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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: mariacarmen

      feel better soon mc!

      1. re: mariacarmen

        Stay in bed! Eggs and bacey.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          How was the show?

          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

              Bit of a wise ass. I like that.

              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...

            2. 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!

                2. re: mariacarmen

                  Ugh. Feel better, mc!

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Thanks, hon!

                  2. 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 $$$!

                  3. 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.

                        1. re: melpy

                          next week, melpy!

                      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: fldhkybnva

                          Is this like a sandwich?

                          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.

                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                  Aww, Take! I hope he's ok!

                                  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.

                                  2. I'm roasting a duck.

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                                    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?

                                            2. re: GretchenS

                                              Welcome back, Gretchen!

                                              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.

                                              2. Naw, I thought we'd do Part 2, Part 3, etc. Oh, well!!

                                                Anyway, today is my wonderful son's birthday and we have quite a lot to celebrate. He is 18 today, and yesterday he became the #1 ranked junior squash player in the U.S. of A. What hard work that took! He has also been recruited to play squash at rjbh20's alma mater (one of the ancient 8, which shall remain nameless until December), and on Saturday he was asked to give a TEDx youth talk at his school. So tonight is special, indeed.

                                                I have just pulled a coconut cake out of the oven, and by request rjbh20 is making fresh pasta with creamy herb sauce and veal marsala. Dinner will doubtless be photographed and posted later.

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                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  Wow, congratulations! You must be a proud mama! Uh oh, did he abandon the great state of NJ? I had my fingers crossed that he'd become a Tiger! Dinner sounds great!

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    NJ was in the running, but I'm thankful that I won't have to traverse the NJ Turnpike with any regularity.

                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                      My parents live there and even I avoid that horrible trap. I once got lost on the way to Vermont and paid the toll at least 6 times.

                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                    congrats to him and you are celebrating in fine comestible style!

                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                      Congrats on all these great achievements/milestones and I'm sure all the fabulous food this kid has enjoyed didn't hurt!

                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                        Wow Roxlet and rjbh20 - really impressive. All that, and he loves good food! You guys did it right - happy, happy, celebration!

                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                          Congratulations and happy birthday!

                                                          Hearing this makes me very happy. Good things should happen to good people.

                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                            The coach of the college team he will play on has a motto that my son has taken completely to heart, and what you just said mirrors that: "Work hard. Good things will happen."

                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                            Wish I was your son.

                                                            Gone are the days of homecooking for birthdays as we are now adults and live very far away. Typically my sister and I have a joint birthday dinner at a restaurant because our birthdays are two and half weeks apart .

                                                            Italian was one of my usual requests though. Typically chicken parm. As an adult your menu sounds better.

                                                            Please tell, what types of herbs are in the sauce?

                                                            1. re: melpy

                                                              I'm not sure exactly what he puts in the sauce because he wanders out back and snips. We have rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano and tarragon back there, so I think it's just how it strikes him on any given day. I'll ask him tonight after he makes it. I'm pretty sure some flat leaf parsley works its way in there too.

                                                            2. re: roxlet

                                                              congratulations to that fine young man you two have raised! he's certainly making his way into the world early and with a big splash! dinner sounds great - hope you all enjoy your celebration!

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                #1 - Wow Roxlet - congratulations to you, your son and your entire family and Happy B-Day to him as well!
                                                                We too celebrate special occasions with a special meal at home! I love to hear when people do that rather than go out to restaurants. I am sure your son is especially thankful of such a meal that comes straight from the heart.
                                                                BTW - my youngest son always asks for creamy herb or creamy mushroom pasta for his birthday too!
                                                                Can't wait to see the pics

                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                  What a special day. Congrats and happy birthday rolled into one. You must be gushing with pride.

                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                    Awesome awesome awesome! Congrats to your son and your family! and enjoy that delicious meal!

                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                      Happy Birthday wishes to your son and Congratulations all around!
                                                                      I hope you have a wonderful evening!

                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                        Happy birthday to the roxlet/rjbh son on his 18th birthday, his recruitment to the ancient 8 school, AND some MAJOR congratulations on his TEDx youth talk! What an honor, indeed!

                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                          Congrats & Happy Birthday to your son. I have a November baby also except he'll be 32....

                                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                            But he'll always be your baby, right?

                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                              Yes he will

                                                                            2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                              Congrats, roxlet. Major milestone and ranked #1! My son has a birthday this month (he was born on Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 28th) and he'll be 39 - and he will always be my baby! I also have a grandson who will be 17 on the 25th. Oh, how time flies. I have always called my son my "little Turkey".

                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                Haha!

                                                                                I had a planned C-Section, and my doctor wanted to deliver my son a bit later, but the baby was already over 8lbs. I insisted on the 14th since, as I told him, "I don't want to be making a birthday party and Thanksgiving dinner on the same week for the rest of my life." I feel for you and a Thanksgiving baby!

                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                  I love it! Foodie from the start :)

                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                    So true. And he will try ANYTHING. One of his favorite things is fried chicken hearts (sorry CHers - I can't eat that). But he is an adventurer.

                                                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                                                    Wise, wise Roxlet - planning spaced out dinner parties whilst about to give birth!

                                                                              2. re: roxlet

                                                                                Heartiest congrats to you and your son. Hope the celebration was enjoyed by all. We have 2 little ones (5 yrs and 5 weeks) but when they are teens they are still requesting special celebratory dinners at home and we are toasting each others' triumphs I will know that we've done well. You have so much to be proud of -- cheers to you and rjbh20!

                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                  Wow, you must be incredibly proud of him. Squash and TEDx. Good parenting obviously! Congrats to you all.

                                                                                2. Reservations. Great restaurant offered a Groupon last summer and I thought surely we'd have a Friday night / date-night / "let's go out up-scale" ambition long before it snowed. Tonight is the last evening we have open before this thing expires.

                                                                                  1. I think every addition title gets started a little early these days. We are just a very verbose bunch.

                                                                                    Tonight is supposed to be chicken cutlet with mashed potato and broccoli in some way. Not sure I am feeling the whole thing. Have to figure out what to do with all my CSA goodies instead.

                                                                                    We have WAY TOO MANY potatoes, so I still have to make them, and the chicken cutlets are thawed but I don't have to bread and fry.

                                                                                    Also have:
                                                                                    white turnips
                                                                                    lacinato kale
                                                                                    broccoli
                                                                                    sweet potatoes
                                                                                    sweet onion
                                                                                    red onion
                                                                                    field greens
                                                                                    some half and half
                                                                                    cranberry cinnamon goat cheese
                                                                                    pizza dough
                                                                                    honey ham
                                                                                    american cheese
                                                                                    pasta
                                                                                    baby bok choy
                                                                                    carrots
                                                                                    celery
                                                                                    breakfast radishes
                                                                                    leftover butternut squash/apple soup
                                                                                    half loaf of almost stale Italian bread

                                                                                    I will repurpose anything. I probably have other stuff I can't remember right now at work too.

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                                                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                                                      Well, all of that should keep you fed for the next few days.

                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                        The CSA delivers every Tuesday and we share a regular with another family. We just can't eat it all fast enough. I don't buy much at the grocery.

                                                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                                                          I could see that. We took over the CSA share from our previous homeowners when we bought their house for the remainder of the summer, and it was almost work to manage to use it all up.

                                                                                      2. re: melpy

                                                                                        Wait - you get goat cheese, ham, pizza dough and pasta with your CSA? Or that's just what else was in the melpy family fridge?

                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                          Those items are just on hand.
                                                                                          We used to get ham in our meat CSA bout stopped subscribing for a couple sessions.

                                                                                        2. re: melpy

                                                                                          What are "breakfast radishes" and how do you use them -- I'm assuming these are NOT eggs?

                                                                                          1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                            "Breakfast radish" may be the radish called "French Breakfast" - a fairly elongated one and quite peppery. The one to buy if given a choice. IMO, of course.

                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                              Yes, this is what the CSA calls them. Wonder why te French part is left off?

                                                                                              1. re: melpy

                                                                                                Maybe so as not to suggest confusion - in my experience, radish is not part of an actual French breakfast.

                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                  True Harters... never seen a French person eat a radish at breakfast... wonder how they got that name?

                                                                                          2. re: melpy

                                                                                            Maybe a loaded calzone with some of those ingredients? (I did a make-your-own calzone theme with friends with hot pizza stones in the oven for New Year's Eve one year....that was fun.)

                                                                                            I researched CSA in my area. But it seems everyone has a hard time getting rid of the food eventually. I love the idea though.

                                                                                            1. re: foodcompletesme

                                                                                              If you are diligent at cooking, meal plan an freeze some things before they go off you really don't have a hard time. Laziness is my enemy and why I have to toss something once in a whole. Plus we were fine at a medium share.

                                                                                            2. re: melpy

                                                                                              I made mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, roasted carrots with thyme and fennel seed and BLSL chicken cutlet dredged in flour seasoned with Hungarian Paprika, salt, pepper and garlic powder, sauteed in butter. Pan de-glazed with marsala wine and then seasoned with some salt/pepper and finished with half and half.

                                                                                              I thought I made too many potatoes but I can't stand them leftover so we ate them all.

                                                                                              1. re: melpy

                                                                                                I love leftover mash potatoes...to make potato cakes!

                                                                                                1. re: LaLa

                                                                                                  Ooh I don't eat potatoes much but I plan on lots of mashed leftover from Thanksgiving and I give myself full freedom on the carb train over thanksgiving. How do you make them? I imagine you'd need some sort of binder.

                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                    I have a ton from the CSA but I don't like having them too often. It has been about once every two weeks right now.

                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                      Yes just a little flour and an egg!

                                                                                                    2. re: LaLa

                                                                                                      Same here. I made some with sautéed leeks the other day.

                                                                                                      I adore whipped creamy potatoes so much that I would happily eat them alone for a meal. Just hand me a bowl with a big wooden spoon. :)

                                                                                                      1. re: LaLa

                                                                                                        My mom tried to make them once and I hated them.

                                                                                                        I prefer latkes. The potato cakes still have the old potato taste.

                                                                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                                                                          I put sautéed onion and caraway seed and sour cream in mine - no old potato taste then. (I know what you mean by that...)

                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                            I really don't! I can eat an old French fry at the bottom of the bag I was supposed to throw away! potatoes just never taste bad to me.

                                                                                                            (ok, don't tell anyone i said that. i don't do it anymore. as far as you know.)

                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                              I think it is more the cold then reheated potato taste I dislike.

                                                                                                  2. Grilled skirt steak, mashed potatoes, green salad, and maybe a frozen summer veg blend as well. We have our 11 year old nephew after school these days and lets just say that his parents haven't put much effort into feeding him good or healthy food. He says he likes steak and mashed potatoes (though he may never have had any that didn't come from a box) so the salad and frozen vegs will be experiments.

                                                                                                    I found packages of skirt steak at ShopRite over the weekend. It is usually $11.99/lb but these pre-packaged ones were $5.99/lb and not obviously on any special sale. Not sure why there was such a huge price difference... hopefully the steak will be good.

                                                                                                    I mixed up a quick marinade of chopped garlic, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, mustard, kosher salt, black pepper, a dash of cumin, paprika, and a couple of drops of sriracha. for the steak. We shall see!

                                                                                                    1. I agree MC that the Turkey Day thing started WAY too early - we've gone through three threads already! I don't know if that should bother me more than it does :-)

                                                                                                      Anyway...
                                                                                                      Tonight for dinner is fish. I buy whole fish at Whole Foods and love to grill/broil them whole (although I take the heads off before we sit down to eat for husband's sake) and tonight is broiled Bass which will be accompanied by fries, Greek salad with a lot of extra juices from the salad (lemon/olive oil/s&p) for the fish and fries!

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                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                        well, i just think some people, like me, forget how fast we go through these threads! some of us old timers remember when it took us a week to get to 300 posts! and anyway, i was home, sick, bored, we were over 400 posts, so i went with it. we can get back to the thanksgiving theme next one.

                                                                                                        whole fish with fries! that sounds delicious.

                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                          When I said that it bothers me that we went through three threads - I meant that I am on this site way too much, not that you opened a new one.
                                                                                                          ...and 300 posts in a week?! How many were you? Two? Now we go through 400 in a day or two. See? Way to much time on this site :-)

                                                                                                          I hope you're feeling better though

                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                                                            thanks. seriously a week. we were a lot smaller, but not two! we do go by very fast. and i'm on this site way too much too!

                                                                                                      2. No cook night out. The British pub with bf and his mom. Can't wait. Hopefully I can have a kids (little sods) meal.

                                                                                                        1. It's going to be a surprise, as I'm dog-sitting at a friend's house. She's left a freezer full of already cooked goodies, and she's a wonderful cook, so I'm sure it'll be lovely.

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                                                                                                          1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                            Oh, how very nice that your friend cooked some meals for you, kcshigekawa!

                                                                                                          2. We've been eating a lot of chicken lately, which is getting boring, so I thawed a big fat flank steak for tonight. Getting ready to slap that on some hot cast iron until medium rare, and then I'll top it with some roasted garlic/fresh herb/goat cheese compound butter that I just made. It's delicious, if I do say so myself. Roasted red peppers on the side.

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                                                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                              Wow the flank steak and the compound butter sound amazing. For some reason I just discovered Boursin cheese last week, but I want to slap that stuff on everything!

                                                                                                            2. Early home today and early start to the weekend--of course that just means I get to do other work grr.

                                                                                                              Last night I tried a roast in the crockpot--and was pretty disappointed with it. Maybe I filled it too full? My piece of meat was tough, my carrots were uncooked. The only thing I enjoyed thoroughly was my mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                              Today I repurposed the beef, carrots, and mushrooms into beef stew. If all else fails it smells great. To go with I'm baking cornbread. And possibly a store-bought apple-cranberry crisp for dessert. Maybe.

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                                                                                                              1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                bblonde, what cut of meat did you put in the crockpot? Something with a lot of fat so it could braise properly?

                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                  I did a chuck roast. Actually I did two because I knew I wanted leftovers for stew. One of the roasts was tender and one wasn't. Maybe it was just luck of the draw?

                                                                                                                  Beef stew was DELICIOUS, though. really hit the spot. But overate on it.

                                                                                                                  1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                    Huh. Chuck roasts are perfect for pot roasting and slow braises. Strange that one was tender and one wasn't. But I'm glad it worked out in the repurposing as beef stew!

                                                                                                              2. It warmed all the way up to a balmy -3C. I made a wicked enchilada sauce this morning so we are having chicken enchiladas and roasted poblano and corn rice for dinner. Simply steamed broccoli on the side.

                                                                                                                1. Half day at work today so I could take Mom to a medical appt. She's doing OK; just has to work through some pain issues related to compressed spine issues - stuff happens when you get old! Seeing my life in 25+ years. :-/

                                                                                                                  On the way home from her house, I realized nothing was taken out for dinner. I knew I had pulled pork in the freezer, and have some leftover coleslaw from the weekend in the fridge. So pulled pork, coleslaw on soft rolls was dinner.

                                                                                                                  Oh. It's Thursday. There was definitely wine. :-)

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                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                    It's Thursday, and there's a birthday dinner, so there was definitely a martini. Gin, don't skimp on the vermouth, and two olives, shaken, not stirred. Thanks.

                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      Classic martini.

                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                        The only kind. :)

                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                          Amen.

                                                                                                                          Cold as the heart of the witch of Endor.

                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                            I love the little ice crystal floating on the top after a hard shake.

                                                                                                                      2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                        happy birthday to.... you??

                                                                                                                        how did your soy vey brisket turn out, did i miss it?

                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                          You talking to me about the brisket? Wrong hound!

                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                            oh yeah, that was supposed to be aimed at rabaja!

                                                                                                                            and I did know it was your son's birthday! confusing my posts. let's blame the cough medicine, shall we?

                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                              If you say so, dear. ;)

                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                It was pretty good, for my first attempt at brisket.
                                                                                                                                My two pounder shrunk quite a bit, I would definitely look for a bigger one next time.
                                                                                                                                The soy vey made for a sweet sauce. I'd go more savory next time.
                                                                                                                                It was incredibly easy to put together. Will be making another soon as my work life balance is about to get crAzy for a month solid here. Easy and reheats well. With baked sweet potatoes and sauteed spinach dinner can de done in a snap. I fear we wil eat too much pizza in the next 30 days!

                                                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                  thanks for the report - and for finding my ill-placed post!

                                                                                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                            Something like this

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                              Oooohhh yeah!

                                                                                                                          3. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                            I'm glad to hear your Mom is OK, Linda. Stuff does happen when you get old, but how lucky is one to be able to "have stuff happen to them".
                                                                                                                            Enjoy your Mom, enjoy the sandwiches and enjoy the wine!

                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                              So nice that you are close by to help. You are a good daughter!

                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                Thanks, foodie. She took good care of us kids; time for me to reciprocate.

                                                                                                                            2. Supper tonight was soup and salad.

                                                                                                                              French onion soup topped with Gruyere tasted good. The homemade soup had been sitting in the back of the coolerator for over a week. It heated up well.

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                              1. I pulled a half pound of ground chicken out of the freezer last night and planned to make meatballs with it, but just not feeling it tonight. So, it will turn into jalapeno cheddar chicken burgers topped w/ BBQ sauce. Side will be some good ol Ore Ida crinkles.

                                                                                                                                I've released SO to the wild til Sunday to see if he can get me an elk, so I'm having fun planning my eats for this weekend. Dinner out with friends tomorrow night, but otherwise I plan to hole up in my house.

                                                                                                                                1. We had...takeout. I was pooped after a tiring day and couldn't even muster up a Seamless order. My darlin' stopped by our local Korean joint for some bi bim bap, beef bulgogi, and kimchi. The lady laughed when he ordered it without rice. She was right, but he was right to help us stick to our diet, too.

                                                                                                                                  Maybe I'll cook tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                    The Italian place we ordered from tonight couldn't comprehend me not wanting the bread that comes with the antipasto platter. :)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                      I love when that happens. It's like "why is this so difficult to understand?"

                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                        Because it's just. not. done! :-)

                                                                                                                                      2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                        We encounter the same situation when we ask for no cheese or no butter or no mayo :-)

                                                                                                                                      3. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                        Fortunately for us, we mix rice in the dog food dinners (per the Vet) - so it never goes to waste.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                          We do the same thing!

                                                                                                                                          Rice is good for sore dog bellies too. Years ago when our first lab ate something-that-shall-not be-named-on-a-food-site the vet recommended picking up plain steamed or rice or making our own for him.

                                                                                                                                      4. So it's been a off day for me and I didn't even think about dinner until after 5; by that time, it was too late to thaw anything not already cooked. I remembered I froze a half roast chicken a few weeks ago so I pulled that out and defrosted it in the micro. I took off a breast and heated it in a skillet with some stock and a bit of *gasp* ....cream of chicken soup.

                                                                                                                                        The crisper had 1/2 head of cabbage from a couple of weeks ago that needed using so I cooked some bacon, removed it and added sliced up cabbage to the drippings. After sautéing a few minutes, water, chopped bacon and seasonings went into the pot; it was simmered and that side plus some curried rice went onto the plates and dinner was served!

                                                                                                                                        The rest of the chicken is now in the fridge waiting for me do something with....probably chicken noodle soup in the next few days.

                                                                                                                                        1. Our dinner today was a bit "special" for various reasons. We have a small farm and this morning I found that one of our roosters had a broken leg. (He was in bad shape and pain). We keep chickens for eggs, not meat, but I did not want to waste a perfectly good young rooster when I knew it would make great soup. So I called a friend who has a lot of farming experience and she came over and showed me how to dispatch and clean a chicken. After he was all cleaned up, I put him into a stock pot with some aromatic veggies and made a great stock. Pulled out the chicken and set it aside, let the stock reduce down a bit more as I shredded the chicken. It is amazing how a "real" fresh, free range chicken has such darker, richer meat than anything in the grocery store.

                                                                                                                                          Sauteed up some veggies - carrots, parsnips, celery, leeks and snow peas, with some fresh parsley, since that is what I had on hand. Added the stock and shredded chicken. I used a bagged spatzle style noodle because I had them in the pantry.

                                                                                                                                          Dinner ended up being an amazing chicken, veggie, noodle soup with homemade buttermilk cheddar cheeze bread on the side. Great dinner for a cold day and enough soup left over for at least 5 more meals for the two of us.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                            Oh my what a stoey

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                              I grew up on a farm and remember butchering the chickens too. It required several generations of us since there were so many at once. My Dad used to tease us and remind us we were eating Ole Bessie when we would have hamburgers or whatever from one of our cows. Since they were old dairy cows, the meat was tough. It took me many years to understand why people enjoyed steak! lol
                                                                                                                                              But you don't waste anything on a farm.
                                                                                                                                              Glad you had a good meal from the poor guy.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                Wow I hope there aren't any chowhounds in Key West reading your post! Just kidding as the roosters there are protected and probably wouldn't be very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Springhaze2

                                                                                                                                                  My mother would visit her grandfather's house in central PA when she was young, and there was a chicken coop in the back. She raised "Jack", her pet chicken, and when asked what to do with Jack before she left to go back to school, she said "could we have him for dinner?" LOL Never squeamish.

                                                                                                                                                  Sorry to hear your young rooster had a broken leg, but glad you had someone to show you how to dispatch and clean him and got so many good meals from him!

                                                                                                                                                2. change of plans. the BF came down with my cold, tho not as virulently, yet, but he stayed home from work tonight. so instead of my fish dinner, he took the beautifully roasted chicken i made him and made us soup! i totally appreciate the effort, but i'm a little sad about at least one of us not eating all that crispalicious chicken skin (tho i did scarf down the pope's nose). but, it's still in the fridge and we can re-crisp it tomorrow. along with the soup he made grilled cheese sandwiches on ciabatta with Cabot's white cheddar and arugula, and a butter lettuce salad with green olives. sadly, most of it tasted like nothing to me. grrrr.

                                                                                                                                                  tomorrow night it's fish for me, chicken for him.

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                  1. We're defrosting a beige gloop meal. Ham & butter bean stew. Some of herself's sourdough will be the carb.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Last night: Poached salmon with lemon dill sauce, Israeli couscous. Vanilla yogurt with sliced kiwi and banana.
                                                                                                                                                      Something I could make in 30 minutes. I know the salmon with dill sauce is more of a summer time dish but I hadn't made it in awhile and just wanted it. Poach in water with whole black peppercorns, celery, carrots, onion, parsley, salt, sliced garlic. Sauce was simple: half & half, cornstarch, dill, lemon, tsp. of chicken bouillon granules, and some of the strained poaching liquid, all reduced until thick. For couscous, sautéed onion til golden then toasted couscous and then hot broth. After all done, I realized I meant to make a veggie too, but my head has been in the books all day so I was dazed. Unfortunately -not cookbooks - academic books. I just ate a bigger portion of couscous. Life is good :)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodcompletesme

                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like the perfect meal!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Yesterday, I made a big pot of Chicken Tortilla Soup. It was so yummy good. That said, leftovers for tonight's dinner. I also freeze some in small tubs. DH grabs them out of the freezer on his way to work. There are lots of various soups in there. Works great for him.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                          I love the idea of grabbing a container of something yummy out of the freezer to take for lunch! A delicious surprise every day!

                                                                                                                                                        2. It's another vet day for me but hopefully we'll figure out what's wrong today. The plan for dinner is grass fed flank seasoned with badia finished with porcini wine butter and served with roasted portabello caps.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                            Your kitty was a found stray, right? I mentioned up thread, I brought a stray/farm cat home and it turned out he had toxoplasmosis. Didn't seem like an easy diagnosis at the time, and they took a while to figure out how to treat it effectively (at a very good animal hospital in SF) so just thought I'd mention it.
                                                                                                                                                            Best of luck to you and Take!

                                                                                                                                                            Eta: toxoplasmosis is caused from EATING something foul (dead animal) so I consider this completely on-topic :)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                              Like the Bonefish Grill, you mean? :-D

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                  i was already deleted today about that horrid place. Don't get me started.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh great, good to know. Kitties also harbor toxoplasmosis and the cysts hang out in their poo. He did come with Giardia and Herpes but all is resolved now. The vet called before my appointment to check on him and he's more boisterous and actually whining his usual whine for food so we're gonna try to feed him again today and if nothing then he'll go in for more tests.

                                                                                                                                                                  He was a stray and quite the trooper/acts like a stray. This cat will spend as long as it takes, once 2 hours to kill a fly and consume it. I gave him a nice belly rub last night and he seemed to relax somewhat. I also pulled out the handy stethoscope and his belly sounded like it was functioning normally. His activity level this afternoon is much better so I'm hoping that he let go of whatever was going on. Fingers crossed for a cozy Friday dinner with my kitten amidst my crazy mad woman Thanksgiving planning

                                                                                                                                                                3. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                  Dinner plans changed. I had flank in mind and plopped it into the fridge last night to defrost but alas I run back to the store and find bison top sirloin so that's the choice instead. I was torn between it and the strip steaks which were also on sale, bot a strip will freeze it for later.

                                                                                                                                                                  On a happy note, Take is doing great! I think he might have been sick not sure from what but he's back to usual now. The vet suggested I try some dry food and he was nibbling on it. I also was cutting up some meat I just bought and he loves his raw food so I decided to see if he would gobble it up as usual, I gave him a piece and to my surprise he cried for more so now has a full belly of healthy protein and drank a nice guzzle of water afterwards. Maybe he's just spoiled :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                    It sounds like the storm has passed. Fingers crossed. Maybe Take just had an off couple of days. We all get that. Maybe he was stressed from you being sick. If only they could talk.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                      Kitties can also get "kitty flu" - I had a cat awhile back that grew increasingly listless; wouldn't eat or drink. Took her to the vet; gave her some meds then and there (and hydrated her). Also gave her a B12 shot for some energy. That helped a lot, and she was back to normal in a couple of days.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                        I had a kittie that a B12 shot put her over the edge and she passed three days later. It was supposed to give her an appetite and energy. She must have been alergic.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                          Awwww. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                            Being a cat lover that got the tears flowing. I have three here so I know what it is to bond with the perfect little creatures:)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                              so sad, suzigirl.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                              Blargh, how could this doctor forget to vaccinate her kitty? :)

                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                              Yea, so true. Last time I was sick he sat right on my chest the entire time with paws around my neck. The little guy is truly my best buddy so I'm glad he's doing better as I was so worried, didn't sleep much last night.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                So glad that he is feeling better. Whew.

                                                                                                                                                                            4. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, I'm so happy for you and Take. That is the best news. Hugs and cuddles to you both. Here's to many happy dinners for you both.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, he's so boisterous now and I don't care, run all over the place and shred up toilet paper. I'm just glad he's doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                            5. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                              Fingers crossed for good (and easily fixable!) news for Take, and your dinner sounds GREAT.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                I usually make my own compound butters, the porcini wine butter was a find of my usual wandering eyes in Whole Foods which I'm excited to try. I'm supposed to be cutting back for the holidays, but oh wel. As grandma says, you only get one life, better live it.

                                                                                                                                                                                Also, with the sick kitty I never made it to Penzey's but my holiday spirit still loaded up an internet cart and didn't hesitate to press checkout. More Sunny Paris on the way, suzigirl. Do I remember that you tried the Green Goddess dressing as well?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                  Nope not green godess. Italian dressing seasoning and I love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                    Blargh, next time. It's not like much time passes between my orders :) Oh btw I picked up the mustard set at TJs today which you might just love - set of 4 different flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                      I need to get there to look at the seasional things and thanks for the heads up on the mustard

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        Basil, Blackcurrant, Provencal and Chablis. I am trying my best to my knife out of 3 of the 4 and trying to plan meals around them so as not to be a mustard dipping junkie.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                          So which is the mustard dipping winner? I am not feeling the blackcurrant unless you say yum. The rest sound amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, I haven't even opened the blackcurrant as I assume I won't like it. It's being gifted. The Provencal red pepper is great and the basil is like the perfect hit of basil from a good pesto with the mustard background. I was pondering pesto this weekend but this might be a better stand in. I think the red pepper would be the best dipper, basil best cooker.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I may be getting those for gifts. They sound great.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                    What is that Green Goddess dressing? A friend of mine said she liked it (I have never had it). So I looked at the super market bottle of it that she had and it was full of chemicals and colors, and could not even discern what the original ingredients might have been??
                                                                                                                                                                                    This is my friend - God love her - who is stuck in the 50's. She serves canned fruit over lettuce and adds shredded cheese and asks me if I want a dollop of mayonnaise on it. No thanks! It is like going back in time eating with her.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodcompletesme

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've had nearly 4 different Green Godess dressings and they all are quite different. Roxlet's dressing is the best most amazing thing ever and a big batch will be made Wednesday night for Thankgiving leftovers! It's incredible and recipe is here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/720736. I think hers is the classic version. The Trader Joe's Green Goddess as well as Annie's Green Goddess bottled dressings are super heavy on the tahini sort of thick dip types with less herbal flavor. Penzey's is a mix of herbs (http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...) which seem similar to a Ranch/Green Goddess mix. The bottle in the store seems to have "real ingredients" to me. I'm not sure what you picked up.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Midweek birthday dinner for the young man (school night, so the primary festivities are this weekend).

                                                                                                                                                                                House-made tagliatelle with herbs, cream, parmigiano & truffle oil followed by vitello marsala.

                                                                                                                                                                                Birthday cake not shown, but it was lovely

                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                  Birthday cake

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                    Coconut?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                      Inside and out.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                        Nice choice, always grandma's favorite. She would sure ignore her diabetes for that cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                      fluffmeister!

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                      Another home run.

                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Being kind to my stomach since Bonefish Grill was not last night. BLSL chicken breast half weighing in at just over a pound. The butcher called them Dolly Parton chicken breasts. Haha. Sunny Paris, garlic powder and badia on mine and that plus wing sauce for James. Fingerlings boiled in salt water and buttered and sugar snap peas. Boring but easy on the tummy..

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll take that chicken boob if you can't finish it. I hope you feel better. Lots of bad WFD health vibes going around

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                          No doubt. Seems like when it rains, it pours.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The snow melted a bit today!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Braising away in the oven are pork shoulder steaks in apple cider, thyme, apple butter, etc. Will go well with the roasted garlic buttery whipped potatoes with crispy shallots and minted peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I empathize with those who are going through difficulties with pets. We were told our dog had food allergies so tried the elimination diet thing, bathes, lotions, etc. for six months to no avail. Meanwhile, his constant scratching, chewing and itching got desperate, like he could not stand himself. Second vet opinion? Mange. The entire time we were beside ourselves with worry but now he has been treated and we are all thrilled he is getting his coat back. He had literally chewed his legs raw and now they are perfectly healed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Our pets are like children and when they hurt, we hurt. And when they are happy, we are happy. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                                                          I had a very similar situation with a dog. Mange is so hard on them. Lucky you didn't give up. Ours never fully grew back his fur but he was loved.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Indian dish cooked at home: Chicken Pullao (sometimes called Pulav I think…I've seen it different in different sources). The smells are tantalizing right now.
                                                                                                                                                                                          onion, mustard seed, fresh grated ginger, pressed garlic, cumin, garam masala, fresh tomatoes, potato, peas, fresh cilantro, green chillies, chicken, cooked with basmati rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The only good thing(s) about today?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. It's Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I saw a bald eagle in the "wild" for the first time ever. "wild" is in quotes because it was over the highway on my way to work this morning, and at first it was mistaken for a really big-ass seagull until it banked and came closer to the road and I could see the white head and white tail feathers. Simply amazeballs!

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I have a glass of wine in hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Otherwise, the work week sucked. Home late (6:45) on a Friday night after a non-stop day. Thankfully, BJ's Mandarin Orange Chicken to the rescue with basmati rice and peas. Probably not the healthiest dinner, but it's about all I could manage without calling for takeout, which I've not yet done while living here.

                                                                                                                                                                                            And there is that wine. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                              How cool seeing the bald eagle today. I saw one in my neighborhood a few years back and thought it was a big ass vulture. James informed me it was a juvinile bald eagle. He was at the end of the street in a yard as we turned in he took flight. It was not a vulture and was cool as hell to watch. He visits the area now and again. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. (Yes, it is silly. That's okay)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                Welcome to the weekend. Kick back, scratch the kitties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                It's all good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've seen a couple and I agree it's quite a sight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Meat is back on the menu!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Club steak is the main, home fries and green beans will be on the side. House red to wash it down. We'll sit in the dining room, clink a glass or two, maybe discuss current events. Lou Reed will be on the box.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was cool eating a cozy meal in the dining room, dialing the lights down low, talking about Lou Reed and the whole New York music scene back in the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I put Dinner Rush on the plasma. It's a food movie, pure New York.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Supper was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lou Reed makes good company.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      amazing looking plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd have to take off both my gloves and my shoes to begin counting the number of Lou Reed/Velvet Underground concerts I've been to. He was pure New York.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great looking plate

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I corned a brisket this week and cooked it today, so it's sandwiches on homemade sourdough rye. With freshly made applesauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow - homemade corned beef sandwiches - mmmm!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Today is my son's birthday so I took him to lunch where I had a huge bbq chicken salad with grilled chicken, romaine, grilled corn and assorted other veggies, crispy tortilla strips and a nice bbq dressing. I couldn't finish it so I brought the leftovers home which I ate for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I cooked the BF some fried rockfish & sautéed shrimp with Old Bay; he finished the last of the three cheese potatoes from few days ago as the side. Simple night meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy birthday to your "baby" too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy birthday to your son. Love those November boys! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy birthday to your son.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Everyone for the Birthday wishes....

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. National Bundt Day, so cake of course. And (inspired by the 1950's thread) a decorated potato salad loaf, unglazed. Spent the day with my cooking pal and we had a ton of fun in her kitchen making two cakes, decorating the salad and preparing crock pot pulled pork for our families to enjoy together for dinner. Other sides were a shredded carrot/apple/craisin salad and fresh pineapple rings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cakes were 1) a Harvey Wallbanger bundt in the Jubilee pan we got this morning at the Nordic Ware factory store. Great pan, and cake had fine texture and plain poundcake flavor. A bit dull when compared with some of the more flavorful recent cakes I've made. and 2 ) Cranberry Creme, with margarine & almond milk in place of the dairy ingredients. Very tasty, and the almond glaze with scatter almond slices added to the overall effect. The Carousel Pan's horses don't stand out in the attached photo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                love those radish flowers! those cakes are both beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those look gorgeous! Keep me away from the Nordic Ware factory store! Where is it???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quick directions (if you're familiar with the Minneapolis/St Paul MN area) - just east of Hwy 100 on Hwy 7. If you're visiting in the area, plan to stop in for an hour of fun browsing (allow less time, if you want to avoid too much temptation), Here's a link that shows photos inside the small shop, as well as providing hours, exact address, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.nordicware.com/about/facto...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I suppose I should be glad I'm in NY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "a decorated potato salad loaf"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This intrigued me so I googled it and I can't wait to make it. Probably won't happen until next year but it's in the recipe vault!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow. How gorgeous is that? It all looks amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. We were re gifted a treat this morning, live lobsters flow in from the east. My poor brother on law had to pass on five beauties because my sister can't stomach cooking them -umm, maybe he should give it a whirl? And yes, I think she should have manned up, but I digress...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My parents were the recipients and they kindly brought us two of the five they were bequeathed. Not only do they come over once a week to watch the bebe, but they bring gifts like lobstah. I'm blessed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sadly, tonight took a tail spin and I got home late and my husband, even later. Lobster was steamed this morning though, so hopefully we can make a proper meal if it tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, I'm craving comfort. I defrosted four links of turkey Italian sausage while putting the little one to bed and fashioned something I'm calling a casserole, with rigatoni, Rao's and as much fresh spinach as there is pasta. And cheese, lots and lots of cheese.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It ain't gourmet, but it's what's for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lucky you, all the way around!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope tonight's meal satisfies and tomorrow's is even better. I'm very envious of the lobster and babysitting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. tonight was risotto with spicy sausage and baby spinach. we have a newborn (5 weeks old now) and my plan was overly ambitious -- too labor intensive and timing dependent. I should stick to things that are roasted and mostly hands off. nevertheless, when we finally ate it after variable feedings, attempted sleep cycles etc., it was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            belated congrats, MAH. that risotto sounds delish. i don't think i've had one with sausage before. may have to try that - the BF would surely love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Congratulations!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm just impressed that youre cooking. The oven roasted dinner has become my new favorite for easy, hands off meals. If only it could be done without dirtying dishes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow. Risotto with a five week old? You have talent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Congrats on your newborn - and make-ahead meals when the little one is asleep might be the way to go....and a crockpot is your friend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations and enjoy every minute. I envy you - I miss the days when my kids were babies. Now I have to wait to be a grandma :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, me, too. My only kiddo is far, far, away right now and I miss him...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. browned butter is it's own reward. i usually say that about bacon, and it's true, but tonight it was browned butter. my take on sole meuniere. my fish monger yesterday had very, very thinly sliced sole, so i got two small pieces (wish i'd gotten more), and dredged them in s&p'd flour. before that, however, i roasted a smallish sweet potato and when it was done, split it open and shoved butter into its awaiting crevasse, then sprinkled it liberally with s&p and aleppo (is there anything that aleppo doesn't make better? another saying usually reserved for bacon). i also steamed some green beans, and finished them in the butter in the pan that was waiting for the sole. fried the sole in the butter until golden, crisping the edges slightly, and browned the butter until it was sweet and nutty. plated the fish, poured the browned butter over, squirted some lemon, and voila! a buttery delite. and don't report me to the wine police (aaah, go ahead, see if i care) but i accompanied the whole thing with a glass of French red - a Limoux - a really nice little table wine - because it's what i had open and which i deemed necessary for medicinal purposes. cold? what cold?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    damn, i loved that little browned butter fish. BF don't know what he's missing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent. That's my kind of meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good call on the medication.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nicely done. My love for Aleppo pepper is well known. The browned butter and lemon "suace" sounds perfect for the fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree! I have a nice giant bag of Aleppo on the way. I need to stop bringing the shaker to the table with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I'm trying to clean out before the holidays so trying to make due mostly with what's around so my random idea for dinner is to use the tub of local regular hummus and mix with spinach and artichokes and perhaps some parmesan and pile it on a chicken breast. Spinach artichoke hummus seems odd to be but I think it just might be tasty. The chicken will be seasoned with TJs basil dijon. I might throw bacon or pancetta in for good measure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. We're having an extremely inauthentic North African/Eastern Mediterranean dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To start - spinach fatayer (supermarket), a few olives and some other bits and bobs from the fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Main course is a lamb & aubergine stew. Onions and lamb to be browned. Garlic, aubergine, red & yellow peppers, ras el hanout & harissa to be added and freid for a while. Tin of tomatoes and stock go and and it all gets simmered for a couple of hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After that, chopped coriander and mint go i. It's then transferred to a baking dish. A couple of tins of chickpeas and now crushed with a fork and mixed with a little olive oil and seasoning, then crumbled feta is added. This lot tops the lamb mix and goes in the oven to bake for 45 minutes, with the intent that the topping goes crispy. There'll be khobz bread and pitta to eat alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For dessert, Mrs H says she's making a cardamom and pistachio cake, that we'll have with a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Can't tell you anything more about it as I prefer not to ask too many questions about herself's baking witchcraft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Tonight I think I'm going to do a roasted chicken... my favorite recipe is a Tyler Florence one, where you stuff it with lemon, onion, garlic and thyme, then drape bacon over the top. Side will be a simple risotto that I'll probably mix some pesto in with. Oh and maybe some green beans sauteed in some bacon fat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. A beautiful, sunny and relatively warm day in Happy Valley calls for throwing some pig in the smoker: 4 racks of ribs will soon be gettin' their rub on and will hang out in my Bradley till they're good to go. Haven't decided on the wood yet -- I've got cherry, apple and alder, and I don't remember what I used last time. Either way, this will be great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We're hosting a poker game tonight with 8 people, one of whom is a pescatarian, so we're also cedar-planking a side of salmon on the grill. I had hoped to smoke the salmon along with the ribs, but the cooking temps are just too different, so I had to nix that plan. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our friends are bringing sides -- roasted veggies and a salad or such.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fingers crossed I do more than break even this time around :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jesus. So the temps have been very, very low, so I have no idea how the ribs will turn out. I'm a bit baffled that my smoker wouldn't be able to *ever* get to the appropriate temperature, even if all the trays are packing. I mean.... really?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anywhos. Just aboot ready to take them out of this stupid thing for today, as I can't deal with the aggravation right now, splash them with some apple juice, and then they will finish (pleasepleaseplease) in the oven for another 3 hours, 2 of which will be spent wrapped in foil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also blanked on getting 'cue sauce as I've been working all day, so I'll have to make another run to the stupidmarket for that. Gah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck on the ribs and sauce - it all SOUNDS good on virtual paper, lingua!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. WFD is a pork tenderloin with red potato and fennel recipe that I found in the Food Network magazine. Has white wine, chicken broth and heavy cream- sounds promising.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Boy do I have some catching up to do!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WFD is probably just nibbles. The men have hockey and I have a weeks worth of laundry to catch up with-don't be too jealous!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well- I was feeling lonely so I decided I deserved a treat and ended up repeating a previously solo meal. Nantucket Bay scallops seared in bacon fat and sprinkled with the crumbled bacon. Hit the cellar and found I had one bottle left of really nice Italian Chard. Roaring fire in the fireplace and Criminal Mind repeats on the TV. The laundry can wait until tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's the spirit. Ditch the laundry and enjoy the scallops and wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Scallops, bacon, chardonnay, AND Shemar Moore? Girl, you are living fine! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. No cook Saturday here, normally we go out or order in. I feel like neither so we have tuna fish and sliced turkey from the store. Sandwiches it'll be for the BF. I also have a bunch of salad fixings that should be used...I know it's cooking, sorta but I'm going to boil an egg and cook a bit of bacon and make a BLT w/ hard boiled salad and Vidalia vinaigrette for myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You read my mind for lunch tomorrow. It poached a couple of chicken breasts and it'll be a yogurt Cobb wrap easy, pleasing relaxing Sunday brunch. I'm planning an herb dressing but your Vidalia vinaigrette sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Tonight Penne All'arrabbiata served with Ciabatta bread with basil olive oil drizzled on top and a lettuce salad. I attached a pic (hope it attached properly)... now that is what I call holy bread (pun intended)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The meat has been pulled from the bones of last night's chicken and the bones are simmering away on the stovetop making the stock for tonight's soup since this is about as close as we get to soup weather this time of year (60 and gloomy.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Onions and celery will be added to the stock for the last hour or so. Once strained some canned tomatoes and chipotles in adobo will be added, the shredded chicken and diced avocado will be added at the end. I think I'll pick some kale and swiss chard to stir in, too. I guess it will be similar to chicken tortilla soup without the tortilla.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds DElicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I *hate* clothes shopping. That is all on that subject.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's dinner is turkey tips from my local butcher, marinated in their "Caribalo" marinade, which they say is teriyaki sauce and molasses. I augmented the marinade with more teriyaki and molasses, and at the last hour, I added some lime juice and Aleppo pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Onto the grill pan, flippity-flopped, and into a 350° oven to finish cooking, spooning a bit of the marinade over top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sides are whole baby Yukon Gold potatoes, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence roasted until crispy on the outside and pillowy fluffy on the inside and then tossed with butter, and some steamed broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, there's wine. It's Saturday. I was unsuccessful in my clothes shopping. 'Nuf said. I'm hoping to find something interesting on PPV for viewing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pardon my ignorance but what are turkey tips? It all sounds great but i want to know if i need to seek these little buggers out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm assuming they're the end of turkey tenderloins or part of the turkey breast. (Sirloin) steak tips and turkey tips are used quite frequently in the Massachusetts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702970

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.mrfood.com/Turkey-Misc-Pou...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes. I need to seek these little buggers out. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wine, potatoes and PPV - sounds like a great evening!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL about the clothes shopping... ditto for me. In fact, I am probably worse than you. My friends think I'm weird. I don't like "shoes", I don't like "handbags" (a true Non-fashinista with a Capital "N"). I have one pair of each: sneakers/boots/loafers and wear mostly jeans, khaki pants and white button-down shirts - all of which I buy online. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting any woman except the shopaholic, shoe loving type - I have to meet them for coffee afterwards :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Grandma would run someone over for turkey tips, and by that I mean the wing tips!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will go clothes shopping for you in exchange for dinner. Sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nordstrom Rack is online & ships for free! I've also never had a problem returning online stuff in a physical store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cheeburger cheeburger. No Coke, Pepsi. Bacon cheeseburgers and potato salad. Mine is going to be blue cheese, tomatoes , pickles Datil do it mustard, ketchup and a jumbo fried egg. James wants bacon from brekky, cheddar, dill relish, ketchup, A1 and yellow mustard. Toasted martins sesame seed buns and oven roasted Idaho potatoes. Dinner - done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hats off to the Belushi reference and sounds like a delicious dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Haha. I just realised i was writing this in two parts and I had potato salad on the brain to use up celery in the fridge and was decidedly lazy and ended up with oven fries. Still had cheeburgers though

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Wow, 2 days in a row that I don't have to cook. Almost unthinkable. Was invited by my dad and his SO to visit and he would take us out for dinner tonight. So we went to this really quaint Chinese restaurant in Salem. Great dinner of sweet & sour chicken, fried shrimp and chicken chow mein. Then tomorrow, my MIL and her best friend (besties since High School - and the friend just lost her husband a month ago - also kindly referred to as Auntie) are taking us to dinner at the local steak house. I'll probably go nuts. I know we have (and will have) some good leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, now I'm sad. My son and DIL just lost their 13 yr old Rott. Oh, what a sweet dog he was. His name was Boss. He was the most gentle giant I know. Fiercely loyal, but if he knew you were family, you had his devotion. He was second in line to my heart with my own cocker (he thought he was a lap dog). He loved his hamburger steak (and always got cooked his own). He shall be so missed. A place at the table will always be there for him. RIP Boss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He looks like a real sweetie pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Losing a loyal dog is heartbreaking, as we know too well from this year's passing of our beloved Dixie Doodle. RIP doggie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a handsome boy he was. So sorry. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a sweet, handsome guy. Sounds like he had 13 great years. So sorry!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aw. So sad to lose a beloved pet. RIP Boss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a gorgeous dog.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our Golden is 13 and although he looks and runs around like he is 5 yo, I am preparing myself mentally for this type of loss, which is never easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How sad to lose such a handsome boy. Looks like he is going to be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aw, what a darling! It's always so rough to lose a beloved pet. They're such a huge part of our lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh sad....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rotties are wonderful family dogs. I'm so sorry :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Love that Rott face - and that personality. So sorry for you and your son and DIL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So sad, what a handsome dog! RIP Boss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love rotties and Boss looks so sweet. RIP good boy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's always the biggest dogs who think they belong in laps! He looks very very sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Son is out celebrating various milestones with friends, wife is sawing logs, so a late nite dinner for one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pan-roasted bacon wrapped cod on a langoustine risotto hoecake with sage & lemon beurre noisette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks delightful, but when you start stirring around in the kitchen at 10PM, it's hard for me to want to eat that late! My fault, I know. I had the kitchen tied up with baking. My dinner was a banana.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you two now communicate via CH :-) ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nope. We actually talk to each other all the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's a restaurant-quality meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Tonight it was Blanquet de Veal. Delicious. Julia Child recipe so what could be bad. As long as I can get the meat we are going to have veal dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Friday night we had an unplanned for guest so I did a random meal of sorts combining two night's dinners so we had enough food to go around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We started with baba ganough and pita bread and silverbeet (swiss chard) and feta fritters. After those were dispatched we moved on to chervil tartlets, a radish salad and some grilled sausages. A nice enough meal even if all the components didn't match. Nicest of all was that all the greens and herbs came from my or family gardens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night I made a batch of dolma with grape leaves my parents gave me, we ate them again tonight and there are still plenty to feature for another night's meal unless I attempt to freeze them, which I may well do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I want to eat at your unplanned events. My goodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Attempting pork belly for the first time today. I had it in the spring when we were in Vegas and I loved it! Found it very reasonably priced at the grocery store yesterday so I couldn't pass it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll also make macaroni and cheese and baked beans (doctored up from a can) on the side. I was in the middle of spinach-artichoke lasagna rollups last night when I decided I was tired and needed to go to bed so I will finish them as well. If my sister shows up for football, I'll bake a couple of them for her as she is practically vegetarian these days and won't eat the pork belly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow! That's pretty rich. How'd it all turn out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. We had three friends over for dinner last night, sort of impromptu after a day trip out to the country for a wine tasting and farm lunch (grass-fed burgers, kale salad, and kettle chips). We stopped at an Asian market on our way back into town and picked up some dinner ingredients and inspiration. I went with a sort of fusion comfort food menu that could be put together without too much trouble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wasabi almonds and spicy rice cracker mix w/ wasabi peas for nibbles. Pork and chive postickers (frozen from market) with dumpling sauce to start. The main was meatloaf - ground pork and beef mixed with an egg, panko, splash of soy sauce, sesame oil, sauteed scallion, grated carrot, onion, garlic, and ginger, brushed with a sauce of hoisin, ketchup, and chili-garlic sauce. I overcooked it slightly in my overzealousness not to serve my pregnant friend underdone meat. Luckily we'd made a soy, shitake and baby bella gravy to go with. Sides were wasabi redskin mashed potatoes w/ sour cream, baby bok choy with oyster sauce, sweet soy, and togarashi, and smacked cucumber salad (which I've never had, and loved). For dessert, I put together a quick galette with Asian pear, orange zest, and 5-spice powder in a prefab pie crust brushed with egg yolk and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. We served slices of the galette with matcha green-tea infused whipped cream. It was good but would have been better if we'd sweetened the whipped cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of my friends brought Brooklyn's winter ale, and we had a bottle of an Alsatian white blend, which went nicely with the rest of the flavors. Black Maple Hill bourbon for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, what a neat idea! I'm no meatloaf lover, for sure, but that Asian-style thing..... I might just eat that :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, I forgot---I also put spicy bean paste in the meatloaf. Leftovers this afternoon were good cold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great meal. I'll happily be an impromptu guest!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  what are smacked cukes, please?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ask and ye shall receive: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I used only half the chili oil because I wasn't sure what our guests could handle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is really good. If you make the dressing ahead, the garlic mellows in the sauce. I rinsed my cukes lightly and drained before adding the dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the info.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks! those sound great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I always order smacked cukes at Sichuan restaurants. So good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Abused gherkins are going to become a regular in our house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. While I love my usual poultry, I'm trying to look away with the approaching turkey-loaded holiday so seafood is on the menu. The plan for dinner is crab dip stuffed portabello caps. This morning I mixed the crab meat with sheep's milk yogurt, green onions, shallots, worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, garlic, and smoked Gouda. It will all be piled into the mushroom caps, broiled and topped with Pancetta and grated Pecorino.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds delicious! We might be stuffing portobellos tonight, too, but sadly not with crab.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What are you stuffing with? I love the fungi! The crab treat is nice but I'm also really looking forward to the mushrooms. I found some giant ones which I'm sure promise a big flavor punch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure yet, I just know they need to be used. I've done them with roasted eggplant, feta and sundried tomatoes twice now and it's really freaking good so that may be the way I go with it again- the eggplants are finally starting to slow down now that the nights are cool so I should enjoy the rest of them while I still can. Picking fresh eggplant in mid-November as well as tomatoes and cucumbers has been a real treat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wow, that sounds tasty. I'm currently obsessed with a yogurt, eggplant, roasted tomato dip and I never thought I liked eggplant :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds like it will be delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Last night's roasted chicken and risotto was deeeelicious. Risotto is one of my favorite things to make... so relaxing, yet, I rarely have time to devote to it, especially with the puppy running around (she's started trying to chew on the furniture, so she got her first taste of bitter apple spray yesterday).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To furthur my "relaxing single weekend", I baked some coffee cake muffins to share this morning, my cousin is bringing her kids by to play with the puppy for a bit. Lunch will be a nice chicken, cheese, and pesto panini I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SO is coming home tonight, not sure what time since he has no cell service where he's at. I'm hoping they're having good luck and he'll come home with a big fat elk! Planned dinner is some cheddar bratwurst I pulled out of the freezer, assuming he's home by dinner time. I'll cook them up then slice them, and then make a beer mustard sauce, and serve with some egg noodles. If SO doesn't come til late, then I'll just pick through more leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beer mustard sauce? OMG that sounds delish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Right? This is the recipe, we'll see how it turns out! Looks like it's originally from ATK http://www.pink-parsley.com/2013/10/b...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It looks simple and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When we first got our puppy, I hired the neighbor's 9 year-old to run around with Remy. Takes a lot to tire out a puppy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We did a toy relay race up and down the stairs when ours was an overly energetic pup. As soon as he brought one back, we threw another, and he raced up and down the stairs for 30 minutes at a time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sadly, she was in her "tired mode" when the kids showed up because she had been playing all morning, so she just wanted to cuddle. Now that they're gone, she's climbing all over my other dog wanting to play, he's wanting to sleep. Go figure :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ouchies, bitter apple spray? I need some of that. I opened a can of tuna this morning and my lovely kitty literally leaped across the room onto the kitchen table while I was standing there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The coffee cake muffins sound great. I'm not much for breakfast type pastries but if there is good coffee cake anything around, I'm eating it. Do you have a recipe to share? Maybe I'll make some for the holidays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fingers crossed for some fresh meat!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sure, here's the recipe I used. Like it mentions, a jumbo muffin tin would probably be appropriate...they were overflowing in my normal one so either make more of them or use a jumbo muffin tin. http://pinchofyum.com/coffee-cake-muf...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The bitter apple spray is to keep them from chewing on things, so may not work for your death defying kitty :) Spray bottle of water works well for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the recipe! He laughs at the spray bottle, it's like a nice spa mist to him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's to him having better luck this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sadly I don't think he did... he texted me a bit ago saying he was coming home... so unless he's going to surprise me, I don't think I'll be having some delicious fresh elk anytime soon :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As a hunter and a guy he probably would have texted you the details, but fingers crossed for a tasty suprise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nope... nothing came home with him, other than a truck bed full of snow. He said the only elk they saw were far away on private land.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Darn. There is nothing like fresh meat. There is always next time. Enjoy the brats in beer mustard sauce. They soung very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aw, man. That's a bummer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Well, sadly, the ribs didn't come out like I wanted them to, so at least all that fretting all goddamn afternoon wasn't a total waste o'time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not sure why my cheapo (hey, maybe here's a clue!) smoker couldn't handle being fully loaded with ribs, but apparently, this little engine couldn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The temp *never* reached the required 225 (it barely made it just below 200), and so the result, while quite flavorful, was more like pork chop meat = chewy. Really, you shouldn't have to use a fucking knife to CUT a rib. The ones I made just a couple of weeks ago could be torn apart easily. Not these, save for the smaller ends of the racks. FML.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our guests, polite and hungry, said they loved them and even went back into the kitchen during our poker game to gnaw on more ribs over the course of the evening, but initially, I had much trouble hiding how upset I was at the outcome. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In any event. Lesson learned. This smoker is currently incapable of handling more than 3 racks of ribs, so I'll keep that in mind. There are a few accoutrements we could get -- a second heating element and a magical thermometer that costs almost as much as the goddamn smoker, but we don't have that kinda cash lying around these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The cedar plank salmon from the grill thankfully came out perfectly, and we had plenty of sides, too: a ramen cole slaw, roasted potatoes, and two kinds of cauliflower.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Call my friend David Klose in TX and get a proper pit. www.bbqpits.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sure. Just send me a check for the appropriate amount once we move to a place as big as yours '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They look delicious. Sorry they were chewy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yah, shame. Can't win them all '-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Even though the ribs were chewy, they still look good...next time, just finish them in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, I did. That wasn't any help, unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ribs freeze really well, as rjbh20 will tell you, so make a few, freeze 'em, and that way you can have enough for a party next time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good to know for the future!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Last home cooked meal as minor kitchen reno and major paint job start tomorrow, so I'm making another favorite hamburg casserole to eat tonight and freeze for later. We call this The New York Times Casserole because it was the first thing I made from the 1979 updated cookbook. Basically a lasagna type pan filled with layers of cooked elbows, spicy beef with oregano and tomato and a thick cheesy bechamel baked and run under the broiler. Craig Claiburne on a rainy night in the Hamptons. There is Bulleit and crusty bread with spinach for the greens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good luck with the renovation, Berheenia!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Amen to that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lucky and unlucky you. Renovations can be so taxing. But when it is over...heaven

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The cabinet guy is here. We're playing what's your accent- UK for sure. He's making me wait for my next guess. I started with Scots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yorkshire. Never would have guessed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not that far apart to have been out of the realm for Scotland. AND it looks like they wanted to join Scotland, along with several other counties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "“Scotland has all the oil and whisky” said a spokesman from Yorkshire County Council. “So it’s pretty much a no-brainer for us.”"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2012/01/12/y...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They hate Margaret Thatcher- she shut down their mines and their livelihood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to keep this food related how about those single malts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, perhaps we should stay away from mention of the former PM. :-/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was quite astonished to see a local liquor store to me that I thought was more beer & wine have an extremely nice selection of single malts. If my mother still drank it, I'd buy her a bottle for Christmas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds almost like pastitsio!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Proper Hungarian Goulash with egg noodles. Roasted maple and cumin carrots. That is it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Some veggies to use up, so I cut up and roasted up a very large carrot, half an onion, 3 very large CSA radishes (including a monster-sized Candy Cane radish), the rest of my cremini mushrooms (quartered), and half of a red bell pepper. They were seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper and dried thyme.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some radiatore pasta (what Wegmans calls "nuggets") will be cooked,and tossed with the roasted veggies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sauce will be 1 cup of mushroom "stock" (a.k.a., the water previous used to reconstitute dried porcini mushrooms) and 1/4 cup of dry sherry, reduced a bit and then whisked with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of heavy cream and a handful of Parm-Reg until thickened. Pour it over the pasta and roasted veggies and serve with a bit more of Parm-Reg on top. Crusty buttered ciabatta roll alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This will be a good work lunch. Yeah, there's wine. Fortification for returning to work tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9JnVzs7VBIk...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Outstanding meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My Giants beat Green Bay today but who hasn't?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mmmm my kind of sauce. I now keep a few pantry cartons of heavy cream on hand- found them at TJ's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really! I know there are Tetrapaks of regular milk, but hadn't seen the heavy cream. Will have to look the next time I go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. After a Sunday nap, I'm about to make some mapo tofu (using ground pork), steamed jasmine rice, and steamed snow peas (maybe with a little oyster sauce, not sure). A little bit of leftover cuke salad, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum. LOVE mapo tofu, and on a day like this (seriously crappy weather out there), the perfect dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wish we had any (fresh) veggies around I could have with my leftover half rack o'ribs.... I'm somehow not feeling frozen spinach with them :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hmm. Maybe some TJ's canned corn with a little bit of buttah and sawlt?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was good, and I cooked it all by mah-self. We agreed we've had our sodium for the week and are looking forward to different flavor profiles later this week. Concerts Monday and Tuesday nights mean there's not a lot of homecooking in our immediate future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dessert will be some leftover Japanese cheesecake from...er...last Friday. Not sure if it will still be good, so let's see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. We ground some chuck, mixed in pork, egg, breadcrumbs, fresh parsley, Parmigiano Regianno, other stuff. Spaghetti and meatballs are on tonight's menu. Deb makes her sauce from scratch. House red to wash it down. Football will be on the plasma (Denver/Kansas).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That was the plan for dinner tonight because James didnt want ground beef two nights in a row. Now the gb is languish I g in the freezer. Had I made that we would be three for three dinners. Boy, we have good taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Three for three? That's funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Beef stroganoff, chicken parm with pesto pasta and could have been meatballs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Kicking back sipping on a liquid jolly rancher. All I have to do is belly up to the bar tonight when the chow bell rings. NY strip steaks med rare, new potatoes and spinach with lots of butter and peppered vinegar. I love when the man grills twice in a row. Watch out! I may get used to this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. We're resuming Steak Sunday tonight. Grass fed NY strips will be done in a cast iron pan with TJ's Everyday Seasoning. I'll make compound butter with Kerrygold and herb and garlic goat cheese. Brussels sprouts will be shredded and sauteed in the pan the bacon was cooked in this morning. Another piece of bacon may be diced and added. They'll be finished with a drizzle of balsamic. I'm in a wine mood, not sure what we have in there but whatever it is will do. If it doesn't go with dinner I'll have a glass after while watching a movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wine and liquor will be restocked soon, too may great deals before the holidays to pass up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Off topic: We enjoyed the Nethercutt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They have some big iron there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was wondering how that part of your trip went!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Strip steaks here, too. Yours sound much, much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't see anything wrong with yours! I don't miss bread at all but I do miss potatoes when it comes to steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        James must have potatoes and spinach. I find it a happy marriage. Steak and potatoes are something I would miss if cut out/back on the carbs again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bread/ wheat won't be added back in but at some time... in small quantities... there will be potatoes in my future. :) Spinach is a MUST in this house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Thanksgiving, part 1 tonight: roasting a turkey so can make stock for the real event; so dinner will be turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, salad and gravy. been cleaning out the freezer to make room for Thanksgiving stuff and found some good gelato hidden in the back. That never happens, but it takes care of dessert. I'd planned to make a persimmon pudding with some local persimmons a co-worker gifted me (grown on her ranch), but they are still far from ripe, so that may be on the real Thanksgiving menu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Turkey a 16 lb bird so will be interesting to see how much of a dent hubby and I make in the meat. Happy to freeze some. sandwiches for lunch this week, just to get me in the mood. No such thing as too much turkey in my house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I have been up to my elbows in chicken thighs all day. Costco was out of the chicken brats my DH likes, so he bought two huge packs of chicken thighs instead (about 20 pounds). I put several individual packs of them into the freezer, cut some up and froze in portions for stirfry, grilled some for quick meals this week and ground some to freeze unseasoned. I never, ever want to cut up chicken again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even after all of this, I still had at least five pounds to deal with, so I made sausages - a couple of pounds of sweet Italian, a pound of breakfast, and a couple pounds of an experimental flavor: red Thai curry. The sausage making itself went well, but I decided to try using my Kitchenaid stuffing attachment and that was a NIGHTMARE. The plunger doesn't do an adequate job of keeping the meat in the tube, so it made a huge mess and took forever. They're finally done and in the freezer, though, and I was able to put together a very nice stirfry for dinner with chicken thighs (duh!), red onion, red pepper and red cabbage, sauced with sriracha, sesame oil, soy sauce and Shaoxing wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am tired just reading this!! But your freezer is sure well-stocked, good work!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. snuck in a leeetle bit of cooking this weekend. last night, before heading out to see Ira Glass (wonderful), the BF asked me if i wanted to make meatballs. The challenge: we both make meatballs out of some ground chicken i'd purchased and see whose were better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well, i won. it was his call, but i had to agree. his first mistake was overtoasting some garlic, which gave his an acrid taste. and out of the corner of my eye I saw him adding what seemed to me an awful lot of herbs and spices. he was trying to go spicy italian but the most overpowering flavor was burnt-ish garlic. his looked more meatbally then mine did, and had good texture, but .... mine were better. mine had bacon in them. need i say more? they were a take on smitten kitchen's chicken baked meatballs, and had minced Sunday bacon and shallots, a little tomato paste in the mix, oregano & basil, aleppo, and were glazed with a bit of ketchup (at which point he called them "mini-meat-loafs"). And the secret ingredient that he still doesn't know about, once i determined there was no worcestershire in the house? fish sauce. just a titch, for umami-ness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        again, his looked better, but mine tasted pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i left him with both sets of meatballs and flounced off in victory to the show, then had a late dinner with a GF at our local French bistro, where we stuffed ourselves on bubbly rose, a delicious bordeaux, roasted marrow bones, mushroom bisque, parm and truffled frites (to die for) with aioli, and duck confit over lentils de puy, with a crispy fried whole poached egg. yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a pic of the meatballs (he'd already eaten some of his by the time mine were out of the oven) and the duck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          life in the fast lane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For my third and fourth nights as a grass widow, I had BLATs on Seriously Seedy slices from Purebread (best bakery name evah). That makes three meals out of the last three with bacon in them. And the SO is on a flight home, apparently with George Clooney (!) on board . Life is good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WFD tonight: I sauteed up some cabbage leftovers, added garlic, soy sauce, tobasco, and a little apple cider vinegar. Then craccked two eggs to poach. Cooked bacon, which I crumbled over the top. My only complaint is the eggs cooked too long...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Damn. Look at that duck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I mean, meatballs are good, but DAMN. That duck!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                totally. duck beats meatballs no matter what.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Tonight it's one of our favourite tofu recipes from Fuchsia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice. Soft tofu is warmed through and served in bowls with a hot and sour sauce of soy, black vinegar and chilli oil. The bowls get a healthy sprinkle of spring onion and bhuja mix for crunch. Very simple and very addictive. So much so that I haven't served soft tofu any other way for ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The leftover dolma are heading for the freezer for a snack one weekend afternoon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Friz, that tofu sounds great! Some proportions on the hot and sour sauce?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is great!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For 300gram of soft tofu do a sauce that has:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbsp black/chinkiang vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 tsp light soy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 tbsp chicken stock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 tbsp chilli oil and 1 tbsp sediment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tsp sesame oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbsp finely chopped sichuan preserved vegetable (zha cai)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The topping is:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbsp finely chopped sichuan preserved vegetable (zha cai)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 tbsp finely chopped spring onion greensSmall handful of bhuja mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Put your sauce in a bowl. Bring a pot of water to the boil, place tofu in it in large chunks. Simmer very gently for five minutes. Drain and break the tofu up into smaller chunks as you add them to the sauce bowl. Give it a stir and scatter with the toppings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is the bhuja mix an integral part?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was just wondering the same thing when I looked over the recipe today. I might make this tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ooh, I can get that stuff near my dad's house....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fuchsia's write up says traditionally the crunch factor would come from deep fried noodles and soy beans. I think crunch is important but peanuts should work fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks so much Friz, that sounds much like the wonderful soft tofu app at my favorite Sichuan place. They use dark roasted peanuts on top instead of bhuja mix and I would likely do the same as I have never run across any bhuja mix as far as I'm aware.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hmmm... next time you're here... I may have a little gift for you....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you think I could nuke the tofu instead of simmering it? I usually do that with another tofu dish I make (incidentally, also with a cool sauce), for about 3-5 min, then drain, then splash with smoking hot oil before I add the sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I cannot wait to try this!!! Thanks again for the recipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never tried using a microwave (don't have one). As long as you don't dry the tofu out it should work. If it looks dry then perhaps add a tablespoon of hot water to the bowl. Old photo of the sauce tofu ratio below. The sauce in the bowl never looks like enough until you add the tofu and stir. That's why I wonder if the simmering makes the tofu wetter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I'll most likely give this a shot in the next few days and shall report on it :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. First of the season crab tonight. It was very sweet and delicious. It ended up being an appetizer to nibble on plain, while we did laundry and prepped food for the coming work week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marin Sun ribeyes were the main deal, which I sadly overcooked.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Acorn squash and sautéed spinach for the hubs, I had my steak over arugula, shaved fennel and radicchio. The vinaigrette helped the dry (yet med rare) steak immensely. I hate when I mess up meat!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good wine, good company and good weekend!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Holidays are coming!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i do too! sounds like you totally made up for it, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja