love it. What's that taste?, they ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it was soooooooooooo good. had some more for dinner last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mc, all of that sounds fabulous! I get no credit for that dressing (so glad you and the bf loved it!) it is roxlet's, I only publicized it. Have a FABULOUS party -- as if it could possibly be any other way!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That is some fine sounding eats going on there birthday girl. It was breadcrumbs that made the olive hummus. I bet it was good. I am glad the weather is cooperating for your party. Have the best time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks everyone! picnic was a smashing success! weather was mostly ok, cold/hot, cold/hot. The park we were at has a nature center and a space called Little Farm where you can feed/pet cows, sheep, goats, and rams. i was IN HEAVEN!!! paper cuppa wine in hand, feeding celery to a cow - heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the food was all amazing - there were 3 flavors of tortillas espanolas - regular, chorizo, and padron peppers - so good! my gf grilled corn and we slathered it with her chipotle/parmesan butter. and she made a ridiculously good kind of carnitas stew, to be eaten on tortilla chips, with grated cheese and guac. people loved the GG potato salad, but thank goodness i made enough to bring some home! my bacon-wrapped dogs were eaten in a blink of an eye, and mine was fab - bacon, caramelized onions and serrano chilis, kimchi, mustard and mayo. LW, in my neighborhood on weekend nights these people come out with homemade little grill carts and sell bacon-wrapped dogs for hungry bar-goers, and they serve them up with grilled onions, serranos, pickled jalapenos, and mustard, ketchup or mayo. once i discovered the mayo/mustard combo, i never went back to plain mustard. ketchup on a hot dog is what's wrong, to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  so much booze - i'm definitely a little shaky today. a grand time was had by all. oh, and that St. Germaine cake was TO DIE. i'm not a sweets person, and i loved it. the frosting was pure lemon juice and St. Germaine. i'm getting the recipe, hopefully, for those of you bakers out there who might want it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tonight i'm going to make some chicken thighs - i'll marinate them in olive oil, lemon juice and oregano, grill pan them and then put them under the broiler. alongside will be tzatziki, and i can't stop thinking of my friend's porn butter - i mean, CORN butter, so i'm going to do something like that with some sweet corn too, even if it doesn't "go". so hungry already.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like a fab day and meal/s all around!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That all sounds wonderful, mc. Apio verde to you (and the cow!). Hope your crudo goes away muy pronto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for what we had for dinner last night, can't compete but it made all involved v. happy. After an early morning mini-disaster -- opened the pack of 10 chix thighs I had purchased to marinade and discovered they were well pongy -- picked up some beef tenderloin (or tenderlion as we call it) and supplemented with skewered and grilled sweet onions, boiled new spuds (lots of butter!), sliced cukes in white vinegar and my fake Caesar salad (fish sauce instead of anchovies). Affogatos for dessert. Dang.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Finding out picky 5 yo niece likes new potatoes: priceless

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So glad it was such fun and so yummy, mc!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow! What a great sounding birthday picnic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds wonderful! And I agree - ketchup on a burger, mustard on a hot dog, mc! ;-) Everything looks SO good - even the mayo on that bacon-wrapped hot dog!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nice nose on Bessie. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy belated birthday! I'll have to read below to see how everything went. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Dinner was nduja and soppressata (both from Boccalone), Mt. Tam cheese from the Cowgirls, bread from Acme and a Dolcetto D'Alba to wash it all down. We were sitting on the stern deck of our modest houseboat rental in Sausalito. Iggy the cat snuck under the gate to say hello and perched on the rail as if to tell us he was boss and we were rookies. Message received. Sunset was really cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lunch was dim sum at San Francisco's Yank Sing (outstanding soup dumplings). We shared a few glasses at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants before taking the ferry back to Sausalito. Comfortable shoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            very nice. doing the City up right! welcome! and enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks. It was nice having a little down time. Monday starts the grind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of really good food/wine options. Plus the produce is killer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mmmm, we LOVE Boccalone! I haven't tried their nduja and will rectify that on our next trip to SF. Their paté and porchetta are sensational!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    +1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They also have a unique take on a muffuletta. Very untraditional but very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh how nice steve...perfect picnic food. When we first moved into our current home I made a muffaletta for moving day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll never forget how satisfying it was to sit in the sun-drenched kitchen sipping Prosecco and enjoying that yummy sandwich surrounded by a sea of boxes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You people know how to move the right way. I sat on my kitchen counter with a six pack and a pizza, hehe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I remain confused that dim sum, a Cantonese meal, more and more is including XLB, a Shanghainese dish. I guess cause they've gotten kinda trendy. My limited experience with them that way has been disappointing. Glad yours measured up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi c,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yank Sing does a good job with soup dumplings. All the cart ladies are wired so ask and insist on the latest from the kitchen. Not cheap but tasty. Give the Rincon Center place a shot and give me your thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hi steve,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I so prefer menu dim sum. Much fresher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad you're having a nice summer. Our SF kids are closing on a house in Corte Madera soon. Many visits planned. //c

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Perfect Saturday here. No knead bread for breakfast. A trip to a Farmers' Market and then up to a thermal area for a soak in a hot pool. Dinner was from the pub at the thermal place. Deep-fried oysters and a cheese and onion toasted sandwich. It's no gastro pub that's for sure but after such an idyllic day that hardly mattered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Dinner comes from the penultimate book in our "cooking the books" exercise - "Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We 're doing three dishes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Roasted aubergine with fried onion and chopped lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Courgette & tomato salad ( a version of mafghoussa) which has a nice yoghurty dressing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Houmous kawarma with lemon sauce (although I confess I'm making the houmous from tinned chickpeas, rather than dried).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We've have that with lavash bread that I got from the Syrian shop down the road. Probably fruit for afters which will include dried dates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By co-incidence, my morning newspaper reports that Yotam and his life partner, Karl, have "come out" as parents, having had a son by surrogate birth some months back. Apparently the surrogacy thing took place in the States as it is not legal to pay a surrogate here in the UK.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        zucchini and tomato salad with yogurt dressing sounds lovely! I'll have to see if I can find the recipe online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've cooked a lot of recipes from that book but not those three. Do let us know how you found them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I read that article about Yotam's family yesterday and it honestly made me cry. Baby Max was so longed for!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I bought Jerusalem a while back (right before the move stateside) and have only cooked a few bits but did a whole meal last week. It was really good and I am determined to cook more from it. I might take a leaf out of your cooking the books exercise!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I saw it at Costco recently and forced myself to look away :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh no c o, don't look away...race back and grab a copy! I have a substantial collection of cookbooks but I'd count this amongst the best. It truly is a gem...and especially if you can pick it up at Costco pricing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never thought the words "Evil Breadcrumbs" would ever come out the tips of my fingers :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Da*n it, I am suddenly needing to go to Costco at lunch time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. What better way to end two lousy and insanely busy and tiring weeks of work but having a Dalimania with some great people last night?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walk in and get an instant relaxing brain massage from the love and happy people in that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Superb food - garlic shrimp, saffron-battered fried shrimp with mojo sauce, beef tenderloin and roasted red pepper on toast, Tortilla Espanola, baked goat cheese with tomato & basil, potatoes with tomato sauce and aioli, fried Spanish cheese with caramelized onions and honey, fried cauliflower/broccoli/cheese puffs, roast duck with berry sauce, grilled Spanish sausage with onions and butter beans, and grilled baby lamb chops with peach sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Two lousy weeks of work? What two lousy weeks of work? Sangria does the unwinding. Friends and lots of laughter assist in that unwinding. And good food on a beautiful summer night brings us all together. (Although it did thunderstorm like a banshee on my way home last night!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Slept in, and haven't the foggiest idea WFD tonight. I'll figure that out later. I'm just glad I had my Dali night last night. Timing is everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Excellent! My dad always said that living well was the best revenge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A very wise and inspirational man indeed steve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So glad you celebrated in style Linda. Your evening sounds like the perfect ending to the two weeks you endured. So nice to sleep in as well...you obviously needed the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy the day...like you, I'm still deciding WFD. We made a trek to our favourite Italian market, butcher and bakery yesterday so my dilemma is what *not* to eat!! A happy problem indeed!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That would be a trek I would love to make, even on my tired tootsies, Bc - enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad you got to relax and enjoy! A great meal and a solid night's sleep have a great way of resetting things, don't they?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I gain a few pounds just reading that. Oh my, what a feast. I am glad you got to go out and enjoy yourself

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds so good - and well deserved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Making Mexican tonight for our friends. The wife is pregnant and has been craving it. Sooo picadillo empanadas and guac/chips for appetizers, shredded pork in ancho-orange sauce (served on flour tortillas with avocado slices), refried beans, and our new favorite cole slaw with creamy cumin-lime dressing. Maybe some crazy corn as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The boys will have cerveza while the girls drink margaritas. The little mama's will obviously be virgin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ooh, that shredded pork with ancho-orange sauce sounds very good! Enjoy the meal and drinks and company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Last night's schnitzel dinner was good, but a bit heavy on the gut. I'm going to have to keep that as a post labor day type thing. Pic below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today is a hit the mall day, so dinner will be out. Undecided where as of yet, but I'm in the mood for something tasty and light. Hope you all have a good Saturday!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Edit--some veggies from my first CSA box! More on that later, I'm off to make breakfast for the menfolk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am crushing on those potato cakes. Yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Well the cold has hit me full force... thankfully it waited til yesterday afternoon, so hopefully a weekend of being absolutely lazy will result in me feeling better by Monday. I've learned one advantage of being single... I never got sick. Now, if he gets sick, I will get sick too eventually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night we went to "our" bar where our favorite bartender made me a nice sprite with cherry vodka and grenadine. It tasted quite good with this stuffy nose of mine. I had my usual sandwich, they call it "honey turkey bavarian".... just thin sliced turkey with bacon and honey mustard, on a ginormous pretzel roll. I couldn't finish it though, which is a sure sign I'm not feeling great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not sure how much cooking I'll do this weekend... probably mostly picking through leftovers and grilled cheese with soup. Maybe even ramen noodles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You should probably avoid dairy- it makes nasty stuff when you are sick. Make a bowl of chili instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sandwich sounds really good right now. I was hoping that you would get away with a light cold. Too bad. Snuggle up and get some rest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree with Berheenia - dairy always stuffed me up more when I had a cold. Something spicy will get those sinuses running for the door. Or you running for a tissue. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Feel better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been munching on salty stuff all day, somehow that seems to help :) I'm hoping I can get SO to get me my ultimate "sickie" meal later... chicken nuggets and fries with BBQ sauce and orange soda from McDonald's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have to embarrassingly admit that I have a secret love affair with McDonald's chicken nuggets. I rarely get them, but they are soooo good when I do. I like to dip mine in honey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope you're feeling better. It sucks to get sick right when you start a new job at that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. OK I was not going to share the crappy way my week ended except that as I read about everyone else's disasters (plumbing, bee-related, work-related, renovation-related and I am sure I left some out but you have my *deepest* sympathies and best wishes one and all), I found myself soothed and comforted. I guess misery does love company. Me, I spent two days in the hospital. Apparently it is ill-advised to drink lots and lots and lots of water all at once. Electrolytes find themselves highly unbalanced resulting in bad things. Live and learn. (I do emphasize the word LOTS, way more than the proverbial 8 glasses.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hospital had reasonable food once I felt like eating again. It is the very same hospital I spent 10 days in some 30+ years ago, when they had their own BAKERY and were famous for their baked goods. (!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unclear WFD tonight. I might get off my butt and take a mosey to the German sausage maker. Or in the other direction to my favorite but distant farm store. Right now I am busily making lists and looking up recipes for Composed Salads for DOTM. I can buy slab bacon at the German sauage maker for frisee salad with lardons and poached eggs for one such salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh no :( The stars must be misaligned for us CHers this week or something. I'm glad you're feeling better though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeeper socks! You too? Everyone is having a rough week. Glad you are back and posting. Fresh sausage, oh drool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So glad you are ok! I have heard that about too much water, does nasty things to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And yum….lardons!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad to hear you are now out of the hospital GretchenS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It seems like a person cannot win...drink too much booze and end up in the hospital, drink too much water and end up in the hospital, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was right about the moon being in shit and the stars in doggie doo - what a bummer! If you had imbibed too much adult beverage it would be less awful but H2O- jeez Louise! I won't even tell anyone about what happened last night right after I put the burgers on the grill........
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad to hear your appetite was not compromised. Going to look into a composed salad myself but am currently doing pie shell 101- butterscotch pie is the finalist. Quiche coming up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh dear. I hope you are feeling fully recovered now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The salad sounds really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nooooo! Gretchen, that is scary! A call-in contestant to a radio show "Hold your wee for a Wii" contest died from drinking so much water (8 oz. every 15 minutes). It's called water intoxication. Yikes! I'm very glad you are OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy your dinner tonight - that frisee salad with lardons and poached eggs sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Why did you drink all that water?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad to hear you are ok though! (I would take the plumbing problem over the hospital, any time.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is that the sausage maker you NE'rs always refer to?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's horrid, Gretchen! Who knew water could be bad for you! Glad you're back on your feet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GS! So sorry to hear! That's really awful. I've heard you can make yourself sick from too much water. I'm so glad you're out and feeling better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yikes! sorry to hear that Gretchen - that must have been some lake you drained!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad you are back to rights....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeez, I'm just now reviewing everyone's weekends. How horrible for you! My god :( I'm glad to hear you're doing better though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. For some reason I am battling the WORST allergies today. Might be the horse hair plaster dust getting kicked up around the house or it might be rag weed but all I know is that its awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner tonight is a repeat I made for a friend recently-soy ginger marinated top round steak and salt potatoes. Along with will be grilled zukes and summer squash. I upped the garlic and ginger in the marinade hoping it might break thru my sinuses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure about dessert yet-contemplating brownies with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmm. Steak and salt potatoes. Right up my alley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feel better soon, FX2. Your dinner sounds great. Especially the brownies with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you have a dog? When I lived on the South Shore the dog would bring in the pollen in the summer and I would start sneezing and blowing my nose like crazy whenever she came in.. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I need to get grilling- I am losing the zuke battle. Today I bought some baby veggies, (zuke, eggplant and broccoli), at the farmers market and we already had 2 giant squash in the fridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia, you can use up lots of zuke in the turkey zucchini burgers from Jerusalem. Version linked here: http://weekendtable.com/2013/05/05/tu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would love to make these if i wasn't married to a ground turkey hater who has never actually tasted gt but it is a bit of a turkey himself when it comes to post 1950's innovation. I was hoping chicken sausage was a gateway food but it was only a bit of weird luck that he likes them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do have a dog- two in fact! Come to think about I had been rough housing with the lab right before this awful attack hit and nothing has touched it since. Sudafed usually works too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If we were not having company I would be ordering on the spiciest thai or Sichuan I could get my hands on, LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Woohoo, it's been a few weeks so I felt OK buying a nice chunk of swordfish this morning (regulating my mercury intake :) I'm not sure what I plan to do with it as I seem to be in a cooking slump but I guess it's always good with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've decided to use my crock pot for once in a blue moon, so tonight will be prepping tomorrow's dinner - pulled BBQ turkey with blue cheese coleslaw. I remember a coleslaw of this nature was discussed a few threads ago but for some reason I can't find it. Does anyone remember?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember because it sounded really good but I can't find it either. My google-fu is failing too. The closest I could find was this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718424 which has Chow's recipe linked in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great thanks. I'd hope to make a mostly vinegar slaw and toss in blue cheese as we're not big mayo fans and the cheese seemed like a great creamy addition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I *think* it might have been me that mentioned the slaw? Sorry, I know I'm late to this post, but I made buffalo turkey burgers with blue cheese broccoli slaw. I'm also not a big fan of mayo based salads, so I used Bolhouse Farms blue cheese dressing, which is all natural and made with yogurt. Your version sounds great too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great, it was actually WFD last night and I just mixed it up to taste but thanks for the idea!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Errands done. Sirloin tips were taken out of the freezer earlier today, and I made a dry rub to toss them with, consisting of 1 Tbsp. of paprika, 2 tsp. of dark brown sugar, 1-1/2 tsp. of ground pepper, 1-1/2 tsp. of kosher salt, 1 tsp. of garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp. of ground mustard. The tips were dried really well with paper towels, and then tossed with the dry rub in a ziploc bag. They'll be seared on the hot grill pan and finished in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A baked potato with sour cream doctored with my home grown green onions (they look more like chives in the growing pot anyway) and Aleppo pepper. A salad of homegrown baby lettuces mixed with CSA arugula, CSA radishes, CSA carrots, CSA purple baby onions, and CSA grape tomatoes tossed with a lemony herb vinaigrette and sprinkled with crumbled goat cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yup. There's a vodka and lemonade in the offing as well. It's a beautiful day today, and I'm NOT at work. That's a good day. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those sirloin tips sound very good. Enjoy the vodka and lemonade. I am going to try a new treat tonight. I found a sparkling water in a peach/pear combo that i am having with vodka shortly. Looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds good! I just realized I have a bottle of sparkling blood orange juice from Hannaford's, a small local New England chain, that I haven't yet tried. Very soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We have Sweetbay here, which is a sister company. What section did you find the sparkling blood orange juice? Shelf or fridge? I would like to try it. On a side note, the peach/pear combo is good but i like the mixed berry better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shelf. They also have sparkling blueberry lemonade, limeade, pink lemonade, pomegranate lemonade, Sicilian lemonade, and sugar-free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like I need to go shopping. Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vodka and lemonade sounds just about right for today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Luck was not on my side last night... lost about $20. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Delivery was good, tho -- we ordered a few of the Sichuan dishes we like plus some crappy lo mein. They really don't seem to enjoy making CA food, so we'll know for the future to stick to their sushi and Sichuan dishes....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'twas another late night for me, so I missed much of a rainy day. I did manage to get myself to a vintage trunk show at the local bookstore and got a late 50s pink summer dress (sweetheart neckline) with little green flower sequins. Yay. Might even work on stage :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WFD tonight are (Ina Garten's?) lemon chicken breasts - I had read about them somewhere on these boards, and decided to finally make them. The whole house smells like lemon, garlic & oregano, which is nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Greek salad on the side, which means more oregano. A little single-flavored dinner, but it'll do. We like that stuff.