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What's for Dinner #261 - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Edition [through 12/18/2013]

roxlet Dec 11, 2013 06:26 PM

Here in the northeast, we had the most fabulous snow day yesterday -- the kids got the day off, and the snow was just enough to beautifully frost the boughs and branches of the trees, but not enough to disrupt anything. Now, that's my kind of snowstorm!

We are promised worse for this weekend -- and bitingly frigid temperatures -- so it's time to bring out all the warmingly delicious seasonal foods you can think of!

What will be on your table as we get ever-nearer to Christmas?

  1. weezieduzzit Dec 18, 2013 05:43 PM

    A pan of green chile turkey enchiladas has been pulled from the freezer for tonight's easy dinner since the avocados on the counter are ripe. Some extra roasted green chiles for the top, cheese will be added 20 minutes or so before pulling them out of the oven. I'm undecided about the veggie sides- there are lots of choices. We'll see what speaks to me.

    1. roxlet Dec 18, 2013 05:18 PM

      Let's continue here:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928366

      1. juliejulez Dec 18, 2013 05:15 PM

        Today was kind of a crap day, so while I'd love to just order a pizza, I have an almost 10oz sirloin steak defrosted, so I'm going to make a Giada recipe that I used to make way back when i first started cooking, Penne with Beef and Arugula (spinach).

        Steak is seasoned w/ herbes de provence and then cooked in a skillet, then thinly sliced and added in with penne pasta and, in my case, baby spinach. Dressing is made from balsamic, dijon, salt, pepper, basil and parsley.

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          juliejulez Dec 18, 2013 06:55 PM

          Hmm forgot how good the recipe is, and so easy. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

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          suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 04:12 PM

          Although I think I could be very happy inhaling MC's tortilla, I have to eat what I have here tonight. I got a ham steak, a chicken breast half cut in half and a pork loin roast. I gave the man his choice of the ham, a Greek flavor pork loin with oregano, lemon, olive oil, badia, garlic, salt and pepper or chicken picatta. He picked picatta. I'll start the pork tonight to get all nice and marinated for dinner tomorrow. The chicken picatta will get a side of jasmine rice to soak up that lovely sauce and spinach sauted with garlic in bacon fat. Chicago hard rolls with butter also. I had a need for something bready and two small rolls will keep me from eating a loaf of bread with a stick of butter. :-) No one needs to see that.

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            mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 04:44 PM

            nice to have such great choices! lucky man.

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              suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 04:52 PM

              Yes he is! Jk :-) Thanks

          2. steve h. Dec 18, 2013 03:39 PM

            Spaghetti and meatballs are up tonight.

            Deb pulled the meatballs from the freezer (house-ground meat) and is working on her signature sauce. We'll wash things down with the house red. Top Chef will be on the plasma later tonight. Looking forward to LW's recap.

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              steve h. Dec 18, 2013 05:58 PM

              The modest dish:

               
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                MamasCooking Dec 18, 2013 06:34 PM

                Spaghetti and meatballs is one thing my family agrees on....everybody loves it!

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                  roxlet Dec 19, 2013 05:58 AM

                  Yum. Comfort food.

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                acssss Dec 18, 2013 02:13 PM

                I was so in the mood for onion soup because of rjbh20's pics, but I don't have enough onions so that will have to wait for shopping day on Friday :-)

                So... instead I made some naan (regular, onion and garlic) and I stuffed some of the regular with pepperoni before they baked - so those will be served like sandwiches alongside the remaining naan which will be served with a spicy Dal Fry.

                1. eight_inch_pestle Dec 18, 2013 11:45 AM

                  Chicken pot pie with roasted fall veggies---delicata, turnips, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms. Blasted a few chicken thighs under the broiler to brown them, then chopped them up and briefly poached the meat for a simple stock. Double crust with a simple lard-based pie crust, lots of fresh tarragon and black pepper in a butter, stock, milk, flour sauce. Baked in a little 9x7 Mexican dish. Somehow I'd never made chicken pot pie before (although I have done beef stew pies), but this turned out well and really hit the spot.

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                    mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 12:19 PM

                    wow, that sounds really, really good... I love the idea of the turnips in there.... great info on the chicken prep too. imma try this!

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                      eight_inch_pestle Dec 18, 2013 02:29 PM

                      Thanks, Maria. The turnips were really nice. And, yeah, I've found a brief poach of chicken chunks produces a simple, clean-flavored stock in a jiffy. Personally, I don't always want an intense or complex stock, and it sure beats paying for a cardboard box of the stuff. Browned first they take five minutes tops, raw six or seven. Of course, if you use bone-in meat you can toss the meaty bones back in with some veggie scraps for awhile longer.

                      Let me know how it turns out!

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                        mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 03:31 PM

                        will do!

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                      suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 03:44 PM

                      I am dying for pot pie. I was just talking about it with my client today. Enjoy that wonderful sounding pie.

                    3. linguafood Dec 18, 2013 08:31 AM

                      We're off to Philly until Saturday -- a late dinner after my man's workshop tonight at one of the city's favorites:

                      http://www.zahavrestaurant.com/menus/...

                      Watch out, sweetbreads, duck hearts and lamb tongue! I'm coming for ya.

                      I'll probably do a write-up of our various indulgences on the Philly board.

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                        Harters Dec 18, 2013 09:06 AM

                        Is that a particularly posh place, lingua?

                        Prices seem high by UK standards for Middle Eastern food.

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                          linguafood Dec 18, 2013 11:24 AM

                          Posh? I don't think so, though I haven't been there.

                          It's not a falafel or shawarma place, but a 'real' resto... I think the prices are actually fairly moderate.

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                            mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 12:19 PM

                            I would agree - they look on par with our middle eastern sit-down restaurants.

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                              Harters Dec 19, 2013 02:42 AM

                              Was just comparing the houmous price of $8 (presumably plus tax and tip). Our local "real resto" is £4 - or about $6.50 (plus tip, but tax at 20% included).

                              All sounds lovely though - have a great time.

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                              acssss Dec 18, 2013 02:14 PM

                              :-)

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                              acssss Dec 18, 2013 09:29 AM

                              Wow Lingua - enjoy - it looks absolutely incredible - I gotta get myself to Philly one of these days!

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                                mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 11:12 AM

                                looks amazing!
                                have so much fun....

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                                  roxlet Dec 18, 2013 12:28 PM

                                  Have a great time, and happy anniversary!

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                                    suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 03:41 PM

                                    Have a great time tonight and in Philly. What a treat

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                                      steve h. Dec 18, 2013 03:41 PM

                                      Sweetbreads, duck hearts, lamb tongue!

                                      That's right in my wheelhouse. Sounds great.

                                    2. mariacarmen Dec 17, 2013 11:39 PM

                                      Went to happy hour with ex-co-workers, and, as a tribute (or a curse) to our collective ages, i was home by 9:30, only slightly buzzed (as far as i know), still hungry, and not broke. WTF?

                                      first thing when i came home, i thought, what is the BF going to eat when he gets home late from work? hmmmm... tortilla de papa with pimenton and bacon! i made an aioli for it, too, with sherry vinegar and more pimenton - and no i did not make my own mayo because i have resigned myself to being the one woman on the planet who cannot consistently emulsify.

                                      also, i found at our local stupidmarket Red Fox cheese - "Leicester with a cunningly unexpected crunch" - British, from Belton Farms - were people talking about this here? was it Harters? anyway, i'm SO in love with this new-to-me cheese and have been snacking on it with a nice Zin.

                                      but the BF needs to hurry and get home because i'm still dying to cut into the tortilla.

                                       
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                                        linguafood Dec 18, 2013 07:46 AM

                                        I think TJ's sells this cheese, and yes, it is quite popular with the TJ crowd -- not sure I've had it.

                                        And dayang, one of these days I need to make a tortilla!

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                                          Berheenia Dec 18, 2013 08:42 AM

                                          I loved the TJ's Red Leicester so I went to the local pricey cheesemonger for a tiny piece and was shocked at the cost and disappointed by the quality. TJ's was much creamier and had a better bite.

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                                            mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 11:14 AM

                                            i'll have to try TJ's. I don't remember what this one cost, but as it was from the stupidmarket, i'm pretty sure it was less than our local cheesemonger.

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                                              Berheenia Dec 18, 2013 12:57 PM

                                              It may be gone- it was cheese of the month. :|

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                                                mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                oh well. i'm happy with the Red Fox.

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                                                Berheenia Dec 18, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                Not quite 4PM and the sun is going down fast. Looks like WFD is a chicken pot pie. Bargain baby chicken simmering with some aromatics and the final mixture will be put in a souffle dish and covered with a ready made crust. I may put making my own crust on my 2014 to do list but Mr. Berheenia likes the Pillsbury pre-rolled refrigerator crusts and they are so easy.

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                                            Harters Dec 18, 2013 08:26 AM

                                            Red Fox was mentioned on another thread somewhere.

                                            Truth be told, it isnt the best of the Red Leicesters - look out for Sparkenhoe on your side of the pond. I'm not convinced by the "unexpected crunch". It'll be unexpected because you wouldnt expect a Leicester to have a crunch - it's one of the smoothest of our regional cheeses. The crunch comes during the maturing process - Leicester is usually only matured for a few weeks but the Fox is about 18 months I think.

                                            Belton Farm is in Shropshire, which is the county to the south west of mine. They make a range of regional cheeses which, with the exception of Shropshire Blue, have no connection with their own region. Products are readily available in the supermarket - although mine doesnt stock Red Fox but it does stock their more mainline Red Leicester which is pretty good.

                                            Damn fine looking tortilla, if I may say so, mc.

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                                              mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 11:10 AM

                                              gracias, Sr. Harters, and for all the good info. I do love that crunch. I'll keep an eye out for the Sparkenhoe.

                                              http://www.redfoxcheese.co.uk/about-r...

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                                              steve h. Dec 18, 2013 05:01 PM

                                              It's not the age, it's the milage.

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                                                suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                Oh no you didnt! Dead man walking. :-)

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                                                  mariacarmen Dec 18, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                  wait, what? I don't get it....

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                                                    suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                    You don't have alot of miles on you tires.

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                                                      steve h. Dec 18, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                      She sure does. And that's a compliment.

                                                      Travel broadens.

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                                                        suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                        Ohhhhh(lightbulb goes off) gotcha.

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                                                          steve h. Dec 18, 2013 06:23 PM

                                                          Shouldn't the lightbulb go on?

                                                          just sayin' .... ;-)

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                                                            suzigirl Dec 18, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                            Nah. I'm a dim bulb. Obviously by the comments I make. ;-)

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                                                          mariacarmen Dec 19, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                          Did you just call me fat?

                                                          Hah - just kidding steve. I knew what you meant.

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                                                            steve h. Dec 19, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                            Fishing for another compliment?

                                              2. weezieduzzit Dec 17, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                Shrimp stirfry with tons of veggies, ginger, lemongrass, black bean garlic sauce and some San-J tamari ginger dressing as a cheater sauce on this warm night, Zuni chicken bones have been simmering away into stock all day in preparation for Thursday's reminder that it is, in fact, almost winter.

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                                                  acssss Dec 18, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                  yum!

                                                2. MamasCooking Dec 17, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                  It was a bright and sunny 65 degrees this afternoon so I went grocery shopping. I think dinner will be left over vegetable soup saltines and red seedless grapes after dinner. I bought some gorgeous yams and a beautiful acorn squash that should result in something delicious this week:)

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                                                    acssss Dec 18, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                    Your weather (maybe not THAT warm) is headed our way for the weekend - and it's probably going to melt a good portion of the snow around here - boo hoo!
                                                    Your vegetable soup, however, with grapes sounds delicious!... and squash / yams are some of my favorite things. Enjoy

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                                                    rjbh20 Dec 17, 2013 05:21 PM

                                                    Snow, ice and slop outside, following a long squash tournament weekend. Perfect for some bistro favorites -- frisée salade aux lardons followed by soupe a l'oignon gratinee. Some really rich beef stock out of the freezer made the latter a particularly good iteration.

                                                     
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                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 18, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                      very nice. yum.

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                                                        acssss Dec 18, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                        oohh rjbh20! Once again - you've made me drool!
                                                        Love onion soup - in fact, I think you've inspired me and I know what is for dinner tonight!

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                                                          rjbh20 Dec 18, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                          Thank you. It came out very well. The key is long slow caramelizing of lots of onions -- an entire potful.

                                                      2. steve h. Dec 17, 2013 05:13 PM

                                                        Leftovers tonight.

                                                        I reprised a meal from several nights ago: beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes and carrots. I brought the beef to a little above room temperature and sliced it thin. It was quality stuff so the technique worked. The carrots and mash were tasty. We washed the meal down with the house red. Junior's Cheesecake will be standing by if necessary.

                                                        NCIS on the plasma (Deb insists).

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                                                          LindaWhit Dec 17, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                          Deb's insistence was warranted. It was a brilliant episode, IMO. :-)

                                                        2. gini Dec 17, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                          We're getting snow here! It's so beautiful. The dog really enjoyed her frolic through it this evening.

                                                          I needed to put something quick together for a solo meal. I ended up with a beautiful beef sausage and a side of simple green salad with a little gruyere, kalamata, and sun dried tomato. A pretty dijon mustard along side and there's dinner!

                                                           
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                                                            acssss Dec 18, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                            Beautiful meal gini - and I can't blame your dog - I like to frolic through the snow myself :-)

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                                                            suzigirl Dec 17, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                            I made chicken broth with the rotisserie bones today and poached a chicken breast in there to shred for a cheesy chicken and broccoli noodle bake. I am making a cheese sauce in part with cheddar and part Alouette garlic and herb cheese. I have shredded poached chicken, frozen broccoli florettes, cooked egg noodles and the cheese sauce being combined and covered in buttered panko crumbs, grated parm and garlic powder. I'd love to say a big ass salad for a side but that isn't happening. Damn lettuce. Wedges of tomatoes and red peppers will be dressed in a sunny Paris and Italian dressing seasoning for a vinaigrette. Vinegar to be decided. Probably red wine or champagne, maybe plain old apple cider or balsamic. I obviously can't decide.

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                                                              linguafood Dec 18, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                              I've said it before... a big ass salad is always welcome. Even a tiny ass one.

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                                                                acssss Dec 18, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                I second that!

                                                            2. LindaWhit Dec 17, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                              Easy-peasy dinner after a not-really-fun ride home in the snowstorm. BJ's Mandarin Orange chicken. The sauce was augmented with hoisin sauce and orange juice.

                                                              Rice. Peas. Chicken and sauce.

                                                              And wine. BOOM!!! Dinner is served.

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                                                                foodieX2 Dec 17, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                And the snow is coming down!! My 15 min commute took over an hour. I swear the idiots come out with snow.

                                                                Dinner tonight is the rest of the sauce I made, grilled italian sausage, some sautéed broccoli rabe and garlic bread. Just what the snow miser ordered!

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                                                                  suzigirl Dec 17, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                  That sounds like it will warm your bones.

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                                                                    steve h. Dec 17, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                    On the whole, people in New England, where I live, do a decent job of driving in the snow. Louisiana, on the other hand, is a whole different experience.

                                                                    Years ago, I was working for my uncle outside of the Crescent City. For whatever reason, the snows came one night and chaos ensued: folk would nail the accelerator when they wanted to go and stand on the brakes when they wanted to stop. They didn't have a clue. Still, it was interesting and the tall tales at the bar were priceless.

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                                                                      foodieX2 Dec 17, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                      You know, I think it's the plethora of SUV's out there. I think it gives many people a fake sense of confidence. They are the ones who make the drive so treacherous as they appear to take unnecessary risks.

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                                                                        steve h. Dec 17, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                        SUVs are a menace.

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                                                                          juliejulez Dec 17, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                          Hey now, I drive an SUV! But I drive carefully, give myself plenty of room etc. It has a little display where I can see when the AWD is being used, and it only engages when going up a hill, so it's not much different than driving a FWD car. I do feel a heck of a lot safer in it than I did driving an Accord coupe last year though!

                                                                          I will say, at least here in CO, there's some people that drive wayyy too slow in the snow, and sometimes they can cause accidents by driving that way too, especially when they do it in the left lane.

                                                                          In my opinion, the worst drivers are those in Priuses and minivans.

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                                                                            steve h. Dec 17, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                            Amen to that.

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                                                                              linguafood Dec 18, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                              Uh, thanks. I drive a Prius, and would be more than happy to do a drive-off with you any time.

                                                                              It is totally fucking useless in snow, however. That's when I miss our old Subaru Outback's 4WD.

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                                                                                juliejulez Dec 18, 2013 05:07 PM

                                                                                Ha.... I've just found most Prius drivers to be bad... driving really slow in the left lane, making lane changes without paying attention, yakking on cell phones, etc. I did test drive one once, which helped me understand the lane change thing... the blind spots in that thing are horrible!

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                                                                                  linguafood Dec 18, 2013 10:46 PM

                                                                                  The blind spots do take a while to get used to. But I've seen just as many SUV drivers yakking on cell phones or riding my fucking ass on the highway when I am already 10-15 miles over the speed limit. That's when I usually tap my breaks ever so gently.

                                                                                  Shitty drivers come in all brands '-D

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                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 17, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                            Several SUVs going down the fast lane tonight as if it were a completely dry road. While I was in the slow lane, I saw several fishtail as they had to abruptly slow down because of traffic that was ALL going 25mph.

                                                                            Morons.

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                                                                        acssss Dec 17, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                        Did I say I like this time of year? I like this time of year. I really do. Outside, everything is crisp and white - inside everything is glowing and warm. We have a small forest behind our house and you can see the neighbors lights far away in the background - between snow covered trees, the ground is covered in a thick layer of snow - and it is very calming. Jazz, wine, white horizon - I am happy!

                                                                        Went shopping today and everyone is smiling, hugging, music in the background. Lovely!

                                                                        Dinner tonight (again) will be cubed schnitzels with chopped pineapple (I have so much left over), crushed almonds, ginger, garlic, onions, in a broth/soy/sesame oil sauce served over rice - we had this last week and it was such a success that it was requested again - this time boys are here to enjoy it as well :-)

                                                                        Great evening one and all!

                                                                        1. rabaja Dec 17, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                          Tonight it's baked pork chops, no idea of the sides.
                                                                          We are at my in-laws in New Hampshire and I'm not really allowed in the kitchen, save for clean-up.
                                                                          It's snowing and delightful. The six month old was a trooper during plane travel and we finally plunked a bottle of wine down on the table at dinner last night. No one said a word and I think we've broken new ground here!
                                                                          Looking forward to more of my mother-in-laws cooking and some east coast oysters this week!

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                                                                            steve h. Dec 17, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                            Umm... oysters.

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                                                                            ludmilasdaughter Dec 17, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                            Well my fellow chowhounds, I haven't been on the boards in about a week. My father passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 8th. I'm kind of numb about the whole thing because frankly I've been too busy to mourn. There's just so much to do and being an only child doesn't help. There's no easy checklist. Plus my husband is stuck in Iraq until Friday.

                                                                            So there hasn't been much cooking going on at my house. A lot of leftovers. I have a wonderful support group of friends that would bring me food, but I'm surprised none of them have offered.

                                                                            Last night I made one of my favorite comfort foods. TJ's creamy tomato soup, and a veggie burger atop a toasted English muffin, with American cheese a a bit red onion. The burger was dipped into a ketchup/siracha mix.

                                                                            We have our office holiday happy hour today, so I'll probably just grab some nibbles there. I'll stop by my local watering hole on the way home if I'm still hungry.

                                                                            I'm looking forward to distracting myself by reading all of your wonderful posts and can't wait to get back in the cooking groove. I'm sure it'll help when my hubby gets home.

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                                                                              suzigirl Dec 17, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                              I am so soory that your father passed so close to the holidays. Such a sad time to lose a family member. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time

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                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 17, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                I am so sorry for your loss and offer my deepest condolences. I, too, just lost a very dear family member, my grandmother who was probably my closest family member. I'm also an only child and come from a very small family and all of this has been quite unexpected and very challenging. I feel numb and find just getting around to be quite challenging. I don't have the strength yet to go home to my family so I'm here at home by myself and much of the day is a blur.

                                                                                I also haven't been cooking much - eggs, soup, and nibbles of any and all chocolate and cheese. My appetite is unusual and all I seem to want are foods my granny used to make so I've been cleaning out the freezer of food she made a few days ago and then made a large pot of bean soup. Tonight will be roast chicken and roasted potatoes. It's easy and will last me a few meals. I'm sorry to hear that your haven't been able to enjoy some food cooked by others. I was fortunate that a good friend called and asked what I needed and all I requested was a fresh chicken, potatoes and mire poix. As difficult as I know it is, I hope that you are able to find some comfort until your husband gets back. My SO is also away and can't get back until Thursday. It seems our lives are following the same story for the moment.

                                                                                You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I offer my sincerest respects to your father, may he rest in peace.

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                                                                                  Harters Dec 17, 2013 02:10 PM

                                                                                  Condolences.

                                                                                  A particularly poignant time for this to happen

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                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 17, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                  My heartfelt condolences. I hope you have some friends around who can support you and that you husband comes home soon.

                                                                                  RIP to your dad.

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                                                                                    Berheenia Dec 17, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                    How sad for you. I had a lot of trouble letting go when my father died- it is painful to lose a parent and having no warning is such a kick in the stomach. Hope your husband gets home quickly. God bless.

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                                                                                      steve h. Dec 17, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                      Sorry for your loss. Be strong.

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                                                                                        gini Dec 17, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                        My thoughts are with you (again!)

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                                                                                          boyzoma Dec 17, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                          I'm sending my condolences. What a hard time this must be for you. If I could send you dishes and dishes of comfort food, it would be top priority on my list. At least one thing you wouldn't have to think about. As I told fldhkybnva with her loss, it is so hard to lose a loved one especially this time of year. We are all here and take your time. No pressures. XOXO

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                                                                                            linguafood Dec 17, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                            I am very sorry about your loss.

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                                                                                              juliejulez Dec 17, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                              Sorry to hear. I have been there. You and your family are in my thoughts!

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                                                                                                rabaja Dec 17, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                                So sorry to hear of your loss. As others have mentioned, this must be particularly hard during what is supposed to be a time when loved ones gather.
                                                                                                I hope you can cherish the good times and take it day by day.

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                                                                                                  Cherylptw Dec 17, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                  So very sorry about your father; God bless....

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                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 17, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                                    I'm so sorry, LD. You're in my thoughts.

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                                                                                                      acssss Dec 17, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                      So sorry to hear about your Dad and I hope your husband stays safe! Give him a big hug and thanks from me when he gets home.

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                                                                                                        ludmilasdaughter Dec 17, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                        Thank you, everybody. As they say, people brings food together, and I feel as though by reading what you are all having for dinner, you have become a small family of sorts. I truly appreciate your kind words and look back to mending myself in my kitchen with you.

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                                                                                                          ChristinaMason Dec 18, 2013 05:42 AM

                                                                                                          Hugs.

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                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 17, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                                          Ohh, LD, I'm so sorry to read about your father. I know you can't wait until your husband is home and you can be hugged in person, but until then....{{{gentle virtual hugs to you}}}

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                                                                                                            roxlet Dec 17, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                            So sorry to hear this. So sad.

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                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 17, 2013 11:56 PM

                                                                                                              oh LD, i'm so very sorry to hear this - so sad for you, and that it was sudden. i'm hoping you find some comfort and time to grieve and mourn and take care of yourself. hopefully your friends will rally too; maybe they think they're giving you space...? please don't be afraid to ask for what you need. we are dealing with father issues here as well, my sister and i, tho it's been ongoing, but soon coming to a head, i fear. these things are on my mind a lot lately. i feel for you, and hope you and your dear mother can be great comfort to each other. take care.

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                                                                                                                eight_inch_pestle Dec 18, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                So sorry for your loss.

                                                                                                              2. linguafood Dec 17, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                I had the same issue mc had: the pork chops were a bit on the chewy/dry side -- despite the brine and thickness -- and they were also just a tad bit burnt (perhaps I should've waited to blow my hair dry until *after* I was done cooking them. lesson learned.). Eh, can't win them all.

                                                                                                                As we're heading out tomorrow for a few days in Philly, we're getting together with friends tonight for some cocktails, Cantonese roast duck and other delights.

                                                                                                                Really looking forward to our trip!

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                                                                                                                  acssss Dec 17, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                  Have a great trip! I have an Aunt in Philly - it's one of my favorite cities.

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                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 17, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                    I love it, too. Such good restaurants, and *way* more affordable than NYC -- my first love '-)

                                                                                                                2. ChristinaMason Dec 17, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                  Volunteering tonight. I took a colleague friend out for Szechuan lunch, and we had a ton leftover, so that's WFD. Probably some salad alongside.

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                                                                                                                    linguafood Dec 17, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                    You can say *that* again :-D

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                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 17, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                      weeeeird. oops. editing.

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                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 18, 2013 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                      I added tofu to the leftover "tender beef in Szechuan sauce" and steamed rice -- that counts as cooking, right?!

                                                                                                                      It was really delicious.

                                                                                                                    3. juliejulez Dec 17, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                      Trying to use up the "stuff" in my freezer and fridge since we're going out of town, so tonight I'm using a lone boneless chicken thigh and will rub a spice mixture and a bit of honey on it and grill it on my grill pan. Green beans on the side (I always buy too many!)... and... haven't decided the rest. I'm trying to keep it light because I've 1) gained weight 2) am inundated with sweets every day at the office this time of year. So, it might just be the chicken and green beans by themselves.

                                                                                                                      And I will exercise my willpower to not take spoonfuls of all the cookie dough in my fridge waiting to be baked off later this week.

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                                                                                                                        Cherylptw Dec 17, 2013 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                        I'll also be doing a fridge clean this week as I'll be leaving Monday for two weeks, although DF won't be going so I'll be making him some freezer meals this week to tide him over. I will be doing some cooking at my daughter's while I'm there though.

                                                                                                                        Tonight, he'll be having some of Sunday's chuck roast; sides will be rice pilaf and leftover broccoli. I'm having yesterday's lunch pork BBQ with leftover green beans and a garden salad with sweet roasted pomegranate almond accents and balsamic vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                          MamasCooking Dec 17, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                          Just so you know I usually drool when you post some of the great foods you cook. You have a very lucky daughter who not only has a mom who is a fabulous diverse cook but you are going to cook for her in her home. In the words of Ina Garten *How cool is that*:) Enjoy every moment with your daughter.

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                                                                                                                            Cherylptw Dec 17, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                            Thank you; I appreciate the kind words..my daughter told me a couple days ago she knows she's going to gain weight when I get there and she can't wait for me to cook for her and have it waiting on those days she has to work. I'll spoil her and she knows it:-)

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                                                                                                                          juliejulez Dec 17, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                          Failed miserably at not eating the cookie dough. If I keep this up I am going to have to mix up another batch of the peanut butter blossom dough in order to have enough. Ugh.

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                                                                                                                          Harters Dec 17, 2013 01:18 AM

                                                                                                                          Fish pie

                                                                                                                          The supermarket had a mixed pack of salmon, haddock and smoked coley. It'll be cooked in white, winey sauce. But not so much a proper pie as a fish stew, topped with a piec eof puff pastry separately baked.

                                                                                                                          Alongside - some new potatoes and peas.

                                                                                                                          All very simple.

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                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 17, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                            That sounds tasty. There may be a seafood casserole in my future.

                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen Dec 16, 2013 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                            Well, the pork chops were tasty but they toughened up. i hate that. i pulled them out early, but i guess i didn't take into account that they were boneless, and should have taken them out earlier. but they had good flavor, and i made a little sauce with the pan drippings, a little butter, some apple cider, and a tsp. of molasses. the sauce was good on the polenta rounds, too. and BF made a yummy salad.

                                                                                                                            stomach is doing much better today, after a rocky start. medication helped. also, at lunch a nice girl at the counter of a chinese place recommended i get the chicken porridge (jook, congee) for my upset tummy (i had been considering won ton soup) - and she was so right. it was soothing and delicious - the bits of chicken was light but had a litle gelatinous fat on them, so the dish had a very nice rich feel to it, and the whole thing smelled wonderfully - the rice, the slivered ginger, the scallions - all of it. and super filling. i ate about a third of it and honestly could have (and probably should have!) skipped dinner. that will be my go-to from now on if i have stomach issues.

                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                              acssss Dec 17, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                              Good to hear you are feeling better MC - ginger always helps, but that is so cool that you got good advice from the girl at the counter. How sweet is that?

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                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 17, 2013 11:50 PM

                                                                                                                                thanks! and totally! i'm going to go back and thank her!

                                                                                                                            2. helen_m Dec 16, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                              I decided to challenge myself a bit tonight and made sweet potato gnocchi with sage and balsamic brown butter sauce. Sides were a roasted cauliflower dish with fennel, lemon and chilli (inspired by a dish I ate on my birthday) and endive, raw fennel salad with lemon dressing. The gnocchi was a bit misshapen but really good. Shame it only used up 2 potatoes though, I have a huge veg box back-log. And that made enough for 4 so I have gnocchi dough in the freezer for a rainy (or more likely, snowy) day.

                                                                                                                              For dessert a warmed Heston mince pie dusted with pine needle sugar that I got in a package from my friend in the UK today!

                                                                                                                              1. juliejulez Dec 16, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                                Last night's Szechuan pork and green beans never happened last night. I filled up on cookies and had a hot dog... healthiest meal ever.

                                                                                                                                So, tonight's the pork and green beans.

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                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  I may be overstepping my boundaries, but i hope not. For all of us here at the dinner table we have a friend who has lost a loved one. I hope I am not stepping on her toes when I say that our good friend fldhkybnva lost her beloved grandmother "Mom Mom" yesterday very unexpectedly. She just spent a day last week with her and spoke to her Saturday, and she was gone Sunday. My heart goes out to her in her heartbreaking time and thought that her friends here should know. I love you fieldhawk.

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                                                                                                                                    juliejulez Dec 16, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                                    Sad to hear that, I know she was very close with her grandmother. My thoughts are with you fldhky!

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                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 16, 2013 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                      Very sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with her.

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                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                        Ohhh, I'm so sorry to hear this. Fieldhawk, my heart goes out to you and your family.

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                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit Dec 16, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                          I am so sad to hear this. I know how much you love her and how important she is to you, fldhky. Please speak up if you need anything.

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                                                                                                                                            Cherylptw Dec 16, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                            Please accept my sympathies for the loss of your Grandmother...

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                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 16, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thanks so much, suzigirl and all. I've been following along with all the wonderful posts here, but haven't had much to contribute so will likely be a lurker for a while. I really appreciate all of the support from the wonderful CHOWhounders. The past day has been rough and I'm going to have to dig deep to get through this but I'm trying to focus on the good times with Mom Mom and give myself the time and rest needed to grieve.

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                                                                                                                                                foodieX2 Dec 17, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                I am so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to your memories, they will give you strength. <<hug>>

                                                                                                                                                RIP Mom Mom

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                                                                                                                                                  tcamp Dec 17, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm sorry for your loss. {{ }}

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                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 17, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Sorry to hear of your loss, made especially difficult by the season and the unexpectedness of the event.

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                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 17, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Oh my dear. How sad. You are in our thoughts :(

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                                                                                                                                                        boyzoma Dec 17, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Oh my. My sympathies are with you. Its so very hard at any time of year, but now is such a hard time. We lost my FIL a few days before Christmas several years ago. I so feel your pain. Just take whatever time you need and we will all be here waiting for you with open arms. My best to you and yours through this tough time. Sending warm hugs and wishes to you. XOXO

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                                                                                                                                                          rabaja Dec 17, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                          So sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like she spread a lot of love in her lifetime and you were so lucky to have her.

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                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 17, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                            So sorry to hear that fldhkybnva!

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                                                                                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter Dec 17, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm completely here with you, fieldhawk. So, so, so sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy, but this time of year makes you so much more reflective. Hugs to you.

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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 16, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                              oh no.... that's so very sad. if you communicate with her before we see her again, please let her know we're all thinking of her, and sending her big hugs.

                                                                                                                                                              oh, shoot. sorry, didn't scroll down.

                                                                                                                                                              So sorry to hear field hockey. we know how much she meant to you. it's so hard to lose anyone who has been with us from day one. all my best to you. xoxo

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                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 17, 2013 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Our condolences.

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                                                                                                                                                                  gini Dec 17, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  My thoughts are with you.

                                                                                                                                                                2. weezieduzzit Dec 16, 2013 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  It ended up being much too warm for the pot roast I had planned (Sorry Steve..... 83 here today..... still in the mid-70s as the sun sets,) so I took some of the leftover Zuni chicken and turned it into chicken salad with green onions, green apple and pecans. I didn't make the mayo, I should have. Some Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning,too.

                                                                                                                                                                  The man is having whatever they catered at work, some customer appreciation thing. He said he wasn't in the mood for leftovers since he had it for lunch but I'm pretty sure he's staying late because I was talking about cleaning the kitchen ceiling and he's going to avoid being roped into that at all costs.

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                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Dec 16, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Smart man:)!

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                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      This is something I rarely have the opportunity to say but I am jealous... it is currently fifty seven here and was chilly and windy all day. Very unusual. Enjoy the chicken salad and the warmth.

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                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit Dec 16, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Its a strange weather year here, 83 today and tomorrow, 59 and rainy in the forecast for Thursday and then right back in the 70s. Christmas should be 75.

                                                                                                                                                                        Poor guy, he just text me "This food is NOT good." and said he'll have chicken when he gets home. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like florida weather. Ya never know in the winter. Warm? Cold? Wet? Who knows?
                                                                                                                                                                          Poor baby. At least you have a back up plan of chicken for him.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. steve h. Dec 16, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      It's 19 degrees, dark and cold right now. I could do with a little global warming.

                                                                                                                                                                      A fresh batch of veal parm and pesto pasta is on the menu. The house red will be on the counter.

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Veal parm twice in one week? Decadent.

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                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 16, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Comfort food.

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                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 17, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Nothing wrong with that.

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                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Ummm.....steve? Plasma? Anything interesting?

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                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Dec 16, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 16, 2013 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Car stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                              Top Gear (BBC).

                                                                                                                                                                              Crummy weather makes me want to think pleasant thoughts (Monterey, Pebble Beach, etc.).

                                                                                                                                                                              Edited to add: Deb will get her NCIS/Mark Harmon fix come Tuesday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Christmas NCIS tomorrow. Abby in elf clothes. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                          2. MamasCooking Dec 16, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            It is a bright and sunny 62 degrees right now. So I will definitely make a crisp green salad to go with dinner later. I am thinking Florentine stuffed pasta shells. Maybe just spaghetti with marinara and parm.......either way is a win win except for my ever expanding waistline:)

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                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Florentine stuffed pasta shells....mmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                MidwesternerTT Dec 17, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                So jealous of your warmer weather - we have bright and sunny 26 degrees here. Florentine stuffed pasta shells sound just right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I really enjoyed my night off last night and I got cancelled on today because my client was sick. Thank god. I don't want to get sick and it is hard to avoid when you are touching everything they own. Anyway, I treated myself to a pedicure for the holiday season and got red nails with snowflakes and silver star sequins. So sweet. Tonight is a pork tenderloin that I rubbed with badia, fresh rosemary, garlic, cracked peppercorns and sunny Paris. It will be seared on the stove and finished in a hot oven. I have an extra hamburger from last night and bacon from Sunday so the logical side is baked beans with the meat diced up in them and extra sauce from some ketchup, mustard, molasses and mustard bbq sauce. Sweet potato salad to mix it up a bit. This is a first for me and i have to say I like it. I only like sweet potatoes savory so this was a way to take it in that direction.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  acssss Dec 17, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  ...yes, but are you walking around barefoot to show off your pretty toes in the freezing weather?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 17, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I live in Florida. It is always flip flop/sandal season. :-) so my pretty toes are out.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Cherylptw Dec 16, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  We left home early this morning for a 6 hour+ round trip to Raleigh to renew the tags for DF's big rig and stopped to a bbq joint for lunch. We both had the combo plate of chopped pork Q and fried chicken: I had stewed potatoes and collards, he had baked beans & slaw. Plates came with corn sticks and had enough food to bring home leftovers. So, that's what we'll eat if we get hungry later.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. roxlet Dec 16, 2013 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    One more match tonight, and then we're in the right place to go out to celebrate: it's official -- Yale class of 2018!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen Dec 16, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow - Amazing!!! Congrats, Rox!! What a spectacular young man you have there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 16, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                        I know a few good pizza places in town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          PHREDDY Dec 16, 2013 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Be proud!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 16, 2013 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow. Yale. You must be so proud. That is fantastic news.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 16, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Way. To. Go. Pierson!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Dec 16, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Congrats. But.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Does that mean he has to sing the Wiffenpoof song?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Dec 17, 2013 01:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Congrats also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had to Google Whiffenpoof. The "poof" bit is a specific term of abuse in the UK and I thought "Nah, can't be the same can it?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 17, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha. No. I think the Wiffenpoofs (founded in 1906, I believe) predate the use of the term...though I could be wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 17, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope so -- he is a singer, as is my husband, who sang the Wiffenpoof song to him when he was just a few hours old.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia Dec 17, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Baa baa baa

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 17, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 16, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congrats! You must all be thrilled- far enough for him to have some independence but close enough to have Mom and Dad when you need them. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Woo hoo! Congrats to your son, roxlet and rjbh20! You both must be very proud. He can be a Whiffenpoof! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ETA: Didn't see Berheenia's Whiffenpoof comment before I wrote mine. :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Dec 16, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Woot!!! A Yalie. Nicely done on all your parts!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          acssss Dec 17, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Congrats to you, GREAT choice and Good Luck to your son!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tell him to take a class with Professor Bloom (doesn't have to be a major) - One of the best!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet Dec 17, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll let him know!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. PHREDDY Dec 16, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Freakin' cold here...lasagna with zucchini, onions, leaks, Italian sausage and all of the other suspects in the oven, some semolina garlic bread along side, with no wine because of a recent cold and stomach virus last night :-{{

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Berheenia Dec 16, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back from Boston having raced out there ahead of the snow on Saturday. The whole town was an icy mess but there was wine, friends, Christmas party at the local, all kinds of eating out - burgers and breakfast at the greasy spoon, pub fish and chips, Irish breakfast after church, oysters and scallops at the Island Creek Oyster bar and lunch at Panera with dear office friends. Home to 6 inches of powdery snow with more coming tomorrow. Souvenirs include 5 pounds of sweet sausage and a couple of squares of lasagna (WFD) from a terrific Italian specialty store and 2 cases of wine from TJ's. Good to be home but damn I miss my sausage lady. Tomorrow the cookie baking begins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trufflebaby Dec 20, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which Italian specialty store did you go to?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. eight_inch_pestle Dec 16, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roasted and peeled and bunch of hazelnuts on Saturday, so of course we ate a lot of hazelnuts on Sunday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Made buckwheat-hazelnut pancakes with buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon for breakfast. Topped with coconut jam and strained yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner was hazelnut-crusted halibut fillets, pan-roasted in garlic butter with a touch of good hard cider and finished with a cider and shallot pan sauce with a mess of fresh dill. Really nice, tho I might add some diced pear or apple next time. Baked potato and simple salad to go with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. melpy Dec 16, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This week in no particular order, mostly because I haven't yet decided:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caesar Salad with shrimp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pizza (undecided about toppings but probably including ricotta because I have leftovers)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Citrus Roast chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pork tonkatsu with napa cabbage salad

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  melpy Dec 18, 2013 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Update:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caesar with Shrip was ok. I forgot to rinse the shrimp in cold water and wilted my salad. Homemade Caesar dressing was great though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Citrus Roast chicken was better than I though it would be. I served it with caramelized turnips which were so easy and delicious and roasted half of acorn squash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently the pork has been eaten already so we will have chicken katsu tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think the pizza will be a 4 cheese pizza with whatever I have floating around with mushroom bourginon on the side. I have two containers of mushrooms I bought for no reason and I have to use up some wine we opened. I hope I can get my husband to eat some.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. linguafood Dec 16, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My man returned from Wegmans with two thick center cut pork chops, which will take a little brine bath this afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They will be pan-seared and served with a brandied mushroom sauce. Side is a salad of spring greens with some avocado, toasted walnuts, orange grape tomatoes & crumbled blue cheese in a simple vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Dec 16, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Upcoming ......a warm salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roast edbutternut squash, thyme, whole almonds, quinoa, feta, parsley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, I'm not convinced about this either. And I picked it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 16, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think it sounds great. Toast those almonds, yeah? And maybe a sherry vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kitchengardengal Dec 15, 2013 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hubby had some oral surgery last week and is still tender, so tonight's dinner was easy-chew food. I made some salmon patties, and sliced up a huge sweet potato into steak fry pieces to roast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sweet potato was from a rogue plant that grew from the compost bin next to one of our raised vegetable beds. I'd tossed a couple of shrunken sweet potatoes that had sat in the kitchen too long, and apparently they weren't ready to give up the ghost. We ended up with a box full of delicious sweet potatoes, some about as big as a nerf football. The one I cut up made three full servings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet Dec 16, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's so cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. gini Dec 15, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm back from Miami (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927946) and rather disappointed at the paltry snow showing in my neighborhood. In 5 days I will be on vacation, which I cannot wait for. Between now and then: dinner at Ribelle with girlfriends (a new hotspot), two office Christmas parties, one of which will be at the Aquarium (hello Penguins!) and a fancy lunch. Will I be cooking at all this week? 'Fraid not. But keep all those gorgeous dishes coming so I can continue to be crazy jealous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Cherylptw Dec 15, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went out to the movies last night, and as is our custom, we had dinner out first. I started with crispy spring rolls; DF had clams on the half shell. My entrée was beef & blistered green beans with garlic. DH had spicy chicken in pepper sauce w/rice and fried broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, I braised a large chuck roast w/gravy, onions, baby carrots & potatoes. A side of steamed green peas with butter, s & p went with it. I also baked a dozen fresh homemade dinner rolls. It was a very good meal and there's leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 15, 2013 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Both dinners sound great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. MamasCooking Dec 15, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I sliced four smaller pork *chops* off of the pork roast I used to prepare pork adobo the other evening. I chopped them into squares....salted them and the plan is sweet and sour pork served with mashed potatoes and a green salad with *gasp* bottled herby Italian dressing:) Fresh fruit for after dinner...probably a Fuji apple sprinkled with salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ChristinaMason Dec 15, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm doing a take on the chicken escaldums that Harters posted upthread, except with so many twists, he'll probably hardly recognize it. I cut a chicken into pieces, seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika and dusted with flour, then browned in batches in butter and olive oil. Set aside and softened a diced onion, two bay leaves, and a whole head of unpeeled garlic in the drippings, then deglazed with about 3 oz. brandy and 1 c. chicken broth with a good pinch of crumbled saffron. I had about 12 oz. mixed wild mushrooms in cream that I unearthed from the freezer, so those went in along with some parsley and piment d' espelette, then the chicken. Brought to a simmer, covered, and it's now bubbling away at 330F. When everything is about done I'll add 3/4 c. ground almonds and some baby/fingerling potatoes I'm browning in olive oil now. Smells great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters, please avert your eyes from my bastardized Mallorcan chicken :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason Dec 15, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This was realllly good! mmm. I crisped up the chicken under the broiler.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 15, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it sounds it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. steve h. Dec 15, 2013 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beef tenderloin tonight. Deb likes to sear it in a cast-iron skillet and finish it off in the oven. Sauce is a red wine reduction. Ridiculously rich mashed potatoes (lots of cream, lots of butter) and carrots will be the sides. We'll wash it down with a Barbera d'Alba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've set the dining room table so there will be music.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 15, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lovely meal. Sounds like one of rjbh20's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 15, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    High praise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How did things work out?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 15, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Huge tournament with a 128 draw, so he's now in the round of 16, and we think the last American standing in his draw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 15, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congrats to him!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 15, 2013 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. linguafood Dec 15, 2013 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Man. Reading about everyone's saucy pasta plans, I'm feeling a bit of carb envy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But given last night's indulgence in many, many, many little pieces of pizza (it was sooo good & gone so fast I forgot to take pics), various other snacklets, the extra-special brownies one of our friends brought, not to mention the beer and wine consumption.... I feel like I should be a "good girl" tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Both my man and I *lost* money, so a cheapo evening using up bits & bobs floating around in freezer, fridge & pantry sounds a-ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This means that a 3-cup container of shrimp shells that had been camping out in the freezer is currently simmering away in 5 cups o' water, a splash of fish sauce, soy sauce & rice vinegar to which I may or may not add a package of instant miso soup. A bunch of dried shiitake are currently soaking in hot water & they will be added to the soup later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's also at least 2 cups of soybean sprouts leftover which will be added last. The nice part of the soup will be both shrimp wontons & shrimp balls, one of which had a little flavoring packet in it that I of course tossed in the soup, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And because I have to be just a little bit indulgent, I will add the 2 orphaned nests of Chinese noodles I found in the pantry, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Slurp. Hope it turns out ok.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 15, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seriously, how could that not be good? That sounds so light and delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 15, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Took a play out of LW's playbook and made a big vat of sauce today. I did variation on Marcella's sauce as I had little in the way of produce on hand. I did find a pack of Italian sausage in the freezer so I took them out their casings and browned them up, drained and added to them to the sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alas, I put it away for another day as none of us were hungry as we had to run out to the book store for our son's book club book. Starving we ended up at Legal C Bar for chowder and rolls. Man, the place was EMPTY. About 5 people at the bar and we were one of the 3 tables occupied. Even with the snow, considering the Pats were on TV and it's one of few Saturdays before Christmas you would have thought they would have been a little crowded. Our server of loose lips said it has pretty much been like that the whole season. Meanwhile, we walked by Burtons and it was standing room only at the bar and the dining area was more than half full. I don't think this concept is flying in Hingham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 15, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think Legal C Bar has a perception of a hoity-toity elevated status, whereas Burtons is a good bit more comfortable within - a place for all collar colors - even with the dark wood and top shelf liquor atmosphere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodieX2 Dec 16, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While Hingham overall fits the bill I think Legal’s (and for that matter Summer Shack which didn’t last very long is too one dimensional for Derby St. Most people don't want to be locked into seafood or a burger. You can find many more options at Rustic or Burtons. Families tend to flock to Bertucci’s (and that location is terrible!) or fast food like B-Goods and Chipotle. I am wondering what will come next if Legals doesn’t make it…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight’s dinner will be that pasta sauce, looking forward to it. It is COLD today!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good point on the one-dimensional perception of Legal C and Summer Shack. Hadn't thought of that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And I haven't been in Hingham in a very long time. I know there have been a lot of changes in the area, and "hoity-toity" was the wrong choice of words. Your phrasing is much better. My apologies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Dec 16, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't apologize!! Hoity toity fits the bill of a lot of people around here, LOL. We have a saying "O.I.H."-Only In Hingham. However since moving to Norwell I can easily say "O.I.N." too. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Berheenia Dec 17, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I thought it was 'only in Brookline' but we moved too. I liked Burton's when there was one in Fenway because they took reservations when there was a Sox game and we could always get drinks and burgers pre-game and get out for 50 bucks.. The last time I was at Legal with a $50 gift certificate we were lucky to get a beer and a cup of chowder- it was very pricey.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 15, 2013 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love when the cooking is taken out of my hands. Tonight my man wanted hamburgers. I am down with that. Lettuce, tomato, american cheese, pickles, mustard, ketchup and A1. Tater tots for the side since i had fries earlier today. Either that or some salt and vinegar chips. And something featuring vodka. Maybe a screwdriver or a bloody Mary. I am off duty tonight and my job starts at eleven tomorrow so I am embibing tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gini Dec 16, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I want tater tots! I need to remember them more often.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. boyzoma Dec 15, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Today is the Christmas Spaghetti Sauce day. We've got the big 28 quart pot on the stove and the layers are building. I chopped all the red/green/orange/yellow peppers and onions this morning. The italian sausage and hamburger are browning in batches right now at the hand of DH. The smells are fantastic. Tomato sauces, italian stewed tomatoes, olives and fresh sliced mushrooms are also added along with garlic and other spices. So guess what we are having for dinner tonight? Tomorrow evening we will be dividing it all up and putting in vacuum sealed bags ready to deliver to our kids for Christmas. A full day of a labor of love.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 15, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh my, what a great tradition!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. juliejulez Dec 15, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No real cooking the past few days... Friday night we made our bi-monthly trip to Costco to buy a few items, and came home with a... kegerator. Not sure how that happened. It's already been determined that the first (pony) keg will be Molson. Won't do it til after the holidays though since we leave for a week, in a week. We stopped on the way home for cheeseburgers at a local fast casual burger chain, I had a BOGO coupon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yesterday I made a quick pepperoni pizza for lunch with store-bought dough and sauce. Had a hockey game (Avalanche vs Wild, we lost in a shootout :( ) in the evening, and stopped on the way home for green chile steak burritos..... at 11pm. Felt like I was young again for a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today I'm starting my cookie baking, and will make a quick lighter dinner after delivering SO to the airport, of szechuan pork and green beans with rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MamasCooking Dec 15, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Green chile steak burritos sound divine is it similar to chile verde? BTW you are young:) I think you are the same age as my son and believe me he acts very young:)!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez Dec 15, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pretty much like chili verde, only it was more just like a green chile sauce... not too liquidy. And thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 Dec 15, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We woke up to about six inches of the white stuff, which was very pretty. However it started drizzling around 9 and now it a mucky/icy mess. Yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used the last of they honey wheat bread for cinnamon sugar french toast for the men. I had my usual spinach omelet with lots of coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today is "work" day as budgets are due next week and I am way behind. I like Linda's idea of making sauce. I just might have to rummage around and see if I have the makings too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 15, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodie, we're food twins today. I made Eggnog French Toast with nutmeg after I finished shoveling the driveway. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 15, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not much for traditional breakfast foods but I'd pull up to the table for both of those plates!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. roxlet Dec 15, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are in New Haven at he US Open, which is the world's largest junior squash tournament with over 21 states and 24 counties represented. So, no cooking for us, but lots of Greek- infected meals from rjbh20's favorite spot when he was in college here. Cooking will likely resume Monday night, but meanwhile it's fun to have a break from the kitchen!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 15, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Greek-infected? Don't catch any halloumitis or break a tiropita :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. LindaWhit Dec 15, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Got about 8" of snow out there. Storm seems to have ended sooner than they were originally saying. The plow guy has been through several times during the night, but just for the complex's roads; driveway is still snow-covered. I'll finish my cawfee and go downstairs to work on that (although I suspect he'll be around some time later today).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A good day to make some sauce, so some chopped mushrooms, onions, and red bell peppers will be sauteed up, add some ground beef and sweet Italian sausage, and then a large can of crushed tomatoes and a container of "fresh" roasted tomato sauce that I froze this summer from the CSA and a couple of Tbsp. of tomato paste will be added. A bay leaf, some salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar if needed, some dried oregano and basil, and that'll simmer on the stovetop until it's properly thickened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spaghetti with sauce & Parm-Reg on top, a salad, and some Boudin Bakery sourdough bread alongside, and it will be a good dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 Dec 15, 2013 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that sounds like a great way to spend a snow day. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Dec 15, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am just curious where do you purchase Boudin sourdough bread there? I love it and fortunately there is a fairly new Boudin's Café in close enough proximity to my area. Before that it was always stock up when we went to San Francisco. Very expensive loaves though!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 15, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I ordered it online and it's delivered in 2 days by FedX. Goes into the freezer until I want it. Expensive, but a very good sourdough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking Dec 16, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know how to live and treat yourself well:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On occasion. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This was bread I had first tried back in 1978 during a visit with an aunt who lived in Santa Rosa. I dreamed of that bread in ensuing years. With the miracle that is the Internet, I rediscovered it and treat myself about once every year and a half or so. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Dec 15, 2013 02:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Upcoming - aristocratic sausages from the Duchess of Devonshire's farm shop. In this case "pork & pepper with hickory smoke".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We'll have them with sweet potato chips and a tin of mixed beans which I'll tart up in someway (probably a dollop of tomato puree, another of grain mustard, some chopped tomato and a small slosh of liquid smoke)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 15, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you have to wear your crown when you eat them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters Dec 15, 2013 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No crown. I come from a long line of dissident anti-aristocracy peasants and ne'erdowells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Of course, we maintain a facade of middle class respectability - but only out of the fear of being transported to the colonies. Or, worse, the south of England.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. mariacarmen Dec 15, 2013 12:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wah, no totchos for me, no party, no other trailer-trash food. got some version of LW's stomach bug and have been laid up all day. it's been eons since i've had any tummy issues. i think it's pretty mild, tho, and should be ok by tomorrow. i'm totally sad i didn't get to go to my friends' party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i had two pieces of toast this a.m., and then tonight, feeling better, we had take-out pizza and the BF made salad. maybe not the best choice for the tum, but it was good, and i'm feeling mostly ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tomorrow, maybe some pork loin chops i defrosted today. maybe with something soft and soothing, like creamy polenta. or weezie's polenta rounds again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 15, 2013 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope the pizza settled OK last night, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Dec 15, 2013 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks, LW! it was ok, no better, no worse, really, throughout the day today. decided to be mostly good and have had mostly only moms-approved food - basically toast. oh i had a few stolen bites, here and there, of some verboten items. but i'm no worse for it.... i think...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i took the chops and brined them this morning in salt water, apple cidar vinegar, a couple of dried chili peppers, smashed garlic, and some brown sugar. when i realized my tummy was not ready for this type of dinner, i drained them tonight, dried them, then rubbed them with granulated onion and garlic, and spanish paprika, put the smashed garlic cloves over them, and put them back in the fridge. we'll have those tomorrow night. also made some more polenta for cheesy polenta rounds - this time with cabot's seriously sharp white cheddar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 16, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, I was thinking the pork chops might be a bit early. Hopefully you're raring to go today and can enjoy the chops tonight. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 Dec 15, 2013 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          feel better MC. It's a doozy…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 15, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry that you feel puny and that you missed the party. Take it easy and feel better soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 15, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks suzigirl. i even had a perfectly hideous outfit i bought special for it. luckily, i was able to return it today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gingershelley Dec 15, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Awh, so sad your tummy made you miss some fun! Had something similar here, but accompanied by fever and sweating - and fatigue. Gotta be a bug, and not food-related. Argh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 15, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh my, it seems like it' going around. I hope you both feel better. I'm also hoping that my bug a few week ago was similar or else I'm staying in the house, rather not have another one. Rest up and relax.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Dec 15, 2013 08:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm wondering.... i had the bad stomach pains - like someone is scraping on the inside of your stomach with shards of glass - that i relate to a bout of salmonella i had once. no fever or sweating, yes nausea.... other unpleasant things...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  glad you're better too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. Dec 15, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  +1 on the polenta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental Dec 14, 2013 10:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pappa al pomodoro soup tonight, vegetarian style (no chicken broth). Full of bread and cheese :/ Just lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. MamasCooking Dec 14, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is 46 degrees here outside. I made vegetable soup which is one of my all time favorite foods. So I am eating vegetable soup with a few crunchy saltines. And I have a golden delicious apple for after the soup-fest. Later I will indulge in a hot pot of either peppermint or cinnamon tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm on a soup kick recently. What's your veggie soup recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MAH Dec 14, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With a good 6 inches of beautiful white stuff on the ground, we put up the Christmas tree (which will be decorated tomorrow). For dinner was a gorgeous 2 inch thick ribeye liberally sprinkled with coarse pepper, cauliflower with lemon caper vinaigrette and garlic spinach. Plus as a bonus, some frites with truffle salt. It hit the spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rjbh20 Dec 14, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds excellent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. steve h. Dec 14, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Veal parm with a pesto spaghetti side is up tonight. House red to wash it down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's windy, cold and snowy here on the Sou'west Shore of Connecticut but nothing egregious, just typical stuff for this time of year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christmas meals (both eve and day) continue to be negotiated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Veal parm sounds good right now. Trade ya for a BLT. It's Amish bacon if that helps sweeten the deal. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. Dec 14, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pesto pasta trumps a good BLT every time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I figured. It was worth a shot though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My bf wants buffalo chicken sandwiches tonight because I did buy chicken breasts on sale today and I bought six for the freezer. I am going to veto since i still have a chicken carcass and i really don't want chicken again tonight. That said, I really don't feel like a big meal so i have a tray of bacon in the oven. BLT's and Campbell's bean with bacon soup. I have my eye on a grape popcicle for after. Man, I am going all out tonight. Hehe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, you read my mind. I jut put on a pot of Cannellini bean and bacon soup for tomorrow's lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, but yours is the real thing and sounds delicious. Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. jadec Dec 14, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pan fried smoked pork chop with steamed broccoli and pan fried oyster mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lots and lots of errands today. My planning was 75% successful in where I went and at what time to avoid the majority of the crowds. The flurries have just barely started, but I'm in for the evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pizza - it's what's for dinner. I'll make a quick roasted red pepper sauce (with some Aleppo shaken in to spice it up), and quickly sauté some chopped Swiss chard in garlicky olive oil along with a chicken tender or two. The cut up chicken and Swiss chard will be dotted with some goat cheese and Parm-Reg and baked at 450° on my pizza stone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A small salad alongside with a simple vinaigrette. There's wine, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 14, 2013 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How's the weather?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just peered outside - looks to be about a half inch, as it's covered the driveway and spoke road in my complex. So it's a'comin'......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The pizza...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. Dec 14, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Damn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was pleasantly surprised. I made two about that size, so there's lunch for Monday. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. Dec 14, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's just something about a homemade pizza. It's so simple yet far from easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. chefgabs Dec 14, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OH no! Thankfully, the PNW has not been cold enough for snow. I'm originally from Miami, so snow and I, don't get along (unless it's for recreational purposes). I have a planned trip home for the holidays, and I'm looking forward to nice warm weather. I have a friend's potluck tonight, and making fried rice and gluten free carrot cake. Yum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love carrot cake and a gluten free version would be nice to have handy. Do you have a recipe to share?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chefgabs Dec 16, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried out Simply Organic's Carrot Cake Mix. It was so moist and tasty. I couldn't add my famous cream cheese frosting due to the hostess being lactose intolerant, as well as celiac. I bought it at my local Grocery Outlet. Affordable and delish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 14, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another crazy work week. Ugh. I have been missing all of you and have only been able to do a couple drive by reads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bitterly cold last night so we invited friends over for dinner and a christmas movie. Apps were cherry/pistachio topped goat cheese, marconi almonds and some summer sausage with cheddar. Dinner was my easy-peasy carrot ginger soup along with a loaf of homemade honey wheat bread. The holiday movie of choice was one of my favorites-Trading Places. Lot of inappropriate humor! Made for a nice night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Threat of big storm here in Mass today so I avoided the grocery store like the plague. What is it about New Englanders that they must have gallons of milk and loaves of bread at the slightest hint of snow?? Now stocking up on booze/wine I get behind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went freezer diving for dinner-found a tupperware of meatballs and sauce. Score! We have half of loaf of last nights bread left that can be made into ersatz garlic bread and then a salad to round things off. I have some nice red on hand too. C'mon snow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's the French Toast Alert System, foodie! Bread, milk and eggs - you make French Toast! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking Dec 14, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Being a native California girl when the thermometer starts dropping below 68 I become bitter agitated histrionic... I layer clothing etc. But all of you posting from the East coast so casually about frozen tundra....actual snow (eek) and freezing temps are some tough people. I can not handle the freezing snow.....well I can handle it gazing out the window of an expensive hotel room on the 20th floor in Tahoe but I admire you guys and that fortitude you display:) Eat drink and be merry (in that snow) as they say.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. linguafood Dec 14, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, the snow's coming down like crazy, and it's beginning to look a lot like.... white stuff everywhere :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Our poker friends have decided to put on their snow shoes and walk over to our place, as we've been informed by the borough that nobody can park on the street until tomorrow 6 PM (!). Good way to walk off all the beer and pizza, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We're staying put since we took care of supplies for a merry weekend yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pizza, poker and beer. Count me in. What's the ante?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 14, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We generally all buy in for $10 at the beginning (and hope the stack o' chips lasts all night or -- even better -- grows to massive proportions).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ante is 5 cents paid by the dealer for each player plus whatever the dealer decides on top of that. Bet limits depend on the game, generally it's a buck or two. We do a lot of hold 'em/omaha type games (where it's pot limit), but also some crazy shit like midnight baseball, blood & guts or 7/27. Those can get quite expensive...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So --- bring cash '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds fun. I an stopping at the ATM.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet Dec 14, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great you planned. How much white stuff is on the ground?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 14, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So far maybe a couple inches. But the mass of it is expected later this PM/evening. It sure looks purtty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was hoping for more snow here but it's already stopped. Poker, beer and pizza is a great to spend a wintery night in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm now in full holiday mode. I've never put up a tree since being on my own for nearly a decade now but this year the house will be in the spirit too. The tree is erect and will be decorated this afternoon. I'm pondering sitting around stringing popcorn. Meanwhile lamb shanks are in the stove braising for dinner tomorrow. Tonight suzigirl's sloppy joes are on the menu with ground turkey and loads of shrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit Dec 14, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You might wanna hold off on stringing popcorn until you see how the fuzzy guy reacts to the tree and ornaments... especially since you've had string issues with him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mmmm.... braised lamb shanks are a real treat on a really cold night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually while at the store I decided no one wants to battle with popcorn. Thank you so much for the reminder!! I'm worrying about him with the tree in general but didnt even think about decoration choices. It's definitely a bad idea, anything string like is pounced and chewed. I went through the house and tried to find them all including stray couch strings he discovered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Consider running a fishing line loop around the top of the tree to a nail in the wall. Prevent any major upsets. Food related - are you making gingerbread ornaments?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Njchicaa Dec 14, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sloppy Joe's sound great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your first tree...how nice. Now here is to hoping that kitty doesn't find it all to fascinating. I haven't put mine up since i have had the kitties. I fear the temptation to climb/chew it will be to great. :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yummy to the lamb. Good idea making them today for tomorrow. They just get better overnight. I also hope that you like the sloppy joe's. James really gobbles them up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. Dec 14, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not an issue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No ornaments on the lower branches, paprika on double-sided tape around the kitty-accessible portion of the power cord. Plain water in the tree stand. No tinsel!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks Steve. I may put up a tree and give it a test drive. Although mine is fake. Real trees die quickly in Florida.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 14, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Our first Christmas tree together was a rubber plant in our rental house in Seoul, Korea. Our guests didn't seem to mind. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A rubber tree plant? That just made me giggle. How sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 14, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ornaments, lights, the full Monty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great idea for the power cord, thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MamasCooking Dec 14, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi Steve..........does the paprika repel them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 14, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hard to tell if it was the smell or the taste. Either way, it worked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So far so good, but I haven't decorated yet. He doesn't seem to notice it's here but my dad said our family cat didn't take interest until it was covered in fun toys. He's been mesmerized by his own tail in the kitchen for about an hour now. It's fascinating how long he can play with nothing. If only humans were as satisfied by such simple entertainment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When the lights go on and they sparkle against the shiny ornaments, he very well may LOVE that tree. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. Dec 14, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes. Hobbes would hunker down, gaze at the tree and signal his approval.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm, lights and sparkle not needed. Call me the fool, it's the favorite new toy. Good thing I have all day to lay on the couch with a spray bottle within reach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had a feeling this was how it was going down. It is just too tempting. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez Dec 14, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My tree (just a 4 foot fake since we're not actually here for christmas) is up on a small round table, out of puppy mouth reach.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The initial plan was a table top tree and then my Christmas spirit kicked into gear when I saw the trees and I couldn't resist the 7 footer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      flfoodie2 Dec 14, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We haven't had a real tree since we have the kitties. You may want to do some online research.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Paprikaboy Dec 14, 2013 02:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lamb rump steaks are marinading in the fridge in olive oil and rosemary from the garden. Serving with potatoes gratin and green beans. Bought a bottle of Buena Vista Zinfandel to go with. Not had a Zinfandel before ,so looking forward to trying it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 14, 2013 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Upcoming....the Mallorcan dish of chicken escaldums.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recipe here, back on WFD 152.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8562...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some veg or another, as yet undetermined.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bon profit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have the recipe saved and think I'll try it tomorrow with that chicken I still haven't cooked...must check if we have brandy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Njchicaa Dec 13, 2013 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I honestly have no clue what's for dinner tonight or is it tomorrow night? (writing this at 2:48am Saturday morning)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday night was our annual Christmas cheer party for a group of friends from work. It is a challenge to put out a decent spread of appetizers, stock the fridges, straighten up the house, etc. when I work the same day. A good time was had by all and now I literally have nothing planned for the next two days. I can't remember the last time that happened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, no clue what is for dinner tonight. This week's grocery shop was primarily for stuff for the party so I will be working out of my freezer and kitchen cabinets. I could go with homemade ravioli or I could do coq au vin. It is supposed to be gray and rainy/snowy here so the only thing I do know is that we are going to want something warm and comforting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday night entertaining is painful; I generally only attempt it if I take a half day or if I've made just about everything ahead of time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 14, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our office holiday party was at someone's house who was on call the 24 hours prior, no clue how she did it on a Friday night right after

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MidwesternerTT Dec 15, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ask her - she'll be flattered, I think. Perhaps she, like our cat, "has staff".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Njchicaa Dec 14, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I decided to go with Cook's Illustrated Meatballs for a Crowd. They are soooo good and I'll be able to freeze a bunch for weekday meals. I have a loaf of Italian bread so I'll do cheesy garlic bread and some type of linguine or angel hair pasta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 13, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chicken croquettes made from an ultra thick white sauce I made last night with salt , pepper, poultry seasoning, sage, ground bay and garlic along with the milk, butter and flour. Chicken went in the food processor and they will be made on non traditional patties instead of cones so I can shallow fry them. Chicken stock gravy, mashed potatoes and buttered sugar snap peas on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. It really was kind of retro, but it hit the spot big time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Cherylptw Dec 13, 2013 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Simple dinner of fried rock fish, fried potatoes and leftover green beans from last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. steve h. Dec 13, 2013 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheeseburgers are on the menu tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ground chuck and short rib at a 2:1 ratio. Deb will pan fry the discs to a rare/medium-rare level of doneness. White American cheese on top, tomato and onion slices will be available. Beer for me, wine for Deb. Potato chips on the side. Junior's Cheesecake for afters. Maybe something from Pixar on the plasma tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stay warm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cherylptw Dec 13, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I. Want. Junior's. I'm so jealous right now....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. Dec 13, 2013 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good stuff. Straight from the mother ship.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cherylptw Dec 13, 2013 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mouth is watering....I really miss NY right now; I know you can order them online but it's not the same as getting it from Brooklyn IMO

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 13, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We warmed up a defrosted brown gloop, labelled "Moroccan lamb casserole". We had it with couscous, to which I'd added some chopped spring onion, ras-el-hanout, a few sultanas and an overly generous squirt of harissa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beforehand, we'd polished off some supermarket falafels, which we had with flatbread, pickled turnips and pickled plums.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm camped out on the couch this afternoon enjoying a warm cup of harvest tea and enjoying the scents of vanilla cinnamon brulee emanating from the candles lit on the mantle. I was able to get an earlier doctor's appointment than originally planned and enjoyed my first endoscopy experience this morning. It definitely wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and hopefully it will help figure out my chronic tummy issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My grandma was here this morning but had to go back home so it's just me and kitty for dinner. She loaded up the house with grandma treats and packed the refrigerator so I'm set for a while. I had enjoyed a lovely plate of macaroni and cheese and a bowl of beef stew when after a long nap. The plan for tonight is chicken egg drop soup with green chiles. It's a somewhat random idea but a combination of everything I'm craving right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Dec 13, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad you had the endoscopy....hopefully it comes up with some results that are treatable - or manageable. The grandma treats sound perfect for after the procedure. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Indeed, and enough to fill the freezer which is probably a good idea to prevent me inhaling lbs of butter and pasta.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking Dec 13, 2013 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You must be my twin:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 13, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nothing quite like settling in cozy on the sofa with candles lit and a warm bevvy. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, it's quite chilly outside and feels great in here. A fireplace would make for a perfect scene. Now if only that little mouse creature didn't just emerge to spend some time with me. The Baltimore critters are quite daring, they emerge at all hours.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tcamp Dec 13, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DC area ones too. I had a conference at the middle school this AM and my son pointed out his science classroom, which was sealed shut with hazard tape. I asked if there had been a chemical spill. Nope, a rat was found in the classroom so they'd evacuated and were meeting elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seemed like overkill to me, frankly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I guess I should evacuate immediately! Wow, that does seem like overkill though I'm sure they wish they could overkill that animal. Rats and mice do harbor disease but not sure they approach close enough for that and if they do they should be pretty easily eradicated. It's frustrating but it's sort of par for the course if you live in a row house in Baltimore especially this old historic house from the 1800s, it's like Swiss cheese :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 13, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad the procedure was easy on you. I know you are anxious to get the results. Hell, I'm anxious for you. Fingers crossed for good news. Grandm's Mac and chees? The way you talk about that stuff, you must be in heaven. Enjoy the freezer full of grandma love. I wish my grandma still cooked. She was a lunch lady and that lady was awesome in the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 13, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's so good and I've given up on trying to make it so its such a treat. I don't even care that I told myself to cut back on the holiday treats for a few days. Holiday treats, come at me I have 2 more weeks :) She has been slowing down the past few years mostly from our insistence but also it tires her out more. Now that I'm no longer a teenager who refuses to help and actually enjoys getting involved it's really fun to spend time in the kitchen together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. tcamp Dec 13, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I need to stop at the indian market for turmeric after work and plan to pick up na'an. So, I'm thinking aloo gobi for dinner. Probably some sort of sausage and bean soup in the crockpot for tomorrow..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. linguafood Dec 13, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight we're invited to the "Amish hors d'oeuvres" bash from 7-9 which should be fun. Better get my prettiest sister-wife dress ready :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But seriously -- I'm really looking forward to the event. The hosts just recently joined our local chile head group and are super-nice, and I'm also hoping for some good local meat & stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have a HUGE snow storm predicted for tomorrow: what was originally 1-3 inches might now be 3-6. This means that we'll likely nix our plans of checking out the band in the early evening and move straight on to poker. Woot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My man's out there grabbin' some fixins for homemade pizza, which is always great for poker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stay safe & warm, everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Dec 13, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And that storm is now predicted to be upwards of a foot in my area from Saturday night into Sunday afternoon, lingua. Your pizza sounds like a good idea - I'll have to pick up some fixings as well - perhaps for Saturday night when the storm starts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tcamp Dec 13, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Curious to know more about these Amish hors d'oeuves! Particularly if they involve chiles in any form.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood Dec 13, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, it's an event a couple of new members of our local chile head group is hosting, but I am doubtful that there will be any Sichuan preparations/hors d'oeuvres happening :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is the invite:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The soandso’s are organic Amish farmers from Penns Valley. They are interested in increasing their business and would love for you to come and sample some of their goods. Among their many products, they raise grass-fed, organic, free range chickens, beef and pork. They also produce a range of organic raw dairy products including cottage cheese, butter, sour cream and milk. Sample some of their goods, purchase some items or become a future customer. But no pressure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So.... looking forward to a new pressure nosh fest :-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason Dec 13, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hah! But the Amish aren't polygamous...?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 13, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No, but the outfits are pretty similar, at least for the women.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 13, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Around here (big Amish community) alot of the women make the family clothes and don't even use button s because they are too decorative. They use zippers and hook and eyes. It is not uncommon to see a family walking around their neighborhood wearing all matching material on their outfits. It is probably weird to visitors, but to us its just normal. Now go get that sister wife dress on and have fun. I hope it is as good as some of the Amish treats I get around here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 13, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're north of true Amish country, but there are still a lot of Amish farms in this area. They're all over the farmers markets, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The outfits are a hoot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 14, 2013 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They inspired the Mormon sister wives, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. ChristinaMason Dec 13, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's our apartment building Christmas party, and I'm going to bring pumkin bread pudding, warm from the oven if I time it right, and rum raisin, cinnamon, or vanilla ice cream (depending on what I find). I might also make a caramel sauce for drizzling over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner will be whatever nibbles from the party plus salad and roast chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason Dec 13, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pumPkin, agh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've decided to nix the ice cream for more temperature-stable whipped cream. But I'm definitely making the caramel sauce---spiked with bourbon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia Dec 13, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love an in the building Christmas party- no driving, just walking over with some great food and a beverage or two. So neighborly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. LindaWhit Dec 13, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight - OUT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ten of us at my favorite watering hole. I've snagged the sofa/comfy chair area in the corner of the bar that Dali has recently set up, so it'll be like being in someone's living room....just with waitstaff and Spanish music and lots of other people we don't know milling about. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With that number of people, I'm hoping a seafood paella will be well received. Tapas, sangria, beer, mango martinis. The evening should be fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 13, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aw man. I would kill for a huge pan of steaming seafood paella right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harters Dec 13, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Enjoy, LW - great place for a relaxing evening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 13, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    me three! I almost made paella last night. but was waylaid by that roast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 14, 2013 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sangria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cerveza.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mango Martinis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think I heard a Rum 'n' Coke ordered in there somewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tapas: saffron-battered fried prawns with mojo sauce, baked goat cheese w/tomato & basil, Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with tomato and aioli), grilled chorizo with onions & sherry, fried cauliflower, broccoli & cheese puffs, beef tenderloin with roasted red pepper on toast, and Paella del Oceano (seafood paella with shrimp, squid, scallops, white fish, clams and mussels).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of great food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of good drink.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of laughter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A most excellent way to end the week. I know today's dinner will be something more simple after last night's extravaganza. But I'll think of that later. First, errands before TBS comes into town (The Big Snow).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia Dec 14, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Excellent indeed! Bundle up and hunker down. With wine hopefully.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl Dec 14, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Dec 14, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Poyfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. Dec 14, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. mariacarmen Dec 12, 2013 11:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        playing with my food tonight... wasn't hungry after a big lunch, so i couldn't decide what i wanted, if anything, after working late. our Farmers' Mkt is open until 8, and i picked up a 1.5 lb. chuck roast from 4505 Meats. i decided i'd make something snacky for myself and a dinner for the BF that he could have for the next night or two. as he is getting home late, i knew i'd have plenty of time. i also picked up an Acme rosemary focaccia, thinking of little open faced rare roast beef sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for me, i made another rye toast openfaced sandwich, of butter, peppered goat cheese, the last of the cantimpalo salami (which is just like a smokey spanish chorizo in salami form), drizzed with extra virgin olive oil. (my appetite had definitely come back!) on the side i had some up chopped cherry tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic, s&p. a little zinfandel accompanied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        then i remembered our little pepper plant, from my sister's garden, and which has lived on our window seat for the past few months, and produced a single, teensy, red pepper. my sister could not remember what kind of pepper she'd given me - turned out to be a red bell. i'd noticed this morning that it was starting to get the tiniest bit soft, so i figured it was done. and certainly not going to get any bigger. it was about the size of an apricot. so i plucked it, slivered it, mixed it with some of the sliced cherry toms, and parsley and kalamata olives, and it's marinating in balsamic and olive oil for the BF when he gets home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i finished off with a little bit of something sweet (not my usual thing) - i blended the last of the quark with the flesh of two mangoes and 1 persimmon, a little milk and sour cream, powdered sugar, and then added the leftover ginger syrup from the quark/mango mousse i made last week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i took the little roast and kosher-salted and peppered it, drizzled it with olive oil, put it on a rack and stuck it in the oven at 325 degrees. because it was so little it was done in an hour - nice and rare, ready for the BF to come home. i'm thinking my appetite will be at full speed by then!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw Dec 12, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very nice pics; everything looks so fresh and appetizing...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Dec 13, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason Dec 13, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The idea of roasting a chuck roast to rare is newish to me, although I did learn about chuck eye steaks from this board (haven't had one yet). I assume you have to slice it super-thin or it's too chewy? What about the considerable amount of fat (and some connective tissue) that usually melts with the low-and-slow approach...do you have to trim a lot beforehand?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen Dec 13, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              well, I was experimenting... aka, I didn't know that! I don't cook with beef roasts much (usually steaks) - i'm a pork girl. this one was fairly well trimmed, and it came from our fancy meat purveyor - http://4505meats.com/ - but yes, we did have to cut it super thin - but then again, that was the point, for me, for sandwiches. I made myself a tiny one before bed last night - goat cheese on the rosemary focaccia and thin shavings of the beef, toasted in the oven. delish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp Dec 13, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jealous at the mere thought of a farmers market. Technically, my local one is open but with a 'wintry mix' forecast for tomorrow, I'm not enthusiastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 13, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yeah, i'm lucky. it's across the street from my apartment, and it's open I believe through the end of December.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sedimental Dec 12, 2013 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We went Old Skool tonight -meatloaf, corn nuggets and roasted fingerlings. Only two measly slices left for meatloaf sandwiches tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. MidwesternerTT Dec 12, 2013 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                An unexpected meal out was WFD. We split a plate of ribs & pair of unexpectedly good veggie sides at a chain place. (when did they add spaghetti squash to that menu?! - must get out more..). We had to run an errand during rush hour and rather than sit in traffic on the way home we stopped at MOA for dinner, people watching and a bit of book shopping. A local school's excellent jazz band was performing in the rotunda. All in all, quite a nice break from the nonstop cookie-baking of the past week. Dessert was, of course, back at home -- cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. MamasCooking Dec 12, 2013 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a pot of pork adobo on the stove top simmering away.I like to add chunks of white onion and chunks of yellow or red pepper when the dish is almost done for a texture contrast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love the crispy vegetables with the tender meat and tart sauce. Pearl rice is being steamed and I will have celery sticks as a side to this rather rich dish. A beautiful large juicy organic orange for after:) And even though it is a frigid 48 degrees in N. California I am drinking lots of cold water daily:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit Dec 12, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The adobo bubbling away on my stove is chicken, heavy on the onions. Braised kale on the side. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason Dec 12, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds good, both of you. I do the coconut milk version because I'm afeared of the tang.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking Dec 12, 2013 11:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Made better on that stove too girl:)!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. biondanonima Dec 12, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DH is off at a rehearsal tonight so I polished off the leftover chicken sausage stew, with a killer grilled cheese alongside (fontina, sharp cheddar and Vlaskaas on LC wheat bread). Very satisfying, but so tasty I'm having a hard time stopping myself from making another!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Berheenia Dec 12, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Revisiting a COTM recipe for a spinach meatloaf from the Essential NYT Cookbook with some baked potatoes. Last night there was an unpleasant interlude- can we catch the stomach bug that's going around on the internet?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Snow, cold and more of both predicted. It's an early winter but very Christmasy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Dec 12, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugh - I hope you're feeling better from the unpleasant interlude, Berheenia!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia Dec 13, 2013 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Linda- yes we seem to be better. The bacon on the meatloaf was an incentive!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. helen_m Dec 12, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've got my Christmas cake in the oven. 3 hours down and one to go! It smells amazing. I had short ribs that needed using up and didn't fancy cooking them in the oven at the same time (they needed slightly different temps anyway) so I'm doing them on the stove top in a le creuset cocotte. I hope they'll be as good. I'll have chard with pearl onions and maybe mashed potatoes if the boys are hungry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason Dec 12, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A 4-hr. cake? Do tell. Is this a Brit thing? ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was also wondering about the four hours. It must be very rich and low cooked if not steamed. I am curious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters Dec 13, 2013 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christmas cake will take at least four hours in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We don't often make one ( as I'm the only one who eats it and am happy with the cake I can buy at the farmers' market) but when we have made one, we've used this Delia Smith recipe (well, of course we have). http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By the by, we're just back from the supermarket having done our main Xmas "non-perishables" shop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 13, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aha. Not too far off from American fruit cake. We have one (a gift, Harry & David) that I need to feed...probably with bourbon :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Dec 13, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Try a slice with a slice of sharp Cheddar. Very much a north of England way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ChristinaMason Dec 12, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For last night's dinner party I brought orange-almond shortbread, which I threw together quickly and baked off just before dinner. I also brought whipping cream, vanilla bean paste, powdered sugar, and a whisk, and make whipped cream just before serving over bluberries with the cookie garnish. The Spaniards loved it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight I have a roaster thawed, but am not feeling too motivated as DH is working overtime for a web build. I have some gift shopping to do and may just end up eating little snacky things and whatever looks appealing at World Market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                helen_m Dec 12, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You're so organised taking a whisk and icing sugar! It sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I bought so many stocking stuffers and small postable gifts at World Market last weekend, it's a treasure trove!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason Dec 12, 2013 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "organized" or maybe insane, who's counting ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had to put back about half of the items in my basket because I was overdoing it at WM tonight. I'm quite pleased with my "movie night" gift basket, however!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chicken never happened--I'm heating up a Digiorno "pizzeria pizza" (doesn't look too promising) and made a salad with a dressing of balsamic vinegar, apricot preserves, mustard, and lots of salt and pepper. What I sampled tasted pretty darn good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. roxlet Dec 12, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was awfully cold here today, and never made it out of the 20s. I decided to make beef stew. I won't call it boeuf bourguignon, but it sort of is a variation. Chuck, red wine, mushrooms, onions, carrots, thyme. Anyway, I will likely serve it with noodles, and since everyone is coming home at a different time tonight, it will work well to feed the troops as they trickle in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Dec 12, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds great to me right now. My tummy's upset again and would likely be happier about beef stew than spicy Sichuan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss Dec 12, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you feel better lingua... BTW your salad was a big hit - thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Dec 12, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're welcome! It really is one of my all-time favorite salads in winter. Another one is mâche with avocado, toasted walnuts & chopped egg in a creamy dressing. Very filling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 12, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry to hear that, lingua. Feel better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry your stomach is still acting up. Feel better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood Dec 12, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This time, it *might* be self-inflicted -- perhaps screamingly spicy food and a couple of martinis weren't the grandest combo last night, tasty as it was '-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hear you. Sometimes the allure of the forbidden food is to much. And of course, not knowing when your stomach is going to go off on you makes life a bit interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood Dec 12, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I could go for boring for a while....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Dec 12, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                um... you? nawww, to quote rj.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not buying that for a dollar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet Dec 13, 2013 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Never boring!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rjbh20 Dec 12, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nawww...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looks like the kitchen at casa lingua will be staying about as cold as the temps outside for the next few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The roasted duck was fab yesterday, as was a dish with squid, scallops, yellow chives and gai lan (the latter was only added b/c they were low on the chives).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is our Sichuan jour fixe, and we'll be trying out some new dishes at the newly opened hot pot place in town..... with 15 of our closest friends :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Should be fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tomorrow we're invited to sample various hors d'oeuvres prepared by an Amish couple that apparently supplies a number of NYC restaurants, and they want to expand their business. So that should be interesting, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saturday we're hosting a late-ish poker game after I return from checking out a local band my keyboarder joined recently, unless the snow storm is as bad as they say (it never is) -- then I'll likely stay put and watch the snow fall until our guests arrive... we have a bunch of frozen treats from TJ's (spanakopites, spinach & kale bites, bacon-wrapped scallops, Alsatian tart), and might order a pizza if people haven't had dinner beforehand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Youre gonna be a busy and full girl for the next few days. Enjoy the time off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Still somewhat undecided for tonight... needs to be easy with all the fur-kids running around and not getting home til later due to picking SO up at the airport. But, I'm thinking breaded baked pork chops and one of those steamer bags of potatoes and veggies will be it. Done and done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Taking a page from Roxlet's playbook, I went to Sam's club and picked up a rotissary chicken for under five dollars. Loaded twice baked potatoes with bacon, ham, cream cheese, scallions, cheddar, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Roasted brussel sprouts with butter and garlic for a veggie. I have my eye on the pineapple juice that is collecting in the container of leftover pineapple from the teriyaki sammies. I can't waste all that liquid gold so tonight I will mix it with vodka and Sprite and a splash of Midori and make a Pearl Harbor(at least that is what they call it at a local steakhouse) to sip while I am waiting on the sprouts and spuds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 12, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Superb dinner, suzi!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl Dec 12, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you. It sure sounded good to me. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm making the DF a piece of prime rib; he'll have rice pilaf and green beans with bacon with it...I'll be having a salad with mixed greens, cukes, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and roasted veggie balsamic vinaigrette. There's leftover braised rabbit that I'll finish off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a venison shoulder to be ground tonight to make chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Njchicaa Dec 12, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grilled pork chops that have been marinated in rosemary, olive oil, and lemon juice, green salad, and some kind of starchy side... either Gulf coast style white rice or cous cous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. mariacarmen Dec 12, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on the fly, between my house and the Oldster's - half a toasted buttered rye and cabots's cheddar sammie and some steamed then butter-crisped cauliflower mixed with chopped up frozen spinach. odd, yes, but all delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      not sure about tonight, since i'm certain I have to work late.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday going to see X and the Blasters at the Fillmore, so no cooking then...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sat. i'm going to a "trailer-trash" party, for which i'm making Tot-chos! so that may be my next cooking feat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking Dec 12, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The legendary Fillmore:) That and the Haight when I was young:)!!!!!! Decades ago:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sedimental Dec 12, 2013 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mmmmmmm....tot-chos.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bblonde Dec 12, 2013 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can hardly contain my excitement that in less than 12 hours my last law final will be finished and I will be halfway through law school and through the worst of it! Now to just keep the stamina up until 5pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How shall I celebrate? I think this evening calls for red wine (heck, maybe champagne after the 2 weeks I've had) and maybe Chinese takeout and tree-trimming. The house has hardly the slightest look of Christmas. By 5pm Scrooge will have met with the three ghosts and have Christmas spirit again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            acssss Dec 12, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congrats bblonde!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              helen_m Dec 12, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Definitely a champagne moment!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Dec 12, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow. Congrats!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet Dec 13, 2013 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Congrats! A real milestone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    betsydiver Dec 18, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    congratulations on your sucess!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Dec 12, 2013 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Upcoming - a beef pie. And one we bought, rather than made. But it's a posh beef pie - bought from the farm shop owned by the Duchess of Devonshire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It'll just need warming through in the oven. Simple accompaniments coming from opening a couple of tins - probably butter beans and artichoke hearts. Red Leicester cheese for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's a wet autumn day here, but not cold - temperature around 10. The sort of day where you want a good book, a comfy chair, strong coffee and a good view of the birds (and squirrels) feeding in the garden. So, that's this afternoon planned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet Dec 12, 2013 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now, that's something we never get here: a beef pie from a shop owned by the Duchess of Devonshire. Actually, we never get any kind of beef pies! What's in one, exactly? Stew in a crust?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters Dec 12, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The meat pie is a stalwart of British cuisine - beef being a favourite meat. Folk from Wigan, one of the towns that make up my metro area, are often called "pie-heads" because of their alleged love of anything in pastry. Which leads to a very old joke. What's a Wigan kebab? Three pies on a stick!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A "proper" pie has top, bottom & sides of shortcrust pastry, although you do regularly come across offerings in, say, pubs, where there's just a pastry topping, often puff pastry. And, as you say, basically a stew in pastry. Usually has quite a lot of liquid, as you'd expect. But can also be quite solid, as this one is, with most of the liquid drained off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's the shop: http://www.chatsworth.org/farmshop

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia Dec 12, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Our local Pub used to make a chicken boxtie- a four sided potato crusted chicken pie. Sadly they stopped when the Irish cooks left and now offer a puff pastry crusted chicken pot pie. We do the puff pastry pie with leftover beef stew. "Somebody" should open a savory pie shop in New England.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters Dec 12, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hot pies are always available at fish & chips shops in the UK. Unfortunately, the quality is usually very poor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the other hand, there are now a small number of pasty "fast food" outlets - usually in touristy towns or at major railway stations. I shall now ruin any street cred I have on this board by saying I like them :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A chicken boxtie sounds fab. I want it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet Dec 12, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think that chicken (or turkey, post Thanksgiving) are the meat pies most widely available here. I suppose you can do a beef pot pie too. When my husband makes chicken pot pie, he puts biscuit on top instead of shortcrust or puff pastry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Harters Dec 12, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Am I right in thinking that most American savoury pies are pot pies, with the pastry just being a topping, as opposed to Brit pies which fully encase the filling with pastry?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet Dec 12, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not entirely. It completely depends on the individual. As a kid, I considered it a real treat to have a frozen pot pie for dinner (something only done when my father was working late -- he would have gagged, lol), and I remember the pies having top and bottom crusts. I particularly loved eating the slightly mushy bottom crust, which was covered in sauce. These days, most people will only do a top crust since it's clearly less calorific. Not that it matters once you've decided to eat a pot pie!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Dec 12, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Twins from different mothers, roxlet. I *loved* those little pot pies growing up, including the mushy bottom crust! LOL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cherylptw Dec 12, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me too Linda; I ate them on Saturdays growing up as Saturdays were usually no cooking day (I carry on that tradition). I haven't had one in years as I stopped buying them before my kids left home. Every now and then while shopping, I'll spy them in the frozen foods case and be tempted to get one for old times sake but I KNOW they don't taste the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Dec 12, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TOTALLY loved those pot pies. Swanson's, here on the Right Coast. My Oldster now loves them for his lunches, tho they're typically Marie Callenders', for him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gingershelley Dec 14, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What she said :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bblonde Dec 12, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Unless I'm making my own, the only kind of beef pie I can get is Marie Calendars

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kitchengardengal Dec 11, 2013 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Had a weiner here, too! Actually I came home from work craving mac and cheese, thought about doing it with the sodium citrate that my sister gave me, but opted for a standard white sauce with Manchego and sharp cheddar. With a Hebrew National low fat hot dog on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sedimental Dec 11, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have not tried the sodium citrate yet. I have only read about it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On my "to do" list!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kitchengardengal Dec 11, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's very cheesy with the sodium citrate, and almost feels like the squeeze cheese that comes in the Kraft Deluxe or Velveeta and shells boxes. It's pretty cool to watch it turn into cheese sauce by mixing it into water!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My sister made it with water and milk. I think the recipe called for just water. She wanted it a little creamier. I'd make it again, but for leftovers, I'd have the regular mac and cheese. It reheats a lot better than the sodium citrate recipe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Dec 12, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How much sodium citrate do you use per cup milk?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kitchengardengal Dec 12, 2013 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://modernistcuisine.com/recipes/s...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is the recipe my sister and I used. Well, she mixed up the solution, I grated the cheese. She used about half water and half milk, and she used the proportions that the recipe calls for.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you're using a tablet or phone to read the blog, the recipe is about halfway down the page, as a chart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sis was kind enough to leave me a supply of the sodium citrate so I can experiment. I think I'd like to try it with Manchego or gruyere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Dec 12, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great that's the one I have bookmarked. Seems like a fun experiment and really no effect on taste?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Dec 12, 2013 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I really want to try the sodium citrate method. Please report back if you try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter Dec 17, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those Hebrew National low fat hot dogs are highly underrated. One of my faves!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental Dec 11, 2013 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wiener, wiener, wieners!! I bought some nice European wieners in Canada last week. Cooked them up with cabbage, red onion and chopped celery. Brought out every condiment in the fridge from mustards to hot sauces and HP. Added some quick pickled cuc's and a boule of bread and butter and we had ...."wiener, wiener..... Terrific dinner" ...oooohhhh...bad, I know. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very nice dinner though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. LindaWhit Dec 11, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm NOT looking forward to the snow this weekend. But I do hope to get out a few more decorations - no tree, except my Charlie Brown Tree I bought for both work and home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That and my CVS Island of Misfit Toy characters, along with a few sets of lights, will have to do. What better time to decorate than during a snowstorm? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      melpy Dec 16, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Snow ruined my weekend! I wanted to desperately go see some friends at their housewarming Christmas DUMPLING party but alas the roads were a tad too dangerous. My husband is taking the Series 7 as I type so he was worried about being stranded overnight and missing some last minute study type.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So in the interest of being festive alone, I make pasta dough from scratch for homemade lasagne. He made a sauce out of some hot Italian sausages, spinach, dried herbs, and various tomato products (paste, juice, and raw cherry). Then after boiling the noodles, I layers the sauce with ricotta, mozzarella, parm/salt/pepper. Sauce was a tad thick so I splashed a little half and half over a couple layers. I made it in a loaf pan since there were only two of us. It was divine! Although it didn't quite make up for the dumplings and merrymaking that we missed (seriously, that was the way the invitation was worded).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kitchengardengal Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like you had a pretty damn good dinner anyway!

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