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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2013) - Nominations

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Nominations are now open for the December Home Cooking Dish of the Month.

We're still busy braising meats, but it's time to think about next month.

Winter is moving in, things are getting frosty around here. What dish would you like to cook in December. Something for the holidays? Something warm and cozy?

Nominations will be open until November 26th at 11pm Pacific time (2 am on November 27th Eastern time, and 6 am November 27th GMT). Please nominate your dish using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. (If you discuss the dish elsewhere in the thread, please type it in lower case. This makes it easier to count the dishes in caps, without counting more than one nomination for each person.) Remember that a dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation.

You may nominate more than one dish. The dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting round, where each person only gets one vote. If you haven't joined us before, feel free to jump in!

And…
A REQUEST FOR A VOLUNTEER!
I am going to be taking the next three months away from DOTM. I've got a very busy schedule at work, and a big event to plan for, so I just need to clear my plate for a bit. We need someone to guide us through the dishes for January, February, and March. You all know what is involved: posting the nomination thread, counting the nominations, posting the voting thread, and posting the reporting thread. Any takers?

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  1. FYI, here is a list of all the dishes we've done thus far:

    August 2012
, Quinoa Salad
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861003

    September 2012,
 Meatballs
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866162

    October 2012, 
Enchiladas
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871603

    November 2012, 
Savory Pancakes
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875818

    December 2012, 
Gratin
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880021

    January 2013, 
Pot Pies
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884313

    February 2013, 
Risotto
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888780

    March 2013, 
Tikka Masala
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892343

    April 2013, 
Spring Rolls
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896536

    May 2013, 
Tacos
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900407

    June 2013, 
Grilled Pizza
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903995

    July 2013, 
Kebabs
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/907601

    August 2013, Composed Salads
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922559

    September 2013, Steamed Clams and Mussels
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/915333

    October 2013, Chili
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918836

    November 2013, Braised Meats
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922559

    2 Replies
    1. re: L.Nightshade

      Thank you for this recap. I'm sorry I missed Tikka Masala in March but now will check out the posts....I only found CH about a month ago - and love it of course!

      1. re: foodcompletesme

        And please, if your'e going to make a Tikka Masals, do add to the thread!

    2. OK, I'll volunteer but very unsure of my ability to do it well; you'll have to give me a good tutorial, LN! Just for three months, right? :)

      1 Reply
      1. re: herby

        Thank you herby! Yes, I can come back to it in April. I will send you an email soon.

      2. December is very different month from all other months. It is winter already and we are not ready for it yet; it is also a month of celebration regardless of whether or not we celebrate Christmas, the festivities draw us all in. I think I would be very happy baking COOKIES and already have five occasions to bake for + I want to give gifts from the kitchen this year and cookies will be a part of gift giving. Since one can't live on sweets alone I wondered what would I like to eat in December that is different from the party food and decided that I will be very happy with CURRIES, particular South Indian, Thai and Vietnamese ones - light, flavourful, warming and comforting.

        1 Reply
        1. re: herby

          love, love, love curries too!

        2. SUKIYAKI

          I finally made this last winter, everyone loved it. Other versions of Asian hot pots would also be great.

          1 Reply
          1. re: blackpointyboots

            That would be fun!

            SUKIYAKI/HOTPOTS

          2. CHOWDER for the chow hounds.

            1. Everyone's favorite holiday side:

              STUFFING

              1. COOKIES - because I KNOW I'll be participating if we do that!

                2 Replies
                1. re: juliejulez

                  COOKIES

                  1. re: stockholm28

                    Yay COOKIES!

                2. I'd love to do a gift-oriented month. So I'm interested in:
                  COOKIES
                  PRESERVES
                  PICKLES/CHUTNEYS
                  There might me some other gift items like candies, breads, coffee cakes, etc. I'm open to more suggestions!

                  1. PRESERVES
                    PICKLES
                    CHUTNEYS

                    1. STOCKS
                      QUICHES
                      SAVORY COOKIES

                      1. I'm in a food-gift-giving mood, so I'll nominate:
                        COOKIES
                        PRESERVES
                        PICKLES AND CHUTNEYS

                        1. CURRIES
                          CHOWDERS
                          PICKLES
                          BRUNCH DISHES
                          ROAST MEATS & FOWL
                          BAKED PASTAS

                          1. BRUNCH DISHES
                            COOKIES
                            QUICHES

                            1. Sorry everyone! I didn't have internet when the nominations closed! But they are indeed closed. I will count the nominations and post the voting thread as soon as I am able. Thank you for your patience!

                              1. The voting thread is now up here:
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925944