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Jan 3, 2014 06:41 AM

What's for Dinner #265 - Into the Deep Freeze Edition! (through Jan. 6, 2014)

Not for everyone, I know, but here in the NE US, we have been plunged into the deep freeze with highs today only into the teens, and a brutal wind chill to go along with that.

I'll be doing some baking today, and will likely make some soup. I want the oven cranking away all day!

What's for dinner in your neck of the woods? I'll be envious of everyone who is complaining about the heat in their part of the world!

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  1. Woke up to close to 2 feet of snow! With the winds there are 3-4 foot drifts and it's a balmy 12 degrees.

    I too will bake today. The plan is a couple focaccia breads for a dinner party I am going to tomorrow along with a loaf of honey wheat. I also got a stonewall kitchen peppermint cupcake mix as a hostess gift so might have to make those too.

    Dinner is a gorgeous pork loin from the pig farm, apple sauce, steamed broccoli and wild rice.

    Photos of my side driveway and yard. Trampoline anyone?

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    1. re: foodieX2

      It's funny, pork loin was always my default snowy day roast, but I don't think there's one in the freezer, and I'm not going shopping for sure!

      1. re: roxlet

        Even if you did there would only be empty shelves, lol!

    2. I'm so jealous of you and all your snow! I love the snow, and there has been far too little of it in my part of the world this year.

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      1. I've got a pork shoulder cooking away in the crock for carnitas tacos tonight. Only about 1/2" of snow here in the DC 'burbs (south) but roads are icy in spots. I'm at work preparing for Monday trip to FL. Yikes, that pic is terrible - meat is not, in fact, greenish.

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        1. re: tcamp

          This is what I wanted tonight, but didn't have the foresight to put in the crock pot before work tonight. Instead, we're ordering from Super Taco down the block.

          1. re: ChristinaMason

            It's official---I "cooked"!

            but using reposado tequila and a dash of Angostura

            and a riff on the "Careful...Eugene" from the Red Owl hotel bar in Philly, courtesy of a highlight by linguafood:

            1-3/4 oz Woodford Reserve
            1/2 dolin dry vermouth
            1/2 cherry heering
            3/4 oz luxardo maraschino
            2 scant dashes of mint bitters
            Stir well. Strain into martini glass

            Found the actual recipe after we attempted, so our proportions were a bit different. After some rejiggering it was quite good. "A Royal Affair" on the laptop screen this evening...dreamy Danish period drama.

        2. Woke up to 1° on the thermometer, with a wind chill of I-don't-want-to-know. :-)

          Went out to shovel what the Baby Snowplow Guy didn't get in my driveway - easy to shovel as it's the light and fluffy snow, but 20 minutes was enough for my uncovered face. Didn't need blush at all, as my cheeks were bright red. :-) There's about a foot of snow out there.

          I expect to be showering in a bit and driving into work (provided the roads are OK, which they seem to be in my complex, so I expect the main roads will be even better). Month and year-end stuff to get done, and it can't wait until Monday.

          I've got leftover meatloaf that I'm going to re-purpose tonight. I'm thinking it'll be chopped up and put into a quick chili. Served over elbow noodles, with some crusty bread alongside, and maybe a small salad. I've got two heads of romaine lettuce I really need to use.

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              1. re: LindaWhit

                Shred & quick braise some of the romaine & stir into the noodles. Won't add a great deal of flavour but if you leave them a bit "al dente", they'll add a nice texture change.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Actually that sounds delicious LW - you should grill the lettuce (cooktop) especially if it is at a "need to use" state. I love grilled lettuce with chili.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Hope you got to and from work safely.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Travel to and from work wasn't bad - a combination of blacktop, lightly snow-pack covered, and some slick areas on entrance/off ramps for highways and in local towns. My town was good; the town where I work has a LOT of additional plowing to do overnight - I hope they do it. Their roads are a mess.

                      So yes, it's going to be Lazy Girl Chili, also helping me to clean out the fridge.

                      About 2 cups of chopped meatloaf
                      1 cup of fresh CSA tomato sauce that I had frozen
                      1/2 cup of roasted red pepper sauce
                      1 15-oz. can of kidney beans
                      1 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes
                      1 Tbsp. of tomato paste
                      2 heaping tsp. medium-hot Penzey's chili powder
                      1 bay leaf
                      healthy pinch of sugar

                      All went into the pot and went onto the flame tamer on the stovetop. About a half hour into the simmer, I realized that I had some lamb left from making stock (whatever the lamb came off the bone). I had forgotten to add it to the lamb-barley vegetable soup a few days ago. Since that was already in the freezer, I figured why not add it to the chili? So I did - about 2 cups worth and it's still simmering.

                      It'll be served over elbow noodles, as my stepfather always did, with sour cream and grated cheddar on top.

                      I've also pulled out a Boudin's sourdough round from the freezer downstairs, and that'll go onto the rack in the oven to heat up. A small salad alongside, some wine, and voilà! Dinner is served. :-)

                      I think I'll peruse what's on OnDemand to see if there's a movie I've been wanting to see that has been out long enough to be in the cheap section of the pricing. :-)

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Boudin's sourdough always cures what ails me. In their shop in San Francisco and also in their store in the city south of me they have the world's most decadent pain au chocolat.

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          The lamb gave this a very nice flavor - an earthy taste. That makes 3 meats I used, since there was some pork sausage in the meatloaf with the ground beef.

                        2. Not sure what is for dinner tonight. I pulled a container of meatballs and sauce out of the freezer but we just had bolognese so I'm not sure if I'm ready for that just yet. I have fish, shrimp, and chicken in the freezer so I just need to figure out what I'm in the mood for and then I'll go from there.

                          We got almost a foot of snow last night and the roads are terrible so I have all day to play in the kitchen and figure out dinner. Going to start making some of the components for the Momofuku Milk Bar Candy Bar Pie.