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What's the best thing you ate today?

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I've been staying with my sister at a hotel in NY for the past few months. We love the food and have been eating out almost exclusively, for almost all meals except for moat breakfasts (instant oqtmeal or cereal and fruit in our room) and some lunches when we use the inexpensive sandwich maker we bought for grilled cheese etc. But dinners..we eat those out. Or rely on takeout. Or prepackage salads etc. We wee missing some basic home cooked food. We like steamed veggies, rice, simple fare.

So today we finally bought a Aroma rice cooker-steamer. Made fluffy Basmati rice and some fresh steamed veggies like broccoli, zucchini, carrots etc. Tossed some cubed tofu into the rice while it wws cooking, sprinkled on so me parmesaan for serving. Had some fresh bread along side. Best meal of the day.

So what was YOUR tastiest meal or snack today, or this week, that you just closed your eyes and said 'ahhhh....'?

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  1. Tapioca pudding eaten paired with almond crisps.

    Both homemade.

    (I got a bit weak in the knees just typing it right now)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Chocolate glazed chocolate tart last night. Mmmmm.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Oh God, my mother used to make the BEST tapioca pudding.

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Ooh I could go for one of those right now. With an Espresso.

        2. Sick in bed with the flu so no cooking going on but, happily, there was some cold leftover malai kofta in the fridge. That and cold Diet Pepsi got me through the day.

          1. I didn't eat anything delicious today. :( A sandwich from Zoe's Kitchen and left over chili. Blah.

            1. Tender veal stew over noodles, pumpkin pound cake, and one Haagen-Dazs® Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar. All very nice, and all today.

              1. Best today (so far) - my lunchtime rabbit pate on baguette, with mixed leaves.

                (Pate was a purchase, back in the spring, from the supermarket at Calais)

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                1. re: Harters

                  I was going to ask you where you purchased your rabbit pate, but I know you are from across the pond. :) Sounds wonderful Mr. H.


                  1. re: mcel215

                    Carrefour supermarket at Calais.

                2. Two kinds of kaak: one a sesame ring with anise seed and a maamoul el eid stuffed with dates spiced with ground clove. These were homemade by a Druze lady and like no kaak I've ever had before.

                  1. Bacon sandwich with brown sauce. It's all downhill from there.

                    1. The $1 frozen bean burrito from Walmart. Cheaper and much faster than I can make at home.

                      1. Homemade yogurt, for sure!!

                        1. The spoon of cashew butter i had with my morning espresso... But the day isn't over yet!

                          1. Eggs fresh from the farmers market scrambled in a good amount of butter. Added a Turkish ground chile mix a friend brought back from Istanbul in the summer, and it really shone in this simple application.

                            I use the mix often but it's most noticeable when not competing with too many other ingredients.


                            1. Along with our clear-out-the-fridge dinner, DH nuked a couple of Delicata squash with just a dab of butter inside.
                              Oh, my, are those delicious!

                              I love any kind of squash, but Delicata is absolutely the tops.

                              1. A new take on lemon potatoes. A bed of thinly sliced yellow onion and fresh lemon are placed inside a baking pan. You steam a basket full of Yukon gold potatoes for 20 mins. Cool slightly and then slice in half. Cut side down, place the potatoes over the onion/lemon bed. Drizzle some olive oil, just a touch. Cube about 2/3 cup of unsalted butter and dot that around your taters. Bake at 400 for 30 min or until nicely browned. Once out of the oven, sprinkle some fresh rosemary over top and let the heat infuse the herb.

                                What you wind up with is a very fragrant roasted potato. The onion, lemon & rosemary work well together. That steaming step creates a nicer crisp when the taters hit the oven.

                                Really enjoyed them (along with a grilled Porterhouse steak).

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                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Ooo that sounds delicious! I'll try it.

                                2. I had a homemade butter tart as part of my breakfast foraging this morning. so good!


                                  1. Avocado on a NY slice.

                                    Runners-up include whatever I add Huy Fong to.

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                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                      That may be the first i have heard of adding avocado to a basic slice of pizza...

                                    2. Kale salad with almond, cranberries, ginger, and pumpkin seeds in a rice wine vinaigrette. Thanks, Central Market!

                                      1. Horseradish pickles that I got from a vendor at the local farmers market. Intense and delicious!

                                        1. I just ate a Tootsie Roll and it was awesome!!

                                          1. I made sugared pecans today to take to my sister who I'll be visiting for a week.
                                            I also made caramel corn that has cashews, white chocolate drizzles and salt. Which one was better?
                                            I guess I'll just keep tasting them till I figure that out.

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                                            1. re: kitchengardengal

                                              Boy am I glad I'm not your sister. I can't stay away from candied (or sugared) pecans, and popcorn in most forms is my kryptonite.

                                              Both sound *really* good :-)

                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                Oh, they are good. I think the popcorn won, but the pecans are killer when they're still warm from the oven.
                                                Now I am going to have a bowl of the 'naner puddin' that I made yesterday.

                                            2. I made this coconut curried cauliflower soup. It was easy and delicious. :)
                                              It's adapted from one I saw on foodgawker.


                                              1. Spring meal in autumn. Braised lettuce & green peas. I was craving something green that wasn't cabbagey or spinach.

                                                1. Today was our fourth anniversary, so I made my favorite pasta dish: bucatini all'amatriciana, with diced pancetta and a homemade San Marzano tomato sauce that I conveniently had in the freezer, topped with fresh-grated pecorino romano. Roasted some asparagus and tossed it in balsamic vinegar with a splash of soy sauce, baked some store-bought (frozen) garlic bread, and served it with some sparkling red grape juice.

                                                  It turned out to be a great dinner (especially the bucatini), and I was too full for the desserts I bought at our great local bakery. (My wife was smart and ate her dessert while I was cooking!)

                                                  1. Lunch today - chicken tikka masala from a food truck in DC.

                                                    1. Partridge breast and black pudding "bonbon". Lunchtime restaurant starter.

                                                      1. Grilled boneless chicken breast, It was marinated in lemon,garlic and parsley. It was served with eggplant,onions,zucchini,fresh and sun dried tomato and faro Real Good and home made by me :)

                                                        1. Today, a leftover warmed brisket sandwich on an onion Kaiser (dipped in leftover jus) w/ horseradish sauce. Side garlic fries. Ahhhh is about right.

                                                          1. Chicago style thin crust pizza from Pizano's. Cut in squares and loaded with sausage.

                                                            1. Leftover take-out pizza, frozen and then reheated in a skillet. I read something on Tyler Florence that he reheats his pizza this way and it taste almost like fresh.

                                                              It was so good. :)


                                                              1. The pickles from the falafel place down my street. Out-of-this-world-wonderful housemade pickles. I had some toast with some TJ's Red Leicester, and heaps of pickles: onion, cabbage, radish, tomato, tomatillo, cucumber, peppers. I like the place and I've liked the pickles for quite some time, but they are really hitting their stride, pickle-wise. The place sells their pickle plate, generously proportioned, for two bucks. I think I'm in love.

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                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                  Are they on the saltier side, as some Middle Eastern pickles tend to be?

                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                    On the saltier side, I guess, but it's hard for me to say exactly as I tend toward salty. What really sets them on a pedestal is the fact that all the vegetables seems to be pickled individually and perfectly. Do I even know what that means? I don't know, but so many mixed pickles seems to be pickled mixed, y'know, and none is treated the way it should be. I appreciate the time and effort it took to treat each appropriately. The tiny baby tomatillos and grape tomatoes were stupendous.

                                                                    Aside, I don't know that I would call this falafel place Middle Eastern, despite its menu. It's Midwest at its best, and I mean that with utter admiration. The Upper Midwest k-n-o-w-s how to pickle.

                                                                    Place is Foxy Falafel in St. Paul, MN.

                                                                    ETA: http://foxyfalafel.com

                                                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                                                      Sounds great. If I should ever make it to the twin cities, I'll be on the lookout :-)

                                                                2. Well - I haven't eaten it *yet*…… but I'm pretty sure that cheeseburger club sammich calling my name for dinner will blow my brunch of scrambled eggs outta the water, for sure.

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                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                    A really crusty, completely sesame coated challah roll from a local kosher bakery with some sliced cheese and and a coke zero, cherry, over ice. It just hit the spot, and those sesame seeds just put it over the top. Wish I had hummus, but the cheese was delicious on it.

                                                                  2. A glass of milk and a cannabutter blondie. :)

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                                                                      1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                        Dicey, but I'll see if "they" let it stay.
                                                                        Cannabutter is derived from cannabis by being very slowly distilled in butter and strained. Then, it can be used for baking and it's not as gritty and hashy and nasty tasting as the old, unrefined cannabis brownies. They're also muy potent.

                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                          DH and I are crackin' up while we wait to see if it disappears.. ...

                                                                          My BFF will love this cooking tip!

                                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                            You can have her write me at my regular e-mail for a recipe. It's not complicated, but it's a little detailed. :)
                                                                            Just tell her to stock up on after-snack snacks. :)
                                                                            If nobody complains, it'll prolly stay. But there's always that one person who wants to object to an otherwise fun cha-cha. :)

                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                FYI, it's also great for cooking a multitude of other savory foods, in case you want to partake of the cannagoodness without all the cannacarbs. :)

                                                                                1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                  Absolutely. It's as versatile as any oil/butter I've ever used. And so refined that taste isn't even an issue anymore. I remember when friends would say, "Oooh, I made some brownies," and my reaction would be "ugggghghhghhhh." They tasted like they had dried broccoli stems and motor oil and....I mean, fun; okay, but YUCk. How times have changed. I've had salad dressings and gluten-free cannabreads; spaghetti sauce; on and on. I rarely ingest by eating, but when I do, it's in the form of something something baked and sugary. :) I LIKE cannacarbs ;)

                                                                      2. Big old' slice of my homemade banana cream pie. .sublime

                                                                        1. A warm buttermilk biscuit with apple butter from the farmers market.

                                                                          1. Kapiti vanilla ice-cream with Nelson boysenberry ripple on a stick, covered in chocolate:

                                                                            1. Can I say two?

                                                                              TJ's pumpkin croissant for breakfast. Surprisingly light and flaky with actual pumpkin flavor. The crunchy pumpkin seeds were a nice touch.

                                                                              This afternoon I roasted a large number of farm beets and then tossed them in a cherry balsamic. So good I ate them standing up at the kitchen counter as an afternoon snack.

                                                                              1. Piece of apple cake from the Berkshire Mountain Bakery with a large cup of sumatra.

                                                                                1. Salted Carmel and bourbon glazed donut.

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                                                                                  1. re: viperlush

                                                                                    A morning bun from sofra. From their website "Cubes of croissant dough tossed with sugar that's spiced with cinammon and cardamom, bake them in muffin pans, and top them with orange blossom glaze". So good. Perfect accompaniment to a cappuccino and Turkish breakfast.

                                                                                  2. Strawberry frozen fruit bar from the ice cream truck. It was like eating the freshest strawberries on a stick

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                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                      Yum. For true, un-creamy paletas I have to travel. Not too far, but still. :) There's a dude who rolls a cart around from time to time, but his fruit bars have cream in the base, and it wrecks it for me. I want the kind YOU got.

                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                        I took out the trash already but i will find out the company and get back to you. It was very good.

                                                                                    2. Grilled salmon and onions...to be topped soon by some carrot cake!

                                                                                      1. My first smoked spare ribs. And I have a whole rack leftover, so it will also be the best thing I ate tomorrow.


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                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          Good leftover, we heat 'em up in the toaster oven. First smoked spare ribs, you've led a sheltered life.

                                                                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                            I just haven't owned a smoker until a few weeks ago. It's not like I've never had them.

                                                                                        2. Waffles and bacon from a small town Texas meat market, dark chocolate peanut M&M's.

                                                                                          1. lunch was the turkey white bean pumpkin chili I made in the slow cooker yesterday, on top of a little brown basmati rice. YUM!

                                                                                              1. So far ...... just Trader Joe's ginger snap cookies.

                                                                                                But I got a pork shoulder in the slow cooker that'll become pulled pork for dinner :-)

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                                                                                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                                  I'm not much for sweets, but love ginger snaps. I almost bought these last week but thought the whole tub might disappear and planned to save them for the holidays. Are they particularly sweet or the more spicy version of a traditional snap? I assume they don't keep too long in the tub, they tend to dry out relatively quickly.

                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                    Those "triple ginger" mini cookies in the tub are awesome- nice and spicy! I actually freeze a portion in a ziplock and that works for what i wont eat in a week

                                                                                                2. Blueberrie banana smoothie with protein and flax seed. Delicious and guilt free, although it adds up in calories!

                                                                                                  1. Curry-ginger pumpkin soup with shredded chicken thighs and quinoa.

                                                                                                    1. Chopped Cobb salad w/ extra crumbled blue cheese and toasted walnuts. Nummy.

                                                                                                      1. Fish cake and pork bone soup with udon noodle and pork dumplings. Then coconut macaroons I just made.

                                                                                                        1. Warm bread straight from the bread machine my sister gave me today. With good butter and a plop of homemade strawberry jam.

                                                                                                          1. Bean and cheese chimichanga with guac, sour cream, lettuce, cheese and super hot kick ass salsa...saved half and in a couple hours, gonna devour the remainder of that bad boy!

                                                                                                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                Went to Sunset Park in Brooklyn this evening, the Chinatown section. Wandered around in the cold for hours, exploring. Boyfriend bought us dinner at a little Malaysian place. Had a sauteed veggie and tofu dish with a side of veggie fried rice. Just a perfect meal. We both devoured our food. Mmmmm...

                                                                                                                But now, I'm indulging in a bit of marble cheesecake. Because its so darn good!

                                                                                                                1. KL-style wonton noodles with dumplings and BBQ pork, and a side of curried chicken. Fabulous flavours.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: klyeoh

                                                                                                                    I would happily eat the hell out of that. Yummm-o

                                                                                                                  2. Pumpkin cheesecake for breakfast. The beauty of being home sick.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: KrumTx

                                                                                                                      if you can stomach pumpkin cheesecake for breakfast, I don't think you are sick..hehe...i won't tell your boss though.

                                                                                                                    2. Yesterday had lunch at a small local place that makes a soup of the day. Another winner - potato bacon chowder.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                        made french cheese soup today.... yummmmy

                                                                                                                        1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                          I'm intrigued. Would you mind sharing your recipe? Just from the name, it sounds absolutely delicious, and I surely would appreciate it.
                                                                                                                          Hopefully, w/ thanks.
                                                                                                                          Marci :)

                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                            • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
                                                                                                                            • small diced red onion about 1 cup
                                                                                                                            • small diced carrot 1 cup
                                                                                                                            • small diced celery (approximately 1 cup)
                                                                                                                            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                                                                                            • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
                                                                                                                            • 1 quart chicken broth, heated to a simmer
                                                                                                                            • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
                                                                                                                            • 1 bay leaf
                                                                                                                            • 1 cup heavy cream
                                                                                                                            • 10 ounces Fontina, shredded( or gouda)
                                                                                                                            • 1 Tablespoon Marsala wine
                                                                                                                            • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
                                                                                                                            • 1/2 teaspoon Shiraka (or tabasco whatever hot sauce you like)
                                                                                                                            • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper ( white pepper is the secret)
                                                                                                                            Melt butter in large dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and salt. Sweat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften,keep stirring so that the vegtables don’t brown. Sift the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes.
                                                                                                                            add the chicken stock slowly and bring to boil, stirring so nothing sticks to the bottom. Reduce heat to low and add the garlic and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
                                                                                                                            Remove bay leaf. Turn off the heat, add the heavy cream, and then puree with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. add the cheese a bit at a time, , and stir until melted before adding the next bit. Stir in the Marsala, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and white pepper. Taste and add additional stuff if you need. If soup is not hot enough, return to a low heat until hot.
                                                                                                                            Serve with crusty frenchbread

                                                                                                                            I am not sure why I call it French Cheese Soup I think I must have been going through a my French phase when I first made it..pretty sure I learned it from watching Alton Brown's show ...

                                                                                                                      2. Roasted cauliflower with lemon parsley dressing.

                                                                                                                        1. I was taken out for my birthday dinner. And seriously, the entire meal was prolly one of the better I've had in my whole life. From a luxurious roasted red bell pepper bisque w/ crab beignet through a tenderloin w/ cognac sauce and herbs, it made me happy to be alive!!
                                                                                                                          BUT: the best, the very best best thing I had was dessert. I had misgivings but ordered it anyway.
                                                                                                                          Roasted figs in a port reduction, ladled over phyllo layered w/ mascarpone and drizzled w/ honey and then treated to a shower of roasted nut slivers. ABSOLUTELY delicious and yes, the best thing today and perhaps many other days.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                              Again!! And again, and again and again! (51 :)

                                                                                                                            2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                              Happy Birthday, mamachef!

                                                                                                                              Someone must think you are pretty special to take you out for a lovely meal like that! And oh, that dessert....

                                                                                                                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                I wanted to go for a walk after dinner and walk it off and go back and do it all over again. The dessert was crazy-good. Thank you for the Bday wish!! It was a lovely day!

                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                  Thank you, fldhkybnva!! I did have a very happy day. Thanks for being here at CH to play with and learn from.

                                                                                                                              2. Well -- that would have to be the teensy portion of leftover home-smoked maple-glazed salmon and German-style cuke salad I had for lunch today.

                                                                                                                                But it might be surpassed at dinner time by my all-time favorite: trini-chinese chicken :-)

                                                                                                                                1. The "nothing to be ashamed of" thread has had liverwurst on my mind, so today's brunch was liverwurst fried in bacon grease, atop French toast. Grade B maple syrup. Quite possibly the most "I can't stop putting this in my mouth" dishes ever for me, and one reason I rein myself in on liverwurst purchases.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                      I blame passadumkeg from a thread a couple of years ago. Evilly delicious dish.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                        It sounds evil enough for me to have for lunch tomorrow. I'm guessing it will be evil enough for seconds, too! Thanks for this.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                      Is this a coarse liverwurst or fine? I had fine liverwurst fried in a pan once together with blood sausage (which made more sense to me) in a German restaurant, but I could not finish the liverwurst. I love it on bread, but this was maybe a 1.5-2 inch thick slice of it. Fried. Could. Not. Do. It.

                                                                                                                                      Something a bit less "fatty", more rustic paté like, I could totally see, OTOH.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                        Hmm, coarser than what I grew up with (cannot even begin to recall what brands those were), but not as coarse as some I've had. I generally buy Boar's Head because their products are reliably gluten free and I like not having to do research continually, y'know? I honestly think that the super-fine liverwurst of my youth would not please me as much in this. I generally do a generous half-inch-ish slice for frying for French toast.

                                                                                                                                        A two inch slice, fried? Even being liverwurst-crazed, I would have problems with that too, honestly. A too-much-of-good-thing issue, I think.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                        I am:
                                                                                                                                        Half-drun....nevermind.Anyway, I want this. NOW. It sounds SO decadent. I can taste the the crisp, eggy, syrup-soaked French toast and the meaty, crunchy coppery taste of the liver. Oh, my goodness. You have DONE it. I have every ingredient I could possibly need....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                          Oh, do try it. It IS decadent! As for the *half-drun...*, well I would be lying if I said no Screwdrivers were involved! But this was brunch and not breakfast, so I considered the sun sufficiently over the yardarm. ;-) I would imagine this to be a decent addition to the Drunk Munchies thread, were it not for the non-immediacy of it all.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                          OMG. I may cry from how good this sounds.

                                                                                                                                        3. The Welsh Rarebit for lunch was superb. But so is the Pad Thai I made for dinner! Both had me smacking my lips.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                            "The Welsh Rarebit for lunch "

                                                                                                                                            Ooooohhhhhhh was home sick the otherday and made my dad make that for me major comfort food... I bet yours was better

                                                                                                                                            1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                              Unlikely because I had to use gluten-free bread (celiac) but it was still delicious!

                                                                                                                                              How nice of your dad to make it for you. It must have made you feel better immediately. :)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                Welsh Rarebit is actually something that makes me less pissy about gluten-free bread (also celiac, here). Melty-cheesy-sauciness on toast? I could have it on cardboard and be happy. And some gluten free breads are less than cardboard, IMHO, so cheese sauce? Yes, please. But, IIRC chefathome, you make your own gf bread, so you probably have a good base for that cheese!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                  I don't eat gf, but I bet if you sliced a tomato and put it on toast w/ Rarebit, it would make me a lot less pissy about the world in general.
                                                                                                                                                  I have to agree w/ cayjohan. Welsh Rarebit is one of the foods of the gods. It has to have that nice mustard/cayenne hit, though; the sharp cheese thrill....

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                    Very true. My bread is pretty good but especially when drowning in Welsh rarebit goodness. I had it again for lunch yesterday and withdraw my gluten-free bread comment! :-)

                                                                                                                                            2. Spanish Omelette at The Peach Cafe in Monrovia, CA. Seriously, these people do great breakfasts!

                                                                                                                                              1. Grilled razor clams from the Chelsea Market served with a peanutty dipping sauce and a lemonaise. So good!

                                                                                                                                                Then I made a roasted cauliflower quinoa salad tossed with some lemon juice, lemon zest and toasted hazelnuts.

                                                                                                                                                  1. the thai ginger carrot soup I made today. absolutely divine. i might need another bowl as a snack. a close second are the oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies I made last night!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                                      i can't decide today if it's the HUGE blueberry pancakes I had for breakfast, or the coconut curry butternut squash soup I just made.

                                                                                                                                                    2. For lunch around 11:00- a nice dim sum meal. It's also the only thing I've eaten today, on account of it filled me up long term.

                                                                                                                                                      1. A nice fatty burger, grilled medium over oak chips with extra sharp NY cheddar, a schmear of a Dukes mayo, stone ground mustard, dill pickle, and homemade chili sauce, accompanied by tater tots and Melinda's habanero ketchup...oh and HEB cola.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tim irvine

                                                                                                                                                          Man that sounds good. I had a Cuban burger yesterday was pretty amazing that would have been over the top over oak chips. It was a grilled burger with ham, pickles mustard and cheddar(bf ate the Swiss) on a martins sesame roll grilled on a panino press after it was assembled. To bad bf has a gas grill.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                            A gas grill is workable with one of those cheap metal boxes off to one side and some wood chips. Just let it heat a few minutes to get them smoking. I never remember to soak them, but they still work. Of course cooking over charcoal or wood is something else, altogether.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: tim irvine

                                                                                                                                                            Rock On, Irvine. Wow. That's one jealous-soundi...I mean, delicious-sounding burger.

                                                                                                                                                          3. I made a bacon/broccoli quiche this morning to take to a friend's house for lunch. It was good, but the best part of the meal was a new salad recipe I found and made to serve with the quiche.
                                                                                                                                                            The salad had baby spinach, bacon, blue cheese and Honeycrisp apples, tossed with an apple cider reduction. The dressing had cider, maple syrup, cider vinegar (I used my homemade peach/cider vinegar), Dijon mustard and bacon drippings. I'm making that one again this coming weekend to take to another friends house. After I cubed the apples, I just tossed those with the dressing, and drizzled the last spoonful of dressing over the top. It didn't drown the spinach, and it looked pretty, too.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. Leftover kalbi and rice, with two lovely kimchi varieties; one made from cabbage and one from daikon.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                                  Those are some leftovers that:
                                                                                                                                                                  a. don't even sound like leftovers. :)
                                                                                                                                                                  b. make me drool.


                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                    Indeed I was lucky!

                                                                                                                                                                    A friend treated me to lunch at the only Korean restaurant (I think) anywhere near here for the first time, and we were very pleased. I like the radish kimchi so much I ordered a second batch to go!

                                                                                                                                                                2. It is 12:08 of the p.m., and I just realized that there, situated on the shelf of my suddenly more-beautiful refrigerator, is a piece of pineapple upside-down cake that my Mr. has somehow neglected to eat. It's a shame, (for him, that is) but that automatically makes it mine. :)
                                                                                                                                                                  As Marci, Queen of My Refrigerator, you see, I reserve the right to repurpose, repackage, rewash, redesign, redefine or re-divert ANYTHING that gets put in there. Obviously this speaks to the last one. The cake was left in MY territory; therefore........
                                                                                                                                                                  A lovely layer of yellow cake that has soaked up a goodish amount of browned butter and brown sugar and pineapple syrup; topped with a tangy layer of the pineapple itself, the sweetness cut by a hit of lemon juice. And then I just had to go on a gild the lily by pouring over it some creme double that I had left over. (Yeah, riiiiiiiight. Leftover creme double. Okay: it's NOT left over. I saved it on purpose for this, hoping he'd forget the cake.)
                                                                                                                                                                  This means I have to bake tomorrow (today) but we're due for something lemony or chocolaty anyway, so that's all right. With luck he'll have forgotten it forever by the time he wakes up in the morning. :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Starting the day off with crumbled goat cheese with papaya bits over Bosc roasted pears. Here's hoping it makes all the difference for how the day goes :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I just snarfed a killer grilled cheese on whole grain - spread the outsides of the bread with mayo and coated with grated parmesan, then piled on fontina and aged cheddar. The mayo and parmesan fry together to create a crispy, savory cheesy outside layer. And is there anything better than melted fontina? OMG.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tomato sandwich for lunch. The last HG ripe tomato of the year. It's a sad day!

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                                                                                                                                          Our household is grieving for the same reason today. There just is no comparison!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Uncle Bob

                                                                                                                                                                            I wish I could get a good ripe tomato in November. We make up for it in June and July with grilled mozzarella and tomato sandwiches with balsamic dressing drenching them.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Two tacos locos from the taqueria next door. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I bought a small jar of imported truffle butter and tried it in hot tagliatelle last night. Died and went to heaven. so good...and so simple to make.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. A big fat tablespoon of caramelized onion and bacon jam.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                                    Made it. Actually, maybe it was slightly more than a big fat tablespoon... :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                                                      I love that combo and I often make it at home on the weekends with breakfast. That's gotta be the one of the most flavorful foods that's also easy to make at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                                                        You are right. It is a simple way to add incredible flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Scallion pancakes from serious eats. Soooo good!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Chocolate Crumb--I'm making Momofuku's Candy Bar Pie..and the chocolate crumb is key for the crust. I made a double-batch just so I could pig out on the extra crumb.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Leftover Coo Coo & Callaloo.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Apple cider and cinnamon duffins by Hello Home Shoppe at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Pandy-
                                                                                                                                                                                          it is this mash of starwberries and blueberries boiled down with sugar and balsamic and orangezest served on a scone slathered with clotted cream

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have nooooo idea why we call it pandy

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                                            Cant answer that question but it sounds wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Homemade Vietnamese banh mi with the thit nguoi and xiu mai. Just a bit of maggi drizzled over it with pickled carrots and contemplating between pickles or cucumbers. Maybe a little Sirracha too.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The last wedge of my Reblochon wheel will be at eating temperature in about 45 minutes, I'm saving the Epoisses for T'Day. Magnifique.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ooooooohhhhhhh yummmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just enjoyed my last creamy pasty scoop of Reblochon, it was Ambrosia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  My Gaugry Epoisses is the only one of four that makes the unpasteurized, which of course is not welcome in the US commercially.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am familiar with 2 of the 3 export Epoisses, but this one should be special.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy turkey day!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hmm.. well i had some Chicken Haleem along with Nan (bread)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A grand stay-in cold day in the mountains. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast were pretty good, but the star of the day was some astonishing homemade jars of vegetable soup gifted to me by a coworker, who makes it and cans it in the summer when her garden is at its peak. Oh, man. Tomato-potato-corn-pea-lima bean-onion-garlic-pepper deliciousness. A burst of summer while the temperatures outside faaaaalllllll.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The Rocket as prepared by Gems here in NJ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fried egg, pork roll, bacon, sausage patty, a flattened hash brown patty, ketchup, s&p on a soft baked roll.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I crave that rich, greasy egg sandwich...love the rocket!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. For supper tonight we had buljol, roti, and avacado. It was absolutely the best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Yum to most everything mentioned here, especially Welsh rarebit. The only thing I have had today was a wonderful kale, spinach, and bacon omelette hubby made this morning. He doesn't. Ok much, but he makes the best salads and omelets in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A plate of refried beans with a warm, homemade flour tortilla. Perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. sliders-I made from grinding the chain left over from the holliday tenderloin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Carnitas and fresh flour tortillas and red sauce from Pancho's Meat Market on the Houston barrioish Long Point strip. They just brought out a fresh batch and it was more incredible than usual. Tonight I'll be frying oysters. Tomorrow classic burgers and dogs on the grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Duck confit pizza it had got cheese and caramelized onions with balsamic glaze.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: itsmejessica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was goat cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phones are not that smart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I just made a Dutch breakfast food. It was fried toast topped with ham, Gouda, and a lightly fried egg. Awesomeness. Very easy too.