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What's for Dinner #252 - The Halloween Edition [Through October 31, 2013]

LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 12:34 PM

The foulest stench Is In the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzy ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the Thriller!
~~ Rap by Vincent Price

A well-known and extremely accomplished cook himself, I don't think Vincent would mind being the lead-in to the Halloween edition of the WFD thread, do you?

There's a definite chill in the air......oh, who am I kidding? It was downright COLD last night and I finally turned on the heat!

It's time to turn to stews, soups, comfort foods. It's well past time! What's cooking in your kitchens this weekend and leading up to Ghoul Night? Something frightful and delightful?

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  1. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    And as I said in the previous thread, I'm going for the "blood red" sangria as my libation tonight. Tapas TBD.

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    1. re: LindaWhit
      LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 06:10 AM

      > Pork Tenderloin with Blue Sheep Cheese and Portobello Mushrooms
      > Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Red Pepper on Toast
      > Saffron-Battered Fried Shrimp with Mojo Sauce
      > Tarta de Chocolate con Dulce de Leche
      > Churros with Warm Chocolate Sauce
      > Sangria, mango martinis, beer, Cuarenta y Tres

      All of that = 3 very happy, contented ladies. It had been way too long since we were last there - five weeks! This just will not do! LOL

    2. gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 03:24 PM

      As for my now-common tardie replies:), here is a re-post of last nights eats and today's plan.....

      "Last night's planned 'lamb dip' on a toasted french roll, with goat cheese spread and caramelized onions was very tasty.

      Tonight I am hunkering down at home again, with a chicken 'boob' thawing (looking at you LW!), and planning on stuffing that with pizza flavors; pepperoni, a slab of roasted pepper and some fontina (poultry with cheese, Field Hawk!). Perhaps topped with some pizza sauce, or maybe just deglazed with white wine...

      Also going to make some zuchinni fritters for a sort of carby veggie side, and some red wine shall be drunk.

      Served up with guilty-pleasure Hawaii-5 Oh, and Formula 1 practice (which all about team gossip),

      That is all to energize up for the local Burien Boo-fest with friends and their kids - aged 4&5, who we are taking 'trick-or-treating' in my nearby town square tomorrow afternoon where there will be pumpkin painting, wiener dog races, puppy-costume contest, and candy galore at the neighborhood merchants. Yeah.:)"

      So Chix boob, and Zuch in my future tonight:) Love U all!

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        jjjrfoodie RE: gingershelley Oct 25, 2013 03:48 PM

        Thank you thank you thank you re: the F1 race practice.

        I COMPLETELY forgot that aired tonite since it's the Indian G.P.

        Imma goona do white chicken chili tonite.
        Decade old recipe with quick soak northern beans, poached chicken that I shread and add at the end.
        Chicken stock, onions, roasted and deseeded poblanos and jalepenos, big can green cilies, bunch of spices including ancho, de arbol and santafe chile powder I grind myself and, at the end of cooking. fold monterey jack chese into the chili itself before serving.
        Makes things creamy as &^%$ but does not bind up and freezes and reheats like a charm.

        Topped with sour cream, more shredded mont. jack, salsa, pickeled jalepenos, Chihula sauce or hot sauce of choice and tortilla chips on the side.

        I usually participate in 3 or 4 chili cook-offs a winter with 15-25 participants each and have won with it several times.

        It is a great way to get new ideas or recipes (if people are willing to share). LOL. But true. i never take offense to it.

        Picked a secret one up last winter from a secret family recipe that included pork shoulder, brewed coffee and raisins that were soaked and then purreed. It is stellar.

        White chicken chili only takes about 2 hrs to cook and since I fold the chicken in at the end, it poaches as the rest cooks.

        Not pour out of a box and add ground meat quick but not nurse it all day style.

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          gingershelley RE: jjjrfoodie Oct 25, 2013 09:01 PM

          That chili sounds great; you should post to 'dish of the month', which is chili for Oct.

          Enjoy the F1 practice. Lot's of juicy gossip today, and more smog than you can shake a stick at around the track, and of course - tire issues!

          Now I want chili......

        2. re: gingershelley
          fldhkybnva RE: gingershelley Oct 26, 2013 10:13 AM

          Wow, we are on the same page it seems. I just planned a few meals for the next few days and stuffed chicken with salami and Fontina is scheduled for lunch tomorrow which I planned to serve with mushrooms doused with a splash of sherry :) I hope for both of us, it's tasty!

        3. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 03:59 PM

          What a great lede, LW.

          Coolerater here is bare. Deb dug deep into the freezer tonight and pulled out some burgers we had ground a bit ago. Spuds from the pantry will be boiled and repurposed as potato salad. Beer for me, wine for Deb.

          Back to the left coast (LA) Sunday morning. It's a great food town.

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            weezieduzzit RE: steve h. Oct 25, 2013 06:11 PM

            Cool and rainy Tuesday, otherwise the weather will be wonderful.

            Have a great trip!

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              steve h. RE: weezieduzzit Oct 25, 2013 06:30 PM

              Thanks! We'll be spending some quality car time at the Nethercutt Museum.

              Shunji, Red Medicine, K-Town (never have enough Korean food) are on the agenda.

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                weezieduzzit RE: steve h. Oct 25, 2013 07:13 PM

                Duesys and Delahayes... I'm jealous. :)

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                  gingershelley RE: steve h. Oct 25, 2013 09:03 PM

                  Sometime Steve, you and Deb should come up to SEA area, and we can have a Chow meetup, and you guys can visit the LeMay car museums in Tacoma!

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                LindaWhit RE: steve h. Oct 26, 2013 06:05 AM

                Have a very good trip, steve h. You and Deb sure do get around. ;-)

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                  steve h. RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 01:46 PM

                  (Cue the music) I love L.A.

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                  Berheenia RE: steve h. Oct 26, 2013 11:22 AM

                  Boy do you have good timing! The temps in western New England are going down! Pot Roast weather but I wish we all could be California Girls!

                3. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 04:00 PM

                  Last night's dinner was a very spicy butternut squash soup followed by chicken piccata.

                  Tonight's main event will be a grilled sirloin over arugula. I love sirloin, and it's very diet friendly, but we don't have it too frequently. Starting off the meal will be a potato and bacon chowder that I'll likely not partake of.

                  1. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 04:30 PM

                    I've got some reasonably halloweeny sweet potato falafel in the oven (they are orange, at least!) We'll have them with brown rice pilaf and a slaw with beetroot, fennel, kale etc.

                    That's a bit worth for a Friday night, isn't it? But don't worry, we have some Oregon pinot gris on the go.

                    1. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 05:13 PM

                      Great lead in LW- best part of the whole song!

                      kale soup, homemade rolls and a fire in the fireplace. BFF joined in. Perfect Friday night!

                      Oh and I picked up a bag of fun size Milk Way "just the caramel" bars. To die for…..

                      1. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 05:31 PM

                        Tonight we started with creamy roasted butternut squash garnished with a spicy pumpkin seed brittle, sour cream, and pumpkin seed oil, then moved on to salad w/ lemony grilled chicken, honey-dijon-balsamic vinaigrette, avocado, tomato, and cucumber. The soup was great; the salad could have been dried better before I assembled.


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                          gingershelley RE: ChristinaMason Oct 25, 2013 09:04 PM

                          That sounds SO fall-perfect and tasty CM!

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                            ChristinaMason RE: gingershelley Oct 26, 2013 09:47 AM

                            Thanks. I really liked the crunchy element with the brittle. I hate eating soups that remind me of baby food purees.

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                            LindaWhit RE: ChristinaMason Oct 26, 2013 06:12 AM

                            THAT looks absolutely lovely, Christina!

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                              ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 09:47 AM

                              Thanks. I riffed on your dressing :)

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                              linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Oct 26, 2013 09:45 AM

                              Get yerself a spinner, pronto. No more wet salads, ever!

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                                helen_m RE: ChristinaMason Oct 26, 2013 07:27 PM

                                I have a spare salad spinner (couldn't live without one whilst our kitchen equipment was being shipped) so I'll bring it next time I see you!

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                                  ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Oct 27, 2013 08:27 AM

                                  Awesome, I'll take it! Thanks :)

                              2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 06:44 PM

                                Tonight will be a late and simple dinner. My sweets is doing inventory so that means in at six am and home by midnight if all goes well and back tomorrow again to repeat. Lucky the man has the stamina to pull it off. When he gets in it is all he can do to pop open a beer and shove something simple in his face. Blt,s with potato salad. Fancy. Although, the tomatoes are still really nice here(don't be mad) and I got a big ass beefsteak that weighed in at just over a pound. Perfect for blt's.

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                                  weezieduzzit RE: suzigirl Oct 25, 2013 07:02 PM

                                  A tomato like that has BLT written all over it. Enjoy.

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                                    suzigirl RE: weezieduzzit Oct 25, 2013 07:15 PM

                                    Exactly. It was to pretty to pass up. Wish i could figure out my tablet and post a pic. But I just planted my winter tomatoes. Can't wait.

                                2. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 07:06 PM

                                  Soup for us tonight, too. Coconut pumpkin with a good dose of ginger in it. Toasted coconut and pepitas to top it. It's going with teriyaki salmon and a quick stir fry of hericot vert and shiitakes (possibly with some oyster sauce, not sure what direction I want to go with them yet, if at all. I think green beans are pretty perfect on their own.)

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                                    rjbh20 RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 07:18 PM

                                    A segue into cooler weather. Bacon & potato soup followed by sirloin on arugula with chives.

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                                      scubadoo97 RE: rjbh20 Oct 25, 2013 11:33 PM

                                      Great color on the steak. Looks delicious

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                                        LindaWhit RE: rjbh20 Oct 26, 2013 06:13 AM

                                        Lord help me - bacon, potatoes, and steak. How on earth could you ever have gone wrong? You couldn't. Looks amazing, rjbh!

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                                          steve h. RE: rjbh20 Oct 26, 2013 12:26 PM


                                        2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 25, 2013 08:55 PM

                                          last night (after watching TC NOLA on Wed.), i told the BF i had a craving for Vietnamese or Thai. ended up going to the Oldster's and ordering very average take-out Thai food which i didn't even finish. Tonight, i came home to EXACTLY what i was craving: a spicy ground chicken thai salad over vietnamese stick noodles, with a korean scallion pancake on the side. hit all the right notes. and he did NOT forget the lemongrass, let it be known, and he certainly "captured the essence"! (obviously, he watched TC with me.)

                                          on top of that, he had skinned the chicken before he ground it, fried the skins all for me and served them on the side. thanks baby!

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                                            gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Oct 25, 2013 09:05 PM

                                            You are one lucky duck, seesta.

                                          2. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 06:13 AM

                                            I'm making beef barley soup today for dinner, lunch next week, and the freezer. Going to try a bread recipe from Flour Water Salt Yeast to go with.

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                                              LindaWhit RE: Njchicaa Oct 26, 2013 06:44 AM

                                              Meeeeee toooooo! Well, I'm not sure it'll be dinner as I really want some pork tenderloin, but I'm making it for the freezer (and for some Mom freezer meals). :-)

                                            2. Uncle Bob RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 06:18 AM

                                              Fresh Catfish fried in Peanut Oil.
                                              Fresh from the garden mustard greens/turnip roots seasoned with Tasso and a little bacon.
                                              Hushpuppies. One will no doubt fall into the pot likker. ;)
                                              A few FF potatoes maybe...
                                              The little brown-eyed girl will have her weekly fix of Sweet tea. I'll stick with unsweetened.
                                              A little something sweet later with coffee & chicory.

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                                                Cherylptw RE: Uncle Bob Oct 26, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                As usual Uncle Bob, yummm...

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                                                  gini RE: Uncle Bob Oct 27, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                  I want all of these things.

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                                                    JungMann RE: Uncle Bob Oct 28, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                    So you mix boiled turnips into your braised mustard greens? Sounds very peppery, but if I like both those things separately, I can't help but wonder how great they'd be together.

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                                                      speakhandsforme RE: JungMann Oct 31, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                      If I'm interpreting Uncle Bob's post correctly, the turnips will be cut into manageable chunks and then cooked in the same pot as the greens. That's how we cook greens at my house, anyway.

                                                  2. tcamp RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                    Culminating a week of very few home-cooked dinners, last night was a hot dog and a few nachos at the little league stadium. Brrrrrr.

                                                    Tonight, I'm making a tortelleni and sausage soup for me and #1 son. Then off to a neighbor's for birthday cake and champagne.

                                                    1. Novelli RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                      Last night, my next door neighbor brought over a flat (20) of fresh eggs from his chickens. He's got 9 of them and gets a couple dozen eggs per week. He was a bit overwhelmed by how many eggs he has and doesn't know what to do with so many.

                                                      So, I went out to my garden, picked out some tomatoes, basil, and peperoncino, and headed over to his house.

                                                      I made eggs in pugatory (uova in purgatoria) dusted with pecorino, and a chunk of crusty bread. He was in heaven.

                                                      Later this afternoon I'll probably head over to show him how to make fresh egg pasta and a zabaione or meringue. Maybe discuss slautering a couple of the chickens if it gets too out of control for him.

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                                                        LindaWhit RE: Novelli Oct 26, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                        Good neighbor. Both him and you!

                                                      2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                        It's quite chilly and I'm in the mood for warmth so I pulled out a few turkey tenderloins to be seasoned with shallot pepper, baked, topped with smoked blue cheese and served on a bed of sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes.

                                                        1. biondanonima RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                          I didn't have any interesting-looking meat in the freezer, so I headed over to our local Hispanic butcher shop this morning and picked up some GORGEOUS short ribs. They're braising in an ancho/guajillo/chipotle sauce right now. DH requested french fries alongside, so I'll make some using the cold oil method when the ribs are ready. Maple Tarte Tatin for dessert.

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                                                            biondanonima RE: biondanonima Oct 26, 2013 05:20 PM

                                                            And a pic of the Tarte Tatin!

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                                                              gini RE: biondanonima Oct 27, 2013 01:50 PM


                                                          2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                            Since Saturday is my no cook day, it'll be leftovers tonight. BF brought home a plate of BBQ chicken, green beans and boiled potatoes from a fire dept fundraiser last night; there's leftover chicken & shrimp fried rice, and lima bean soup. I have a loaf of sourdough in the freezer, part will be turned into slices of garlic bread. There's ice cream and chocolate covered peanuts for "afters"

                                                            1. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                              Finally back in the kitchen this weekend! We have an invitation to a grad student Halloween party for tonight, but neither of us ever gave much thought to the costume question... so we decided to stay home instead and enjoy a 'magical' evening on our own :-D

                                                              Dinner will be broiled salmon filets that will marinate in a mix of black bean sauce, soy sauce, ginger, rice wine, honey & brown sugar; for sides we'll have petite peas with mint and a kiss of white wine & crème fraîche, and butter lettuce with a chive-buttermilk-yogurt-dressing.

                                                              For tomorrow, I bought two racks of spare ribs which will be smoked. Finally. I've only seen my smoker from the outside for the last few weeks. Time to get on that smoke train again. Sides for that will be roasted beans and cole slaw.

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                                                                suzigirl RE: linguafood Oct 26, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                That salmon sounds really good.

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                                                                  gingershelley RE: linguafood Oct 26, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                  I have a party tonight, and am doing the simplest costume; dressing in gray skinny jeans, a white fitted T (from the thrift store), and have glued a whole array of paint chip cards around the neck in Gray tones, kind of like a 'tonal collar': '50 shades of gray" :)

                                                                  Hope the appetizers are good!

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                                                                    linguafood RE: gingershelley Oct 26, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                    Ha! Yeah, saw that costume idea on Fb somewhere.

                                                                    Have fun & good apps!

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                                                                      LindaWhit RE: linguafood Oct 26, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                      I did as well - practically free! Enjoy, gingershel!

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                                                                      foodieX2 RE: gingershelley Oct 26, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                      Love it! My SIL went as that last year. Most of the woman she saw got it instantly. Most of men got it after the woman started laughing madly.

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                                                                        gingershelley RE: foodieX2 Oct 28, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                        I realize it is a little cliché by now, but it was easy, cheap, and alot of people hadn't seen it yet (SEA can be such a back water....), plus the first book was placed here.

                                                                        Had a good time:) - lame party food tho, except from myself - caramelized onion dip with homemade pita toast & fennel for dipping, and a friend of mine who brought a cool savory cake roulade with a caviar and creme filling:)

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                                                                          foodieX2 RE: gingershelley Oct 28, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                          I usually wear the same costume every year so you get major kudos from me!

                                                                          Sorry the food didn't shine but your and your friends sound great.

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                                                                            gingershelley RE: foodieX2 Oct 28, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                            Thanks.... I have a bunch of costume stuff in boxes, but needed something easy and 'fresh' this year :)

                                                                            It was fun, and yes - my friends are great!

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                                                                              MidwesternerTT RE: gingershelley Oct 28, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                              A food related costume a couple wore to a party I went to this weekend -- One all in black, the other all in red, including hand/face makeup and hats to match. Carrying examples of themselves: red and black licorice.

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                                                                                boyzoma RE: MidwesternerTT Oct 29, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                DH and I used to do Halloween parties every year. Closest we ever got to food related was DH went as a tube of Crest Toothpaste (Kentucky Fried Chicken Bucket was the "cap" and a sheet he painted was the "tube") and I went as a toothbrush (white sweats and a big piece of foam rubber atop my head with a whole lot of pipe cleaners stuck in it for the "brush". Love the licorice and the 50 shades of grey!

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                                                                                  gingershelley RE: boyzoma Oct 29, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                  That is a cute idea for a pair of costumes Boyzoma; I love home-made costumed WAY more than purchased or rented - it shows creativity, IMHO - a little more invested in the moment.

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                                                                                    boyzoma RE: gingershelley Oct 30, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                    Thanks, GS. One year I went as a Christmas tree that lit up! Used a green sheet and made a pull tie at the neck, arm holes (zigzagged) and a hoola hoop sewn in the bottom to form the tree bottom. Shoe boxes on my feet for the presents.

                                                                                    But my most fond memories of these Halloween parties were all the yummy foods that were served. Everyone brought something and it was all wonderful.

                                                                  2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                    Another late night in the suzigirl household again. Campbell's tomato soup and grilled sharp cheddar cheese sandwiches served with pickle spears. Another fancy dinner here..

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                                                                      rjbh20 RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                      Grilled mahi-mahi filet on spicy Asian noodles with avocado.

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                                                                        suzigirl RE: rjbh20 Oct 26, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                        Yum. What kinds of flavors went into those nicely sauced noodles?

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                                                                          steve h. RE: rjbh20 Oct 26, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                          Great looking plate.

                                                                          Avocados taste great on the left coast and never quite measure up on the east. Your sources are clearly better than mine.

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                                                                            rjbh20 RE: steve h. Oct 26, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                            They're all from the same place. Key is to use them at the right stage of ripeness -- I get them when they're hard as rocks, but a few days later on the counter they're ready to go.

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                                                                              steve h. RE: rjbh20 Oct 26, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                              Not necessarily the case. Same place? Yep. Same quality? That's arguable.

                                                                              A good avocado is killer.

                                                                        2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                          A good errand day. Got home in time to make beef-barley-vegetable soup - mostly freezer meals for Mom. Used up 5 cups of my homemade beef stock, so that cleared out some room in my downstairs freezer. Beef cubes, yellow pearl onions, chunks of carrots, cubed Yukon Gold potatoes, barley, salt, pepper dried oregano, bay leaf and, since I forgot to pick up mushrooms at the stupidmarket, I reconstituted a small handful of dried porcini mushrooms - not too much to overwhelm Mom, who doesn't like strongly flavored 'shrooms, but enough to give it a nice depth of flavor. Simmered the whole lot for about 1-1/2 hours. Into containers for the freezer (1 smaller container for me for a workday lunch as well).

                                                                          Dinner? I wanted pork. Found some nice loin cut pork chops at Hannaford at an incredible price, so they're marinating in a bit of fresh lime juice, olive oil, garlic, Aleppo pepper and a hefty pinch of lime zest. They'll be pan-seared over high heat, and white wine will be added to the pan and then into a 350° oven to finish cooking.

                                                                          Sides will be most of what's left of the CSA greens - I think it's a combination of a bit of Swiss chard, any amaranth that looked OK, and some other green I couldn't figure out, even from the CSA's pictures online. Some finely chopped red bell pepper will be sauteed in olive oil, the greens added with some salt and pepper, and wilted until their done.

                                                                          Some basmati rice alongside, with whatever pan sauce is left from the pork chops.

                                                                          There's wine. And GO SOX!!!

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                                                                            steve h. RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 04:47 PM


                                                                            Well done.

                                                                            Go Sawx? I have a hard time wrapping my head around that but I'll cut you some slack.

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                                                                              boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                                              I love vegetable beef barley soup. I have not added mushrooms in the past. Must change that! I also add celery to my soup though. And you are right, it freezes so well. Your mom will be a happy camper!

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                                                                                LindaWhit RE: boyzoma Oct 27, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                Yeah, my original recipe called for celery as well; also didn't have that, but I added some CSA celery leaves I had chopped and frozen awhile back. Added it during the pearl onions & carrots sauté time frame.

                                                                                Making it with all beef broth (additional 1 cup of water added) really gives it a nice flavor vs. all water, as the original recipe called for. This way, if Mom thinks there is "too much barley" and the soup is too thick, she can add more more to thin out the soup without thinning out the flavor.

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                                                                                Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                I forgot to buy porcinis yesterday so my beef barley soup didn't get them. It's so funny that we had the same plan yesterday: freezer meals and lunch for work.

                                                                              3. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                Crab cakes were on the menu. Orzo with sautéed red peppers plus the last of the potato salad were the sides. Deb's tartar sauce was condiment. House white for Deb, house red for me. The Patrick Dempsey Racing at Le Mans series will be on the plasma.

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                                                                                  rjbh20 RE: steve h. Oct 26, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                  Avoiding the Series, I see...

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                                                                                    steve h. RE: rjbh20 Oct 26, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                    LA in the morning. Good food, good cars, twisty roads, warm weather.

                                                                                    Yeah, totally. My Giants suck, too.

                                                                                2. zeldaz51 RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                  Tonight it's grilled lamb burgers, leftover potato salad, leftover summer squash gratin, and a small salad of tossed greens with a Greek yogurt and dill dressing while we make the mole coloradito for tomorrow night's Oaxacan lamb shanks.

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                                                                                    suzigirl RE: zeldaz51 Oct 26, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                    Oaxacan lamb shanks? What goes into that drool inspiring dish?

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                                                                                      zeldaz51 RE: suzigirl Oct 26, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                      Well, funny you should ask! Disaster goes into it now. About ten minutes after I posted, I heard, "Oh, no, it's RUINED!" come from the kitchen. After so carefully roasting and then then pureeing tomatoes, garlic, two types of chiles (guajillo and ancho), sesame seeds, peppercorns, cinnamon, and oregano, then adding Mexican chocolate and "sugar", my husband tasted it to find he had grabbed the pickling salt in the pantry, NOT the sugar! The label clearly says "pickling salt", but.... Most common mistake anyone could possibly make, but it did wreck the mole (which smelled incredibly wonderful) beyond repair. We will try again another day, he should have the hang of it by then!
                                                                                      Today's lesson: cooking while sleep-deprived is not to be recommended.
                                                                                      So, it's plan B for the lamb shanks tomorrow, a Spanish recipe that braises them in sherry. Sounds good to me. Anyway, if you'd like to see the Oaxacan recipe (it's on another cooking site), I'd be glad to send you that way. Not so sure it would be politic to post a link here. The shanks are seared, coated in mole, sprinkled with vinegar and onion, then wrapped in banana leaves and baked four hours.

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                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: zeldaz51 Oct 26, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                        zeldaz, it's ok to post links, if the full recipe is online. And SO sorry to hear about the pickling salt vs. the sugar. The substitute Spanish recipe sounds great as well, however!

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                                                                                          zeldaz51 RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                          OK, thanks for the info. It's frowned upon on some other sites, so I am cautious. The recipe is at http://www.food.com/recipe/oaxacan-la.... Right now the lamb shanks are braising in sherry, homemade chix stock, bay, onion, clove, carrot, garlic, and a tad of smoked Spanish paprika. Smells good, but not as complex. We'll puree the veggies into the sauce, have some brown basmati, maybe some roasted Brussels sprouts.

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                                                                                            suzigirl RE: zeldaz51 Oct 27, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                            Thanks. Tonights dinner sounds lovely as well.

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                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: zeldaz51 Oct 26, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                                                          OH NO! oh man, he probably feels terrible! sorry about that - the dish sounded amazing. but so does the sherry braise - sherry sounds like an excellent foil to lambs's lamby goodness.

                                                                                          and welcome to WFD!

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                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: zeldaz51 Oct 26, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                                                        zeldaz51, welcome! Sounds like an amazing meal - both tonight and tomorrow night!

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                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: zeldaz51 Oct 27, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                          Could you share the recipe/method for your summer squash gratin?

                                                                                        2. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                          Tonight I made chicken braised in almond milk w/asparagus and corn. I subbed green beans for the asparagus and only had ginger in spice form on hand. I made my own almond milk using almond butter and water - so easy w/ good results. It turned out very creamy, the recipe called for coconut milk as well. For a dish w/o dairy it was very rich. Unfortunately the dish overall was bland. I think the addition of some paprika or curry and more ginger and garlic might improve it. I think it would be an improvement to serve it on a bed of peppery sauteed greens instead of rice. I liked the texture of the sauce a lot, the chicken was very succulent as well. I look forward to working with this recipe in the future as it has a lot of possibilities.


                                                                                          For the almond milk I used 1 tbs. almond butter to 1 cup water and liquefied it in my blender. It cost me about $.25 compared to a carton of almond milk which was $2.50 at the store.

                                                                                          1. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 26, 2013 10:39 PM

                                                                                            Spent the day at the Oldster's, and had taco truck tacos for lunch, forgetting that the BF was making... tacos! flank steak he seasoned with olive oil and vinegar, cumin, granulated garlic and some red chili pepper, and then fried quickly - perfect crust, rare on the inside - amazingly good flavor. the best was the habanero cheddar i found, which he sprinkled over the tortillas before charring them over the burner. he sure gave the taco truck a run for its money! alongside was guac, crema, chips, green and red jalapeno sauce, and black beans.

                                                                                            and we have leftovers for snax tonight over cocktails.

                                                                                            tomorrow i'm gonna do something Vietnamese with pork shoulder and lemon grass.

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                                                                                              free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: mariacarmen Oct 27, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                              An all taco day, yum. The homemade ones look good.

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                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 27, 2013 06:17 PM


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                                                                                                gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                Nice taco porn!

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                                                                                                Harters RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 02:56 AM

                                                                                                OK, this is one of those dinners where, after a bit of prep, it's going to sit on the hob and potter away all by itself.

                                                                                                There is a reason for this *

                                                                                                There's a big piece of free-range unsmoked gammon that's going to get browned. Onion gets softened; wine goes in. Meat goes back in, along with thyme, carrots, parsnips, spuds, peas, tin each of flageolet and butter beans. And some water. It potters for an hour until cooked through. Meat then comes out; skin discarded; meat chopped into bite-sized and goes back in the pan just to warm back through. Crusty bread alongside.

                                                                                                *While dinner potters, I'll be glued to the TV watching Manchester City absolutely thrash Chelsea. Come on, you Blues!

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                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Harters Oct 27, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                                                  "Sunday afternoon football" translates across the Big Blue Pond - just two different sports. Enjoy your game - AND your dinner - sounds good!

                                                                                                2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 03:12 AM

                                                                                                  Sunday dinner is going to be braised pigs feet with crushed red pepper, cider vinegar & onions. Skillet fried cabbage with bacon to go with as well as potato salad. I'm going to make apple pie of some sort because I have a hankering and a pound cake for the BF.

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                                                                                                    Harters RE: Cherylptw Oct 27, 2013 03:23 AM

                                                                                                    I'll be round in a little while, Cheryl. Sounds fab. I lurve pigs trotters (although we've never cooked them ourselves)

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                                                                                                      Cherylptw RE: Harters Oct 27, 2013 03:25 AM

                                                                                                      You are most welcome at my table Harters...it's a little chilly here and perfect weather to cook them and so darn easy!

                                                                                                  2. boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                    Last night was a refreshing Asian Chicken Salad. Cold spaghetti noodles, cole slaw cabbage, shredded carrots, julienned red pepper and green onion. All tossed with an Asian dressing and topped with sliced chicken. Really good.

                                                                                                    Tonight is going to be a nice big pot of beef stew. It always makes the house smell so good, and one of my favorite comfort foods of all time.

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                                                                                                      Londonlinda RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                      Great busy-ness has meant a lot less real cooking over the past weeks, but life is calming down.

                                                                                                      Went to a book launch this week for a cookbook done by the three finalists of Masterchef (the amateur version). Lovely that Larkin, Dale and Natalie combined to do this book which contains many of the recipes from the series- they were there at the launch talking about the book and being on Masterchef and what an engaging trio they are.
                                                                                                      At the launch it was pointed out by the interviewer that many of the recipes are aspirational (for which read - lots of ingredients and lots of faff - but it's Masterchef for goodness' sake, they can't get away with shoving any old thing together). Anyway..... They were each asked what a good start point recipe was from their section, so tonight we are having fennel meatballs and I've also bought the ingredients to do beetroot risotto in the week.

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                                                                                                        Harters RE: Londonlinda Oct 27, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                                        Good to see that two of the finalists are getting a good break in professional kitchens with Natalie doing a stint with Marcus Wareing and Larkin at the Fat Duck. I assume Dale has gone back to making his millions with his recruitment company.

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                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: Harters Oct 27, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                          I don't recognize the Marcus Wareing name, but I *do* recognize the Fat Duck restaurant name! That's a great jumping off point for a professional career!

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                                                                                                            Harters RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                            Wareing is an ex head chef in the Gordon Ramsay empire. Now off on his own - with 2 Michelin stars. Great chef but, whenever i see him on TV, I always think "what an arsewipe".

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                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Harters Oct 27, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                                                                              LOL!! OK, I'm glad I wasn't taking a sip of my 2nd cuppa cawfee, Harters. The last comment made me snort. :D

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                                                                                                            Londonlinda RE: Harters Oct 27, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                            Evidently he and Larkin are starting an Asian food business (no other info) together.

                                                                                                        2. Paprikaboy RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                                                                          The in laws are over today. Starting with a hot smoked salmon, prawn, beetroot and pink grapefruit salad.
                                                                                                          For main it's slow cooked shin of beef. I bought far too much meat, nearly 3 kilos for six people (it is on the bone though). What with the amount of meat and whole bottle of wine and litre of beef stock only just manged to fit it in the large Chasseur pot.
                                                                                                          For afters missus has made a chocolate cake with home made plum jam and whipped cream in the middle and chocolate truffles with salted caramel filling for the top. I can feel a food coma coming on.

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                                                                                                            Harters RE: Paprikaboy Oct 27, 2013 06:23 AM

                                                                                                            Interested to know how the starter gets on, PB. In partic. how the grapefuit works.

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                                                                                                              Paprikaboy RE: Harters Oct 27, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                              The starter was a composite oft the missus' excellent prawn and grapefruit salad and me wanting mackerel , beetroot and horseradish. Bit of an argument and a compromise in Sainsbury's. As with all these things turned out to be 2 good starters on one plate.

                                                                                                              The shin of beef was great though didn't seem done after 3 1/2 hours, so was bit worried Another hour and it was perfect. It's amazing how that last hour can make such a difference, even after 3 1/2 hrs

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                                                                                                                Harters RE: Paprikaboy Oct 27, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                Ta. Never cooked shin on the bone - although off the bone it's our standard stew beef.

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                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: Paprikaboy Oct 27, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                              < a chocolate cake with home made plum jam and whipped cream in the middle>

                                                                                                              Oh goodness, that sounds amazing. Any recipe you can share?

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                                                                                                                Paprikaboy RE: ChristinaMason Oct 27, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                Here's the recipe that was used. Subbed plum jam for the ganache and made it double decker, rather than triple decker. Added salted caramel truffles on top instead of the raspberries.


                                                                                                                The MIL was told not to bring anything but brought an amazing baked cheesecake and cherry compote.

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                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: Paprikaboy Oct 27, 2013 02:05 PM


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                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: Paprikaboy Oct 27, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                    OMG, they both look AMAZING!!!

                                                                                                              2. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                Last night was tasty, and very light dinner: Grilled Mahimahi over spicy Asian noodles with sliced avocado. Delicious!

                                                                                                                1. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                  Making a vegetable lasagna today. We weren't planning to host football but the 1pm game is big here-- Eagles vs. Giants. So 2 other couples are coming over and the guys will have fun yelling at the tv and each other.

                                                                                                                  I had planned to do veggie lasagna anyway because I have eggplant and stuff to use up. I make my veg lasagna with red sauce. I also grabbed a container of frozen meatballs/sauce because I know the men will want meat with their dinners.

                                                                                                                  1. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                    I had planned Texas-style chili, but DH wanted a break from red meat, so I'm rethinking.

                                                                                                                    There's leftover roasted butternut squash soup to start. I'm thinking about some kind of casserole/gratin with sauteed chicken breast, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, onion, cheese, and maybe cream/cream-of-something soup. Let's see how it shakes out.

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                                                                                                                      Berheenia RE: ChristinaMason Oct 27, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                      We do feel like red meat tonight and thanks to you it will be a Trader Joe's pot roast. You had written about the Trader Joe's Organic Beef Sirloin Roast your husband made so on our recent 100 mile trek to TJ's I picked one up and also got their Cabernet Beef Pot Roast. I couldn't remember which one you had made but they both looked good, are perfect for two people and have a decent shelf life. Nice on Sundays when I'd rather watch football than cook. Green beans, mashed potatoes and Bulleit are also on the menu. Thanks again.

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                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia Oct 27, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                        Nice! They are not bad, really, just a bit salty. We had the organic sirloin, not the cabernet.

                                                                                                                        I've changed my mind, and for dinner we're having leftover chicken paprikas and cauli mash instead. We had turkey burgers w/ bbq and provolone for lunch (no bun for me), along with leftover butternut squash soup. Blackberries for dessert.

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                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: ChristinaMason Oct 28, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                          The pot roast was tough but we liked the gravy I made from the drippings a lot. I nayed it on the TJ's October thread.
                                                                                                                          Next Sunday the organic sirloin stars as WFD.

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                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia Oct 28, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                            Aw, too bad. Hope the sirloin fares better.

                                                                                                                    2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                      Off to a brunch here in a bit, but before that, I will prepare the spare ribs (remove the membrane, slather in mustard, put rub on them) and throw 'em in the smoker where they shall remain for the next 3 hours, then finish in the oven. I chose hickory chips for the smoker.

                                                                                                                      No 'cue sauce in the house, so I'll likely pick one up and augment it to my liking. Cole slaw prep will have to wait until after brunch, and I hope that'll still give it enough time to mingle flavors.

                                                                                                                      Roasted beans won't take much effort tonight. *Really* looking forward to this.

                                                                                                                      1. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                        Just pulled some chicken thighs out of the freezer. My plan is to pan roast them and then serve on a bed of sautéed baby bellas and spinach. Along side will be garlic roasted potatoes.

                                                                                                                        Completely uninspired but I still have 3 more loads of laundry to get thru and my 72 bottle wine rack finally arrived that I want to put together si I wanted to keep it simple. Not my usual Sunday MO as it is the day I love spend in the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Oct 27, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                          Ooh - I should make a trip down and help you shop to fill that wine rack. :D

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                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                            I am dreaming of the day its filled. C'mon down!

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                                                                                                                              boyzoma RE: foodieX2 Oct 27, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                              Can I come too? I have some great ideas and would bring you a couple of "presents" for a wine-warming party.

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                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: boyzoma Oct 27, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                The more the merrier!

                                                                                                                        2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                          this is on slate for tonight: http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...

                                                                                                                          of course, we don't have a grill. but we'll make do.

                                                                                                                          feeling a little bit blue today, on Lou Reed's passing. Goodbye to you, Mr. Satellite of Love...

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                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Oct 27, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                            I don't even know what I say, it's ruined my whole day. :(

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                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                              That pork sounds great - and very sad at LR's passing as well

                                                                                                                            2. gini RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                              My favorite part of living in New England is all the polite discussion among friends and neighbors about when they're turning their heat on. Everyone else has polite conversation about the weather. We have our furnaces.

                                                                                                                              On Friday night we ate some more roasted chicken with brussels sprouts and mashed turnip/rutabaga/parsnip. Saturday we went out to a bar to watch the Sox game (no cable in the house). There were wings, and wine, and bacon-blue cheese burgers - all is well with the world.

                                                                                                                              Tonight I making some ribeyes, with sage & sweet potato gratin - veggie TBD. Also some sort of apple crumble once I get this coffee cake out of the oven.

                                                                                                                              For those of you playing along with our indoor plumbing follies - we now have a door hanging to the half bath. It's not painted, it has no knob, but hey - we have a door. Progress.

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                                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: gini Oct 27, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                So whats your cut off? Mine is usually 11/15. However with new windows, roof and clapboarding we just might make it a little longer. Biggest worry is frozen pipes.

                                                                                                                                Of course it helps that our kitchen is attached to the family room and we have a fireplace. Tonights dinner is finished in a 475 degree oven so that is helping too!

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                                                                                                                                  gini RE: foodieX2 Oct 27, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                  Once the house dips below 60 inside on its own, I turn it on regardless. We converted to natural gas last year, which has helped enormously. Though, baking in the oven also makes the house feel cozier (literally!).

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                                                                                                                                  gini RE: gini Oct 27, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  Grilled rib eye, sage-sweet potato gratin with almond meal and Parmesan, sauteed snap peas.

                                                                                                                                  Incredibly unphotogenic apple crumble for dessert.

                                                                                                                                  A Sicilian frappato to drink.

                                                                                                                                3. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                  I am back from my girls weekend in the mountains. Had to take the pup to the dog wash on the way home, he was filthy but had a great time frolicking in nature. He got pretty annoyed with my friend's puppy though... he's an old fart. SO is returning a day early from his hunting trip... he'll be home soon. Apparently he got tired of sleeping in the backseat of his truck, and he and his friend didn't see a single elk or deer since they got up there on Thursday. I was looking forward to them getting something, but no luck. Maybe during their November trip.

                                                                                                                                  Anyway, I figured he will probably want to eat something hearty and warm, since they've been eating freeze dried meals or other types of food that only need hot water (oatmeal, noodles etc). So I'm making my enchiladas gringas! Flour tortillas, ground beef cooked w/ a taco seasoning packet, and canned sauce. He loves them, and they aren't bad. I totally forgot to buy the standard Mexican Rice A Roni to accompany my enchiladas, so I might try and do a baked salsa rice that I found a few weeks ago.

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                                                                                                                                    boyzoma RE: juliejulez Oct 27, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                    So good of you to cook something warm and welcoming for your SO. Enchiladas = yummy!

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                                                                                                                                      MidwesternerTT RE: juliejulez Oct 28, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                      Next time you need to make quick Spanish/Mexican rice, perhaps this recipe I got from my sister will help. It's good as-is, but I sometimes stir in ground cumin.

                                                                                                                                      Quick Spanish Rice

                                                                                                                                      1 C. chopped onion
                                                                                                                                      1/2 C. chopped green pepper
                                                                                                                                      1 T. Vegetable oil
                                                                                                                                      1 C. uncooked instant rice
                                                                                                                                      1 C. 14 1/2 oz. stewed tomatoes (I've used small-dice)
                                                                                                                                      3/4 C. tomato juice
                                                                                                                                      1/2 tsp. prepared mustard

                                                                                                                                      In skillet cook onion & green pepper in oil. Add rest of ingredients, mix well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered 5 minutes until rice is done & liquid absorbed.

                                                                                                                                    2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite meals - roasted chicken. The 6 lber was washed and dried really well this morning and liberally seasoned with salt and pepper, inside and out. Tucked a few CSA herbs into the cavity - thyme, marjoram, and sage. Let it sit in the fridge on a rack in the roasting pan and took it out about 40 minutes before it went into the oven. Started it off at 450° high heat for about 15 minutes, then turned the oven down to 350° to finish roasting (about 20 minutes per pound, or until an instant-read thermometer shows 165°. I'm hoping for extra-crispy skin with the drying it well and seasoning it with the salt and pepper. Some gravy will be made with chicken stock in the pan drippings (if any) and a slurry of flour, bouquet garni herbs, and a pinch of garlic powder.

                                                                                                                                      One side will be dirty smashed potatoes - CSA baby purple and red and store-bought Yukon Gold potatoes. They'll be boiled in heavily salted water with a couple of garlic cloves, and later smashed with some heavy cream, butter, chives and a healthy pinch of onion powder.

                                                                                                                                      The other side will be CSA Brussels sprouts and CSA kohlrabi (which I'll cube to be able the same size as the halved sprouts). Tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and a garlic powder/dried parsley blend, they'll go into the convection oven at 4001° or so and stirred once or twice until they're caramelized.

                                                                                                                                      Wine is the final side dish. It's also the appetizer, as I've already started with my first glass. :-)

                                                                                                                                      So - YAY, Patriots! for finally getting your butts in gear in the 2nd half, and GO SOX! and I hope there are no obscure, rarely used rules called in tonight's game. :-)

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                                                                                                                                        boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                        OMG, that sounds so delicious (all but the Brussels sprouts - I keep trying to like them, but just can't). Love your final side dish. I'm with you there too. I'm having my side dish while adding carrots and pearl onions to my stew! Gotta love it. I have roast chicken on my list (as of this time) for next Sunday. Enjoy, Linda. By the way - what kind of oven do you have that goes to 4001°? :)

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                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: boyzoma Oct 27, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          ROFLMAO!! OMG, I totally missed that, boyzoma! Umm, make that 400 - and actually, using the convection oven, it was only 375° as the convection cooks about 25° hotter.

                                                                                                                                          Oops. At 4001°, those Brussels sprouts would have been "caramelized" in about 1 second. :D

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                                                                                                                                            boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                            So sorry, but couldn't help it. Just caught my funny bone on that one. BUT, maybe that would make me like Brussels sprouts better????

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                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: boyzoma Oct 27, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                              Well, they'd be crispy, at least. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                Ohhh... I think you two are on to something... I love those little loose individual brussels sprout leaves that are left on the sheet pan all brown at the edges and crispy.... you could do a whole batch of them in seconds with your blazing inferno method.

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                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: weezieduzzit Oct 27, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                  To hell with Lombardi's three minute pizza. I want one in three seconds in Linda's oven. She could put em outta business.

                                                                                                                                      2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oh, my. The ribs got smoked for 3 hours, then left in the smoker for another hour -- two splashes of OJ later, I wrapped 'em in foil, and they're now finishing in the oven.

                                                                                                                                        Turns out we *do* have bbq sauce in the house (maple and roasted pepper, local supplier), which I had planned to augment with my beloved scotch bonnet sauce….. BUT the rub for the ribs actually has quite some heat -- it's got a good deal of cayenne in it, so the slightly sweet sauce should work well once I get these babies out. Which will be soon, because I'm freakin' starving and have been smelling the aromas of smoky ribs all damn afternoon.

                                                                                                                                        The slaw, even tho I only prepared after our return from brunch, had time to mingle in the fridge and has turned out lovely. No roasted beans needed -- I'll save those for another day.

                                                                                                                                        Rib pics to follow shortly... if I can snap 'em faster than we eat '-)

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                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                          My ribs. Crispy, juicy & tender. The meat came off the bone easily without being mushy, and the flavor was great.

                                                                                                                                          Totes stuffed now, and we have a whole rack leftover for tomorrow! So I guess that's WFD on Monday.


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                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                            They look great lingua. Nice job.

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                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: suzigirl Oct 27, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thanks! So much faster than a whole pork butt, and just as tasty :-)

                                                                                                                                              It's nice when The First Time is a success. Certainly not guaranteed.

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                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                              Brava! Well done!

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                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: roxlet Oct 27, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                Excellent slaw, too, thanks to you, Mizz rox.

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                                                                                                                                                Paprikaboy RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                if you wouldn't mind wrapping those up and posting them to London. I'd be most appreciative!

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                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 04:57 PM


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                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                    The look great, lingua! And the maple/black pepper BBQ sauce sounds perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                      oh man those look so good. i can smell them from here. so jealous of you're smoking abilities!

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                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 RE: linguafood Oct 28, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Very nicely done -- could do with a dash of Whole Hog Sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: rjbh20 Oct 28, 2013 09:01 AM


                                                                                                                                                          Now, please send me that gallon I ordered a while ago '-D

                                                                                                                                                    2. scubadoo97 RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Tonight I hot smoked some salmon and served it with a coleslaw of red and white cabbage, carrots and peppers along side a cauliflower puree of cauliflower, butter and half and half and salt.

                                                                                                                                                      1. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm grilling some lamb chops, and with that I'm serving a quinoa salad. I have never cooked quinoa before, but I thought I'd throw some things together and see how it came out. How it came out is delicious! Quinoa, corn, black beans, green onion, Serrano, avocado, cilantro all dressed with a cumin/lime vinaigrette. I'll probably throw in some pumpkin seeds for a little crunch.

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                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: roxlet Oct 27, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Sounds wonderful

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                                                                                                                                                            gini RE: roxlet Oct 27, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I love quinoa! My favorite is a quinoa-cucumber salad with a lime dressing.

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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: roxlet Oct 27, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                              quinoa's wonderful stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                zeldaz51 RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Quinoa is even better if you toast it before cooking it, much more complex flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: zeldaz51 Oct 28, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'll try that next time!

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                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp RE: zeldaz51 Oct 29, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Me too! I've never loved quinoa and part of it is the bland and boring taste. Toasting is an excellent idea!

                                                                                                                                                              2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Tonight I am cooking. Wee. And eating before midnight. Teriyaki chicken legs, sesame green beans and chicken potstickers.

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                                                                                                                                                                  bblonde RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yesterday was my fiance's and my second annual Halloween party and may well be the last. We invited nearly 100 people knowing that between football and competing halloween parties we would not have a strong RSVP yes rate. However I was very impressed with the numbers that did RSVP yes--a whopping 50. So I set about decorating, buying bulk food, preparing the food, etc. Only to have only about 25 show up. Needless to say I was disappointed if not angry. I can understand people not being able to make it or not responding period. But to say you're coming and then just not? There was a lot of wasted food (money), and frankly I felt wronged. I was also upset because it made it hard for me to concentrate on the wonderful group of friends who did show up. What is wrong with people nowadays? How hard is it to convince people who supposedly enjoy your company to merely show up and have free food and alcohol? Vent over.

                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway...the good: our first Halloween party last year was how my fiance proposed. I had no idea. We were Cinderella and Prince Charming, all his idea, and when he "tried on my glass slipper" he pulled out a ring! He was so adorable in wanting to have another Halloween party to celebrate. And the party did bring fond memories of last Halloween back. And the food was fabulous and I did have fun creating it although it was tiring.

                                                                                                                                                                  The Spread:
                                                                                                                                                                  Southern Comfort Punch (orange-colored)
                                                                                                                                                                  sour apple martini punch (green colored)
                                                                                                                                                                  Caramel apple dip with apple slices
                                                                                                                                                                  pumpkin cheeseball and crackers
                                                                                                                                                                  monster eyeballs (sausage balls with olives)--not pictured (in oven)
                                                                                                                                                                  tortilla pinwheels (storebought)
                                                                                                                                                                  ghoul fingers (salami and pepperoni wrapped mozzarella)
                                                                                                                                                                  veggies and dip
                                                                                                                                                                  devils on horseback--bacon wrapped dates (not pictured)
                                                                                                                                                                  cookies, cupcakes and cake (all store-bought)

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                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: bblonde Oct 27, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    bblonde, what a GREAT spread, and I'm so sorry for those that RSVP'd as a Yes but then didn't show. That is just out and out rude, with no thought to the work you put into the party (as well as the money spent on food). Most often people just don't RSVP at all, or show up with extra people after they didn't RSVP. But to say yes and then not show is more hurtful, IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: bblonde Oct 27, 2013 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I am not going to lie and say I wouldn't be hurt by the lack of manners and attendance. I would be hurt and pissed. That said, I would have really had a great time at your party. Take it in stride, people can suck sometimes. Congratulations on getting engaged last year.

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                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: bblonde Oct 27, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        That's awful... I've had that happen before too and it really sucks. It's one of the reasons I don't like to host parties that aren't potlucks anymore. Your spread looks and sounds great though, and hopefully you can eat some of the leftovers throughout the week so it doesn't totally go to waste!

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                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: bblonde Oct 27, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          sorry about those rude people! but what a lovely story, about your fiance. so sweet!

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                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: bblonde Oct 28, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I would be livid as well. Sounds like a fun party though.

                                                                                                                                                                            Makes it easier to narrow down your invitation list next year.

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                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: bblonde Oct 28, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Nice job Bblonde - love the 'guac barf' with the pumpkin:)

                                                                                                                                                                              SO sorry about the RSVP/no-shows! That is SO rude... worse IMHO than no rsvp at all.

                                                                                                                                                                              how hard is it these days say, if you are at another party, and decide you just can't get on to the next - send a quick text saying you aren't going to make it after all (and plan on doing something nice for the missed hosts very soon!)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                JungMann RE: bblonde Oct 28, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                That looks like a fantastic party (I particularly love how you did your guacamole). I've had no-shows before and can sympathize with your frustration. It's a shame when friends who don't often host events cannot appreciate the effort that goes into a thoughtful and creative event like yours.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss RE: bblonde Oct 28, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Is this the best place to vent, or what?
                                                                                                                                                                                  bblonde - look at it this way - more leftovers for you to enjoy - it looks great BTW

                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thit Heo Nuong Xa - Lemongrass Pork! So easy, so intensely flavorful. The marinade only took an hour to infuse so much lemongrassy-and-garlicky goodness into the slices of pork shoulder. they took a brief minute per side to grill on the CI grill pan. alongside were lettuce to make wraps, sprouts, basil, mint, cukes, scallions, and chili garlic sauce. also cold Vietnamese rice noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                  on the side, the BF took leftover shrimp and veggies from the meh take-out thai food i had the other night, and turned them into another Korean pancake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: mariacarmen Oct 27, 2013 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks and sounds really fab, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: linguafood Oct 27, 2013 09:20 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I want THAT for dinner tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        WOW Maria! I bet it tastes better than it looks - lucky lucky you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          helen_m RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: helen_m Oct 28, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks all! first time making that dish, but i'll definitely make it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: LindaWhit Oct 27, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          It went from warm breezes earlier to coldish winds to a chilly evening. I think this will be the fall/winter of experimenting with braises in my pressure cooker. Tonight I made oxtail ragu in the pressure cooker over calamarata pasta and served it w/a small salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 28, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Love ragu, although never made oxtail - it sounds amazing!!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. rabaja RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            On the grill even, although the winds and fog swept in something fierce, but my husband persevered and got it done.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Roasted sweet and russet potatoes on the side with broccolinni as the veg.
                                                                                                                                                                                            A big plate of crudités to tide us over while my husband put the baby down with his evening bottle.
                                                                                                                                                                                            -he grills AND is a baby whisperer. I scored.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Ice cream sandwiches for dessert and high fives for eating before 9 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                            We poured most of a very nice '06 cab back in the bottle. Never would have happened in the old days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              nice to hear from you, rabaja! and yes, you did score - and how is the little CHer doing?

                                                                                                                                                                                              i love "the old days" - not so very long ago!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice to be back on here now and again. I miss you guys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Everytime the weather changes I feel the urge to post on this thread. I love how the days and night smell differently,and Im so looking forward to warming meals like chunky vegetable soups and slow braises.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Although I'd really like both you tacos and your lettuce wraps too!
                                                                                                                                                                                                The young'n is doing great, thanks for asking. We get to introduce solids in a month, which should make the holidays a hoot. And just maybe, he'll sleep longer than three hours someday soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                And now I'm going to photo bombe wfd with an illicit baby shot, because I have no self control. Imagine him dipped in butter and sugar and you can eat its cheeks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Squeeee! What a cutie patootie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    i think those cheeks would be delicious just as they are, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    happy for you...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aw. Lookit that cutie smile!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Its easy to see why you couldn't resist posting. What a precious and handsome baby boy. You should be so proud.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          gingershelley RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          SOOOOOO scrumptious - the little wee one. Love that smile, those cheeks, and the laughing eyes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I just want to kiss him! What a cutie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Adorable, such a bundle of joy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: rabaja Oct 29, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a cutie! He will be 18 before you know it, lol!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tcamp RE: rabaja Oct 29, 2013 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aww, so cute! But aren't you concerned about the parasitic dalmation thing glommed onto his neck?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss RE: rabaja Oct 29, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was not that long ago (hey, who am I kidding?) that my sons were that age.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy them - they grow up fast - such a cliche but it's true :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 04:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's what I said! I remember my son waking up at 2:10 every morning, without fail, for the first year of his life. I thought that would never end. Now, I have to wake him up to get to school, and next year I'll be missing that when he's in college.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rabaja RE: roxlet Oct 30, 2013 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, if only I were up once at 2am!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's been every 1 1/2-3 hours for weeks now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seriously, it's a good thing he's cute. My eyeballs hurt just thinking about it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd really like a frosted cookie right now. I'm sure that would help. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: rabaja Oct 30, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, it was 2:10 waaaay after most babies sleep through the night! It was much more frequent before that! And, yes. Frosted cookies definitely help!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JerryMe RE: rabaja Oct 30, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If they weren't so darn cute, I don't know how they'd survive that first year. I remember DS at that age. I asked a friend when her child starting sleeping through the nite and she told me, after thinking about it "About four years old". I broke into tears at the thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Off topic, but I had to share - he's a cutie and do enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: rabaja Oct 30, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our friends with twin boys SWEAR by a book entitled "Twelve Hours of Sleep by Twelve Weeks...." So much that they wrote the author a thank-you letter. Might be worth a gander.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And to bring this back on topic, once you're getting more sleep, you can devote more time to cooking adventures :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tcamp RE: ChristinaMason Oct 30, 2013 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If we're talking sleep books, let me toss Marc Weissbluth's Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Awesome, wonderful, life and sanity saving book.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          boyzoma RE: rabaja Oct 29, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I could definitely gobble that one up. He is just a doll. Lucky you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scubadoo97 RE: rabaja Oct 29, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a doll!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rabaja RE: rabaja Oct 28, 2013 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks to all of you for your kind words. We are completely smitten and it brings me such smiles to read your comments!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight will be birthday party leftovers. Roast beef that I decided not to put out when the "I can't make it" texts started rolling in, kale/collards, maybe some salad, and then pumpkin roll for him and chocolate tart for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: Kontxesi Oct 28, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How did your desserts turn out? Again with the no-shows...what is with people these days!?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kontxesi RE: ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2013 03:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I seem to have bad luck with gatherings! :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The tart was FABULOUS. Totally sinful and horrible for my diet, but hey. Sometimes it's gotta be done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I honestly didn't even try the pumpkin rolls (had to save room for the tart!), but everyone else gobbled them up. I saw him pack a few extra slices in his lunch today, so I think he's going to be sharing it at work. He says they don't believe that I actually make the stuff he takes for lunch.... They always just have sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kontxesi RE: Kontxesi Oct 29, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just ate some pumpkin roll. It was good, but didn't jump out at me as being awesome. I mostly tasted the maple-cinnamon filling. I feel like I would want the cake to be a little more airy, but maybe that's not possible with rolled cake?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: Kontxesi Oct 30, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are our own worst critics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight will be very easy. The leftover rack o'ribs will be heated gently in the oven, the leftover cole slaw will be plopped on the plate… and the green beans will likely wait another day. Just too much food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boy, I wish it were dinner time already….

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss RE: linguafood Oct 28, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They looked great from the pic and from my experience, ribs can be even better tasting as leftovers! Have fun

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner at Casa Harters is a sort of free form interpretation of a magazine recipe for yellow lentil & cauliflower curry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Freeform in that I've never heard of yellow lentils, nor had the supermarket, so it'll be yellow split peas. And, instead of a jarred curry paste, I'm using Kashmiri basaar spice mix. And I'm not using desiccated coconut as desiccated coconut is one of the planet's vilest inventions - it used to be regularly used as topping on cakes my mother bought when I was a child, which may explain why I'm not a great cake eater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. JungMann RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight's guest star is... leftovers from last night. Nothing to sniffle at, though, considering we still have:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Fried chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Dilled coleslaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Berbere-spiked fried green tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Smoky collards with bacon and Urfa pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Mighty Quinn's Baked Beans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And since I had plenty of eggwhites and buttermilk leftover, there will be a pumpkin buttermilk cake with maple-ginger frosting for dessert. Waste not, want not and all that jazz.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: JungMann Oct 28, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That fried chicken looks *really* good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gini RE: JungMann Oct 28, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley RE: gini Oct 28, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What she said:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: JungMann Oct 28, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hadn't even read your post yet and made dilled cole slaw tonight! Are we on the same wavelength, or...? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JungMann RE: ChristinaMason Oct 28, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was actually planning on making your buttermilk cake but I couldn't get a cell signal to find the recipe at the store. Looks like there's some eerie pre-Halloween telepathy going on!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: JungMann Oct 28, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Honestly, that cake is not THAT special, but it is easy :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JungMann RE: ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It might not be that special, but it'd be a good change of pace from the pie I typically bake to use up buttermilk. The cake I ended up with was good enough that I've been guiltily sneaking little slices (plural) of it for breakfast under the premise that pumpkins are vegetables and therefore I'm eating vegetables in the morning, but it tastes too much like banana bread to stand out as a distinct pumpkin or buttermilk dessert. Still need to give your recipe a whirl if you wouldn't mind linking to the recipe again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: JungMann Oct 30, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, Hounds aren't permitted to link to their own blogs anymore. We're expected to copy the entire blog posts verbatim into CH posts. However, with some creative searching you can find the article on the website listed in my profile :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. prima RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beef, cabbage and beet borscht. This is my first time making borscht with meat. 2 pots are on the stovetop this afternoon, one borscht with ribs and the other with shanks, to help me find out which cut I like better in borscht.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: prima Oct 29, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please report back. I typically use shanks and have not tried ribs, but I'm thinking they should work out really well. I also add a ton of other veggies to my borscht, but it's kind of like chicken noodle soup, no two recipes are alike and you always think your mama's is best!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          prima RE: ludmilasdaughter Oct 30, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I preferred the beef shortribs. They ended up a little more tender than the shanks. Both pots were slowly cooked for around 2 and a half hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agree that no two recipes are alike! I tend to like the more sweet and sour vinegary borschts. When I mentioned this to a Russian friend, she said she'd only had borscht made tart with lemon juice growing up. I experiment a lot with my borschts, so no two batches of my borscht are exactly alike. I borrowed the idea from Andrew Zimmern's recipe http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/be... to use a bouquet garni with coriander seeds and some red wine, which was a nice aromatic touch. I didn't cook the meat separately, as suggested in his recipe. I browned the meat, removed it, sauteed the vegetables until soft, then added the meat and some water instead of additional broth/stock, since the meat and bones were going to be cooking along with the vegetables for a couple hours. I omitted the tomato sauce. I skimmed off most of the fat before serving. Turned out very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: prima Oct 30, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the feedback. I figured the shortribs would work out well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And yes, my borscht never turns out the same either! So much depends on the sweetness of the beets, quantity of other ingredients, etc. And I also always use vinegar vs. lemon juice. Part of that is because the vinegar keeps the beets that nice dark red color, but maybe lemon juice would do the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll definitely try short ribs next time for my stock1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Paprikaboy RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Had a bit of a topsy turvy day for food today (much like the weather). Large piece of chocolate cake for lunch and had breakfast for dinner (I'm sure Somerset Maugham would have approved). Bubble and squeak made with last night's leftovers, bacon and fried eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: Paprikaboy Oct 28, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope everything has been OK for you on the storm front, PB. I see there was a couple killed in London.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Up here, it's just been a bit breezy - albeit very wet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Paprikaboy RE: Harters Oct 28, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We got off quite lightly in S London, thanks for asking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From reports it was north of the river that had it far worse.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: Harters Oct 28, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just saw video of the storm on our evening national news - you were hit very hard with 120mph winds - yikes! Glad you're both OK.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight on the menu is Pepper Steak with rice - simple, delicious and easy to make.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For later this evening - some red-chili popcorn with beer and baseball :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fingers are crossed x x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Comfort food is whats for dinner. I am making baked gnocchi with marinara, mini pork/veal meatballs and lots of cheese. On the side will be a simple green salad and garlic bread. Calories be damned!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 Oct 28, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds very good, especially with the mini meatballs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner was a new favorite which I've insisted on having least once a week since I discovered zucchini - some variation of piggy stuffed pork tenderloin served with zucchini butter. Tonight's combination was black forest ham and Basque cheese. The pork was seasoned with a Bavarian spice mix that includes brown mustard seed, bay leaf, thyme, and sage and the zucchini butter was hit with a splash of sherry. The seasoning was great and I think it'd be really good on lamb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's a super busy week again but Friday I will finally have a weekend when I don't need to get 18 million things done so perhaps can sleep longer than 3 hours a night for at least 2 of those days. This meal was a perfect idea for a busy night. I am bummed that it might be my last taste of zucchini butter until the spring as the zucchini this week were looking mighty sad. I'll see what they offer on Friday, but I might have to give up on it for a few months or else buy what I can and try to freeze a big batch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have jerk chicken wings in the oven; sides will be quinoa leftover from mid week last week and leftover cabbage with onions & bacon from last night BUT I want pancakes so that's what I'm making for myself. BF can have wings & things....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I asked DH whether he preferred chicken with snow peas and cauli rice and an Asian-style cole slaw or a chicken, cauliflower, broccoli, and rice casserole. Being an Iowan to the core, he opted for the "hot dish." I made a creamy lemon dill cole slaw to go along with.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Oct 28, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The cole slaw got a "winner, winner chicken dinner" out of him. LOL. I will have to write down what I did, I guess. Happy Midwesterner tonight---offered to let me binge on Boardwalk Empire tonight :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kontxesi RE: ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2013 03:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mmm, I would have gone for the chicken and snow peas! Yum. The casserole sounds excellent too, of course. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never done cauliflower rice, but it's always been in the back of my head. How close to real rice is it REALLY?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: Kontxesi Oct 29, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm, I'd say they're like...50% similar :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cauli rice doesn't have that nice starchy quality that absorbs sauces so well. But it's a pretty decent stand-in and less heavy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soft tacos, of a sort, using up one of the pork chops from Saturday night, sliced very thinly and heated in the lime-garlic "sauce" that was left over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Three small corn tortillas, nuked in the microwave. Pepper Jack cheese sprinkled on the tortillas, slices of pork added, and then some CSA butter lettuce. I probably should have had some salsa on top, but I knew they'd be messy enough, so didn't add any (I did have some mango salsa, which would have been nice).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An easy dinner. And GO SOX!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yesterday, Sunday, was a quiet day of F1 India race, yard chores, and house cleaning.... decided to go old-school and made a meatloaf - in 2 mini foil pans so I could freeze one for later. Mix of gr. beef & pork, a chunk of pork liver I had in the freezer, onion, crumbs, horseradish, thyme, garlic, minced fresh Italian parsley, and a couple of egg whites I had knocking around the fridge that needed using. A sploosh of heavy cream to make sure it was moist. Horsey/ketchup glaze near the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mashed potatoes and more Grandma's green beans, and gravy (Idon't usually have that with meatloaf) was made for the 'taters & loaf, since I had good beef stock on hand. Hit the spot! Leftovers for sandwiches or dinner this week....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, I am feeling the need to A)clean out the crisper, and b)eat something spicy/Asian. Making a kitchen-sink coconut milk green curry (Mae Ploy paste), with a little chunck of pork leg from the freezer, onion n garlic, lot's of fresh ginger, baby bok choy, fresh red pepper, 1/2 a small zuch, a little carrot. Maybe a handful of spinach wilted in at the end. One-bowl dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of my coworkers is a huge Paula Deen fan and ordered one of her cookbooks for me when the whole lawsuit thing went down this summer as a show of support for her because he already owned them all himself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He's been making noise that I've never used it so, against my better judgement, I made her cheeseburger meatloaf tonight. I liked most of the ingredients in the meatloaf except the raw onions. They were still crunchy after an hour in the oven which was unpleasant. Even worse was the "sauce" which was condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, and shredded cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My husband grew up eating that sort of crap so he had 2 huge helpings and told me NOT to throw the rest of it away b/c he wanted it for lunch tomorrow. I thought it was craptastic. Let's just say I won't be making it again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: Njchicaa Oct 28, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is he from Iowa too? ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Njchicaa RE: ChristinaMason Oct 28, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No he's from Jersey but grew up with casseroles and cream of whatever soup in things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am not a Paula fan but I do use her creamy Mac and cheese recipe religiously... I need to try a few more before I can review the cookbook. Yikes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: Njchicaa Oct 28, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds positively awful. Sorry you had to eat that crap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Njchicaa RE: linguafood Oct 28, 2013 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks and it was.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: Njchicaa Oct 28, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bleah, sounds awful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Oct 28, 2013 06:59 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kontxesi RE: Njchicaa Oct 29, 2013 03:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I grew up on cream-of-casseroles too, but I don't think I could happily eat one these days. I'm sure that would have gone over beautifully with the other person in my house, though! He always enjoys what I make, but probably wouldn't bat an eye if I started cooking like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did a new recipe tonight, celeriac and lentils with hazelnuts and mint which was so lovely and autumnal. Ottolenghi suggested it would be enough for a main course when served with a side of radish and cucumber salad with dill and sour cream which I did, but whilst it was good, I think it would be amazing as a side served with something like proscuitto wrapped monkfish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No matter, we can fill up on dessert. I've had some plums simmering away with red wine, honey, bay, cloves, cardamom and star anise and they have filled the house with the most amazing autumn scent. We'll have them with greek yoghurt and almondy biscuits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: helen_m Oct 28, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      what a bundle of flavors that must have been! i need to try out more Ottolenghi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I sent the man a text with the choices and am waiting to hear back.... it will be either ground meat stuffed peppers (with a lotta veggies in it, of course,) with feta or eggplant stuffed portobellos with either mozzarella or feta. Zucchini, asparagus, green beans and brussels sprouts are all choices for sides. He has an hour or so to choose, then I'll have to make an executive decision and start cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whatever we have will have eggplant in it. Everything we eat for the next week will have eggplant in it since I'm still picking a dozen or so every 2 to 3 days. I have a sheet pan of them roasting in the oven now to be taken from the skins and vac sealed for the freezer. I'm still craving moussaka but don't have all of the ingredients tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: weezieduzzit Oct 28, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eggplant stuffed portobellos it is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: weezieduzzit Oct 29, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This one will be repeated. The eggplant (Ichiban, not that it matters,) was poked with a skewer and baked on a sheet pan in a 400 degree oven until very soft, deeply browned and a little smoky. Onions were caramelized on very low heat and just before done had chopped garlic and za 'atar added as well as a grind of salt. Chopped dehydrated black cherry tomatoes from my freezer stash were added with the chopped up eggplant flesh (no skins,) and the whole thing was cooked over low heat until a good amount of the liquid was absorbed. Once cooled a few minutes some feta was stirred through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the mean time, the portobellos were cleaned of the stem and gills and cooked in the 400 degree oven for a few minutes (just so they would release liquid and wouldn't require much more cooking time. They were well drained and blotted dry before filling with the eggplant mixture. The oven was cranked up to broil and the mushrooms, topped with the eggplant mixture and a good sprinkle of feta (so it would get those pretty browned edges on the crumbles,) went back in for a few short minutes. An extra sprinkle of sumac over the stuffed mushrooms and the asparagus that cooked along side them when broiled. It was greater than the sum of it's simple parts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds fabulous. I adore eggplant, but I'm pretty much alone in my house, though my son will eat it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: roxlet Oct 30, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sure they're out of season where you are (I'm amazed they're still growing here, let alone producing so many,) but if you can find Ichiban eggplant in your farmers market next summer they're the perfect single serving size and they don't get bitter which is what some people who don't like eggplant object to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ludmilasdaughter RE: roxlet Oct 30, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm in the same camp as you Roxlet. However, seeming how my husband is away, this will certainly be my dinner in the very near term.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the info weezie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight I had planned chicken tikka masala, but SO is flying out to go back to work very early tomorrow morning and he was worried that it would mess up his stomach, even though he likes it. So, got to make a last minute change and hit the internets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ended up choosing a dish called "Holy Yum Chicken"... baked boneless thighs in a sauce made from dijon mustard, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and salt & pepper. Pretty simple and it smells nice right now, and should be belly friendly for the SO. Sides will be rice, and some roasted broccoli.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Oct 28, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds good, julie. Please review and link if you liked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here is the link: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2013/0...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was pretty good.... definitely gets points for how easy it is. I think I might have added too much cornstarch (more than the 1tbsp called for) because the sauce had an odd mouthfeel. I also didn't have any fresh herbs so used dried herbes de provence.. I think fresh rosemary would be really lovely, like it's written. Definitely worth trying out again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            simple bockwurst night - pan grilled, potato salad with mustard greens (reminiscent of blitva!), sauerkraut, and a green salad with artichoke hearts. really good. monday night tired - already in bed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gini RE: mariacarmen Oct 29, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That looks delightful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. MidwesternerTT RE: LindaWhit Oct 28, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken week here. Cooking for just two so it's tough (too many leftovers, not enough variety) when I don't get the meat repackaged before freezing it. A 2 pound package of 3 large breasts, thawed overnight, got roasted 3 ways, each in it's own breadpan. I also roasted butternut squash, some cubed, some still in skin. We'll be mixing & matching with sides this week for lunches and dinners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) Teriyaki - ponzu sauce, diced ginger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              served tonight with wild rice, sliced fresh pineapple & cottage cheese, sliced Cortland apples & sweet corn cut from cob,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Traditional - on a bed of carrots & celery, seasoned with homemade Paul Prudhome poultry spice mix.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              served for lunch with squash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) Mediterranean - fresh lemon squeezed over, then the lemon quarters used as the baking bed for the chicken. Oregano seasoning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              plan to serve this with asparagus and bow-tie pasta, either in lemon cream sauce or alfredo sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dessert this week will alternate between Five Spice Cranberry Bundt, as mentioned in the baking thread, and a store-bought pumpkin pie that seduced me when I was shopping while hungy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: MidwesternerTT Oct 29, 2013 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                <Five Spice Cranberry Bundt, as mentioned in the baking thread>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Heading there now! Hope there's a recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MidwesternerTT RE: ChristinaMason Oct 29, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Recipe link

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: MidwesternerTT Oct 30, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. tcamp RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night's dinner was grilled flank steak, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli with sriracha mayo. Delicious but not terribly inventive. I came home from work with early symptoms of a cold so I was up for easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight, not sure. Shopping for ideas here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. gini RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night was classic leftovers: rib eye, sauteed snap peas, sage-sweet potato gratin. Then we went to friends to watch the game and snack on delicious homemade bread, hummus, rice crackers, almonds, pistachios, and salted dark chocolate (which went nicely with my porter).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 06:31 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's what I was after at the market. But, none to be found, so we had to settle for the much more expensive cod.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But before we get to dealing with that, spuds have to be peeled, sliced, tossed in olive oil and fennels seeds and baked for around 20 minutes till they're softish and a bit crispy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Then wedges of pre-cooked beetroot are added for a bit until well on the way to be heated through. Then the cod gets a drizzle of oil and seasoning and it's added for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lemon zest & pepper is added to creme fraiche, to make a sauce. And, finally, basil leaves are strewn across the fish mix in a bvery arty-farty way and that's dinner at Harters Hall.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: Harters Oct 29, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds delightful, Mr. H.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Novelli RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night was roasted porcini and shitake mushrooms in a spicy sausage ragu over creamy pecorino polenta with a side of quick sauteed swiss chard with garlic and chile. Bottle of Montepulciano D' Abruzzo to accompany.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice, warm, and comforting with this rain and cold streak we've had lately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Novelli Oct 29, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow any tips on that dish? It sounds outstanding!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Novelli RE: fldhkybnva Oct 30, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It’s a fairly easy preparation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chop/slice your mushrooms into nice chunks, coat in olive oil and a good pinch of salt, and throw in a hot pan in the oven (or broiler), turning every few minutes until the mushrooms get a nice, rich brown color.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Remove the pan from the oven and set the mushrooms aside. In the same pan, brown crumbled sausage with a little oil, chopped fresh sage, and fennel seed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Add the mushrooms back to the pan with a couple tablespoons of pestata (processed carrot, celery, onion, and garlic in a FP). Cook until pestata is translucent and add a tablespoon of tomato paste and caramelize. Deglaze pan with red wine and reduce. Add a hit of stock, cover, and simmer until the sausage completely breaks down. Stir in some chopped parsley at the end and spoon over your polenta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: Novelli Oct 30, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wonderful, thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rabaja RE: Novelli Oct 29, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That has my mouth watering, all of it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. melpy RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sort of a kitchen sink salad:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cubed honeycrisp apple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Freshly roasted butternut squash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dregs of a container of Gorgonzola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dregs of a container of paremesan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dregs of a bag of pecans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Half a pomegranate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Arugula and spring mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some massaged lacinato kale chiffonaded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A maple mustard dressing made with a butter flavored olive oil (don't judge, trying to use it up)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sliced red onion

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: melpy Oct 29, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh melpy - not judging, but curious - how does that butter flavored olive oil taste??
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the salad sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              melpy RE: mariacarmen Oct 31, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A little artificial and chemically but only if I think about it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My husband bought it and a pear cinnamon balsamic that are supposed to pair well together at an olive oil shop in Tyson's Corner. I keep trying to hide it in stuff that won't show the fakeness so much so I can use it up. With the real maple syrup from Vermont and the good quality dijon it was not prevalent in "butter" flavor at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He was so sweet abot the whole thing that I can't bring myself to throw it out since he likes it and doesn't cook and since I have insulted a few of his other gifts (for years he kept buying those cheap random collections of stock photo recipe books from TJ Maxx for Christmas).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: melpy Oct 31, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                aw, that's sweet. it sounds like he's working his way up the CH ladder!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slow cooked pulled pork, smoked gouda mac & cheese and roasted lemon broccoli is WFD. We have poundcake that needs to be eaten...I defrosted strawberries & we have ice cream so I'm sure it will

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Husband was clearing away fallen branches yesterday from the yard and he forgets that he is no longer 20, and now he is in bed flat on his back (probably for at least a week) - poor thing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So I am making some of his favorites: pea soup with ciabbata bread rubbed with tomato/garlic, fried schnitzels smothered in a mushroom/onion sauce and twice baked potatoes. I think I'll add some brandy to the sauce as he won't take any pills (ever!) and he is in pain. That way maybe he will sleep better - and so will I :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Very nice of you. A few Thanksgivings ago, my dad forgot that he is no longer a college athlete and jumped full speed into a pretty rough football game and spent the week on the couch with a broken ankle. I love schnitzel and pairing it with a mushroom/onion sauce is only the perfect thing to do :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss RE: fldhkybnva Oct 29, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you fldhkybnva - actually, we just finished an early dinner in bed together - it was kinda nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds lovely, can't wait for SO to come back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You'll have to remember to do that more often even when he is not injured!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh poor baby. Sounds like he is getting the best of care.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss RE: suzigirl Oct 29, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course he is - he's my babe!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...actually I feel sorry for him because when you're 20 and your back goes outta wack - it's just a pain in the a**, but at our age, you start thinking, uh oh, I'm getting old - and he's just so frustrated and looks so sad... it's the least I can do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I tweaked my back getting out of bed yesterday morning and well uh I felt a little old at that moment :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ow! poor guy... my BF suffers from chronic terrible back pain - i know how you feel. hope he gets over it soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh! So sorry about the pulled back; that sure is a problem waiting to happen when you are a little older (like me!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner sounds good. Perhaps a shot of brandy in addition to that in the sauce to do the trick:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spoiling him with delicious food may not help him get better faster, but it will make him happy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bblonde RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After sauteeing up some ground lamb, onion, carrot, and spices, I threw that in the crockpot with coconut milk, tomatoes, lentils and broth. "Indian spiced lentils with ground lamb." Smells good. But we shall see...lamb always tastes a bit like off beef to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that sounds delightful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and you just reminded me - i have lamb in the freezer - and the BF is OUT tomorrow night! i know WFD for Wed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bblonde RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welp we'll be going the Chinese take-out route tonight. I don't know if something was wrong with this lamb or what. I think the recipe may be solid if I made with ground beef but this is inedible as made. Too bad. The house smells so so good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hopefully the Chinese food will smell good when it arrive as well :) Sometimes you just need some take out. Sorry about the lamb, I hate when a meal doesn't go as planned but often plan B works out well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh damn, and you were my inspiration! sorry it didn't work out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's to bad. It all sounded so darn good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bblonde RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think there was something wrong with the lamb. I will definitely be trying it again, but maybe with ground beef or chopped beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And unfortunately the take-out tasted old too. Maybe my tasters are off?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gingershelley RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bblonde, that is tooo bad it doesn't taste good - So weird it smells good but not good taste. Usually, for me, if something is 'off' I can smell it before I ever taste it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tcamp RE: bblonde Oct 29, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Too bad! I was eyeballing some ground lamb in the freezer after reading about your dish. I guess greek-ish lamb burgers for me another day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WFD? Another cooking class! This ones sounds interesting. It's called Guilty Pleasures, description below. Can't wait to see the menu!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <<You all know what I mean.... there are some dishes that are not 'cool'. Not 'trendy' (or at least not since 1997). There are some throwbacks that you don't like to admit you still love. This will be a no judgement zone here....We will take some of those forgotten foods, dress them up a little, give them a new spin, maybe boost the nutrtional value a bit so you can feed them to your kids without feeling TOO guilty..and put them back out in the open where they belong.... hint... meatloaf will definitely be involved, and some sort of noodle casserole.....>>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          roxlet RE: foodieX2 Oct 30, 2013 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let us know!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: roxlet Oct 30, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really fun night! While there were no "dogs" the clear winners were the Caesar dressing and the meatloaf, followed closely by the baked stuffed shrimp. Normally I find stuffed shrimp greasy and heavy. This was a pleasant surprise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was in a food coma and fell into bed when I got home. The meatloaf is WFD over the weekend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I got some SL/BL organic chick thighs that will get a nice sear in the pan, along with oyster mushrooms and a bit of onion. I have a little bit of chicken broth left, so this will be a quick-braise with some white wine, tarragon and maybe a spoon or two of crème fraîche. Shrooms don't agree with me most of the time (only the magic kind), but I love them, so there -- consequences be damned!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sides will be roasted green beans tossed with olive oil and walnut oil, sea salt & a Turkish chile pepper mix that is simply wonderful, and a salad of the last of the heirloom maters (sun peaches and something else I forgot), diced avocado & red onion, a little bit of celery for extra crunch and marinated mini-mozza balls with parsley & scallions and mustard vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe shoot some pool after dinner. I feel like we've been shacked up at home too much lately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: linguafood Oct 29, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds great - non-magic shrooms be damned!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp RE: linguafood Oct 29, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, white wine, cream, and tarragon. An awesome trio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: tcamp Oct 29, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I ended up changing a few things -- red wine instead of white, no tarragon but fresh parsley instead mixed in just before serving. And yes on the crème fraîche.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The bacon, onion and oyster mushrooms added lots of flavor. It was a really nice, creamy fall dish. I roasted the crap out of the beans, so they were pretty caramelized by the time they came out… perhaps a little too charred.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The salad ended up with a little chopped celery for crunch. I've been liking it in salads with mostly soft ingredients (maters, 'cado, mozza).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But once again, it ended up being a lot of food, so we'll have 2 leftover thighs and 'shroom sauce for dinner tomorrow. Which is convenient, as we'll have to squeeze dinner in between k-boxing and a showing of "The Shining" on campus at 7 PM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Heeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrre's Johnny!!!!!" :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. eight_inch_pestle RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night was a simple cream of delicata squash soup. Kept the flavors simple: milk, some garlic sauteed first in butter, garden bay leaf, touch of cayenne. No stock. Finished with a little cream and topped with garden chives. Threw together some caraway popovers for dunking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ludmilasdaughter RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yesterday I had great intention of cooking up a soup to last me a few day as the hubby is still in Iraq. Well, one too many drinks at my local watering hole, combined with running into three chatty friends at the grocery store, those plans wen out the window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I pulled out two pre-cooked TJs chicken burgers that were frozen, defrosted in the microwave, then pan fried with avocado and good ole American cheese. I could have sworn I had English muffins which are my preferred vehicle for burgers, but alas all I had were the corn muffin style ones. Surprisingly it still worked! Not sure if it would work with a beef burger, but they suited the chicken burgers quite well. Side was Amy's white cheddar mac and cheese with frozen peas. Quick and easy. I have to say, the TJ chicken burgers were fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not sure what'll happen tonight. I have a DVD release party to pop into for a bit. Then I might meet a friend for some wine at a tapas bar, in which case we'll probably share some nibbles. If not, I'll cobble something together from the coolerator.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Would anyone like to play "job exchange week?" You would be the proud winner of an 1 hour presentation tomorrow, a 2 hour exam Thursday followed by a 1 hour exam and ooh oh another 1 hour presentation on Friday. I thought last week was busy flying to Boston and all of that coordination, but this week is given last week a run for it's money. I really want to get in the kitchen and cook a real meal but I let myself off easy tonight and popped a frittata in the oven to use up some stuff in the fridge - mix of broccoli, herb roasted turkey breast, and bacon for good measure topped with A LOT of gooey, oozy cheese. It was a perfect meal and gave me an energy boost without making me feel too groggy although my eyelids are quite heavy. I am admiring all of the fall-inspired meals around here these days and hope to join you in a few short days :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss RE: fldhkybnva Oct 29, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good luck on the exams

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: acssss Oct 29, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks! I thought the exams like this were over, though some rotations of residency like to "challenge" you. It's a microbiology exam, so at some point I have to accept that there are too many bugs and not enough neurons in my skull but that's hard to do :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss RE: fldhkybnva Oct 29, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Husband got his MA in EE and then found himself VP of Marketing/Sales for 25 years. He missed Engineering and is now back at school getting his PhD in BioMed - taking exams - giving lectures - and he loves it. I too went back to school in my Forties to get my A.M., and although I'm done for the time being, for some of us, exams are never over!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Oct 29, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of luck this week. Glad your dinner was good. It sounds yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: fldhkybnva Oct 30, 2013 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good luck!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iowagirl RE: fldhkybnva Oct 30, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good luck making it through the next few days! I hope things are a little more sane for you soon! And gooey, oozy cheese makes EVERYTHING better!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: iowagirl Oct 30, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks! I checked off a big box today-presentation on infection risk of raw milk cheese (go figure I'd choose that topic) is finished!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dinner tonight will be nothing fancy - probably a piece of kielbasa and some fried potatoes, as that's what i'm making for the Oldster. i'll saute a bunch of sliced onion for his, and proabably a little tomato/avocado salad on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but my mind is already working on tomorrow night's dinner. the BF just got a nighttime gig, which means i'll be eating a lot of things he doesn't like - lamb and fish, primarily!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i was going to do breakfast for my first solo dinner - also not a favorite of his - bacon and eggs and rye toast - but i remembered i have some sort of lamb steak in the freezer, so i'll defrost that tonight. it'll marinade all day in garlic, olive oil, a minced up salt-preserved anchovy, salted capers and fresh thyme. lemon juice or red wine vinegar too, not sure which yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alongside i'll make my favorite cauli saute, with more anchovy, red chilis, sultanas, chopped cilantro or parsley, more capers, scallions, and some buttered toasted breadcrumbs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Oct 29, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Woohoo! I've been living on things SO doesn't particularly love...anchovies, hummus, much? It's been fun! I've only seen lamb leg steaks and never bit at them but the lamb sounds great especially with my favorite anchovies. I'm still trying to find a brand that I really love, they are so variable it seems.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley RE: mariacarmen Oct 29, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When the BF is away - MC shal play! Here is to lamb and fish! That meal sounds great you have planned for tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I MUST pick up some cauli and get back on that bandwagon. Sounds very good. Love raisins/capers combo on roasted Cauli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Minavenus RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I mostly cook Asian style at home. It would be hard for me to make something spooky with Asian ingredients and cooking style, if anyone knows a recipe, please share it with me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So I thought to make this little red riding hood broccoli and mushroom stir-fry for Halloween night while I dress up as red riding hood. (^ー^) A fun tutorial on how to make this is on my Youtube channel: cookingfromvenus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: Minavenus Oct 29, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OK, that is the cutest thing ever!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Minavenus RE: fldhkybnva Oct 30, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you! ⁎ˇ◡ˇ⁎✩⃛

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: Minavenus Oct 29, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mushroom clouds, broccoli trees, carrot coin flowers, mushrooms on the forest floor, and Red Riding hood with her cape and basket. Precious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gingershelley RE: Minavenus Oct 29, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love pictures made with food; That LRRH is adorable - much more cute than scary!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Check these out - there is a great pumpkin landscape among them:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Minavenus RE: gingershelley Oct 30, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow, these pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing them.:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: Minavenus Oct 30, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very creative!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Minavenus RE: roxlet Oct 30, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you! I also spent a lot of time making a fun cooking video about how to make this. If convenient, I would like to hear your advice on my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDDIU4...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It would mean a lot to me. Thank you again.(^ー^)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight I am making breaded pork chops, zucchini and stewed tomatoes and parsley and lime jasmine rice. Simple

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Oct 29, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zucchini! I refuse to let it go yet, I have my fingers crossed for some reasonable squash at the end of this week!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Oct 29, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I read somewhere that the zucchini was getting a bit tatty where you are in one of your posts. I LOVE the stuff and can get it most of the year here. And I like to partake pretty regularly because I love it raw and cooked. I feel spoiled since i joined this thread almost a year ago. Reading of so many things going out of season makes me a bit sad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss RE: suzigirl Oct 30, 2013 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love the stuff too Suzi - especially sliced thin and heated in a frying pan with a tad of sesame oil and later dipped in soy sauce.. YUM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm glad I'm not the only one, SO calls it green water and doesn't get the point

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Oct 30, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm not giving up yet. It's often from California so maybe last week was just an off week. I'm hooked on the butter, really should try other preps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was off dinner duty tonight. Spouse made turkey burritos. Now I'm baking bread which was rising in the fridge all day. As soon as the kids head upstairs, I'm going to sip a glass of bourbon and practice my choral pieces for tomorrow's rehearsal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: tcamp Oct 29, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A glass of bourbon and the smell of baking bread; a good evening - with music!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. gingershelley RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is leftovers from Sunday;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            re-heated meatloaf, homemade garlic mash, and gravy, with a side of roasted asperagus (the crappy out of season from chile, but it looked really good).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nice not to cook dinner, as I made beef demi-glace today from part of my stash of stock of lst week, mixed up a new batch of Bn5 peasant loaf dough (back to breadbaking weather!), and worked out a small catering gig enlarged recipe/shopping list for Chili Verde I am cooking for a client's event for 65 on Saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enough other food on the brain, I don't need to make something new for me today:)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Similar to last night, I'm stuffing a vegetable again. This time it's bell peppers from the garden stuffed with sauteed onions, mushrooms, grated zucchini, garlic, eggplant that was roasted last night, a half pound of ground beef, a healthy scoop of TJ's pesto and the remainder of the mozzarella "pearls" from this weekend's stuffed cherry tomato snacks. They'lln be settled into a bath of tomato sauce I canned a few months back, Parmesan for the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wanted to wait until later in the week to do this because my neighbor is getting back from Italy tomorrow and is bringing back Parm Reg and good balsamic for me but its a chilly night and I wanted to have the oven on. I'd rather eat the Parm Reg than cook with it anyhow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It sounds great weezie - stuffed vegetables is one of my favorites (zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and even onions) - and we just fill it with the regular rice/meat/pine nuts - yours sounds so much better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW I don't know if you know... but the Parm Reg at whole foods comes from Parma, and it comes out to be a cheaper price than buying it in Italy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The closest Whole Foods is 45 miles from me, in Los Angeles traffic that can take me 2 hours each way (or more.) I drive a 1960 Buick. It's probably cheaper for me to go to Italy myself and get it! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, beautiful car! The very first car I drove was my grandfather's 1962 Caddy Sedan Deville. That thing was the size of an ocean-liner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      where in l.a. are you, again, weezie? i can't imagine there aren't Whole Foods as close as you can spit on in L.A.! (i haven't visited in about 3 years but i grew up there.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Oct 30, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm inland a bit, there are no Whole Foods in the Inland Empire. Totally stupid and shortsighted on their part since they'd do well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh god yes, that trip would be horrendous in traffic. i had friends that lived in Upland.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. zeldaz51 RE: LindaWhit Oct 29, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight, as we are eating late due to school, a kale soup based upon leftovers of last night's casserole (cauliflower, tomato, and Italian sausage). Shredded red kale, homemade chix stock, chopped leftover casserole (meaty). Making some of my mile-high popovers to go with the soup.http://www.food.com/recipe/mile-high-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kontxesi RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight will be a kale-and-something frittata. I have a bunch of extra eggs that didn't get used in cakes this weekend, and an entire crisper drawer full of collards and kale so I figured it was the right time to try one for the first time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iowagirl RE: Kontxesi Oct 30, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love a kale frittata for dinner - I like combining with roasted red peppers, feta cheese and kalamats. Hits all the right notes - eggy, cheesy, briny, bitter-ish. Hope you enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi RE: iowagirl Oct 30, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know I have bacon, half a container of ricotta (if it hasn't gone bad), onions, some shallots, a tomato, broccoli, carrots, sliced provolone, shaved Parm.... Not sure what all is going to make it in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. tcamp RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight is a grab-and-go night. Grilled cheese sandwiches using the bread I made last night and indian-spiced lentil soup made in the crockpot over night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I feel like I'm helping to bring down the average of Chow dinners!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: tcamp Oct 30, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ain't nuttin' wrong with grilled cheese sammiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: tcamp Oct 30, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tcamp - you MADE the bread. You MADE the lentil soup. That is definitely not bringing down the average!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: tcamp Oct 30, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              um, you made your own bread. one-upping me, fo sho!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oops - what LW said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Birthday dinner for him is fresh polish kielbasa simmered in beer with cabbage, potatoes, leeks and garlic from the final days at the Farmers Market. Belgian chocolate pudding instead of cake- too many candles. We'll celebrate in a restaurant properly this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kontxesi RE: Berheenia Oct 30, 2013 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ooh, yum. Sounds like something my guy would enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Oct 30, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many happy returns for BerHim. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: Berheenia Oct 30, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just had a bit of my Oldster's kielbasa last night - just the stupidmarket kind, but i loved it (he of course, not so much) - but your prep sounds fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss RE: Berheenia Oct 30, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy B-Day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. iowagirl RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night we had roasted marinated portobello mushrooms topped with sauteed kale after EJ's public tv gig. I was able to get the shrooms marinating before we left, so just had to pop them in the oven and saute the kale. Also made a GIANT salad for the two of us for lunches - his topped with lemon dill salmon and mine with chickpeas and roasted beets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight I'm going to try a curried carrot soup - it's a perfect soup day, and I have a LOT of carrots to go through and some veggie stock in the freezer that I should use up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mrs H's quest to find a decent Italian restaurant in the metro area continues tonight. We're off to one of the posh suburbs - very footballers wives territory - my Skoda will look out of place parked next to the Porsches and the like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. JungMann RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've had very little time to make and eat dinner this week and it doesn't appear that will change anytime soon so tonight will be another quickie. I bought spigarelli broccoli at the farmer's market because I was amused by the description on the sign -- "This broccoli can be used like kale!" And here I am thinking you can use broccoli like, I dunno, broccoli? My dinner will be something I usually do with gailan. After blanching the leaves (this particular broccoli is known for its leafiness), they'll be stir fried with sweet Italian sausage, Chinese five spice, garlic and tossed with spaghetti and oyster sauce. Just a tiny bit of Grana Padano on top. Chinese broccoli meets broccoli rabe, if you will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have company coming over later so I'm also putting out the pumpkin buttermilk cake for dessert. I keep telling myself the extra-small slices I cut for dessert (or a snack... or tea... or breakfast) only amount to minimal calories, but opening the fridge this morning, I noticed that all those tiny slices have added up to half the entire cake. Time to spread the wealth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. prima RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thai red curry chicken and pumpkin with brown basmati.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodcompletesme RE: prima Oct 30, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm doing a chicken curry too...Mine is with turmeric, roasted cashews, sliced plantains, spicy red peppers over jasmine rice. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leftover chicken thighs (one each, this will be a diet day I guess) with red wine shrooms. Maybe I'll heat up some TJ's canned corn. Doubt I'll have time to throw together a salad between working out and heading to the movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snacks after the movie at a friend's house where we'll be catching up on TWD and BE from Sunday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blackened Ribeye, rice pilaf & mixed green & yellow wax beans from the garden for the BF. For myself, I've got some cooked lentils with roasted veggie puree , coconut milk and seasoned with crushed mustard seed, curry powder, cumin, etc. that will be eaten with warm onion pita and a mixed lettuce, spinach, feta, red onion, cuke & cherry tomato salad

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Husband is still in bed so I'm just making a tray of bagels topped with various toppings (sour cream and sliced cucumbers, lox and sliced tomatoes, sliced turkey and green onions) and tea. It will be like a Jewish English Tea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Then, of course, we will get comfy and watch the world series (maybe the last game? x x)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    love the bagel tray assortment! nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: acssss Oct 30, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Such a great idea, I'll have to remember that for guests.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Oct 31, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've done that for brunches before and it's gone over very well. People love anything that they can customize!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband has some kind of work thing tonight so it is just me. I'm not feeling the leftovers in the fridge so I think I'm going to make a nice cheese fondue with lots of garlic and white wine. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: Njchicaa Oct 30, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yum!! We're doing fondue for Halloween. What are your favorite things to dip?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not njchicaa, but (other than good baguette, which i know you're not doing) i love to dip raw mushrooms. also pea pods, very small boiled potatoes (also a no-no for you), roasted sunchokes - this comes from the italian version of fondue - bagna cauda - celery sticks, chunks of turkey or ham, cherry tomatoes, green beans, cooked shrimp...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ETA: now you've made me crave fondue! going to have to plan a night of this when the BF is home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Oct 30, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yep, no bread, but I did get the man a handful of itty bitty potatoes. I also have green apples, mushrooms, artichoke bottoms and asparagus but forgot that I liked the sausage I got last time. I didn't care for shrimp with it which really surprised me since I really like shrimp. I haven't had bagna cauda in ages and have never made it at home, I guess I forget about it. I need to put that on the list now that you've brought it up, MC. I think we might have a handful of peapods ready in the garden, I hadn't thought of those!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Njchicaa, I used to looooooove bread and cheese but as I got older it started not liking me back. Something magical (black magic... ) happened when I turned 40 and my body said no more!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Njchicaa RE: weezieduzzit Oct 30, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm pretty boring so I like French bread cubes, breadsticks, and even pretzel rods. Just give me the cheese, fat, and starch. =)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: Njchicaa Oct 30, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              believe me, the bread and cheese combo is certainly the fave!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gingershelley RE: Njchicaa Nov 1, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uhhmmmm, Fondue!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That, or Welsh Rarebit on toast must be WFD soon......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight was a repeat of a random quick snack that I made Sunday which was so amazingly and surprisingly tasty that I decided to repeat it as a full meal. I guess it's my version of Ranch-style lettuce wraps. I mixed some Greek yogurt with Penzey's Sunny Paris seasoning which is basically a combination of green peppercorns, chives, dill, chervil, purple shallots, and tarragon, dash of red wine vinegar, few grinds of pepper, couple of anchovies and a dollop of Dijon. The wraps were a combination of smoked and roasted turkey breast, bacon and a combo of cheeses. I couldn't decide as usual so I had a pair of wraps - one with goat Gouda and the other with Dubliner. Even with the chilly weather I seem to be in the mood for salads a lot these days so this was a dinner that really hit the spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MidwesternerTT RE: fldhkybnva Oct 30, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am totally stealing this idea for the weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: MidwesternerTT Oct 30, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was quite good, should have made a bigger batch for random nibbles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Still working through roasted chicken leftovers - the last of the mashed potatoes, some gravy on the chicken, and maybe some sauteed greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              World Series for a couple of hours, and then Top Chef - GO RED SOX!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not the worst "work" to deal with '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh btw thanks for the reminder about Top Chef. I caught up last week via OnDemand. I'm busy tonight studying but won't miss an episode now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks like my man's on his own for the movie after all. I decided to skip it and get more work done instead….. yay, work. It's really strange that I can't seem to get started until mid afternoon, but then I could keep crackin' till midnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This means, however, that I get to finish the two thighs ALL by myself!! Woot! It's gonna be a bit of a puzzled-together dinner, as I also have half an avocado that needs et, which I might turn into a similar salad to the one I made yesterday. Gotta have some veggie side, after all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But my sweetie won't have to starve, as I will order pizza for him to arrive just in time for when he's done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Oct 30, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am the same way. I'm pretty much useless most of the day but my brain seems to activate at 10pm and I can work nonstop until the sun rises. I've always been this way even in college but it poses some trouble now that I can't sleep all day or take naps in between classes. Woohoo, I was worried about you only consuming 1 chicken thigh. They aren't the most impressively sized pieces of meat and usually don't come in Frankensize. Go Sox! I don't have a baseball team I have a reason to be loyal to but my best friend is from Boston so I've just adopted them for rooting purposes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: fldhkybnva Oct 30, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I want the Cards to win… but only because Gomes drives me nuts with his idiotic helmet play at bat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wanna punch that gnome :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night's dinner was not real exciting... a leftover enchilada, and a tortilla with peanut butter and honey on it! So yeah, no cooking. I had to skin 2 dozen chicken drumsticks and it took longer than anticipated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight, I'm using the skinned drumsticks to make oven-fried chicken. The drumsticks were marinating since last night in buttermilk, hot sauce, cayenne, and s&p. Today I coated them in cornflakes, drizzled with butter, and now the first batch is baking away. I am taking most of this to work tomorrow for a potluck, so hopefully it will be pretty good at room temp. One of my company owners is gluten free so I'm using gluten free cornflakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And, big news here. We have a new addition to our family... we're getting another puppy on Saturday! She's a 10 week old basset hound. Our other pup is an 8 year old basset so hopefully they'll get along. Our old guy is pretty docile so it shouldn't be a problem. I've been spending most of my free time researching puppy stuff (I've never had one, SO got our current as a puppy), so I've gotten behind on my meal planning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Oct 30, 2013 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Enjoy the new little floppy eared one when you get her! And take a picture for us to see her. :-) (I think one pic will be allowed on the WFD thread.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yes. I actually have photos but I'll wait to post an actual picture that I take!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rabaja RE: juliejulez Oct 31, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So exciting! I hope they get along famously. It's always fun to have two dogs or two cats, the buddy system, you know.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And yes, the mods are very nice about the occasional off topic photo, so please post.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -I've not seen a lot of basset hound puppies, but I bet they are adorable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hide your shoes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Oct 31, 2013 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Buttermilk chicken has been on my to do list for weeks now, need to get on it. Congrats on the new pup, I'm already itching for a new little one even though my guy is still small.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          iowagirl RE: juliejulez Oct 31, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh have fun with the new addition! I bet bassets are super cute with those big ears and big eyes!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: juliejulez Oct 31, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And NOW I'm craving fried chicken. I've never made it, regular or oven fried. I'll have to give oven fried a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congrats on the pup. Basset hounds are so cute!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              roxlet RE: juliejulez Oct 31, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So exciting! Nothing cuter than a puppy, and, well, a basset hound? I can't imagine how adorable she will be. Having a puppy is almost like having a baby -- up at odd hours (particularly in the beginning) when they cry. Ours is still a puppy at almost 7 months, but she has settled into doggie habits thankfully!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: juliejulez Oct 31, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Congrats on the new addition. I love love love hounds of all kinds. That's what I grew up with for my dad to hunt with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. boyzoma RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, last night turned out to be movie "date" night. DH got off work early. Stopped by our local Subway and got a couple of sandwiches to sneak into our local Cinetopia. Love that place. If you don't have one (or one like it), FIND ONE. We like the Cinema 21+ that has easy chairs with ottomans. Get coupons on Groupon and kick back with a pitcher of beer and eat our sandwiches. Last night was Gravity. LOVE it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyhow, we each can't eat a whole sandwich, so tonight is the other half and if there is room, maybe a cup of leftover stew. It's always better after a day or two in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night we had leftover chicken-broccoli casserole, which I "paired" with some canned tomato soup scattered with grated sharp cheddar. Hey, a craving is a craving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dinner tonight was a quickie Thai curry: Mae Ploy panang paste, red onion, cubed extra-firm tofu, scallion, carrots, chopped asparagus, pineapple chunks, fish sauce and coconut milk. Curry was served atop riced cauliflower. A few cappuccino-chocolate wafers for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suburban_mom RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight - spaghetti Alfredo with bacon and broccoli. I was cooking from the pantry/fridge/freezer and craving creamy cheesy sauce. The only noodle I had was spaghetti so that is what I used instead of the traditional fettuccine. It was a tasty meal that didn't require me to go to the store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: suburban_mom Oct 30, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And it sounds very good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We're having a memorial service and potluck for a coworker tomorrow. My heart isn't into making anything too involved so I am letting the crock pot do my work. I put a pork roast in the crock pot with sauerkraut, hard cider and bay leaves. At midnight I will put in smallish red potatoes, carrots and apples. My dinner was a can a soup and a gluten free bagel. Which is probably better than the chocolate chip waffles I almost bought instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodcompletesme RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Oct 31, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sorry for your loss, Tracy L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Oct 30, 2013 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lamb & Anchovies. Lamb shoulder chop, marinated in Jerez sherry vinegar, smashed salted anchovy & garlic, capers, fresh thyme. Cauliflower first steamed, then sauteed with more anchovy, garlic, pine nuts, scallions, cilantro, hot dried thai chilis, mustard greens, capers, golden raisins, and buttered toasted breadcrumbs. And finally, a roasted red bell pepper boat with anchovy, red wine vinegar and parsley. d'oh! forgot the thinly sliced garlic in that bell pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i can't even tell you how good this combo was - the sherry vinegar, anchovies and the lamb, the red vinegar and the anchovies mixing with the lamby lamb juices, the lamb juices mixing with the cauli and the briny capers.... oh my. the BF just doesn't know what he's missing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: mariacarmen Oct 30, 2013 10:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That makes my mouth water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Oct 31, 2013 04:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ....licking screen....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodcompletesme RE: mariacarmen Oct 31, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've got a huge head of cauliflower from the farmer's market, so I'm going to copy the delicious cauliflower you created. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tcamp RE: mariacarmen Oct 31, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am officially in love with your dinner. I was eyeing this (far less ambitious) riff on your meal last night and have it on the menu for this weekend:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rabaja RE: tcamp Oct 31, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for that link! That may be our dinner tonight AND I brought home a pretty white cauliflower and a head of cheddar cauliflower to play with. I intended to roast the two for an easy side, but all this talk of capers, lemon and anchovies is inspiring!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just don't tell my husband. He thinks salt and pepper fits the bill most days. Branching out is good for us. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: rabaja Oct 31, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    he won't even know the anchovies are there! he'll just be all, "wow, why is this so mysteriously delicious?"