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What's for Dinner #268 - Not the Big Game Edition [through 20 Jan, 2014]

mariacarmen Jan 14, 2014 09:11 PM

so as most of you know, i'm not a sports person, and it's too early to post about Superbowl meals since we'll probably go through 2-3 threads by then, right? So in the meantime.... we still gotta eat. what's cooking chez vous?

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  1. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 14, 2014 09:17 PM

    I made the teriyaki chicken tonight! turned out great, using inaplasticcup's recipe, and the only thing was that it was a tad salty, but i think i let my hand go too much with the soy sauce for the glaze, and i also held back on the sugar, so, not a true representation. however, i loved the ginger kick in the glaze and the marinade, and the great crispy skin.

    also made some lemongrass/garlic/ginger/sweet chili sauce shrimp. yum.

    lastly, sweet potatoes in sriracha butter, with mustard greens sauteed with garlic, chili oil and rice wine.

    i made a lot so the BF can partake when he gets home. he'd better hurry.

    Oh, ETA, to GretchenS and a couple others on the last thread - i made the fried tofu tonight myself, using firm tofu. they were nowhere near as pretty as the BF's, as the oil i used was already in the pan and i think the BF had fried something in it that had made the oil dark, so they came out a little "dirty" looking, but they were just as creamy inside as with the soft tofu. and the process is as i described in the last thread - just dry the logs of tofu, use enough oil to cover at least midway, and fry til golden brown.

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      MAH RE: mariacarmen Jan 14, 2014 09:37 PM

      Looks amazing! Fascinated by the sweet potatoes with sriracha butter. Please say more.

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        mariacarmen RE: MAH Jan 14, 2014 10:18 PM

        really simple - roasted sweet potatoes, cut into the cubes you see, and then tossed with softened butter that i blended sriracha into. that's it!

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          sedimental RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 05:09 AM

          I love spicy with sweet potato! I will try this week, sounds terrific.

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        rabaja RE: mariacarmen Jan 14, 2014 10:47 PM

        Everything looks so delicious.
        Im using an Ina recipe tomorrow, for Vietnamese caramelized pork. I'm very excited for this, and the rice and veggies that will go with.

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          mariacarmen RE: rabaja Jan 14, 2014 11:34 PM

          i made that recipe - tested it out for her - it was delicious! we made it as tacos - is that the one?

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            rabaja RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:06 AM

            Yes! Tacos was a suggestion for the leftovers I think, right?
            If I get my act together we may have it as tacos. Not sure I'll be able to produce all the little components but I can do rice with a cabbage-carrot cilantro slaw.
            Did you marinate the meat longer? I was surprised at the brief marination time.


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              BananaBirkLarsen RE: rabaja Jan 15, 2014 12:08 PM

              Thanks for the link! This is being added to my (very long) list of recipes to try in the near-as-possible future.

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                mariacarmen RE: rabaja Jan 15, 2014 02:17 PM

                no I think because we were testing it we followed the directions exactly. and if you don't have time for all the components, you just need to manage your expectations a bit - because they contribute a lot to the flavor of the finished product. but i'm sure you know how to create flavor on your own!

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                  rabaja RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 02:59 PM

                  Oh, I just meant I won't have time to make components for tacos.
                  The pork preparation drew me in partly because it's so easy.
                  Just marinated the meat now. It looks good already.

                  When you made this dish into tacos what did you put on them? I'm thinking I'll do that with the leftovers later in the week, but my minds a blank as far as what to put on Vietnamese tacos.
                  All I can think of are Banh mi ingredients.

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                    mariacarmen RE: rabaja Jan 15, 2014 03:20 PM

                    oh, I get it now.
                    If I remember, what she also had us test were some quick pickled daikon sliced thin, quick pickled red onion, and also some jalapeno, but i'm not 100% sure. let me see if I can find a link to the actual tacos.

                    ETA: Here it is!

                    and I forgot, the best thing was that spicy crema! but that link isn't to a recipe... more investigation is required. hold please.

                    ok, here is a link for the pickled veggies:


                    and the onions:


                    and the crema isn't a link, but I had the recipe in an email:


                    Zap the following in a blender 20 to 30 seconds or until smooth.

                    - 1/4 cup sour cream or Mexican crema

                    - 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (stems included) depending on how much cilantro flavor you like

                    - 2 Tablespoons mayo

                    - 1 habanero, rough chopped (habis, as they're affectionately called in our house, are VERY hot. If VERY hot is not your thing, you might try using just an eighth or quarter of the pepper to start.


                    - 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 very small clove)

                    - 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

                    - 1/8 teaspoon salt

                    the crema is TO DIE FOR. I personally like it spicy.

                    i'm making myself hungry... have to make these again sometime soon.

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                      rabaja RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:56 PM

                      Thank you! This is so helpful, you're the best!

                      I like very spicy, the New Englander, not so much. We can meet in the middle, thankfully.

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            mebby RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 11:11 AM

            Oh my, MC, it all looks insanely delicious!

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              mariacarmen RE: mebby Jan 15, 2014 02:18 PM

              thanks mebby!

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              ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 02:32 PM

              beautiful, MC!

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                mariacarmen RE: ChristinaMason Jan 15, 2014 03:25 PM

                aw thanks CM!
                helps that I got my camera back up and running.

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                suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 03:05 PM

                That makes my teriyaki look sad. Yummy!

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                  mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Jan 15, 2014 03:25 PM

                  oh no, i'm sure that's not the case!

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                  linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 03:21 PM

                  Fab-o-licious, Maria!!

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                    foodieX2 RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:12 PM

                    Another Wow, just Wow dish from the WFD folks! Looks amazing,

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                      mariacarmen RE: foodieX2 Jan 15, 2014 05:28 PM

                      grazie, grazie, lingua and foodie!

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                      grayelf RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 11:32 PM

                      All this talk of teriyaki made me dig out my very first Japanese cookery book by one Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz, published in 1986. She has a wonderfully simple and delicious marinade for salmon (sake no isobeyaki) that calls for a 12 oz fillet with skin on.

                      Cut that in four diagonal slices and marinate them for up to 30 min. in 4 tbsp. mirin (the good stuff if you can find it without salted or corn syrup, or make your own: http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...) and 4 tbsp. shoyu (make sure it's Japanese, please! I like Yamasa).

                      Fish out the fish and reduce the marinade by half over moderate heat. Grill your fishies for 1 minute, then brush with the marinade and repeat turning and painting till fish is as you like it. Plate your pieces, sprinkle with toasted crumbled nori and garnish with some pickled gari. Yum. I must try this on arctic char, my fatty fish of choice these days.

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                        GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 02:19 PM

                        mc, IT's gonna get on my case for drooling into my keyboard....

                        thanks for the dish on the tofu, it's fascinating that it came out equally creamy

                      2. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 14, 2014 11:26 PM

                        ooh, but looky, everyone.... http://www.thedailymeal.com/amazing-s...

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                          LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 09:29 AM

                          That's nuts. All you need is one kid pulling out a sandwich from the middle of the stadium wall, and down it comes, Scooby Snacks and all! LOL

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                          givemecarbs RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 12:01 AM

                          Had some leftover chicken drumsticks and some rich chicken stock. Was thinking chicken pot pie since I have a TJs pie crust in the freezer but then I got hungry and decided chicken ala king would be much faster. I had half and half and some mushrooms and a frozen TJs puff pastry. No peppers, pimentos or hard boiled eggs so I used celery and carrots instead. This really hit the spot and I always remember my Mom's tech, a dash of nutmeg at the last minute.
                          I still have leftover pantellone bread pudding. It is keeping well which is good because everyone else refuses to eat it. Going to warm up some for a hearty winter breakfast.

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                            sedimental RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 05:04 AM

                            I made a "one pot" shio koji chicken dinner (just the shio koji and pepper on chicken thighs) then added sliced onion, colorful baby potato (purple, red, white) and garlic. Pan sauce. Served with cardamom orange carrots. Very colorful dinner!

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                              ChristinaMason RE: sedimental Jan 18, 2014 02:35 PM

                              Such an interesting ingredient, that shio koji. The LA Times did a good piece on it. What else do you use it for?

                            2. tcamp RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 06:10 AM

                              On his way out the door this morning, #2 son begged me to make "hamburger helper" so we're having the homemade version - ground meat sautéed with onions, mushrooms and whatever else I throw in there, mixed with pasta and a béchamel. Salad and my new fav, apple slices sautéed in butter with cinnamon, sugar, and a splash of white balsamic.

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                                geminigirl RE: tcamp Jan 15, 2014 06:39 AM

                                Just made home made HH on Monday night as well:). Makes great leftovers as well!

                              2. eight_inch_pestle RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 07:13 AM

                                Had a bite out with happy hour, so just tuna fish sammies when we got home. Lots of fresh fennel fronds and dill, roasted habanero, mixed olives, shallot, olive oil, lemon, a little parsley. Cold deli-style for me, a melt for her.

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                                  tcamp RE: eight_inch_pestle Jan 15, 2014 08:15 AM

                                  Sounds delish.

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                                    mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Jan 15, 2014 02:20 PM

                                    I knew "just" tuna fish sammies would be anything BUT "just" in your hands. they sound really good. what kinda cheese on hers?

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                                      eight_inch_pestle RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 05:10 PM

                                      Too nice, as always, Maria. Just a nice cheddar on the melt.

                                  2. melpy RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 08:39 AM

                                    Pot roast in crock pot, mashed potatoes (carrots and onions from the pot roast).

                                    Brownies for dessert.

                                    It is a Dirty Dancing themes movie night.
                                    Baby wants to wrap up her pot roast for a third world country and Neil offers her a brownie when raiding a fridge.

                                    Would have had watermelon if it were in season and I knew my guest would eat it.

                                    1. melpy RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 08:43 AM

                                      Last night was the ultimate fat person's dinner.

                                      Was browning meat for pot roast in some peanut oil.

                                      Cut off some of the fat and some slices of the roast.

                                      Cooked the meat (rare) and fat (well) in oil and salted. Removed and stirred in a heaping tablespoon of prepared bernaise sauce and flour to make a roux. Added the last bit of beef broth from the carton and made it a gravy and ate it over the meat.

                                      Went to bed feeling shameful.

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                                        BananaBirkLarsen RE: melpy Jan 15, 2014 12:16 PM

                                        This sounds like the very best kind of shame (or at least one of the very best...)

                                      2. biondanonima RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 08:44 AM

                                        Took stock of the fridge this morning and found that the only perishable items I have left to be eaten before we leave on Saturday are two red peppers and a couple of small stalks of broccoli. So, tonight's dinner will be kung pao chicken, which should use up both nicely! I'll make enough for leftovers, which we can eat either Thursday or Friday, and we'll have eggs and sausages for dinner the other night. I love it when I don't have to throw anything away!!!

                                        1. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 09:28 AM

                                          :::Sigh::: Ever have one of those days when it feels like nothing is getting done, even though you *know* you're doing stuff? Yeah. That.

                                          A hellacious start to the day (the GOG starting up with a horrible screeching noise under the hood - *please* just make it a belt and not something more expensive!), so she had to be dropped off at the dealership, and then dealing with the work crazies.

                                          A simple dinner will be required - a tub of meat sauce will be pulled from the freezer and reheated whenever I get home, some spaghetti will be boiled, some rolls will be baked, and it will be dinner.

                                          No salad, as that's what I'm having for lunch. That's enough greens for the day. I do believe there will be wine, however.

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                                            gourmanda RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 12:00 PM

                                            If you're not going to have a vegetable with dinner then I think grapes are an acceptable replacement ;)

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                                              LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 01:35 PM

                                              Well, it's the "more expensive." :-/

                                              There will DEFINITELY be wine.

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                                                Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                Happy Prince spaghetti day Linda! And yay wine!

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                                                  mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 02:22 PM

                                                  oh no, sorry about that LW!
                                                  yes, definitely treat yourself to some vino.

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                                                    linguafood RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                    Ugh. Wine and pasketti to the rescue!!

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                                                    fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                    Good luck with the car!

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                                                      suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 04:39 PM

                                                      I am also doing a freezer pull tonight. I hope the repair is simple. Good luck. My mechanic has a magic number it seems. It is always around 350$.

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                                                        fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jan 15, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                        I wish my mechanic could have that magic number :)

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                                                          LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Jan 15, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                          Yeah, it's not three figures in the number I was given, unfortunately.

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                                                            rabaja RE: LindaWhit Jan 15, 2014 11:20 PM

                                                            So sorry, LW!

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                                                              fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jan 16, 2014 06:17 AM

                                                              Blargh, that's a bummer. I'll be joining you in the not three figures club this week as I fix the old beetle this week. It's somewhat odd but my grandmother passed away and left a fairly new car with very few miles on it since she never drove so I might have to part with my old guy soon but I'm holding on tight for now and for some odd reason still repairing him.

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                                                                tcamp RE: fldhkybnva Jan 16, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                I have a 2001 Beetle. Runs fine and has heated seats and a sunroof, my fav features. Lots of annoying little things falling off and the damn dash lights are constantly going on.

                                                                I'm holding onto it so I can teach the teens to drive a manual transmission. Also, it is long paid for.

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                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: tcamp Jan 16, 2014 06:31 AM

                                                                  I have a 1999 and I love Astro! He's had a few old man issues - broken instrument cluster, roof lining sagging, new A/C (parents insisted on this I could have gone without), broken engine cover due to a friendly tow truck - but now he's threatening a broken timing belt. It's the first and only car I ever had, delivered to the driveway on my 16th birthday. The dealer loans me new cars when he's in the shop I think to entice me to buy a new Beetle, but I always long to have my old one back. Those new cars drive too smoothly - brake pedals are so sensitive, turning the steering wheel doesn't require a full arm workout :)

                                                                  And, great point...paid for!! Fortunately, my grandmother's car has 2 more payment so it's cheaper than having to buy a new car years down the road. My grandmother knew me very well and a few weeks before she died she told my parents "if you want, fieldhawk to have a new car, you're going to have to buy it because she will drive the Beetle until it no longer moves."

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                                                                suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jan 16, 2014 09:26 AM

                                                                UGH. That sucks.

                                                        2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                          I'm not much of a football person either (although the Australian Open is on right now, so there's some tennis-watching going on in my house), and have never really cooked specifically for sports-watching, so this thread suits me just fine. ;)

                                                          This was a busy week. Sunday night I came home to my boyfriend's Famous Pasta Sauce, this time poured over penne and baked with cheese. He also contributed his Famous Garlic Toast, and I contributed a somewhat incongruous salad of lettuce, cucumbers, green apples and Amish gorgonzola (incongruous, but delicious -- in my opinion, a creamy gorgonzola goes with everything).

                                                          Monday night was bone-in chicken breasts baked over shaved fennel, sliced apples, onions and whole cloves of garlic. White rice on the side, as well as green beans with a drizzle of cheese sauce (mostly farmer's cheese, with a bit of the gorgonzola and some smoked chevre thrown in for good measure).

                                                          Last night was another green curry using the curry paste I made from our homegrown (and very potent) bird chiles and jalapenos last summer. This time I used chicken legs, some really nice organic bok choy, white sweet potatoes and cashews. Served over rice with a six pack of IPA.

                                                          Tonight will be Swedish meat balls in a sauce made from my first attempt at homemade sour cream. I'll lighten things up with a bit of rice and a quick-pickled cucumber and red onion salad on the side.

                                                          1. gini RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                            Last night we didn't eat dinner till 11pm - leftover shrimp with green beans and tomatoes for him, a baked sweet potato with butter & parm for me.

                                                            Tonight I plan to do better and pour my mushrooms and green beans in a cognac cream sauce over some spaghetti squash.

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                                                              gini RE: gini Jan 15, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                              I lied. I was super hungry after yoga (arm balances are HARD) so I added in a spicy Italian sausage to the spaghetti squash (with butter) and the aforementioned veggies. After - some dark chocolate with coconut. I've never understood it - most Lindt chocolate is terrible, but their Excellence dark chocolate bars are actually quite nice.

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                                                                suzigirl RE: gini Jan 15, 2014 05:00 PM

                                                                Nothing wrong with that. Nicely done.

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                                                                  rabaja RE: gini Jan 15, 2014 11:24 PM

                                                                  I used to think Lindt was nothing special and then I got spoiled at the outlet stores in Kittery and Stratham in New England. Their European line is fabulous. Wish I had some right now in fact.

                                                              2. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 01:24 PM

                                                                My man's got an online workshop meeting till 8:30 pm tonight, and I didn't feel like grocery shopping today, as I am (once again) behind with work. Still haven't done a single damn thing, of course.

                                                                But this means that we'll likely to go out for dinner -- either sushi & cocktails or some brew pub grub. Not sure yet.

                                                                Tomorrow is our Sichuan jour fixe, so the kitchen will stay cold, too.

                                                                PS: I finally got to write my Philly report. It is here, for thems of you that might be interested:


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                                                                  mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jan 15, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                  nice report! it all sounds good, even despite the minor pitfalls. I don't know when i'll ever have the opportunity to be in Philly, but....

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                                                                    GretchenS RE: linguafood Jan 16, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                    Nice report, good celebration of the occasion!

                                                                  2. Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                    Drove over to hills to New York State to pick up a case of wine and had lunch at Red Lobster- I had a gift certificate from 2012. Food was not bad so WFD will be leftovers as we aren't super hungry and wine.

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                                                                      gini RE: Berheenia Jan 15, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                      I've heard through the grapevine that they have good biscuits? Is that true?

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                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: gini Jan 15, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                        It used to be at least back in the 90s

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                                                                          Berheenia RE: gini Jan 16, 2014 03:38 AM

                                                                          Delicious- we brought home the extra. Dripping butter, -:D

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                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia Jan 18, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                            or "butter" ;)

                                                                      2. Gio RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                        Just sticking my toe in the water cuz, I love reading the thread..

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                                                                          foodieX2 RE: Gio Jan 15, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                                          Welcome Gio! Would love to have you join in!

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                                                                            gini RE: foodieX2 Jan 15, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                            Join us! We're building a Boston alliance :-P.

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                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                            Come on in, the water's fine!

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                                                                              Gio RE: ChristinaMason Jan 18, 2014 03:27 PM

                                                                              Thanks CM!

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                                                                            Siegal RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                            I made fried pickled fish. I couldn't wait for it to get cold so one filet I ate hot. The other two are marinating in the fridge for later...

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                                                                              grayelf RE: Siegal Jan 15, 2014 11:11 PM

                                                                              Fried pickled fish? she inquired, ears perking up. Recipe or method, if available, would be much appreciated.

                                                                            2. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:01 PM

                                                                              Work has been incredibly slow, so today I took off early and took Winnie to the dog park for the first time. I was hoping she would run her little heart out since that's what she likes to do around the house and when I take her on walks (except the leash stops her). But no, the other dogs freaked her out, even though I had her in the "small/timid" dogs area and the other dogs were in the other area. So she just kept wanting to sit in my lap. Sigh, she's getting a bit big for that (24lbs at last weigh in).... doesn't fit in her favorite hiding spot under the coffee table where the cookbooks used to be.

                                                                              Tonight I didn't really have a plan until a bit ago. Decided to do a cornmeal crusted pork chop recipe that I've been saving for awhile... it's pretty much like it sounds... only there's some garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne mixed in with the cayenne. Side will be a big pile of sauteed green beans that I need to use up, topped with my new favorite thing, gremolata.

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                                                                                foodieX2 RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                Oh my, how cute is she in her little hidey hole!

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                                                                                  suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                  She is going to be too big to get under there soon, the little cutie
                                                                                  Dinner sounds good especially the green beans and gremolata.

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                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                    Aww, poor pooch. I hope she's feeling better and comfortable back at home now. To my surprise, even though Shiitake is very outgoing, every time anyone comes over he hides and will not come out until all are gone. I'm still trying to figure out how he knows I'm the only one left in the house from his safe place under the couch but he comes out immediately when people leave. Pork chop sounds great! I like the cornmeal for something other than fish.

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                                                                                      juliejulez RE: fldhkybnva Jan 15, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                      Yeah I don't get it... a month or so ago my cousin brought over her 5 year old son, he loves dogs and I thought Winnie would have fun playing with him, using up some of her energy, but nope, she just sat with him on the couch, no interest in playing. As soon as they left, she went crazy again.

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                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                                                        Yea I feel embarrassed sometimes although I know that's silly. I keep repeating "I swear, he's not like this usually." That's what they always say...

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                                                                                          juliejulez RE: fldhkybnva Jan 15, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                          If it helps I know a lot of cats like that. Some friends of ours have a cat that I didn't even see until like my 5th visit to their house, and that was only because we were there for a long time and he had to come out of the bedroom to use his litter box in the hall bathroom.

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                                                                                          tcamp RE: juliejulez Jan 16, 2014 06:26 AM

                                                                                          Some dogs don't know how to play. I've been taking my beagle mix to doggie day care 1x/week so he can play. Our other dog is a head case so the separation is a good thing for them. Anyway, after a couple of months, the report is that he is finally playing with the other dogs on his day care day.

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                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: tcamp Jan 16, 2014 06:32 AM

                                                                                            I feel like Take needs cat day care. I had no idea he was shy! At first, I thought he just didn't like men but he does it with women as well. Today is the annual inspection of my apartment and I have been worrying for weeks that he would slip out while the landlord wasn't watching but now I'm pretty confident he'll be safe hiding under the couch. He also gets quite angry after people leave - lots of long drawn out meooowwwss as if he's angry I dare let anyone in the house.

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                                                                                              juliejulez RE: tcamp Jan 16, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                              She tries to play with our old guy but he's not real interested, and she plays with her toys... but yeah I don't think she's used to other dogs that actually try to play back haha! Next week I have a puppy playdate with her and my BFF's puppy, so we'll see how that goes.

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                                                                                            juliejulez RE: fldhkybnva Jan 15, 2014 06:55 PM

                                                                                            The cornmeal was just meh. Didn't have much flavor even though I added some seasonings. Needs lots more.

                                                                                            BUT, I think it would be good on chicken for a lighter/gluten-free version of chicken parm. That way the sauce and cheese would help w/ the flavor.

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                                                                                            linguafood RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 04:46 PM


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                                                                                              gini RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                              Some dogs never outgrow being lap dogs. Ours finally stopped growing around 36 lbs and still tries to sit on my lap from time to time.

                                                                                              Yes to gremolata! I love that stuff.

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                                                                                                roxlet RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 05:00 PM

                                                                                                Aw. Such a cute doggie!

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                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                  She's adorable! Poor girl that she's not use to the doggie play pen. Hopefully soon!

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                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 09:11 PM

                                                                                                    she's the cutest!!

                                                                                                    our (my dad's) dog isn't very well-integrated with other dogs either - she used to behave that way at dog parks when she was young too, but we just kept taking her, exposing her to other dogs, and she got much better.

                                                                                                    you know, re your comment below about not much flavor, i bet the gremolata would be good incorported into the cornmeal mixture...

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                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                                      Yeah there was extra gremolata so I just sort of smeared the pork in it haha, and that was good!

                                                                                                  2. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                                                                    Tonight is BLT's and BEST's(bacon, egg, spinach and fried green tomato). Those tomatoes were good last night but I went and got some Whistle Stop Café batter today. It won't go to waste with all the tomatoes.
                                                                                                    James wants a mostly traditional BLT but with fried green tomatoes on sourdough. Mine will be bacon, spinach sautéed with garlic, a fried egg, and a fried green tomato on buttercrust white. Split pea soup pulled from the freezer on the side.

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                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Jan 15, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                      I want one of yours please!

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                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                                                                        C'mon over. I'll make you one. The spinach really was good. I squeezed the hell out of it in my citrus juicer. And I am really digging this egg on a sandwich. If only I could sway James to the dark side. Come to the runny yolk, you know you want to honey.

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                                                                                                        GretchenS RE: suzigirl Jan 16, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                                                                        I want dinner at Suzi's house!

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                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: GretchenS Jan 16, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                                                          I have a ton of tomatoes in the yard and the amish bacon is at the butchers only a two minute drive away. I can hook a girl up right quick. ;-)

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                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                          <a mostly traditional BLT but with fried green tomatoes on sourdough. >

                                                                                                          goodness, woman, you are killing me here.

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                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Jan 18, 2014 02:50 PM


                                                                                                        3. foodieX2 RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                          Tonights dinner was take out chinese. Our son has been feeling punky and really wanted chicken fried rice and peking ravioli so we obliged. The man and I split an order of Sichuan dry fried green beans. We asked to have some chicken added and I have to say it was one of the best dishes I have eaten in a while.

                                                                                                          Unfortunately all day long I have thought today was Thursday and was really looking forward to it being Friday tomorrow. Ugh. I was dreaming of pesto, proscuitto and fresh mozz. Pizza night will have to wait another day….

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                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: foodieX2 Jan 16, 2014 03:41 AM

                                                                                                            Same here about thinking it was Thursday- just realized today isn't Friday... Rats!

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                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: Berheenia Jan 16, 2014 06:18 AM

                                                                                                              Me too, the week has seemed pretty long though next week is short so hopefully that makes up for it.

                                                                                                            2. re: foodieX2
                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                                              I had to google peking ravioli. Cute explanation on about.com

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                                                                                                                foodieX2 RE: ChristinaMason Jan 19, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                I still remember going to Joyce Chens with my folks when I was small. It was always a big deal and she made a point of coming over and talking to my dad. I don't think I knew that story, thank you!!!

                                                                                                            3. roxlet RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 04:57 PM

                                                                                                              Tonight was a quick Chipotle Bowl hack, one of my son's favorite week-night meals. Grilled chicken, black beans, cilantro/lime rice, guacamole. What's not to like?

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                                                                                                                rjbh20 RE: roxlet Jan 15, 2014 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                I was hoping for veal Prince Orloff when I got home...

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                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: rjbh20 Jan 15, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                  Oh, too bad. You should have spoken up earlier...or answered my text. :)

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                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: roxlet Jan 15, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                    hahaha - love this!!

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                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Jan 15, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                  How do you season the chicken for your hack? I can't seem to get the rub just right.

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                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: fldhkybnva Jan 16, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                    Well, I'm sure it's not identical, but I use olive oil, chilli powder, cayenne, ground cumin, oregano and salt. I just keep putting the spices on until it looks pretty well covered, then cook on the grill pan. IMO, it's the beans and rice that really make the dish.

                                                                                                                3. weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                  Super easy tonight since I'm tired (stupid earthquake woke me up and I'm the type that has a very hard time getting back to sleep once woken up,) so it's strip steaks seasoned with a spice mix that has a healthy amount of fennel with sauteed mushrooms and zucchini. If I still have beef stock there will be a beef stock/ brandy/ heavy cream sauce, if not I'll dig around for something to make a compound butter. There are always fresh herbs which works well. I'm having coffee now in hope that I'll be able to stay awake to watch a movie. :)

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                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Jan 15, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                    what? earthquake in L.A.? not a big one, I presume?

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                                                                                                                      weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                      4.4 in Fontana (15-20 miles from us.) Just enough for a big rumble and a long enough shake to make sure everyone was good and awake (long enough to think "Is that the cats? No, not the cats. Yep, its an earthquake.) No biggie. All the glasses in the cabinets were rattling but nothing fell, no damage anywhere that I've heard but it was felt over a very wide area. I guess there have been a few after shocks but only one that we felt... barely. Hopefully that's it for a while. :)

                                                                                                                      Here's the shakemap: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquake...

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                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Jan 15, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                        oh good that it was pretty mild and no injuries. i lived through a couple "big ones" when i lived in l.a. - i hate them.

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                                                                                                                          nikkihwood RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 11:02 PM

                                                                                                                          this is gonna get deleted.

                                                                                                                          happy anniversary to us, SOCAL
                                                                                                                          happy anniversary to us
                                                                                                                          happyyyyyy oh geez, it is 20 years? dear Northridge quake [ I will never, ever forget the Godawful roar of that thing.]
                                                                                                                          The shaker this morning was a not so good reminder.

                                                                                                                          Maybe this will will save the post. - 'sausage pasta,' from an old, old Food and Wine 'you subscribed! here's a cookbook!' recipe, with browned Italian Sausage, lots of onion and garlic, some sherry deglazing and TJ's 21 Seasoning Salute subbing for oregano. With Penne. and good French bread.

                                                                                                                          those steaks sound good. Ms. Duzzit. !

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                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: weezieduzzit Jan 16, 2014 01:06 AM

                                                                                                                          Whoa! Glad to hear nobody & nuthin' was hurt.

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                                                                                                                            nikkihwood RE: linguafood Jan 16, 2014 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                            Oh, good grief. There's a can of tomatoes, crushed and added after the goodies are deglazed in the little ditty up there.

                                                                                                                            And we have a bad fire that is slowly being surrounded, but no more EQs. [and we had a terrific dinner at a terrific steak house tonight.]

                                                                                                                      2. re: weezieduzzit
                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: weezieduzzit Jan 16, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                        Oh wow. Glad you are okay and you aren't stuck cleaning a bunch of broken things.

                                                                                                                      3. steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                        Sausage and peppers on Portuguese rolls tonight. It was tasty stuff and fit my mood.

                                                                                                                        Earlier, I prepped a six-pound duck for roasting Thursday night.

                                                                                                                        Top Chef will be on the plasma tonight. As always, I'm looking forward to LW's recap.

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                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jan 15, 2014 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                          oh thank goodness you reminded me about TC! going to leave the Oldster's a bit early.

                                                                                                                          are those Portuguese rolls a bit sweet? i think i've tried them, they have them at The Spanish Table in Berkeley....

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                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                            Not sweet. They are a bit fluffy after I pull them from the freezer, wrap them in a foil tent and gently defrost them in the toaster oven. Later, they get split, the crumb anointed with oil and the buns lightly toasted. Some scrapes of raw garlic before they are pressed into service. Maybe a few flakes of sea salt if you're in the mood.

                                                                                                                        2. Cherylptw RE: mariacarmen Jan 15, 2014 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                          Glazed ham steak, candied sweet potatoes (frozen from Thanksgiving) and braised mustard greens from last week for DF; for myself, I had some frozen venison potstickers I made a few months ago that I simmered in a mix of chicken stock, coconut milk, ginger, tandoori seasoning, garlic and onion after braising a few heads of halved choy sum; sliced shitake mushrooms went in for a few minutes before it some was bowled up and garnished with enoki mushrooms.

                                                                                                                          Sure, it was a uncommon seasoned dish but it worked!

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                                                                                                                            givemecarbs RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 03:34 AM

                                                                                                                            Someone wrote about buying a boneless pork roast and slicing it down for cutlets. I remembered when I was at Costco shortly after new years and scored a big roast cheap enough and an additional three dollars off gave me the extra nudge I needed. I lopped off about a third of it I think and froze the rest.
                                                                                                                            I marinated the cutlets in Italian dressing and then dipped in flour, egg and milk and Italian bread crumbs. I fried them in avocado oil and kerrygold butter both from Costco. Mashed potatoes with plenty of kerrygold, snow peas and also some brussel sprouts with lemon juice and more butter and I deglazed the chop pan with TJs organic beef broth.
                                                                                                                            We are enjoying the pork cutlets so much that I think I will slice down the rest of the roast in a few weeks instead of roasting it as I planned. Thanks for the great and budget friendly inspiration.

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                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: givemecarbs Jan 18, 2014 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                              Nice, sounds good.

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                                                                                                                              Harters RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                              Good subtitle for this thread. Whilst not *the* big game, last night was "a" big game - and my team won 5- 0. I didnt get to see the match. We'd taken ourselves off for a "gourmet break" to a hotel about an hour away which has a Michelin starred restaurant. So, last night's WFD is here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931535

                                                                                                                              Breakfast was lovely. And big. Mixed fruit and yoghurt to start. Followed by the "full English" - bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, mushroom, tomato, fried bread. And toast and marmalade. I've no interest in lunch.

                                                                                                                              And dinner is going to be a restrained affair. A supermarket quiche lorraine is defrosting and will just need a warm through. And we've some salady bits to go with it and some decent bread (bought from a farm shop near the hotel).

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                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: Harters Jan 16, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                i want that breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  me too!

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                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: Harters Jan 16, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                  the dinner sounded very good! curious: you've often said here you don't drink anymore... did you taste the pairings or did herself get the bounty?

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                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                    Nah. I don't even do a sip.

                                                                                                                                    By the by, the sommelier was a young woman. Unusual to see a female sommelier in my experience. And she was local to the area - the hotel/restaurant has a commitment to local recruitment and training. I assume she was progressing through their formal apprenticeship scheme which also includes nationally recognised qualifications. They have that for all trainee front of house and kitchen staff.

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                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Harters Jan 16, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                      that's really great. I've often toyed with the idea of studying to be a sommelier... there are sommelier women here in SF... the fail rate for the testing here is astounding, tho....

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                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        SPQR's Shelley Lindgren is one of those success stories. I'm a great admirer. Chat her up.

                                                                                                                                        If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jan 17, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                          very true.

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                                                                                                                                  Kontxesi RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                  Last night was the venison fajitas he's been bugging me about since last week. He took ALL of the leftovers and about 12 tortillas with him to work today. I think he likes them....

                                                                                                                                  Tonight is PF Chang knock off lettuce wraps.

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                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: Kontxesi Jan 16, 2014 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                    Wow, nice work on the venison fajitas. Which recipe do you use for the PF Chang knock off wraps? I'm probably asking too much but I can't find a recipe without serious amounts of sugar

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                                                                                                                                      Kontxesi RE: fldhkybnva Jan 16, 2014 06:50 AM


                                                                                                                                      It's delish. :) I only use half the amount of chili garlic sauce that it calls for, and it's plenty spicy for me. Even my boyfriend, who is braver than I am, agreed that the full amount might be overpowering.

                                                                                                                                      EDIT: I probably add more garlic and ginger than called for, too. But I do that with a lot of recipes.

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                                                                                                                                      Cherylptw RE: Kontxesi Jan 16, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                      I have a freezer full of venison; thanks for the inspiration!

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                                                                                                                                        juliejulez RE: Cherylptw Jan 16, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                        Agreed, have some venison too... fajitas are a great idea!

                                                                                                                                    3. tcamp RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                      Tonight, pan fried pork chops (thin ones) with a mushroom sauce, black beans and rice, and something involving zucchini. We're down to the fridge dregs thanks to minimal shopping last weekend. Fascinating to actually have empty veg bins!

                                                                                                                                      I'm actually more excited about my lunch - a salad made with black beans, corn, celery, and leftover diced ham with a spicy vinaigrette. Studiously ignoring the office kitchen table laden with chocolate, popcorn and other useless calories.

                                                                                                                                      1. eight_inch_pestle RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                        Last night was sweet Italian sausages from the butcher. Buttermilk mashers with roasted garlic and chives. Arugula salad with mixed herbs and a basic vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                        1. Cherylptw RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                          There are a couple of dinners left in the freezer that I made for the DF when I went on vacation, so tonight, he'll be having chuck roast with gravy, rice pilaf, and green peas. I also have a three meat frozen pizza (beef, sausage & pepperoni) in the oven for myself. Garden salad for both of us. Actual cooking resumes tomorrow...

                                                                                                                                          1. steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                            Roast duck is on the menu tonight. Chunked up carrots and potatoes will reach their full potential in the duck fat. Wine TBD.

                                                                                                                                            This is a simple dish that keeps on giving: supper; salad; hash. The carcass will be reserved for stock and the fat (the fat!!) will aid many a dish down the road.

                                                                                                                                            I'll field strip the bird after tonight's meal, do the dishes and watch something late on the plasma. There is a quality Roquefort in the house and a decent Port. Access to Tools!

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                                                                                                                                              BananaBirkLarsen RE: steve h. Jan 16, 2014 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                              The fat indeed! I've still got a small tub in my freezer, left over from the duck I did for Christmas. Wonderful stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jan 16, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                Ditto. I make my scrambled eggs in it every day. So, so good.

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                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: linguafood Jan 16, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Every day?

                                                                                                                                                  The American continues to impress.

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                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: steve h. Jan 16, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Well, sometimes I mix it with butter so I don't run out too soon. But more often I don't.

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                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: linguafood Jan 16, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                      No worries, you can always make more.

                                                                                                                                                      I'm assuming you have access to decent butter out in your neck of the woods. Not the commercial stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: steve h. Jan 16, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Theoretically yes, but I'm fine with Kerrygold or Lurpak.

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                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: linguafood Jan 16, 2014 03:59 PM


                                                                                                                                                2. re: BananaBirkLarsen
                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: BananaBirkLarsen Jan 16, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Essential stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: steve h. Jan 16, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Reporting back. The duck was good, potatoes and carrots benefited from their prolonged exposure to duck fat. A Cotes du Rhone washed it all down. The skin needed work. I'll do better next time.

                                                                                                                                                  Field stripping the duck after the meal was time consuming but well worth the effort. The carcass is now in the freezer, the meat in the coolerator. The kitchen is clean.

                                                                                                                                                  Roquefort and port for Deb and me.

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                                                                                                                                                    Jeanne RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                    To what temp do you roast the duck and I would assume the thermometer is put into the thigh? Very interested as I haven't roasted a duck before either. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: Jeanne Jan 19, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Shoot for 165 at the thigh. Let the bird rest, the temp will continue to rise a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Excellent. I've never roasted a duck, so please 'splain:

                                                                                                                                                    How you do manage to get the dark meat done before the breasts are overdone? Or is it more of a medium/medium-well affair? Do you separate the parts and pull the breasts first?

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                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: ChristinaMason Jan 18, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Nope and nope.

                                                                                                                                                      Duck is pretty simple. I rinse a large duck two days before roasting, pat dry and place on a plate in the coolerator. One day is not sufficient. Prior to roasting, I tie the legs, prick the skin repeatedly (too much is never enough), season and place the bird on a rack in my roasting pan. About an hour into the roasting, I add the large carrot, onion and potato chunks to the pan.

                                                                                                                                                      Larger birds have a fine layer of fat that bastes the breasts during roasting. Your nose and your ears will tell you when the bird is done. Your instant-read thermometer will confirm what you already know.

                                                                                                                                                      Medium rare is how we serve duck. Leftovers are a treat.

                                                                                                                                                      Edited to add: It's important to let your duck rest after roasting. The meat is like a sponge and benefits when given an opportunity to re-absorb juices. A little jus can usually resuscitate leftovers, too.

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                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Steve, do you ever ladle any duck fat out of the roasting pan as the duck is roasting?

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                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                          No. The fat makes the carrots, onions, potatoes happy. Later, we pour off the liquid and reserve the fat. My roasting pan is pretty big.

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                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Steve. I've only ever made Julia Child's duck recipe. Now I have something else to try.

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                                                                                                                                                          Harters RE: steve h. Jan 19, 2014 03:01 AM


                                                                                                                                                          That's pretty much the method we use. Although I only fridge for one day. Do you think the extra day would aid crispy skin - something I struggle to achieve without scorching it too much.

                                                                                                                                                          I confess to being greedy with duck - as Jan isnt keen on it. I can happily eat both breasts for dinner and then there's lots and lots of leftovers. Not a scrap goes to waste!

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                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Hi John,

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, the extra day of drying in the fridge seems to make a difference in skin texture. Loosening the skin from the flesh appears to help, too but I have no way of measuring so I don't know if it's my imagination or not. Pricking the skin is a tedious part of the equation. You can never have too many fat vents.

                                                                                                                                                            Duck is the dish that keeps on giving!

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                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: steve h. Jan 19, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Nice, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: ChristinaMason
                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Jan 19, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Whole duck will always be more of a medium/med-well thing.

                                                                                                                                                            Still tasty, tho. All that wonderful crispy skin and the leftover fat make it well worth it, even tho I -- like most sane people -- prefer my duckie breast to be med-rare.

                                                                                                                                                        3. BananaBirkLarsen RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I had a couple of bone-in beef shanks to use, so it's bo kho for dinner tonight. It's been simmering since this morning and the whole house smells fantastic, like beef and ginger and star anise. It will be served over rice noodles, topped with pickled onions and jalapenos, sliced scallions and fresh basil. Lots of sriracha. Baguette for dipping.

                                                                                                                                                          TJ's only had massive tubs of basil, so I'm making a basil-asiago-cashew pesto out of the remainder. Might do something with that for dinner tomorrow, but I'm not sure what just yet. Hopefully I have enough garlic to pull it off -- the garlic bowl was looking awfully empty yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Gio RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I've been trying all winter not to buy out of season produce, but the "TJ's only had massive tubs of basil" line is Mighty tempting. I'll probably succumb, I have no will power. Especially after finding this site:

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                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: Gio Jan 16, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Ah, pesto.

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                                                                                                                                                                BananaBirkLarsen RE: Gio Jan 16, 2014 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Ooh, thanks for the link! It has inspired me to add a bit of lemon zest into the mix, and to use up the last of the parsley that's been taking up space in my crisper drawer. And possibly throw in some of my home-cured vinegar olives from several years ago, that are now too old and too vinegary to eat on their own, but I just can't bear to thrown them out.

                                                                                                                                                              2. roxlet RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                In the oven right now is a baked ratatouille. Well, sort of ratatouille since mine includes a couple of finely chopped serrano peppers. Then I will cook some pork chops in the frying pan, add a glug of wine, garlic, and some slices of hot cherry peppers. These are in oil, so I might throw in some vinegar as well. I might also make some pasta for the young man, and he can have his ratatouille over the pasta.

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                                                                                                                                                                  tcamp RE: roxlet Jan 17, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  I like my ratatouille with hot peppers too. Especially in winter.

                                                                                                                                                                2. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  It is cold here so I need something to warm my intolerant bones from the inside out. That screams caldo verde. MMMM, sautéed onions and garlic, chicken broth, linguica, kale... what's not to love? Okay, I am using spinach because I have it but it will still warm my bones. Some hard rolls warmed in the oven and slathered with Amish roll butter and sea salt. I will share the leftovers with my neighbor across the street because he lost his wife and she was part Portuguese like me and he loved her soup. I am sure it won't be the same but I would never want to usurp his wife.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Cherylptw RE: suzigirl Jan 16, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Your soup sounds really good and it's kind of you to share with your neighbor...

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                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: Cherylptw Jan 16, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I was dear friends with his wife and she passed last year at 58. I miss her terribly. He is a good man and my heart breaks for his loss. They had only been together ten years, but they felt like they had found "the one" and I could not agree more.
                                                                                                                                                                      Back to food, I am on the fence about adding the spinach for him to reheat or just giving him instructions to add the spinach that I give him raw into the soup and reheat so it has more body

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                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      do you speak any Portuguese, suzigirl?

                                                                                                                                                                      despite being a confirmed Francophile, I find Portuguese to be maybe the most beautiful language ever.

                                                                                                                                                                      very nice offer to the widower....

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Sadly, no. My mom's biological mother was part Portuguese and she was adopted at around four so I am not even sure if her real mother even spoke it herself. I would like to speak it, I must remedy that some day. The rumor is that I am a distant relative of John Phillip Sousa but that is not confirmed. Just something my grandma used to say about my mom's real mother so who knows?

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                                                                                                                                                                      SarahCW RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      People always say chicken soup is good for a head cold, but a really spicy bowl of leftover crock pot chipolte chicken chili with a freshly grilled portobella will clear the sinuses way better! I added a lot of chilies to the chili when I made it, and it has gotten even richer and more intense since I made it on Tuesday. It made a lot, though, so it may be what is for dinner for a while. I have some cauliflower in the fridge, so I think tomorrow I'll steam some and have chili on top. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm new here, so I hope I did this right!

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                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: SarahCW Jan 16, 2014 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome to WFD SarahCW. It sounds like a good way to shake off a head cold.

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                                                                                                                                                                          weezieduzzit RE: SarahCW Jan 16, 2014 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds good, SarahCW, spicy is my go-to when I don't feel well, too. Hope you feel better soon and nice to "meet" you.

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                                                                                                                                                                            SarahCW RE: weezieduzzit Jan 16, 2014 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Suzgirl and weezieduzzit! I hope to feel better soon too--though at least I have lots to eat until I start feeling better!

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                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: SarahCW Jan 16, 2014 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Tom yum for me when I feel like a cold is coming on.


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                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: SarahCW Jan 17, 2014 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome to the table SarahCW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: SarahCW Jan 17, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Nice to see you here, SarahCW!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. janetofreno RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                DH still wants soup even though the weather is (too) warm, and today I am experimenting. I am currently roasting a small butternut squash and a yam. I had one of each, and neither was big enough to make soup on its own. So I'm going to make them into a soup....we'll see how the combo works. It will be the basic squash soup recipe but with yam added. Why not? DH bought a HUGE amount of spinach salad mix the other day, so that will be our side. And of course, sourdough bread and maybe a glass of zinfandel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: janetofreno Jan 18, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm sure that must have been good.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Jan 16, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I made skirt steak for the very first time. So tender. It is the exact cut of beef that I need for a sliced sautéed beef with onions dish my friend makes. I have been using sirloin but skirt steak is like butter melting in your mouth! I sautéed it on high heat with fresh chopped garlic.....a drop of soy sauce...orange zest...red pepper flakes and added a pinch of salt at the end. Served with rice and brussel sprouts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Njchicaa RE: MamasCooking Jan 17, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I love skirt steak! It is soooooo tender and delicious even if you cook it all the way through. It has gotten really expensive here. I can get good steaks (porterhouse, ribeye, rib) on sale for $5.99/lb but skirt steak is always $11.99 at the local grocery store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking RE: Njchicaa Jan 17, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh my goodness.$11.99 per pound! Mine was around $5.00 per pond and I am so glad I ventured out of my *food* comfort zone and tried something new.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 01:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night was Sichuan. Hot and numbing beef (shin meat) and fish fragrant aubergine - both recipes from Fuchsia Dunlop's Every Grain of Rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                      With leftover rice on hand I chose Asian again for tonight's meal. Indonesian came out on top. We've fond food memories after spending several months living there a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                      We started with peanut fritters; a dieter's nightmare. Crushed peanuts spices and rice flour are bound with coconut milk and fried. A sprinkle of chilli powder and a dip in sambal belachan and they were a delicious starter.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I got the bloke to spark up the tiny charcoal skewer BBQ for the main course and sent him out with a piece of cardboard to fan the fire. He did an admiral job cooking chicken skewers which we consumed with a satay sauce, sliced cucumber, lime juice, sliced shallots, and the leftover rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                      All-in-all a pleasant Friday night meal and a lovely time reminiscing about past travels and cuisines. Breaking Bad graced the plasma and it's an early night so we're in good form tomorrow to rip up a flower garden and prepare it for vegetables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        acssss RE: Frizzle Jan 17, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Great food and "Breaking Bad" - what a perfect evening!!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Although with regards to the latter, we've already finished watching the entire 5 seasons, then finished seeing them again on Netflix, then finished seeing them again on the AMC "Breaking Bad" marathon... whew... now we are getting prepared for February's House of Cards return :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: acssss Jan 17, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          We're late to the Breaking Bad, we're on season 3 and loving it. We're studiously avoiding any internet discussion on plot spoilers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: Frizzle Jan 17, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          "...we're in good form tomorrow to rip up a flower garden and prepare it for vegetables."

                                                                                                                                                                                          You're killing me, Frizzle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: Frizzle Jan 17, 2014 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            all of that looks and sounds amazing Frizzle!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks MC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              MamasCooking RE: Frizzle Jan 17, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Peanut fritters Breaking Bad and living in Paradise! You go:) As always your food looks so delectable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Frizzle Jan 18, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                How delicious! Gorgeous photos, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 01:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                We bought a couple of steak pies when we were at a local farm shop before Christmas. They've been in the freezer and just need baking. We'll have them with chips and peas........ of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  valerie RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had been contemplating buying a slow cooker for a while and after I had narrowed it down to 2 different ones, I was watching the prices on Amazon in the days after Thanksgiving. Each day and each hour the prices were fluctuating. So when the price of one of them dropped (albeit temporarily), I bought it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So I finally tried it out. Made cashew chicken from a recipe that I saw on Facebook. I know that I should have started off with a beef or pork recipe, but I never make pork at home and wanted to try to keep it healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was totally prepared for my family to think this cashew chicken was disgusting and order a pizza! I had to go out for a few hours in the afternoon so I turned on the slow cooker, and my rice cooker, and I really was amazed that dinner was ready when I got home at 5:30. In the end, it was not the greatest dinner, but I will say that it was far better than I expected. The only one who completely rejected it was my picky 7 year old son, but that's not a surprise to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now I am on a mission to see what else I can make in there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: valerie Jan 17, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beef stew. Pulled pork. Chicken stock. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      valerie RE: LindaWhit Jan 17, 2014 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I have those on my list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 12:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have veggie stock simmering in mine now; it's been 9 hours and I'll let it go another 3 before straining...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love my slow cooker; you can cook a lot of things even bake cakes in it. I put chicken leg quarters in mine a few days ago and cooked them 8 hours on low then refrigerated them. Yesterday (Friday) I took the meat off the bone and made a pot of chicken & rice soup, which I finished on the stove top but could have done it in the slow cooker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other things I like putting in the slow cooker are chili or stew, beef or pork roasts, turkey wings, mac & cheese, tamales, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Berheenia RE: valerie Jan 17, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Does your family like caramel? Try this (I have not but a coworker was raving about how good this is)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          valerie RE: Berheenia Jan 17, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I am sure they would like that but it might not be so appropriate for a weeknight dinner (according to me anyway!). Will save it for when we have company.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          MamasCooking RE: valerie Jan 17, 2014 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Legumes cook well in a crock pot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: MamasCooking Jan 18, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is a link to a post by Nat8199 who describes how s/he gets dry beans ready to use for a recipe. I followed the procedure and it's perfect. Three hours on High for 2 cups dry beans and 4 cups water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: MamasCooking Jan 18, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I find that kale keeps about a week in my fridge, but we usually use it up during the week. We've cooked it mostly in soups this winter. It's also tasty in Colcannon, a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and kale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight's dinner will be spicy (garlic pdr/grnd cumin/ grnd coriander/ smoked paprika/S & P) bison burgers served on a few inner leaves of escarole, and potato salad with small red bliss, celery, scallions, chopped hot cherry peppers, a small handful of black-eyed peas, crumbled Gorgonzola with a Bragg's apple cider vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ham bone stock in the slow cooker as I type. Later I'll dry brine turkey drums and wings for tomorrow. We'll eat some of the meat then into the freezer the rest will go to make stock later next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              ETA: This post was supposed to be in response to Foodiex2 downthread. Sorry it's out of place.!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow I'm loving your dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Celery root was among the haul of new vegetables. Do you think it'd work for the colcannon instead of potatoes?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In my experience celery root is usually combined with a few potatoes instead of being a full on substitute. I think the colcannon holds together better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harters RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Celeriac (as we call it here) isnt a substitute for potato, as such. It has a different texture. But you can certainly work it into dishes along with potato.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Favourite use for it is as a remoulade. Grated (or matchstick) celeriac, mayo, Dijon mustard. Fab along with other hors d'oeuvres or just alongside some cold ham.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you for the remoulade idea. I had celeriac two ways today-braised and scrambled with eggs for a breakfast hash and remoulade served with seared swordfish for lunch. I have declared it a winner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rabaja RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your dinner sounds great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. tcamp RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pizza night. Dough is on the counter thawing and spouse/sons are responsible for making the pies. I take Fridays off from dinner making.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    foodieX2 RE: tcamp Jan 17, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pizza night for us too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    acssss RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haven't been around this week and it is wonderful to read all of the wonderful food you all have been making! SO yummy!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight for dinner at our house is a corned beef roast with saurkraut, roasted-garlic-rosemary-mashed-cauliflower (actually I put it in the food processor to make it more pureed than mashed) and lemony green beans (wine is implied).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tomorrow I begin the preparations for the big playoff championship games. At our house there is not just a superbowl party, but all during the playoffs, we have people over (or go over to their house) and watch the playoff games, party, eat, drink and yell a lot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For me, personally, this weekend IS the superbowl. The matchup between Brady and Manning (again) is more exciting than any superbowl can be and I am very excited. So, fortunately, this Sunday, it is at our house and on the menu is not only the regular Buffalo wings (boneless and regular), tomato-basil-bruschetta, pigs in a blanket, chips and salsa, spinach-dip-in-a-loaf, bagels with all sorts of goodies on top and cupcakes... but this year, I am making something special - because in order to get in the Boston mood, Boston food is required.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So... I am making Boston Chowda - I've never made it before; in fact, I've never eaten it before and I have no idea how it will come out. But I have this huge cast iron cauldron that I usually just have for show in my kitchen that will be center stage. I am making it with huge chunks of homemade bread. Supposed to be cold and snowy on Sunday, so it will hit the spot (hopefully). Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you all have a great, enjoyable weekend and stay warm and healthy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GretchenS RE: acssss Jan 17, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the party food sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: acssss Jan 17, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brady-Manning. It doesn't get much better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your lineup is excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hockey last night, had NY style pizza at the game (only $7.50 a slice! Stupid arena food).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight SO has requested ground beef tacos out of the options I gave him, so that'll be WFD. I do at least use soft corn tortillas instead of those crunchy ones. I just put salsa on mine, I pretend it's sort of like street tacos? Haha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tcamp RE: juliejulez Jan 17, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe add some shredded cabbage to increase the street-worthiness of the tacos? And/or that spicy crema that mariacarmen posted up thread?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Jan 17, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            when I make ground beef tacos, I fry the soft corn tortillas. way, way, way better than the boxed kind. soooo good....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah that's how my mom did it when I was growing up. In fact, she told me her and my dad's first argument was about the proper oil temperature to fry tortillas for tacos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's pokah night at a friend's house this eve, which means some unhealthy snack food and take-out TBD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I could NOT stop eating yesterday. The Sichuan jour fixe was lovely, as always: garlic cukes, bok choy, dry-fried green beans, cumin beef, Sichuan-style dry fish, mapo tofu, diced chicken with hot peppers..... I just kept eating and eating, and when I got home, had a little bread & cheese. Oh, and popcorn. And chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So I need to be a good gal tonight and *chill out* on the face-stuffing. I'd much rather stuff my wallet with winnings, anyway :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Two gigs tomorrow -- I was asked to do a song at a memorial event for one of our friends who passed away recently, and then we're back at a local student-heavy (ugh) place with the whole band. Gig's early, nixing any dinner plans one might have. My guess is I'll be starvated by the time we're done & I'll grab some grub at the after-show party @casa lingua.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Happy weekend, y'all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: linguafood Jan 17, 2014 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So sorry to hear about your friend passing. That is sad to hear. Hope you clean up at poker tonight. Have fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, very sad. He was only in his early 60s, but had had any number of health problems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We weren't very close -- we played together in my first band stateside many years ago, and he was my husband's colleague at the university...... so I am hoping that I won't get too choked up when I'm supposed to perform. But many people will share their memories of him, and I'm to go up at the very end. Oy. Fingers crossed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood Jan 17, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh boy, how difficult. Good luck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jan 17, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    awww, sorry lingua, it sounds like you might, but it would be totally understandable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. foodieX2 RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Finally Friday!! TGIF everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is pizza night. 3 pies are on the menu: a simple margarita, a spinach, leek and mushroom and a pesto, prosciutto and fresh mozz. The dough is homemade whole wheat made with beer. Adds a nice zing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband and son are leaving this afternoon for a tournament in San Francisco, and I get to stay home with the dog. Oh, well, but I see it as my chance to do some healthier, Weight Watchers friendly meals this weekend. I bought a small London broil, and I am planning on that for dinner and a couple of lunches. I am going to experiment with a baby kale salad tonight as well, planning on adding some pine nuts and maybe goat cheese to the mix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking RE: roxlet Jan 17, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The weather is N California is beautiful right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. gini RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night - a classic iceberg wedge and a glass of rising tide daymark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight: grilled spicy Italian sausages with roasted spaghetti squash with parmesan and butter and green beans & mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce. Looking forward to it. And a nap!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Gio RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks all for the warm welcome upthread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last night for us was a five-spice stir-fry with onion, leeks, garlic, ginger, carrots, cabbage, ham, and all the usual Chinese sauces. Served over brown basmati.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight will be a concocted melange of angel hair aglio oilo with spicy sauteed broccoli rabe and sauteed mushrooms all tossed together, and grated Romano over top. A mixed tossed salad will complete. Trying to use all the vegetables before shopping day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yum! I'm glad you're participating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight's dinner is a continuation of trying to use up what we have in the freezer. I pulled out a container of bolognese this morning to thaw. We will have that with some form of pasta (shells, cavatappi, whatever I grab first) and maybe some garlic knots if I get motivated to make them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. eight_inch_pestle RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I keep thinking Maria's title refers to hunting. Anyway, last night was take-out from a Chicago-style deep dish place in Seattle. Not the best, but serviceable when needing a fix, and much cheaper than a pair of round-trip tickets to the Midwest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Homemade sweet potato ice cream for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: eight_inch_pestle Jan 17, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, that ice cream sounds great! Did you "do" anything to it - add some ginger, maple syrup, anything other than sweet potato and cream?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eight_inch_pestle RE: LindaWhit Jan 17, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not yet, really. It was my first swing at using sweet potato so wanted to keep it pretty simple. Just brown sugar, vanilla (little bit of bean, little bit of extract), milk, cream, egg yolks, and a splash of buttermilk. The eventual idea is buttermilk and sweet potato ice cream with brown sugar and/or maple syrup and maybe a splash of bourbon to go with some kind of sweet corn cake and maybe a hazelnut-chocolate sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: eight_inch_pestle Jan 17, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OMG, YUM!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Jan 17, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              haha - i'm not into that either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              why did I not know you were on the left coast?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i'm with LW - that Ice scream sounds yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: eight_inch_pestle Jan 18, 2014 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me too- I wondered what the big game would be. Are elk and venison big game or are we talking buffalo?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheeseboigahs! Cole slaw! Wine! Celebrating no gym tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Jan 17, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wine is WAY better than Pepsi! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kontxesi RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spaghetti squash lasagna and garlic bread in the oven. I forgot a layer of cheese, but I'm sure it will be yummy anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am riffing on Miss juliejulez pesto chicken tonight. I pesto slathered the chicken breasts and then wrapped them in prosciutto and will bake them and when they are done I will liberally cover them in mozz and parm and let them rest covered in foil. Sliced tomato from the garden that is baseball sized dressed in a vinaigrette TBD.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hokey smokes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: steve h. Jan 17, 2014 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is my dinner hokey? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hell no!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's a quote from Rocket J. Squirrel: "Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It means, wow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: steve h. Jan 17, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I cry stunod. I watched Rocky and Bullwinkle as a kid and that escaped me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gio RE: suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think it's rather Holy actually.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: Gio Jan 17, 2014 06:03 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unless you're talking about the whole Rocky and Bullwinkle thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: steve h. Jan 17, 2014 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hokey, holy, whole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's a reach in anybody's book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We'll played.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez RE: suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow that sounds really good! I want that instead of my tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: juliejulez Jan 17, 2014 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If Allie gets back with that Foodshooter we can trade. Love me some tacos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of allie...... she's been AWOL for a while, no?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: linguafood Jan 18, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes she has. The house must be a bigger job than she anticipated. I miss her. She is a hoot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yea where's that gator been?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    She has been busy with her new house. I was hoping she would drop in once in a while and say hi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Was supposed to go out to dinner tonight, but the CEO sprung a last minute Company lunch on me. Quickest to order and deliver was Chinese. I had a very bland cashew chicken, thinking I was still going out. Until I wasn't 'cause I was too full.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So it was Lamb & Barley Soup and a roll left over from the sketti & sauce a few days ago. Yup. Wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And technically, while I don't have a 3-day weekend, I have a 3-day weekend, since I'm taking Monday off to get my first crown. No, silly people. Not a crown like a princess. A tooth crown. They (those dentist people "they") told me it wouldn't hurt. We'll just see about that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jan 17, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good luck with the crown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: LindaWhit Jan 17, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It doesn't hurt, at least in my experience. Be brave & Good Luck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Harters RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 02:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You'll be fine with the crown. I have lousy teeth - the few that remain are pretty much all crowned. It's a two visit process - first visit preps the tooth and is the unpleasant bit. Second visit is really just a matter of popping the new crown on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Harters Jan 18, 2014 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nope, mine's being done in one afternoon. I guess they make-and-bake the crown right there. I will either remain in the chair while it's being finished (if they don't need the room) or I'll sit in their waiting room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And yeah, it's the "prepping of the tooth" that I'm not looking forward to. The dentist always tells you not to use pointy metal objects to pick at your teeth.....so what does the hygienist use? Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd still rather have a princess crown. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck with the crown, Linda!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been slammed at work and not posting or cooking as much lately. On Wednesday, DH made a delightful "Monterey Cobb" salad w/ mixed greens, roasted corn, grape tomatoes, baby corn, avocado, grilled chili-rubbed chicken, and a homemade Thousand-Island style dressing. We felt virtuous until snacking on a cheese plate and crackers later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night we grabbed dinner out. I had a virtuous salad w/ my chicken sandwich at the bar before a concert but ended up having bo ssam leftovers after a couple too many bourbons. I woke up in the middle of the night with a stomachache and regret.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight I grabbed a $5 rotisserie chicken and had that with leftover bo ssam dipping sauces, Vietnamese pickled veg., and a few spoonfuls of smacked cucumber and mung bean salad. It worked. Friends are coming over for drinks in a few, so I'll put out some natural almonds, dark chocolate, and whatever else sounds good--probably more cheese and crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sensing a snacky theme here?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deb went freezer diving and surfaced with homemade ravioli (ricotta and spinach). There was homemade sauce, too. Garlic bread on the side, house red to wash it all down. Pulp Fiction is on the plasma.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That looks so great. Well played.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Repeat of last week, with a better camera: mustard greens, bacon ends, poached egg, rye buttered toast. hit the spot. and a teensy little bit of the remaining Spanish white.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and me too with the Pulp Fiction! One of my favorite movies of all time. 20 years old this year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What is that sprinkled on the egg? Paprika?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: nothingswrong Jan 19, 2014 10:51 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Cherylptw RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 12:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner was a simple chicken & rice soup partially made in my slow cooker, finished on the stove top. Fresh fruit salad was "afters."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I found about a pound and a half of ground beef in the freezer so tonight will be meatloaf. I also pulled out a small dish of macaroni and cheese. I have fresh broccoli from the organic produce delivery so meatloaf, mac and cheese, and roasted broccoli sounds like what's for dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm back on my feet, waddling around the world but keeping in mind "this too shall pass." The stares wherever I go are quite annoying but I guess it's a sign that I'm a regular nearly everywhere that I go so people notice, but they don't have to stare. My face is pretty swollen so my boss actually asked yeterday "oh, how did your wisdom tooth surgery go?" which I found hysterical so at least I'm still laughing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyway, back to dinner. I have been seriously craving vegetables so loaded up yesterday with some old favorites but also some new vegetables I'd like to try and experiment with. I tried kale once before but was not a fan but decided to grab a huge bag yesterday and try it out again. The plan for dinner is to saute ground turkey breast with Badia, pour in a few cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes and finish with a hefty dose of kale. Fingers crossed, I think I'm destined to like kale but need to find my kale groove. How long does this stuff keep in the fridge? It seems pretty hardy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My CSA kale would keep for upwards of over a week or more. Sometimes a leaf or two would have to be discarded, but it hung around....and got added to the following week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What kind of kale did you get? I've found the curly ale seems to last longer than the flatter-leafed kale with curly edges (lacinato or dino kale).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's the curly kale not the lumpy bumpy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You should be fine for more than a week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need more ideas, kale is also great chopped finely and stirred into soup with potatoes and/or white beans and sausage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's one recipe you could try:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caldo Verde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    olive oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 oz. of Spanish (hard) chorizo, small dice, kielbasa, or bacon (if you substitute bacon, add 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4-5 large potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 onions, small dice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4 cloves garlic, minced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/2 c. white wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 box chicken broth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 1/2 cubes vegetable or chicken bullion, crushed or tsp. of Better Than Bullion (optional)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    large bunch of kale, washed and stemmed (discard stems)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 bay leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    red pepper flake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    salt, pepper, seasoned salt, splash of Maggi or soy sauce to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    approx. 4 c. hot water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In a large pot, saute the chorizo in a few Tbsp. olive oil until the fat renders and the sausage begins to crisp. Remove to a small bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Over medium heat, saute the onion in the drippings, then add the garlic and potato and cook until lightly golden, stirring often to prevent sticking. Deglaze with the white wine and box of broth, scraping up the brown bits; bring to a simmer and cover until potatoes are tender. While the potatoes are simmering, chiffonnade the kale (layer several leaves and roll up tightly into cigars, slice very thinly, then cut crosswise a few times). Set kale aside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When potatoes are fork tender, fish out the bay leaves and puree half of the potatoes. Coarsely mash the remaining potatoes in the pot before adding back the puree. Add the hot water and the bullion/BTB to the pot and stir in the kale and chorizo. Season to taste and simmer until the kale is tender and the flavors blend. (Beware of over-salting, as the chorizo is salty). Serve with crusty bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    >I also make a soup based on celery, onion, and carrots, chicken broth, bay leaves, rosemary, parsley, cubed kielbasa or smoked sausage, drained canned white beans (prefer Cannelini or Great Northern), and chopped kale. Diced tomatoes (canned or fresh) optional. Sorry I don't have an exact recipe, but someone with your cooking chops should have no problem winging it. You can also substitute browned loose sweet or spicy Italian sausage for the kielbasa and add cubed potato.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry people are staring but that comment from your boss is really funny!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kale keeps pretty well. When I was overrun with the stuff from the CSA last year I book marked this site. Has some good tips on storing greens.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you tried kale chips? I can eat a whole bag in one sitting and so can my son. Of course I like them liberally sprinkled with salt so that might not be good for you right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kale is also great in frittatas and stirred into hearty bean soups. My favorite is Portuguese Kale soup. Also if you do smoothies kale is nice addition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree with using the kale in soups. There are several containers of sausage & kale soup in the downstairs freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also chopped up enough to fill 2 gallon bags and about 7-8 quart-sized Ziploc vacuum sealer bags, and sucked the air out of them and tossed them in the freezer. Worked quite well when I used a couple of bags last week for sauteed kale and garlic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree. I froze a bunch when I was overrun and unlike spinach it didn't get all waterlogged when defrosted. It held up pretty well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh great, no need to blanch before freezing?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't blanch mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nope. I didn't wash it either. Figured I'd do that after defrosting, and it worked out quite well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried them last time and wasn't a fan but perhaps I should give them another shot. I read different approaches in terms of temperature. Do you have a method you prefer?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm not even sure if the salt matters anymore. I'm staying pretty low sodium but as long as I'm not gorging on Chinese food they aren't sure if salt intake will really make a huge difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm roasting a turkey today for deli meat so of course the stock pot will be simmering tonight and I'll be enjoying soup all week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use Smitten Kitchens recipe which is basically to tear the kale into large pieces and toss with olive oil. Spread the leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake at 300 degrees. They recommend baking for 20 minutes but I find that it varies a lot so you need to keep an eye on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just checked their site and I completely forgot about the kale/parm dusted popcorn! I need to make that again soon. Really good.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hmm I adore popcorn and that idea is brilliant! I've sprinkled it with kelp seasoning and roasted seaweed which are both delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You just can't seem to catch a break.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What new veg did you get, or was kale it? I am loving the sound of dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's OK, I'm learning to deal with it I guess, same water retention as last week and the 2 weeks prior but this week I can walk!! Woot!! It's all about the little things for me these days. I'm fine in the safe confines of my house, but venturing into the world has become quite annoying. I'm not much for small talk which I've noticed often includes comments about others' appearances. I've always made it a point to not make unsolicited comments about external appearances because I know how it feels growing up with a very disabled mother and realize that you can never predict how someone will interpret your comment. Even if you tell someone they look good and have lost weight, they can interpret that as negative so I just avoid comments of that nature. My parents always joke that people think they can say anything to me and believe it's because they know that I'm the type to just smile as if it's OK :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The new veggie grab bag includes kale, celeriac, turnip greens, acorn squash and green lentils. I'm lost in a world of things I have no idea what to do with :) The new year always brings a new sense of adventure in most aspects of my life. I'm usually a gym rat but every January I start a heavy weightlifting strength program and also seem to become interested in trying new thing in the kitchen as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow. That is some grab bag. I have to agree with everyone upthread that said use the kale in soup. I love it in a soup. And I think acorn squash is best very simple with salt pepper and olive oil brushed on the inside and roasted in the oven til soft and mashed with butter. I like turnip greens cooked just like collards. And I can't help with green lentils. Sorry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jan 18, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the ideas. I also bought collard greens because I've been jonesin' for them since I finished off the New Year's pot. I planned to cook them along with the turnips as you suggested and freeze in portions for a quick fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Woohoo, I loved the kale. I often read that it's bitter, but I didn't taste any of that though I am a fan of other cruciferous vegetables so probably makes sense. there was a bit of chew but I didn't mind it, though I can imagine SO would so will have to remember that in the future. It really bulked up the meal which was nice, doesn't disappear to nothing like spinach. I'm looking forward to trying it out for the next few days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glad you liked it! Very pretty looking plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. foodieX2 RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is movie night with some good friends. I rented Blue Jasmine which I really wanted to see in the theatre but never was able to make it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner will be my version of Hazan's butter/onion tomato sauce along with homemade meatballs. I am excited for the meatballs as I have some really great looking ground pork from the pig farm. I plan on using that along with ground beef, lots of oregano, basil, sautéed onions and Romano cheese. I am going to make some foccacia too along with mixed green salad. A couple of nice bottles of red wine will be opened too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fldhkybnva post about kale reminded me about kale and parmesan dusted popcorn so that will definitely be on the menu too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is there anything better than spending the evening with good friends??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              very nice! enjoy the movie - she's brilliant in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lovely! What's your version of the sauce?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 18, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use 2 cans of tomatoes to one stick of butter and I let it simmer much, much longer than she recommends, basically until the onion falls apart. I don't throw away the onion either, I use my stick blender to puree the tomatoes and onions together. It turns the sauce a lovely pale red color and creates a really smooth texture. Its the perfect foil for highly spiced meatballs. My house smells heavenly right now! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great dinner, and enjoy the movie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jealous of your film pic! I love your sauce recipe- channeling Pioneer Woman with that stick of butter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodieX2 RE: Berheenia Jan 18, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The inspiration:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      However it was SmittenKitchen that first got me to try it


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice, that sounds excellent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wanted to see Blue Jasmine too, and I actually got to the theatre with a friend, and we no sooner had our fannies in the seat when the manager came in to announce that the projector was broken and they would not be able to show the film. Never got back. It goes on PPV next week, and I'll likely catch it then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodieX2 RE: roxlet Jan 18, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugh, how disappointing. Hopefully you went out for drinks and dinner instead!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roxlet RE: foodieX2 Jan 18, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was an afternoon movie, so we went for coffee. Would rather have seen the movie though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WFD is the cover recipe of Food Network Magazine- a meatball and tortellini soup (more of a stew if you ask me).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The inspiration is 1. It's snowing so lets eat what we have on hand 2. a great photo 3. the recipe not only appeals but only involves minimal freezer diving. Oh yeah and 4. it supposedly rings in at 499 calories(why don't they just say 500?) To offset hunger pangs I'm making my doctored version of TJ's cornbread with scallions and gruyere/cheddar which bumps up the fat and calorie counts to more acceptable levels. Butter will figure heavily on the final square.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: Berheenia Jan 18, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds very good and homey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sandwich_Sister RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It doesn't get really cold in Florida and it's freezing to me so I plan on making some warm homey meals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today we are making Smoked Chicken and white bean chili

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kielbasa with peppers and onions side of home made baked Mac & Cheese and a side of broccoli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          French Onion Soup, Salad, Grilled Steak, Baked Potato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tex Mex Enchiladas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bison Meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shepards pie and a big pint of Guinness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lasagna with side salad and wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm thinking an apple strudel, baklava, chocolate cake or pie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: Sandwich_Sister Jan 18, 2014 01:21 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: Sandwich_Sister Jan 18, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, that's a lot of food! You must have a large family -- or are you throwing a dinner party?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: linguafood Jan 18, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it sounded to me like she's making meals for the week...?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio RE: Sandwich_Sister Jan 18, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's for the week, right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sandwich_Sister RE: Gio Jan 18, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yeah that is more than one day. Sorry I didn't specify.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I picked up two organic chickens today with the intention of making Zuni roast chickens on Monday. I salted the chickens and stuck them in the fridge. Then while perusing the board, I came across the link to Serious Eats' NYC Halal street-cart-style chicken and rice. It looked so good and generated a major craving for a dish that I've had often while visiting New York for work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I pulled one of my chickens out, wiped the salt off and cut up the chicken into parts. I threw the parts (skin and bones and all) into a slow cooker with the marinade. It's been in there for about 2 hours now, and shortly, I'll take the chicken out, pull the meat off and proceed from step 3 of the recipe. I can't wait! The house smells sooooo good right now. I'll report back on the final result later.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: TorontoJo Jan 18, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's a favorite in our house, and I'll probably make it again next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TorontoJo RE: roxlet Jan 18, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Holy crap, is that a delicious recipe. I inhaled two LARGE servings and had to stop myself from eating more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After pulling all the meat off the bones, I threw it into a large cast iron skillet with the fat and juices in the slow cooker and the rest of the marinade. There was enough fat and oil to really crisp up the chicken. I served the sauce on the side because I wasn't sure I would want sauce on it, but I should have just dumped it all over the chicken and rice. So good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did wing the sauce a bit, as I didn't want mayo in it. I made it with plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, a couple of garlic cloves, a bit of sugar and some avocado oil (I had just finished my EVOO bottle). Whirred it all up with my immersion blender.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I served the chicken and rice with a simple mix of chopped tomatoes, cucumber and red onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This one is a major keeper and will make it into our regular rotation!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: TorontoJo Jan 18, 2014 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The recipe is has now been Pinned and I'm looking forward to trying it. I'm glad you posted about just using Greek yogurt as I'm not a big fan of mayo and that was my plan as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking RE: TorontoJo Jan 18, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It looks delicious and I am giggling about the two servings and you had to stop yourself from eating more. I am like that with certain savory rich foods too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo RE: MamasCooking Jan 19, 2014 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad I'm not alone! I can't make my mom's fried rice very often because I will eat the entire thing. :0)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tvchick RE: TorontoJo Jan 19, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I made the Halal street cart-style chicken tonight and it was fabulous. It's all I can do to save some for lunch tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We invited another couple over for a casual dinner. They are both beer lovers, so I expect the conversation will dwell on homebrewing and the latest big beers for a while :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm making the NYT chicken adobo with coconut milk. Sides will be yellow rice, buttered snow peas, and a fruity cole slaw with toasted almonds, craisins, scallion, and fresh pineapple in orange-ginger-sesame dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We'll start with another of those scallion and zucchini pancakes w/ dipping sauce, since I still have ingredients on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They're bringing dessert. I've got a bottle of white chilling; DH will have to curate the beer list :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Jan 19, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They brought some designer cupcakes from The Sweet Lobby, which were excellent: German chocolate (with coconut and a toffee garnish), pistachio (good but needed salt IMHO), spicy chocolate ganache (a Chinese New Year special, I think?) and...my favorite...bananas foster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lots of beer. Lots. Did I mention there was lots of beer? There is not enough coffee this morning...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. mcsheridan RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight it's cold again in Northern NJ, and comfort food is the order of the day. Italian Meat Loaf is in the oven now; 80/20 beef, loose Italian sausage meat, onions, garlic, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, and a big handful of shredded mozzarella. I almost never make meat loaf the same way twice, but I made note of the measurements this time, just in case it bears replicating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The memorial went over really well, and it was nice to hear people reminisce about what a wonderful man our friend was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Upon coming home, I made myself "breakfast" (yep, at 3:30 pm.... my tummy was quite thankful for that) of 'Strammer Max', a German classic: slice of toasted bread topped with cream cheese, smoked ham off the bone, xxtra sharp cheddar & two fried eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then had a bowl of my current obsession, 2% fage with pomegranate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That should give me enough sustenance for my gig in just a couple hours. No food until 10 PM. Wah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: linguafood Jan 18, 2014 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm glad the memorial went well. There was a stretch where I was losing family and friends at too rapid a pace. I became adept at giving eulogies and that is never a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your meal is heavier than a boat anchor but sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berlin in June!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I WANTED BACON!!! Technically, I wanted it for breakfast, but it ended up being incorporated into dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But prior to that, I had expected to go to a wake early this afternoon for the brother of a friend - the unexpected snow prevented the drive down there. So it was an inside day today - with a bit of shoveling later in the afternoon - about 4" total.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back to that bacon. Sauteed 3 full slices and crumbled. In some of the bacon fat, I sauteed some sliced cremini mushrooms for about 1 minute. Removed, and added two chicken breasts that had been seasoned with ground pepper and dried thyme. Sauteed those about 3-4 minutes on each side, then removed them from the pan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Added 3/4 cup white wine and 1/4 cup chicken stock. Let it boil and reduce for a bit, scraping up the good bits from the bottom of the pan, and then the chicken went back in with the mushrooms. Let the whole shebang simmer away to allow the liquid to reduce, flipping the chicken once, and spooning the liquid over a few times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Once the chicken was almost done it was removed and 1/4 cup of heavy cream was added. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble as the sauce reduced. Put the chicken back in, spooning the sauce over. Served it with basmati rice, crumbled bacon over top and steamed green beans alongside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wine for the chicken, wine for me. Not sure what's on the tube tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like a great way to get your bacon fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, nice dinner! I love cravings like that, really makes up for the times when I have no idea what I want.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: LindaWhit Jan 18, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Winter is here and that's a simple fact. Your meal sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of football tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeanne RE: LindaWhit Jan 19, 2014 02:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds delicious - makes me crave sauteed mushrooms - one of my favorite things! I'm going to save this!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Jan 19, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boy, that sounds good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meatballs in a brown gravy, jasmine rice and ginger orange glazed baby carrots. Big glass of vodka, club soda and lime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Center cut pork chops with apple and onion. Mashed potatoes with butter. Lots of green stuff:) Sliced cucumbers.....steamed brussel sprouts and stir fried vegetables. I will probably live it up and steam some carrots too. Love them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MidwesternerTT RE: MamasCooking Jan 18, 2014 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great minds (think alike) -- Pork chops with apple & onion are on our menu for tomorrow. Plus cucumbers (in a salad, along with marinated artichoke hearts, spinach and mint.) And sweet potatoes, but I could easily be swayed to make mashed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MidwesternerTT RE: MidwesternerTT Jan 19, 2014 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was great. I also roasted caultiflower "steaks" drizzled with honey and well-sprinkled with garam masala - both sides sprayed with veg oil first, to help brown and prevent sticking. I liked the looks and taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steamed red potatoes (not sweet potatoes) were the full- carb side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Veal piccata is tonight's main. Noodles on the side, house red to wash it down

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looking forward to Sunday. Lots of great football will be on the plasma.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The dish was good. Deb did all the heavy lifting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Roquefort and port for afters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: steve h. Jan 18, 2014 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i want your afters before.... or instead.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hear you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's a little restaurant off the Campo de' Fiori where Deb and I stay every year. The place is run by a man who is passionate about cheese and wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Come October, I'll ask him for a trio of cheeses: Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and wines that would make sense. This won't be a fancy shootout, rather a pleasant way to eat, drink, chat with an old friend. Rome is like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. MidwesternerTT RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monster Minestrone recipe from the Dinner A Day cookbook. Still a great recipe, although it takes me longer than an hour to make it (all meals in the book can be made in 1 hour or less). About 30 minutes of the prep time is chopping vegetables and I got in a hurry for the last one - cabbage. Just sliced rather than cross-chopped, so it wasn't small enough to cook quickly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I added some leftover cooked chicken to the soup for my "want meat" spouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In general, recipes from the book make 4 large servings. In practice, this minestrone recipe makes at least 10 servings. I'll freeze some fo us to have a couple of weeks from now,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              london broil was on sale, so i've been marinating half of one (it was huge) for the last 4 hours, and by the time i get home from the oldster's and get it under the broiler it will have been marinating 5. marinade was extreme simples: balsamic, soy, Worcestershire, crushed garlic, fresh dried thyme. we'll broil it for a couple minutes each side, and reduce the marinade for a sauce. some kind o' taters on the side, not sure what kind yet. prolly a salad. the BF can take care of that, he's good at them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jan 18, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have had a mad craving for curry rubbed roasted cauliflower all day so that is currently in the oven and chicken makhani will accompany. All kefir for the yogurt and half and half in the recipe since my kefir grains are going mad and I can't keep up drinking it (the man will be getting a smoothie for dessert, too, he just doesn't know it yet... not that he'll mind.) I'm a little bummed that I didn't pick any greens today so Trader Joe's frozen french green beans will do the trick sauteed with some garlic in coconut oil.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: weezieduzzit Jan 19, 2014 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love that you describe the chicken as the accompaniment to the roasted cauliflower! Have you ever tried adding ground sumac to the cauliflower? It gives a wonderful tang.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit RE: TorontoJo Jan 19, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes! Sumac is awesome on roasted cauliflower. The curry was a departure from our "regular" way of doing it, which is garam masala and lots of sumac.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 12:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  London broil worked out quite well. hot crash potatoes accompanied, dusted with pimenton and a bit of shaved manchego at the end, as well as a salad of red leaf lettuce, shallots, toasted walnuts, with jerez sherry vinegar & walnut olive oil for dressing. we capped it off with a bottle of red from Jumilla - good stuff, went well with Kinda Blue the BF had on his mp3 player. i'm a total neophyte re jazz, but i know what i like. once the wine buzz goes down we're going out for a night cap. Saturday....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That entire dinner looks and sounds AH-MAY-ZING!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 03:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So, piggy lovers, welcome to Sunday dinner at Harters Hall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's a slab of pork belly drying out in the fridge. The skin will be scored and the beast will be roasted slowly for a couple of hours or so. Then rested, of course. Meat should be moist and still nicely fatty with the crispiest crackling you'd ever want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While its resting, crumbled black pudding gets a quick fry in extra virgin rapeseed oil. This is black pudding from Bury - a town on the other side of the metro area and well known for making the best black puddings in England. They come out and in goes chunks of blanched parsnip, a tin of chestnuts and a couple of sliced apples (we've got Egremont Russets) for a fry. Black pud goes back to warm through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meanwhile, a dressing is made of more rapeseed oil, garlic, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and honey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plating is a matter of starting with a handful of salad leaves, topping that with the black pud mix, then slices of the pork, a scattering of shards of the crackling and the dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alongside, some of herself's homemade Italian bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Feast or what?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rabaja RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 04:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds perfect. What goes on the pork belly? Just salt and pepper?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Harters RE: rabaja Jan 19, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just a little salt on the skin side, to aid the crisping up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This isnt a Nigel Slater recipe but he has a number of variations on a theme of rubbing the flesh sides with stuff - garlic and bay is a favourite - as is hoisin sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Words fail.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Argh! i want that dinner!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harters RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to tell you, this was a fecking knock-out dinner. Absolutely knock-out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well done. It was one hell of a lineup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I need to buy me some pork belly one of these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounded like it would be! We had pork belly that rjbh20 made in a ramen dinner he made. Excellent. The stuff is too delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frizzle RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 10:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm glad it delivered. It sounded incredible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: Harters Jan 19, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Holy crap, Harters. You've truly outdone yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. boyzoma RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night I made Steve H's Chicken Fricassee. It was so yummy. DH and I both loved that sauce. We had it with linguine noodles (which worked wonderfully with the sauce) and mixed veggies on the side. I'll definitely be making this again. Thank you Steve H! It was paired with a great Pinot Grigio, which worked wonderfully.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight I'm using up some pot roast and making beef ravioli (the beef is shredded and mixed with grated parm and grated onion). The sauce will be an Alla Vodka cream sauce. On the side will be mixed petite veggies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: boyzoma Jan 19, 2014 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, those ravioli sound wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Jan 19, 2014 08:34 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: boyzoma Jan 19, 2014 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy to have been of service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        +3 on the ravioli.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PHREDDY RE: boyzoma Jan 19, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Made them with leftover short ribs a few weeks ago. Yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night we went out to a piano bar for a going away get together for some friends who are moving to DC (boo, that's the 2nd couple of friends who have moved away in the past 6 months). Beforehand we went to a bar nearby and I had a pretty decent bacon cheeseburger, and tater tots!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today, assuming SO gets up in time (he was pretty worse for the wear last night), we are headed to the bar to watch "the game" where the Broncos will be beating the Pats. Wings might be in order. I didn't get them last week so maybe this week. Or my favorite "honey turkey bavarian" sandwich might woo me away again... thin sliced turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, topped with honey mustard and put on a pretzel roll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Jan 19, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sorry, juliejulez. I cannot "like" your post at all, because there's an error in it. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Jan 19, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bahahaha! It was pretty funny at the piano bar last night, I guess you can pay to have messages put up on a board (and the cost went up ever message). There was some Pats fans there so they'd put up an anti-Broncos one, then someone else would pay to put an anti-Pats one up, and it just kept going back and forth. The bar must have made a fortune that night just on people paying for those messages to be put up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Jan 19, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL! Smart marketing. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: juliejulez Jan 19, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really hate that you were right, julie. But the Pats weren't in Denver tonight. I'm not sure who those imposters were, but that wasn't the game it should have been.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll have you know I'm rooting for Seattle or San Francisco in two weeks, however. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Jan 19, 2014 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah it was kind of a snoozer game actually... hardly any penalties and went pretty quick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Berheenia RE: juliejulez Jan 20, 2014 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Watch Peyton throw the ball. Hear the fans when the sign said "make noise". Boring. The piano bar sounds fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm in the mood for Mexican so I'm making ancho-orange shredded pork and homemade refried beans tonight. The beans are currently simmering on the stovetop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had to go to the VW dealer yesterday to finally get the damage from the tow truck fixed. H Mart is a few minutes away so I popped in for a few things and of course left with some goodies including a bottle of Badia Fajita seasoning. I love their Complete Seasoning and the Fajita blend was pretty inexpensive so I figured it was worth a try. I'm planning another dinner to use up some more of the veggies, I refuse to let any of them go bad. Dinner sounds pretty lame but is one of my new quick favorites - leftover turkey breast from the bird roasted yesterday, seasoned with the Fajita mix, tossed with steamed broccoli, Trader Joe's cuban style black beans, all finished with TJ's unexpected Cheddar and a splash of almond milk for a warm bowl of Tex-Mex broccoli cheese soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually it is The Big Game in New England and Colorado. Only one team will go to the Superbowl so in anticipation of a Pats win I am making Beef stew early so it can simmer while we cheer! Just picked up a baguette for dinner and we are already smearing it with butter and cream cheese and making smoked salmon sandwiches. Can't wait until 3PM to eat them so they are what's for lunch. yum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Game time we'll enjoy a beer and a glass of white wine for me as marijuana isn't legal here "yet". Will all those Broncos fans have the munchies by halftime or is Coors still the recreational buzz of the Rockies? A Seattle Denver game could prove interesting. Super Woodstock Sunday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: Berheenia Jan 19, 2014 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Super Woodstock Sunday."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Far out, man.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: steve h. Jan 19, 2014 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aka the Stonerbowl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: Berheenia Jan 19, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The beer of choice at the bar here in CO today was Molson haha! I only know a couple of people who smoke weed so beer is definitely still preferred, at least in my crowd!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking RE: juliejulez Jan 19, 2014 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What a waste:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm going to make it an easy-on-me dinner, since The Almost Big But Still Kind Of A Big Game is on at 3:00 p.m. Total concentration will be needed throughout the entire game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So freezer diving ensued this morning when I went down for the Sunday paper. Found a couple of 1-cup containers of my ginger pulled pork which I'll reheat slowly, adding some more BBQ sauce (and perhaps a smidge more ginger, if needed). We got small sub rolls with our Chinese food on Friday at work (not sure why this place gives out sub rolls, but I guess it's a "thing" here in the Boston area). ANYWAY...no one took them, so I brought three home, knowing one would be perfect for tonight's dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coleslaw will be made - shredded lettuce and carrots, maybe adding some shredded radish in there as well as green onion. Dressing will be a combo of mayo, sour cream, sugar, cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and Dijon mustard. IF I can get the damn cork out of the new Edmond Fallot Dijon mustard crock. :::grumble, grumble, grumble:::

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not sure yet on a side salad - we'll see how I feel after the game. :-) There will, however, be wine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Londonlinda RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Onions are slowly melting down in butter to make a gravy to go with meatballs. Followed by tiramasu. Nice to be cooking for two again ; spent part of last week at a staff retreat cooking for 7!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Off WFD for a week or so as off to Manhattan board for a few days (and to Manhattan itself for days of theatre, food and museums).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pre-game snacks included blood orange mimosas, deviled eggs and burrata.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Deb is browning off veal shanks for Monday's osso buco. The house smells great. Buffalo wings will be up later today. Plenty of beer and wine on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All eyes are riveted on the plasma (the kitchen is open to the family room).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kontxesi RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight is Marcella Hazan's roasted chicken with two lemons* and a bread salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *If my fiance comes home soon with lemons.... If not, it will just be roasted chicken, I guess. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kontxesi RE: Kontxesi Jan 19, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, he didn't have his phone, so no lemons. :/ Still using the same method though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. foodieX2 RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Entertaining my favorite 6 year old girl tonight who has requested soft tacos for dinner. There will be shredded beef along with bowls of salsa, diced avocado, shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, black beans and jalapeños. We will do make your own which my 12 year old loves too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              She brought over her jewelry box and a bag of hair accessories too. Her mom, my husband and son will watch football while we do dress up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: foodieX2 Jan 19, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dress up is waaaaaayyyyyyy more fun than football!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Jan 19, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I say dress up the guys while they watch football, with the understanding there is no eye makeup applied while they're watching the game - just during commercials. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The gig was fun, the after-show party even more so.... *and* I don't feel horrible today: win/win!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too lazy to cook tonight, so we'll get takeout from the local soup dealer: braised beef/tendon noodle soup, consumed on the couch in front of the teevee -- unless I get a sudden burst of energy, in which case I'd swing by the Sunday blues jam. Doubtful, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Off to my friends' housewarming party (which we're all throwing for him), which, at his request, is mexican themed. thus.... TOTCHOS, FINALLY!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i also made cheese enchiladas with homemade salsa verde. others are bringing fish tacos, chicken mole, a pork and bean stew, ceviche, guac and chips, and margarita makings with st. germain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but, really? It's going to be all about the totchos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    there will be pics.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      so a lot fewer pics than i anticipated, as i had a lot more margaritas than anticipated, if that's possible. ach, my head. and it's not even morning yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      totchos were great! the pic makes them look like they were dry, but they weren't at all. i made a roasted tomato, garlic, onion and jalapeno salsa (threw all on a baking sheet, broiled til you see browned bits, pureed with lime juice, cilantro (sorry LW) and salt), which went on the totchos, along with my guac (made with plenty of finely grated onion), sour cream, black olives, and cilantro (sorry LW), but i forgot the scallions at home. bummer. but still - REALLY GOOD. I bought an extra bag of the tater tots so i'm going to make them for the BF one night for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      my enchiladas were also really good - probably my fave ones i've made - just cheese (jack and jalapeno jack) and tomatillo salsa (roasted tomatillos, onions, garlic), and crema.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other stand-outs were cod ceviche and fish tacos (made with TJs fish sticks). and someone didn't get the Mexican memo and made boneless spare ribs in the slow cooker with bbq sauce - yum. and a divine flourless chocolate cake - just Callebaut chocolate, butter, and eggs - such gooey richness.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Jan 20, 2014 03:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I want to bury my face in those...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 20, 2014 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those are big pieces of cilantro. I'd be able to pull those off and try the totchos. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Juicy Lucy burgers are on the menu tonight. they are going to be stuffed with Yancy's Fancy steakhouse onion cheddar. And thanks to mariacarmen, there will be tater tots. And I splurged at a little beer shop and bought six different beers from here in Florida so the beer will be flowing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jan 19, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can't seem to get the juicy Lucy right. Any tips?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I use two side salad plates to press the meat patties really thin and try to keep the meat stupid cold and don't be tempted to overstuff. That's really all I do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Jan 19, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Overstuff, likely my problem as with anything else stuffed :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Practice, fldhky, practice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TorontoJo RE: suzigirl Jan 19, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So does that mean you are having Yancy's Fancy Juicy Lucies for dinner? :0)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: TorontoJo Jan 19, 2014 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Blushes) Why, yes I am. Hehehe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Slow roasted a 4 lb. top round today, with every intention of having it for dinner along with a red wine sauce, my favorite roasted potatoes and an arugula salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But I ate the leftover street cart chicken and rice instead. Because it's addictive. I must confess that I had that for lunch too. And now the entire thing is gone. A whole chicken's worth of chicken. Gone in three meals. Hubby had two very small portions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *hangs head in shame*

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: TorontoJo Jan 19, 2014 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                *hangs head in shame*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What? You should be taking a victory lap.Well done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: TorontoJo Jan 19, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow I need to make this ASAP! The recipe seems so simple but apparently it's amazing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TorontoJo RE: fldhkybnva Jan 19, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It just hits a lot of my happy palate buttons: savoury rice, crispy bits of meat, tangy sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It'll be a pretty standard Sunday steak night here. I'm just sittin' down takin' a break right now, we've had a busy weekend! I'll make up for the simple dinner tomorrow when I'll have time to do some braising and attending to the kitchen while I'm working.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Strip steaks in the cast iron skillet, sides will be blistered green beans and butternut squash. It's doubtful that there will be leftovers of the steak so I'll have to invent something for the man's lunch tomorrow, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. BeeZee RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Got tired of seeing containers of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, and gravy in the freezer...so sauteed some shredded brussel sprouts and it was Thanksgiving, again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. prima RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ham, scalloped potatoes and peas, followed by banana walnut chip bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo RE: prima Jan 19, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But was it cola and peanut butter glazed ham? :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          prima RE: TorontoJo Jan 19, 2014 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ha ha. :-) Not tonight. I only make that ham for very special occasions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight was PC Black Label Niagara peach jam/white balsamic/cayenne glazed ham, with some Rootham red pepper jelly on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Cherylptw RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This morning I took ground beef from the freezer to thaw and wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it. I browsed Southern Living online and came across Shepherd's Pie, normally made with lamb but the beef sufficed. The meat was browned with onion, a beef gravy and some carrots made; it was all mixed together with some leftover green peas and French green beans and spooned into individual casserole dishes. Fluffy mashed potatoes topped the dishes and they were baked off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To go with, buttered corn nibblets and a mixed iceberg/spinach salad with cukes, green bell pepper & shredded smoked gouda. Thousand Island for DF - poppyseed dressing for me. Brown & serve rolls accompanied. Dessert was warm gingerbread... Don't know why it took me so long to make the Shepherd's Pie again, t'was good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MAH RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My version of turkey chili with corn muffins. My turkey chili is certainly not a purist's delight, but it is packed with veggies, flavor and is nice and spicy. I add green and red peppers, either zucchini or yellow squash and eggplant, in addition to plenty of onions. Also black beans, fire roasted diced tomatoes and often corn. All the veggies are diced tiny and very evenly so they all meld together and resemble the texture of the ground turkey. My husband can't even tell that he's eating most of the veggies. I've told him what's in it and it's so flavorful and spicy that as long as the non-traditional (for chili) veggies aren't smacking him in the face, we employ a don't ask, don't tell policy. The flavor profile comes from a healthy dose of Penzey's Hot chili powered, a couple of chopped chipotles and their adobo sauce and a bottle of beer. I really love the combo of the chipotle/adobo, beer and black beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i've been meaning to make this all winter and haven't for some reason. Every time i make it I think it should be in the more regular rotation. It's so delicious and so packed with veggies that even with toppings of shredded cheddar and sour cream, i still feel great about eating it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looking forward to leftovers either as is or as nachos. yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Jan 19, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I sort of threw together spaghetti with lots of quartered cherry tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, pasta water and grated cheeses all with a pinch of oregano and basil. Served hot with a crispy salad with home made creamy Italian dressing and sour dough garlic bread. My *friend* knows which nights I cook and believe me if he is not working a shift at his hospital he manages to *drop by* just as I am ready to eat dinner:) Hilarious and I am onto him!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Jan 20, 2014 01:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night was pasta 'handkerchiefs' with pesto. The pasta was fresh and the pesto was made with basil we grew. Delicious and the last fresh pasta we'll be having for a while as the bloke dismantled the pasta rolling machine because it kept sticking. Now he doesn't know how to put it back together. I can't say I'm upset at the chance of upgrading to a better quality machine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight it's segregated meals. I've got some lovely, fresh garfish I've filleted. They'll be dusted in flour and fried with butter and garlic. Capers, parsley and lemon might make an appearance too. There's baby spinach as a green and baby potatoes if I feel inclined.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The bloke will be freezer diving for soup. It will be red lentil with carrot or Jerusalem artichoke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Jan 20, 2014 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've started a new thread here:


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