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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (September 2013) Voting

Voting is now open for the Dish of the Month for September. Again this month you've got four choices. Some of you nominated more than one of these dishes, and now you're going to have to decide! Here is the link to the nomination thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/913955

You are voting between:

BAKED FRUIT PASTRIES

MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS

PASTA SALAD

STEAMED MUSSELS AND/OR CLAMS

As usual, record your vote by clicking on "recommend" in the post for your preferred dish. Remember that you're not just voting for your favorite dish, you're voting for a dish you want to cook in September.

**Remember, only one vote per participant**
But you can change your vote if you change your mind.

Voting will be open until August 31th at 11pm Pacific time (2 am on September 1st Eastern time, and 6 am September 1st GMT).

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  1. BAKED FRUIT PASTRIES
    Click "recommend" here to vote for this dish.

    7 Replies
    1. re: L.Nightshade

      I'm cozying up to the baked fruit pastries idea, but haven't decided yet. The seasonal nature appeals to me. We're nearing the end of the availability of berries and peaches and such. Wings, pasta, and mussels will all be around a while.

      1. re: L.Nightshade

        But if you cook them frozen are just as good :)

        1. re: herby

          Excellent point!

          I am leaning on the shellfish as the last thing I need to do is start baking again, I need to drop some pounds, and shellfish are pure protein!

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Same here, dropping pounds is my goal come September. Clams and mussels are also very lean, you get satisfied with less because it takes awhile to eat.

            1. re: herby

              OK you two. You've delivered my vote to the mussels and clams. Low cal, low carb, healthy, local here, and oh-so-delicious. I'm in.

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                AWESOME!

                1. re: L.Nightshade

                  Thank you! And they are gaining momentum, positioning to overtake fatty wings :)

      2. MARINATED CHICKEN WINGS
        Click "recommend" here to vote for this dish.

        1. PASTA SALAD
          Click "recommend" here to vote for this dish.

          9 Replies
          1. re: L.Nightshade

            I do not 2nd the motion because I am jaded. Having been married to my wife of Italian descent for 53+ years, I've seen enough pasta for 3 lifetimes.

            1. re: ChiliDude

              I don't think I'll ever see enough pasta! But in my heart I think it should always be eaten hot, never in a salad.

              1. re: L.Nightshade

                I'll agree with that.

                1. re: L.Nightshade

                  really? not even an asian spicy sesame oil peanutty thing? mmmm...

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    Oh yeah, that's good. But that's not pasta, that's *noodles*!

                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                      ha!

                    2. re: mariacarmen

                      Well, ya got me there! I generally use rice noodles for that sort of thing.
                      If pasta salads won, I would definitely use it as a chance to branch out from the heavy and mayo based stuff I was served as a kid. I'm sure I'd learn a lot!

                    3. re: L.Nightshade

                      If your genes are not Italian and you've been married to a spouse of that persuasion for 53+ years, you may have a different view of the situation.

                      I'm a needler in that my wife and I after all this time still have a battle about what to call that red stuff that covers pasta most of the time. I call it 'sauce', and of course, she calls it 'gravy.'

                      Vivi, ama, ridi e specialmente mangia bene (Live, love, laugh and especially eat well).

                      1. re: ChiliDude

                        I'm with you, it's sauce.

                2. STEAMED MUSSELS AND/OR CLAMS
                  Click "recommend" here to vote for this dish.

                  11 Replies
                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                    This is perfect for end of summer cooking!

                    1. re: chowfamily

                      Very good point!

                    2. re: L.Nightshade

                      I can't "recommend" my own post, so this is my vote for STEAMED MUSSELS AND/OR CLAMS.

                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                        YAY!

                      2. re: L.Nightshade

                        ick - and costly for landlocked Midwesterners

                        1. re: MidwesternerTT

                          Did you try Costco? They typically have mussels and at times clams at a reasonable price. Rather large quantity but maybe not a problem for you?

                          1. re: herby

                            Only cooking for two, so Costco quantities are often too huge. Of course, I could offer to host an "experimental mussels-cooking" party. Hmmm... still voted for pasta salads, but will follow the Sept thread with interest no matter what's the winner.

                          2. re: MidwesternerTT

                            Sorta my thought too. Not my fav thing to eat in general and pretty hard to find here in Colorado.

                            1. re: juliejulez

                              I love steamed shellfishies, but my husband can't stand them. I'd make a dish or two if this one wins, but I've yet to try the mussels available here in Arizona. However, this would be a good excuse to find out how the mussels are!

                            2. re: MidwesternerTT

                              Nobody will be forcing you to participate if the winning dish is not to your liking......

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                Ditto :) - may the best dish win!

                          3. BAKED FRUIT PASTRIES

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: sandylc

                              You need to hit the recommend button on your chosen dish to count in your vote.

                            2. Marinated chicken wings. Kickoff football season month!

                              1. Voting is closed for the September Home Cooking Dish of the Month.

                                The winner this month is Steamed Mussels and/or Clams. It was a close one! So if your dish didn't win, please join us in cooking mussels and clams in September, and come back again to nominate your chosen dish!

                                The reporting thread will go up tomorrow.

                                1. Please un-sticky this voting thread, voting is closed.
                                  Thanks you.

                                  1. The September reporting thread is now up here:
                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915333