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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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                                                      1. 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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                                                        1. 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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                                                          1. re: rjbh20

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

                                                            1. re: rjbh20

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

                                                              1. re: rjbh20

                                                                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!

                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                  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.

                                                              2. 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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                                                                1. re: nlgardener

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

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

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

                                                                    1. 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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                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

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

                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                          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.

                                                                        2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                          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:)

                                                                          1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                            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.)

                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

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

                                                                              1. re: gingershelley

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

                                                                              2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                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:)

                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                  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.

                                                                              3. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                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

                                                                                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:)

                                                                              5. 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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                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                    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!

                                                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                        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?

                                                                                        1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                        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. 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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                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

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

                                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

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

                                                                                            2. re: rabaja

                                                                                              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 :)

                                                                                            3. re: juliejulez

                                                                                              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?

                                                                                              1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                              2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                    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. 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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                                                                                                1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

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

                                                                                                            2. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                              1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                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 :-)

                                                                                                                1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                            3. Busting out at British classic tonight, spag bol.

                                                                                                              1. 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!

                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                      1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                              Ditto what Suzi wrote.

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                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. :-)

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                      Take it easy, LW.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                            Why have you given up on sourdough?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                                                                              1. re: gini

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                  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!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gini

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

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: gini

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                        They're technically fritters. I recommend them heartily.

                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JerryMe

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

                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rjbh20

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

                                                                                                                                                            I haven't tried yet...

                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, love the sound of that rice!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                        :::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.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

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

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                          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."

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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 :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: StripedSpatula

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Paprikaboy

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So much poaching! How did it turn out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks lovely. Especially the nice warm greens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Totally agree.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: janetofreno

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: janetofreno

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How did the Brit become a cowboys fan?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bblonde

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And he was pre-med, remember...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rjbh20

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cherylptw

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vent away, bblonde - it all sounds very stressful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: bblonde

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vent away. Cheaper than a therapist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sedimental

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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 ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry that your tummy is being tempermental again. Yuk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Njchicaa

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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 '-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes one needs to travel for the better shit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, sounds like a soup designed to cure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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 '-)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...