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Oct 14, 2013 10:23 PM

What's For Dinner? # 250 - The National Chicken Cacciatore Day Edition [Through October 21, 2013]

It's been raining for most of the last five days or so here in NE North Carolina; the temp is steady in the high 70's during the day and low 70's at night...great enough weather for a braise & soup, yet still nice enough to grill outside. I roasted a chicken a couple days ago but looking at soup possibly for tonight. Today is National Chicken Cacciatore Day...if I hadn't had chicken twice already in the last two days I'd be making this....what's for dinner in your household?

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  1. I have vegetables. LOTS of veggies from the CSA (I think it ends in a couple of weeks, unless the weather continues to produce the produce!)

    And while I still have leftover chicken and pot roast for the next few night's dinners, I'll need to make something for work lunches. So I'm thinking of chopping up some CSA carrots, radishes, zucchini, and arugula or amaranth (have to figure out what I got yesterday) and sautéing it all, and then tossing it with some orzo and part of a bottle of Wegman's Sesame-Ginger sauce. Perhaps I'll also defrost a Frankenchicken breast and cut it up for sautéing as well.

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      1. re: alliegator

        Well, it'll have to wait until tomorrow night. Too tired and cranky. I'll have the rest of the pot roast for lunch, and make something with the CSA veg on Wednesday night.

      2. re: LindaWhit

        Talk to me about amaranth; I don't think I've ever had it, at least not where I could discern it from anything else.

        1. re: Cherylptw

          I don't know a lot about it, other than the greens can be used in salads or sauteed like spinach. I guess the seeds are milled and used as a flour - and I'm pretty sure the seeds are included in an organic, non-HFCS cereal I buy.

          The greens are called callaloo in the West Indies and the young leaves are good for salads; the more mature leaves are better in quick stir-fries, soups, etc.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Aha! That makes much more sense. I thought you were getting the seeds/grains in your CSA.

            1. re: ChristinaMason

              That's what I thought also; okay, I've heard of callaloo but they don't sell it in my area fresh but I've seen it in cans...interesting...

      3. Chicken Cacciatore Day! Why, that's just the thing! I have a chicken defrosting on the counter, and that's what I'll make tonight.

        (BTW, Cherylptw, be sure to alert the mods to the fact that the previous WFD thread has now been superceded when you begin a new one. I went ahead and flagged the previous thread.)

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          1. re: LindaWhit

            Thanks guys; since I took a break from posting for those few months, I forgot that's how we do it now....

          2. re: roxlet

            My Chicken Cacciatore was excellent. I used the basic recipe from The Best Recipe. I have previously made it with red peppers, but no one here cared much for that, so this, with just onions, garlic, tomatoes, and mushrooms was just the thing. I also had an open package of bucatini, and that turned out to be perfect with it. I removed the chicken from the pan, and then finished cooking the bucatini in the rest of the pan sauce.

          3. Beautiful autumn day here. Dinner is going to be the soup I made yesterday: squash, pinto beans, Italian sausage, peppers, onions, garlic, etc. Also, garlic toast and remainder of pear skillet cake.

            Tomorrow, probably Mexican quiche, more pintos, and fruit salad.

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            1. re: tcamp

              Really like the sound of that soup, tcamp - adding it to my list for this week. Did you use a flavored broth - chicken, veg, beef - or just water?

            2. Mmm. Chicken cacciatore sounds fabulous.... Too bad it's "don't get home until 9:30" day. :/

              Last night I took the sauce and sausage that wouldn't fit into the lasagna Sunday night and served it over pasta. Simmered the sauce for a while, since it was pretty watery. I had some leftover fresh pasta from Thursday, so I cooked that up before I got to the boxed dried stuff.

              While eating the fresh fettuccine, my boyfriend asked, "How much is this stuff? How long will it keep in the fridge?" (Answers: Free when we have it at work, $3.99/lb if I have to go to the store; freezable.) "Well, we need to get it more often. This is good stuff."

              It almost brought a tear to my eye. I've been working so hard to get my redneck to appreciate finer foods. It's beautiful to see him realize the superiority of fresh pasta. <3

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              1. re: Kontxesi

                Aww, what a great story! It took me years to turn my ex from Cheetos to fresh food, but it's great when it happens. Fortunately, the wonderful current SO was raised on the good stuff :)

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Neither of us were raised on the good stuff, so it's been a journey for both of us. For him, it's just been a bit of a forced journey since I'm the one who cooks. :p

                  1. re: Kontxesi

                    Well, me too! OK, to my mother's credit she cooked every night but jarred sauces and semi-prepared things which needed to be put together were frequent as well as tons of snacks and juices all over but I love that she turned on the stove nearly every night. I think I just enjoy cooking so much that I insist on cooking as much as I can from scratch and I've learned that I'm just so much happier this way. Don't get me wrong, once or twice a year if you give me a bag of jalapeno cheddar Cheetos I'm all over it, but I can't do it much more than that before I need broccoli and something homemade :) I'm sure he appreciates it, if you want to eat you better eat what's on the plate or else get your own food.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      Yup, he knows that's the rule in my kitchen. If you don't like it, I reckon you're going to bed hungry!

                      Mom tried to put good food on the table for us, but my dad had her on a pretty tight leash, budget-wise. Plus, he kind of sucked the fun out of cooking. If the people you're feeding don't appreciate it, you stop doing it.

                      She feels bad because her mom made dinner EVERY NIGHT and it was always healthy, from-scratch fare.... She thinks she's a bad mom because she couldn't do that for us. :(

                      I guess I'm just trying to get that groove back. Plus, eating out all the time is expensive!

                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                    What is wrong with Cheetos? Next thing I know you will be bashing Lil' Smokies in BBQ sauce.

                    Totally kidding you, Field. :-D

                    1. re: Fowler

                      Hell nah! In fact, I've been eyeing those Lil' Smokes at TJs but not sure I'd dip them in BBQ sauce since we're not too friendly, but give me a pile of mustard and it's on!

                      1. re: Fowler

                        Lil' Smokies in barbecue sauce are above reproach. I don't care how fancy I end up getting, you just can't be too fancy for smokies!

                        1. re: Kontxesi

                          You are so funny, Kontxesi! I spent a significant amount of my childhood in Chicago where some people only put out the Lil' Smokies in BBQ sauce for the most special occasions.

                          I still love them to this day and they bring back fond memories. They are sort of the antithesis of food snobbery that is so common these days.

                          1. re: Fowler

                            It's like those sweet and sour meatball things which I'm not sure are even meat.

                          2. re: Kontxesi

                            I don't like them. Not that I be all fancy and shiz, they're just yucky.
                            *runs and hides under the table*

                            1. re: alliegator

                              Well, thinking they're yucky is perfectly valid. Viewing them as peasant food is what I will not stand for. ;)

                                1. re: Fowler

                                  *pulling the tablecloth lower for better hiding*
                                  And why yucky? Just too much salt going on for me. It's like my salt receptors will explode. So if we are all at the same lil' smokie event, you all can have mine ;)

                                  1. re: alliegator

                                    I was totally kidding around with you, Allie. And you are right. they are very salty. Fatty too. Even the turkey based ones!

                                    1. re: Fowler

                                      I know, I know!! Maybe I'll come out from under the table, my legs are getting cramped.

                                    2. re: alliegator

                                      OK, I'll stand by you and snag any that come your way.

                              1. re: Fowler

                                Hey, Cheetos have their orange-fingertipped place.

                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                What - you have to choose? I had no idea....

                            2. My SO is having a rotten day at work so I am going to make some comfort food for dinner. Mac 'n cheese and hot dogs.

                              Definitely not fancy but it will put a smile on my SO's face after a bad day.

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                              1. re: Fowler

                                Fowler, such a nice thing to do! SO is scheduled to be back next Monday or Tuesday and I've been racking my brain trying to remember all of his favorites to welcome him home. You brought fond memories of beans and weenies :) Mom used to load it up in a Thermos for me to bring to school so it was always nice and toasty. I was often quite embarrassed by the caboodle attached to my backpack, but no one was laughing when I whipped the warm hot dogs, chopped them up and threw them into the hot beans...bwhahaha!