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What's for Dinner #260 - The Holiday Decorations are Coming Out Edition [through Dec 11, 2013]

LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 03:21 PM

Well, not at my house. But lots of places have their lights wrapped around railings, trees with twinkling lights in their windows. And there was a light coating of snow overnight. Which *should* mean some nice, warm braised foods to fit the season, right? What's cooking in your kitchen?

  1. LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 03:33 PM

    Unfortunately, there will be no nice, warm braised food for me - at least not tonight.

    I've been dealing with what seems to be the flu since about 9 o'clock last night. Headache, body aches, slight fever, and nothing staying with me. It was a long night with little sleep - although two naps today totaling almost 4 hours helped.

    No real desire to eat much more than the ginger tea and toast with apricot marmalade that I had for late lunch. That stayed with me. So I'm going to scramble an egg or two and try that, with more toast and ginger tea. :::Fingers crossed:::

    More Advil and a Simply Sleep nightcap chaser later this evening.

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      suzigirl Dec 7, 2013 03:38 PM

      Oh, you poor baby. Take it easy and try and get some rest tonight.

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        foodieX2 Dec 7, 2013 03:42 PM

        Do take care of yourself Linda! A couple folks at the office have had run in with similar sounding symptoms. They all said rest and fluids was what worked. Curl up with the kitties and stay put.

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          LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 04:18 PM

          The boyz were on the back of the couch peering down at Mama sleeping this afternoon. Although they had no problem running for their bowls when I asked them if they wanted their dinner. :-) I'm sure they'll curl up with me tonight as well.

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          PHREDDY Dec 7, 2013 03:53 PM

          Feel better!!!!................that's it.

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            steve h. Dec 7, 2013 03:57 PM

            Yeah.

            Rub dirt on it and move on. Lots of football tomorrow.

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              PHREDDY Dec 8, 2013 07:39 AM

              :-}}

          2. re: LindaWhit
            fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 04:24 PM

            Blargh, sorry you're not feeling well, LindaWhit. Hopefully, it'll be a quick bug. Scrambled eggs and toast worked like a charm for me last week when I was sick.

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              LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 07:35 PM

              Everything stayed with me tonight, fieldhawk. And no gut grumbles, which is a good thing. So hopefully this is a very brief buggie, as you said.

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              roxlet Dec 7, 2013 07:46 PM

              This seems to be a very nasty bug. Here's hoping you can shake it quickly.

              1. re: LindaWhit
                MamasCooking Dec 7, 2013 08:53 PM

                You are always such an energetic lady...sorry you are not feeling well. Pamper yourself and sip those fluids:)

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                  gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:19 AM

                  Fingers crossed for you here, LW; hope you feel better. Ginger tea is the shiznit for kicking icky-crud butt! Employ liberaly (says the ginger lady:).

                  If you can stand the medicine - your tummy sounding kind of sensitive - this is strong; try the fresh juice of a lemon, chop about 2' of fresh ginger, 2 Tbsp. RAW honey all blended up in a mini processor or a hand blender with a beaker set-up. Whirl till mostly smooth (if your ginger is not super fresh, you may have tiny bits as the fibers won't let it break all the way down). If you need, add the fresh juice of an orange or couple tangerine's to give it more volume to make it blend properly. Warm gently on the stove top, but do not let come close to boil - just high body temp is what your looking for.

                  Drink it down. Lie down for 1/2 an hour immediately following, or you can have tummy upset.

                  If I lie down, my tummy is ok with this strong potion. It KILLS BAD THINGS in their tracks.... colds, GI upsets, dizzyness - just stops that wierd frog-in-throat "I am coming down with a cold and I don't feel good thing" usually in about 6 hours for me....... just an idea to try.

                  For me it works - got it from a gal who learned it from a teacher of hers at Bastyr Naturopathic College here in my area

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                    acssss Dec 8, 2013 08:01 AM

                    Hope you feel better soon Linda!
                    1 small chili pepper (182% dv of vitamin C) in a bowl of chicken soup

                    1. re: LindaWhit
                      ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 12:33 PM

                      Oh no, Linda! Feel better :(

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                        rabaja Dec 8, 2013 12:59 PM

                        I hope you're on the mend, LW!
                        It's no fun being sick on the weekend. Enjoy your kitty snuggles and remember the health benefits of an evening hot toddy.

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                          MamasCooking Dec 8, 2013 05:28 PM

                          I concur on the hot toddy idea:)

                        2. re: LindaWhit
                          mariacarmen Dec 8, 2013 06:39 PM

                          hopefully by now that i'm catching up you're much, much better!

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                            bblonde Dec 9, 2013 06:25 PM

                            Oh no! That's just awful. When I don't wanna/can't eat, you KNOW things are bad! Hoping its just a quick bug

                          2. steve h. Dec 7, 2013 03:44 PM

                            Turkey Tetrazzini!!

                            Sort of like Thanksgiving Part 5: Gobbler's Last Gasp.

                            Plenty of cream, butter and sherry in this dish. Sautéed mushrooms and peas will be the counterpoint, grated Parmigiano Regianno to seal the deal. We'll use our own turkey stock for added flavor. Barilla thick spaghetti is the pasta of choice. House red to wash things down.

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                              PHREDDY Dec 7, 2013 03:55 PM

                              Steve, In your words...."nice"..
                              Beltran? we will talk...

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                                steve h. Dec 7, 2013 03:58 PM

                                Hi PHREDDY,

                                I'm climbing a wall of worry.

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                                  LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 04:10 PM

                                  :::Come to the Red side, Carlos...come to the Red side:::

                                  (I don't know if the Sox are courting him, however...)

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                                    steve h. Dec 7, 2013 04:14 PM

                                    Three year, $45 million deal is what I'm hearing.

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                                      LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 04:19 PM

                                      From the Sox?

                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                        steve h. Dec 7, 2013 04:23 PM

                                        Yanks. It's a done deal.

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                                          LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 07:29 PM

                                          Ahh, well. They still have to play as a team vs. individuals.

                                          1. re: LindaWhit
                                            gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:25 AM

                                            All of this baseball exchange is greek to me, but the trazzini I understood - and wanted some.

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                                betsydiver Dec 8, 2013 10:50 AM

                                I sometimes include a little red pepper for color in my tetrazzini; sounds good!

                              3. fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 03:47 PM

                                Despite an attempt by Scrooge to kill my holiday spirit through an unfortunate car-related madness, I'm still loving this season. Today was the first day I really felt like it was the holiday season and realized it is really my favorite time of year and to take a deep breath and enjoy it.

                                The plan was to get a Christmas tree today but I unfortunately ran out of time so will have to go tomorrow. However, a good friend surprised me with a package and inside I found the most amazing stocking for little Shiitake which really made my day.

                                I'm in the mood for salad again which really is not winter food but Cobb salad is on the menu. Turkey breast (I know, more turkey, but I couldn't resist) will be seasoned with Penzey's Green Goddess dressing base and mixed in a chopped salad of tomatoes, boiled eggs, pancetta and blue cheese dressing - lazy blue cheese dressing aka Marie's chunky store-bought.

                                Bed time snack will be hearty bowl of stock with spinach from the stock of 8 quarts now sitting in the fridge.

                                 
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                                  foodieX2 Dec 7, 2013 03:51 PM

                                  so cute! and what a nice friend!

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                                    fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 05:20 PM

                                    Yea, I was quite surprise and it was very thoughtful. He's growing right before my own eyes, poor guy doesn't even fit on the window ledge anymore though that doesn't stop him he just lets his leg hang off :)

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                                      MamasCooking Dec 7, 2013 08:50 PM

                                      Handsome fellow!

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                                    suzigirl Dec 7, 2013 03:59 PM

                                    What a sweet gift for your little boy. He is getting so big and handsome.

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                                      weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 04:30 PM

                                      Too cute! Just look at him impatiently waiting to get his paws in that on Christmas morning!

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                                        fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 05:19 PM

                                        I guess I have no choice but to fill it to the brim, it has little bells that he can't get enough of.

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                                        gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:29 AM

                                        adorable! I have my kitteh's stockings hung by the fire with mine, and an honorable loned-out one hung for my housemate (to make her feel included).

                                        I love my kitteh stockings, even if they haven't figured out where all the winter treats will be coming from:)

                                        Love a cobb salad any time of year; all it takes is a soup side and warm bread to make it work in winter.

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                                          fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 04:57 AM

                                          The salad was great, soup is on the menu today so it's a 2 day affair :)

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                                            grayelf Dec 8, 2013 07:45 AM

                                            Trying to figure out how to send a copy of that uber-cute pic of Shiitake to my feline-lovin' non-CH pallies!

                                            ETA okay, that was easy.

                                            And I decorated the other night, despite vowing I was going to boycott Xmas this year. Just the tree left to go up, which I picked out yesterday and will be delivered Monday if all goes as planned.

                                            WFD tonight will be dinner out with the mater and pater. I'm thinking maybe Vietnamese.

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                                              fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 08:00 AM

                                              I'm not usually a big Christmas fanatic but this year I'm diggin' it!

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                                        foodieX2 Dec 7, 2013 03:50 PM

                                        I am in much better spirits today! After a rib sticking breakfast we girded our loins and headed to the mall. The boy broke his glasses and being under warranty we needed to go to Lenscrafters. Got some shopping done too, bonus.

                                        Starving we headed to our favorite Vietnamese place for Pho and Bun before dropping gifts off at Toys for Tots. My son saved a portion of his allowance all year and had a whopping $150 bucks to spend. Armed with coupons and flyers he was able to buy an impressive of amount of gifts.

                                        Dinner tonight is homemade pizza with the dough from the last of the farm share flour. I was happy as I thought we had used it all up! Plain cheese for the boy and sausage/mushroom for us. Hope to post pics later.

                                        About half of our decorations are up, christmas music has been playing all day, there is a fire in the fireplace and Anchorman is cued up. I have a feeling I will regret letting the boy watch it….

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                                          weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 04:29 PM

                                          Wow! Your son is awesome!

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                                            fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 04:40 PM

                                            Reminds me of this kid http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/925178. You're fortunate to have such an amazing little one.

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                                              foodieX2 Dec 7, 2013 04:57 PM

                                              Wow, just shared that with my boy. Awesome!

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                                              foodieX2 Dec 7, 2013 05:46 PM

                                              Photos!

                                               
                                               
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                                                fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                Delicious!

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                                                  LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 07:36 PM

                                                  foodie, that looks very good, even to my unsettled tummy!

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                                                    gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:31 AM

                                                    Now that's a pretty awesome pair of homemade pies!

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                                                    roxlet Dec 7, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                    What a great kid and a lovely thing to do.

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                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                      What a generous and savvy fellow! Congratulations on what sounds like an amazing kiddo.

                                                    2. suzigirl Dec 7, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                      Tonight is another meatfest. Porterhouse steaks, spinach and boiled red potatoes. I am only in charge of the spinach and taters so i am having a liquid Jolly Rancher(watermelon vodka and club soda) while the man is at the grill. Cheers.

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                                                        gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:32 AM

                                                        cheers to you, belated!

                                                      2. PHREDDY Dec 7, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                        The Menorah is put away...only have to bake something for Christmas morning breakfast at my best friends house...
                                                        Tonight is take-in...any suggestions?

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                                                          foodieX2 Dec 7, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                          I suggest pho! !

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                                                          rjbh20 Dec 7, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                          WFD will involve fish. Not sure what interpretation yet.

                                                          Today also marks the official start of the holiday season with duck confit- making. Which means cracklings. Hee hee

                                                           
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                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 7, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                            I think you might have too many, you should share :)

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                                                              gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:33 AM

                                                              You dastardly duck-master you, rjbh - ggrrhhhh...I can taste and smell them from here!

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                                                                gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:36 AM

                                                                Where does all that skin come from; do you remove your leg/thigh portion skin before your confit is done and make cracklin's from it, or have you allready finished a whole batch (marinade, simmer in fat, store, which to me is the classic practice) - do tell where all that deliciousness hails from!

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                                                                  rjbh20 Dec 8, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                  I render the skin from everything but the legs & thighsinto duck fat & cracklings, save the breasts to sear & service rare and troast the carcass & wings and make stock, which is usually turned into demiglace. This is why a duck is right up there with out friend the hog as far as being a useful animal.

                                                                  This was 3 whole ducks + skin & legs/thighs from a couple more that I used the breasts from awhile ago to make duck, duck liver & bacon ravioli.

                                                                  The actual confit making will take place tonite.

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                                                                nlgardener Dec 7, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                                Hope you're feeling better. I had a very painful gout attack in my right foot today. Spent most of the afternoon immobile. Rallied to make a vat of chili for supper. We'll eat on it for a few days.

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                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 7, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                  Ouch on the gout. I hope it resolves itself quickly!

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                                                                  rjbh20 Dec 7, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                  Impromptu seared salmon with scallion miso noodles. Preceded by Asian tuna tartare

                                                                   
                                                                  1. Cherylptw Dec 7, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                    Hoping you feel better after some rest...everyone's getting sick seems like; I'm putting a head of garlic around my neck!

                                                                    1. weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                      I don't remember who originally posted the link to these super easy spice rubbed chicken thighs but once again, I sure am glad they did. We skip the sugar these days but don't miss it. The coating doesn't get quite as "crusty" without it, though. I'm a little sad I have to have them in the oven because they're so good on the grill but I am enjoying the heat our big 50's O'Keefe and Merritt radiates on this cold rainy night. Some roasted potatoes for the man and lots of roasted asparagus for both of us.

                                                                      http://asweetandsavorylife.com/grille...

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                                                                        juliejulez Dec 7, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                        Those look good, I pinned it to my Pinterest :)

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                                                                          weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                          They're so easy they're a great whip-it-up-quick dinner. You could probably even rub them the night before and pull the pan out when you get home from work, preheat the oven and pop it in. By the time you're changed/ unwound from work dinner would be ready.

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                                                                            juliejulez Dec 7, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                            You know me, I love me some quick dinners!

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                                                                          MamasCooking Dec 7, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                                          Drooling at the image in my head of that 1950's stove:) Grew up with a mom that cooked on one until they downsized from a big old vintage four bedroom house to a small modern two bedroom after dad retired. It had the steel grill in the center and was gas. Oh the meals from that stove:)

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                                                                            weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 08:21 PM

                                                                            Ours has the griddle, too. I absolutely love this stove. The man found it for $40, brought it home and cleaned and rewired it. It fits the space perfectly and our kitchen was last remodeled in 1955 so its exactly what we needed (the house itself will be 100 in 2014.)

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                                                                              gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:43 AM

                                                                              You are a (vintage) goddess. I would so love to visit with you sometime at your home - I bring dinner, or we cook together? :)

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                                                                                weezieduzzit Dec 8, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                Together, of course! I have lots of counter space.

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                                                                                MamasCooking Dec 8, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                Your home is even more vintage than mine. Mine is circa 1948. LOVE it! But that house I grew in up was built around 1900 so mom's old stove was truly the heart of her home:) I love vintage everything in fact I almost flipped out and bought a vintage Cadillac a few weeks ago but thankfully I came to my senses:)

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                                                                                  weezieduzzit Dec 8, 2013 06:44 PM

                                                                                  Come to your senses?!!? I think passing on a Caddy is insane! Well, we did sell a 1960 Sedan DeVille when I got my 1960 Buick. We had way too many cars at the time and it doesn't make sense to own 2 land yachts with gas prices what they are. Somehow the man's 1949 Hudson gets 27 miles to a gallon, I get 8. *sigh*

                                                                                  The kitchen is truly the heart of the home in old houses. It is, by far, my favorite room in this house and it has a huge influence on my cooking. I could never live in a new house with a new kitchen. It's just not me.

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                                                                                gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:42 AM

                                                                                So great mamascooking; those stoves are like a time-warp (which they shouldn't be - if people had taken care of them, they could easily be working still today like Weezie's).

                                                                                See my post below on using one. Sigh. Would love to have one now:)

                                                                              4. re: weezieduzzit
                                                                                gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:40 AM

                                                                                No sh****t shirley? You have an O'keefe & Merrit stove? I have big chef envy up here in my NW corner! I had one in a rental house in my 20's and loved that thing SO MUCH. Plotted how to take it with me when I moved, since the landlord was like over 80 and not-all-there, but his daughter was a piece of work and wouldn't even discuss my 'updating' their house with a new range in exchange. Sigh.

                                                                                YOU RULE, and with style:)

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                                                                                Jerseygirl111 Dec 7, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                                Short Ribs this week! Marinated overnight with mustard and onions, browned on stovetop then ovenbaked. Make a gravy from the drippings. So looking foward to it.

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                                                                                  weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                                  What do you put in your marinade?

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                                                                                    Jerseygirl111 Dec 7, 2013 09:24 PM

                                                                                    Short Ribs in Mustard

                                                                                    4lbs Short Ribs

                                                                                    Marinade: 1/3 c prepared mustard
                                                                                    2 Tbsp lemon juice
                                                                                    2 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
                                                                                    1Tbsp sugar (have used Splenda-works fine)
                                                                                    1 tsp salt
                                                                                    1/2 tsp black pepper

                                                                                    Arrange raw ribs in nonreactive baking dish. Spread marinade over meat. Place sliced onions on top. Cover tightly. Marinate full 24 hours in fridge, turning occasionally, mixing in onions.
                                                                                    Brown ribs and onions on stovetop. Return ribs to baking dish, cover tightly, bake at 350 for 2 hrs. Remove ribs to platter. Mix drippings with gravy master, 1 cup hot water and flour to thicken. Pour over ribs. Serve with mashed potatoes.

                                                                                    My mother used to make this when I was a child. I don't know what type of mustard she used but I use plain yellow and it's delicious.

                                                                                    Hope this inspires!

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                                                                                      weezieduzzit Dec 7, 2013 09:31 PM

                                                                                      Thank you!

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                                                                                        gingershelley Dec 8, 2013 02:45 AM

                                                                                        Are these the standard cut of short row of fat ribs you find in the supermarket (I.E., not the cross Kahlbi-Cut)?

                                                                                        What an interesting treatment; are they quite tangy?

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                                                                                          Jerseygirl111 Dec 10, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                          Yes, the shorties not the cross cuts, but I usually get mine from the butcher. They do have a tang to them, so different from the usual red wine braise prep. Let me know if you try them out and what you think.

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                                                                                    Londonlinda Dec 8, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                    Today is a lovely day - I have made bread, I will make the Christmas cake this afternoon. We'll have fishcakes tonight, I think, and then the mulled quince recipe from Nigel Slater in the Observer today.

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                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                                                      Sounds grrat

                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                      Steak night! The plan was a flatiron but I'm in the mood for a big steak and remembered there's a porterhouse in the freezer. I hate refreshing but the flatiron might have to go. After the few weeks I've had, I'm gonna ignore the differential impact on my waistljne

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                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                                                        Dinner was great surprisingly better than I imagined. I'm just wondering where has the strip steak been all my life. I had an obsession with ribeye this time last year, but haven't been much into them for a while as I find they can be a bit much after a while, but never really ventured toward the other big traditional steakhouse cut. I'm sold, I think I'll be on a strip steak kick for a while.

                                                                                      2. juliejulez Dec 8, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                        The elk last night was overall a success. I was surprised to see after defrosting, my "roast" had been sliced into 5 thick pieces, so I ended up making it like little steaks. It definitely would have been better cooked whole then thinly sliced, as it was a little chewy. But, SO really liked it.

                                                                                        I'm still feeling a bit blah today so dinner tonight will be an easy one after dropping SO at the airport... just a salsa chicken casserole that I've made before... sort of a "dump and bake" casserole with chicken thighs.

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                                                                                          rabaja Dec 8, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                          Oh, I could use a "dump and bake" recipe this week. Would you mind paraphrasing?

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                                                                                            juliejulez Dec 8, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                            Oh I'll just give you the link! It's good ol Budget Bytes. http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/01/sa...

                                                                                            I've made it with boneless skinless thighs, breasts, and tenderloins, and thighs were definitely the best. The white meats dried out before the rice was fully cooked. Eventually I'd like to do it with brown rice but that would probably almost double the cooking time.

                                                                                            ETA forgot to add I leave out the beans, because I don't like beans.

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                              Budget Bytes wins again! I'm making her Greek marinated chicken for lunch today.

                                                                                            2. re: rabaja
                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                              I've made salsa chicken before and I think it's really a dump and bake - dump a jar of salsa, add corn or beans if you want, cheese and bake, but maybe juliejulez has a less lazy method :)

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                                                                                              MamasCooking Dec 8, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                                                              Julie I have eaten tons of venison but I am curious is the elk meat similar? I willingly ate venison as a child but as an adult find it too strong and gamey. Is elk meat milder?

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                                                                                                juliejulez Dec 8, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                Oh yes, it's not really anything like venison. Not gamey at all. In fact, we were at a friends house and she served (what I thought) was ground beef enchiladas. After eating I found out they were elk... it's that similar to beef. I don't like gamey meat too much and I love elk.

                                                                                                I have some antelope in the freezer that I've been told is very much like venison... I hope I don't hate it when I get around to making it.

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                                                                                                  Harters Dec 9, 2013 01:34 AM

                                                                                                  I've eaten antelope in South Africa. Deliciously gamey. Very similar to venison from our wild deer - not as well flavoured as venison from farmed deer.

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                                                                                                Cherylptw Dec 8, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                                Glad to hear you're using the venison you posted about in earlier threads; I wish I could get elk here. Interesting that it tastes more like beef than I read about.

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                                                                                                  juliejulez Dec 8, 2013 09:09 PM

                                                                                                  I would guess, like with deer, it depends on what they're eating, how they died etc., but every time I've had elk so far, it's been very good, not gamey and pretty similar to beef.

                                                                                                  I think there are slight flavor differences... like you could tell if you ate them side by side... but by itself? Most folks wouldn't be able to tell the difference if you didn't tell them.

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                                                                                                    Cherylptw Dec 8, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                                                    We almost got some bear meat recently; I haven't had it but DF raves over it...I don't know... but I am going to make a chili this week with some deer since it'll be cold

                                                                                              3. Njchicaa Dec 8, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                Last night was our annual holiday ham dinner with our friends. Ham with a pineapple-mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, baby carrots roasted with thyme, and Caesar salad. The only thing left is, predictably, some ham so that will be dinner tomorrow.

                                                                                                Today is the annual Christmas ravioli making. We will spend a few hours banging out about 800 spinach/meat/ricotta ravioli and then we have dinner together. We use the pasta scraps along with a bunch of fresh fettuccini that we make after the ravioli for dinner. My mom adds pesto and thinly sliced potatoes to the pasta.... soooo good. I'm bringing a crockpot of homemade meatballs and my sister has sausage going already on her stove. It is an Italian comfort food kind of day and then we will have the ravioli on Christmas as part of our meal.

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                                                                                                  rabaja Dec 8, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                  I'd like to be part of your family for these traditions. It all sounds fantastic! The pasta scraps with pesto and potato? And meatballs and sausage too?! I'm getting in my car.
                                                                                                  Enjoy your day of cooking and eating.

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                    Oh wow, that is such a great tradition. One of the things I miss most about no longer living at home are the family holiday traditions.

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                                                                                                      MamasCooking Dec 8, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                      Adopt me!!!!!

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                                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Dec 10, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                        So jealous.

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                                                                                                        acssss Dec 8, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                        One of my happiest childhood memories was going to have a hot pastrami sandwich with my Dad and Grandpa at Katz's deli in NYC (it's been a family tradition for generations). Yesterday, for the first time, I tried to recreate the same sandwich in my home. Unfortunately it wasn't even close. Bummer. Don't get me wrong, it came out delicious, but nothing (nothing!) like Katz's. I won't give up though. The preparation was exhilarating, the smell throughout the house was irresistible (seriously, unbelievable!) and the result was a juicy, scrumpcous piece of meat that we enjoyed immensely on husband's perfect homemade rye with our half-sour dills. After one day, however, the meat is quite dry (I have to try and improve that)... so no hot pastrami sandwiches for football Sunday today. Instead, I plan on cutting up the leftover (dried) brisket into little chunks, frying them with hot sauce and serving them over garlic mashed potatoes.

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                                                                                                          grayelf Dec 8, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                          Brisket also yummy as a sub for cb in corned beef hash -- an over easy egg helps "rejoice" if a bit dry!

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                                                                                                            Berheenia Dec 8, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                            Katz's was on the CBS Sunday Morning TV show around 10am here today. I was ready to get in the car and drive there! Their hot pastrami sandwich up close in HD!

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                                                                                                              acssss Dec 8, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                              Katz is on some station or another almost every week. Best Deli in the world IMO hence, my desire to imitate them (albeit unsuccessfully)

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                                                                                                              rjbh20 Dec 8, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                              A+ for your ambition to make pastrami & rye bread. How long did you cure & smoke it for?

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                                                                                                                acssss Dec 8, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                Didn't cure it. I bought corned brisket. I just smoked it (for about 2 hours) then baked it for another hour (with water to steam it). Spoke to my Dad, who is the deli expert in our family, and he told me how to cure it. Next time, I'll buy regular brisket and cure it myself. Not much work involved, just waiting a week or so.

                                                                                                                Thanks for the A+ though :-)

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                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 9, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                  Ha. Well, after making your own couscous I think you can be "lazy" for a change '-D

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                                                                                                                    rjbh20 Dec 9, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                    I've been planning to do some meat curing for awhile, but have never gotten around to it -- good reminder.

                                                                                                            3. Paprikaboy Dec 8, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                              Busting out at British classic tonight, spag bol.

                                                                                                              1. Berheenia Dec 8, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                I just took the leftover with too much potato veg pot pie and threw it in a hot skillet with lots of butter. After a flip it was plated and adorned with a fried (over easy) local egg and drizzled with ketchup. Better as hash the second time around. WFD last week was pretty much old stand-bys and leftovers- nothing special. Need to re vamp the pantry and unpack the rest of the kitchen so cooking has to be minimized. Some cookie baking going on too. Tonight we audition the beef chuck from the new local meat shop for the Christmas Eve Beef Bourgignon. Just a simple beef stew made with 2 buck Chuck. I may have to audition the case of wine I bought for the holidays too- quality control sample is one bottle.
                                                                                                                Game time!

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                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 8, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                  I pulled the leftover turkey out of the freezer that was originally meant for soup until the stock fiasco and decided to make pot pie since it is so cold and raw today. It's thickening up on the stove now and smells great. Once I get the dough made I'll try to post some pics.

                                                                                                                  The weather report for this week looks seasonal-cold with chance of snow. I am thinking beef stew for later this week….

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                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 8, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                    Well I am not happy with crust, it cracked and browned too quickly. Maybe too much butter? Here are before and after shots.

                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                      Jerseygirl111 Dec 10, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                      I think it looks delicious!

                                                                                                                  2. ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                    Dinner tonight is hearty beef and vegetable soup. My husband and his buddy are brewing beer all day, and hopefully by early evening I can elbow my way back into the kitchen to finish the soup (the beef is braising slowly until tender). His wife, also our friend, may join us for the meal. I'm contemplating making "feather drop" biscuits copied from Chowhound to round things out. Like...my ass.

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                                                                                                                      rabaja Dec 8, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                      Everyone likes a rounded ass!

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                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 8, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                        So cool! How did the beer come out?

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                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                          He thinks it will be very good---this one is an oatmeal stout. The boiled wort tasted good, at least. He also is currently making a Christmas ale with the last bit of runnings. His beers, especially the sours and the ones aged on bourbon barrel chips, are usually really good.

                                                                                                                          I'm currently making a batch of kombucha (this time it's ginger pear). And I made Ghirardelli double-chocolate brownies for dessert. I added vanilla bean paste and topped the batter with flaky salt, which I feel like counts for something :)

                                                                                                                          Soup turned out really good. Low and slow really is the key to gettting the meat meltingly tender. My enameled cast iron was so full by the time I added all the veggies that I had to start another pot to divide up the batch. Good stuff. We have enough for at least another dinner and two lunches.

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                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                            I'm not much of a baker, and my go to brownie choice is Ghirardelli. I've nibbled on them and they are pretty good, but brownie lovers often thing they are homemade. I love your additions, sounds like a nice combo. I made an Andes mint version once and had to freeze them before SO inhaled the entire pan.

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                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Dec 8, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                        Son noticed extra tuna & salmon in the icebox & requested sushi. So much for the planned soupe a l'oignon gratinee planned to usher in the first snowfall.

                                                                                                                        1. LindaWhit Dec 8, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                          I thought I was feeling better this morning. Little to no headache, no body aches, no fever, and wasn't tired. I did a quick run to a wholesale club for work stuff, and realized I was still a bit weak. A grilled cheese sandwich for lunch was probably *not* the best thing to have. The tummy protested. :::Sigh:::

                                                                                                                          I'm making beef stew for dinner tonight, because I took some stewing beef out of the freezer Friday night.

                                                                                                                          Brown the beef cubes in some hot oil after walloping the beef around with some flour, salt, pepper, and dried thyme in a ziplock bag. Pearl onions, mushrooms, wine, mushroom broth, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, and some tomato paste also get added and simmer until it's done. Maybe 2 hours or so?

                                                                                                                          I'll probably not eat any of it, however - maybe just a bite or two. It'll go into freezer containers for Mom. I'll also make some boiled potatoes and carrots. Maybe I can eat some of that.

                                                                                                                          I miss eating food. :-(

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                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 8, 2013 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                            So sorry that the grilled cheese revolted. Are you going to be well enough to go in tomorrow? If you got weak going in to the wholesale club you might need a sick day. Cuddle up with the boys and take it easy. Can the beef stew wait?

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                                                                                                                              foodieX2 Dec 8, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                              Ditto what Suzi wrote.

                                                                                                                              Take it easy Linda. You need rest and fluids. <hug>

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                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 8, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                I'm going to wait and see how I am tomorrow morning before deciding about work. I've got SO much to do - still dealing with November month-end billing. Luckily my job doesn't require me to move around a lot, so I might just tell my boss that if he wants something, he has to come to ME.

                                                                                                                                And the stew has been started. I didn't want to have it defrosted another day...and making it tomorrow night would mean it would be done way too late (unless I put it in the crockpot).

                                                                                                                                And I've been trying to get the cats OFF the back of the couch so they don't squish down the cushions, so I bought them a new bed. It's actually a small dog bed, but that makes it large enough for the two of them, as you can see. They initially stepped into it, looked at me, and stepped out, but within an hour, they had both curled up, so they can cuddle with each other. :-)

                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 8, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                  Maybe you need to take a page from the kitties Playbook and curl up and relax. :-)

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                    Aww, so cute! They sure look comfy and cozy, I hope you are similarly snuggled up. I ecently bought Take 2 new beds, he loves 1 of them but the other he won't go near and won't stay in even if I plop him into it. It looks super comfortable, but also looks like it could hold two cats so maybe it's just too big for him. Good to hear you have some flexibility, it's nice to have when you really need time to rest.

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                                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit Dec 8, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                      Wow, the boys are all grown up! (We get dog beds for our kittehs for the same reason- our entertainment.)

                                                                                                                                      Take it easy, LW.

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                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 8, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                        Adorable!

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                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                      Ditto, sick day indeed! I know the feeling of missing eating food, it's awful. Fingers crossed that the bugs are on the way out. The stew does sound great, chuck roast is on sale and you might have convinced me to stew up a pot. Perhaps you'll feel better in a day or two and be able to enjoy the leftovers which are usually so much better. Take it easy and rest up in the house if you can :) Feel better!

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                                                                                                                                        Berheenia Dec 8, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                        I have a beef stew in the oven too as I'm too lazy to monitor a simmer stove top. I give it 90 minutes at 325F and add the potatoes for another 30 minutes or so. It really is good leftover so save yourself a small bowl for when things get better and they will! Hope you are calling in sick tomorrow. You need 24 hours after any symptoms subside. you are going to need your strength for all those office Christmas parties!

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                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 9, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                          Ick. Sorry to hear you're not better yet. I'd go easy on the food, for sure. Maybe chicken noodle soup is in order.

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                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 8, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                          Chez Harters dinner was steak salade.

                                                                                                                                          A couple of ribeyes - Welsh Black beef, aged 35 days. Salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, spring onions. The mustard that, in the UK, we call "French" but would be known there as Bordeaux mustard. Herself's sourdough baguette (she's given up on sourdough, though).

                                                                                                                                          Mousetrap Cheddar for afters.

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                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 8, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                            Why have you given up on sourdough?

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                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 9, 2013 01:36 AM

                                                                                                                                              She just wasn't happy with the results and didnt seem to be improving her skills with it. Time to move on.

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                                                                                                                                                acssss Dec 9, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                Lucky for me, that's husband's role :-)
                                                                                                                                                I know that it is difficult and he has to tend to it every so often (it's been in a jar... in the fridge... for years already!)

                                                                                                                                                ..anyway, if she thinks it's time to move on... it probably is :-)

                                                                                                                                          2. gini Dec 8, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                            It seems like ages since I've posted. And here you've all been, posting wonderful looking food. We went to DC for a week for Thanksgiving, spent some time in Pittsburgh, then I flew to San Francisco for a week, and now I'm back for a couple days before we leave for a long weekend in Miami.

                                                                                                                                            But first! We hosted our annual "festival of lights, beer" last night. Yes, we were post-Hannukah, but Hannukah was just so early this year we couldn't get it together any sooner.

                                                                                                                                            I braised a nice (large) piece of brisket for a long time in tomato juice, water, allspice, peppercorns, onions, garlic, paprika, and bay leaves.
                                                                                                                                            2 types of latkes: zucchini/shallot/gruyere/mint/parsley and traditional potato.
                                                                                                                                            cocoa-cardamom donuts

                                                                                                                                            Friends brought scallion pancakes, baked brie with cranberry, challah (said my friends: "it's Jewish!"), chocolate covered bananas, sweet potato blondies, Italian anise cookies. We also completely won on the beer & wine ponzi scheme. I don't actually have anywhere to put all the beer. Such a problem!

                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                              Sounds like a GREAT party!

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                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                Wow, that's a lot of travel. Hopefully it's been more play than work and not too hectic. Enjoy the beer bounty.

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                                                                                                                                                  gini Dec 8, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Oh, I'm really into traveling. I love being on an airplane (for real). I always find it a treat to end up in a city and have an opportunity to wander around!

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                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Oh wow, this is why is I love places like Chowhound. I realize we're all so different. I love to be home, and not big into wandering :) My mom loves traveling so I did partake as a kid and I admit sometimes you wander into great things.

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                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 8, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                      i'm with you - i love traveling and wish i did it more. your party sounded awesome!

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                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Dec 8, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                    ROFL! on the beer & wine Ponzi scheme! That's EXACTLY what it can turn out to be!

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                                                                                                                                                      acssss Dec 8, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Kudos on the various types of latkes! ...and cocoa-cardamom donuts! wow! We've had coffee with cardamom, soups, sauces, meat dishes... never donuts. I've got to try those.

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                                                                                                                                                        gini Dec 11, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                        They're technically fritters. I recommend them heartily.

                                                                                                                                                    2. JerryMe Dec 8, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Turkey is gone and I was ready for it to be gone, finally. Turkey sandwiches, reheated leftovers, enchiladas and soup.

                                                                                                                                                      Dinner tonight is simple - salmon loaf, baked potatoes (in the oven together) and some romaine for salad.

                                                                                                                                                      Have been watching football games on TV - East coast in blizzard conditions (Baltimore and Pittsburgh and DC) vs. the AZ Cards on green grass. It was strange, but, it's cold enough here that we're glad we have the oven on. My home town had a high today of minus one Fahrenheit!

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                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Would like to hear more about how you make salmon loaf...

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                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Dec 8, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Tuna & salmon tekkamaki. Followed by gyoza (not shown).

                                                                                                                                                        Came out remarkably well considering I'm totally out of practice. But after the first couple of rolls it came back pretty well.

                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                          roxlet Dec 8, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                          And it was really good too!

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                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 9, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                            As a former boss told me, it's just as easy as rolling a doob.

                                                                                                                                                            I haven't tried yet...

                                                                                                                                                          2. suzigirl Dec 8, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Chicken and yellow rice tonight. I am going to season chicken thighs with badia and sear them and put them aside. In that same pan I mix a package of Vigo yellow rice, diced onion, green pepper, pimentoes,green olives and black olives.put the chicken back in. Bring it to a boil, lid it and put it in a 350° oven for about an hour. Sliced cukes and tomatoes with an oregano vinegarette.

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                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yum. Sounds hearty and good.

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                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 9, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, love the sound of that rice!

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                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks you two.

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                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 9, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    ...you have to count the four that recommended you as well :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh boy, there are four reccomends aren't there? Thanks to you guys too. I feel so special.

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                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 9, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        You are! But don't mind me - I'm just in a silly mood today - not a lot of sleep last night.

                                                                                                                                                              2. MidwesternerTT Dec 8, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Stovetop Pork Stew, over almond rice. I love the seasonal spices in this dish. Cubed boneless pork ( 3/4 lb), browned with an onion and clove of garlic, spices (1/2 tsp.ginger, 1 tsp garam masala, a cinnamon stick) added and toasted briefly, 1 C. chicken broth, a cubed sweet potato, a cubed apple added and simmered together 15 min., 1/4 C. raisins (golden in recipe, I prefer brown) stirred in and all simmered 10 minutes more. Almond rice is simply 2 T. sliced almonds browned in a T butter, then rice & broth added, simmered 20 minutes until done.

                                                                                                                                                                This was a "recipe for two" by Bev Bennett, food editor for Chicago Sun-Times, published in the 1990's. For us, it seems to make 4-6 servings. Like many stews it's even better the next day.

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                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 8, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds very good!

                                                                                                                                                                2. biondanonima Dec 8, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  It's finally COLD (and snowing!) here in NYC...so I was craving something hot and comforting that comes in a bowl. I made a small batch of chili a couple of days ago (Texas red style), though, so I wanted something a little different.

                                                                                                                                                                  I ended up taking a favorite recipe from 660 Curries (qeema, which I often refer to as Indian taco meat) and turning it into a "chili" by adding some tomatoes and chickpeas, plus a few extra spices. It turned out really well - lots of fresh cayenne peppers, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, kashmiri chile, garlic and onions, with ground beef, chickpeas and tomatoes. Garnished it with some crumbled goat cheese and green onions. Tasty and filling, and plenty of leftovers for the next couple of cold nights!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen Dec 8, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    finally got caught up with y'all again.

                                                                                                                                                                    friends' wedding on Friday was lovely - in our gorgeous City Hall - the brides wore jeans. we had a French bistro-y lunch which included cava rosé (i brought it, the restaurant corked it) and frites (we have been champagne-and-fries-friends for 19 years) a walk around Chinatown, including my first visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (a trip - tiny hole in the wall!), a couple hours at the de Young to see the new David Hockney exhibit (FABULOUS), pit stop at a pub in the rain for a couple glasses of vino, and then on to Greens, a San Francisco institution - a very beautiful vegetarian restaurant (their choice - but a good one) with excellent, super fresh and well-prepared food. a great day.

                                                                                                                                                                    yesterday at the Oldster's, no cooking to speak of - Costco roast chicken, sister made mashed taters, i made steamed buttered broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                    today at lunch my sister ordered a bunch of sichuan food and the Oldster ate FIVE SERVINGS of it. FIVE. we didn't give him a lot of the spicy stuff, but still. it was all really good, and i think i know what we're having for Christmas as i'm not cooking again and we won't go out.

                                                                                                                                                                    this morning I floured and seared some short ribs, sauteed celery, onions and garlic, then set the whole thing to braise in the slow cooker with pinot noir, a cube of tomato bouillon and some water, a tablespoon of Better than Beef bouillon, tomato paste, dried parsley and thyme (i was out of fresh), fresh chives, a bit of aleppo, and a bit of sugar. that cooked on low for 6.5 hours, then on high for another 1.5.

                                                                                                                                                                    and, thanks to weezie, i made the perfect accompaniment to that - cheesy polenta rounds. they were soooooo excellent! i must say the whole dinner was quite fantastic. i used goat cheese in the polenta rounds, and their tanginess went really well with the sweetness of the meat and sauce. the BF scarfed them up, and i also fried up the scraps - we're calling those "abstract polenta". i'm completely sure those will not see the night through.

                                                                                                                                                                    on the side i made those Trader Joe's microwave haricort verts again, with just butter and salt - so delish and sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                    thanks weezie!

                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2013 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      wow, mc, impressive

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                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 9, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        :::sob::: that looks SO good and I want it all! But no. I'm still on the toast and plain potatoes and carrots from last night's beef stew dinner diet.

                                                                                                                                                                        And diet it's been - I've lost 4.5 lbs. since Friday. Yay me. ::twirling my finger in the air::: But Boo! on the way it was lost.

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                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          4.5 lbs in a weekend? Yikes. Hope you're on the mend Linda.

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                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 9, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            thanks, and i'm sorry you're feeling so crappy still, LW!

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                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 Dec 9, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Thats a lot!! Stay hydrated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 9, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I've been drinking tons of water at work today. Just need to remember to do so here at home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                gini Dec 9, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Mono is like the best diet ever - Romy & Michelle. Except it isn't and being sick is no fun! Feel better.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Cherylptw Dec 8, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Out yesterday running errands; Dinner for me was supposed to be a salad but while out getting the fixins for said salad, we ended up at Arby's; I'm ashamed.... And it wasn't good!

                                                                                                                                                                              I pulled four chicken breasts (w/bone & skin) from the freezer Friday night for today. De-boning two of them, I cut pockets in them and stuffed with leftover Thanksgiving dressing, which was a mix of cubed & toasted French bread & cornbread with the usual mirepoix, chopped apples, cooked turkey neck meat & stock, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, s & p. After stuffing the breasts, they were browned in a skillet and finished in the oven. Thawed leftover turkey gravy was spooned over the top.

                                                                                                                                                                              Sides were thawed leftover candied yams (also from turkey day) and the last of the cooked greens with pig tails.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. gini Dec 9, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I made a pot of "what vegetables are about to expire in the fridge" soup last night: tomatoes, parsley, a lone potato, shallot, garlic, spinach. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It is warm though, and the weather here in Boston is a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow, so that's helpful! Also have the rest of the brisket and ate our way through all the cookies in the house. Sundays are leftover days!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. tcamp Dec 9, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Dinner for the past few days have been haywire - power outage on Thurs, kids camping Fri and Sat. Finally got to make meatloaf, tater tots and roasted asparagus (with salted lemon) last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, meatball subs on the docket, along with salad and sautéed apples. I'm all about using up what is around the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 9, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Every time I make spaghetti and meatballs, I leave enough for a meatball sub! Love 'em.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 9, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm all about using what is around the kitchen too. I really need to clean out and stop buying especially with a few more holidays coming. I find it inspiring sometimes to make do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Dec 9, 2013 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I usually do a pantry/kitchen challenge right after Thanksgiving. Not only does it make room for the holidays but it's a money saver which helps with the holidays too. It's amazing how creative you can get!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 9, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Indeed! This week I don't even really need to go to the store except for produce and yet I'll probably still manage to go nearly every other day and come home with more stuff for the freezer. I put up a sign - "out not in."

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                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 Dec 9, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a case of the upset tummy today. Woke up feeling awful and ended up staying home from work. Of course reports can't wait so I still had to get all my Monday stuff done but it least they were done while in my PJ's and between cups of lemon/ginger tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                      We have a light dusting of snow, which is now turning to icy rain/sleet. I am sorry for all the folks that got slammed. Even more reason to stay home today

                                                                                                                                                                                      I did promise my son meat loaf for dinner. I am hoping a nap and a little day time TV will give me some get-up-and-go. Think I'll go simple/traditional even though he prefers my mexican meatloaf. Some mashed taters and peas on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 9, 2013 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Feel better soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 9, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh no, it's spreading. I hope you rest up at home and feel better. We didn't get much here but apparently 5 more inches are on the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Dec 9, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Just heard from a teacher friend that there is stomach bug going thru her school. This after reading about Linda and then my son's hockey mate spending last night in the locker room vomiting… Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                            So far I have held down a soft boiled egg and a small piece of dry toast. Or I should say barely, I am regretting it.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the meatloaf will have to wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                            And can I also say that I watching the Chew and even my undying love for Michael Symon can't rescue this show. (disclaimer this is my first viewing) Cooking with the VS Angels? Seriously?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 9, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              hope you feel better foodie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Dec 9, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The secret to watching "The Chew" is a dvr and a glass of wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 9, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Screw "The Chew" - just go for the wine and watch something else. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 9, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh to have some wine. My tummy is still fighting the egg and toast! But now I am watching criminal minds. MUCH better!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 9, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hear ya on the wine. It was Friday night for my last glass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And we do have great minds....I'm watching Criminal Minds as well. A little Shemar Moore always makes one feel better. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Dec 9, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Boy does he!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia Dec 9, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      But Carla is on the Chew and she is insanely herself and worth FF through the commercials and other bs..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 9, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh no, not you too! I made it to work today, and luckily have been able to lie low in my office just cranking out the billing. I'll be leaving promptly at 5 to head home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope you're napping now and that you feel better soon, foodie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry that you aren't feeling well. Take it easy and feel better soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Dec 9, 2013 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gah, it's spreading! Feel better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. linguafood Dec 9, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The weekend kinda flew by. I worked *a lot* on both Saturday and Sunday (had to play catchup, as usual).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday's gig was awesome, despite the fact that I had a major brain fart & messed up the beginning of "Feeling Good" -- but I think I made the best of it by just starting all over again. Great, attentive & lively crowd -- a good send-off for my band as we won't be playing this particular venue for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I actually had such a late lunch of fried chicken livers that I didn't have to eat at the bar, but once we came home, I made some frozen dumplings with a quick dipping sauce of oyster sauce, cilantro, black vinegar, sriracha and who knows what else. It was .... beer-inspired :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think I might've also finished the leftover tomato soup from Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yesterday was nasty, nasty weather: snow, sleet, freezing rain. Perfect for more work, and also perfect for another visit to the new hot pot place in town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight I got some organic bl/sl chicken breasts that'll be pan-roasted. Not sure yet if I'll go the piccata route (I certainly have the fixins for it) or find some other prep. Maybe just a simple beurre blanc will do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Side is one of my favorite winter salads: shaved fennel, toasted walnuts, grapefruit segments & blue cheese in walnut vinaigrette. I bought the trio of nut oils at TJ's and might just have to try making this with either pistachio or hazelnut oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      acssss Dec 9, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very cool!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...and the salad sounds absolutely incredible - love every single one of the ingredients... and am planning to steal it for a meal sometime this week (need to go buy some fennel)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 9, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's really easy if you have a mandolin (I'm sure you do), and it's not even particularly fennel-y: the salad's saving grace for my man to eat it. I absolutely adore fennel, but he's not a big fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In this salad, it mostly just adds crunchy freshness, the liquorice flavor is hardly noticeable :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Dec 9, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Husband can take a whole fennel and eat it like an apple - that's how much he loves it. So, a salad of this type is just up his alley... and I love the blue cheese/walnut/pistachio oil combo! Now that I'm discussing this in detail, I'm literally salivating! I gotta go get me some fennel this afternoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Novelli Dec 9, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night I made spaghetti carbonara with fresh peas from the garden and some grilled squid and shrimp with a side of sauteed chicory from the garden.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        grayelf Dec 9, 2013 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "fresh peas from the garden" -- whining with jealousy here in Vancouver, where there is a fresh skiff of snow on the ground.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        WFD will likely be "emergency" spaghetti -- I make our favourite meat sauce and freeze it in one-serving plastic containers for days like today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. juliejulez Dec 9, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing real exciting at my house tonight. I'm doing a little pork chop with a mustard molasses sauce, some green beans, and I think some roasted sweet potato cubes... haven't decided on the seasoning with those but I thought they sounded good with the mustard molasses sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          JerryMe Dec 10, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually - that mustard molasses sauce sounds great - Please post a recipe and shame on me if I hadn't caught it before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          SO is sick (cold) and our dinner was extremely simple dinner that IMHO rocked - bean and cheese burritos in the Costco tortillas that I'm dearly in love with. Chopped romaine and salsa on top. Now, here's my dilemma - HITH can I possibly be out or Sriracha?? In know for a fact that there was a huge bottle in the cupboard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Berheenia Dec 9, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did some freezer diving and came up with leftover beefy cheesy pasta casserole, frozen corn and some grands biscuits. Perfect for a Monday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Dec 9, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you have a recipe for the beefy cheesy pasta casserole? I was going to make a Hamburger Helper type thing on Thursday night but realized I don't have the proper seasonings, ran out. So, wanting something with ground beef and cheddar!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia Dec 9, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here is a link to the one we emulate

                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://authenticallynikki.com/2012/02...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez Dec 9, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, I might try that out this week, it looks good and I have all the stuff for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Novelli Dec 9, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can't decide what to make for tonite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I got some fresh hot Italian sausage yesterday at the market and my boccoli rabe is going gangbusters in the garden. Maybe I'll whip up some orechiette to mix in?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A stew of crumbled sausage, canellini beans, and greens w/ onions and wild fennel?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dammit, forgot to pull the chicken out of the freezer! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. StripedSpatula Dec 9, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Long day, so having the leftovers of yesterday's Salmon en Croute with Creamed Leeks and Fennel. Was a nice and warming dinner on a snowy Sunday! Hopefully, will carry over to Monday well. Otherwise, I'm defrosting meatloaf. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Dec 9, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                wow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  StripedSpatula Dec 9, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reheated well! Meatloaf tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 9, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cool! - Careful of that logo :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      StripedSpatula Dec 9, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, don't follow? Just took it from my twitter...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 9, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was just kidding :-) Your meatloaf sounds delicious BTW

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          StripedSpatula Dec 9, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lol I thought there was a ban on logo avatars there for a minute! I'm looking forward to the meatloaf--such an easy freezer meal. Even more appreciated since it means I don't have to stand in the "snow-might-be-coming-let's-hoard-milk-and-eggs" grocery store lines in order to have dinner tomorrow. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Paprikaboy Dec 9, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I really love poached smoked haddock with spinach and poached egg on a toasted muffin. Also a big fan of macaroni cheese and smoked haddock, So today it's time for the uber dish. Poached smoked haddock with poached egg, spinach and macaroni cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 9, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you buy the haddock already smoked? Cold-smoked?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It sounds lovely, but I am confused (not too difficult for me these days :-D).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paprikaboy Dec 10, 2013 04:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The fish is already smoked. Normally hot smoked but i could be wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 10, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think you may be wrong, PB.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm thinking of salmon - when you buy it "hot smoked", it's cooked and flakes, whereas traditional "smoked salmon" is cold smoked and is only cured, not cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some info here - http://www.andyrace.co.uk/smoked-fish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 10, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's correct, Harters. rjbh20 makes hot smoked salmon all the time, and it is completely different than smoked salmon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gini Dec 9, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So much poaching! How did it turn out?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paprikaboy Dec 10, 2013 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It turned out alright. The poaching went well. For the haddock it's not really poaching. I cover it with cold milk, sometimes add bay leaf and black peppercorns. I then bring to the boil and take it off the heat. I let it sit for 10 mins and let residual heat do the rest to prevent over cooking. The macarnoi cheese was finishing off in the oven so all I really had to worry about was the poached eggs, which turned out with the perfect runny yolk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The missus had never had smoked fish a runny poached egg before but it's a killer combo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 10, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree! I'd be happy with just spinach and a runny egg. For some reason, those flavors are magic together. But with smoked haddock..... that takes it to a whole 'nother level.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Big fan of the smoked haddock, poached egg & spinach combo. We bought a big piece from the Cheshire Smokehouse that'll make an appearance sometime over the festive season as a change from the inevitable turkey meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For last night's dinner, we went with the unsmoked version. A new recipe which saw shallots, garlic, Dijon mustard, thyme, mustard seeds and cider vinegar whizzed in the processor and then slathered on top fo the fsh for a couple of hours as a marinade. Cooked it under the grill. Served with boiled new potatoes and steamed cavolo nero, mixed with a little fried pancetta. Was OK, but not a keeper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. ChristinaMason Dec 9, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Could have sworn I posted tonight's dinner, but I don't see it, so I guess not. The plan for tonight is chicken diable (thighs), leftover white rice reheated w/ saffron broth, and either salad or wilted garlic spinach. I'm leaning toward the hot greens, as it's freezing here and more wintry weather is on the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 9, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...memory is the first thing to go CM :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 9, 2013 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          :) I think I forgot to click "reply" to post it---probably still sitting open on my computer at home. Hey, I take fish oil!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 9, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fish oil - is that what helps? I've been taking ginkgo (or was it Vitamin E - I don't remember) anyway, it hasn't helped at all

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 9, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I forget, too ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner was good. Simples. We had some leftover slaw with apples and celery on the side. My DH, in an apparent abundance of caution, evidently thinks a martini glass still requires a coaster. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks lovely. Especially the nice warm greens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 9, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gotta love CH and the "auto correcting" photo rotation. Grr. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 9, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am so very bored today and have spent more hours on CH than I care to admit. I have absolutely zero desire to cook, so we will probably be going out (which is a very rare event for us). Lingua has been talking a lot about Chinese food over the last couple of weeks and that's probably where we'll be headed. Yeah, that's the ticket - I think some spare ribs and hot and sour is just the "kick" I need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have a great evening everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enjoy the time off. The hot and sour is my all time favorite

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 9, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks and mine too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 9, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amen it rocks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 9, 2013 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Always happy to inspire a night out :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Dec 9, 2013 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He'll be home in about 30 minutes... and the countdown begins...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. steve h. Dec 9, 2013 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sausage and peppers tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our local grocer makes a very passable sweet Italian sausage. Peppers and onions will be the opposite of al dente (think Jersey Shore boardwalk stuff). Portuguese rolls, lightly toasted/oiled/rubbed with garlic will be the delivery mechanisms. Beer and house red will be on the table.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This weekend: The dysfunctional Jets beat the even more dysfunctional Raiders; my Giants were humiliated in San Diego; and the Patriots, led by Brady, continue to impress with last-second heroics. Deb made and froze a huge batch of spinach and cheese ravioli. I ground chuck and beef short rib at a 2:1 ratio for future burger consumption. Deb trumped my efforts by salting a Judy Rodgers' Zuni Chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I urge all my CH colleagues who are under the weather to moderately increase their intake of wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 9, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not under the weather, but that's always excellent advice!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Dec 9, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Totally agree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sausage and peppers:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ETA: Junior's Cheesecake was dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 9, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That looks great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gini Dec 9, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's all about "draft day, baby". Hang in there, once the O line is repaired the Giants will rise again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. janetofreno Dec 9, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Its Monday Night Football, which means something simple. I made minestrone soup yesterday, and there is a ton left over...so just have to figure out something different to go with it. I'm thinking tuna salad sandwiches. Or maybe grilled cheese:-) Or just bread and wine:-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 9, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is nothing like a football game in freezing cold weather! Can't wait... and your sandwiches sounds like a great idea

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 9, 2013 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think your last choice is the optimal one, janet. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. fldhkybnva Dec 9, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just packaged up 8 quarts of stock so soup is on the menu - an Italian twist on chicken noodle loaded with shredded chicken breast, spicy Italian turkey sausage, celery and onion, no noodles. It was a nice use of random stuff in the fridge and there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gini Dec 9, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whole Foods makes one passable soup: "Grandmother's chicken". It's basically shredded chicken in broth with carrots and celery. Yours sounds like a better version!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never seen that one, I'll have to look. I do like their black bean soup and the turkey chili with white beans is good when I don't want to make my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am using up a few things in my fridge before they go off to a not so better place. I have some button mushrooms, sour cream, hamburger and red potatoes that are getting eyeballs. Sort of stroganoff is on the menu. Dinner will be really late since the Cowboys are playing tonight and James is a fanatic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hamburger, sunny Paris, badia, diced mushrooms and onions will be fried with some garlic. Beef broth will be added to loosen it up and the sour cream to thicken it back up. Parsley from the garden will be added to freshen it up. It is going on mashed red potatoes instead of noodles. I know that isn't traditional but I need to use the potatoes. Leftover spinach from steak night that has cream cheese and milk and dehydrated onions to make it "creamed" added to it to use up another about to die ingredient for a side. Go Cowboys! so I have a happy and not sullen dinner partner. I am kind of looking forward to stroganoff on mashed taters. I think it will be like Amish chicken and noodles that they serve on mashed potatoes. Carby and delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How did the Brit become a cowboys fan?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I really don't know. I guess he's been here to long. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. gini Dec 9, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shrimp curry: leeks, carrots, tomatoes, shrimp, garlic, ginger with curry powder, cayenne, tumeric and coconut milk. Delightful! Also, way easy to pull together post-run, which I decided to do last minute at 7pm even thought the sky was still snotting up here in Boston.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bblonde Dec 9, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm going to blame my terrible mood tonight on the venison chili that was YUCK. I just dont like anything gamey. My neighbor gave me some venison but I couldn't help but think of Bambi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another law final completed today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Starting to stress out about the holidays. I know the *meaning* of Christmas but this is just not my year. Between late Thanksgiivng, law finals, this snowstorm hitting us, and me having surgery in a week (a week before Christmas), this just feels like the year without Christmas and has me in a fit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is the year my aunt comes in and we had decided that she and my uncle would bear the load of the Christmas Eve dinner and have it at my grandmother's house as they usually do when in town. My grandmother is starting to lose it at 83 and I don't think she recalls that this is what normally happens and that they do ALL the work (she is merely an observer) and so she decided to throw a fit tonight about not wanting to have the big dinner at her house. So between that set of aunts/uncles not having a house here, my other aunt is going through chemotherapy, and my parents are preparing for a January trial, don't even have decorations up, and will be playing nurse-maid to me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It all has me saying BAHHHHH HUMBUG!!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hoping to get out of this holiday rut. Looking forward to more law finals and then surgery isn't helping very much :( Sorry for the vent. Relatives can be so frustrating. Especially when I spend so much of my freetime trying to do things to help my aged grandmother and she is stubbornly refusing to allow us to simply use her house.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 Dec 9, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the immortal words of John Blutarski, aka Bluto, "I suggest you start drinking heavily"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And he was pre-med, remember...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great reference. It's funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pre meds know it all, or at least they think they do or at least I thought I did :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw Dec 9, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like to mix my venison with beef when making chili; I have a ton of deer in the freezer and will be making chili later this week. To me, the secret is using a ton of spices...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bblonde Dec 9, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did 1 lb. ground beef and 2lbs. deer. But I admit to not using too much spice. That could help

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 9, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You have so much on your plate. It wasn't Bambi that set your bad mood. I hope that you can deal with the finals, the family and the surgery. Be well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 9, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vent away, bblonde - it all sounds very stressful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 10, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...yes, and that's what CH is for :-)... and it helps too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was the same way at Thanskgiving, just not meant to be for me this year. I'm hoping Christmas and New Year's are better. Try to keep your head up, I know it can be rough. Best of luck with the surgery and when I'm down in Scrooge land I try to find anything to lift my spirit even something as simple as my favorite Christmas carol playing over the grocery store radio or a cute kid chomping on a giant candy cane. The little things, they can really make ya smile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bblonde Dec 10, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. It's just hard when you feel like you want to do all the work and coordinate and just CARE about it and no one else does. And this year I care but I just can't do it. At this point we may be meeting at McDonald's to open presents. C'est la vie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm sure things will be in a better perspective after Thursday (last final). Then I get to host my dad's birthday dinner, attend my fiancee's work Christmas party, a Christmas ornament exchange with good friends. And after surgery I'm looking forward to lots of cider/tea/hot chocolate and Christmas movies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MidwesternerTT Dec 10, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like your family is a group of 7 - 10 people? Most hotels have a rentable "Board Room" / small meeting room that's very nice and could be decorated for your gift-opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Still plenty of time for you to gain the "Christmas Spirit".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Despite your aunt/uncle being willing "to do all the work", a 6-8 hour long noisy larger family gathering at her home may really be just too much for grandmother to physically endure. Hearing loss, digestive difficulties or simple lack of stamina can all become factors. Perhaps each part of the family can enjoy spending a couple of daytime hours 1:1 with her spread out during the week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 10, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ah, famblee. Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vent away. Cheaper than a therapist.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rjbh20 Dec 9, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Salmon v. 3.0. Tonite's edition was seared bacon-wrapped salmon filet on shrimp & bacon risotto. A green salad would have been nice as a follow-on but I was running late as it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A surprisingly good throw-together and only 30 minutes end to end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Cherylptw Dec 9, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's been raining since yesterday so perfect soup weather...a big pot of chicken & rice...nice & simple...neither DF or I wanted anything else to accompany it except crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. mariacarmen Dec 9, 2013 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The BF made dinner tonight - seared flatiron steaks (i'm calling these "the poor man's rib eye" from now on) - perfectly juicy and medium rare, with a composed garlicky butter, sauteed potatoes and whole garlic cloves, tossed with the leftover buttery green beans of last night and slivered kalamata olives. simples, but really a great combo of flavors. we are now walking garlic bombs - vampires (and others), best stay away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sedimental Dec 9, 2013 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Those are my favorite steaks. I like to slice them thin on a platter and serve with a garlicky creamy plop too. Mmmmm....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss Dec 10, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lol - we are constant walking garlic bombs as well and the flatiron looks delicious. What a beautiful meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental Dec 9, 2013 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pasta tonight, chicken, pesto, feta, oily black olives. This time of year I am sooooo happy I froze garden fresh pesto in easy to use sizes! It is freezing here ( snowing slightly) so pesto was a treat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made a chopped salad with a pear cinnamon balsamic dressing. Nice and crunchy next to the pasta. Kinda Christmassy :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MidwesternerTT Dec 10, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That salad dressing sounds wonderful - can you provide a recipe (or link)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sedimental Dec 10, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made it up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used a flavored balsamic but you could use plain, just add more spice, I am sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I mixed some mayo (for body) and balsamic, added some cinnamon, and pear vinegar, s & p to taste. The chopped salad was chopped lettuce, carrot, red onion, dried plums (prunes) and nuts. Mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. ChristinaMason Dec 10, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snow day! Woot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight I think we'll have some nice juicy pan-cooked pork chops, roasted winter squash with warm spices, and maybe some braised kale and potatoes w/ bacon (or cabbage, not sure).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cherylptw Dec 10, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh YUMMY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason Dec 11, 2013 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I made a pan sauce by reducing down some fresh apple cider with a bit of mustard and chicken broth, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and finishing with butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did the cabbage and potatoes "corned beef" style with bacon, juniper berries, caraway seed, bay leaf, onion, garlic, red pepper flake, broth, peppercorns, cider vinegar, chunked carrots, and plenty of salt, again finished with a little butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The "winter" squash turned out to be a round spaghetti squash...wth? I roasted it, topped with olive oil, thyme, Parm. Regg. and seasonings and served drizzled with pumpkin seed oil. Spaghetti squash really isn't my favorite...kind of bland.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        helen_m Dec 10, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad you got the day off, although the snow was kind of questionable!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sedimental Dec 10, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just threw some pork neck bones into the crockpot, added a bit of Mexican tomato chicken broth, dried onion, red spices...... and pigeon peas. I am not sure what I am making yet. I think the meat will fall off the bone and either it will be a topping for rice (nice with the pigeon peas) or a soup. Either way, I am hoping for no cooking spicy, porky goodness when I get home!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 10, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sedimental Dec 10, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Follow up:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It WAS delicious. I cooked it and took out the bones. Sautéed some cabbage in butter, cooked some rice and made a bowl of buttered rice, cabbage, then pork and peas. I served it with TJ rosemary crackers with French pear jam and goat cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really a cold weather WINNER dinner. Followed by egg nog and RUM. Please, if you care about your family...serve this ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 10, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night did NOT turn out the way I had planned. Husband called to say he is running about 15 minutes late and while waiting for him (around 7:30-7:45pm), I fell asleep. I hardly slept the night before and I guess I needed it. So no Chinese (no dinner of any sort) :-(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course, I woke up at around 4am and have been awake since, but that is good because I got a lot of work done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight husband has to be at the university late (finals!) so he took lunch/dinner to school and I am going to buy me some lamb chops (I can never eat them when he is around - he gets sick from the smell)... to be served with Lingua's fennel salad (which thought about first thing this morning).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can't wait!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 10, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Aw, dang! Sleeping through an anticipated dinner? Whatta bummer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So glad the fennel salad inspired. I have a teeny bowl leftover from last night (b/c I "only" had made 5 or 6 bulbs.... I'm a pig when it comes to salad) which will be my lunch, and I look forward to finishing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sadly, the piccata and/or salad didn't agree with me last night. My tummy's being a temperamental bitch again these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Dec 10, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope you feel better lingua!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At this moment the fennel is ready and waiting for the chops which are cooking... husband is going to be soooo mad when he gets home and smells the lamb... and I can't open windows for too long because it's only 25 degrees or so outside. At least I'll have a full and satisfied stomach :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (maybe I'll bake some cookies this evening just before he gets home - just to clear the smell)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry that your tummy is being tempermental again. Yuk

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 10, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If only it made sense. But no, my body likes to keep things... exciting, I guess?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mine too. If i could just figure out my triggers my world would be a much better place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Njchicaa Dec 10, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snowy day here at the Jersey Shore which is unusual. I had planned to spend the afternoon cooking with my nephew but he was in a foul mood when I picked him up so he is napping and I am trying to stay quiet. In fact, I may try to sneak a little nap myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner tonight will be hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, and some steamed vegetable that I pull out of the freezer. Nothing fancy here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 10, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But the "nothing fancy" sounds very good...and perhaps the home cooking (and that nap) is what the nephew needs. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 10, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would totally suck that up if I were your nephew. Betcha his mood improves once he sees his dinner plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. juliejulez Dec 10, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well my dinner last night sort of morphed into something else... ended up just doing the chipotle rub from Mexican Everyday on my pork chop, and grilled it on my grill pan. I seasoned some cubed up sweet potatoes with the same rub and roasted them, although about half of them burned :( Forgot to flip them. Oh and a spinach salad with store-bought raspberry vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will not morph into something else, I'm excited to eat it. I'm doing the Turmeric Chicken with Sumac & Lime from Serious Eats again. This time instead of thighs I'm just doing one chicken leg quarter. Sides will just be some rice to soak up the sauce, and some sauteed zucchini (I know, not in season at all but for some reason I feel like zucchini is the way to go with this meal).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 10, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We're off out to the local Italian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I predict it'll be a very dismal experience. We've been searching for a decent Italian in the metro area with almost zero response. It's been a generally dismal experience - even the "a bit better than shit" places. Not even generally worth reporting to the CH UK/Ireland board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And we stopped going to the local place years ago cos it was "a bit worse than shit". But we thought we better go back just to confirm how shit it is. Just in case it isn't now. But it will be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 10, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sux, H. We have no decent Italian place to speak of where I live, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If I want good pasta, I make it at home, save it for trips to cities or wait for the summer '-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 10, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, local place wasnt complete shit. But nowhere near as good as a place we found a few miles away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 10, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes one needs to travel for the better shit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Berheenia Dec 10, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WFD is another CI dinner for two recipe- an oven baked ratatouille. This is a second time around for this dish. Easy peasy and good. Unlike the CI version there will be no baked snapper accompaniment but whatever beef is left in the stew from Sunday, which was delicious. Crusty bread to sop up the sauce. The wine tonight is a red blend from California called Flirt. Stupid name but a nice light red.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. eight_inch_pestle Dec 10, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Been flying solo for a few days, which generally means unfussy, off-the-cuff cooking that leaves me no more than a dish a two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saturday was a dairy-based potato and broccoli soup with garlic, Parmesan, caraway, and cayenne. A rye roll and mesclun to go with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday was a cod fillet, crusted with coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and orange zest, pan-roasted in butter with a minced shallot. A grated carrot salad with a honey, dijon, parsley dressing went alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night was just slow-cooked scrambled eggs with a ton of minced parsley, finished with some grated jarlsburg. Toast, fig jam, mesclun, and an IPA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. MidwesternerTT Dec 10, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            An easy oven dinner, with maple/mustard glazed chicken and roasted potatoes tossed in herbs. I had thought I'd try a sheetpan dinner, using one of several recipes saved last fall with that in the title. But now, reading through them, each involves a fair amount of stovetop pre-cooking before finishing in the oven. My intent is to have some feet-up time after making one more batch of cookies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 11, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For one-pan meals: Have you tried the curried-yogurt chicken over Brussel sprouts? It's pretty decent, although I think you can cut way back on the oil and amp up the sauce with more spices (and garlic): http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. linguafood Dec 10, 2013 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So tonight, in an attempt to appease my fickle tummy, I'm making a soup with beef broth. Added to that will be some black vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, crushed garlic, some ginger paste and *maybe* a hint of spice (if I can't help myself) for flavorings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the soup will go soft diced tofu, napa cabbage, soy bean sprouts, black mushrooms & maybe a few shrimp wontons and/or shrimp balls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chopped scallions, cilantro & fried shallots on top.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 10, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, sounds like a soup designed to cure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 10, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's hoping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now that sounds perfect for a bitchy tummy. Fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 10, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dammit. Completely blanked on the shrimp balls and wontons, which are still sitting in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh well. It was *plenty* of food & I'm not sure they would've been such a great combo with the chicken broth (yes, I decided against beef).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now we wait and see if your bitchy tummy is feelin' the soup. It really sounds like a great way to calm your tummy down though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 10, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So far, so good '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A big old whoohoo. Hooty hoot hoot. Thank goodness your tummy seems to be back in line. Good for you

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 10, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also gave me an excuse to have a few chocolates after that healthy soup. And yeah, still doing well. Woot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. GretchenS Dec 10, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight is my long-awaited dinner with mc!! We are hoping to go here and indulge in a lot of porkalicious piggyness: http://schmidts-sf.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 10, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The menu looks fantastic!!! Please report on your dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 10, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lingua, with your recommendations, we can't go wrong! I. CAN'T. WAIT.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 10, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            German food in San Francisco? Brilliant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lingua: Berlin in June. I searched the Europe Board and your name rocketed to the top. We may follow in you footsteps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 10, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I will likely be in Berlin myself in June. If you have *any* questions, please don't hesitate to ask them (on the appropriate board, of course '-)).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 10, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Count on it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 10, 2013 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              report here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927410

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (steve h. - there are actually three German restaurants in SF proper, and at least one that i know of in the East Bay. tonight's was Fantastiche! tho the other, more established and well-known, in Hayes Valley (Suppenkuche), is also Wunderbar.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              had a great time, as usual, with GS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GretchenS Dec 11, 2013 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The pics are fantastic, mc, and so is the write-up. That was a wonderful dinner with even better company. I feel so lucky that my work gets me out here so regularly now and I get to have these amazing meals with mc. What a great eating city SF is!!!! I am still full nearly 12 hours later...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 11, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hey, something's wrong with the link.. and i can't find it on the SF board... mods, can you please take a look? the link worked last night...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Still down. Wah. I wanted to read your review.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 11, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9274...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      this seems to be working...?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you. Great review. What a yummy sounding night

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 11, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks! it was!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss Dec 10, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have a great night you two!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks great! I was born in Heidelberg and the menu reminds me of all the yummy treats my parents still talk about. Too bad I lost my German speaking ability by the age of 5.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Dec 10, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Menu looks fab. German food doesnt feature too often in the UK. But any menu that features sausages as that one does would be a big hit with fat, greedy men like me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 10, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and damn it all, we didn't have any sausage! i'll be back, tho, never fear. i can't believe it took me this long to get her, in my own neighborhood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jealous of the food and especially the company. Have a great time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. steve h. Dec 10, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Judy Rodgers' Zuni Chicken is up tonight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The bird has been salted correctly and has been roosting in the coolerator for two days. The recipe-specific bread salad is standing by and ready for its supporting role. I've paroled a California Pinot Noir from the wine jail to wash things down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As you all know, Ms. Rodgers recently passed. Deb and I were regulars at Zuni Cafe. We'll raise our glasses tonight. She will be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's a "before" shot. I'll backfill later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you just salt? No herbs. I've been missing Zuni as it's simply referred to around here. Last winter it was a once a week affair. I think it'll be Sunday dinner this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 10, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Deb follows the recipe out the window.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 10, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Awesome. Here's to Judy Rodgers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 10, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm hoping these photos will flesh out the meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 10, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was a tasty meal. We washed it down with La Crema, a California red. Judy would have approved.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 10, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Droooooooooling here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 10, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You need to make this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 10, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have, sans the bread salad. The sad thing is, whole roasted chicken (and sometimes BISO thighs) don't agree with me. So, much as I love a good roasted chicken, I rarely make it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is likely one of the best recipes out there, for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 10, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can you do boneless skinless? Just wondering

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 10, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, yeah. I can also, for some strange reason, do the trini-chinese chicken with BISO thighs. They're grilled for a long time, tho, so maybe the fat (which clearly seems to be an issue) is cooked off for the most part.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I make piccata all the time with chicken breasts, and they are usually ok. Last night, they all but destroyed me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez Dec 10, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love me some La Crema Pinot Noir.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Dec 10, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I knew those guys way back when.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 10, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that looks amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. roxlet Dec 10, 2013 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The husband is stuck in the city at a meeting which seems to have morphed into dinner, so shifting on the fly here, it will be pasta fagioli and a green salad. Simples.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 10, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good call on the pasta. It's going to get cold tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 10, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It already was when I left work 2 hours ago!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And I boiled up some additional carrots and potatoes, and ate it with some beef stew that I made on Sunday night. My tummy is finally back to normal, thankyouverymuch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 10, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Loud and clear!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beef stew is pure comfort when temperatures plunge. Brady pulled another one out of the mists.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 10, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will admit, he and the team had a wee bit of help with one of the last calls by the refs. However, we'll take it after several bad calls against the Pats when playing the Jets and Broncos. :-) But I really never thought they'd pull it out....I had gone upstairs to fold a load of laundry when they got their first TD in the final 90 seconds! LOL I need to remember the mantra - In BB/TB We Trust!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Problem is, without Gronk, I'm not sure if we'll get that far in the AFC run.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 10, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My take is that the elder Manning has a good shot at the Super Bowl. He could be matched against Seattle. Those two teams, playing outdoors in New Jersey, could provide a measure of entertainment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We'll see.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss Dec 10, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...actually it wasn't Brady this time :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 10, 2013 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The refs?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 11, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Refs always make mistakes - the key is making enough points to cover their mistakes. I would say with a first half including an interception and only 60 yards passing (not to mention zero points), Brady was weak. However, with only 6 points on the board for Cleveland, I would give the credit to the Pats defense. If the Pats defense weren't doing their job, Cleveland could have made 20 points during the first half and the discussion pertaining to the refs would never have surfaced. A game can never be won/lost based on bad refs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. weezieduzzit Dec 10, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't feel like getting all dressed up to go out on a cold night so the man will pick up Thai food from the neighborhood joint we love, which will be eaten in our new jammies that I treated us to yesterday while watching movies. The man requires pie and I'm sure I'll have some filling and whipped cream.... cause it's my birthday. We'll celebrate both of our birthdays out on another, warmer night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 10, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Birthday, weezie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez Dec 10, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Birthday!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 10, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good plan! HB to you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 10, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Take-out Thai on a cold night makes a good birthday dinner, for sure. Happy eatings & celebration!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 10, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy birthday, weezie! Pie is a good celebration dessert!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              acssss Dec 10, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy B-day and enjoy your new jammies :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No cook Thai night and jammies...perfect birthday recipe weezie. Have a lovely birthday and an even better birthday dinner another night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 10, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy Happy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherylptw Dec 10, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Birthday!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 10, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aw, happy birthday, Weezie!! and to your hubs, soon enough. sounds like a perfect night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tcamp Dec 11, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy birthday (late but in earnest).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 11, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          happy happy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS Dec 11, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Birthday weezie, sounds like a wonderfully cozy evening!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit Dec 11, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you to everybodies, it was a good one and there was pie left for breakfast and enough Tom Kha to heat up for lunch. :) Working in my awesome jammies today...... it was a COLD morning!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken fried steak and mashed red potatoes with green beans and stewed tomatoes and peppered cream gravy for the meat and potatoes. Pure joy for my belly tonight. I would prefer chicken fried steak with eggs, grits and toast but this is a belly rubber too. I had a treat for lunch today though, speaking of eggs. I mixed the yellow rice from sunday dinner with some parmesan and fried it as a rice cake and topped it with a over medium egg and served a piece of buttered toast and it was very good. That will be a repeat lunch next time there is leftover rice. I used to make it all the time and since James wasn't a big fan I got out of the habit. Glad I revisited it today...it was a yum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 10, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love the sound of that lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. It was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss Dec 10, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Everything sounds wonderful suzi!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ...and don't you hate it when you love something that he doesn't?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes acssss, I do. But i must say, we have most food loves in common. Carbs are not one. He feels that Americans are fat from bread and starch in excess. He is probably right. Sadly he is with a girl who struggles to keep my weight up since i can't process food like most people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. biondanonima Dec 10, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another cold and snowy day in NYC - the MTA was a mess and we ended up having to walk home from a fairly distant subway stop (in high heels, no less). This called for comfort food! I put together a quick chicken sausage, fennel and white bean stew, in a base of San Marzano tomatoes with a little chicken stock and plenty of herbs. Topped with a handful of grated parmesan, it was way more than the sum of its parts and just what the doctor ordered!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 10, 2013 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yum in heels

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 11, 2013 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds very good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. helen_m Dec 10, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We've eaten some pretty indulgent food in the past few days (birthday pizza and fizzy wine at my favourite restaurant on Saturday including an uber piggy feast of porchetta, croquettes and San Daniele before the pizzas!, chicken, bacon and leek pie on Sunday and slow roasted lamb shanks and sweet potato mash last night) so tonight I've gone veggie. Nigella's Tunisian vegetable tagine with a lot of harissa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've also just started my Christmas cake, candied peel, raisins, sultanas, cranberries, glace cherries and candied ginger are all plumping up in lemon and orange juice with a healthy glug of grand marnier. I would usually make it on Stir Up Sunday and use whiskey, but I've only got the really, really good stuff and I think the citrus of the grand marnier will work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS Dec 11, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        some great eats there helen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Cherylptw Dec 10, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neither DF or I were very hungry enough for a proper dinner, so he requested cheeseburgers...I mixed a simple ground beef, onion and seasoning blend; cooked them in a non stick skillet and topped with extra sharp country cheddar. These were served on toasted poppyseed/sesame brioche buns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wanting something a bit lighter, I made myself a salad of mixed baby greens and spinach with red & yellow bell peppers. caramelized onions, avocado, marinated chickpea salad and balsamic vinaigrette topped with some reserved chix breast from last night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 10, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheeseburgers are *always* welcome, to misquote a famous 'Rome' line :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 11, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That salad sounds amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. tcamp Dec 11, 2013 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yesterday was a snow day here in the DC area. I made black bean and butternut squash soup for dinner, then got talked by son into steak burritos when he accompanied me to WF. Good thing - the burritos were delicious and the soup - yuk. I tossed it. It is entirely possible that I used frozen papaya chunks instead of frozen butternut chunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight, quick meal of oyako donburi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 11, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 11, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 11, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  oh, no! too funny!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Dec 11, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's a rack of lamb to be simply roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And turnips which need something fancy doing with them. If "fancy" is something that's possible with a turnip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the "planning ahead front", the Christmas mince pies and now made and are in the freezer. This is pretty much the only baking that I do, as herself is the baking expert. Although, I also do a rather nice, if very inauthentic, Cornish pasty, using tinned stew beef. Speaking of pasties, there was leftover pastry and mincemeant, so there's now half a dozen mincement pasties also in the freezer (not elegant - my crimping left much to be desired).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp Dec 11, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made Jacques Pepin's glazed turnips and carrots recently. That is a very nice way to treat a turnip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters Dec 11, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By co-incidence, since I posted, Mrs H has suggested Jane Grigson's glazed turnips

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 11, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do tell, please, tcamp? I've still got CSA turnips in my veg drawer, and I really want to get them out of there. (I've also got beets, but I'm kind of ignoring them right now.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 11, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you get round to the beet (root), roast in the oven. Cut into segments, toss in creme fraiche (or greek yoghurt) and sprinkle with chives. I could pretty much eat that as dinner, if I had to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 11, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I usually can only eat them roasted, Harters. But hadn't thought of tossing them with Greek yogurt and chives - nice call!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tcamp Dec 11, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't have the book with me at work but here is a link:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://ckenb.blogspot.com/2010/02/tur...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I like the addition of parsley as in the recipe Harters suggested.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 11, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never tourneed veggies before. At first I thought it was wasteful, but I see the blogger says to freeze the bits cut off and use in a soup. Hmmm....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. ChristinaMason Dec 11, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We're invited to our Spanish neighbors' for dinner. I'm bringing a bottle of red and probably galleygirl's pear tart, assuming I can get it baked in time tonight after work. Otherwise, maybe berries and whipped cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. juliejulez Dec 11, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No cooking for me tonight. Thankful too because I am dog sitting. Our friends arrived at 1am last night and I took them to the airport at 6am. So we have a houseguest, Rufus the black cocker spaniel. Winnie is kind of scared of him so she's being pretty calm, so that's nice. She's learning to share too because Rufus keeps hoarding her toys up on the chair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since I have a menagerie of pets here, I'm working from home today to keep an eye on everyone, and tonight is my office Christmas dinner, we are going to Maggiano's. The menu is pre-picked, and I don't think my favorite chicken piccata is on it, boo. But the other food should still be good and fun, I've heard it'll be about 60 people.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 11, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While it sounds hectic, the dog sitting also sounds fun. I really enjoy Maggiano's. Whenever I'm home we order at least once and it really hits the spot. My mom has never been big on cooking Italian food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 11, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aldi has a Sale on pineapple (99 cents) so I picked up a few this morning on my way to a meeting (my last meeting this year!) and made myself a pineapple smoothie when I got home (mmmmyum).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For dinner tonight, I am making rice and "Savory and Sour Chicken" (don't like sweet) which consists of fried-breaded-chicken-chunks with pineapple, red/green peppers and green onions (that due to CH, I've learned to re-grow!) in a thickened broth/soy/ginger/white wine sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also made Tuna paté (with my homegrown rosemary which is growing surprisingly well inside the house during this cold Fall we've been having) and crostini that we will take with us to our evening of Bridge with friends (they'll be providing the wine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ...and I've already started on the weekend meal as well - finals are over and all my boys are coming home for winter vacation (very excited clap clap clap!). I've already made focaccia rolls - which I will freeze, and the beef for the beef sandwiches au jus is braising (BBQ sauce will be made tomorrow).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smells in the house are amazing... Snow is falling... Ben Webster is playing in the background... I am very happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The second half of December is a special time of year when people become nicer, take it easy, businesses wind down (except retail of course) and for me at least, there are no deadlines, no demands, no urgent phone calls.... Just slow paced, lazy days that give me a lot of time to cook, play the piano, read, write and enjoy life :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May you all have a wonderful evening!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. melpy Dec 11, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This week was:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sunday-homemade ravioli with a sweet potato mascarpone cheese filling and a carmelized onion sauce. This was good but would have been quicker if I perfected my technique for rolling out the dough earlier. wasted a bunch due to some unfortunate mistakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday-wonton soup and fried wontons. Used the last of turkey broth from Thanksgiving and it wasn't very good. Some of the wontons in the soup cooked too long. Fried leftover ones and they were pretty good. Wish I had a FryBaby or something else to help with this. It can be messy and since my husband was doing it he didn't clean as he went like I do. Plus he sucked at using the splatter guard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday- last roast chicken from my meat CSA. Didn't set my timer and my thermometer is broken so it ended up being under cooked which I didn't realize until after it rested and I had already begun making gravy in the pan. Disected all the meat and put int he gravy and cooked a while longer until it was all done through. Saved the carcass for stock. Served with maple caramelized carrots, leftover sweet potato filling mixed with regular potatoes for a mashed potato, and creamed collard greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday- eating out at the bar for trivia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday- turkey kielbasa with pierogies sauteed with cabbage and apples. My husband claims this will be the worst meal of the week but so far the week is pretty crappy for all the work I've put into it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acssss Dec 11, 2013 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ohoho no melpy!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wonton - ugh - I tried that once and never tried it again, but with ravioli, I had the same problem and then Husband bought me a roller/cutter (as opposed to just a cutter). So I am able to cut 6 rows at the same time (then I cover what I am not filling). Just a suggestion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gini Dec 11, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We need to get you a cocktail/beer/glass of wine, stat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. tiffeecanoe Dec 11, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good ol' spaghetti and meatballs here. My hard to impress stepfather insisted I could sell my meatballs! I confess this batch IS delicious, unfortunately they vary each time I make them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 11, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lol - I cook without recipes 99% of the time. So each time I make something that comes out great, husband says "Love this - make it again... oh, wait I bet you don't remember how you made these"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I cooked a pork rib end loin roast in the oven today that was marinated in soy, ginger, sambal, sesame oil, brown sugar and ponzu sauce. It is resting and i will break out the meat slicer and slice it wafer thin. I am going to grill some pinealpple rings and make a pile of meat, a grilled pineapple ring and a thick slice of provolone and pop them in the oven to heat through and melt the cheese. I am piling them on Martin's sesame rolls slatered with sambal oelek mayo. To go on the side I am digging out potstickers from the freezer and warming them up in chicken broth flavored with ginger, garlic and scallion. A mock wonton of sorts. Either that or a broccoli, red pepper, tomato and cucumber salad with a honey ginger dressing. I want either one so i will let James do the picking. I just know I had a hankering for a teriyaki sandwich and this will hopefully fit the bill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      James went for the broccoli salad but opted for Ken's lite caesar dressing on his. He is not a huge ginger fan, unlike me. I even like to sip on chicken broth steeped with ginger for a warm winter drink instead of cocoa.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 11, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I pour up mugs of broth all the time. I should try grating in some ginger, sounds nice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's very soothing. And of course, tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MAH Dec 11, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parmesan crusted turkey tenderloin for the toddler who has decided she's not loving fish right now (used to adore it). Also for us, salmon en croute with a filling of sautéed leeks, tuscan kale and Boursin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 11, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The salmon filling sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. linguafood Dec 11, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wasn't really feeling like leftover soup or leftover chicken breast (not cooked yet, no sides to speak of around.... blah), so I convinced my sweetie to hold back at his work dinner so we can go out together afterwards and share some Cantonese duck and maybe some ginger spinach at our local cocktail haunt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, there might be a cocktail or two as well. It's Wednesday after all :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. weezieduzzit Dec 11, 2013 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I picked about a dozen medium sized green bell peppers before pulling the plants pre-frost a few nights ago. I had vac sealed about a half pound of previous unused stuffed pepper filling and will use that to start another batch of pepper filling for tonight- adding more onions, more meat, more cheese, etc. until there is enough. I might stuff some portobellos while I'm at it. It should be enough for dinner, lunch tomorrow and a couple of servings to freeze for future "emergency lunches." Emergency lunches= for when whatever we had for dinner wasn't enough for lunch to take to work with him the next day. Having a stash in the freezer has been working out well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gini Dec 11, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sorry, did you say it *just* frosted where you live a couple of days ago?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am sitting in front of a space heater, with the heat on in my house, and covered entire in fleece (including slippers!). I'm having a sort of quiet jealousy all of a sudden.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit Dec 11, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's supposed to be back up to 80 on Monday. One of the many reasons I live in Southern California.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And we haven't even had a frost and only one cold snap that lasted two days. The nights fell into the painful fourties. Thus the reason I live in Florida. I totally get you weezie. I have a pepper on one of the plants my man didn't pull when he was planting this round of tomatoes, which are weeks away from picking. I love being able to plant at the oddest times of year because it is so warm here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit Dec 11, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've lived in the snow, twice. It took being away for me to see exactly how important it is to my quality of life to almost always have sunshine and garden fresh produce. One of my cherry tomato plants is desperately trying to ripen the huge clusters of them... I'm hoping the warm weekend will do the trick. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 11, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I remember the first time I visited snow(never lived in it, to thin skinned) we brought beer and wine to embibe with my in laws. They put it on the porch instead of the fridge. Huh? Perfectly cold and satisfying all night and no fridge space taken up. But live in it? I havent got the constitution for it. I am a wuss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. roxlet Dec 11, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The husband was supposed to be home late, and since the son has an 8PM training match, I decided to pick up a Costco roast chicken today when I was there so that we could have a very early dinner. The husband came home under the weather, but we went ahead and had our early dinner anyway. With the chicken I served roasted asparagus with a little parm sprinkled over it at the end, and my son also had the remainder of yesterday's Pasta Fagioli as his other side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 11, 2013 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Those store-roasted chickens are lifesavers. And I hope rgbh20 is feeling better soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit Dec 11, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At least you're all set up to make chicken soup for the under -the-weather husband now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. LindaWhit Dec 11, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm COOKING!!! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Two chicken thighs were liberally seasoned with salt and pepper and seared in a hot pan in some butter on both sides. Removed to a small baking dish, added about 1/3 cup of chopped onions, 1 tsp. of minced garlic, and 2 tsp. of grated fresh ginger. Sauteed that for a couple of minutes, then added 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of dry sherry. Reduced that all, and poured it over the chicken thighs. Into a 375°F oven for 20-25 minutes or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sides are easy-peasy - basmati rice, and since I didn't have much else but carrots (which I've had enough of for a bit) and frozen chopped kale (but didn't want to sauté), some frozen green peas. Well, they're cooked, of course. I didn't eat 'em frozen. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh - and there's some wine. I've been careful since last Friday, so just trying some out now, but I think the tum-tum is back in order.

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