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Jan 20, 2014 07:44 AM

Home Cooking Dish of the Month - Nominations Thread for February 2014

Welcome to February nominations thread. Please use this thread to discuss dishes you would like to cook in February. Indicate you are nominating a dish by writing its name in ALL CAPITALS keeping in mind that for the purpose of this thread dish is defined as INGREDIENT + METHOD OF PREPARATION.

To view links to previous DOTM, please click here:

This thread will be open until 12pm EST on Sunday January 26th when the nominations will close. Dishes with the most number of nominations will move to the voting stage.

Let the nominations begin!

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  1. I'm ready! After last month's deliberations I thought I'd make a list. My main consideration was avoiding extra trips to the grocery store in the winter weather for special ingredients. Drum roll...


    Thanks for another month herby- I made some good soups in 2014 and am not done yet.

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    1. re: Berheenia

      Wow some great ideas Berheenia!


      1. re: Berheenia

        Great list, Berheenia! Tapas and Meatless Monday are a bit vague - we need an ingredient plus technique please :) Tapas, say, could be tortillas or empanadas or whatever that is a 'dish'. Last week I made mushroom lasagne for a meatless Monday meal - maybe vegetarian lasagne could be your nomination.

        1. re: herby


          I think of casserole as a synonym for a one dish meal. It could also be a stove top meal.

        2. re: Berheenia

          I've never participated in Dish of the Month, so I don't know if I should officially (i.e., in CAPS) participate in nominations. But....ooh....a month of meatloaf recipes?! Yes, please.

          1. re: debbiel

            You can nominate as many dishes as you want or chime in on another's nomination but yes CAPS is key. Welcome- this is the most fun thread I think.

            1. re: Berheenia

              Alright, then. MEATLOAF

              And I'm keeping my ground goat in the freezer for now, just in case...

        3. MEATLOAF
          including all types of meat lamb,beef,pork,veal,chicken
          fish, shellfish, vegetarian

            1. A new idea:

              LEFTOVER RE-PURPOSING - Which means what can you do with your leftovers (whatever they may be) into something else. You must state the original purpose and then share how you transformed them into something else. This might create ideas that someone like me wouldn't have thought of for a use yet. Just a thought and could be a lively thread with lots of ideas.


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              1. re: boyzoma

                The story of my life. Tonight the beef stew from Sunday will become a pot pie. Or it could become Stroganov over noodles. Both are fattening but I don't have any other ideas,
                I wish we were having meatloaf instead. :)

              2. So, how is meatloaf a valid entry if there's no deviation of cooking method? And legume soups?? How else do you make soup save for slow simmering??

                I honestly don't understand how this works anymore....y'all poo poo'd my ideas a few months back, saying there was no cooking method listed (can't remember what I nominated that month). Are you suggesting making soup and now meatloaf some other way than baking & simmering? Roasted meatloaf? Grilled soup?

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Maybe look at the previous nominations/DOTM threads.

                  There's probably a shit ton of different recipes for meatloaf out there. I don't think that for each one, a different cooking method is necessary, and I don't think that this was ever a criterium.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    I guess where I'm still confused is when I look at the past threads there was a method of cooking stated, such as Steamed Clams & Mussels and Grilled Pizza. In these, it was specified 'how' the item had to be cooked to in we weren't discussing pizzas baked in ovens, but rather grilled.

                    And I do recall a specific conversation with L.Nightwood on a previous nom thread where she specifically told me my idea wouldn't qualify as there were too many ways to make it....I can't recall what I nominated, it could have been something broad like leftovers, but nonetheless, the fact that I didn't qualify it as baked, grilled, roasted, whatever, was why it couldn't work......

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      Well, it would be helpful if you *could* remember.

                      As I understand it, this thread is for a DISH of the month. Meaning a specific food for which there are several recipes.

                      But I've never found it confusing '-)

                      1. re: linguafood

                        Obviously if I *could* remember it, I would be able to bring it up, or understand what my confusion is stemming from. And apparently, there is no way to look at those nomination threads, at least not on my own personal profile. I've already tried ;)

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          This link might help - it has nominations plus voting threads. (My search skill level couldn't eliminate the voting threads.)


                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    It says method of preparation, not method of cooking. Meatloaf has a pretty specific method of preparation.

                    1. re: juliejulez

                      Ah, maybe that's where I became confused.... Thank you!

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Ex: Cabbage

                        By itself it would be too broad. But cabbage + slaw or cabbage + braised would fit the criteria. Cabbage + stuffed might still be questioned perhaps.

                        Meatloaf is pretty specific although terrines and pâtés could conceivably fall into that category. But the cooking method changes for their preparation.

                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      I agree. And if we had to be specific about a soup ingredient, don't we then have to be specific about meatloaf ingredients? Beef OR Pork OR Turkey, etc? If you leave meatloaf open, then the same should have been done with soups. JMHO. I'll back off now and let you all continue with the discussions going forward. If I make something that fits in with the threads, great. Otherwise I will just post in the WFD threads, since there continues to be a difference of opinion here. Sorry folks.

                      1. re: boyzoma

                        I always thought the dish of the month ought to be about the finished product, not an ingredient within the product. But I believe that was discussed at the inception of DOTM.

                        1. re: boyzoma

                          With meatloaf you are using a ground meat - the meat variety is an option - but the preparation methods and form of the completed dish are basically the same.

                          With legume soups you have the choice of dozens of legumes.

                          Respectfully, I think the (US centric at least) definition of meatloaf is fairly specific. Even though ground meat is used in meatballs, burgers, casseroles, sloppy joe's they would not be included in a meatloaf thread.

                          Think of salads. The term is so wide that it covers lettuce based salads, potato salads, pasta salads, egg, tuna, composed, marinated, 7 layer, bean...Part of the beauty of the Dish of the Month thread is to give new ideas about a specific dish and perhaps provide us with inspiration we would never have thought of on our own.

                        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Thanks to Hill J, I've now been pouring over past nomination threads. A this point I still can't find the specific thread where I nominated something that was declined, but I pulled this direct quote from the November '12 nomination thread:

                          L.Nightshade Oct 23, 2012 12:30 AM
                          That is exactly how we are defining a dish: an ingredient plus a technique.

                          I also think of whether it could be on a menu. Roasted potatoes would be understood on a menu. You might want a little more information, but you'd have a basic idea.

                          Is it possible that the parameters have changed and I missed that discussion? And again I ask, isn't there basically just one technique to making meatloaf? Ingredient possibilities are endless, but techniques?

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            I agree - could be a lot of different ingredients but cooking technique is the same. It doesn't matter if you wrap it in bacon, smother it with special sauces, etc. - it's still cooked the same way.

                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            I looked at the previous list first and meatloaf seemed appropriate for a nomination.

                            1. re: Berheenia

                              Yes, meatloaf is a dish and is appropriate. It also seems to be the only contender :)

                              Two day of nominations left - bring your ideas!