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Sep 12, 2013 02:39 PM

What's for Dinner #244 - Slouching towards Fall Edition [Through September 19, 2013]

Oh, I know. Always complaining, but the weather here really has been ghastly these last few days -- more mid-summerlike than fall-like, and I, for one, am ready to be done with the heat and humidity!

What's cooking in your climate?

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  1. OMGoodness, it's humid as hell out here in the boonies. Temps are supposed to break at some point before tomorrow, but so far we've only had a few pathetic little thunderstorms in the PM, and it's still steamier than a Turkish bath '-)

    This won't stop us from meeting 14 of our closest friends for our weekly Sichuan jour fixe. Cocktails and spicy food -- what's not to love!

    1. ok, don't everyone kill me - it's 71 degrees here with 72% humidity. not bad weather, but it feels muggy and the skies are mostly grey. and it was drizzly this morning! we barely got a week of summer. supposed to warm up again next week....

      i don't know WFD, it's up to the BF tonight. last night went out with the oldster and sister and had some good eats at a local bistro (pork belly, steak frites, duck confit salad, fish & chips, and these amazing fried tofu frites-things, with an addicting green onion aioli). i told the BF salad should predominate tonight.

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        Wait. Pork belly? Steak Frites? AND Duck Confit Salad?

        Be still my heart. Or it probably would do that all by itself if I ate all three of those. But dayam. What a way to go! LOL

        1. re: LindaWhit

          hahaha - pork belly was an app that 4 of us split, along with the tofu frites. i had the salad, sister had the steakfrites. Oldster and my sister's friend each had fish & chips. i tasted some of everything, of course.

          i realize this clarification does not make us seem like any less piggies. my salad had TWO duck legs on it!

        2. I am so ready to be done with the heat and humidity, though it is nice to walk outside and meet warm sunshine for a few minutes.

          Dinner tonight was a quick baked eggs and veggies creation inspired by a sole baked potato. SO wanted some sort of stuffed baked potato for dinner as well as eggs and I wanted eggs and veggies so we combined our ideas for egg and veggie baked eggs. For SO, he baked a potato, scooped out the insides, brush of butter, sprinkle of pepper, layered with broccoli, bacon and cheese and finished with a couple of eggs on top. I went for the lower carb route since I'm still fighting the bloat and piled up a ramekin with broccoli, cheese, bacon and eggs which I ate alongside a chicken breast. I was curious about this combination, but it went over well with both of us.

          1. WFD? Leftovers. Spaghetti Pie, garlic bread and green beans.

            Snooze fest. Thrill me with your dinners, please!

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            1. re: foodieX2

              Spaghetti and Pie! Spaghetti and Pie! Tonight we eat Spaghetti and Pie!


                1. re: foodieX2

                  You tell your son he's given me the BEST earworm (which are usually total crap songs!) evah. ;-)

                  And the best pie song EVER:


              1. re: foodieX2

                I have some tomato meat sauce planned for the crockpot tonight so I can make spaghetti pie on Thursday. My kids thought it sounded like a first rate dinner choice.

                  1. re: foodieX2

                    And secretly videotape it. I foresee a viral :-)

              2. OK, I started a "food obsessed" post on the previous thread with my waking up and thinking about how I can use some CSA veg that I knew was on my counter. And I followed through, despite it sounding strange.

                Two small yellow and orange CSA peppers were roasted with a half a cucumber (peeled and seeded and cut into eighths) and 7 small "nipple tomatoes". (What? That's what they LOOK like! Like this:


                I tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them. Whirled them in a small food processor, added about 1/4 cup of chicken stock and put it aside.

                The Frankenchicken breast was cut into 3 pieces lengthwise, seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried thyme, and put into the convection oven to bake. Halfway through, I put some of the "sauce" on top to finish cooking. Now, this sauce is not pretty, as it looks like Harters' "brown gloop". So I probably won't do this again, but it tastes pretty good! (And clears some CSA stuff off my counter! LOL)

                Sides will be basmati rice and cooked CSA carrots mixed with frozen peas and TJ's roasted corn.

                There's wine. It's Thursday. And the Patriots are playing the Jets in Thursday Night Football! :-)

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  heeheehee… Nipple tomatoes!

                  <<Said in my best Bart Simpson voice!>>

                  Sounds delish, LW!

                  BTW, I am official football widow. While I love going to games I get bored watching it on TV. I know-heresy! The only exception is the Super Bowl 'cause I like the commercial!

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I'd say that's a nipple if I've ever seen one. Nice use of the CSA ingredients.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      It mostly tasted of a tomato/pepper sauce, which isn't a bad thing. The cuke did nothing for the sauce. But again, it got rid of it. :-D