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What's for Dinner #249- Columbus Day Edition [Through Oct 15, 2013]

A somewhat dreary day here, and a promise of crappy weather in the NY Metro area for the entire weekend. That's OK for us -- we'll be indoors all weekend at a squash tournament in Philadelphia, but I hope it's lovely where you are, and you can enjoy the long weekend.

What's up for your holiday weekend dining plans?

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  1. Holiday weekend? Not for me. And right now, we have some glorious sunshine. And the weekend will be "Cloud limiting sun".

    I'm craving a hamburger, but have nothing taken out. Depending on the time I get out of work tonight (probably later than I'd like), I suspect it'll be something from the chest freezer when I pull into the garage...there's BJ's Mandarin Orange chicken that will work nicely.

    I *am* hoping to remember to pull out the whole chicken to defrost for a proper Sunday dinner. We'll see how that goes.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      I just made hamburgers for dinner last night...mmmm... I just love a nice sloppy burger! Served it with those Trader Joe's Sweet potato tots ( they were a bit mushy, actually, might not do those again).

      1. re: LindaWhit

        After an interminably long week and what seems to be a longer Friday, a change of plans tonight,

        Severe arm twisting forced me to have drinks and homemade potato chips and chipotle dip at the bar/restaurant next to work with 5 coworkers. I had no choice. I was beaten and dragged there and forced to drink. Promise.

        I'll cook tomorrow.

      2. No long weekend for me :( it's rainy and dreary here so comfort food is on the mind. For tonight flank steak seasoned with shallot pepper served with mushrooms sauteed in thyme, garlic and white wine.

        1. Holy crap, my dinner pals are already on #249?! Hope you all had a wonderful week.
          Weather here is as I left it, clear and sunny, it would be a good day for grilling. But I'm tired and jetlagged, so dinner will be... pizza! From my favorite New York style pizzeria nearby.
          Portugal was so, so perfect. All meals were so fresh and full of bright and clean flavors.
          My favorite overall dish was a simple clam dish, I'm not even going to try to butcher the name of it, but I kept track of my meals in a little notebook and found a recipe here:
          http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe...
          Over the weekend, I'll organize my pics and notes and make a full trip report.
          Good to be back at the table!

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            1. re: alliegator

              Welcome back. Can't wait to read all about it.

              1. re: suzigirl

                Second that! Bomvenido or however you say that shit in Portuguese '-)

                Can't wait to read about your culinary exploits! Did you grampa love it, too?

              2. re: alliegator

                Portugal is the only country in Western Europe I have never been to. Why, I've even been to Andorra and San Remo, but Portugal is very, very high on my list of must-visit places.

                1. re: alliegator

                  SO glad you had a good time, allie, welcome back!

                  1. re: alliegator

                    welcome back, allie, can't wait to hear about it all!!

                    1. re: alliegator

                      Obrigado, everyone! That's one of my 4 or 5 words. I used to think that the only way to get me to shut up was to dump me in a French speaking country--I was wrong.
                      A little bit of change up in my dinner plans. I have to pick up steam as the day went on, and it feels like 3:30, so I'm good to cook up a no-brainer. I had to go out for some detergent and crap like that and stopped at the "good" food shop nearby. They had lovely smoked beef sausages, so it'll be that, red and green bell peppers and onions with roasted baby potatoes.
                      A little more about the trip: Pap did extremely well! It was actually good to have a slower moving companion because I took more in. And not a bad meal, ever.
                      Cookbooks of the month are Portuguese this month, and I can't wait to start cooking from them.

                    2. Last night I was feeling stewy, so we had a duck and vegetable panang curry.

                      Tonight I feel like using stuff up in my house:
                      zucchini, eggplant, sausage curry somehow, or maybe a stew? We'll find out soon.

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                      1. re: gini

                        Ok, it ended up being a zucchini, carrot, sausage stir fry in red chile paste. Delicious and easy fridge cleaning out.

                      2. TGIF!!! And its is a long weekend for me so can I get a Woot! Woot!

                        Dinner tonight is the last of the ground beef from our cow. I am planning on big thick burgers on my pizza rolls. I have sautéed 'shrooms and onions to top them with along with the last of our farm share tomatoes and some Cabot aged cheddar for those who want cheese burgers. Got a bag of steak fries in the freezer too. So the big question is: red or white?

                        I am hoping to make a batch of Portuguese kale soup on Sunday. I haven't made my grandmothers recipe in forever and the kale for this weeks farm share is over taking my fridge!

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                          1. re: foodieX2

                            Woot, woot! Shroomies, onions and cheddar make for a mighty fine burger.