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What's for Dinner #258 - Into the Freezer edition. [Through Dec 1, 2013]

steve h. Nov 24, 2013 12:12 PM

Temps are in the 20s today in my part of New England, dropping to the low teens. That's the forecast for quite some time.

What are you cooking to warm the soul and the household?

  1. juliejulez Nov 24, 2013 12:19 PM

    I've decided to do a ham today. I've never made a ham and they're cheap right now, so why not. Plus we have a busy week where we're not home in the evenings so having a big ham to make sandwiches with for lunches was appealing.

    I found a glaze online that came from Gourmet, a "honey thyme" glaze that has, you guessed it, honey and thyme, along with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, worcestershire, and butter.

    Sides will just be either some corn bread or some premade mac and cheese, and some fresh green beans. We have an event to go to later on this evening so this will probably be a "linner".... lunch/dinner meal.

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    1. re: juliejulez
      steve h. Nov 24, 2013 12:36 PM

      Ham is the dish that keeps on giving. Well done.

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        juliejulez Nov 24, 2013 01:22 PM

        Thanks... at 11 pounds too, it will certainly "give" for quite a long time!

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          steve h. Nov 24, 2013 01:35 PM

          Shaved ham on warm, buttered rolls.

          Ham, mac & cheese.

          Ham, spinach and cheese tart.

          Split pea and ham soup.

          Ham and cheese omelets.

          Grilled ham and cheese.

          1. re: juliejulez
            Berheenia Nov 24, 2013 01:44 PM

            Pea Soup
            Ham salad

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              linguafood Nov 24, 2013 03:03 PM

              Orecchiette with diced ham, peas, fresh parsley and a creamy white wine sauce.

              1. re: juliejulez
                MidwesternerTT Nov 24, 2013 08:52 PM

                Eleven pounds! Much as I love ham, it's often too much of a good thing. Freeze half of it now in 3 - 4 containers/bags, You'll still be tired of ham by the time you're done with the first half.

                1. re: MidwesternerTT
                  juliejulez Nov 24, 2013 09:20 PM

                  Yeah so far I have it divided up.... half was diced, the other half sliced. We'll see how far we get by Wednesday, after that, into the freezer it goes!

                2. re: juliejulez
                  tcamp Nov 25, 2013 05:58 AM

                  And, of course, the ham bone can become soup. I dug a bone out of the freezer on Saturday and made Cajun 15 bean soup. Leftovers here at work with me for lunch!

                  1. re: tcamp
                    Jeanne Nov 25, 2013 09:42 PM

                    tcamp - I haven't made Cajun 15 bean soup in years! I love it! Thanks for the reminder.

              2. re: juliejulez
                Cherylptw Nov 24, 2013 03:58 PM

                Baked potatoes with broccoli, ham & cheese

                Scalloped potatoes w/ham

                Sweet potato hash topped with seared ham & poached (or fried) egg; hollandaise optional. Great for dinner!

                Lasagna with layers of pasta, chopped ham, ricotta & lightly sautéed broccoli raab; béchamel sauce & a little finely grated lemon zest

                1. re: juliejulez
                  DowntownJosie Nov 24, 2013 04:42 PM

                  You could go really old school and serve creamed ham(bechamel, Dijon, ham etc...) on toast.

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                    suzigirl Nov 24, 2013 04:46 PM

                    Or old school ham croquettes. Man, now I want these.

                  2. re: juliejulez
                    gimlis1mum Nov 24, 2013 07:13 PM

                    lol-ing here...the lights are low, I've had a glass of wine, my bifocals prescription is slightly out of date...I glanced at your post and misread "I've decided to do no harm today." I thought, man, if you're posting on this board your cooking can't be *that* bad.


                    We ate out at a friend's for dinner - roasted squash, brussels sprouts, risotto with swiss chard, and chicken with apples. Very New England in the late fall. Yum.

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                    foodieX2 Nov 24, 2013 12:21 PM

                    This weather will test if the 17 new windows, new clap boarding and roof were worth it. Brrrrrr! I dug out the down coats and gloves.

                    Tonights dinner is a repeat of last nights. Marcella's tomato sauce, bread and pasta. However tonight I will add meatballs and a salad. And even though its a "school night" there will be a bottle of body warming red wine!

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                      steve h. Nov 24, 2013 12:35 PM

                      Marcella is my hero. Your meal sounds great. Body warming wine? Marcella would approve.

                      Congratulations on the significant house updates. You know that's just the beginning, right?

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                        foodieX2 Nov 24, 2013 12:46 PM

                        Yes, it was part one of a three part plan. This year was capital improvements-new roof, windows, clapboarding, shingles along with fresh paint and new shutters. We also repaired and repointed the chimneys, rebuilt the stone porch and screened it in, repaired/replaced/painted the fences, repaired/painted the barn doors and entrance ramp and re-graveled the driveway.

                        Next year it will be a complete kitchen overhaul and bathroom updates along with replacing/repairing the 265 year old staircase and a master bedroom/bath update

                        The final stage will be to update the barn complete with a guest apartment.

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                          steve h. Nov 24, 2013 12:51 PM

                          You've earned my respect.

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                            foodieX2 Nov 24, 2013 12:56 PM

                            The 265+ year old girl deserved some much needed TLC. However my wallet says this will be at least a 5 year plan. The barn part scares me….

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                              steve h. Nov 24, 2013 01:20 PM

                              Commitment is key. It's seldom the money associated with renovation that wears a person down. Rather, it's the (seemingly) endless disruption, the need to find/hire/supervise contractors/workers and the challenge of learning all of the building trades to some degree in order to be conversant with the people you deal with.

                              Deb and I are still noodling second-floor renovation designs. The good news is that the first-floor stuff, including the garage, have turned out well. The bad news is that these projects should have been completed a year ago.

                              I'm raising a glass to you guys.

                          2. re: foodieX2
                            LindaWhit Nov 24, 2013 01:00 PM

                            Wow. WOW. That was a lot this year - and next year with the new kitchen and bathrooms!

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                              Berheenia Nov 24, 2013 01:47 PM

                              I feel like a wimp complaining about my minor kitchen reno and downstairs painting. :{

                              1. re: Berheenia
                                LindaWhit Nov 24, 2013 02:08 PM

                                Nah, don't feel that way, Berheenia. No matter the renovation, it STILL makes a mess and STILL disrupts everything.

                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                  steve h. Nov 24, 2013 02:19 PM

                                  Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, is an excellent primer on home renovation.

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                                    roxlet Nov 25, 2013 05:41 PM

                                    I adore Myrna Loy's conversation with the painter. Classic.

                                    1. re: roxlet
                                      steve h. Nov 25, 2013 05:46 PM

                                      "Red, green, blue, yellow, white".


                                  2. re: LindaWhit
                                    foodieX2 Nov 24, 2013 03:10 PM


                                  3. re: Berheenia
                                    tcamp Nov 25, 2013 05:59 AM

                                    Seriously! DH and I haggled over paint colors and painted one living room wall over the weekend and I feel like we did a major reno!!

                            2. weezieduzzit Nov 24, 2013 12:40 PM

                              Well, I guess I'm cooking a 20 pound turkey today. The man brought one home from work Friday (Costco is one of their clients and they drop off a truck of turkeys every year.) Since we don't want turkey for Thanksgiving and I couldn't find anyplace to donate it to (no one is accepting fresh turkeys, only frozen,) I'll cook it and use the meat to make things I can put in the freezer (pot pie filling, enchilada filling, etc.) After freezing my coconuts off at a luau last night it'll be nice to have the oven making the house cozy tonight.

                              Not sure what's actually for dinner tonight... something with fennel maybe because I went out my front door to find a big beautiful fennel bulb complete with fronds sitting on one of my porch chairs.... not sure who's garden it came out of but its beautiful. We have some baby beets..... I'm seeing a salad pulling together if I grab some citrus while I'm out picking up lunch (gotta walk off all the wine I drank last night and think the crisp air will do it.)

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                                steve h. Nov 24, 2013 12:45 PM

                                Two big thumbs up on the fennel!

                                It's been a long time since my last luau. I need to correct that.

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                                  weezieduzzit Nov 24, 2013 02:30 PM

                                  You do! Luau's are a lot of fun in the food department. I sure did eat my share of rumaki last night... I love what we call "little food."

                                  I got to see some of the footage of the show (the birthday boy is one of the guys in it.) It looks really good- and so different from other "reality" shows. The guy doing it likes for everyone to look good- no stupid drama. Really funny (some of the guys are serious characters and their chemistry is great,) and really cool footage.

                                  Turkey cooking might have to wait for tomorrow since I haven't even started yet....

                                2. re: weezieduzzit
                                  fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 12:51 PM

                                  Wow, that's some gift, and randomly appearing veggies! You're luck today.

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                                    weezieduzzit Nov 24, 2013 02:31 PM

                                    A handful of us "gift and run" with our extra garden veggies. :) They can't say no if you just leave it on their porch!

                                3. chefathome Nov 24, 2013 12:52 PM

                                  With snow on the ground for weeks and -25C temps, we have been braising a lot lately. However, tonight is simply slow-roasted baby back ribs with a Kansas City honemade sauce and rub, warm potato salad and an apple cider slaw. Dessert - apple and pear crisp with butter pecan ice cream.

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                                    fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 01:07 PM

                                    Simple and delicious. How long and what temp do you roast? That sounds like a warm and cozy dinner. I don't think I could handle that weather :)

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                                      chefathome Nov 24, 2013 01:35 PM

                                      I roast the ribs at 300 for about three hours and begin basting at 2.5 hours.

                                      Yes, our winters are brutal and extremely long. However, I enjoy cooking more in the winter as our summers, though short, are too hot to cook indoors comfortably.

                                  2. LindaWhit Nov 24, 2013 12:56 PM

                                    I left the house today. Of course, I *should* have done it yesterday, because I felt like Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day out there getting in and out of the car! And now the cats are going crazy trying to chase the swirling leaves that keep attacking the house off the deck - GET DEMZ!!!! ;-)

                                    I did my Thanksgiving dinner shopping today...as did many others. The Hannaford's market I go to was busier than I've ever see it. But at least it's done. I also got my flu shot.

                                    Tonight's dinner will also stock a few dinners in Mom's freezer - mac & ham & cheese. Cabot's Seriously Sharp cheddar will be used, and some Lipton's Garlic & Herb soup/dip mix will be added to the Panko crumbs that will go on top of the mac & cheese.

                                    A small salad alongside...probably with some Ranch dressing. And some wine. Like duh. :-)

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                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                      steve h. Nov 24, 2013 01:05 PM


                                      Big games this afternoon and tonight. Tray tables and seat backs in the upright position.

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                                        LindaWhit Nov 25, 2013 05:06 AM

                                        OMG, was that ever a bumpy ride for the Patriots! Definitely wasn't expecting that landing after the first half of the flight. :-)

                                    2. steve h. Nov 24, 2013 01:52 PM

                                      Marseille-style shrimp stew is Deb's answer to nasty-cold weather. The recipe is courtesy of Food and Wine (October, 2011).

                                      This is a very hearty dish that includes fennel, onion, garlic, tomatoes, saffron and orange zest. There will be a garlicky French rouille on toasts for dipping in the sauce. A French Rose' to wash it down. Football will be on the plasma.

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                                        steve h. Nov 24, 2013 05:03 PM

                                        Marseille-style shrimp stew:

                                        Bit of a let down. Whole Foods may not be the ideal source for fresh shrimp. Still, it was a decent knife and fork meal on a cold night. The toasts and aioli were killer. The wine and the stew were made for each other.

                                        I'll do better next time.

                                        1. re: steve h.
                                          suzigirl Nov 24, 2013 05:13 PM

                                          It looks very good.

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                                            steve h. Nov 24, 2013 05:31 PM

                                            Very kind.

                                            It does look good. Still, better product would have made for a better dish. I guess the lesson for me is that it's important to support my local fishmonger. After all, it takes the same amount of time to prepare a dish with ok product as it does with stellar stuff. Slaps head.

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                                              fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 05:37 PM

                                              What didn't you like about the shrimp?

                                              1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                steve h. Nov 24, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                It was flavorless. Fresh-caught shrimp, as they were advertised, should have a sweetness and texture that approaches lobster.

                                                Lesson learned.

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                                                  fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                  Yea, I've learned that lesson as well and now have to remind myself to buy from where I know they are consistently good. Live and learn :)

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                                          mariacarmen Nov 24, 2013 07:29 PM

                                          i'm going to have to look that one up. i think it would be delish with monkfish, which is still on my list of BF-less meals to make very soon.

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                                          sedimental Nov 24, 2013 03:51 PM

                                          I have no idea WFD. I have been cooking all day...so now I am not remotely hungry!

                                          It was a bit of a clean out the pantry day too. I played "chopped" all by myself :) I brought stuff out of the cupboard and said .... "and your time starts NOW".

                                          I made: cookies from pantry stocks of biscoff spreads, granola and dried fruits.... and planters " flavored" peanut butters. I will stick in the freezer for the holidays....because....I don't even eat cookies. They were good though.

                                          Two stuffings - one from a stack of matzo crackers and saved organic chicken fat, and one from almost stale garlic croutons and lots of fresh herbs, almost chicken confit ( from radically simple) from three thighs, soba noodle salad using up the rest of the garlic and roasted Brussel sprouts, 3 different quick picked cuc's ( which finally used up some condiment remnants!) and a soup from some "getting sad" looking veg and bits of dried pasta. Whew!

                                          It feels good to make use of some of that stuff! Now I can open a cupboard and not have things fall out!

                                          I pretended I won the competition :)

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                                            suzigirl Nov 24, 2013 03:56 PM

                                            Sounds like you did win! Nice chopped battle

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                                              LindaWhit Nov 24, 2013 04:23 PM

                                              "soba noodle salad using up the rest of the garlic and roasted Brussel sprouts"

                                              That sounds good! And congrats on the win! ;-)

                                              1. re: LindaWhit
                                                sedimental Nov 24, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                Thanks...although I think I only won a really messy kitchen to clean up before Monday hits :/

                                              2. re: sedimental
                                                mariacarmen Nov 24, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                you totally won!

                                              3. Cherylptw Nov 24, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                No cook Saturday's dinner consisted of Chinese takeout: General Tso's chicken, sauce on the side; pork fried rice & eggroll for me and fried chicken wings with shrimp fried rice for the BF.

                                                Tonight was a small pork shoulder roast I cooked a month ago and cut some off then wrapped and froze the rest. Defrosted it and simmered part of it in pork gravy with onions. I had some couscous leftover so I refreshed it by sautéing chopped carrots & scallions, tossed in the couscous and added dried thyme, cumin, chicken stock and a handful of green peas. The other side was leftover long beans w/bacon from earlier in the week.

                                                I NEED room in the fridge so leftover sides will continue to be eaten for the next three days or until we run out. Ribs for Thanksgiving gets a three day treatment starting tomorrow when they're removed from the freezer for an overnight thaw. Tuesday they get cleaned up and marinated; Wednesday they go out on the grill and get cooked 90% to be reheated Thursday for the eating.

                                                Oh, and I got engaged yesterday :-)...so I guess I should refer to him as the fiancé....old habits die hard....

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                                                  weezieduzzit Nov 24, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                  Well, congratulations!

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                                                    sedimental Nov 24, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                    Awwww! Very nice. Congrats.

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                                                      LindaWhit Nov 24, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                      CHERYL!!!! Congratulations on your engagement! You sly dog, you, adding that at the end of your post!

                                                      I love that you're doing ribs vs. turkey. This is going to be a very happy Thanksgiving for you, what with ribs AND a sparkly ring on your finger. :-)

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                                                        suzigirl Nov 24, 2013 04:35 PM


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                                                          juliejulez Nov 24, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                          Congrats Cheryl!

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                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 24, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                            Congratulations!!! Ribs for Thanksgiving, genius!1

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                                                              roxlet Nov 24, 2013 04:56 PM

                                                              Congrats! That's nice!

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                                                                linguafood Nov 24, 2013 05:06 PM


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                                                                  mariacarmen Nov 24, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                  oh wow - congrats cheryl! how exciting!!

                                                                  i love how things happen on this thread - babies, marriages, engagements... even the loss of our loved ones. it's a good little cooking family we have here.

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                                                                    rabaja Nov 24, 2013 09:59 PM

                                                                    What a way to start off the holiday season! With a bang!

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                                                                      tcamp Nov 25, 2013 06:06 AM


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                                                                        iowagirl Nov 25, 2013 11:49 AM

                                                                        Congrats on the engagement!! And I love that you're having ribs for Thanksgiving!

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                                                                          ChristinaMason Nov 25, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                          Lucky guy to be marrying a great cook :)

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                                                                            Cherylptw Nov 25, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                            Oh, we're also having fried turkey, fried chicken, some type of beef roast and some pigs feet in addition to the ribs for the meats. Fiancé wanted to grill ribs and then it was, "hey, lets do a pot of pigs feet too. Now, it's "you grill the ribs cause you can do them just as good as I can" since I'm making the dressing & gravy for the turkey, sweet potatoes, potato salad, scratch dinner rolls, homemade ice cream & gingerbread. Sure, I told him...why the hell not...I don't have anything else to do but stand over a grill on top of everything else....sigh...His family...they always go overboard for Thanksgiving but do nothing for Christmas in the way of a meal.

                                                                            Thanks everyone for all the congrats!

                                                                          2. linguafood Nov 24, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                            This was a crazzy lazzy Sunday at casa lingua. We made a brief attempt to clear out the gutters, but the contents are frozen, so.... that'll hafta wait for another sunny day. Which, judging from the forecast, might be a while.

                                                                            I still don't have the black vinegar and preserved vegetables for Frizzle's tofu dish, and I'm in no mood to leave the house.

                                                                            So I just threw together some bits and bobs -- some frozen shrimp & frozen spinach will hop in a tomato sauce that consists of a *lot* of red wine, some tomato paste that needed to be used up, melted anchovies, diced red onion, rosemary, thyme, basil & oregano as well as some leftover fresh marjoram, garlic, and a can of whole plum tomatoes I mistook for a can of chopped. Thank goodness for my trusty stick blender :-)

                                                                            This is simmering away for a bit until I add the spinach, the shrimp will be added when I finish the pasketti in the sauce.

                                                                            Cheap, lazy, perfect.

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                                                                              suzigirl Nov 24, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                              Sounds like a perfect use up for the bits and bobs.

                                                                            2. suzigirl Nov 24, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                              I am making a bacon, leek and cheddar and swiss quiche. Store bought crust from the freezer cuz I can and another big ass salad with celery, carrot coins, grape tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, red bell peppers and pepperoni and green olives. Lettuce for bf and just the veg for me. Danablu cheese dressing.

                                                                              1. PHREDDY Nov 24, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                Bought a ham with a bone in last week on sale....89 cents per pound , about 11 pounds....Roasted it this am, so WFD tonight...ham with a glaze, steamed brown rice and broccoli with evoo and garlic....but first a warm spinach and artichoke dip, prepared by my stepson, with chips he made from pita...a couple of cold brewskies and football on the LED flatscreen...
                                                                                In light of Thursday...meals will be simple this week.
                                                                                Monday: roasted boneless chicken Frankenbreast over a salad
                                                                                Tuesday: roasted cod with root vegetables, including turnips , potatoes , carrots and onions.
                                                                                Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner...Salami, egg, and potato omlets.
                                                                                Happy Sunday!

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                                                                                  sedimental Nov 24, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                  Lotsa ham going on around these threads....sounds good!

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                                                                                    PHREDDY Nov 24, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                    Actually originally posted on last edition...Ham the other red meat!

                                                                                2. roxlet Nov 24, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                  Brrrr. Just came home from a friend's house where we had a very enjoyable late lunch/early dinner. They made three types of curry -- shrimp, chicken and vegetable, served with basmati rice and various Indian breads. Very warming on such a chilly day! It was one of my oldest friends' birthday, so I made three cakes for the celebration -- the Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cake, a Boston Cream Pie, and a chocolate/almond angel food cake. A fun afternoon, and I think that will do it for us for dinner tonight!

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                                                                                    PHREDDY Nov 24, 2013 05:07 PM


                                                                                  2. mariacarmen Nov 24, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                    wow. don't throw stuff at me but it was in the high 60s here today. just gorgeous.

                                                                                    i've got no cooking to share. went out for dinner with the BF last night - izakaya place - unfortunately, it was just ok, not great. overindulged on sake and then manhattans, bar-hopping. it was fun but oh. am i paying today.

                                                                                    tonight we're taking the oldster out for dinner at a fancified mexican place in Berkeley. not really fancy, but good takes on classic dishes, with really good cocktails. i do think hair of the dog would not be amiss....

                                                                                    when i get home i think I'll defrost some short ribs to throw in the slow cooker for tomorrow night's dinner.

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                                                                                      mariacarmen Nov 25, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                      best laid plans... I went straight to bed after our late dinner out. some pork shoulder pieces are defrosting, the BF is in charge of dinner.

                                                                                    2. janetofreno Nov 24, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                      Not as cold here out west, but the snow will come (we hope!) so today DH spent the day working on our new walkway to the house. I don't want to be walking in mud come winter! He didn't finish it, but he and his helper got a fair amount done and it should be done tomorrow. I rewarded them with Mexican wedding cookies I made today for the office cookie exchange tomorrow. And later he had a tall, cold beer along with the butternut squash soup I made. The soup came out great, and with some sourdough bread was all either of us wanted. Low fat but creamy and filling! DH doesn't eat meat, so my sister's squash soup is a highlight of his Thanksgiving meal (along with lots of all the side dishes and pie:-) It will be interesting to see whose soup he likes better:-) (Having squash soup twice in one week doesn't bother DH at all; he could eat it every day....)

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                                                                                        susancinsf Nov 25, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                                                        hmm. In the spirit of competition, what recipe did you use for the squash soup?

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                                                                                          janetofreno Nov 27, 2013 12:34 AM

                                                                                          No idea: I googled Squash soup and picked the first one that sounded good. I think it was a food network one. It was pretty simple...squash, leeks, carrots, a little garlic, vegetable broth, secret spices:-) I did roast the butternut squash ahead of time rather than let it cook in the broth; I think it comes out better that way. And once cooked everything pureed with a hand blender. One squash made a lot: we had the leftovers with a salad for dinner tonight. Don't worry, like I said, DH could eat squash soup every night and still be happy!

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                                                                                        autumm Nov 24, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                        Last night I made my take on Alton Brown's oven braised ribs. His technique, my twist on flavors. A little bit of summer in the MN cold.

                                                                                        1. MidwesternerTT Nov 24, 2013 09:14 PM

                                                                                          Today it was wonderfully easy Japanese Style Meat and Potato Soup using this recipe

                                                                                          from the book Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen, by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion.

                                                                                          I'm pretty sure someone here recommended it, but search didn't find you -- THANKS whoever you are.

                                                                                          The soy sauce, wine & ginger takes a typical "hamburger soup" in a whole new, delicious, direction. I'm putting this on my "make again!" list.

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                                                                                            tcamp Nov 25, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                                            I am going to put that into rotation w/ thinly sliced beef from the Korean market.

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                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter Dec 4, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                              I know this is kind of late, but thanks for linking to that recipe. It looks fabulous and will definitely be on my table soon.

                                                                                            2. tcamp Nov 25, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                              Very cold in these parts. Great weather for cooking. I made bean soup, chicken stock, and bread SAT-SUN. Dinner last night was tuna salad sandwiches on fresh, hot bread plus baked apples. Tonight, "Mexican" flavored brisket in the crockpot. I'll make roasted gold & sweet potatoes and steamed green beans when I get home.

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                                                                                                tcamp Nov 25, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                Pathetic, replying to my own post, eh?

                                                                                                I loosely followed a brisket recipe from Smittenkitchen and, geez, the sauce that resulted was delicious and spicy from chipotle peppers. Of course, I have several cups left over. I plan on putting it in the fridge overnight to skim fat, then puree and maybe use for enchilada sauce or something? Not quite sure yet...

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                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Nov 25, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                                                  I love when people follow up with what they did, how it turned out, tweaks they made, etc!

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                                                                                                    mscoffee1 Nov 25, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                    so agree.

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                                                                                                Kontxesi Nov 25, 2013 06:18 AM

                                                                                                Stir-fried ginger beef (venison) with snap peas and carrots, from Grace Young

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                                                                                                  Kontxesi Nov 26, 2013 03:21 AM

                                                                                                  I lied. Subway. :| Trying again tonight! I've actually got the meat thawing out this time.

                                                                                                2. gini Nov 25, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                                  After mostly subsisting on soup and leftovers all week, I finally made a real meal on Saturday.

                                                                                                  Braised a big ol' piece of beef chuck in red wine, bay leaves, rosemary, and onions for a long time. Served over mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts with shallots. A gorgeous Pinot Noir alongside.

                                                                                                  Now it's time to eat through the fridge before we leave for 5 days for Thanksgiving.

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                                                                                                  1. re: gini
                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                                                    I hope to join you today gini, I've been on soup and bread for so long I'm longing for a real meal. I love braised meats and your combination sounds quite tasty especially as it's freezing, literally, or at least here it is.

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                                                                                                      gini Nov 25, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                      Do it! Braised meat is still pretty tender.

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                        Yea, not so much the tenderness more so the heartiness. I'm on bland foods for a while as my stomach recovers. But, you inspired me and I bought a few lamb shanks today to braise this weekend. I imagine we'll need a turkey leftover break by Saturday.

                                                                                                  2. fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                    Brrrr....it's cold. I don't think I'll be leaving the house for a while/a week :) I woke up to a happy surprise which only you CHOWhound will appreciate, my 2nd pot of chicken stock I made yesterday gelled so well. I called SO and he really couldn't figure out why the heck I was so excited. At least being sick taught me a new very basic cooking technique. The store was out of stock as they usually are at this time so I'm going to use my new skills to tackle turkey stock. Anyway just thanks to all for tips.

                                                                                                    Back to dinner - I'm not quite back yet, tonight the plan is a grilled chicken sandwich, not too fancy, but often tasty. I really really want to make Bolognese in this weather but I hear the acid from the tomatoes isn't best on an upset stomach.

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                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva
                                                                                                      suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                      Sounds like you are making good tummy progress. I am glad for you. Tummy distress is so taxing.
                                                                                                      Good for you on the nice rich stock. I love to get the carcass on thanksgiving and make stock later. It smells heavenly.

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                        Yea it's never been this long and it sucks toeing the line still but it's awfully sensitive even after a week.

                                                                                                        My carcass will plop in the pot when I go to bed hopefully be used for leftover meals over the weekend. The smell alone is motivation to make stock.

                                                                                                    2. rabaja Nov 25, 2013 07:06 AM

                                                                                                      Last night we succumbed to pizza delivery after a day of errands with a happy five month old and two grumpy parents.
                                                                                                      The pizza definitely helped improve our moods (I'm sure the wine wasn't a bad idea either) and I was able to throw together a re-heat and eat dish for tonight.
                                                                                                      I tried to fashion an easy chicken parm out of two marinated chicken breasts, some Panko, parm and white cheddar and a half jar of Rao's (don't judge).
                                                                                                      Hopefully I hit the right balance of cooked safely, but not dry upon reheating tonight.
                                                                                                      It looks pretty good, although I struggled to get my breadcrumbs to stay on. Maybe I should have ground the Panko a bit?
                                                                                                      Anyway, sides are spinach and broccolinni, with more red wine, I'm sure.

                                                                                                      We are about to enter work craziness and have a nanny starting today for the first time. Not sure how I'll feel about handing J over and driving away for 8 or 9 hours, no matter how much we love her.
                                                                                                      The weeks plan is chicken parm, last of the chile verde and Chinese the night before Tday -to take the pressure off all of the holiday cooking I'm NOT doing this year. I'm sure the veg dish I've been assigned with will be challenging enough after this week.

                                                                                                      Eta: and now I'm making Galleygirls pear tart/cake to bring Thursday as well, so that Chinese and wine is gonna be necessary for this cranky, teary, tired momma.

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                                                                                                        tcamp Nov 25, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                        Good luck with the nanny/work craziness. The night before my first son's first day in daycare, I had a panic dream about losing my tiny baby in a pile of papers on my desk. IRL, everything went just fine.

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                                                                                                          Berheenia Nov 25, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                          Rao's is good stuff and a regular visitor to our house.
                                                                                                          Having a nanny in house is much less stressful than trucking baby and gear to daycare IMHO but both are tough on the parents. Baby will be fine!
                                                                                                          (I loved our daycare center but that was our only option.)

                                                                                                          1. re: rabaja
                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 25, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                            big hug to you on this teary day - i'm sure all will be well!

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                                                                                                              acssss Nov 25, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                              Don't fool yourself by thinking the tears stop at any point. Once you became a mother, that's it. Tears are part of the job :-) When you have to leave for work when they are babies is the easy part, wait until they start school, when you look at them and realize they are no longer a baby/child/teenager, at their school plays, at their graduation (yes, every year), when they leave home for college...

                                                                                                              ...and although it hasn't happened to me yet, I am told... at their wedding, when they have a child, when their child goes to school... and so it continues.

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                                                                                                                roxlet Nov 25, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                It's hard to leave your baby with the nanny. I loved my son's nanny. We are still friends and she just came to his 18th birthday party even though she hasn't taken care of him since he was 5.

                                                                                                                1. re: rabaja
                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Nov 25, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                  Hang in there, rabaja. You do what you can, and the rest of the stuff can all go hang!

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                                                                                                                    rabaja Nov 25, 2013 11:01 PM

                                                                                                                    Thanks guys! The day actually went well, aside from getting home as the boy was being put to sleep, so too late to see or cuddle (or smell!) him.
                                                                                                                    Dinner made up for the long day. I did not over cook the breast meat. Woooohooo

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                                                                                                                    acssss Nov 25, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                    What a great weekend this was!
                                                                                                                    The Patriots won in one of the most exiting games I've seen in a while! Belichick is a true genius, Brady is the best QB ever to play the game - and I will save the rest of my review for the football forums - because this forum is for food (and wine).
                                                                                                                    Started my Thanksgiving preparations... finished my shopping; bought my turkey, herbs, vegetables; made the broth (which I have since put in the freezer); made the breads: for homemade croutons (stuffing) and bagels for the morning of and the morning after. My kitchen island is covered with baskets full of squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, lemons, apples, tomatoes, pears, oranges - just beautiful.
                                                                                                                    ..and it snowed :-)

                                                                                                                    I love this time of year!

                                                                                                                    For tonight, I am making pea soup accompanied by crostini (made from the ciabatta I made over the weekend) with various toppings: pesto (husband made), kalamata olive chutney (husband made), dried tomato chutney (husband made), fresh tomato and roasted garlic and avocado sprinkled with lemon juice and pepper. Wine is implied.

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                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                      Wow, you were a busy bee yesterday. I love the spirit, this is also my favorite time of year.

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                                                                                                                        rabaja Nov 25, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                        I love this time of year as well.
                                                                                                                        Although I've been a little annoyed by our warm November so far.
                                                                                                                        It was in the 30's this morning, which made me happy. I even got a batch of banana bread in the oven just to make it a cozy morning.

                                                                                                                        We want to move to New England at some point and EVERYONE tells me I will hate the cold. I may be a little California Naive, but I don't believe them. Bundling up to go out, warming by a fire, braises going all day, what's not to love?

                                                                                                                        I love the whole holiday season. I only find it more lovely set against the cold and snow.

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                                                                                                                          acssss Nov 25, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                          I couldn't agree more - about everything.
                                                                                                                          Banana bread - love it and I bake it all the time. Well, husband does :-)
                                                                                                                          ...and I wouldn't live anywhere but the Northeast. I have a ton of relatives that moved westward to California over the years and they don't understand why I stay put, but as you said, braising, baking, bundling up and getting frozen while skiing/ice skating only to enter into a warm house and sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows... those are just some of life's true pleasures. Anyway, one cannot truly enjoy the spring, the buds, the sound of birds chirping and green grass unless one has done without during the cold winter months.

                                                                                                                      2. Njchicaa Nov 25, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                        Made a big pot of Sunday gravy yesterday so that's what we are having for dinner tonight over cavatappi. Salad as well with homemade lemon viniagrette.

                                                                                                                        1. linguafood Nov 25, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                          Freakin' freezin' here, too. My afternoon's busy with band practice, work & kickboxing, so we'll go out for dinner tonight -- want to try the new Sichuan hot pot (and karaoke, but I think we'll forego that today) place in town.

                                                                                                                          Poyfect weather for a steaming bowl of hot chili oil :-)

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                                                                                                                            Harters Nov 25, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                            First significant frost of the season today - was just 2 degrees first thing this morning.

                                                                                                                            Dinner is something vaguely Indonesian- ish.

                                                                                                                            Chicken gets browned. Ground coriander and curry paste go in. I'm using a tandoori paste as that's what I've got, tarted up with a little basaar spice mix. Peanut butter, sugar and a tin of coconut milk follow. Once it's on a good simmer, in goes some mangetout peas and baby corn cobs. That cooks until the veg are just about ready, then some softened noodles, lemon juice and chopped coriander go in and heat through. Then tis done.

                                                                                                                            1. iowagirl Nov 25, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                              It's cold and snowy here today - made my normally 40 minute commute into an hour and 20 minutes. Not the way I want to start my week! But - it IS a short week, and my Caribbean vacation is a mere eleven (5 for EJ!) days away.

                                                                                                                              So tonight I'm going to try to get a workout in (hot barre class - the perfect antidote to the cold!) then meet EJ and SD at the library to stock up for vacation - we'll grab a soup and salad dinner at the the great deli/grocery store across the street. I'm hoping for butternut squash or veggie/barley!

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                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                I love loading up on books for the holidays.

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                                                                                                                                  chefathome Nov 25, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  First frost??? Oh, my. Ours was in September and we have had deep snow and -25C for weeks! I absolutely hate our winters.

                                                                                                                                  But I love, love love to cook in the winter. Comfort dishes are so warming and satisfying! Tonight was simply a Thai chicken thigh dish with a lively marinade including lots of garlic, lemongrass, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce, etc. Crispy golden skin was fought over. The sauce was wonderful over kaffir lime leaf jasmine rice and a crunchy cucumber salad on the side with a daikon and carrot quick pickle. We are toying with having wasabi, ginger and black sesame seed popcorn.

                                                                                                                                  Not exciting by any means but just plain good.

                                                                                                                                2. helen_m Nov 25, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  It was so cold and blustery in DC yesterday - we walked across the Key Bridge and I thought we were going to get blown off! We came home and made fennel-rubbed slow roasted pork belly with a mix of roasted parsnip, carrots and apples. I did a very not-British thing and made a shredded brussels sprout, pomegranate and apple salad to go with it! It was really good.

                                                                                                                                  Tonight I'm still not sure about yet. I have some pecan, cinnamon and maple granola toasting in the oven which smells lovely and is making me hungry.

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                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Nov 25, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                    Would love your pork belly recipe; we just bought some!

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                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Nov 25, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                    Don't you love when your Monday is also your Friday? Vacation here I come.

                                                                                                                                    Tonights dinner is a what-ever-is-leftover-from-farm share fritatta. I sautéed a large leek and small onion until soft, added some garlic and sautéed a little longer. Into the pan when half of a large sweet potato and a small yukon that I had cubed and nuked until tender. I also added a couple handfuls of shredded kale and turnip greens and the last of the pork tenderloin. Sauted it until the green had wilted. Over the whole thing went 6 farm share eggs and a couple handfuls of shredded mozz and some grated parm. It's baking away now and smells wonderful. If I think of it I'll post a pick when done.

                                                                                                                                    And yes there will be wine!!!

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                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Nov 25, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                      Photos. And it hit the spot!

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                                                                                                                                        steve h. Nov 25, 2013 02:57 PM


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                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                          I had quiche last night and today and i could still eat that.

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                                                                                                                                            tcamp Nov 25, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                            That looks lovely. I don't know why I don't think of frittatas more often. Such a good way to use up leftover veg and meat!

                                                                                                                                        2. weezieduzzit Nov 25, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                          Well, the 20.94 pound monster turkey is in the oven. What a beast! I had to set up a 6 foot folding table in the kitchen to have enough prep room.

                                                                                                                                          Since we don't want a "turkey dinner" I'm thinking I could get away with adding dark meat to a fennel gratin tonight since it doesn't take a long time to cook. Roasted beet and clementine salad and some creamed spinach for sides.

                                                                                                                                          I'm so happy to have this turkey out of the fridge, it doesn't feel like its going to explode when the door is opened any more. :)

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                                                                                                                                            steve h. Nov 25, 2013 02:44 PM


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                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                              Seriously, trumps all Frankenchickens that have visited the WFD thread.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: weezieduzzit
                                                                                                                                              Cherylptw Nov 25, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              I would never think to cook my bird three days early, but next time I'm cooking it, I'll have to remember this.

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                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit Nov 25, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                Its not for Thanksgiving, we're having lamb on Thursday. Costco is one of the clients at the man's work and they drop off a truck of turkeys every year- this year they were fresh ones so I couldn't donate it- the food pantries are only set up to store and distribute frozen ones.

                                                                                                                                                I just cooked it tonight to get it out of the way and broken down into manageable portions to freeze and cook with.

                                                                                                                                            3. ChristinaMason Nov 25, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                              SO many good-sounding meals here, I can't begin to comment (too lazy, sorry)! Tonight we're likely having dinner out at the doener kebab place across the street for my friend's birthday. We've offered up our place for the after party, so I think I'll put out some tortilla chips and stir some sour cream (and possibly mayo) into the romesco sauce I made Saturday and call it dip. We also have roasted tomatilla salsa that would be nice. And probably a few cheeses and some crackers and jarred Castelvetrano olives to round things out. Beer is also chilling.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason Nov 26, 2013 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                We were all stuffed, so we just had beer (some of it was homemade---that counts, right?). I did put out some of those lemon Quadratini wafers, which no one really touched.

                                                                                                                                              2. steve h. Nov 25, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                Deb bought crab cakes from Whole Foods over the weekend and I cringed. Damned if they weren't tasty.

                                                                                                                                                The crab came from New Jersey and I like that. Jersey crabs (be nice!) are sweeter than their Maryland cousins and far more interesting than the left coast spiders. Deb added a modest cracker dusting to add a bit of crunch before browning the store-boughts in butter. Sides included Deb's excellent tartar sauce, corn augmented with jalapeño and a green salad dressed with a little oil, lemon juice and salt so the plate would not die of beige poisoning. House red for me, house white for Deb.

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                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Nov 25, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I forgot to post a picture of the beige plate:

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                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I am in fantasy land looking at that plate. I cannot have the corn or lettuce anymore and crab cakes are one of my last meal wish list. I almost always order them out if they are on the menu. Sans Bonefish Grill. Couldn't even risk that nightmare. I digress, that plate looks and sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Nov 25, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                      It was tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I've actually bought them in a pinch and they were surprisingly good here as well. Though, I'm in Maryland so likely made with Maryland crab, but ya never know. The plate looks lovely. "Beige plate" - that's what my mom calls my plate at Thanksgiving covered in turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and macaroni and cheese, not a green thing in sight.

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                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Nov 25, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                      That's why we always have green beans (and I'm adding roasted brussels sprouts this year) at Thanksgiving. The green adds color (along with the red from the cranberry-orange relish).

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                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Oh, the veggies exist on the table, just not on my plate :)

                                                                                                                                                  3. suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Tonight is lazy Suzi night. Taco Bell boxed taco kit, seasoning packet and all. Lettuce, diced grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese,sour cream and Pace. Knorr Mexican rice. No judgement... I opened the packages, I boiled the rice and stuff. I cut the veg. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                      So jealous, old school tacos have been on the menu for days now. Enjoy, eat up! I like the style, exactly what I have in mind.

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                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I had all the stuff here and I got the kit for 99¢ because it was a day out of date. Salsa, taco seasoning and ten shells. Whoo hoo.

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                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Nov 25, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Great deal!

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                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 25, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                            How is it that taco kits expire? To me, they're like Twinkies.

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                                                                                                                                                              tcamp Nov 26, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                              The shells get stale.

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                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Nov 26, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Oh yes, I have to admit I loved to nibble on the stale leftover shells I found in the pantry as a kid. There were only 3 of us so we never used them all and for some reason I loved the stale version as well as dry macaroni but that's another story.

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                                                                                                                                                          rjbh20 Nov 25, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          This stuff is actually very good. Particularly if beer is on the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Beer for the man is always on the menu. That would be why it is a pass here in the bf's house. I am shocked that his English palate really likes it. It must be English vs bachelor palate that gets it a pass here.

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                                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 Nov 25, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Good to always have beer for the man. Take notice, ladies.

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                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason Nov 26, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, we live to serve them :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Nov 26, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I guess I'm lucky... mine knows where the liquor store is, has money in his pocket and knows how to put something on the store counter and pay for it. It's nice to be in a relationship with a grown up. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Nov 26, 2013 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I gave up alcohol some 14 years back, when Mrs Harters decided she was going to stop buying it for me. It was way easier to give it up than learn how to go shopping.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Nov 26, 2013 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    The secret to our 35 years of happy marriage is I buy the food, he buys the booze so there is always cold beer.

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                                                                                                                                                                      tcamp Nov 26, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yep, divide and conquer! My spouse does most of the shopping and I do most of the cooking. Works well!

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                                                                                                                                                                MamasCooking Nov 25, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Crunchy messy tacos are always a treat if you ask me. Especially with those grape tomatoes which are so flavorful.

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                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Nov 25, 2013 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I love them, too. I have tomatoes in the garden within weeks of full fruit andd i can't wait. Grape and cherry are on the menu til mine are fresh.

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                                                                                                                                                                rjbh20 Nov 25, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Doing some inventory reduction tonite. But forgot that one small chicken and a hungry teenage athlete is a bad combination, so some last minute extend-a-meal improvisation was needed.

                                                                                                                                                                Potato & bacon soup in front of roast chicken with wild rice & mushroom pilaf. Turned shroom on top

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                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Nov 25, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Excellent meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp Nov 26, 2013 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    It all looks good but I'm really liking the looks of the soup. I guess putting the pic as my computer background would be a bad idea if I want to make it to lunch time.

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                                                                                                                                                                      rjbh20 Nov 26, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      The soup is a total no brainier -- slab bacon, spuds, onion, chicken stock, milk & a touch of cream. All of which we generally have on hand. 20 minutes end to end.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cherylptw Nov 25, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    For the next few days, I'm going to try to clear fridge space. Tonight we had homemade pizza; Italian sausage, beef & jalapeno sausage and pepperoni went onto dough that was half white wheat/half bread flour with Italian herbs mixed into the dough. Bell peppers & red onions then mozzarella topped the whole thing. The toppings were good, the dough, just okay. Garden salad accompanied.

                                                                                                                                                                    DOES ANYONE HAVE A GREAT PIZZZA CRUST that they recommend? I'm always trying different doughs; this is the second time I've been underwhelmed. I want the dough to be crispy on the outside, slightly chewy on top...oh, who am I fooling? I want something similar to NY style crust...you can take the girl out of NY....

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                                                                                                                                                                      tcamp Nov 26, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Bittman never fails me when it comes to pizza dough:


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                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Nov 26, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Saveur had a couple of crust recipes, one Neapolitan that actually needs to rise for 2 days. My man's been planning on making it once I can get off the wagon :-)


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                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Nov 27, 2013 12:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks ladies for the links; I'll try them, one at a time starting next time I make pizza which will probably be in about a week or so.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. MidwesternerTT Nov 25, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Pork and sweet potato chili, stovetop, adapted for spice-wimps from the recipe CH'er foodcompletesme provided over on another discussion - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9188...

                                                                                                                                                                        For us, I omited the chipotle in adobo, the adobo sauce, half the chili powder and half the cumin. The chili still had a deep, rich flavor from the cinnamon, oregano, unsweetened dark-chocolate powder (cocoa), and onion/tomatoes/carrots/sweet potatoes as well as the cubed pork loin. Serving with sour cream and cilantro (as suggested by foodcompletesme) was a tasty finishing touch.

                                                                                                                                                                        I've made myself a note to allow extra time for prep, however. I was too slow cubing all ingredients and had started actually cooking / heating the chili at about the time we were hungry for lunch -- that's OK, since it got to cook, rest, reheat and become WFD.

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                                                                                                                                                                          MamasCooking Nov 25, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds scrumptious to me! Perfect combination of flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit Nov 25, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I had a late lunch of a boigah and a couple of glasses of wine. The wine was good; the boigah was a tad overcooked ("medium" does NOT mean well done!). I hate when that happens.

                                                                                                                                                                          I needed sustenance and fortitude to help me gird my loins (thank you, Nigel/Stanley Tucci from "The Devil Wears Prada" for that line!) as I was going in. Into the mall, that is. A place I dislike with the intense fire of a thousand suns. To shop for clothes. Which I hate doing. Going to be a successful trip, huh?

                                                                                                                                                                          Surprisingly, yes! I survived. No hives; no heebie-jeebies. And thanks to a good friend, I found some "nice" clothes to buy at a very reasonable price. So maybe this is how I have to buy clothes...with someone helping me! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway - because of the late burger lunch, there was no dinner. Well, I did have some cheddar goldfish as a Scooby Snack, so I guess you could call that dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                            tcamp Nov 26, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Goldfish: The snack that smiles back.

                                                                                                                                                                            I share your hatred of malls. If I were to win the lottery (unlikely since I don't actually buy tickets), I'd have a stylist bring frocks to my house.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen Nov 25, 2013 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            dinner was a bit meh, i'm sorry to say - and sorry to throw the BF under the bus! i called him earlier in the day and asked him if he would please bake the sweet potatoes i'd bought, but he didn't hear me (he heard "make") and instead fried them. they were ok, just not.... buttery baked sweet potatoes. he seared the pork shoulder pieces so that they were medium rare, and dressed them with a little dijon vinaigrette. the salad was nice - arugula, crimini mushrooms, a little parm.... it was all fine, i'm just being bitchy. to all of YOU, not to him.

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                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Nov 26, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes you get your mind set on something to eat (buttery baked sweet potatoes), so when it ends up being something else, it's just not quite right. Hopefully a turnaround tonight, mc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit Nov 26, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                "Sometimes you get your mind set on something to eat (buttery baked sweet potatoes), so when it ends up being something else, it's just not quite right.

                                                                                                                                                                                ....and you end up craving it until you get it....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Nov 26, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, that too. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  unfortunately, no cooking tonight. dang - no cooking until Saturday! taking the oldster out for lunch/dinner for thxgiving with friends per their yearly tradition - a very nice local restaurant - One Market; going to Napa for the day Friday with same friends, to quaff vino and eat tapa; then, finally, cooking a D'Artagnan turkey at my sister/oldster's Saturday (with some limited fixings.)

                                                                                                                                                                                  tonight i'm going to same friends' house for "cakenight" - a 20+ year tradition of baking a cake every Tuesday night. people were invited to come enjoy, and sometimes it was 1 person who showed, sometimes it was 20. over the last 8 years or so they've pared that down to a cakenight only every so often because most people have kids or other busy lives, but anyone can call a cakenight and the hosts will bake a cake (betty crocker, yellow cake) and people will show up. tonight it's thxgiving cakenight, and i'm bringing a galette I purchased at a fancy schmancy bakery across the street from my office - pear/apple/raspberry.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Wed. i'll be at the oldster's.... maybe i'll indulge my sweet potato craving there, since he actually loved the one I made him over the weekend.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Nov 26, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    One Market, Napa, Cake Night, Family.


                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Thanksgiving, mc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Nov 26, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Truly a fun couple of days/evenings. Enjoy, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        thanks LW - enjoy your Mama and your delicious meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        aw, thanks steve h! same to you and Deb!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Nov 26, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Feel free to bitch- that's what we're here for! Some days my inner three year old needs attention.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks for the validation and support, ladies!

                                                                                                                                                                                      and yes, I WILL have a baked sweet potato... soon...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Nov 26, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      No judgement here. I did something similar to your bf. James was making steak, boiled red potatoes and spinach. We had had it three Fridays in a row so i thought i would surprise him by mashing the potatoes while he was tending the grill. The look of horror on his face was unmistakable. He said " oh god, what did you do?" He pushed them around a little on his plate but not one bite passed his lips that i noticed. I learned that night that steaks get baked or boiled potatoes only. I felt pretty bad for ruining his meal. My intentions were good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        of course they were!

                                                                                                                                                                                        and I have no problems with fried sweet potatoes - fried anything, fried any kind of potato, etc. - it's all very, very good. as LW said, I just had a fixed prep/taste/texture in my mind last night. but I ate them. oh yes, I ate them all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Nov 26, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have to say my worst sweet potato experience was at a steakhouse. The potato came with a cinnamon honey butter already on the potato. I had my tastebuds set for plain butter. I was gladly mashing away happily at the already melted butter and then I salted and peppered it up and took that first horrid bite.. yuk. Do not wish to repeat that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            yeah, I like to pair savory with the sweetness - lots of butter, s&p and then like I did for my dad's the other day, a bunch of chopped scallions mixed into the mash. YUM.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Berheenia Nov 26, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Woke up early to our first real snowfall- enough for the plows to come out. I got to make a white knuckle drive over the country roads to an early PT appt. all the while wishing I had put a shot of something in my coffee. It stopped snowing on the way home and it will be washed away tonight by the heavy rains.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Painter is finishing up so WFD will be Prince Spaghetti Day a day early. We really miss our pasta messes. I think I'll fry up some new to us Italian sausages and see what we have in the pantry for pasta. There are capers, olives, parmesan and roasted red peppers in the fridge. Some whole wheat rolls for the bread man. Red wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. fldhkybnva Nov 26, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I finished my grocery shopping and realized that I failed to really make any room in the fridge. It's now stuffed to the brim, so I'm forced to clean out or eat out. Given I'm on vacation, the latter might win, but for now the plan is to clean out and to use up the rest of this week's massive supply of chicken broth. Instead of chicken, I plan to throw in a few Italian meatballs that I picked up at the Italian deli this morning. You walk in for deli meat, and you leave with mushroom ravioli, 4 bottles of wine and fresh mozzarella. SO will be home tomorrow so I'm sure hoping he'll enjoy the wine I picked out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Nov 26, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice haul from the Italian market. I have been there. I go into a place here called Piccolo's for a small meatball sub and leave with forty dollars worth of stuff. Its a sickness on my part. :-) And I feel your pain on the to full fridge. I am getting the turkey carcass and I have nowhere to put the bugger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 26, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            The best part was he even pointed it out "oh, well you know if you only got the meat it would have been $6." Well, THANK YOU! As if I didn't already feel like an impulsive crazy food lover.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Nov 26, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Lol. I can't believe he pointed that out.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood Nov 26, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. That hot pot place was aMAZing:


                                                                                                                                                                                          As for tonight, it's another poker night in snowy HV, but for a change, friends are hosting. Yay. Presumably they'll still take all of our money, though. This means take-out or delivery TBD.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Got most of my fixins to make the turkey day app & dessert (smoked salmon terrine & no-bake peanut butter pie with chocolate whipped cream) we are bringing to our friend's place who will be hosting a fairly non-traditional get together.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 26, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            wow, sounds like you struck gold with the new place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Nov 26, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep, faboski. I wasn't all that excited when I heard that yet *another* Sichuan place is opening, but I can totally groove to this one. It'll be in heavy rotation, I think, particularly during the crappy cold winter months.

                                                                                                                                                                                              And the karaoke will be a blast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Nov 26, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounded very good. I wish someone would open something like that here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp Nov 26, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yum, sounds outstanding. If this cold weather keeps up, I'm dragging the crew out for Korean hotpot this coming weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. juliejulez Nov 26, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Back in the kitchen tonight, sort of. I'm utilizing some of the diced leftover ham to make a pizza... the usual dough, sauce, cheese, and some diced pineapple on the SO's side.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night we went to an Avalanche "Meet the Team" party which is very crowded, but we managed to get 9 of the players' autographs, and we also had some free dinner. I chose the NY style pizza that's normally $9 a slice, and it's surprisingly delicious for arena food.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. tcamp Nov 26, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is a Chow recipe - Salisbury steaks with mushroom gravy. The seasoned meat patties are defrosting at home so it should be quick. Some sort of vegetable item alongside - salad? sautéed kale? glazed carrots and turnips? Depends how I feel when I roll in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Njchicaa Nov 26, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marinating thinly-sliced chicken breasts in a mixture of chopped garlic, lemon juice, fresh chopped thyme and rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil. I was going to grill them outside but it is raining and cold hence the thin slices. I'll cook them indoors on my double burner cast iron grill pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nephew requested baked potatoes to go with the chicken so they are already in the oven. I've been giving him green salad every evening before dinner so I think tonight I'm going to switch things up and give him cucumber slices dressed with a lemon viniagrette. Trying to expand his idea of food past chicken nuggets and bagged salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Nov 26, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very good of you Njchicaa, pushing the little ones beyond their boundaries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Nov 27, 2013 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Simply Delicious! For our family - this is the "go to" meal... just with breadcrumbs on the chicken breasts. We eat this all the time. Love it

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. steve h. Nov 26, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Filet mignon with Stroganov (sic) sauce is up tonight. It's an old Gourmet recipe, rather simple, that has served us well over time. I'll pull something from the wine jail equal to Deb's efforts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday begins the full-court cooking press that climaxes on Thursday. I will be washing many dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Nov 26, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To you and Deb as well. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. suzigirl Nov 26, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight is miss juliejulez's pesto chicken with mozzarella that she hooked me up with months ago. I haven't had it in a while and yes, I know it is right on the cusp of a poultrypoluza but i can hang. Olive oil and toasted garlic pasta with broccoli and parm for the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez Nov 26, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've totally forgotten about the pesto chicken with mozzarella. I need to make that again soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Nov 27, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes you do. Thanks for the hook up

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. weezieduzzit Nov 26, 2013 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The fennel, onion and turkey gratin I made last night was damn good and will be repeated. Soon. I was seriously jealous that the man got the little that was leftover for lunch today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken adobo for dinner tonight with BISO thighs and sauteed zucchini on the side. The man will be picking up a side of rice on his way home. There's so much food stuff going on there just isn't room to pull the rice cooker out for him tonight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turkey stock is almost finished and the meat is starting to be turned into other things like the filling for green chili enchiladas. I'm also toying with the idea of stuffing some roasted anaheim chilis with it for future a future chili relleno type dish. I think I'm leaning towards Mulligatawny Soup with turkey made ahead to meld for Friday (I want to rotate the turkey meat with Thursdays lamb and other things we have so we don't suffer burn out.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason Nov 26, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would like the play-by-play of your gratin, if you wouldn't mind? Sounds like an excellent potential repurposing for leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit Nov 26, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Both were sliced about 1/4" thick. I sauteed the onions until starting to get translucent, added the fennel and let that cook for a couple minutes, added a small amount of turkey stock since it was on the next burner (obviously any stock would do,) and a splash of white wine and let that cook until soft but not mushy and the liquid was reduced greatly. I added the already cooked dark meat of the turkey and seasoned it all to taste. I put it in a buttered casserole and topped it with some almond meal and parmesan and baked it in a 400 degree oven until brown on top. Make sure there isn't too much liquid so it doesn't bubble up and uncrisp your topping. Ask me how I know.... :) Instead of tilting the pan to pour the contents into the casserole I'll scoop with a slotted spoon next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is an Epicurious recipe similar that adds lemon zest to the topping and that would be a really nice addition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason Nov 27, 2013 05:54 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Nov 27, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you make it let me know if you make any tweaks, etc. We really liked it and there are a lot of ways you could take this one. I'm curious to see what you do with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Nov 27, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm tempted to make a creamy herb sauce (using some turkey stock) and bake the onions, turkey, and fennel in that under a crumb topping. Let's see if I can find fennel in TN.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit Nov 27, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good luck.:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ChristinaMason Nov 26, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I volunteered tonight but not before telling my hubs that a recipe I saw on that other playground for egg noodles with sauteed cabbage, onion, and bacon sounded so good. He agreed and made his own take with bowtie kosher egg noodles and a hearty spoonful of sour cream. I tried not to overindulge because I had a snack at Food & Friends, but it was tempting. Rib-stickin' fare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA: I forgot, he also added cubed, seared firm tofu to give it some protein. Not shabby at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sedimental Nov 27, 2013 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds sooooo good. Sautéed cabbage and onion in bacon fat mixed with a bit of pasta is one of my favorite comfort meals. I tend to go heavy on the cabbage and light on the pasta, served in a big bowl. Perfect on a cold night :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason Nov 27, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was good! My hubby wished he'd used more cabbage---he was surprised how much it cooked down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I rarely eat pasta, so it's always a treat :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Cherylptw Nov 27, 2013 12:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, I got a late start today for doing my errands including picking up the last of the things needed for my turkey day contributions. Get to Walmart cause I needed to stop by the pharmacy dept and you'd think it was Thanksgiving....lol...it was so packed; I remember thinking, this usually happens the day before the holiday which I like to avoid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I get in there and pick up my few items then make my rounds to other stores and get home, only to discover I forgot the rock salt for the ice cream so I had to go back out in the pouring rain to a packed store AGAIN for one item. The express lane was not express today. I AM NOT going back to the store before Thursday...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Okay, enough of my ranting...I picked up a pound of chicken livers on Monday; I decided to cook those to free up the fridge space. They were cleaned up, seasoned, dredged & fried. Sides were alfredo style egg noodles and buttered peas. Easy & simple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Nov 27, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOVE chicken livers. I am psyched about the post-thanksgiving abundance of turkey livers, hearts & necks -- they make for a fab lunch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MamasCooking Nov 27, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love chicken livers especially the way you prepared them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Nov 27, 2013 01:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's pork chops at Harters Hall tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And that's about as far as we've got in the planning. This is free-range Gloucester Old Spot piggy so is going to be delicious (nice thick rim of fat). That probably means a very simple preparation so the flavour shines through.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Nov 27, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am so envious. That sounds superb!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Nov 27, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our "Holiday Company" arrive in a few hours, so I'm getting everything ready for the "day before Thanksgiving meal" and the salads, relishes, sauces, breads and soups for the Holiday itself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is white outside (beautiful!), the house is full of wonderful smells and colors and for the next five days we will eat, drink, laugh and watch football!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone - stay safe, healthy and happy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. tcamp Nov 27, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight, I'm home late so DH is making beef and black bean burritos. Just using up what is on hand as we continue to clear space for the big event. I have some cooking to do tonight after dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I guess I'm officially off the carb wagon! Tonight's dinner is courtesy of the local Italian deli. I'm torn between mushroom ravioli and stuffed shells so might do a mix and match all smothered in marinara sauce and grated Pecorino. I have garlic bread in mind, but couldn't get past the crud in the grocery store freezer offerings so will be slapping some Kerrygold, garlic and herbs on a fresh baguette I picked up this morning. SO will have a spinach salad on the side dressed with balsamic walnut oil vinaigrette. I'm still teetering on the brink and quite frustrated with my tummy right now so I'm going to stick to hearty and skip the vinegar. I'm really hoping I have a miraculous recovery overnight, my fridge is stuffed and I'm not sure I'll even be into eating much tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Nov 27, 2013 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Have you had a doc check this out yet? It's been going on for quite some time, and you work right at the source....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup, I went yesterday and as expected she was pretty much useless. Not to hate on doctors or anything :) I just wish someone could help I'm so frustrated with the stomach pain and feeling wiped out. Of course she suggested if it's not better in 2 weeks then to return, but at this time didn't have anything particular that I could do and thinks it's just post-stomach virus irritation. I thought so too at first but it's been 11 days, never had stomach virus issues for this long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Nov 27, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hate to hate on drs also but that was a crappy answer. Was this your primary care? I think that more attention should be paid but that is me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yuppers, primary care. I guess I'll have to seek out the secondary and tertiary care options. I was surprised at her response as well even though I didn't expect much, just another patient I guess. I'm looking forward to dinner tonight but keeping my expectations low for tomorrow unfortunately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Nov 27, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have had three days in a row that my stomach has been off. It rights itself by dinner but I don't want it to wreck turkey day. I agree that you need a second opinion. And two weeks? That is a long time to be in distress before she takes you seriously

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fingers crossed :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bblonde Nov 27, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This past week has been crazy. Normal for this time of year plus I was house sitting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unusual weather for Oklahoma--freezing rain/snow Friday through Sunday. Greeted fiance back home from a trip with a pot of beef stew and Mexican cornbread and a fire in the fireplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Friendsgiving was Monday. I wanted to go "all out" and try a couple unusual dishes on my friends that would never make the cut at my family's thanksgiving but alas a 6:30 beginning meant I frantically got off at 4:45, headed home, popped some brussels sprouts into roast, and I'm ashamed to say I made a canned-apple-pie-filling crisp. Actually I'm not ashamed at all because it was the star of the dessert table! Don't you hate it when you have things you slave over that get no praise and then the thing that takes you literally 5 minutes to put together takes the cake so to speak?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night after the thanksgiving grocery-ing I took the easy way out and picked up a Papa Murphy's pizza. Are they everywhere in the country? I highly recommend. My first thought was "I'm NOT paying $16 for a pizza I have to cook myself!" But the stuffed chicago family size fed 7 people (plus a salad) and a couple slices leftover and it really is really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a feeling today will be takeout as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looking forward to Turkey day tomorrow. For probably the first year ever, I'm less stressed and taking it easy. Too much going on next week to not enjoy the short window of time off! Everyone have a blessed (and less-stressed) thanksgiving!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Nov 27, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Papa Murphy's was a staple for me in college... more than the other "pre-cooked" chains, but one large pizza would last me for 4 meals because they're big and they seem to be heartier than the other stuff. I'd do it more often now if there was one closer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Nov 27, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              <Don't you hate it when you have things you slave over that get no praise and then the thing that takes you literally 5 minutes to put together takes the cake so to speak?>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes! Like when my DH raves over a Campbell's-soup based casserole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bblonde Nov 27, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or my fiancee's favorite dessert is cherry cheesecake: coolwhip, cream cheese, canned cherry pie filling, store-bought graham cracker crust. This one I cannot understand. What a waste of calories imho. I can spend hours on a "real" baked cheesecake. But it's easy...and what he wants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've never seen Papa Murphy's is it frozen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bblonde Nov 27, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a store/chain where you can go in an order a fresh, unbaked pizza that you simply take and bake. It's really good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting, the point being you can eat it super fresh out of the oven? It sounds like a great concept. I'll see if there's one around. This place is devoid of any pizza really worth ordering.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Nov 27, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup take & bake. Their ingredients for toppings are great too... fresh everything it seems. http://www.papamurphys.com/Home

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great now I no longer want ravioli for dinner, want pizza!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. juliejulez Nov 27, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not a whole lot of cooking going on here until maybe Sunday. Might do some lunches and a breakfast or two though. The pizza last night was very good, I tried out a pizza stone I bought months ago. It was all premade everything (dough, sauce etc) but SO liked it and it was very tasty, good way to use up some of the ham. The rest is going into the freezer today, I think we're all hammed out for now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight we have a hockey game, Avalanche vs Blues, I hope there'll be some good fights, there was at their last meeting. Tomorrow we head up to my aunt's for Thanksgiving, I'm hoping I'll get to take home some leftovers, and I'm hoping my uncle smokes the turkey. He used to do it all the time but hasn't in recent years. I do have some cinnamon rolls (yes the kind from the can), and bacon and eggs to make a Thanksgiving brunch sort of thing before we go up there. I am in charge of the bread, and since it has to be dairy free, I think I'm going to do challah. Part of me thinks I still need to do rolls since that's what most people expect but I think it would be fun to try the braid. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday we are going to a show, Saturday another hockey game, and then SO heads out again on Sunday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope everyone has a great Turkey Day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sedimental Nov 27, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will be stuffed eggplant, pesto chicken and a salad. Going away for turkey day tomorrow so I won't be cooking (or even eating turkey). Skipping out of the country to Canada for a few days to eat lots of Chinese food and Indian food, drink some wine and relax at the Spa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will cook a Turkey when I get back so I will be looking forward to reading about all the "hits and misses" for the big feasts:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Nov 27, 2013 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Safe travels up north, sedimental! And enjoy your spa tubbies, massages, and what sounds like good food and drink. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit Nov 27, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds great, have a safe trip!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shastamaya Nov 27, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        French onion soup. Baking cookies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Double yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. linguafood Nov 27, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Poker went well: I am now $24 richer :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The food was abysmal -- our favored pizza delivery never picked up the phone (could've been power outage due to nasty freezing rain, apparently our 'hood lost electricity for a couple hours -- good thing we weren't home!), so we went with another place. Sucky, sucky, sucky: soggy dough, CANNED mushrooms on the salad *and* the pizza. Oh, the horror.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight I plan on finally making Frizzle's tofu dish that caught my attention a few days ago, though I still have to get the black vinegar and preserved vegetables.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the side we'll have stir-fried baby spinach & napa, both were part of a CSA box I picked up for friends who are out of town. Not quite sure who I will be dumping the rest on, it's nothing we eat, generally: parsnips, rutabaga, turnips, potatoes & carrots.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 27, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oooh lurve parsnips, rutabagas, turnips and, of course, potatoes...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Nov 27, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We might keep the taters for gratin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Nov 27, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                you might try throwing in a rutabaga or two - gives a nice, very slightly sweet, almost horseradishy taste.... just a suggestion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Nov 27, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe. I like horseradish, but I don't like sweet, which is why I'm not crazy about turnips or parsnips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Nov 27, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yeah, I figured that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Berheenia Nov 27, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is seriously pouring rain and threatening to freeze solid so we are hunkering in. Good day for refrigerator rummaging. Have had the last Farmers Market egg in a hole of fried locally made bread, the last of the red Leicester cheese on crackers, hubby found some egg rolls for lunch and so it goes. Dinner will be leftover pasta and cottage pie and a baked cauliflower. Minimal Thanksgiving celebration at a restaurant tomorrow. The advantage of living in a summer tourist area is that restaurants that were packed all summer are begging for our business and going out on Thanksgiving is not limited to the usual hotel only fare out here. There were lots of choices and prices running from 12 bucks to 150. We're going low end at a place recommended by our new friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. iowagirl Nov 27, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are heading to the Chicago burbs tonight to spend tomorrow with my MIL, SIL and her family. So that means that tonight is .... Chicago pizza! At Pizano's where they are super friendly and accomodating. We have both SD's home (yay!) so will be splurging on a deep dish sausage, a deep dish tomato basil and garlic, and a thin crust sausage. And there will be wine! I'm so happy - it almost makes up for the dinner tomorrow. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday (or weekend!) of lots of wonderful food and happy families. Or at least some good stories!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Can you send some this way? I long for deep dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Nov 27, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is one place here that makes a deep dish to die for but it is thirty bucks for a pie. I can't do it. They used to give it away free on the pizza buffet during football season. Man i miss that stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. GretchenS Nov 27, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A big bowl of noodle soup at my local Chinese place is calling my name for dinner tonight. Tomorrow I will be cooking for my oldster who doesn't like turkey, so it will be rack of lamb, Dorie Greenspan's fabulous celeriac puree, and roasted veggies: I have gorgeous small organic carrots, brussel sprouts and delicata squash. He will supply the wine. :) Sadly I have to work on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Nov 27, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's so funny! I decided an hour ago I was too lazy to cook tonight, and the alternative is a beef noodle soup from our local crack I mean Chinese soup dealer. Perfect for a slight hangover, too :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Nov 27, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your oldster has extremely good taste in his enjoyment of lamb - enjoy it yourself, Gretchen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. suzigirl Nov 27, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had planned on a lunchbox for James with the two breast halves I had left . It turns out that one of the companies was bringing in a ham dinner so we have chicken again tonight and turkey tomorrow. I may get turkied out quick this year. Any way, I am making chicken salad sandwickes with pesto chicken breasts. Simple mayo, celery, scallion greens a heaping spoon more of pesto on Sara Lee buttercrust bread. Lettuce for James.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What's this buttercrust bread? Not sure I've ever seen it, southern specialty?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Nov 29, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry, I missed this post the other day. It is a white bread that has butter in the dough. It gives a nice rich background butteriness that I love. Especially good toasted and in french bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. linguafood Nov 27, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dammit. Noodle soup place is closed. Back to the drawing board. FML.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Nov 27, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Poor lingua!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Nov 27, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know. I'm feeling very, very, very sorry for myself right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 27, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Darn I hate that!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. MidwesternerTT Nov 27, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight it was runzas I made last week (so nice to have these in the freezer). Coin-tossing about what to make for a light 11 AM lunch on T-Day, since the FEAST at our friend's home is slated for 5 PM or so. Considering shrimp, either as protein in corn chowder or with rice & veggies as a stir-fry or in the filling for quesadillas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DowntownJosie Nov 28, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What is the difference between runzas and bierocks? I saw both of them on the cooks country site and the ingredients are different but they seem quite similar. The put sweetened condensed milk in their dough for runzas. I love the idea of them, there are so many potential variations!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MidwesternerTT Nov 28, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I only know the recipe provided by my niece's mother-in-law, which their family calls "runzas". My impression is that this, like all other "hand pies", comes in infinite variety. No sweetened condensed milk in their dough. Filling description and photos are on last week's WFD discussion http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9248...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do have permission to share her recipe (kind of long) if you're seriously interested.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle Nov 28, 2013 02:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We're into the closing hours of your Thanksgiving here. It's not something that really features at all in New Zealand. My main exposure to the holiday comes from helping American workmates in Singapore put on a Thanksgiving spread. I still marvel at the amount of sugar and butter that goes into those delicious yams and still struggle to understand the attraction of Miracle Whip. I hope the storms you're experiencing in the U.S. don't put a damper on your festivities and you all manage to spend the day with all of those important to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dinner here tonight was a last of the season parsnip and shallot tarte tatin. It's a Hugh FW recipe. Simple and tasty. Brown sugar and butter feature so it was my nod to Thanksgiving yams. I whipped up a side salad from the Tuscan kale (cavolo nero) I have in growing in pots on the deck, caramelised apple cubes and toasted walnuts. The dressing was a honey mustard vinaigrette. It was the perfect meal for a rainy and slightly chilly spring night. I can't wait to hear about the Thanksgiving feasts you're all about to embark upon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle Nov 28, 2013 02:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And the photo...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              herby Nov 28, 2013 06:31 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Nov 28, 2013 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds fab, Friz. We've done a shallot tarte tatin before but I like the sound of the parsnips. Which HF-W book is it in?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle Nov 28, 2013 02:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's from the series I've yet to see - Three Good Things On A Plate. Parsnip and shallots are browned in the stove. Cider vinegar, brown sugar and butter are added and the covered pan goes into the oven for half an hour so before a final bake with the pastry on for 25 mins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Nov 28, 2013 03:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for that. I'm usually a big fan of his but I found the TV programme really contrived and irritating. I think we stopped watching - not least as it was on every night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Nov 28, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL at the yams. That's not a standard dish for everyone, Frizzle. Never had it growing up; never had it as an adult. I just put lots of butter into the mashed potatoes. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your dinner sounds very good - and looks great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia Nov 28, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ditto on the yams. Our food pantry in New England was always brimming with cans of yams long after the holidays were over- even the thriftiest clients couldn't get their families to eat them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Nov 28, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we had yams a lot as a kid. foreign parents... i like thm much more than i did then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Nov 29, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like sweet potatoes, just not candied yams/sweet potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Nov 28, 2013 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, we're having a easy brown gloop from the freezer meal. Actually the leftovers from a braised lamb shoulder from a while back. Bits and bobs of stuff - courgettes, onion, tomato - will be fried up into a sort of ratatouille. And there's cheese for "afters".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And then I'm "home alone" for a few days. Herself is making her third trip this year to the western side of The Pond, going to New York with one of her sisters for a few days. They shop, they do touristy things, they listen to jazz in Greenwich Village, they presumably eat (although that doesnt feature highly in the sister's life)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm unsure of my eating plans as yet but know that tuna and game will be featuring (things Jan isnt that keen on)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Nov 28, 2013 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Christmas season in NYC is always magical. Not sure if the Rockefeller Tree will be lit up yet, but it's still a fun time. And at least she's missing the horror of Black Friday. Safe trip to Mrs. H!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit Nov 28, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Up at 6:15 (well, out of bed at 6:30) and turkey birdie has been prepped - salt, pepper, sage, marjoram, rosemary and thyme (nope, no parsley), and a quartered orange inside; the same outside, except orange zest instead of the orange quarters. Tucked back into the downstairs fridge to await its roasting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mashed sour creamy potatoes, glazed carrots, green beans with toasted almonds, and roasted Brussels sprouts with shallots and bacon. (BACON!) Oh - and homemade cranberry-orange relish. And homemade gravy. And pumpkin pie. And yes, there's wine for me. And vodka & Sprite with lime for Mom, if she wants it. And LOTS of leftovers. Probably some football on the tube this afternoon, and maybe Carrie Underwood in the live televised version of "The Sound of Music" later tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope everyone who is enjoying the American Thanksgiving is doing so with family, friends, or just doing whatever you want.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Nov 28, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds a great meal, Linda. Apart from the vile farty green things, of course :-0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MidwesternerTT Nov 28, 2013 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dec 5 (not today) for that "Sound of Music" special, unless they've changed the date, so you can get to sleep earlier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Nov 28, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I saw that earlier today. Oh well, I wasn't in the mood for a remake tonight anyway. Guess I'll be channel surfing tonight. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Nov 28, 2013 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I found "Under the Tuscan Sun" on Encore tonight. That worked. But now I want to go to Tuscany. And I don't speak a speck of Italian. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia Nov 29, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Why let a little detail like that stop you! You need to find a Tapas place with an Italian waitstaff!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 28, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I DVRed it. Should be interesting, though nothing will beat the original. I could sing and dance to it for days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Njchicaa Nov 28, 2013 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We are having the family Thanksgiving dinner here tomorrow so tonight it will be just my husband and me. I pulled a small pan of macaroni and cheese out of the freezer and I'm going to put a meatloaf in the smoker. That will be dinner along with a salad... maybe Alex Guarnaschelli's grilled romaine salad minus the fresh basil. Haven't had that in a long time and I have a ton of romaine in the fridge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grayelf Nov 28, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally tried the B. Flay Mesa grits recipe. Along with frijoles borrachos, it made for a tasty quasi-Tex Mex meal, tempered by an arugula and lettuce salad with a light vinaigrette. Grits were super creamy and even better the next day. Beans I would cut down on the liquid a bit next time, and be sure not to forget to buy cilantro (!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night was my first proper home-made soup of the season. I conflated two recipes and came up with an Italianate lentil barley soup with zucchini and spinach that hit the spot, though it could have used a bit more garlic. Old Stumpy from Purebread on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WFD tonight may well be leftovers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ETA may do Lazy Suzi night and have hard shell tacos. There's a local store that stocks fresh hard shells that are quite delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf Nov 29, 2013 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Picked up the hard shells (as good as ever) and nabbed some of my favourite soft white corn tortillas so WFD tonight will be fish tacos early before the SO's hockey game, providing I can get some "rockfish" (FKA red snapper). I use a recipe I've had forever from some long gone restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We had the frijoles with the hard shells last night and will prolly have a bit more with the softies tonight. I heart anything vaguely Mexican, it's clear : -).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. linguafood Nov 28, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My sweetie already made the no-bake peanut butter pie with chocolate whipped cream and a salted pretzel crust yesterday for our turkey day potluck at our friends' house. He switched two steps when making the whipped cream, so we now also have a fairly large bowl of ganache that will likely be turned into little balls of happiness: pralines, perhaps dusted with some cocoa powder or sprinkled with Maldon flakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have yet to make my mother's smoked salmon terrine, as I still have a few questions for her, and am awaiting our skype convo scheduled for today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The rest of the menu, as per the chef's invitation, will include:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - roast cornish game hens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - oxtail stew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - pan-fried fish for the pescatarian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - roasted sweet and normal potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - roasted cauliflower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - pan-seared broccoli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - kale & quinoa salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think there might also be a key lime pie, and whatever else the other guests are bringing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very much looking forward to it, especially as it's happening at a civilized time: 6 PM for cocktails, dinner at 7:30.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gobble, gobble, gobble, y'all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PHREDDY Nov 28, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Thanksgiving to all! and a Happy Hanukah!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just finished frying Latkes!...I smell like a fried potato!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy the love and warmth of the day with family, friends and those special to us all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Nov 28, 2013 10:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gobble-tov! (i heard someone say that - like it much better than Happy Thanksgivvukah!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope you enjoyed the latkes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Nov 28, 2013 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wow, it all sounds fab. i think my sister made that peanut butter pretzel pie last year. to die for.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Nov 28, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh my, it all sounds totes fabs.... i think my sister made that peanut butter/pretzel pie - to die for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. fldhkybnva Nov 28, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's for dinner? Thanksgiving!! This is by far my favorite holiday and so I woke up excited to relax and enjoy the day. And, so far it's been just what I have expected, lazy start, small breakfast of scrambled eggs, turkey in the oven to slow roast, and just caught a wonderful nap. I've been so exhausted and fall asleep at the drop of a hat so that was nice. The low and slow turkey is so great since now I can sit around and do nothing all day, and then eat dinner. All sides and desserts have been prepped. My stomach is cooperating so far so fingers crossed for a yummy dinner. No more pain, but it's still not moving very quickly so I'll probably have a small plate and nibble. "Dinner" is planned for 3pm so I have plenty of time to nibble before bed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The full menu includes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roast turkey with turkey gravy and mushroom gravy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Biscuit mushroom stuffing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sage sausage stuffing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Macaroni and cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mashed potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cranberry orange relish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bread: white and wheat rolls, cornbread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dessert: apple pie, sweet potato pie, assorted ice creams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Giblets for the cat, appetizers of assorted salami and cheese for SO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    littleflower Nov 28, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi everyone!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! I have missed posting on here, my health has challenged me of late so I haven't had the energy to post much less do a lot of cooking. We are keeping it very simple this year with Thanksgiving dinner - bought a Trader Joe's kosher half turkey breast and a Trader Joe's half already cooked ham. We're going to follow Ina's herb roasted turkey breast recipe and adapt the timing for the smaller bird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quick question for all of you experts on here: with the kosher half turkey breast from TJ's is it necessary to wash off the turkey to rinse off any saltiness caused by the brine? I know if you brine your own turkey you need to rinse it afterwards but didn't know if you had to rinse a pre-brined turkey off. I didn't want the pan drippings to be too salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you in advance and hope you all have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit Nov 28, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was thinking about you a few days ago when I was reading a thread here, lf. I do hope you feel better soon and have a great Thanksgiving!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        littleflower Nov 28, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks weezie that is so nice to read that another post made you think of me and my cooking. Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Nov 28, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd give it a quick rinse

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          littleflower Nov 28, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh my...I was kinda hoping that I could skip that step. I am not too keen on rinsing off poultry for fear of splashing/contaminating plus it is just one more step (rinse/dry off) that we'd rather not do unless necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So in your honest opinion if I don't the turkey and drippings may be too salty? Anyone had a pre-brined turkey here and not washed it off first?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rjbh20 Nov 28, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you ever had a problem with contamination before?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              herby Nov 28, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always brine turkey and never wash it off. Have not any complains on saltiness of the gravy either. I think what is important is to dry it off very well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                littleflower Dec 4, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi all...sorry for the late reply but wanted to thank you for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers! Huge duh to me for not reading the directions on the package...it says on there that it has already been brined AND rinsed. It was not salty at all and appreciate everyone's comments regarding it. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving looks like a lot of wonderful cooking and food was had by all on here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. MamasCooking Nov 28, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is a beautiful warm sunny day here in N.California@ 65 degrees. I hope everyone eats...drinks....laughs...smokes (whatever floats their boat) watches football and enjoys this great holiday! Time for me to get in that kitchen and get my mini feast going:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 28, 2013 10:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it was gorgeous here, wasn't it? i love warm novembers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MamasCooking Nov 29, 2013 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was perfect:) And I love the sunny (though cold by our standards) Christmas's we often get. Northern California is so gorgeous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. roxlet Nov 28, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What's for dinner? What, are you kidding? Turkey!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              herby Nov 28, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, not everywhere :) Our T-day is long gone and it is just a regular Thursday. Bookclub meeting tonight; WFD is whatever nibblies will be offered and maybe a glass or wine once I get home. Very-very cold tonight...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Nov 28, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course you're right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. steve h. Nov 28, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deb is snoozing, the dish washer is humming, I'm sipping a vintage port.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was just the two of us today. Nibbles and prosecco for lunch: clam dip, chicken livers accompanied by a killer onion marmalade. We watched Patrick Dempsey claw his way to Le Mans in a seriously good documentary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The main meal was formal: dining room setting; best china; best silverware; best crystal. Linen was good, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First course was a warm pear with Gorgonzola on a bed of greens splashed with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and some salt. The main was a brined turkey breast, corn bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, chive carrots and giblet gravy. Apple tart with vanilla ice cream to finish. I had Motown Legends on the box. Wine was a Barbera d'Alba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm watching The Godfather.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Nov 28, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pear salad with Gorgonzola.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MamasCooking Nov 28, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be still my beating heart! Clam dip AND The Godfather:) Two of my all time favorite things in the world. Your day sounds very good. The food...the ambiance and the music.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Nov 29, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We two went out to a restaurant that was serving a traditional TG dinner only between 12 and 5, reservations strongly suggested. It was surprisingly well done with very good food although controlled chaos for the staff! Think I'll copy your style for the next just the two of us holiday- New Year's Eve. We will have a dining room by then too. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Nov 29, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ha! We had clam dip too! Sounds like a lovely dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clam dip that sounds great, we have crab dip all the time down here in Maryland but rarely clam dip. I'll have to keep that one in mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. steve h. Nov 28, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Apple tart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Nov 28, 2013 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you have a recipe for the tart? I'm thinking a tart for Christmas/New Year's instead of apple pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Nov 28, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll ask Deb to shoot you a tart response tomorrow. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 28, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great, thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              debgh Nov 30, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi fldhkybnva: It's not really a recipe, except for the apricot glaze:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 cup apricot jam, put through a sieve (gets out any skin, etc.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 T sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heat to a boil in a saucepan, cook about 3-4 minutes until syrupy. Keep warm if using right away; otherwise warm up before using.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Get a high qualitiy frozen puff pastry made with real butter. I found one in WF from France, it was even in a circle so I didn't have to cut it. Defrost. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and lay down pastry. Prick with a fork, leaving a one-inch border around the edges. Brush pastry with apricot glaze. Peel and slice thin 2-3 apples (depends on size--this year I used 3 Pink Lady apples; also have been very successful with Granny Smith, really any baking apple). Arrange them decoratively on the pastry. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven 30-40 minutes. Paint with apricot glaze while hot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This comes out well every time. Key is the pastry--you can make your own, but it takes about a day to do so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Njchicaa Dec 1, 2013 03:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds similar to the apple tart I saw Ina Garten make on Barefoot Contessa. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... I was thinking about trying the same thing but with pears instead. I found a bag of pears that I got in the organic produce delivery a month ago at the back of the fridge yesterday. Oops.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  debgh Dec 1, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've done the same with pears, it comes out really well. Dry them off first, though if they're really juicy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Nov 28, 2013 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          VERY nice meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So dinner consisted of turkey, beef stew, fried chicken, pigs feet and bbq ribs; collards, mixed greens cooked with ham, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, mashed rutabaga, potato salad, dressing & turkey gravy, homemade rolls, homemade ginger cranberry sauce...everything set up buffet style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Desserts included sweet potato pie, coconut pie, chocolate layer cake, old fashioned jelly cake, sweet potato walnut quick bread, gingerbread, lime curd cheesecake with blueberries and dried cranberries, and homemade lemon ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everyone ate to their hearts & stomachs content. We brought home leftovers for tomorrow.....Happy Thanksgiving!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Nov 28, 2013 10:30 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Nov 29, 2013 02:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuna's going to get a marinade in kecap manis and ginger and will be cooked briefly under the grill. Sliced cucumber will accompany, also having been marinated - dark soy sauce & mirin. Pickled sushi ginger to perk things up. And some noodles for carb which will get warmed through in the wok, along with some spring onions and the tuna marinade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meanwhile, Mrs H wil be having whatever crap the airline throws at her.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Cherylptw Nov 29, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leftovers tonight...pigs feet and mixed greens with ham; I left the potato salad with the in laws last night so I have to make a small amount because you can't have pigs feet without it, at least in this house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sweet potato pie for me; probably some of the lemon ice cream I made & gingerbread for the man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EDITED: I forgot there are some ribs left also so a pigfest tonight....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The next few nights, well really mornings and afternoons will be figuring out what to do with all this food. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving and glad that my body cooperated. I paid dearly for my indulgence this morning with a post-Thanksgiving rebound to my pre-Thanksgiving state but at least I was able to enjoy the actual day. For tonight, I plan to re-purpose the mashed potatoes and gravy and serve them with a rosemary garlic seared flat iron steak for SO. I will either be having turkey soup or a turkey sandwich.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rjbh20 Nov 29, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since we were across the country at my sister's place, we have no leftovers. So I'm going to reprise the dinner in scaled down form for us tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Nov 29, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad to hear that your belly did good for you at the holiday. Mine however did not. Your meal sounded really wonderful. Here is to it keeping on track and the post turkey rebound just going away. I hope mine goes away soon too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Blargh, I'm so sorry to hear that. Not that it'll make you feel better but I've been on the couch with a heating pad plastered on the belly most of the day (auto-shut off feature is driving me bonkers :) with nibbles shuttled in courtesy of so but really bummed I can't enjoy this holiday as I'd like to. I hope you figure out what's got your tummy in knots and feel better soon! Cheers for a healthy celebration of all the wonderful holidays left this season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Nov 29, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It sounds like we are in the same boat. I am lumped up in bed with the cats. With toast and Gatorade shuttled in courtesy of the Mr here too. I bet you are glad to have the help this round. But it does tax the little time you have together lately. Damn these touchy tummies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Praise goodness for this turkey carcass, simmering away making my healing potion. I do regret that our brief time together has been spent with me on the couch, though we're both pretty laid back so it's been fun nonetheless. I just wish I had more of my usual spunk and energy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MamasCooking Nov 29, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can you throw your weight around as a medical professional to get an appt. with G I specialist? I am an RN ( recently retired) and my PCP is young and progressive so he is on top of things and his professional courtesy goes a long way. Having said that I hope you get your *sea legs* back soon and hopefully this will resolve for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm on vacation this week, but considering I am in training to be a GI pathologist, first thing Monday morning the plan is to chat with my colleagues and get a recommendation for a specialist. Thanks for your well wishes, much appreciated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MamasCooking Nov 29, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Feel better and wow!!!! That is a fascinating specialty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 09:02 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. linguafood Nov 29, 2013 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a feast! I never made the smoked salmon terrine b/c I was having a nuclear meltdown about the idiotic way the recipe was written..... so I nixed that idea and just made a nice platter of the smoked salmon with chopped capers, lemon zest, red onion and fresh chives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That got snarfed up entirely, and so did my man's truffles (we're both pretty happy to have learned, by accident, how easy these are to make, so they'll def be made again) -- he made 32 out of the screwed up chocolate-whipped cream and had 4 varieties: Maldon sea salt, cracked pepper, cocoa and toasted coconut. Yowzah!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was also an amazing lump crap 'dip' which was more like a salad, but faboski, the cornish game hens were perfect, and the booze was flowing liberally. No arguments over anything with anyone, just a *really* good time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll take a thanksgiving with my chosen family = friends over any family get-together any day of the year :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your last statement really rings true for me today. While I love my family, after hearing the antics that ensued last night which included sisters bickering and tears I'm glad I had a quiet night or pure enjoyment and holiday cheer at home with SO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Nov 29, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some of my worst memories are xmas at home. No thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rabaja Nov 29, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I keep threatening to call in "sick" onTday and Xmas. We made the trip to my parents yesterday and it was fine, no drama, but I would much rather have stayed home and hung out with my husband and the baby in our pjs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There has been drama in the past, there are often tense moments and my oldest sister got to be in India with her family yesterday, and has missed the last handful of Xmas' by choice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why do I let the guilt sway me?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your holiday sounds fabulous!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Nov 29, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ran away from home once at the age of 9 or 10 or so after a drawn-out argument with my mother over having lost a pair of keys (I lost keys *a lot* as a kid, for some reason).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was ready to camp out with a xmas tree I'd found somewhere in the nearby park. Of course, I ended up returning home once it got dark, only to find my mom crying on her bed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lovely memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Nov 29, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was sick this year so that sort of made it better although I was on call so had a real excuse, but might have used the sickness otherwise. I felt a little lazy staying home in pjs but it was a great day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Nov 29, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rabaja, I say do T'giving with your parents, but do Christmas at home. Christmas is for the kids, so let your new little one get use to having Santa leave presents at YOUR house. Not Grandma and Grandpa's. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rabaja Nov 29, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My husband and I were just discussing doing exactly this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This year we may suck it up, he's too little to know the difference AND we haven't given fair warning, but next year, I'd like to stay home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course we could be in New England by then, so moot point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Berheenia Nov 29, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The world's smallest butternut squash, cut up and tossed in grape seed oil and s&p, is roasting in the oven. There is wine and (blush) leftovers from the restaurant TG meal. I'm definitely turning into a senior but it was too good to pass up- they were very accommodating about boxing up the leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Turkey dinner tonight, back for an encore performance. All the usual suspects will reprise their roles. Deb is already talking about Christmas menus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Edited to add: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation will be on the plasma. Maybe Stewart's best comedic role. Lots of great throwaway lines. I'll bore Deb to death by shouting them out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. MamasCooking Nov 29, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner was roasted sliced turkey breast on toasted buttermilk bread with tart whole cranberries and Best Foods mayonnaise. The ONLY reason I cook Thanksgiving dinner .....the sandwiches afterwards. It was very delicious. I chased it with a Ghirardelli dark chocolate with raspberry square that was not that special:) Going on *the hunt* for whole Dungeness crab this weekend. The plan is to oven roast it with white wine butter fresh lemon and red pepper flakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is an Emeril recipe. I am getting giddy just thinking about it:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Nov 30, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a BLT&C yesterday for lunch - Bacon, Lettuce, Turkey and Cheese. It was very good. No tomatoes or cran-orange relish was needed. Besides, the cheese and the relish just wouldn't have gone well together!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Nov 30, 2013 01:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's some pheasant breast fillets defrosting. The cookign suggestion on the packing is surely wrong - brown them and then out in the oven for an hour. An hour? I can cook a whole pheasant in less than that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, these will only take a few minutes in the pan (you can put that down as John Harters "famous last words"). A few slices of fried apple as well. And a thinnish sauce - pan juices, a little stock, a dollop of creme fraiche - no chives, the frost has seen off my plant for this year. Spuds and cabbage to accompany. And, for afters, a large slice of tarte au chocolate (supermarket).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A bottle of chilled Bramley apple juice to drink.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meanwhile, I gather Mrs H and sister will be dining at the River Cafe, NYC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Nov 30, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, well. Sounds like your fast didn't last long '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Nov 30, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Only a couple of days a week, lingua. And Saturday is never one - although lunch was only a couple of rice cakes smeared with a little IKEA crab pate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And, now the meat has defrosted, I see that they are not fillets as such but chopped pieces intended for a casserole - which makes the 1 hour more sense. So, casserole it is - everything as before, but now with celery, mushroom and onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And Mrs H tells me the original plan was the River Cafe but it's currently closed. So she and the kid sister are going to Michelin starred Aureole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Njchicaa Nov 30, 2013 05:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have no idea what's for dinner tonight. We had our big Thanksgiving dinner here last night so I was too busy dealing with that to consider tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have some striped bass filets in the freezer. Maybe I'll defrost them and do the proscuitto-wrapped bass recipe that I have in Ina Garten's Back to Basics cookbook. Or maybe I'll totally go rogue and turn them into fish and chips. We shall see!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Nov 30, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the fish and chips idea, NJchicaa!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Nov 30, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Go Rogue!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Paprikaboy Nov 30, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is more out of the freezer than in and in my defence some friends brought round a brace of pheasants and we needed to make room. Chicken goyza with Yorkshire pudding, broad beans and gravy. It wasn't too bad as it happens and I'm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        more embarassed about using ready made Yorkshires ' than the dish as a whole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. fldhkybnva Nov 30, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No steak last night, SO felt bad that I couldn't partake as well so dinner was leftover turkey marinara with penne. I made the poor guy suffer through three meals of leftover turkey yesterday so I hope to wander away from poultry tonight. The current plan is pizza from a new place in the neighborhood with fingers crossed that there might be legitimate delivery pizza in this city. If not it'll be turkey tetrazzini, I've never tried it but it seems to be a pretty popular dish worth trying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. MidwesternerTT Nov 30, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oven beef teriyaki served over cooked rice. Sliced oranges as the side, along with a heated baguette. I'm happy to have found another easy way to use a pound of beef stew meat - slice a large onion and scatter it in the small roaster, top with the cubed stew meat, sprinkle with about 3 T. chopped sugared ginger, and pour sauce over all. Cover and bake at 350 for 1.5 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My sauce helps use up a good-sized bottle of Shoshxig wine that I got this summer when cooking from Fuschia Dunlops "Every Grain of Rice" cookbook. If I haven't already added at least some onions & ginger to the meat, they go in the sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1/3 C. soy sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 T. honey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 T. cider vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 T. Chinese Shoshxing rice wine (salted for cooking) or sherry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 T. warm water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heat briefly, stirring, to blend honey into the sauce, then pour over meat. Can be used as a marinade, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Nov 30, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This sounds amazingly good, MidTT! So very simple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rabaja Nov 30, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This sounds great! Thank you for the recipe. I'll be making it as an antidote to our many turkey centric dinners (roasting our bird today).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With rice, it will be nice to come home to. Finally getting into the 50's this week too. I hope.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MidwesternerTT Dec 1, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are very welcome. I'd be interested in other variations you might come up with. The leftover beef was good over/with spaghetti noodles (also leftovers - recombinatory "cooking").

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Nov 30, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi All-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have enjoyed reading your about your T-day feasts and I am sorry for those who are still feeling under the weather or had to deal with family drama. It's snowing here today and I just turned on the christmas station. Looking forward to the holidays!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We bailed on the whole TDay festivities this year and ended up going out of town. While we had a really nice trip it just wasn't Thanksgiving, kwim? We had some good food, saw some good sights but I am happy to be home. Tomorrow will be our feast-roasted turkey, chestnut stuffing and brussel sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you are interested in our (long!) trip report its is linked below.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Nov 30, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a GREAT write-up, foodie! Sounds like lots of good eating for all three of you, including the mini-me Chowhound. :-D Enjoy your turkey dinner tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. roxlet Nov 30, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're back from visiting family in San Diego, and since the guys are at a squash tournament all day, I am making dinner. Thanksgiving dinner, in fact. The turkey is in the oven, my cranberry/pineapple/walnut mold is chilling, and I am about to start on the stuffing. We found that the worst part of going away for Thanksgiving is the lack of leftovers. My son is partial to two fried eggs on top of stuffing and gravy, which he will have tomorrow morning. But tonight, tonight we will have Thanksgiving dinner again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gimlis1mum Nov 30, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yesterday afternoon's playdate stretched into an evening & I felt in the mood to cook. Made dairy-free mac & cheese for the kids and got to use up some of my CSA overabundance on my vegetarian neighbor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sliced and roasted a delicata squash, along with some cremini and dried Polish mushrooms. Sliced and sauteed a leek and tossed all the veggies with a little vermouth and some gnocchi (from a pack on my pantry shelf). Would have been better with a bit of sherry instead of vermouth but overall was nice and tasty for a thrown-together dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The mood to cook has left, though, so tonight the kids are getting spaghetti and mini-meatballs (leftover from a soup prep earlier in the week) with home-canned marinara.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cherylptw Dec 1, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So the squash is used instead of cheese, correct?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Berheenia Nov 30, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WFD is FINALLY meatballs and spaghetti. Meatballs with a beef/pork/veal mix that has a good fat content. Have to sub a parm/romano blend for straight romano but it's all good. TJ's spaghetti. Found the last 2 bottles of Lobster Reef Sav Blanc in the county. Chilling in the fridge with the Labatts. Another salad by Dole- garlic Caesar and the priciest baguette I have seen out here from a new to us but acclaimed artisan bakery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Next year I may copy Rox and Foodie and cook a turkey the weekend after. The sales at the grocery stores are quite tempting and the mobs have moved on to the malls. I just cleaned up on Ghiardelli baking chocolates and some other baking supplies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bblonde Nov 30, 2013 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night was leftovers again before a really good Thunder game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Today is my momma's birthday and she has requested chicken and noodles, gert's slaw (sister made), mashed potatoes (made extra at Thanksgiving), and a mystery pie. Unfortunately a lot of the same flavors of Thanksgiving but what can I say--it's what the birthday girls wants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Law school crunch time continues. I did take last evening off for a basketball game with the fiancee. And tonight for birthday. 12 more days of this hell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Nov 30, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad to hear you're giving yourself some time to relax. At crunch exam time in med school, I always set a cut off time and even when I was studying for the boards, I would stop by 8pm and take at least one day off. It's good for the soul I told myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit Nov 30, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's Re-purposing Night #1. Tonight is Turkey-Noodle Soup. Four cups of turkey stock from last night, augmented with the same amount of water, 4 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced; a half a large onion, 2 stalks celery, and some minced garlic. Egg noodles, obviously. I was going to add some of the CSA chopped and frozen kale, but Mom doesn't like kale, so I'm leaving it out. (Most of this soup is for her freezer meals.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carrots, celery, onions and garlic was sauteed in some oil, then added the stock and water and brought to a boil.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A half package of egg noodles were added, brought to a boil again, and cooked for 7 minutes, then adding the shredded turkey from making the stock. Added 2 tsp. of minced fresh thyme (augmented with some dried thyme), I don't know how much salt for flavor (the turkey was rather bland, having been simmered in just plain water), and 3/4 to 1 tsp. of coarsely ground pepper. Let it simmer to warm the shredded/chopped turkey. Added some minced parsley to the finished product when served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Had an easy Caesar salad alongside, as well as a crusty, buttered roll. Not too bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There was wine for the cook while cooking and during eating. There will be pumpkin pie for the afters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Nov 30, 2013 04:04 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Homemade soup is on our menu tonight, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Nov 30, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ours too! I've had chicken soup nearly every day for the past 2 weeks while sick but now I'm ready for turkey soup. We had an early pizza dinner so I'm looking forward to finishing off the night with warm bowl of soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit Nov 30, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm making mental notes of all of the soups being mentioned. We're seeing gorgeous 78 degree highs this weekend but the weather is supposed to plummet into upper 50s/ lower 60s for highs next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Take out for us tonight, the man had a photo shoot for another magazine today and that always throws our schedule off. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, anyhow. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Nov 30, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "...plummet into upper 50s/ lower 60s for highs next week."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ummm...that would be wonderful weather for us New Englanders! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Nov 30, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, what LW said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit Nov 30, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are houses for sale out here you two... come to the land of excellent produce year round.... you know you want to.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nikkihwood Nov 30, 2013 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As the song goes, 'please come to LA' ... or, well, just about any other part of CA! We are thinking to move back East for part of the year - and only part because we can't leave the weather and the produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On topic, mashed potato cakes, with leftover gravy. Leftover from scratch green bean casserole and cranberry relish. And a small ham steak, braised in a little chicken broth. I love mashed potato cakes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Njchicaa Dec 1, 2013 03:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That soup sounds so yummy and comforting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Dec 1, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That soups sounds wonderful LW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia Dec 1, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Being carcass-less I'm in the market for a good Minestrone myself. I have all the veggies and some ditalini. Still looking around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. GretchenS Nov 30, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kimchee fried rice with bok choy and crispy strips of pork belly, topped with a fried duck egg and nori crumbles. Really tasty. Started with TJ's frozen kimchee fried rice but added in a bunch of kimchee for good measure. Also made a batch of osso bucco for my oldster who loves it -- veal shanks were ruinously expensive but gorgeous. His freezer is loaded up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 2, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sounds and looks fabulous, GS! I want that now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    your Oldster has good taste - which can get pricey! luckily my Oldster's tastes are more . . . pedestrian, shall we say....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    blackpointyboots Nov 30, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was really cold mid week. Did a brisket in the oven with a korean bbq sauce over it the last couple of hours. Turned out great and lots of leftovers in the freezer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 1, 2013 02:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm going to do something of a pork stirfry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's pork fillet, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, mini pak choi and some of those mini corn cobs that taste of absolutely nothing but are nice and crunchy. Noodles as the carb. And a cupboard full of asian sauces, condidments, etc - of which hoisin sauce will feature considerably.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Njchicaa Dec 1, 2013 03:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight's dinner is going to be very easy: Pasta Pomodoro (from Carmine's cookbook), salad, and homemade ciabatta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I may attempt some kind of pear tart as well because I found a bag of pears that have been sitting in the back of my fridge for about a month now. I thought it was a bag of onions. Oops. If I want to get crazy, I'll use the Bouchon Bakery Plum Tart with Almond Pastry Cream recipe. If I want to make my life easier, it will be a variation on Ina Garten's French Apple Tart. It really depends on whether any of our friends/family roll in to watch football down in the Man Cave.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 1, 2013 03:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Very easy"? When you're making your own ciabatta?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bread baking is witchcraft of the highest order. Nothing easy about any of the process.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Dec 1, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters- I used to think so too until I got a book titled Rustic European Breads from your Bread Machine. The bread machine does all the heavy work. Then you shape, rise, proof, etc outside of the machine and bake in your own oven. I now routinely make ciabatta, foccacia, boules, baguettes etc. The recipes are practically fool proof. Changed my whole attitude to wards bread baking!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 1, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mrs H prefers to do it all by hand (although she does have a Kenwood mixer to handle the tricky doughs). She's recently admited defeat with sourdough, after several months of trying to get it right, but everything else is fine (I also thought her sourdough was fine).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Njchicaa Dec 1, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I suppose after the craziness of whipping up full spreads for 20 for Sunday football and Friday's Thanksgiving dinner, just making pasta sauce and bread at my leisure today seems easy. Today it is just us and maybe 1 other couple if they stroll down the street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. linguafood Dec 1, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Had a wonderful gig last night at one of our favorite venues in town -- we had a special guest, an incredibly talented clarinetist/sax player, who sat in with us, which made it really special :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My dinner from the 'band menu': a pretty bad Caesar salad. Sandy bad. And a cuppa mushroom soup that was ok. Came home starvated & polished off a whole can of smoked sardines, a few quartered tomatoes and a pickle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure WFD today.... since we never got our turkey fix, I bought a honey-brined breast from Wegmans yesterday along with their home-style gravy -- (I know, right? Blasphemy!!) -- if I hadn't tried a sample a couple days ago I wouldn't ever have thought of it, but it was really quite tasty, so there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was *supposed* to be dinner for tonight, along with some roasted cauli & a simple salad of greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But then friends of ours were talking about the hot pot place last night..... and if you read my review of it, you'll know that I don't have to be asked twice to return. So, we'll see. Either way, we'll be eating well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 1, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is the gravy in the fridge section or jarred?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 1, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm. I think semi-refrigerated? It was right next to the turkey breast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 1, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, I think I've seen it in a tub perhaps?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 1, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, a plastic tub.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. juliejulez Dec 1, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The neverending ham is making another appearance tonight. I froze it in 3oz portions, so I'll pull a diced portion out and put it on a baked potato, along with some broccoli and shredded cheddar. SO heads back out to San Diego so I'll throw this together after I take him to the airport.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also have a bowl of egg whites leftover from making the challah rolls on thanksgiving, so I might make some little chocolate chip meringues to munch on throughout the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Njchicaa Dec 1, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds like an amazing baked potato!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Dec 1, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was quite tasty, and used up some of the odds and ends I had in the fridge... a small one serving broccoli crown, last little hunk of cheddar... and of course, the ham :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 1, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You know Dorothy Parker's famous definition of eternity? Two people and a ham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 2, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    love her.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherylptw Dec 1, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also have a ton of egg whites left from making ice cream and lime curd that I have to do something with this week...leaning toward meringues and I might try my hand at some macarons this week.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MamasCooking Dec 1, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paplova with sweetened fruit and sweetened freshly whipped cream. Heaven...bliss....joy:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's SO last night in town before he heads back out to rejoin his colleagues in their restructuring efforts. It was his choice for dinner and he had a very simple request....tacos! We love taco night and he knows that my taco fiesta was postponed for days due to illness so it's what's for dinner. I would say that I can't believe it but I can, the two of us have nearly polished off the 19 lb bird (a few parts went into the stock pot, so I don't feel so insane) so I think I'll give us a turkey break and grab some ground bison in the freezer for dinner. I'm feeling too holiday lazy to mix up my homemade mix, so the old McCormick package in the cabinet will do. I was lucky to actually find ripe avocados on the day I needed to use them so the fixin's will include chunky guacamole, salsa from the local tacqueria, jalapenos, and lots of sharp cheddar cheese. For some reason since I've had the bug I don't really want cheese which is odd for a cheesehead like me so I'll probably go sans-cheese...tacos without cheese seems craaazy to me but I guess I'm forced to try it tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Njchicaa Dec 1, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made tacos for my nephew last week and I have to say that my husband and I enjoyed having them for dinner just as much as the kid did!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 1, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Old school, always hits the spot for some reason in all of it's unglorified goodness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kontxesi Dec 1, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight is leftovers. I'm going to try to save some really dry ham that a cousin brought over, roast some Brussels sprouts, and fry some apples.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 1, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How are you going to save the dry ham, Kontxesi? A casserole of some sort?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi Dec 1, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, my step-mom suggested putting it in a skillet with some water and cooking it down. I just got it out of the fridge, and it seems like not all of it is so terribly dry, so it shouldn't be too hard to make it edible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grayelf Dec 1, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes when I have leftover ham (love that D. Parker quote upthread!) I do a corned beef hash with it. Turns out pretty well as breakfast for dinner if you over-easy a couple eggs...