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What's for Dinner #253 - The Countdown to Thanksgiving Edition [Through Nov. 4, 2013]

In my mind, November is the start of the holiday season, and a month of celebrating. Both my husband and my son have birthdays this month, as well as my oldest friend, my son's godfather, and at least 5 other people with whom I am close. Add to that a trip to the West Coast to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband's family, and you have a non-stop month of family and fun times.

And of course, as evidenced by other threads, some of us are already in the planning mode for Spaghetti Carbonara Day, as Calvin Trillin, a well-known hater of turkey once termed it.

Gobble, gobble nonetheless! What's on your table for dinner?

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  1. It's another leftover night, although I'm going to try and repurpose some of the chicken. I've got red and green bell peppers (well, the green CSA pepper has turned half orange), I've got CSA cherry tomatoes (which are still looking perfectly fine almost 1-1/2 weeks later), I've got chicken and mashed potatoes. I've got the roasted chicken gravy as well, but I don't think I want to use it in a mash-up.

    I was thinking of something pot-pieish - add frozen peas and (CSA) corn to a tomato-cream sauce with some chopped chicken and sauteed bits of peppers, and into a baking dish to be topped with the rest of the dirty-smashed potatoes and baked. That still won't use up the chicken, but I might freeze a hunk for later use.

    We'll see if that's what I'm in the mood for when I get home tonight. :-)

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      That sounds like a tummy rubber for sure.. well, minus the corn for me.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        don't you mean, shepherd's pie-ish?
        whatever you call it, it sounds mighty tasty.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          Yeah, it sort of is, from a chickenish side. I could thin the dark gravy with the heavy cream, instead of using the tomatoes. Hmmm...

        2. re: LindaWhit

          Wow that's a nice showcase of leftovers.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            OK, about 2 cups of chopped chicken, 1/3 cup of chopped bell pepper, 1-1/2 cups of corn/pea mix, mixed with a dark chicken gravy that was whisked with some heavy cream, white wine, and dried thyme. It was all blended together, spooned into a couple of small Le Creuset baking dishes, with very buttery and creamy mashed potatoes carefully spooned on top (that's not easy to spread across the whole shebang!)

            Baked at 350° for about 25-30 minutes until bubbly, and it's "resting" for about 10 minutes right now. Dinner tonight and work lunch tomorrow.

            Not too shabby! Oh yeah. Wine in the food? Wine in the cook. Like DUH. It's Thursday - ALMOST THE WEEKEND! ;-)

          2. I pulled a huge chicken breast out of the freezer. Going to stuff it with goat cheese and some fresh herbs and bake it. I have a big bunch of fresh spinach from the organic produce delivery so I'll saute that up with some garlic. I'll probably make just some plain white rice to have on the side. I also bought a loaf of fresh French bread from the bakery. I've been craving warm bread and butter the past couple of days.

            All in all, a boring and easy dinner.

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            1. re: Njchicaa

              Roasted chicken with fresh herbs and goat cheese, fresh breads? That is NOT boring!

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I'm glad you said it, my thoughts exactky

                  1. re: Njchicaa

                    Doesn't sound boring at all! Sounds delicious. I'd pass on rice but can I come over for the rest?? ;-)

                  2. My oldest son's birthday is Nov 15th..he'll be 32...omg, I can't believe how old I AM...lol....

                    Tonight I'll be having lobster ravioli with spinach in a brown butter sauce & toasted walnuts. The BF will be having oven fried chicken breast with leftover green beans from last night and mashed potatoes w/ gravy.

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                      1. re: Cherylptw

                        Wow. That pasta sounds lobsterific!

                        1. re: Cherylptw

                          I remember when I was approaching 30 and thought "Man, I am so friggin' old" - and now my sons are close to that (in a few years). All I can say is - getting old is better than not getting old :-)

                          In any case, Happy B-Day to your son (and to you!)

                          1. re: acssss

                            I remember turning 21 three weeks after my son was born and I really got depressed, thinking I was getting old then...ha! What did I know? Thanks for the birthday wishes...

                            1. re: Cherylptw

                              I'll have what your having - small portion - then have what BF is having also:)!

                            2. Muwahaha! Happy Halloweenie.

                              Not doing any cooking tonight. As hubby is out of town and I'm a bit spooked by being in the house alone during trick or treating time, one of my girlfriends is stopping by with Sushi! I will be providing the Sake, and probably some wine, and maybe some whiskey. Hey, it's my Friday AND it's a holiday AND I'm not driving. A girl can live it up a little.

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                              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                a girl certainly can! have a great time!

                                1. re: ludmilasdaughter

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                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                    See below, gingershel. The techies are aware of it. Seems to only be in this thread.

                                2. Oh, my dinner friends, I've been such a poor attendee :( Just so much stuff going on.
                                  Last night was just sausage ravioli from the fridge section. The night before was from COTM:
                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918717
                                  And tonight is pizza and beer to hand out candy, and maybe snacks later at our walkable bar. Hope you all have a fun H'ween!

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                                  1. re: alliegator

                                    allie - you've got a LOT on your plate with the new home building! Pop in when you can, and tell us funny Pop stories. :-)