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Nov 14, 2013 10:31 AM

What's for Dinner #256. We Started This Turkey Day Thing Too Early edition. [through Nov. 18, 2013]

Well, it's not super cold here, and i'm not cooking Thxgiving dinner this year (first time in about 25 years), but I still feel like eating warming, cozy things. Just like y'all. Talk non-turkey to me!

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  1. If can drag myself out of my sick bed today (yes i'm back), i'm going to walk the 3 blocks to my fishmonger and pick up some monkfish, and some kind of fish stew will be in the offing. and if i can't, it'll be bacon and eggs. not a bad dilemma, i'd say.

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          1. re: steve h.

            the show was great, and i didn't cough once through the whole thing. thanks, mucinex tabs.

            he's really outstanding.

              1. re: mariacarmen

                Probably weren't up for Sol Food, huh?
                Glad you enjoyed the show!

                1. re: rabaja

                  yeah, i was feeling pretty crappy by the end of the night - bummer! next time...

            1. re: mariacarmen

              Sorry you are feeling puny. Bacon and eggs and bed rest are what the Dr orders. Simple is best when you are sick.

              1. re: suzigirl

                haha, thanks suzigirl - i had eggs with aleppo and toast for sicky bfast/lunch. and i did drag myself to the store, but a closer one, that had very thin little filets of sole, which i think will be dinner. with some bacon, since i didn't have any for breakfast.

                and i just finished roasting a chicken and some taters for the BF for his early-dinner-before-work. simples - which of course meant plenty of bed-time for me as it cooked.

                1. re: mariacarmen

                  Wow sick and roasting chickens, take it easy! I love the eggs and aleppo and runny yolks are now I staple in this house.

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    How sweet you are to cook for bf when you are sick. Good gf you are.

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      aw, thanks! but, well, he woke up this a.m. with my cold, so it was the least i could do!

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    So sorry to hear you are sick. Hurry up and get better soon, mc.

                    1. re: boyzoma

                      thanks, bz! not 100% but much better today.

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        Boo, there's been something going around here too. I'm staying in the house :) I hope you feel better.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          thanks. at work today. still coughing but feeling much better.

                          hope your kitty gets all better without too much $$$!

                  2. Yah, my guess is we'll go through *at least* 3 of these threads before the actual turkey day......

                    That said, kitchen's staying cold tonight, as it's our weekly Sichuan jour fixe. Woot. Just cold enough for a steaming plate of mapo tofu and other spicy, salty, oily delights.

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                    1. re: linguafood

                      yum, that sound so good... maybe i can do rockfish with some fermented black beans and sichuan peppercorns.

                      nah, too much trouble. i think it's going to be breakfast for dinner.

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        Oh, I wanted to live vicariously through your rockfish because it sounds delicious.

                        My husband and I would rather eat dinner for breakfast. We aren't really breakfast people much.

                      2. re: linguafood

                        I already made dinner and fish doesn't keep very well as leftovers, but tomorrow I think I'll be goin' out for some Chinese food!

                        1. re: acssss

                          Send some over! I haven't it months, it's about time

                      3. It's pepperoni parm night! I think I'm back to 100% and ready to enjoy this amazing dish. I often make Genoa or smoked salami parm but I think this pepperoni version will really fill any cravings I have for pizza.

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                          1. re: melpy

                            Nope just chicken parmesan with pepperoni on top well at least that's how I'm doing it. Usually I will stuff chicken with the salami and cheese but I'm feeling lazy.

                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                            Well, I jut responded to melpy but I don't think I'll be topping chicken with pepperoni yet again. I don't think this dish was meant to be but I will make it so eventually. I came home and am now seriously concerned for little Take. He hasn't eaten in 2 days although I did convince him to nibble on treats this evening but earlier he scoffed at them. So, to the vet we go to wait for a walk-in appointment. I'm really worried about him as he looks quite gaunt and hasn't been very jovial lately. I'm assuming he ate something and just can't get it up but hopefully it's nothing too serious. Instead for dinner I will likely pop open a can of tuna and/or sardines with cheese and call it a night.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              Oh no. Hope the kitty is ok. Two days of not eating = not good at all.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Not good at all! Try to keep a couple jars of meat baby food around (make sure there are NO onions or garlic in it,) and a bottle of electrolyte water (to dilute with regular water,) and an eyedropper around just in case kitties don't feel like eating for the time until you can get them to the vet. Its not fun but it's very dangerous for kitties to not eat.

                                I look forward to hearing that he's ok!

                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                  I do have an eyedropper so that's a great idea. I tried to feed him off a spoon but he didn't want anything to do with it. I sprinkled treats on top of his food bowl and he did manage to individually pick them out and eat them so maybe he's upset with the food but he's had it for weeks now and it's been fine. I might be crazy, but i really do feel like he looks smaller than usual which probably means he's dehydrated although I was happy he drank some water this morning but his litter box is empty which is frightening as he's usually quite productive. Thanks, I'll keep everyone posted and will be sure to pick up some of the backup items you suggested.

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                    So sad to hear about your kitty. Glad you are getting him into the Vet. Sending cuddles to you both.

                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                      Thanks! He's still not eating so back today for X-ray :(

                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Oh no. Please let us know what you do about Take. I hope it isn't serious. Two days is a long time to barely eat and drink.

                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                        Yea, now it's three days but he's picking up again so hopefully whatever it was is passing. My baby was looking so sad and gaunt. I can't do this with real kids, I'd lose my mind.

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                    Oh no, poor kitty and poor kitty mama. Sending good, healing thoughts to you and Take! Did the sardines or tuna inspire him at all? Wakes our guy out of a sound sleep!

                                    1. re: iowagirl

                                      I pulled out tuna this morning as he never resists it and he smelled it and walked away!!! I was stunned.

                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                        Oh crap - hope the vet gives you good news today!!!! Poor little guys's tummy is clearly not happy!

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          So sorry to hear about your kitty! Hope you get answers soon. As everyone had said, no appetite generally equals big problem. Especially in a food driven cat.
                                          When I first brought my cat home from a farm, he had a series of episodes where he would be fine one day, then listless the next.
                                          It took three trips to my vet to determine the right dosage of meds for what was correctly diagnosed the first time. Very frustrating and hard when you can see they just feel like crapola.
                                          Good luck and be persistant!

                                          1. re: rabaja

                                            Thanks! Yea they really do show it all over their face and body language when they don't feel well. I was such a content mama last night when he passed out while I was rubbing his belly instead of what he had been doing which was staring listlessly at me.

                                    1. re: Candy

                                      I love duck. I really love duck. I order it in restaurants whenever I can, but I never buy it. Never made it. Don't know why. Very weird!
                                      If you could tell me where to get good duck (fresh/frozen) and a recipe, I would really appreciate it. I think it's time for me to take the leap!

                                      1. re: Candy

                                        Roast duck is one of favourite things. I love, love, love duck. I cannot get enough! Enjoy it.

                                      2. I have been MIA on these threads for far too long. I will never be able to catch up, won't even try even though I am sure I have missed a ton of deliciousness and various news items and dramatic events. Work as been interfering with cooking far too often lately. :(

                                        I made CH femmevox's braised country-style ribs and greens last Sunday and enjoyed them the early part of the week (reported on DOTM Braised Meats). My fish share started up again and my first delivery, yesterday, was hake -- which has been memorably described as cod without the taste. In other words, it needs a lot of help. Home late last night I threw together a cheater's Veracruz that was so tasty it might get repeated tonight with the rest of the hake: simmered a can of RoTel with a slurp of V8 and some granulated garlic and Mexican oregano till a bit thickened, threw in some capers and sliced stuffed green olives, added the fish and a good squeeze of lime juice, and served over some leftover yellow rice. Really hit the spot.

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                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                          Welcome back. The Hake sounds great!
                                          (I put them in the food processor and make fish cakes out of them and then cook them in a large pan with red bell peppers, cilantro, garlic (a whole head), chopped carrots, tomatoes and a ton of hot hot chili peppers)

                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                            Big fan of hake. Always order it in restaurants in Spain - where a simple pan fry, with garlic, is the usual presentation. Don't see it too often in the UK.

                                            1. re: Harters

                                              I've seen it a couple of times in store here. Is there a fish you'd compare it to?

                                              1. re: GretchenS

                                                so good to see you back here!

                                                i totally forgot about the DOTM Braised Meats thread. i'd better get on that. didn't i braise something recently? must not have been memorable...

                                                going to go check out what you did right now.