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Jan 24, 2014 04:48 AM
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What's for Dinner #270 - The Hunkering Down Edition [through January 27, 2014]

With frigid temperatures continuing in much of the US, the time for lighting those ovens and cooking warming foods is here. Even my husband, the indefatigable griller, is staying inside to cook.

What's on your table during this cold spell?

P.S. People in warmer climes, I hate you.

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  1. I'll kick us off!

    P.S. I had to run the A/C again today... Sorry roxlet :/

    Dinner tonight was odds and ends from the fridge and counter: Roasted veggies, potatoes, and sweet potatoes rolled up in charred corn tortillas with melted cheese and hot sauce.

    Easy. Delicious.

    After dinner I pulled out just ONE frozen hunk of my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough, baked for 9 minutes and not a second more, yielding a big fat chewy cookie with 3 kinds of chocolate.

    WFD tonight... who knows. I have some tomatoes, mozzarella, and bread flour, so I'm thinking something pizza-ish. I'm also planning on heading to the gardening supply store to get some herbs planted early this year.

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    1. Hunkering down is a great title! It's minus one F here which is pretty much the story of this week. I'm blowing off the gym- it is too cold! I had to hold my work out shoes under the hand dryer in to warm them up enough to get my feet in them.
      We're having waffles and sausages for breakfast. Think I'll make a broccoli cheese soup for lunch- possibly Pioneer Woman's version. WFD to be decided but will probably feature last night's panko chicken tenders. Definitely making the oatmeal cookies that the NYT featured recently but am not sure about the sandwich part.
      http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101596...

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      1. re: Berheenia

        Minus 1 here in mid Michigan too. Challah dough is in the bread machine. Cherry pie going into the oven soon. Going to roast some chicken over potatoes with extra schmaltz and Sautee some greens with garlic and maybe a splash of Sherry.

      2. Well, my heat pump is out again. Got up this morning to a 48F living room. The thermostat screen isn't blank like it was last time, so not the same problem. It says the heat is on, but nothing is coming out of the vent. HVAC guys should be here in a few hours to thaw me out, hopefully.

        I was going to make chipotle venison tacos tonight and have my family over for cards, but I didn't get the meat out last night and no way it's going to thaw fast enough when it's this cold.... So, pasta tonight.

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        1. re: Kontxesi

          Yikes. I hope the HVAC guy can fix it post-haste, Kontxesi!

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Ugh. Fan motor is blown, and they have to order it.... Who knows how long that will take. Highs aren't going to hit 40F until next Friday. :(

            If my crawl space wasn't so small, we could put a box fan down there to blow the heat up! I wish I had a real basement.

            1. re: Kontxesi

              That's awful, please stay warm!

              When I first moved into my home, the heat went out mid-winter. It's L.A. winter, so not the same thing, but it was a chilly 40 degrees at night and through the mornings. Not comfortable by any means and caused me to hit the "snooze" one too many times.

              Until we could get someone in to fix the furnace (2 weeks for the parts), my boyfriend got a few of those oil-burning radiator heaters from Home Depot for $30 each. Stuck one in the living room, one in the bedroom. They REALLY warmed the place up, much more than you'd think they would.

              1. re: nothingswrong

                My mom had one oil heater, which is currently trying to heat up our bedroom, and bought a kerosene heater today that's working on the living room and kitchen. We're up to 56 so far....

                It's just so hard to fight against temperatures in the teens with little heaters! :(

                1. re: Kontxesi

                  I'm sure it is! Maybe some soup is in order for tomorrow. Hope you guys keep warm.

                  1. re: Kontxesi

                    sorry Kontxesi - i am miserable being cold and can't imagine what you all are going through, and especially without sufficient heat!

                    1. re: Kontxesi

                      I wish I could send you some heat to ease your pain:(

              2. re: Kontxesi

                heat pumps can only pull warmth out of air of there any to pull. you need a secondary heat source.

              3. After spending 20 minutes VRBOing rentals in southern Florida, I guess I am ready to start the work day. Although it is FAC (freezing ass cold), it is sunny and there are several cardinals bouncing around in the snow outside my window.

                Fortunately, I don't need to do much thinking about tonight's dinner as pizza is WFD. DH is in charge. I am, however, going to Costco at lunch in order to procure chicken for the Halal thing and flank steak for the bistecca recipe Helen posted on #269.

                1. OUT OUT OUT.

                  I shall garner some warmth from the inside of a cozy, Spanish restaurant this evening, enjoying the company of friends, friendly staff, and sangria.