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

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

During the month of August we've been making composed salads. You can view that thread here:

Once again it's time to think about what we'll be cooking together next month. What's happening in September? What produce is available to you? What are you likely to be doing? And what dishes fit in with your plans? Remember that a dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation.

Nominations will be open until August 26th at 11pm Pacific time (2 am on August 27th Eastern time, and 6 am August 27th GMT). Please nominate your dish using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. You may nominate more than one dish. The dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting round, where each person only gets one vote. If you haven't joined us before, feel free to jump in!

What's going to come out of our kitchens as we transition into autumn?

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    Grilled, fried, baked, any kind of sauce or seasoning you prefer.
    It'll still be warm enough for most of us to grill, and American football season will be in full swing, demanding that folks put out some finger food.
    It'd be interesting to see how creative people can get with this.

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    1. re: alliegator

      oh love this idea! We host football parties every Sunday and wings are always on the menu.


      1. re: Njchicaa

        I know it's just an ingredient, but the method of preparation is where things get interesting. Maybe "cooked to proper temp chicken wings" would be the way to put it. :)

        1. re: alliegator

          What about "marinated chicken wings"? Do most preparations include a marinade? Or "chicken wings prepared as an appetizer"?

          1. re: L.Nightshade

            I like those ideas! I'd go with MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS.



      I like the idea of chicken wings too, but with a vegetarian mother visiting in September, I'm not sure I'll get a chance to make them.

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        1. I could be on board for
          After all, we're back in the R months for shellfish.

          We get overloaded with apples and blackberries in September. I'd also be interested in
          Thinking the fruit + flour= ingredients, baking as the method.

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          1. re: L.Nightshade

            Would baked fruit pastries be a little too vague? There's so many tasty fruits around at the moment it seems hard to pick just the one.

            1. re: Musie

              I think you have a good point here. And all fruits are not available in all places. I'll change my nomination to

          2. BIRTHDAY CAKES


              Why am I getting blocked when trying to "view that thread here"? Link, copied below, doesn't link.


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                1. re: L.Nightshade

                  LN: Yup, I tried it, and had the same result: Got an Official Chow Hound Rejection.

                  1. re: dickgrub

                    Now that's weird. Although they both look the same, I get the "sorry" page for the first one, and the actual thread for the second one.
                    You can try going to the Home Cooking home page and click on the Composed Salad link in blue up near the top.

                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                      Excellent. Now heading to HC home page. Thanks.

                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                        I fixed the link in the original post, I believe, but I am going to leave these ones for posterity (and by posterity, I mean, until we're able to figure out what's causing this). L.Nightshade, I'll reach out to you by email to get some more details.

                2. Well, I still want to vote for PASTA SALAD as we tried for in a previous thread. There are so many variations I would like to learn. And here it is still grilling weather for at least another month. And what better than a pasta salad?

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                  1. re: boyzoma

                    I agree that PASTA SALAD would be a good one for Sept.

                  2. BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES

                    FIG JAM

                    1. VEGETABLE POT PIES



                      ALL THINGS COCONUT

                      1. CHICKEN WINGS sounds good to me for the upcoming football season.

                        1. MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS
                          BAKED FRUIT PASTRIES

                          1. FARRO SALADS

                            CHICKEN WING RECIPES

                            MUSSEL DISHES (thinking beyond just steamed, like cold marinated mussel salad, etc. could be in the mix)

                            VEGETABLE GRATINS OR CASSEROLES (SO many tomatoes, squash, etc. still coming to market!)

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                            1. re: gingershelley

                              Oh yes....
                              FARRO SALADS
                              VEGETABLE GRATINS
                              MUSSEL DISHES

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives


                                Well, our little list didn't make nominations (too late to get many votes!). I may start a Farro salad thread.

                                I have become uncomfortable with quinoa these days, as it's popularity is causing great stress on it's native consumers. Farro has such great texture, and for me, it is a local product as there is an organic farro farm in Eastern WA.

                                All those mussell dishes should be allowed under steamed mussels/clams; adding things after steaming would be great, I should think:)

                                1. re: gingershelley

                                  Absolutely agree about quinoa! I am still seeing so many quinoa recipes and touts on food sites, and it's more or less destroying the health and welfare of an indigenous population.

                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                    Well that just sucks. But give it some time. Trader Joes will probably start paying some hipster to start growing it for their clientele, lol!

                                  2. re: gingershelley

                                    Awesome, I will try some more farro dishes with you, Friend!

                                    I really only do a farro risotto so I'd love to have some more inspiration and recipes. I love it, I can eat it everyday, unlike quinoa, which is so played now here in LA.....

                                    And I wholeheartedly agree re the mussels interpretations, I just need an excuse to buy them, as my husband is not a fan AT ALL, he can't get past that they look like tongues, lmao! He's weird, what do you want from an LA boy?!

                              2. TOMATO JAM

                                Lots of tomatoes here and I would love to make some jam and to learn about many variations :)

                                1. MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do this coming month, but this one would be the most likely!

                                  1. Just a reminder that nominations close tonight at 11pm Pacific time. Keep those nominations coming!

                                    1. Nominations are now closed!

                                      Thanks everyone for your ideas. The voting thread will be up some time tomorrow.

                                        1. If your dish didn't make it in September, please come try again!
                                          The nomination thread for the October Dish of the Month is now up here: