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

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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. re: BananaBirkLarsen

        Be careful what you wish for!

      2. 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"!

            http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Sea-of-...
            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:

            CAREFUL WITH THE MINT EUGENE
            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

            Travel safe, LindaWhit

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Drive safe LW!!

              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.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            yum. i'm hungry.

                        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.

                          1. Well, here in Colorado it's supposed to be almost 60 and sunny. Then tomorrow 30 and snow. Our typical winter "can't make up my mind" weather.

                            Anyway, last night no cooking, went to watch the hockey, Avalanche vs Flyers, Avs won, yay.

                            Tonight I'm keeping it light by doing asian chicken and rice bowls with lots of veggies too. Sauce is made out of hoisin and teriyaki and some other stuff (don't have the recipe with me haha!). My pants are awfully tight so I need to keep it light so I don't have any muffin top action going on, that's no good.

                            Hope everyone east stays warm!

                            1. Was waiting for you to start a new thread or I was going to go ahead with WFD #265 - Colder than a Witch's T** Edition! The temp just went down from a plus to minus 2 F in the last 20 minutes.... brrrr. Wind chill is minus 20 F!
                              Soaked peas for soup. Grilled cheese with tomato (a sickly pink) and a wedge salad will be lunch. It's going to be a long day as I am not going out in this cold.

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                              1. re: Berheenia

                                LOL!

                                1. re: Berheenia

                                  Ha! Wish you had, but there'll be time for that, I'm sure!

                                  1. re: roxlet

                                    Exactly. The winter is young. :-D

                                  2. re: Berheenia

                                    Don't know what you all are complaining about - we had -30F days plus wind chill until this morning when it warmed up to balmy minus teens :)

                                    1. re: herby

                                      I'm still cracking up at the fact that New England was colder than Alaska this past week or so. Their daytime average temp in Anchorage is 30° or so. :-)

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        Oh my. It was 78 here yesterday...

                                  3. Teens? Ha! Speak for yerself, rox. Temps are in the single digits here in HV, but at least we didn't get nearly as much snow as predicted.

                                    That said, I'll still hafta take out the snowblower, as my sweetie threw out his back yesterday and is all crooked '-(

                                    Hopefully, he'll be able to sit at our friends' poker table tonight, where there will be a pot of chili and a veggie bisi bele bath. I might even be ready for a little of that debbil alcohol again.

                                    Stay warm, bitches & 'hounds!

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                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      It's 4 degrees (that's 40 in F) and raining here in Vancouver, with a rumour of snow but not till Monday. Tonight I think I will finally break out the meat sauce I made on NYE. And an arugula salad. Simples.

                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        lol "This is how you remind me of what I really am"

                                      2. Deep freeze indeed - below zero wind chill and going to get even colder next week. Not loving the cold weather, although can't complain about the snow. It's absolutely beautiful outside and so long as I don't have to drive in it - I'm lovin' it. (our picnic table is almost covered - there is at least 1.5 feet of snow outside my door)

                                        Dinner since New Years has been almost non-existent. Needed to lose some of those holiday pounds, but now... I'm back!
                                        Dinner tonight will be garlic naan bread with homemade couscous and chicken soup with tons of carrots and butternut squash. Haven't made the couscous yet, but the naan bread is ready, warm and giving off the most wonderful aroma.

                                         
                                         
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                                        1. re: acssss

                                          Share your recipe for garlic nan?

                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                            Into a small glass bowl mix together 7g dry yeast (I use SAF Instant) with 1 tsp sugar and about 1/4 cup of warm water (some types of yeast need to sit about 15 minutes; with SAF you don't need to wait).
                                            Meanwhile into a mixing bowl, add 3 cups bread flour or unbleached all-purpose flour and 1 tsp salt
                                            Mix on low speed (don't stop mixer while adding the following ingredients):
                                            add previously mixed yeast mixture
                                            continue mixing and use a spatula to make sure yeast mixture is incorporated with flour
                                            Then add 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 cup finely chopped cilantro/parsley leaves
                                            add 1/4 cup melted butter
                                            add 1/2 cup yogurt
                                            add 1 large egg
                                            Slowly add lukewarm water - a bit at a time - as needed - about 3/4 cup
                                            Continue kneading on slow speed until dough is well mixed and soft (will be very sticky)
                                            Do not over knead
                                            Take a large round glass bowl and add 1 tbl oil
                                            Transfer the dough to the bowl
                                            Turn dough over so both sides are covered slightly in the oil.
                                            Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and proof in oven for about 1 hour
                                            (if your oven doesn't have a proof setting, just turn on the light in the summer or turn on the light and set temp to 70-80 degrees in the winter)
                                            After an hour, dough should have doubled in size (if not leave in oven for another 1/2 hour)
                                            With your hands, take about 1/6 (for larger) or an 1/8 (for smaller) of the dough from the bowl (will be sticky)
                                            Shape each piece with your hands and place on a cookie sheet
                                            (some shape their naan to look like a slice of pizza; others round shaped; I shape mine like flattened rolls)
                                            You should have a total of 6-8 naan
                                            Sprinkle fresh minced garlic over the top of each naan
                                            Cover dough with a towel and let sit for another 15 minutes
                                            (every time you handle dough, you should let it rest again)
                                            Meanwhile preheat oven to 500 degrees
                                            Remove towel from dough and bake for about 10 minutes or until they have a color to your liking.
                                            After they come out of oven, sprinkle with chopped parsley
                                            Let cool.
                                            Enjoy!

                                            1. re: acssss

                                              THANKS! This would have been the perfect pastime for today- dry and very cold (1 F) and an inside day but there are many more coming up. All I need to buy is some yeast and some parsley. Can I use greek yoghurt?

                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                My pleasure
                                                Greek yogurt is fine, but others work just as well, so no need to spend extra.
                                                BTW - cold weather hampers the rising of the dough. Make sure the room temp doesn't go below 70 degrees or else quickly put it into the oven to proof. If you let the dough get too cold, it won't rise properly.
                                                Good luck!

                                              2. re: acssss

                                                Your Naan looks lovely, I'm going to make it next week. Thanks for posting the recipe.

                                          2. Minestrone, made using my first-ever brown stock (beef stock) will be WFD. The stock has been simmering 2.5 hours now and smells wonderful. It's not something I can see myself routinely making, but I'm having fun with legume soups (DOTM - reported over there) and other soup recipes from Joy of Cooking.

                                            Wind chill right now is minus 2 F (temp 20), and the forecast temperatures (with even colder windchills) are -26!! to -1 through next Tuesday.

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                                            1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                              I made beef stock last week and I agree it's not something I'd ever make regularly but I'm taking advantage of it while I have it and it was such a fun project. I let it simmer for a good long while and it's delicious! Enjoy the soup.

                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                I love to turn on the oven and roast those bones and root veggies for stock when the weather is like this (1 degree F) but am working on pea soup and I need more freezer room.
                                                It's on the list. Actually our back porch is a freezer- too cold to keep beer and wine on it.

                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                  I'll be eating soup for a while since I have no freezer room for the giant batches of beef and chicken stock I made this week. I might have to put some stuff on the porch. My parents keep a ton of food outside, especially at holidays. I really enjoy late night nibbles dished out from Tupperware on a porch.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    We do the same here. Our mudroom is not heated so I take full advantage of that in the winter.

                                                    Its a great place to put those bigs pots of sauce, stew, stocks to cool too.In fact last winter we had a bottle of seltzer freeze and then explode. We were just glad it was seltzer and not my husbands beloved soda-that would have been a sticky mess.

                                              2. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                Note to self - only make soups that contain boiled cabbage (like Minestrone) when the windows can be opened. Even our great new vent fan wasn't up to the task. The soup tasted fine, once we got past the smell, but I think I prefer another version I have that uses a vegetable broth base

                                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                  Ooh. I don't make my minestrone with cabbage, but with escarole or romaine lettuce.

                                              3. chili...making use of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. I made it with white beans, posole, and a little diced sweet potato (non-trad, but like the sweet/spicy balance).

                                                 
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                                                1. re: BeeZee

                                                  The "clean-up chili" seems to be the meal of the day today. :-)

                                                2. I need to rid myself of some stock and am in a very soupy mood. Chicken noodle soup is on the menu tonight . Onions are laboring away on the stove and will be used for French Onion soup planned for lunch tomorrow.

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                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Sounds like a good and delicious plan.

                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                      I couldn't resist the onion soup and my is it tasty. The rest now safely in the fridge.

                                                  2. Freezing cold and abut a foot of snow here. I made baked potato soup in the slow cooker with some cheddar bay biscuits for lunch. For dinner some kind of beefy braise. Still deciding on a recipe. Q

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                                                    1. re: MAH

                                                      I'm craving baked potato soup, any good recipe to share? It's cold cold cold and snowy here, so I have BBQ shredded chicken that's been cooking in the ninja all day. Picked up some rolls yesterday, baked potatoes in the oven, and I'll probably pull out some frozen corn. I like to pile the chicken and corn directly on the potato, and slather the roll with butter instead, but the chow pups will look at me all crazy like. To each his own

                                                      1. re: sunangelmb

                                                        I don't have a real recipe per se. I looked at several for general guidance and method. I peeled and chopped 5 large baking potatoes and diced 1 huge onion. Those went into the slow cooker with 5 cups of homemade chicken stock and some minced garlic (maybe 3 cloves). 2.5 tsp salt and about 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cooked 8 hours on low. I had seen some recipes with cream cheese added for richness, so i tried adding a good dollop if the whipped cream cheese i had in the fridge. Bad idea. it didnt melt evenly like the regular stuff so i ended up fishing the remnants of that out then i used an immersion blender to partially puree the soup, aving some potato chunks. Then i added about 1/2 cup half and half and some good handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese. It was less creamy and had a more assertive garlic note than mst versions I've had before. I prefer the less creamy version but would tone down the garlic next time.

                                                    2. sorry you are all so fffffreeeeeezzing!!! I won't tell you what the temps are here in San Francisco...

                                                      i'm thinking fish tonight, but my fishmonger will be closed by the time I get there. I do want something light-ish - not feeling soupy, stewie, nor super carby.... hmm... there's another market on my way home that has fish, not as big a selection, and more frozen items, or at least previously frozen.... red snapper tacos? I have salt-packed anchovies too, could make a killer ceasar salad... we'll see.

                                                      hope you all get/stay warm!

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                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                        oh, you poor thing - no snow. Don't feel too bad.
                                                        (ha ha ha)

                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                          Hahahaha! I was wondering if I should even mention that I'm grilling tonight.....

                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                            You guys are evil.

                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                              Mention all you want -- rjbh20 has a craving for steak tonight, so guess what he's going to do? Yep. Grill. It is currently 14 degrees here, but there's no wind.

                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                Now that's a man on a mission.

                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                  now that's a MAN!

                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                    What - he's not going hunting too?

                                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                                    My husband insisted on grilling last night, in near white out conditions. Our men take their grilling seriously!

                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                      There is something about a man and fire...

                                                                    2. re: roxlet

                                                                      Good for him! A steak craving is hard to kick... you just have to have it and is HAS TO BE on the grill.

                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                        Wow. I am impressed.

                                                                        1. re: MAH

                                                                          YOU are ALL impressive, with your cooking and your grilling in sub-degree weather, in or out!

                                                                          as for me, I was determined to be good tonight and buy some snapper and make myself a light snapper and chorizo sauté over spinach dinner, maybe even the first WORK-OUT of the year.... one happy hour text from a friend and all is undone. sigh. as lingua would say, SS, DY.

                                                                    3. re: mariacarmen

                                                                      Ha, mc, I opted for red snapper tacos tonight. Just wasn't feeling the spag sauce. Maybe tomorrow.

                                                                    4. Tonight it's braised cabbage and kielbasa with crispy goose fat sauté potatoes. I didn't actually have a cabbage and no plans to go to the store today but I have a wonderful neighbor with whom I routinely swap food items. I called and asked if she by any chance had a cabbage and she said yes, and would swap it for the shallots she "borrowed" from me last week. Perfect!!! Ye gods it is cold out there....

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                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                        ooooh cabbage and goose fat.... i have goose fat in the freezer....

                                                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                                                          Goose fat potatoes - yes!

                                                                          1. re: GretchenS

                                                                            One of those beige-but-tasty meals. I had a bottle of cava that never got used during the holidays and was taking up needed space in the fridge and that turned out to be the perfect accompaniment... Good thing I have a plug thingie that will keep it good and bubbly for another night or two!

                                                                             
                                                                            1. re: GretchenS

                                                                              scrumptious.

                                                                              I need one of those plug thingies. do they really work?

                                                                          2. It has been a real challenge learning to adapt my cooking needs and desires to the somewhat unpredictable sleep schedule of a newborn (not to mention all the things I've learned to do with one hand holding, rocking r bouncing him in the other). During his morning nap, the toddler and I threw together some cheddar bay biscuits to go with the baked potato soup in the slow cooker. Afternoon nap afforded a window to put together the beef stew braising in the oven based loosely on an epicurious short rib recipe with coffee, ancho chili and maple in the basing liquid. It smells fantastic and, importantly for me, is hands free for the next 2.5 hours. Premade polenta will be served alongside.

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                                                                            1. re: MAH

                                                                              congrats, MAH! it sounds like you are doing more than coping with those biscuits!

                                                                              1. re: MAH

                                                                                Sounds like you are doing (and eating) great!

                                                                                1. re: MAH

                                                                                  I remember the days when I had two little ones.
                                                                                  I am actually surprised you are doing as much as you are. Give yourself a good pat on the back!

                                                                                  1. re: acssss

                                                                                    thanks so much, guys. I thoroughly enjoy perusing this board for inspiration during the endless hours of nursing at all hours of the day and night. Any day I can manage to produce a yummy dinner to save us from the crappy takeout options now available to us since moving to the burbs I consider a moderate success.

                                                                                  2. re: MAH

                                                                                    Congratulations, MAH! Your beef stew sounds absolutely heavenly! The crockpot will be your friend for many years. :-D

                                                                                    1. re: MAH

                                                                                      You are putting those nap times to good use! It's impressive. I would be face flat on a horizontal surface somewhere.

                                                                                      1. re: gini

                                                                                        No kidding! MAH, you are very impressive indeed!

                                                                                      2. re: MAH

                                                                                        You are an inspiration!
                                                                                        It sounds like you're accomplishing more with a newborn than I ever did. Hell, I'm still not accomplishing much regular cooking six months later!

                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                          I disagree rabaja - I've read your WFD comments - and you are equally inspiring.

                                                                                          Hell, I used to make my babies baby food and eat that - and then serve some of it to husband. Lucky for me, I have the husband I have and he cooked a lot during that time.

                                                                                          Kudos to the both of you!

                                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                                            I echo the disagreement. I have been reading your posts as well and have been inspired with the meals coming out of your kitchen with your little one in the mix.

                                                                                            In particular, I am reminded this evening of one of your holiday dinner posts in which you very aptly described the timing challenges of executing a meal with baby feedings and schedules to navigate. Hits home for sure -- especially Tonight as my beef stew and polenta will need to be warmed (again) after the bigger little one is asleep.

                                                                                            1. re: MAH

                                                                                              Thanks, to both of you.
                                                                                              I feel like cookings been such a struggle for the last little while. My downfall has been over thinking every meal. When I just go in the kitchen and get it done I'm much more successful.
                                                                                              That said, this last half of the year was a total blur, but we're still here!

                                                                                        2. re: MAH

                                                                                          I've made that Epi recipe, with short ribs - it is FANTASTIC. You're in for a treat!

                                                                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                            yes, it's in my repeat file have made it a few times with short ribs and as stew. tonight i didn't really follow the recipe and ended up with too little braising liquid. so when i took it out of the oven i had to doctor up the sauce. given the delayed dinner, it all worked out fine as my additions to the sauce had time to meld and simmer on the stovetop.

                                                                                        3. Thinking Kimchee and Tofu soup to warm my belly.

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                                                                                          1. re: bizkat

                                                                                            I have both Kimchee & tofu in my refrigerator - any instructions for making soup? I've been making kimchee fried rice like crazy & could use another belly-warming plan right around now.

                                                                                            1. re: THewat

                                                                                              Not bizcat but I have made tasty kimchee and tofu soup with ramen (throw out seasoning packet and use chicken broth that has been simmered with ginger) or just in gingery chicken broth, no noodles -- in either case you want to barely warm the kimchee and tofu through before serving. If I have it, I add some chopped bok choy before the kimchee and tofu and sprinkle chopped scallion on top. Sometimes a drizzle of sesame oil or a splash of soy. Some dried Chinese mushrooms can also be nice if you have them on hand. You sort of can't go wrong.

                                                                                          2. I'm still working on the venison ribs from last night. For tomorrow, I'm making Brunswick stew. I'll start the chicken sometime this evening. The store was out of ham hocks, so I'll be using bacon.... Not sure when I should add it, though.

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                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                              Well, the stew is done, but there is still enough of an oil slick on it to make it no fun to eat. Looks like I'm going to chill it overnight and deal with it in the morning. :(

                                                                                              I'm so terrible at skimming fat. I thought the square ladle I got for Christmas would help, but I guess not.

                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                I suck at it, too, which makes the whole "ad hoc" turkey gravy thing a complete and utter mystery to me :-)

                                                                                                So -- you're not alone!

                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                  I can't do it either I rely on a good chill.

                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                    When I'm impatient I use this trick: Let the pot sit still for about 10 min. Take two paper towels layered on top of each other and lay them across the surface of the liquid. Let the fat absorb and quickly lift off and throw away the towels. Helps to have your trash can nearby to avoid making a mess. Works every time.

                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                      I've tried that but I'll try again. However I don't feel as bad when I don't bother to skim because whenever I do chill not much fat accumulates anyway, not sure why but I usually find I need way less oil to cook than most recipes call for.

                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                        I usually use less oil, too, but this time I cooked the chicken with the skin on in it.... Not sure why, as I knew I'd just have to pull it off eventually anyway. :| Made a big mess for myself.

                                                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                          If it's any consolation, I've read that simmering the skin adds gelatin, which is very healthy.

                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                            That's good to know. I left it in for flavor, since I'd browned it skin-on, but we'll just pretend it was for the gelatin. :)

                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                              Both! :)

                                                                                                      2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                        Christina's got it right - I'm a "blotter" if I need to be. I don't lay the paper towels on top - I usually wad it up and barely touch the top where the oil is, and toss as it is soaked up.

                                                                                                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                          I've also been known to stick a few ice cubes in the pot and let the fat congeal around the cubes. Remove the cubes and remove the fat.

                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                            I do this by putting the ladle in the freezer for a while and then skimming- the fat sticks to the cold metal.

                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                              Very clever! I am stealing that idea.

                                                                                                    2. Dont everybody gang up on me but it was in the 50's all day here and my thin Floridian skin can't take it. Even so the butcher had some super fresh wild salmon. This restaurant in my are used to make a spinach salad with blackened salmon. I am riffing off of that. Salad is spinach, red pepper, kumatos, carrot matchsticks, bacon bits, hard boiled eggs and a balsamic dressing. Blackened salmon on top and Chicago hard rolls with butter to go with. And it is Friday so after I feed the kitties dinner at 7 I will partake in a Bacardi and caffine free coke with a lime. Can't wait til 7. ;-)

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                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                        Ooooooh, fresh wild salmon!!! Sounds excellent, and a lovely salad to boot!

                                                                                                        Super-jelly. It is 3°F here. Brrrrr.

                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                          It probably won't be near as good as my memory, but it jumped in my mind immediately when i saw the salmon. I can't wait. I have the Paul Prudhomme blackening seasoning that the butcher suggested. We shall see.
                                                                                                          3°? Yikes!

                                                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                          50's! That is frozen tundra weather:( Dinner sounds good the Bacardi drink sounds even better.

                                                                                                          1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                            Thanks. Got to the Bacardi a bit early.. :-)

                                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                            I have to do it - it was 68 here today. commence food throwing.

                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                              If I didn't spend so much on the salmon, I might. ;-)

                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                75 here, MC. :) This is one of the reasons we live here, for sure.

                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                  It's 1 degree Farenheit right now. It will get colder tonight.

                                                                                                                  Supper was leftover beef, some potatoes, carrots and wine. Very decent wine. I've taken care so the pipes don't freeze. We'll see.

                                                                                                                  Burn Notice is on the plasma. Florida is very attractive right now.

                                                                                                                  Saturday is for football.

                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                    Steve-I tried watching burn notice tonight but couldn't get into it. Is it a show best watched from he beginning, or at least the start of the season?

                                                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                      You may be right. Starting at the beginning or the start of a season has great merit.

                                                                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                        Could be just one of those things. I like the campiness of Burn Notice, SO hates it. Go figure.

                                                                                                                        Finally broke out the meat sauce tonight, along with a nice light salad. We had brown rice, regular and whole wheat pasta to choose from :-).

                                                                                                                      2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                        I woke up to 2 degrees F here at the Jersey Shore. Brrrrrrrr.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                          I hear you. Pipes in the master bath froze overnight. I finally freed them up by noon.

                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                            Bummer. Hair dryer?

                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                              Portable quartz heater.

                                                                                                                            2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                              Yikes. That's not good!

                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                Got that right.

                                                                                                                                We'll be renovating MBR and bath this spring/summer. I'll attack this issue with a vengeance.

                                                                                                                        2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                          ok, weezie, love you, but i do not miss so. cal. hot weather. 75 is too hot for me anymore. my blood must have thinned from living up here. but i'm glad you're enjoying!

                                                                                                                        3. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                          Over 60 here.... but then the wind hit and now it's 45 and dropping... snow will start overnight. That's kind of what I love about Colorado though.... beautiful days and the occasional cold snowy day that makes everything pretty looking. Then back up a day or two later.

                                                                                                                        4. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                          There was something off when I was eating that salad last night and I couldn't quite place it. I needed blue cheese crumbles. It was still delicious but not what I remembered. I wish Madfish Grill still made that salad.

                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                            Where's everyone getting the fresh wild salmon from? Our seasons ended and it's all previously frozen and looks like crapola. I do miss our salmon dinners.

                                                                                                                            1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                              Same here, I'm waiting until the fresh never frozen sign reappears

                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                I got it from my butcher. now I have to ask if it was frozen. I am not a big fish eater so it tasted good to me.

                                                                                                                            2. Well, it stayed in the teens here today in Boston, but the snow has stopped. With all the blowing, there doesn't actually seem to be a huge accumulation on the ground. Makes walking pretty easy. The dog very much enjoyed her 90 minutes outside this morning, bounding up and down the car-free streets as everyone tried to dig out their cars and houses. Because it was so cold here, the snow is very fluffy and light - just beautiful to look at, but also really easy to shovel!

                                                                                                                              To warm up the house, I'm baking sweet potatoes and a meatloaf in the oven - the meatloaf has onions, garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and mushrooms in it and is covered in a bbq glaze. Alongside I'll make some smothered squash with basil.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                The pic!

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                  Yum, perfect cold weather food, looks wonderful!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                    Thanks!

                                                                                                                              2. Requested meal is the chicken sausage and penne panful with jarred red peppers and olives. I can't imagine giving up pasta even though my pot belly should be an incentive. A FB friend posted Miller Time today and I knew I was looking forward to a glass of wine. Life is good,

                                                                                                                                1. Chicken soup two ways, one with potato, zucchini, cilantro and leek; one with white beans, garbanzos, and broad egg noodles.
                                                                                                                                  Needed two bowls tonight....half frozen by the time I got home.
                                                                                                                                  Maybe some ice cream for desert!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                    Maybe some Jack Daniels.

                                                                                                                                  2. Braised oxtail soup with lotus root, BBQ pork with my homemade Char Sui sauce along with baby bok choy from my dad’s garden.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: rinkatink888

                                                                                                                                      wow!

                                                                                                                                    2. The last WFD thread inspired me to make chicken satay tonight, with a side of rice for DH and steamed broccoli for both of us. I absolutely SMOTHERED my broccoli in that peanut sauce and went to town - it's so good I really don't even need the chicken!

                                                                                                                                      1. I woke up to about 7 inches of snow but still had to work...pppfffft

                                                                                                                                        I wanted to make something homey but wound up mashing an avocado for lunch with carrot and apple slices.

                                                                                                                                        For dinner, which I ate around 3 pm, haha, I made tortellini with artchoke, peas and a red pepper and doused it with like three pounds of cheese.

                                                                                                                                        I'm going to eat a large ripe pear soon. It was from a mail order gift and is ready to go.

                                                                                                                                        I still might make cookies even though it's 9pm. Not the most exciting day for me.

                                                                                                                                        1. I just pulled 2 large london broils off the grill (marinated for 2 days, they're incredibly juicy and tender.) I wanted to grill veggies, too, but never made it to the store for something grillable so it's Trader Joe's frozen french green beans to the rescue (dressed up with bacon fat and garlic.) Lots of neighbors out walking dogs to talk to while having a glass of wine, its a gorgeous night. I'd happily share some warmth with those of you in need of it.

                                                                                                                                          Oh, I charred 6 pounds of anaheim chiles while the flames were high before doing the meat. Those are future chile rellenos, for burgers, to dice and add to things, etc.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                            I absolutely love london broil. Too bad my bf is not a fan unless it is for jerky. Enjoy dinner. What was in your marinade?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                              Ha I was going to ask the same thing about the marinade... I have a big one in my freezer right now.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                              Sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                I love those beans. They are great roasted, too. Dinner sounds delish.

                                                                                                                                              2. Store bought pierogi's with lots of sauteed onions here! Made banana bread last night and considering baking again tonight!
                                                                                                                                                Everything listed here though sounds so warm and delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: YllowMstrd

                                                                                                                                                  Love pierogi.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                    Me too. They are somewhat addictive. I try to keep a package in the house for emergency winter comfort food but they don't seem to last long enough for an emergency lol

                                                                                                                                                2. A comfy 11 degrees by the grill and thankfully no wind. Perfect for a steak & a baked, side of broccoli aglio e olio. Of course, some moderate red to keep the chill away.

                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                    Absolutely beautiful!
                                                                                                                                                    Buon Appetito to you and Rox

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks. She made doughnuts earlier today as a post-shoveling and post-training restorative for me and the young athlete, respectively. A very luxurious day, all in all .

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                        snow days call for a bit of decadence, i think. i'd love roxlet's doughnut recipe if you/she care to share.

                                                                                                                                                        anyone had success baking doughnuts in the shaped pans i've seen?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                          Nah -- doughnuts need to be yeast dough and fried or they ain't doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                            I like a cake doughnut, myself.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                              I cannot agree heartily enough. With rjbh20, that is. Yeast. Fried. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                I must agree. If it ain't a yeast raised that is so fluffy it's crazy and collapses into nothing but dough and sugar it ain't a doughnut. And it isn't a donut. It is dough.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                  Meh, different strokes.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                    Different strokes makes the world go 'round. I have an affinity for yeast raised from a special ritual that I had with my mom. I was the baby, therefore the last lone shopper with my mom as a kid. We got Krispy Kremes at the A&P whenever she took me shopping. Yeast raised are my kryptonite.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                      A & P brings back memories of growing up in NY....

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite doughnut is a plain cake doughnut BUT I also like a glazed warm off the conveyor belt Krispy Kreme too...

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                    Give me an apple cider donut (cake-based, but still fried), fresh and hot off the line at an apple farm, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, and I'm in heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                    So as ChristinaMason said, different strokes.

                                                                                                                                                                    And Krispy Kreme didn't fare well up here in New England. I found them cloyingly and overly sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                  They were terrific. I used the recipe from the Cook's Illustrated Baking Book.

                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, those look fabulous! Can I have the donut holes?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                      Did you save the holes? My son loves those!

                                                                                                                                                                      Edit: Funny sedimental - only now I saw your post :-) The minute I saw those donuts, I thought the same thing!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                        Nope, the holes all disappeared, and I tried an experiment my husband suggested -- freezing the left-overs. We'll see if that works!

                                                                                                                                                              2. Tonight was leftover italian beef sandwiches with a salad.

                                                                                                                                                                Tomorrow will be my last oven using day for awhile, so mr Autumn has requested chicken parm. Do to our odd floor plan, the oven is 10 feet away from the thermostat, so if I have the oven going, the kitchen is awesome but the rest of the house is freezing. And with them forecasting highs of -13 (without the windchill) for Monday, we are going to leftover mode. Someday we will change that set up, but it will be awhile.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                                                  It is easy to move tht t-stat from the room...buy 20 feet of low voltage, bell wire, and remove the stat... attach the wire matching wire for wire, as an extension cord and move it yourself , until you can have an electrician move it....should cost you about $5
                                                                                                                                                                  You got to have hoot food in this weather!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                                                                                                    Plaster walls with lead paint and a 2 year old make it slightly more complicated. I wish it were that easy. . . Gotta love late 50s ramblers though. Someday, and until then. I live vicariously through your food events. Cook on CH!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                                                    Not to pile on with advice about your thermostat instead of food, but have you tried putting a wet washcloth over the thermostat sensor while the oven is going?

                                                                                                                                                                    At least soups and stews are stovetop!

                                                                                                                                                                  3. Upcoming - braised shortribs (to a Gordon Ramsay recipe)

                                                                                                                                                                    Shortribs are a very rare cut of meat on this side of the pond. When we spotted them in the butchers a few weeks back, I think it was the first time we'd ever seen them on offer (apparently the meat is usually used for mince.

                                                                                                                                                                    And it was interesting to see them described as shortribs, when the cut is more usually known as Jacob's Ladder. But, I suppose, that's just another example of how British English (and culture) is fast becoming more Americanised (I suppose that should be AmericaniZed).

                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway, recipe calls for the beef to be long oven-cooked along with garlic, tomato puree, wine and stock. As it's served, a scattering of fried mushrooms and pancetta is added. Mashed potato and cabbage to accompany.

                                                                                                                                                                    Tarte au citron to follow.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds delish!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                        That's a braise I can get behind.

                                                                                                                                                                        We serve our short ribs with a creamy polenta.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Dinner last night wound up being shrimp and grits. We didn't want meatballs so my husband decided on shrimp... but I am tired of the same old shrimp recipes that I make so I decided to just google shrimp recipes until I came up with something new. Wound up with Bobby Flay's shrimp and grits recipe and I actually had all of the ingredients on hand. I had never had the dish in any form before but found it to be yummy, flavorful, and comforting on such a cold, snowy day.

                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight will be spaghetti and meatballs. I want to make some focaccia to go with. Normally I would top it with fresh rosemary but it is buried under a foot of snow outside and is probably dead at this point.

                                                                                                                                                                        Also I need to finish up the Candy Bar Pie I started yesterday. Yesterday I made the chocolate crumb, chocolate crust, peanut brittle, and salty caramel. Today I need to make the peanut butter nougat and the chocolate glaze. The caramel looks a bit runny in the crust even after being refrigerated overnight but I guess that will just have to be part of the pie's charm.... lovely, oozing caramel.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                          There are so many steps to the Milk Bar recipes, but the results are very special.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                            i only discovered shrimp and grits last year, and loved it! and our local DOTM is about that dish... hmm... that may be WFD tomorrow night...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                              I know I saw that and was like darn, why isn't that the general DOTM?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                I still haven't discovered shrimp and grits, but it's sounding like now might be the time to do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                  do eeeet. so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                    oh jesssss.... you must doooo eeet....

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                  Excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                  In our house, shrimp and grits make a perfect brunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yay for you for trying shrimp and grits!! One of my favorite dishes!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. It's now snowing here, so I can't gloat anymore. We have mostly vacant land behind us for quite a distance, so it does look pretty all white out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                    This afternoon we're headed to a hockey game, and I'm hoping I can talk SO into going out to eat afterwards... maybe to Biker Jim's so I can get my elk jalapeno dog again. His New Years Resolution was to quit chewing tobacco (I know, gross, but glad he's trying to quit), so it seems he has been hungrier... that fares well for me and my foodie desires...although last night it resulted in him munching on Cheetos after dinner haha!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Soup, soup, soup. I can't seem to get enough. First course, main course or lunch. Must be the season!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Last nights dinner was roasted chicken, garlic soba noodle green bean salad, and roasted brussel sprouts. The chicken carcass back on the stove for more .....soup! Lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. So last night was pretty simple, since I didn't get home until around 9:30 and the bf is still a bit under the weather. Just some chicken tenders, dredged in a bit of flour and pan fried, served with chili-honey-mustard sauce. Salad and white rice on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I also picked up a small chuck roast last night, cut it into chunks, but left the oyster whole. The chunks were browned in some hot oil and then left to marinade in a combination of their own juices, a bit of cumin and ground coriander, and a ton of freshly ground NM chile. The whole concoction will be mixed with some sauteed onion and garlic and a bit of stock and left to slow cook in the oven all day, under the careful watch of my boyfriend. The resulting chile will be served with a side of rice and honey-cumin pinto beans, and some of the wonderful, thick flour tortillas you can get all over the place here.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The chuck oyster, on the other hand, was cut into two small steaks and is currently sitting in the fridge coated in a crust of salt, pepper and mustard powder. I have every intention of pretending they're tenderloins and wrapping them in pancetta tomorrow night, although I don't know what the sides will be just yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                          all three meals sound really good to me right now...

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Gooooood Mornin' WFD!!! (to be said like Robin Williams)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Woke up late - let the dog out and the snow was so deep, it was over his shoulders. So I let him back in and took him out the front where the guy shoveled the driveway. Funny.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The back yard is untouched - so the snow is like a perfectly tight white sheet (Marines style). Beautiful!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Food today is just sandwiches (that I already have packed) to be eaten at the ski lodge - we'll buy hot chocolate there - and for dinner - leftover soup/couscous from yesterday. I brought a book. Not much of a skier myself - but I love watching the other people ski and being at the lodge.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope everyone is enjoying the snow and for the others that have none... well, I feel for you. I really do :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Have a great Saturday all!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a great day you have planned! Have fun

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                              We did. It was great! Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                              My dog was romping in the snow, digging her ball out and tossing it in the air, then digging it out again. She came in looking like she had been licking the frosting bowl. Her first big snow, and she loves it despite the fact that she's small and it's pretty deep for her.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                My dogs LOVE the snow too, especially the pom but its is so frigidly cold they couldn't be out for more than a few minutes. Their paws kept freezing and they couldn't walk, Thank goodness it's going to warm up tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yikes.....those of us who live in the sunshine states like me can not wrap our brains around such extreme weather and the perils that come with it. I love how cheerful all the snow bunnies on here are. Just amazing to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where are you Mama? I hear you about the cheery dispositions. I would be shamefully the opposite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am in N California near Lodi,Calif. which is a bit south of Sacramento,Ca.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeopardy had a question Which State in the U.S. is the snowiest - the correct answer was California.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although, I am assuming it is due to the area north of you :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is most likely in reference to Truckee Ca. which is in the Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of here about 125 miles. Lodi Ca. is wine country and we are at the north end of the San Joaquin Valley which is a big agricultural paradise. I can get to the coast, Napa,Sonoma, Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area very quickly from here usually in a bit over an hour. The longest haul is driving *up the hill* to Tahoe and it is very snowy there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well really, think of the entire Sierra Nevadas! I grew up near Sequoia National Park (in Visalia) and the places we would camp in the summers aren't even open in the winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            In April 1975 my folks got married and were going to honeymoon camp in Yosemite... well there was too much snow so they went to Monterey instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I did actually see snow in Clear Lake Ca. in March of 2010. My SIL and I were headed 50 miles south to Santa Rosa in her truck at around 4:30 P.M. and it was bizarre..it went from being sunny (though freezing) to a sort of rain shower, then as we drove west it started to snow. It was the first time my dear SIL had ever seen me speechless:) It was dreadful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My parents spent their honeymoon camping at Yosemite, back in August 1960.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh Lord....

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                              ...stuck in Lodi again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                HaHa Steve. I am in proximity to Lodi not in it:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is a truly excellent Mexican restaurant in Lodi. Alebrijes. Check it out next time you get stuck. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like the huevos rancheros they serve at brunch in the cafe part of the Michael David winery near Lodi (one-stop bakery/cafe/shop/winery)http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/vis...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And unfortunately you won't be stuck in Lodi this year due to snow. Or anywhere else in California for that matter....at least not yet. No snow in the Sierra, not even near Truckee or on Donner Summit (famous for snow that trapped a certain group traveling west...). In fact, I just received an email telling me that the snowshoe clinic near Donner Summit I had signed up for next Saturday has been canceled....due to lack of snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Back to food: We were planning on leftover chili and a salad tonight since I had a meeting and couldn't cook....but when I got home DH wasn't there yet (waiting for a tow truck from Triple A...don't ask but nothing to do with snow)...so our meal ended up being in the bar of a favorite Mexican place (El Adobe Café in Reno) while we watched football. Rough evening, but the margaritas and albondigas soup (for me; DH had chile rellenos) made everything ok....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It only took me about 24 hours to figure this out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I feel like to live in New England, and possibly other places with real winters, you need to really embrace the cold and love the snow. For us, we love winter sports - hiking, skiing, nordic skiing, ice climbing, so it's great to live here. I also really love sweaters and fires. I think if I didn't have an outdoor activity I loved I would need to live somewhere warmer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hate being cold so winter is miserable for me. My parents took me skiing as soon as I could walk and I spent many a vacation skiing in Vermont, New Hampshire, Colorado, etc. I enjoyed it until my mid-twenties and then I just couldn't tolerate the cold any longer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  These days 50 degrees is about as cold as I'm willing to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My dog won't go out when it snows. We have to clear a little path so that she can get under the porch to do her business. I'm jealous of your snow and your hot chocolate and your book and your soup. Damn. We're supposed to get "snow showers" on Thursday or Friday, but I doubt that will be enough to push us back into soup weather.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a dog like that. The chi-terrier mix HATES cold, rain, snow. My son had to carry him home this morning after he staged a strike during his walk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is extremely hilarious. Smart little dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This sounds so much fun -hope you enjoyed your day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you LL, we did

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perfect use of the simile of the snow : tight white sheet (military style). Hope you enjoyed your people watching and book at the lodge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know why that was the first thing I thought of when I woke up and saw the snow so perfectly smooth and white ?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Ok, so we haven't had the storms as bad as the folks on the coast, but, honestly, if it rains anymore I will grow webbed feet! And I speak as someone who grew up in part in Wales so knows what rain looks like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, warming food needed. It was going to be cawl, a Welsh lamb stew/soup, but I found that there was not, as I expected , lamb in the freezer waiting to be used. So I am making a barley, leek, ham and parsley stew, followed by panettone made into a sort of French toast, with blueberries from the freezer. Keep warm/dry, everyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Londonlinda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Panettone French toast sounds wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I'm in full vacation mode and plastered to the couch, feet up watching trashy daytime TV. If I can muster enough energy, dinner will be duck breast with a cranberry sauced served over risotto-style orzo. Plan B is take out - Thai or pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The French Onion soup made yesterday was lunch. Of course, I forgot to buy a baguette a few days ago and so had to make due with a big chunk of sage stuffing bread leftover in the freezer from Thanksgiving. The soup was amazing and thanks to all of the WFDers who have offered recommendations and tips over the past few months.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy your time off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, so far it's great and doesn't end until Thursday!! Thanks to New Years's I get an extra day off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know the stuffing bread had a different texture then a baguette but I bet the taste was really great with the soup. Have a good dinner whatever you decide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was great actually. I was at a loss for what to do and remembered I had some in the freezer. We're not really a bread house so it's all I had. It paired well with the thyme in the soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I feel bad but lazy has won undercover of the explanation that the oven is occupied by the braising short ribs so I'm forced to order out. It's been a while since I attacked my arteries with a triple threat of sodium, fat and carbs so greasy Chinese for dinner. So far I'm thinking shrimp with lobster sauce and fried rice but General Tso might show up uninvited.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          General Tso is always welcome here. And being lazy is referred to as 'reflecting' here. Some days I tell the husband, "I was so busy reflecting on the health care system, I forgot to cook dinner." He knows that means, I was watching football all day in my Jammie's, bring home Chinese food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I might have to borrow that one. In college SO would attempt to sleep in during finals study period and I'd insist he'd get up and one morning he very seriously responded "shh, I'm outlining." I don't believe he came up with any good thesis ideas while laying in that bed, but I now use it as my excuse as well when I'm procrastinating writing. I'm the run around crazy kind so this is probably good for me. My waistline disagrees, but I'll work on that next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              <My waistline disagrees, but I'll work on that next week.>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Classic procrastination tactic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I needed to gain weight anyway :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree. You are taller than me and weigh about the same as me. That is just not fair. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh no you don't want peope to rudely callyou a tube. Actually kind of scary, since I couldn't eat much for a few weeks my body is like a giant water balloon. The doctor says it can happen after resuming normal intake if you are sick for a whole but the water jiggle is hilarious. Last week everyone at work kept asking why are you so fat? Literally, which is increasingly rude but the water mounted within a week and the doctor tells me will stay a while to equilibrate from being sick. Stomach is sort of behaving so I don't mind being a balloon ready to burst if it means healing my tummy :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't believe people are so rude. Wow. I am glad to hear that your tummy is behaving lately. I have been on a good run lately too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some people can be so clueless and rude can't they? The nerve! Enjoy the shopping, cooking and eating while it's good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Indeed, thanks. Enjoying is exactly what I intend to do, the world will return again on Thursday. Yes, I look like a swollen beast but any reasonable human should know that you really can't gain significant weight in a week or even a month of eating like crazy (which is not what I've been doing) if you go back to your usual habits. I hope this is the final backlash of the stomach bug of November and I'll be good to go by February and won't have to deal with this anymore :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I must admit, the Kardashians can be quite entertaining when you have nothing else to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow that was pretty rude fid. Sounds like you are taking it in stride. I've always had a round tummy and an aversion to shapewear so I've gotten the "are you pregnant?" a lot. /sigh. Tonight I cleaned out the fridge some by using some leftover rich beef gravy and leftover sour cream by sauteing up a mess of mushrooms and boiling up some noodles to make beef stroganoff. The gravy was tasty but a bit thin. I didn't want to thicken it with flour so I deglazed the mushroom pan with half and half. Turned out well and there are leftovers for tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But I am almost totally out of butter. People this never happens. I have a smidgen of unsalted butter for my pumpkin bagel and that's it. /panic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tonight it's dinner with friends at their place. We're doing it potluck-style: They're making Wiener Schnitzel, a pasta, and a vegetable side. We've promised a soup and dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm going to make an herbed roasted butternut squash soup, which we'll drizzle with toasted pumpkin seed oil, Austrian-style. Dessert is still up in the air. My hubby suggested panna cotta topped with coffee liqueur. If we do that, I may flavor it slightly with marsala and top with crushed amaretti. But I'm not sure yet...ideas?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GodIloveWienerSchnitzel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And that squash soup with the oil sounds lovely, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What about a pear chocolate upside down cake?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds good. I was lazy and just got whipping cream and blackberries and some DeStrooper almond thin cookies. We were busy all day--plus I made soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My friend made this pasta with leeks and bacon as one of the sides: http://www.marthastewart.com/862204/p...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was hearty and delicious. She almost forgot the leeks until I asked what the bowlful on the counter was for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Soup was a hit. It will be my go-to prep for squash soup going forward (never liked it with Indian curry anyway). We dolloped sour cream and sprinkled with chopped pistachios and the pumpkin seed oil on top to really gild the lily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wiener Schnitzel was excellent, and she also made a Swiss chard with honey-roasted garlic that was very good, too. Dessert hit all the right notes of fruity, creamy, crunchy, and sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ah, so 'twas YOU who put schnitzel on my brain, evil woman! :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      guilty as charged :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Woot. Won a bit over $30 at pokah last night. The chili was delish, and instead of the bili bese bath, the hostess had made a vegetarian chili, too. Both had chopped olives in it (which I'd never had in chili before), which made it quite interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Back on the wagon, booze-wise, after two much needed days of abstinence.... so that's good news, too :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're invited to a dinner party tonight & I have no idea what's being served. But as the hosts are Indian and Lebanese, respectively, the eats are always fabulous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy weekend, and don't turn into ice, y'all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have never had olives in chili. Were they black or green? Good for you about the poker winnings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Big fat black ones, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always garnish my chili with a ton of black olives, cilantro and either some sour cream or shredded cheddar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's how they served it to me in Austin - and I've been "hooked" ever since :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How interesting! I'm not a big chili eater, but it has its place and it's fun to see all the regional differences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try it on fries - YUM! My biggest guilty pleasure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to fries. Mayo & ketchup normally, if it's fish & chips malt vinegar (and maybe mayo), if it's with Greek food, a squeeze of lemon and tzatziki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, and when I'm in the Netherlands, mayo, saté sauce & raw onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hmm. Maybe not *that* much of a purist.... just stuck in my ways '-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I usually eat my fries with malt vinegar as well (Isn't that funny? I don't know of many who do that - I think it is my European blood).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chili Fries, however, is an entirely different experience and one that I do very very rarely - because I can eat the entire plate. The fries are no longer "fries" after you smother them with chili, because they are no longer separated and you have to eat them with a fork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I shall not repeat what I usually say to the TV when I see a perfect plate of French fries smothered in ..... chili :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like fries. Quality fries, to me, are not a delivery mechanism for condiment. I add salt and that's it. No point in eating fries that are only ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It would be a boring -- nay, sad world where everyone liked the same things the same way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No need Lingua - I think I know what it is :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Malt vinegar here too!! In fact I plan to run to the store tomorrow just for malt vinegar, ran out eating collards this afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love white vinegar on screamin' hot fries. But size matters when it comes to white vin, I've discovered. Okay, nationality matters. White vinegar in the US (or at least, where I've tried it) is strangely watered down and sweet. It should rip your lips off with puckery savouriness, as it does in Canada. Also good: Filipino white cane vinegar Accept no substitute!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Woke up to the joy of frozen pipes even with the precautions we took before bed. Brrrrr! Took over 4 hours to thaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Heading to a friends for dinner tonight and offered to make some focaccia. I baked two loves yesterday but between my husband, son and the plow guy it disappeared. So while dealing with the pipes I whipped up two more. One is plain with just salt. The other topped with a herb mix I got in my stocking. Combo of rosemary, dried tomato, onion and what looks like parsley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I feel bad for you and Steve with frozen pipes. Had this happen to me many years ago in Scituate in a winter rental- a crawl space and a hair dryer equals total misery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We had the opposite problem. It was supposed to be 16 below so after a bourbon or two Mr. Berhenia took it on himself to reprogram the new thermostat. It was like a sauna at 3 a.m. He has promised to never do this again, of course his intentions were good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My doctored pea soup is cooking away. I think I will stick with the no soak method in the future. The kitchen is a mess so plan to clean it up, pour a glass of wine and dine on leftover California Casserole with some TJ's corn for a veg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What is it with men, alcohol and the need to be useful, LOL. That is something my husband would do!! I guess better hot than cold, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scituate is one town over from us and they were hit really hard. Kayak has been the mode of transportation and you have to avoid floating hunks of ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy that glass of wine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scituate and Hull are both a mess with the amount of flooding. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And now they are talking 50 degrees tomorrow which adds a whole new set of problems. We have friends in both towns. Thankfully they are on higher ground but one thing is in those communities, especially Scituate, they really rally around their own. It's a wonderful thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    50° AND rain. With things so flooded already, that's not good. But you're right - they do take care of their own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frozen toilet even better, especially with several engineers on hand saying, "Pour boiling water in." One English major saying, "I dunno, that sounds like a bad idea" and being ignored. CRAAACCCK, one fractured toilet bowl later... at least we had marvelous hot apps that I had prepped while we waited for the plumber to arrive :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OMG, thats terrible! bonus points for the good food. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I need to sneak into your house and pretend I'm a family member sometime, foodie. "Oh, don't mind her. She's my aunt's cousin's 2nd half-sister."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Pizza night to celebrate son's return from the Sugar Bowl. Dough is doing a slow rise in the fridge and I have Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, and more for toppings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contemplating some sort of bean soup in the crock overnight...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Brrr!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch was leftover spicy thai chicken red curry sautéed with broccoli, savoy cabbage and red bell pepper. Tonight I am making wet beef and bean burritos; serving with guacamole and tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Enjoy your Saturday, everyone! Go Chiefs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Salisbury steak with a mushroom gravy, parsley jasmine rice and a small spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was happily usurped. Rice was replaced by sour cream and cheddar mashed and steamed asparagus. If that was what James wants, he gets. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Spent part of the day looking at a dining room set. Still haven't pulled the trigger, but I have until tomorrow to use the $200 Jordan's Furniture "consolation prize" from buying furniture last Spring and the Red Sox not having pitched a perfect game. Hey, they won the World Series. I'm good with that. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had taken out a Frankenchicken BISO breast to defrost, so I minced some garlic, and mixed it with salt, pepper, lemon zest and minced rosemary and then blended it all with a Tbsp or so of butter. Smushed most of it under the skin of the chicken breast, with a bit schmeared on top. Into a 400° oven to roast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Had some Brussels sprouts to use up, so those were stemmed, the dead leaves pulled off, and they were halved. Tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika, and they went into the same oven to roast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Leftover mashed potatoes from the meat loaf a few meals back was the remaining side. Oh - there was wine for the cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dinner = good. Needed more lemon. I had some fresh lemon juice I should have drizzled over the chicken, but the other half will still make a good work lunch on Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have some pomegranates from Wegmans; I have some Fage yogurt, I have some organic wild forest raw honey. That will probably be dessert later tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jordan's - what a great concept. I used to love just walking through the "streets of Louisiana" with my beads and walking through all the rooms. A wonderful way to spend the day (especially in the winter). It is a concept that works too because every time we bought something there - we had to buy the "whole room". Cheesy? maybe, but I loved it anyway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh, and great food ideas too LW :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not a "whole room" type of person, acssss - I'm trying to work with the other mismatched pieces I have in my dining room (small marble-topped wine rack, a pine pie safe pantry, and a maple butcher block table) and make things work together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So I'm actually now entertaining the idea of staining the wine rack and butcher block table to look more in tune with the table I think I've convinced myself to buy...with some convincing help from friends....and encouragement to take on the refinishing project. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They were one of the first retailers to use "aromatherapy" to increase purchase sales. The Cape Cod rooms were piped with the smells of the ocean (not low tide, LOL), kitchen areas with the subtle scent of cookies or fresh bread, family/theatre rooms with popcorn, etc. Pretty brilliant as most people never even really noticed the smell, it was mostly subconscious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course you couldn't turn on the radio in the 80's without hearing their commercials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now they have Fuddrucker's in the front of the Reading building, and they bake their own bread, so it smells wonderful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That store doesn't do the "concept rooms" - can't recall if Avon still does.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When I was there last year looking at mattresses (and no we didn't buy one damn-it, don't ask. DH I am looking at you) I think they still did but we beelined it right to that area so can't say for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Avon does have the old Jordan March Enchanted Village which brinks back major memories for me. I grew up visiting each year and I worked for them when it was in the DT Crossing location and then up in Peabody. Jordan's did a great thing buying and restoring it even if if was for less than altruistic reasons. And boy do the smell of JM blueberry muffins bring me back too…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our first trip to Jordan's back in the day the sales guy was so nice I wanted to invite him home for dinner. (See this is food oriented!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly they don't deliver to western Mass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The sales guy was good. I found him one room over when I walked into the dining room area. We had a good chit-chat. It seems they cannot hand out their business cards, even when asked for one, if the customer isn't buying (as I didn't do yesterday) but he quietly gave it to me and asked me to put it in my pocket. He stood there for 20 minutes, walking me around seeing if there were sideboards or buffets that would work with the table I wanted, so I knew I wanted him to get the sale. Now that I've purchased from him, I can ask for him at any time I'm making another purchase.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So - it gets delivered on Feb. 1st....I just need to arrange for a pickup of the current dinette set I've got in the dining room. And then *really* Swiffer and Swiffer-Wet the dining room floor once the table and chairs are out of there. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nice!! You must post pics (with WFD that day of course!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. What a football game! Time for some popcorn and wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. It looks like the leftovers are mine all mine! The man is at Hooters it seems. *eyeroll* Its one of the guys birthdays, they've been out all day on a beach ride (vintage bikes, cruisers, usually 25 miles or so!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't mind, he can eat crap and I get more medium rare london broil. I will share with the kitties, though, it's their absolute favorite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You and the kitties enjoy. I'll take your meal over Pooters any day.(No I did not spell that wrong)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I made homemade cinnamon rolls this morning as per request from the "little girl" Then, my daughter invited friends to dinner this evening; sort of like a impromptu going away dinner party for me (gotta love that girl!) Her fiance made beef shish kebabs with cherry tomatoes, onions and assorted bell peppers; I made burgers, half with ground chorizo and we had 3 different sausages which all got cooked on the grill. Her fiance made chili and a pasta salad; I made broccoli & cheese and a friend bought roasted garlic cauliflower and a green chile dip (both were great)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dessert was a strawberry cheesecake drizzled with white & milk chocolate and double chocolate macadamia cookies. Wine & beer was had...daughter's wedding was discussed and plans made with her besties. We put on the Wii and people were dancing. It was a great time and I'm sad to be going home tomorrow....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry you have to go but I am glad that you sound like it was a great trip. Enjoy tonight. The impromptu party sounds like a ton of great food and fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, sounds like your daughter nabbed a great fiance or at least one who knows how to cook :) I'm sorry you have to go, safe travel home and I'm sure you and your daughter are really going to love wedding planning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Dragged out a great old Patricia Wells warhorse that I haven't made in years -- Mistral's Chicken. Just a basic wine-based skillet-braised chicken, but with lots of garlic cloves that melt into the sauce. I'm long mushrooms, so tossed in several. Also floured the chicken, which isn't authentic but I wanted a thicker sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nothing fancy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing fancy, but very good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Hit the Amish market this morning and came home with some ground turkey, amongst other assorted items. Made a nice chili in the slow cooker by throwing various in there. After a very cold run outside (single digits, eeeek) I was incredibly grateful for a nice hot bowl. Just wish I had tried black olives on it....next time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Upcoming - Moroccan pasties - a Paul Hollywood recipe from "How to Bake".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shortcrust pastry, filled with minced lamb, onion, potato, garlic, fresh coriander, cinnamon, dried chilli. Baked for about 40 minutes at 180.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Silver Fox suggests accompaniments of roasted vegetables (we've got red pepper, aubergine, squash and red onion) and a dollop of mint flavoured yoghurt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds so good and I don't even like lamb or eggplant. Enjoy it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I pulled a chuck roast out of the freezer. I think I'm going to attempt beef stew. Previous attempts haven't been all that great but my last try was several years ago and I've gotten much better in my cooking since then. I can make a banging pot roast and beef bourguignon so I should be able to handle a plain beef stew. It will be served over rice and with leftover homemade focaccia from last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. We're headed into the deep freeze--25o high today. I know that's balmy for some, but here in OK that's dang cold. In fact I almost want snow if I have to suffer through the temps anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Got out last night for dinner at a Cajun restaurant. Tabasco and honey-glazed salmon, garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted asparagus. If anyone has ever come across a smiliar sounding salmon recipe, please let me know

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quick search found these two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://bakerbynature.com/20-minute-ta...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco-recipe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A bit off topic, but are you in OKC bblonde? If so, what Cajun do you like here? We're looking for one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: adirunner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes I am! Haven't had much luck. I don't know that I'd call Jazmos Bourbon St. Cafe "authentic" or even all that much Cajun, but i do like it. Don't know if the Shack is back open but the one time I went I found it inedibly salty. I have a general rule that I don't eat at buffet's but the one time I was taken to Cajun King I found it to be really decent because they come around to your table with fresh beignets and freshly fried catfish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The short answer to your question is--no, sadly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bblonde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, thanks for the long AND short answer! ;) I completely agree on Bourbon St. Cafe... not necessarily Cajun, but good for what it is. I believe the Shack's second location in Quail Springs is open, but the one just off 63rd hasn't yet. In any case, I thought they had good raw oysters, but their other dishes were salty and greasy. I don't tend to visit buffets either (unless it's Indian), but have heard good things about Cajun King.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks again and stay warm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. A non-legume creamy chicken/crab/cucumber soup from Joy of Cooking, titled Quick Cucumber Soup Cockaigne. Very mild-mannered, so a great combo with the assertive flavors of nibbles still left from NYE of wood-smoked Alaskan Salmon and 4-year ceddar along with club crackers and naan bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd bookmarked this easy soup recipe because I had a extra cucumber in the fridge and trust that a JoC recipe with "Cockaigne" in the title will be good. Cucumber, peeled seeded & diced (1.5 C - a medium one) is cooked 15 minutes in 2.5 C. boiling chicken broth. Then canned cream of chicken soup is added & brought to boil and lastly 1/2 c. of seafood (surami/crab in my case, but shrimp or clams are other options) and a tsp. of chervil or parsley (1/4 tsp dried) are stirred in and warmed at low heat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Tonight is luscious leftovers. I had a small thing of meatballs and some leftover ziti so I put together a quick pasta bake to pop in the oven later. We also have leftover chicken wings, a couple slices of pork and steak as well as some rice so that most likely will become some kind of fried rice along with he various bits and pieces of broccoli, cauliflower and leftover peas. We will all just pick on what appeals to us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Which means I can go grocery shopping! The freezer is pretty light and tonights clean out will make lots of room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  January is always my "detox" month. While we don't eat much packaged/processed food I find myself feeling sluggish after the holidays from all the indulgences. So I am looking forward to making lots of veggie soups (carrot/ginger, cauliflower) in crock pot, getting back to regular meal planning and eating more simply. Alas it also means I cut way back on the booze, trying to limit it to Friday and Saturday nights. Good for my liver, my waistline and my budget!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Last night's chili turned out great, and will serve as today's lunch as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will be the chuck oyster steaks that have been sitting in their crust of mustard-salt-pepper for a day and a half now. My boyfriend called dibs on the significantly larger one, so I'm taking the opportunity to add some all too rare seafood into my diet to fill out the meal. I cobbled together a couple of sea scallops and a single jumbo shrimp, and have them marinading in a lemon-garlic-thyme mixture. Those will get a quick sear and be put next to my mini pancetta-wrapped steak as sort of a surf and turf-type deal. Roast cauliflower on the side for sure, and either some wilted baby arugula, some potatoes, or both (depending on how hungry we are).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tomorrow will most likely be corned beef sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Tonight I'm trying out my slow cooker again since I have to deliver the SO to the airport around 7. This time to make chicken thighs in a sauce made from tomatoes, carrot, celery, chicken broth, garlic, etc. Cooks on low for 4 hours then topped with gremolata. I'll serve on top of egg noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also this morning I'm trying out my new waffle maker to make belgian waffles. And, antelope sausage!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can I come? I'm not picky. Either meal is fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haha sure! The puppy would love a playmate too... she's been insane the past few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food and company. Perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Last night, a spread to start: kalamata olives, peperoncini, pepperoni, onion & garlic dip with cherry tomatoes for dipping. The dip was surprisingly good - a mix from Stonewall Kitchen that showed up in one of our many vendor gift baskets at work this year. Anyway, surprisingly tasty and a nice change from my usual MSG-laden Sazon obsession.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 hours later, veggie cakes (potato, chickpeas, spices & vegetables) over greens, red onion, tomatoes, carrots in a spicy peanut dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I actually remembered to let the croissants rise overnight, so we we had chocolate croissants for breakfast this morning - indulgent!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those veggie cakes sound awesome. Also your starters are right up my alley

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. After three days, it's finally short ribs night! I had planned to have them for dinner but will have them for lunch instead. SO is away on duty but his mom popped into town to visit me and Take and so I thought it'd be better to share them with her for lunch. I'll reheat the ribs in the oven, strain the sauce, summer and pour the whole lot over rigatoni. Arugula salad on the side dressed with black garlic balsamic vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It'll be a late lunch but with my late night hours these days I'll likely be hungry before bed and dinner will be an egg white frittata with broccoli and sausage. There's no cheese in the house so I'll have to amp up the seasoning, sunny Paris and badia to the rescue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How were they?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oops forgot to report back, A-mazing! The best part was the braising sauce, so delicious simmered down to thicken a bit. I did notice that even after 3.5 hours there was a rib or two with hunks of unrendered fat it seemed like the external hard globular fat that might have never rendered so I'll trim those areas more next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                woot woot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Wind-chill here plunging tonight to around forty below. Am debating: chili, or Cuban black bean soup using the ham bone I have in the freezer. A shot of rum in the hot chocolate, for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd be debating relocating:) wow I'm quite impressed you can exist in the tundra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                May I ask where you are located? The black bean soup sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'd vote for the cuban black bean soup, but it's probably already a done deal. hope you're staying warm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Last night's dinner party was nice -- once again, the table was abundant with good food: a huge pot of coq au vin, broc & cauli gratin, spring greens w/horseradish vinaigrette, salmon cakes with a sour cream dip, and several other sundry items I am forgetting right now. Huge dessert selection, which I managed to avoid for the most part :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Got home around midnight, had a crazy amount of energy left, and ended up working until 5 AM, long after my dear man had gone to bed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today I woke up with Viennese-style schnitzel (chicken breast) on my brains, which slowly morphed into chicken fingers, and finally settled on cordon bleu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We haven't been to the stupidmarkets in forever, the dude's almost out of cat food, so I'll shortly be making a run to Wegmans, TJ's and Petco to stock up on much needed items before the freezing rain nixes all my wonderful plans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For tonight, these will include chicken breasts, TJ's raclette cheese and rosemary ham. Haven't decided on sides just yet. A salad is likely & perhaps another veggie....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Downton Abbey starts up again tonight, with Paul Giamatti! Woot Woot!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the heads up- set up a recording. Love Paul G.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We will dine on leftover leftovers, cole slaw and some really good local bread. Wine and beer. Celebrating the Bengals loss! Woot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here too, he's a great actor. I think I watch Sideways at least once a week. I still crack up laughing when he shouts "I am not drinking any f*ing Merlot"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mine is when he is going on and on about the wine and then turns to Thomas Haden Church and says "Are you chewing *gum*??" LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of my top 10 favorite movies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So stoked about it being Downtown Day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. My first tomatoes of this season. I pulled them early so I can eat them instead of the birds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Damn . I picked the blurry pic. Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Long as they don't taste blurry who cares '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL. We shall see. they need a few more days. The bushes are heavy with fruit. These happen to be phoenix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They LOOK great! Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I usually get greedy and eat the first one with nothing but sea salt. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, your season starts so early!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes it does. It's always season for something here except in the dead of summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beautiful!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. LOTS of tomatoes coming off the vine soon. I have three plants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Food for thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When we win the lottery we are buying a place in Key West with tomato plants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've sailed down the Keys to Key West many times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It doesn't get much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now that is a plan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That is wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I am defrosting some boneless pork ribs to make adobo and a small portion of oven BBQ ribs too. My last batch of adobo was edible but it really matters what type of pork is used. I used a very lean pork roast cut into cubes and it lacked culinary excitement. This batch will be large meaty/fatty chunks of pork not dainty little lean cubes.Lots of steamed pearl rice, sautéed chard with garlic and a big bowl of salad to go with dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Still brrr! Tonight will be a comforting batch of chicken paprikash; serving with buttered spaetzle with a touch of white pepper and nutmeg mixed into the dough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wineos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is my kinda meal! Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wineos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            THAT sounds fantastic.... yum...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Today I made some split pea soup with a ham bone left from our New Year's Day ham. We are going out to a memorial service this evening for the daughter of a friend, and we needed something warm and ready when we return after 8PM. Beyond sad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm so sorry. What a terrible loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm sorry for your loss roxlet. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family and friends. I truly hope that all of the loved ones that left us this season are resting well with each other above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's heartbreaking for the family -- 17 year-old triplets, and the sole girl, who hadn't been feeling great, laid down on her bed and just died. Until the autopsy, there is no way to know why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just heating up the pea soup now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OH my god, that is tragic. No one should ever have to deal with that. That is heartbreaking to hear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh wow, very sad indeed. I hope the autopsy can provide some answers to maybe being some clarity to such a tragedy. Nearly everyday I'm thankful that my days in the hospital morgue are over, it was an incredibly difficult 4 months. My sincerest condolences to the family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, how horrible, rox. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh god, awful! that poor family!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Awful. Just awful. The sort of news you never want to hear from a friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. New dining room set purchased.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Onset of a head cold is probable. (Slight sore throat, slight headache, raspy low voice)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Emer-Gen-C drunk when I got home from Jordan's Furniture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner decided when driving home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pork chops, seasoned with a bit of olive oil, salt, dried thyme and Aleppo pepper. Seared in a hot pan on both sides and removed. To the pan, I'll add 3/4 cup of rice, 1/2 Tbsp. of dried minced onion, and 1-1/2 cups of a combo of orange juice and chicken stock, all stirred together. Brought to a boil, then down to a very low simmer. Pork chops nestled back into the pan after 5 minutes of rice cooking, lid put on; cooked until the rice is done, another 15 minutes max.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steamed broccoli alongside. No wine tonight - not with the potential head cold. Dambit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope it's just a teaser, and not the real thing. Feel better. I may have the MD, but my dad thinks the cure to life is Emer-Gen-C and Alka Seltzer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            feel better and hope you nipped it in the bud!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope that it doesn't turn into a full on cold. Feel better Linda.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fight fight fight that stupidhead cold!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good news on the dining room set!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We swear by Airborne to ward off oncoming upper respiratory stuff. It's not too late to take it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have some bone-in skinless chicken thighs marinating in homemade super-tart yogurt, tandoori spices, salt, pepper, and a splash of soy sauce. The plan is to broil those and serve with salad and maybe a packet of paneer peas. Would normally do rice, but we're trying to cut back a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This was pretty good, and very quick. I tossed a bag of "Sweet and Crunchy" lettuce with diced mango, shredded carrot, a sliced scallion, leftover chopped pistachios, and LindaWhit's maple balsamic dressing. Nice sweet and tangy compliment to the chicken and peas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah....see...the trouble with skipping rice is you (I) then feel entitled to indulge in dessert. Like, oh, maple whipped cream mixed with yogurt and served over blackberries, with crumbled almond cookies. Slurp. Back to deprivation tomorrow ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The kosher chickie breasts I purchased at Wegmans, alas, aren't sufficiently thick enough to get the Cordon Bleu treatment, so I'll stick to my original idea of Viennese-style schnitzel with a crispy, crunchy panko crust :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cauli's roasting away in the oven, and the cucumber & dill salad I made with a little cream freeeeesh & Greek yogurt came out wonderful. Good thing my man's not a cuke guy -- more for meeeeeeeeeee!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I have thin cut blsl chicken breasts. I was debating chicken bacon club sandwiches but I changed my mind when I spotted the capers in the fridge mocking me. Chicken piccata, broccoli and parsley rice are WFD. I already picked the parsley yesterday. Now I need to start using up my oregano. It is getting away from me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I only occasionally play in WFD, but wanted to post this one, because it was SO good... I'm on a "use up the pantry/fridge" kick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Publix had country-style pork "ribs" on sale this week. They had two options, sirloin or shoulder. I bought a 1.75 lb pack of the shoulder kind and a jar of Frontera salsa verde to make my version of this carnitas recipe:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG! So good! Used a half jar of the salsa, some nearly-gone onion, cumin seeds, cilantro, canned chicken broth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Served with some charro beans, corn tortillas, avocado/grapefruit salad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My "use up" items were onions, canned pinto beans, corn tortillas, cojita cheese, grapefruit, a half-dead jalapeno, a half-box of cherry tomatoes, the last romaine heart (tossed with a little vinegar).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So, I cleaned out a fair bit of stuff and made a great dinner, with left overs. Score!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: onrushpam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, well done! Sounds delicious, too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: onrushpam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that sounds really good. i haven't done anything mexican-ish with pork shoulder in too long....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The last rib of the roast was consumed today. I re-heated it in the little toaster oven that sits on the kitchen counter. I used the convection setting. It's interesting. Old-school time and temperature formulas (mine) need updating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deb rendered some beef fat and made a gravy that included sautéed mushrooms. She also made some mashed potatoes with copious amounts of butter and cream. Peas were on the side. A California red washed things down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, I took the cap meat. Again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the immortal words of my friend steve h. nice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. the BF pooh-poohed my mussels and/or shrimp & grits dinner ideas - not so much for the seafood disdain as for the fact that we have a freezer-full of meat. sigh. he was right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                so... a collaboration. i made mustard greens, and i think i aced them. i finally get that if i'm going to make sauteed greens, I really need to saute them for a long time... first i sauteed up some chopped smokey bacon ends, then threw in the chopped mustard greens, thinly sliced garlic, and added a little chicken broth, a splash of sherry, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. let them cook way down. they were soooooo good - bitter, sweet, and smokey! i should have made more, i would have loved this for lunch tomorrow. also made crash hot potatoes with fingerlings. seasoning was salt, generous shakes of pimenton, and granulated garlic. tossed in plenty of olive oil, roasted until crispy, then tossed with chopped scallions and a couple shakes of Tapatio. Truly fab. The BF pan-grilled flatiron steaks until perfectly red-medium-rare, and topped them with his now-famous (to me) composed butter of butter, sour cream, and minced garlic. so good. a very flavah-ful dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (excuse the dark pic - lost my camera's charger somewhere, so using my phone again for now.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Tonight we de-Christmased the house so we kept it easy with a couple of fresh, cracked crabs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made a big salad of arugula, endive, radicchio and shaved fennel. Too lazy to do the Meyer lemon vinaigrette (lots of little things to wrap in tissue plus me not really imbibing in wine these days=impatience in the kitchen tonight).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We baked off a thin crust marguerite pizza to give us some satiety and then finished off the meal with Bouchon oatmeal raisin cookies. Highly recommend this recipe and I enjoyed them with milk over ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I seasoned a piece of bone in pork shoulder to cook off tomorrow. I used a packaged Tyler Florence brine meant for either pork or turkey (hey, I'm trying to get rid of it and I can't just throw it away. I paid too much for this bag of sea salt and dried apples and herbs when I was blinded by love and agreeing to any and all grocery purchases).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm trying to think of how to cook this tomorrow. I usually make chile verde with pork shoulder, but want to take it in a different direction. Maybe something Goin-ish without the labor...anyone?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maybe some sweet potatoes with that? sauteed apples and onions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i love that you were blinded by love....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I put off de-Christmasing the tree until today so now I have a heavy rain beating down and it has washed away all the pretty white snow- not very cheerful. Maybe a nice breakfast first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "not really imbibing in wine these days"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What I wouldn't give for a good rainstorm right now. Dry as a bone here in Northern California and I am beyond jealous of all of you with your colder temps and snow. Delusional perhaps, but still very jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The whole wine thing, meh. Trying to be good. It comes in waves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          About the whole wine thing I admit I was being nosy as this is the first sign of another baby on the way. My DIL gave up her glass of red wine this weekend so I am out of control!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. It was sunny and humid here today. The holiday is over so we are now back at home and doing the dash from the beach to the hot pool seems like ancient history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rice paper rolls were on the menu tonight. Fried tofu, carrot, yacon (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...), daikon peanuts, mint and fresh coriander. The dipping sauce was the usual lime, sugar, fish sauce and chilli mix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yacon sounds so interesting!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it almost sounds a bit like jicama....but sweetish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good call MC. The original recipe calls for jicama but I've not been able to find it here in NZ, or in Sydney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Made flank steak and Ottolenghi's freekeh pilaf last night. Making a kale/chorizo stew and a Georgian beet/walnut salad (recipe to be determined- if you have a Georgian beet/walnut salad recipe you'd like to recommend, let me know! ).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was -20 C (0 Fahrenheit) outside, and I was running behind on starting that kale/chorizo stew, so dinner was take-out combos from a family restaurant instead. Beef noodle soup, moussaka, pork souvlaki stick, Greek salad, rice pilaf and rice pudding. It was ready in 20 minutes and hit the spot when I ate it, but I've been drinking water and tea for the last 3 hours to dilute the salt that must have been in the beef noodle soup/moussaka/rice pilaf (left the undressed Greek salad for tomorrow). Kale and chorizo stew tomorrow night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The post-take out mad thirst of insanity, sometimes I wonder what they put in that stuff :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wonder, too. I think it must be the soup base. And the more frequently I cook at home, the less I seem to be able to tolerate take-out sodium levels.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aside from vacation, I eat out pretty much never mostly because I've found I usually prefer whatever I make at home and can control the ingredients and my genes are incredibly salt sensitive. I respond very quickly to high sodium and will find myself chugging water nonstop and then wake up 10 lbs heavier. I don't particularly enjoy feeling like a desert. It's always fascinated me, why do they need to add so much salt? I can get away with much less at home with no loss or even more flavor. Don't get me wrong I enjoy take out occasionally but has to be pretty tasty. I love love soup and it was one of my favorite things to pick up quickly for lunch or dinner but this year I've really focused on always having homemade stock around because I just can't tolerate the salt anymore. I must be getting old :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Well today I had jury duty but lucky me, they let me go by 9:30. So I'm working from home today, which is good because I have a bit of a cold. Also, last night's crock pot chicken wasn't that great, but the chicken itself was salvagable. So, dinner tonight is is the repurposed chicken, into enchiladas... extra spicy since SO isn't here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lucky you. I'm breathing a sigh of relief that I can't be called for the next 3 years :) If I'm not sweating it's not spicy enough :) Feel better, hopefully the spice will clear your sinuses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here I'm only cleared for a year! I guess it's cause the county is pretty sparsley populated. I got called originally for the next county north, but since I don't live there I got out of it, thought I was clear for awhile... but nope, my county got me 3 weeks later! I was just glad the courthouse is only a 10 minute drive from my house.... roads were very icy and it was -8 here this morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's usually only once a year here as well, but I was on a 10 day murder trial last January so I got a longer extension although I hear that doesn't stop them from calling me again "in error." The year before I was an alternate on a trial. I'm glad to get a break, it seems whenever I'm called I am asked to serve. Baltimore City has an incredible low eligible juror supply/juror need. Oh wow, I imagine many didn't show up on a day like that though perhaps in your neck of the woods the larger community actually takes it seriously.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry you don't feel well. Ugh to jury duty. Here many years ago they used to call you for one trial and if you weren't selected you got to leave. Now they keep throwing you back into the selection group until you get picked. You WILL be there all day. Great repurpose on the chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here too, if you get called but aren't selected you return to the waiting room until 5pm. At least there's always a movie :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It has been years since I have had to go because the last few times I was called I was cut the night before but there wasn't a movie playing last time I served. Lucky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Movies and the quiet room is nice though the word "quiet" seems to be ignored by most in the room though if you get there early you can grab a good chair and an outlet. Last time I was in the quiet room when the movie started in the other rooms and some woman shouted "why is there no movie in here?" followed by another person passing a note written on a legal pad "this is the quiet room." Jury duty makes for great people watching.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah not here.... they only had like 5 trials going on anyway so my chances were pretty good I wouldn't get picked. I'm having fun hanging out on the couch in my comfies :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nothing better than hanging on the couch reading or watching trash tv when you feel puny.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy, sounds like a great day and exactly what I'm doing. Vacation is almost over and I'm sort of starting to feel bad for being a lazy bum but...not really :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Smoked haddock......poached in milk......topped with cheese/breadcrumb mix.......finished under the grill......poaching liquid used to make mustard sauce.....new potatoes cooked in the oven "en papillote" with white white & parsley.....green beans, simply steamed.