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

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?

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  1. 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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    1. re: LindaWhit

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

      1. re: LindaWhit

        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.

        1. re: foodieX2

          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.

        2. re: LindaWhit

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

          1. re: PHREDDY

            Yeah.

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

          2. re: LindaWhit

            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.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              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.

            2. re: LindaWhit

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

              1. re: LindaWhit

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

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  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

                  1. re: LindaWhit

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

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        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.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

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

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            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. 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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                            1. re: steve h.

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

                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                Hi PHREDDY,

                                I'm climbing a wall of worry.

                                1. re: steve h.

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

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

                                  1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                        1. re: steve h.

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

                                          1. re: LindaWhit

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

                              2. re: steve h.

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

                              3. 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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                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                    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 :)

                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

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

                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                        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.

                                        1. re: gingershelley

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

                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                            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.

                                            1. re: grayelf

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

                                      3. 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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                                          1. re: foodieX2

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

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              Wow, just shared that with my boy. Awesome!

                                                1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                  1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                  2. re: foodieX2

                                                    What a great kid and a lovely thing to do.

                                                    1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                    2. 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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