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

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?

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  1. 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.

    http://www.target.com/p/18-unlit-char...

    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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    1. re: LindaWhit

      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).

      1. re: melpy

        Sounds like you had a pretty damn good dinner anyway!

    2. 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. 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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        1. re: kitchengardengal

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

          1. re: sedimental

            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.

            1. re: kitchengardengal

              How much sodium citrate do you use per cup milk?

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                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.

                1. re: kitchengardengal

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

          2. re: kitchengardengal

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

            1. re: kitchengardengal

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

            2. 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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              1. re: Harters

                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?

                1. re: roxlet

                  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

                  1. re: Harters

                    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.

                    1. re: Berheenia

                      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!

                    2. re: Harters

                      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.

                      1. re: roxlet

                        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?

                        1. re: Harters

                          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!

                          1. re: roxlet

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

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              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.

                            2. re: roxlet

                              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.

                    3. re: Harters

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

                    4. 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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                              1. 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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                                1. re: mariacarmen

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

                                  1. 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. 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. 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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                                          1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                        1. 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.

                                          1. 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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                                            1. re: linguafood

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

                                            2. 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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                                              1. re: roxlet

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

                                                1. re: linguafood

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

                                                  1. re: acssss

                                                    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.

                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                    Sorry to hear that, lingua. Feel better.

                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      Sorry your stomach is still acting up. Feel better.

                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                        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 '-(

                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                          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.

                                                          1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                        2. 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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                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                            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!

                                                            1. re: helen_m

                                                              "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. 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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                                                            1. re: helen_m

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

                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                  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.

                                                                  1. re: Harters

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

                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                              2. 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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                                                                1. re: Berheenia

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

                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                2. 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. 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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                                                                    1. re: MamasCooking

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

                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

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

                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

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

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

                                                                          1. 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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                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                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?

                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                  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!

                                                                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

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

                                                                                3. 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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                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                      Me too.

                                                                                      Enjoy, LW - great place for a relaxing evening.

                                                                                      1. re: Harters

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

                                                                                    2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                      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).

                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                              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!

                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                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. 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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                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                  1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                  2. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                            They inspired the Mormon sister wives, I think.

                                                                                                  3. 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. 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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                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                        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. :-)

                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                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 :)

                                                                                                          2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                              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. 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. 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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                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                  Good stuff. Straight from the mother ship.

                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                    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

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

                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                      2. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                      3. 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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                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                          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. 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.

                                                                                                                          1. 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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                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                            Ornaments, lights, the full Monty.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                        Great idea for the power cord, thanks!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: MamasCooking

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

                                                                                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                              2. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

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

                                                                                                                                                2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                  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. 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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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                      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. 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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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chefgabs

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                            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'......

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                  Nice.

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

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

                                                                                                                                                            1. 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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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                    Pesto pasta trumps a good BLT every time.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MamasCooking

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                          I hope the pizza settled OK last night, mc!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                              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. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gingershelley

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                              You know how to live and treat yourself well:)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                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. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                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:)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

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

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lovely meal. Sounds like one of rjbh20's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            High praise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How did things work out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which Italian specialty store did you go to?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know a few good pizza places in town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Florentine stuffed pasta shells....mmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MamasCooking

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Veal parm twice in one week? Decadent.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RIP Mom Mom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So sorry to hear that fldhkybnva!