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What's for Dinner #272- The Big Game Edition! [through Feb 3, 2014]

  • roxlet Jan 30, 2014 12:17 PM
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And no, I don't mean lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!

I have zero interest in football, but I know that there are those among us who are passionate about the game and their teams. So, here's to you all, and may the outcome make you happy...or enrich you.

Here at whole hog production headquarters, the production on Sunday will be wings made for a couple of neighbors. Make that in excess of 200 wings made by rjbh20. I think I'm responsible for the blue cheese dressing.

So, what's for dinner during the run-up to the Super Bowl, and what do you have planned for the big day?

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  1. At the final run to Costco I bought a 4 layer dip for coffee hour Sunday. That's it for me and football this year.
    I also bought some of their organic ground beef and am throwing together a spanish rice mix that we can enjoy tonight in a couple of yellow peppers as WFD and freeze the rest for later. Freezer diving I located the last of the doctored TJ's corn bread and I think I'll make some coleslaw for a veg.

    1. I pulled Trader Joe's frozen mahi mahi fillets out of the freezer this morning. Not sure what I'm going to do. I think it will either be a quick lime-cilantro-tequila marinade and grilled or dusted with blackening seasoning and baked. White rice and some kind of frozen vegetable on the side.

      I need something easy because I'm also in the middle of finishing an amazing coconut cake that is also a huge pain in the rear to make. I can't handle 2 complicated things at once!

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      1. re: Njchicaa

        I had some frozen mahi from wegmans this week and it was great. I take it you like the TJs quality? I think it's cheaper there. I steamed it on a bed of kale with white wine, garlic and herbs. I was in need of simple too and it was delicious.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          I have been very happy with it. Of course it isn't nearly as good as the stuff you caught on a boat earlier in the day, but it's great and reasonably priced.

      2. We were total gluttons last night and actually finished the entire 1.5 lb. rib-eye steak! 12 oz. each!! Craziness. Guess we were super-hungry -- but I hafta say it was grilled perfectly to a med-rare, had a nice char & great flavor.

        The spinach got a little red wine injection and a dusting of turmeric, cumin & nutmeg before I added a good splash of heavy cream. My man, who generally barely finishes his one bowl of salad had TWO helpings. Remind me to make blue cheese dressing more often :-)

        As for tonight, we are stoked. Even though Thursday is our Sichuan jour fixe, my man and I've been invited to a Chinese New Year's party at the local hot pot place by the owner of a number of restaurants where we are regulars - namely said hot pot place and the Cantonese/Sichuan/cocktail/sushi place I've mentioned before.

        It's a late-ish event because it's also for his staff, so festivities won't start until 9:30. Which makes me think I'll have a *very* late lunch today (leftover salad with maybe some bacon crumbled on top), and perhaps we'll finally share the TJ's fresh bufflo mozza that's been sitting in our fridge during my head cold as an early app.

        We're meeting a couple of friends for pre-dinner cocktails. Could be a fun evening: the place has private karaoke rooms :-)

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/100-degrees-h...

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        1. re: linguafood

          That sounds awesome!

          1. re: roxlet

            Yeah, really excited. And I only had my lunch at 3 PM, so I should be fine with late dinner.

            Not to mention the mozza around 7-ish, perhaps :-)

          2. re: linguafood

            sounds like a blast - can't wait to hear!

          3. Tonight - some form of a hash. I hope to parboil some Yukon Gold potatoes, chop them up, and then sauté them with the remains of the lemon pot roast and some Aleppo pepper and I don't know what else...maybe some chopped onion as well? Any suggestions?

            A fried egg on top, and a glass of wine alongside. The Taste on the tube.

            For the Big Game, I'm thinking ribs. We'll see if I can find them and some non-HFCS BBQ sauce. And I won't be rooting for the Broncos to win. I can't do that. Sorry, julie. :-)

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              I won't be rooting for the Broncos to win either!

              1. re: acssss

                It'll feel weird rooting for an NFC team to win, but - well, you know......

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Yes... I do.

              2. re: LindaWhit

                OK, the hash will be chopped leftover pot roast, par-cooked Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped up, about 1/4 cup of a small sweet onion, half a small shallot, minced, some garlic, and a cup of peas all sauteed together so the potatoes get nice and crispy with some dried thyme and Aleppo pepper sprinkled in, and some heavy cream added towards the end - a fridge cleanout. The egg on top.

                Yup. There's wine. A nice California blend of chardonnay, riesling, and moscato. A Wegman's purchase that I think I'll purchase again.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Well, this didn't work. I was aiming for something like this SeriousEats recipe, but I guess I just didn't cook things far enough. I got a GREAT crust on the bottom of my sauté pan, but not on the potatoes. It eats well, just no crisp to it. I'd get dinged for lack of texture on Top Chef. ;-)

                  http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I just don't get the addition of the cream - that to me would seem to be the culprit - wouldn't that just prevent crisping, mush things up?

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      Agreed, mc. The Serious Eats recipe that I *thought* sounded good; I just didn't cook things long enough, I think. Plus, I definitely overcooked the potatoes.

                      http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        I add cream at the very end after the nice crispy brown action has already happened. The cream bubbles away pretty quickly and serves to really bring the flavors together. Yum, now I want some hash!

                  2. re: LindaWhit

                    Yum. I used to make a hash almost every night in the summers after work. I could get dinner on the table pretty quickly, and load it up with veggies.

                    My favorite thing to put in hash is sweet white corn. Not at all in season right now, but the kernels get all juicy and caramelized and they're addictive to eat with the taters.

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      It's OK... I understand :)

                    2. Is it wrong that it might be 'clean out the freezer' day? I have some costco spring rolls, parma ham, a cantaloupe and some costco spring rolls. We'll call it Costco Day....

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                      1. re: roostermom

                        LOL

                      2. No Superbowl (my friend says Superball - so funny) at our house this Sunday - we had the AFC/NFC Championship party at our house, which I quickly tried to forget about so my blood pressure stays low. This Sunday we are invited out to our friends' house - so they will be responsible for the menu (tg)!

                        Tonight I am cooking Chinese: Homemade Wonton Soup (they are not filled, so it is much easier), rice noodles with vegetables (a lot of vegetables), pineapple sweet and spicy chicken and fried rice. Tea will accompany the meal, but wine will be served afterwards. I need my daily glass of wine for my heart health - Dr. Roizen says so - and anyway, Thursday is the new Friday.

                        1. Not sure what I'll do for dinner tonight - I have some chicken thighs leftover, so perhaps I'll strip them of meat and make chicken salad, and re-fry the skins for a crispy garnish. I love it stuffed into bell pepper halves. However, there's hamburger in the fridge that needs using as well, and beef > chicken in general, so...we'll see!

                          As for the Super Bowl, I'll be doing wings as well, although not on quite as grand a scale as rjbh20 (I'll do most of a 10 pound bag, so maybe 75, 100 tops). Possibly half Buffalo, half butter-garlic (a recipe from a little restaurant near Buffalo - they are incredibly greasy and SO good). I might even make my own blue cheese if I'm feeling inspired!

                          I made some low-carb hot dog chili earlier in the week, so I'll use that to make one of my favorite trashy dips - an 8oz block of cream cheese spread in a pie plate, topped with a layer of chili and a layer of shredded cheddar, topped with sliced olives and baked until bubbly and delicious. Pork rinds and maybe some crudite to dip.

                          Once all of that is done, I will kick back to relax and play on the internet or catch up on tv shows while DH watches the game. I love football for one reason only: the food!

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                          1. re: biondanonima

                            So, I randomly had an intense craving for eggs tonight for dinner. I was too lazy to make what I really wanted (deviled eggs) so I made egg salad instead, using all the ingredients I would have used in deviled eggs. Delish. But the real reason I'm posting is because I read a tip here recently about adding a pinch of baking soda to the water while boiling them, so I tried it. Not sure if it was the baking soda or the age of the eggs (they weren't really old, though), but they peeled PERFECTLY. So, to whoever posted that, thanks!!!

                            1. re: biondanonima

                              So DH and I just destroyed the ENTIRE recipe of dip. Just the two of us. Licked the plate clean. Embarrassing. And I'm still going to throw some beef kebabs on the grill and wings in the fryer!

                              1. re: biondanonima

                                I made buffalo chicken dip last night. My husband and I devoured the ENTIRE recipe, just the two of us!

                            2. French's French fried onion chicken, steak fries and a big red pepper sliced up and dipped in ranch. I am pretty sure everything will end up in the ranch at some point.

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                              1. re: suzigirl

                                I can be there in a few hours!! I'm not longer allowed to have fried onions in the house.

                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                  I have to have the trashy green bean casserole at least once a year and shockingly these are left over from that because I put them farther back in the pantry and didn't eat them all in one sitting the next day. C'mon over and grab a plate sweetie. We'll keep one warm for you.

                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                    Thanks, that sounds like an amazing meal.

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Just a simple dinner for a pooped Suzi. The oven is doing the heavy lifting. And French's onions. ;-) Love those little buggers.

                              2. My simplified beef rendang is simmering down on the stove. Napa cabbage and carrot slices will be blanched in a bit for gado-gado. I'm about to start making the peanut sauce. Since I have a ton of fresh turmeric, I'm thinking of grating some into the rice and perhaps stir frying it all with a bit of onion. A repeat of last night's sundaes -- chocolate ice cream with pear, toasted cashews and caramel sauce -- will be dessert.

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                                1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                  Tonight will be TorontoJo's Brussels sprouts with lots of caramelized shallots and a Vietnamese-ish boneless, skinless chicken thigh recipe that I found on the Interwebs in a quick search this am. I need to cook more chix thighs so if y'all have any fave recipes, do tell.

                                  Also found out today that WFD the Thread is good for your health. grayelf forgets to put leftover soup in freezer, then can't remember how long ago she made it. Will it kill/maim her to eat it from the fridge? Let's look up when she made it on WFD. Problem solved.

                                  1. re: grayelf

                                    Did you toss or eat?

                                    1. re: grayelf

                                      Good one grayelf. I have done that myself with lunch leftovers. It may pass the sniff test but how old is it really?

                                      1. re: grayelf

                                        At the risk of flogging the dead chicken... chicken thighs = halal cart chicken! :o)

                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                          I ate it, and I'm still standing.

                                          Can't face halal chix without white rice which I'm not eating these days, sigh.

                                          Way off on cook time with new recipe so still haven't eaten. Got home late so broccoli instead of sprouts, erlack.

                                          1. re: grayelf

                                            No rice at all, or just no white rice? If just no white rice, I would totally make the rice with brown basmati. It would still be delicious.

                                            1. re: grayelf

                                              Try cauliflower rice (grate cauliflower with the big holes of the box grater, blanch in boiling water and drain well. If you let it drain very well or heat it in a very low skillet to dry it out it plays well with saucy items.)

                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                Great tip!

                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                  I just bought a head a cauliflower yesterday to finally try out cauliflower rice well I'm interested in trying out a cauliflower risotto recipe.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    I've never even considered cauliflower risotto since I didn't think it would soak up much liquid without turning to mush- please report back on what you did.

                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                      Me neither, I imagine it turns out like your rice. Here are a few links I bookmarked to sort through for my final approach.
                                                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/mushro...
                                                      http://cynthiaunderground.tumblr.com/...
                                                      http://cookingforoneinparis.blogspot....

                                        2. I'm excited- I get to use the oven without opening the windows and turning a fan on! It only got to be 64 today and has already cooled down into the 50s. It even looks like it just might rain!

                                          I thawed a couple of bricks of roasted green chilis I stashed in the freezer and will fill them with queso fresco. I'll make a creamy white sauce that I will stir left over chopped chicken into and pour that over the chilis before I bake the whole thing until it oozes hot cheesy goodness. I'm sure there will be some sauteed onions and a bunch of spices in there, too.

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                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                            That sounds like food porn. Leftover and freezer(and garden if I am correct. Were the chilies ones you grew? Jealous) magic.
                                            That is one of the reasons I am baking here. It is cold and rainy and damp to the bone.

                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                              Hey! I forgot to tell you that I found some Badia at Big Lots last weekend. I'm using it tonight for the first time.

                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                I hope you enjoy! I love that stuff.

                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                  We liked it, fldhky. I can see it being very useful.

                                                  I added veggies and greens to the dish to make it a one dish/ easy clean up meal. It hit the spot!

                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                    Badia has many uses here. The Big Lots has it the cheapest around here.

                                          2. Sort of a south of the border mixed grill tonite. Chili-rubbed ribeye & loin lambchop with black beans & avocado.

                                             
                                             
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                                            1. re: rjbh20

                                              what the hell - steak AND lambchops???
                                              is my room ready?

                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                You're welcome any time! He was out grilling in the 22 degree cold. A dedicated cook!

                                            2. Well since my son and I had a successful hunt last week, I'll be making a large batch of porkolt (from the shoulder and legs of the wild hog I shot) this coming Saturday evening, and then serving it Sunday.

                                              My wife is making nokedlki and braised cabbage (vegetarian stuff for our leaf munching friends) to go along with it.

                                              Then everyone else who is coming over will be bringing beer/wine/booze and other goodies...

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                                              1. re: deet13

                                                Porkolt + nokedli/spaetzle = one of my all time favorite meals. I should try it with wild boar shoulder, I bet it would be amazing -- thanks for the inspiration!

                                                1. re: deet13

                                                  Oh. my. goodness.

                                                  Sounds amazing.

                                                2. So, I have not been away from my house since it snowed on Tuesday...not anxious to get out in it. I don't normally make breakfast during the week as DF is not here & I typically don't eat before the afternoon but he's still unable to get on the road for work and what kind of wife to be would I be if I let him starve? So this morning DF got lucky with crispy bacon, scrambled eggs & French bread French toast.

                                                  I've been doing one pot meals pretty much for most of the week and tonight was no exception. It was my intention to make chicken & pastry today but DF requested stewed chicken & rice so that's what was for dinner along with a simple side of French cut green beans cooked in bacon drippings.

                                                  1. tonight was just some quick black bean/cheese/spicy ground turkey quesadillas, nothing fancy, but really hit the spot. TJ's handmade whole wheat tortillas are great, by the way. they are a staple in our house.

                                                    Tomorrow will be some slow cooked beef with giardiniera for Italian beef sandwiches with provolone. I've got the beef prepped in the slow cooker now and it smells fantastic. I got a great sear on a lovely chuck roast, well seasoned with salt and pepper. then added the giardiniera with its liquid and some onion soup mix (shhhhh). Tomorrow, the long rolls will be toasted with garlic, topped with shredded beef and some chopped reserved giardiniera and slices of provolone then popped in the oven until melty and toasty. Oven fries on the side. I'm really looking forward to this one, and hope it lives up to my expectations.

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                                                    1. re: MAH

                                                      I don't really eat meat anymore, but omg this sounds amazing!!

                                                      1. re: YllowMstrd

                                                        definitely a keeper. I cooked the beef overnight last night in the slow cooker and skimmed off the fat this evening before reheating. it was shreddy and delicious. I split some long crusty rolls lengthwise and toasted them in the oven with garlic butter. when toasty, i topped with a hefty helping of the shredded beef, reserved giardiniera blitzed in the food processor, provolone and a sprinkling of garlic powder. I also topped mine with additional picked jalapeños. Hubby passed on additional peppers.

                                                        1. re: MAH

                                                          sounds really great.

                                                      2. re: MAH

                                                        I think I may have to give this one a try as well.

                                                      3. Anchovy pizza tonight and made buckwheat groats (kasha) to have around. Tomorrow night making Chana dal with rice and Greek yogurt on the side. Weekend is still up in the air but hoping to get inspiration from the board! :)

                                                        1. no SB for any of us. i'll be at the Oldster's both days, but hope to come home both evenings to make dinner with the BF. planning on one night's dinner being totchos with bacon. his dental issues should be much better by then.

                                                          and, i'm craving that damned halal cart chicken again. but i do think i can give up the rice this time and just serve it over a ton of iceberg lettuce and toms, like a salad. love the thought of the spicy chicken juices dressing the salad. we can still have it with pita - carbs for the BF... i'll have to see if he'll want it again that soon.

                                                          as for tomorrow, i'm still holding out for my bacon/kimchi fried rice...

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                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                            It's great as salad. The sauce is a great dressing.

                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                              Kimchi fried rice with a fried egg on top...so good!

                                                              And I know what you mean about that damn chicken. With DH off of gluten right now, I'm trying to keep lots of proteins and veggies in the fridge for him. I had 4 chicken breasts to cook up and asked him what he was in the mood for.

                                                              Well...there's now another batch of halal cart chicken in the fridge. All white meat, this time, which definitely changes the texture (I had been using a mix of white and dark) -- not as much fat to crisp up the meat in the frying pan. I may cheat a bit when I heat up portions and add a bit of oil to the pan to get more crispy bits. I'm a big fan of crispy bits.

                                                              WFD last night was delicious curry beef and rice leftovers. I may like it better as leftovers because I basically make a fried rice with it.

                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                The Zuni chicken turned into Zuni BUT....Halal chicken is on my list to have within the next few days. I'd love to make it on a weekday but no time to marinate for 4 hours but I think that even mixing the chicken with the lemon marinade while cooking will be just as good. I used all white meat the first time and barely any crisping either but that was OK with me though I wouldn't turn away crispy bits. I did make a batch of the sauce which I've been enjoying as salad dressing.

                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                  I agree that cooking cut up chicken in the spices and oil would still be really good.

                                                            2. Last night I tried out the chicken vindaloo that fldhky posted on the last board (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9614...).

                                                              Did it on the stove top instead of slow cooker and I added zucchini and Serrano peppers to add volume. Very easy and good! I have the remains in my lunch bag.

                                                              Tonight, DH and I are going out. Kids left this morning for a scout ski trip. Yay!

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                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                I'm glad you liked it. I might try it again with some additional seasoning.

                                                              2. Last night was the second consecutive repurposed meal this week. The first was a hearty soup whose base was leftover orecchiete w marinara sauce and a bunch of vegetables including Swiss Chard. Last night was a stir-fry using leftover chicken lo mein. Both were excellent with no recognizable sign of the original meals.

                                                                Since today is Lunar New Year's Eve I'm continuing with a more or less Asian theme by making a recipe from another Andrea Chesman book, Serving Up the Harvest: Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Pork. There's definitely a Chinese flavor profile here with soy sauce, rice wine (I'll use bourbon), Chinese garlic chili paste, dark sesame oil, garlic, ginger, fermented black beans, chicken broth, a little sugar, and hoisin. I'll add a few hot chilis as well but Chesman really knows how to beef up the flavor. There's precedence for using the sprouts in Asian cooking though this instance is the first I've seen. Hot steamed rice will accompany as will a napa cabbage slaw.

                                                                Gung Hay Fat Choy

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                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                  Gung Hay Fat Choy!

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    We decided to break this down into two dishes tonight. One from Grace Young's Breath of A Wok: spicy pork chops, and stir fried Brussels sprouts w/o ground pork from the Chesman book, and rice. Each was outstanding thank goodness. G even managed to create a salad. He actually cooked the entire meal. I contributed my tiny bit by prepping the vegetables. I think I'll refer to him as Chef Giorgio from now on.

                                                                  2. Taking a snow day today... it didn't snow much, maybe 3-4" overnight, but I just didn't like the idea of driving into work :) It's supposed to start up later on this afternoon again too. I'm happy to have an extra day to get the house prepped for our Super Bowl shindig on Sunday.

                                                                    Tonight's another "use it up" meal... at least this is what I have planned, may change my mind. I'm going to do pork chops with a mushroom sauce, and some roasted broccoli. I think I have some potatoes so I might bake those off too.

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                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                      I changed my mind. I wanted something w/ noodles because that just sounds good in this weather. So, my pork chops will turn into pork stroganoff, served on egg noodles.

                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                        That sounds wonderful, julie!

                                                                    2. Ended up going out to dinner last night. Very nice high end Italian place. We had a 6 course tasting menu w/ wine. The food was excellent and inventive, but very small portions (damn that high-end LOL!). We still had a bit of an appetite when we left.
                                                                      Stopped at In-N-Out on the way home for some burgers. Now that hit the spot!

                                                                      1. how many times do I have to say "kimchi fried rice, kimchi fried rice" to keep the BF from eating ALL the leftover rice??

                                                                        pffft. it's anyone's guess as to WFD tonight.

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                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                          I've resorted to duct tape and sharpie penned warnings on leftovers that I plan to repurpose. It doesn't always deter the hungry hordes.

                                                                          1. re: tcamp

                                                                            I'm thankful the cats don't have opposable thumbs and can't open the fridge door.

                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                              I always feel guilty and give my dogs any leftover rice, mixed in with their dry food :/

                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                Yes, but if they had thumbs think of the housework they could do.

                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                  LOL!

                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                    LOL! But rabaja, they're CATS. Seriously, do you think they'd lift a paw to clean up around the place? Hellz no. That's why they adopted me. :-)

                                                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                      This is true, but some days I just wish they could refill the kibble and change out their water.
                                                                                      It'd be one less thing on my never ending list of Must-Do's!

                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                        Forget getting kibble, I want them to clean out the litterbox.

                                                                                    2. re: rabaja

                                                                                      you're very optimistic.

                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                        Some would say delusional.

                                                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                                                          let's call you an innocent, shall we?

                                                                                    3. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                      If my dog could get into the fridge, I'd run out of food immediately, and ultimately end up starving to death.

                                                                                2. mc's totchos have been on my mind ever since I saw her photo. So I'm going to use superbowl weekend as an excuse to make them (even though no, I'm not actually going to watch the game). I'm torn between two versions: a traditional nachos take with ground beef, cheese, jalapenos, scallions, etc. and a halal cart chicken version with the chicken, sauce, tomatoes and onion. I may do both. :o)

                                                                                  Time to go buy me some tater tots!

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                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                    That sounds amazing.

                                                                                  2. Tonight's dinner will be fried goodness....rockfish seasoned with Old Bay dipped in fish breader (basically seasoned flour) and fried. Sides will be a pan of potatoes & onions cooked slow until crispy bits form and nearly falling apart and some coleslaw. Oh, and hushpuppies.

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                                                                                    1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                      Yum!

                                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                        total yum.

                                                                                        1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                          Oh, hush puppies. This entire meal is killing me softly. Enjoy.

                                                                                        2. I was planning roast beef and gravy, roasted broccoli, mashed potatoes, and a salad for tonight. I just got some bad news about my dog, though, and haven't gotten out of my chair for an hour. Hopefully I'll get off my butt and prep that beef in time, or we will be having pasta.

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                                                                                          1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                            Oh no. What's wrong with your dog?

                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                              She's got a mast cell tumor. Vet said we caught it early and she should be fine after it's removed, but... she's my whole world. :( I'm just worried.

                                                                                              Plus, the surgery isn't exactly cheap, but that's a secondary concern at this point.

                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                I hope everything goes well. I understand how difficult it is to have a sick family member. Good luck to her.

                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                  Good luck to your doggie

                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                    Sending healing vibes to your pup and hoping that the surgery goes smoothly.

                                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                      I am so sorry. Sending healing thoughts

                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                        I'm very sorry about your sweet doggie. Sending good thoughts to you and her.

                                                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                          Hoping for a positive (and not forbiddingly expensive) solution. Those pets mean so much to us, don't they? They truly are family members.

                                                                                                          1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                            Sending positive thoughts. And hopefully the vet will do a payment plan.

                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                              They do Care Credit, but I have enough in my savings account to cover it. I never buy myself anything nice because I'm always worried I'll need it for something like this!

                                                                                                            2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                              Best of thoughts to you and your puppy!
                                                                                                              Glad they caught it early!

                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                Oh no, so sorry to hear that. I hope that all goes well and it can be removed easily and safely.

                                                                                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                  So sorry to hear about your dog, but glad you found out in time. Next week will make 5 months since my baby (on my avatar) died and I'm still heart broken. I didn't even know she was sick until about 4 days before she died. I would have given my last dollar to if it would have helped save her. She would have been 10 years old last October. I'm sure everything will go well for your "child" once the surgery is over. Will be praying for you & her...

                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                    great that you caught it early -- best wishes to the pup!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                      Sending more good thoughts to your dog. You're lucky that they caught it early.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                    :-( on the bad news re: Kontxesi-Doggy!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                      ohhhh so sorry.... if the vet said she'd be ok, i'm sure she will be! and of course you're worried.

                                                                                                                      and pasta is just fine for a Friday night.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                        My rare roast beef didn't go over so well.... My brother liked it, but I had to throw some in a skillet to brown it up for my fiance and mom. Then I forgot the broccoli in the oven and just about cooked it to cinders.

                                                                                                                        Now I'm sleepy and still have dishes everywhere even after a dishwasher load.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                          doing dishes in the morning is OK..... :)

                                                                                                                          1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                            Let your man do the dishes:(

                                                                                                                            1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                              I end up with dirty dishes and chipped goblets when he does it. :p

                                                                                                                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                He knows how to *dodge the bullet*:)!

                                                                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                  Yep, he's got it figured out. ;)

                                                                                                                          2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                            What is the secret to thinly-sliced roast beef? I was hoping that my new knife would be the solution to my problems, but I still feel like I'm getting big thick chunks. Or are my expectations just unreasonable? I think my slices last night were 1/4" at the smallest, and maybe as much as 1/2" when I messed up badly.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                              I can never get real thin slices either w/ my regular chef's knife. I saw Alton Brown uses an electric knife to get thin slices.

                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                That was my dads trick. He really disliked electric knives but swore it was only way to get really thin slices of beef. He also swore on letting the beef rest for at minimum of 30 minutes.

                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                  I let mine rest for 30, but I think how rare it was might have been part of my problem. I had a hard time holding it still.

                                                                                                                                  I keep hearing conflicting opinions on electric knives. Some people say they tear up the meat and you can do the same thing with a slicing knife, others swear by them. I guess I'll have to get one and see if it works better for me.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                    Let me know if you do. I have never owned one and would be curious. My brother got my dads knife and says he only uses it for the christmas roast beast.

                                                                                                                              2. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                Hmm...I'm generally able to get very thin slices from about 2/3 of a roast. Super sharp knife to start. I cut off the end in a pretty thick slice to get a nice flat surface to carve. I find that have a big fork to hold the rest of the roast solid is important. Once I start slicing, I I keep the knife pushing lightly against the main roast, otherwise it's too easy for the slice to taper off halfway down the cut and you end up with half a slice. When I get towards the end of the roast (maybe 1/4 to 1/3 left) I definitely have a harder time slicing thin because it's harder to hold the roast stable. That's when I move to thicker slices or I cube or julienne the roast for use in other dishes.

                                                                                                                                Don't know if that helps you or not, but that's what I do. :)

                                                                                                                            2. Egg drop soup, scallion challah, chicken Potstickers, fried rice, greens sautéed with ginger and garlic, and oranges for dessert. Shabbat Shalom and Kung Ho Fa Choi!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                very nice!

                                                                                                                              2. Seems liked I missed most of last thread. Damn job gets in the way, LOL!

                                                                                                                                Went to a wonderful wine dinner last night, ate great food, drank great wine and met some fun people. Didn't have to work today which was a bonus.

                                                                                                                                Tonight I am making cheaters carnitas. Earlier this week the market had pouches of Frontera carnitas sauce for 1/2 price so I picked one up. This am I cut up a boston butt, browned the pieces and threw them in the slow cooker with the sauce. My plan is to serve them with rice and guacamole/chips. One good thing about the Super Bowl is avocados are dirt cheap!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                  <Seems liked I missed most of last thread. Damn job gets in the way, LOL!>

                                                                                                                                  Me, too, and mine, too. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                2. Bean & Chorizo cassoulet, which will actually be Rancho Gordo bean and hot italian sausage cassoulet. It's in the oven now - fingers crossed. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chor...

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: THewat

                                                                                                                                    ooh, I think the BF would love this...

                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                      I put in only half the amount of (local) hot italian sausage & used smoked hot paprika. Yummy, but I undercooked the beans a little, for which I'm kicking myself.

                                                                                                                                  2. Think I'm just ordering a pizza tonight. I didn't take anything out of the freezer this morning and I don't really feel like pasta. I bought some chicken drumsticks this afternoon during the big Super Bowl shopping trip. I plan to marinate them for Smitten Kitchen's Buttermilk Roast Chicken. That will be part of tomorrow's dinner.

                                                                                                                                    1. Happy New Year, y'all.

                                                                                                                                      Last night's feast delivered on all counts: ridiculously tender conch (a lovely stir-fry of yellow chives in the background), stir-fried mushrooms, duck webs with wasabi & stir-fried snow pea shoots, amazing salt-baked crab and Sichuan-style crab.

                                                                                                                                      Free booze. I believe there was some bad karaoke at some point, too.

                                                                                                                                      Tonight, a lowlier meal. Haven't seen my Spy Boys in a while, so will head over to the local bar for a bacon cheeseburger or cheeborger club and perhaps sit in for a few tunes.

                                                                                                                                      Upon our return home, my 10 lb. pork butt will either be smoked for 3 hours or directly thrown into the oven for the first rendition of Porkapalooza 2014. Sides are cole slaw and potatoes au gratin, my man's making a coconut cream ice cream, and our friend's bringing her delicious key lime π. I suspect nobody will leave hungry :-)

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                        wow, gorgeous eats!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                          The duck webs sound fab!

                                                                                                                                        2. Ooops. For some reason, the conch didn't post. Here it is.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                            Now that is a true feast.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                              It was really great. The duck webs were some of the more unusual things I've ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                I would try them. I like to try most new things. The maggot cheese would be to far for me, but ducky bits are just fine.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                  They were pretty tender save for a few cartilage bits that weren't my thang, really. I'm not much of a cartilage eater.

                                                                                                                                                  When the plate was first set down, I was convinced this was some sort of lettuce :-D

                                                                                                                                          2. Herb-roasted skinless chicken with lemon, soy and ginger, adapted from a Paula Dean recipe in Lady & Sons cookbook. Served with rice made with 1/4 C. Chinese rice cooking wine in the water, and sliced raw opal apples.

                                                                                                                                            This was an easy & good recipe for adding interest to a "chicken, again??!" meal. For about 2 pounds of chicken (2 breast halves, 2 large thighs) I used 1/2 tsp each dried oregano & rosemary, 1/4 tsp. each salt & pepper, 1 T. candied ginger finely chopped. Veg spray on both sides of the skinless chicken, place chicken in baking pan, sprinkle with 1/4 C. ponzu (soy/citrus) sauce, then the herbs/ginger then top with thinly sliced lemon. Baked 1 hour, uncovered in 350 degree oven.

                                                                                                                                            Having the chicken skinless allowed the flavors to be absorbed nicely.

                                                                                                                                            1. Dinner thought of while I was driving home. I was planning on going to my local butcher to get a rack of ribs (double points in their frequent purchaser club this month) so I figured why not buy something else. I ended up picking up a nice strip steak and rubbed it with a blend of olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder, paprika, dried basil, dried thyme, ground black pepper, and a bit of ground mustard. I'll sear the steak in a hot pan and then finish it in the oven.

                                                                                                                                              Alongside? A baked potato with butter and salt, sour cream, and chives, and steamed green beans tossed with butter Aleppo pepper.

                                                                                                                                              Oh yeah. There's wine. It's FRIDAY!!!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                Goodness, I hope wine doesn't wait for Fridays in your house. That would be...tragic! :o)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                  Oh hellz no, ToJo! It's just a given on Friday. :-)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                    Phew.

                                                                                                                                              2. Picadillo made with ground beef, oregano, cumin, 4 cloves garlic,onion,green pepper, some beef stock and tomato sauce and some green olives with some salty brine. Yellow rice and green beans and tomatoes(thanks nothingswrong for planting the seed.) for the sides.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                  oooh, sounds so good, have GOT to remember to make picadillo one of these days, it had fallen completely off my radar....

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                                                                    Here is to hoping my bf doesn't go locust on the meat and I can make some mashed potato balls with the leftovers. Good luck with that.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                      Yum, mashed potato balls...

                                                                                                                                                      Dinner sounds awesome, hope it was good!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                        papas rellenas!

                                                                                                                                                  2. Tonight was Chicken Paprikash which I make with tiny squared potatoes. The potatoes are cooked with (and soak up) the yummy heavily paprikated sauce. I also made a huge braided challah because that is the bread best served with this type of sauce (it acts like a sponge). Wine is implied.
                                                                                                                                                    It was delicious and now I sit, satisfied and high :-)

                                                                                                                                                    Have a wonderful weekend everyone - stay safe, healthy and enjoy the Superbowl! Go Seahawks

                                                                                                                                                    1. Take out Chinese and dim sum from the whitest Chinese place in America. I'll cook again tomorrow. Happy weekend people.

                                                                                                                                                      1. A very late bacon-cheeseburger lunch after an endless wait at the RMV means that I am only just now getting hungry. I bought a flounder filet and will have a very light dinner of a couple of lettuce fish "tacos".

                                                                                                                                                        I think I have finalized my Superbowl menu: the turkey-zucchini meatballs with sumac sour cream sauce from Ottolenghi's Jerusalem, rox's green goddess dressing with crudites, and a very old favorite, always popular at parties: refried black beans topped with salsa and melted gooey cheese, served with tortilla chips (I get the beans and salsa really hot in a pie plate before adding the cheese just long enough to melt it.) All will make excellent leftovers for the week.

                                                                                                                                                        mc, for future reference, TJ's frozen kimchee fried rice is worth keeping around. I add baby bok choy and lots of extra kimchee as well as bacon and the requisite fried egg.

                                                                                                                                                        1. We had an impromptu Lunar New Year feast. Usually I make rice cake soup but the friends who joined us are pescatarians and my boys don't like it anyway. So I made miso soup instead.

                                                                                                                                                          Made a veggie pancake (pajeon) and steamed up some veggie bao, then realized that the bao had milk as an ingredient. DS and friends can't have milk - whoops. So there were leftover of the bao.

                                                                                                                                                          Got some homemade beef and garlic chive mandu out of the freezer & fried them up for the boys.

                                                                                                                                                          I wanted to make japchae but our local market was out of sweet potato starch noodles, so I grabbed a couple of bags of lo mein noodles instead. Another oops - forgot that one of our guests has an egg allergy. Fortunately the boys had insisted that we buy the "green spaghetti" - a flat wheat noodle with spinach - so those were used instead to make a veggie and tofu lo mein with Korean seasonings (i.e., a really good bulgogi sauce from Charmaine Solomon's The Complete Asian Cookbook).

                                                                                                                                                          Nobody went hungry & the guests were sent home with a bag full of leftovers, so it was a good party in my book.

                                                                                                                                                          And oh, we won't be watching the Super Bowl because <sob> the television is broken.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Tenderized pork cutlets seasoned sautéed and served on toasted Bolillo rolls with grainy mustard, dabs of mayo and thin slices of onion, tomato and lettuce. Dill spears on the side. Everybody's happy. Wait until I whip out the chocolate chip walnut muffins I baked:)

                                                                                                                                                            1. well the BF made dinner, and he went sorta asiany-fusion. soup, which was kind of a miso/egg drop thing, very tasty and light, then fried tofu blocks, with 3 dipping sauces, and i put together a little salad of avocado quarters drizzled with hot sesame chili oil and 2 kinds of kimchi. the BF bought the tofu from our little neighborhood mexi-chinese-mart, which sells it fresh (in an open container in water, and you just fish yours out - 5 hefty chunks for a dollar!) - which i've used before for salads. they're a bit firmer than the ones he used for the fried tofu before, so the exteriors were a little tougher, but still mostly creamy inside. for those who were asking last time, you can see he used a small pan and enough oil to cover almost all of the logs (last time he used a bit less oil) - so it was pretty much like deep frying, tho he did have to turn these over.

                                                                                                                                                              and i decided i really love avocado with chili oil.

                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                              1. Tonight's menu was bacon, leek, and mushroom galette fresh out of the oven, served alongside garlicky puréed cranberry beans that looked a bit like baby poop and watercress with lemon and olive oil. The intention was to serve with fried egg but thought twice on the rationale of tomorrow's breakfast plan. What a mistake. Never skip the fried egg.

                                                                                                                                                                Sunday will probably be consumed supervising cats. I've got two and adding a new adult on Saturday. Wish me luck!

                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                                                  the galette is gorgeous!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                                                    lovely

                                                                                                                                                                  2. a simple dinner tonight: baked teriyaki salmon and rice, and some early asparagus. For the game I'm thinking of a tortilla soup. DH wants to keep the Soup Sunday theme going, and I figure it will go with some guacamole....:-)

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                                      Baked teriyaki salmon sounds wonderful! I rarely make salmon because my husband hates it.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. This weekend 2 years ago was SO and I's first date (actual date was the 4th). So, we're re-creating it (did it last year too). Afternoon hockey game (Avalanche vs Sabres) followed by pizza at Mellow Mushroom, which, for a chain, has pretty decent pizza. SO actually has a cold so we'll come home after and veg out. I'll probably get started on my super bowl food.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Dateaversary, Julie. Very cool that you celebrate it (we do too.)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks! Helps that the Avalanche help us out by scheduling an afternoon game on this day every year :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                            We met at a car show that happens the same time every year. :) It sure does help!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                          Happy Anniversary!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                            Happy Happy!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Anniversary. Have a great day at the game.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                Happy Anniversary! We used to celebrate our dateaversary, but forget about it most of the time :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                  very happy 2-year-aversary!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks everyone. We sure know how to party it up... it's 8:30 and SO just went to bed (mostly because of all the beers at the game and pizza) and I'm laying on the couch watching Cops (my guilty pleasure favorite show).

                                                                                                                                                                                    My BBQ sauce for tomorrow is simmering away, and my pizza roll is already made and in the fridge, I'll slice it up and bake it tomorrow. I'll be up early to put the pork in the slow cooker, make the coleslaw, make the mac n cheese, and get everything set up for our partay.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The weather is warmer but I'm still in the mood for comfort food. I came across the Jamie Oliver Chicken in Milk recipe a few days ago and it's been on my mind since then. I remember it was a hit around here a few months ago and it's been on my list to try since then. Does anyone know if it work well as leftovers? If so, I'll do a whole chicken but if not just a few breasts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                      How was it? I don't see why leftovers wouldn't be good. Braised chicken is always good--just recrisp the skin when reheating.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's the curdled milk I was worried about :) I actually changed my mind tonight. I was too pooped after my workout to braise chicken...I know, super lazy!! I settled for a hefty bowl of soup with the fresh stock I made Friday. The chicken is still in the plans since I now have milk which I won't use for anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Today is a cooking and baking extravaganza. I've already made a huge pot of red sauce for tomorrow's meatballs and sausage/peppers. I'm also going to take some of the sauce and use it to make vodka sauce for our friends up the block. They are bringing their newborn home tomorrow from the hospital so I want to put a little something in the fridge for them to have for their dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also making the Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie (currently waiting for the cookie to cool so I can turn it into the crust) and starting yet another Insane Coconut Cake because our Super Bowl guests are basically demanding it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      If I can still stand to be in the kitchen when all is said and done tonight, dinner is going to be Smitten Kitchen's Buttermilk Roast Chicken, stuffing, and steamed snow peas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                        Impressive, as usual!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                          Holy smokes, that's a lot of cooking and baking - hopefully you got it all done, NJchicaa!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yup! Got it all done! Today I need to make the pastry cream and coconut Swiss buttercream icing for the Insane Coconut Cake and then do a couple of appetizers for our party. I'm doing onion dip straight from the Lipton soup packet (my favorite), wasabi/cream cheese/soy sauce block, and I'm going to wing it on a pizza dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I had it on Friday at work and thought it was amazing. The woman said she buys a packet labeled "pizza dip" in the chip/soda aisle at the grocery store but I couldn't find any such thing. You use ricotta, sour cream, shredded mozzarella, and chopped pepperoni slices. Heat it up and serve on crusty bread or with breadsticks. I figure I'll use basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic to try to mimic whatever the spice mix was in the packet.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                              That pizza dip sounds interesting - let us know how it turns out.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Big Day? lol - it's a free day at the recently opened Exploratorium in San Francisco on Sunday. Doors open at 10 am.
                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/fa...

                                                                                                                                                                                          - If we're home for kick off, then it's a no-effort throw-together platter of nachos. no more.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Chicken enchiladas with rotisserie chicken, flour tortillas and a base of TJ's enchilada sauce. Still thinking about the final assembly. Sauv blanc and some Canadian Beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I have two different sandwiches in mind for tonight's dinner:

                                                                                                                                                                                              1.) Along the lines of a meatball sub with enhancements. Grated parmigiano on one side of Italian bread that's been toasted with garlic & butter. TJ's turkey meatballs heated up in TJ's marinara sauce ladled on that. Spread with slices of fresh mozzarella then Genoa salami (maybe not but I'm thinking about it). Into the oven to heat up. Definitely needs a knife and fork. Salad on the side.
                                                                                                                                                                                              *OR*
                                                                                                                                                                                              2.) Panini with tomato slices, Genoa salami, mozz, sweet onion slices, hot cherry pepper slices, shredded iceberg. Red wine vinaigrette brushed heavily on sliced Italian bread (no sub rolls). I think we have a jar of marinated mushrooms in the pantry. If so I'll add those too. Pickles & chips if Chef G wants them.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll letcha know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                Both sound great! Today, I'm in the mood for the former type of sandwich but you can't go wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The meatball subs sound perfect, Gio. But that's just me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks you two. It turned out He Who Gets What He Wants decided the Panini were for tonight. We'll have the meatball subs next Saturday. Anyway, the sandwiches were terrific. He loaded them up w everything. I only ate half. Wrapping the other half to save for who knows when. Maybe he'll take it for lunch Monday. Chips and salsa, and a great tasting IPA lager finished it off. Good for Saturday night. Now I need to run around the block a few times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                    i'll take one of each please....

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Looks like I'm alone for dinner tonight, so it'll be roast beef sandwich and a salad. He'll probably have leftover tacos when he gets home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Not so much the big game in the UK as the start of several big games as the Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off with a win for Wales (Huzzah!). Tonight we had pasta with a buttenut and sage sauce, and Gary Rhodes lemon pudding with some blueberries unearthed at the back of the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A busy day today - up early to await the new dining room set delivery. They got to me early - around 9:30 or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The cats told me in no uncertain terms of their displeasure from being locked in the upstairs 2nd bedroom during the delivery. The disdainful look I got when I let them out was enough to wither spring flowers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then up to Mom's for some legal business and a bit of shopping for her. We also went out to lunch at Not Your Average Joe's - we each had the same thing - a half turkey BLT on a ciabatta (this was really an excellent sandwich!) and a cup of clam chowdah. Very filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The rub is on the ribs for tomorrow's dinner and they're in the garage fridge, and I decided a cheeseboigah would work for dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheeseboigah on a toasted and lightly buttered English muffin, with ketchup on the bottom half and Ruffles-Have-Ridges potato chips on the top. A small salad alongside, and a glass of wine. I suppose I should eat at the new dining room table, huh? ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can never go wrong with a cheeseburger! mmmmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Today is my no cooking day so it'll be sandwiches on homemade Italian subs (okay, but it's baking instead of standing over a stove). The DF is having tuna & I'm having turkey. Both of us having provolone and there will be roasted tomatoes, roasted chiles my daughter sent me, onion, lettuce, etc. Chips will be the side and there's soup leftover in case DF wants any. Chocolate chip cookies for "afters".

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Suzi style sloppy joe's. James isn't a fan of the traditional sweet so I use a few spoons full of onion soup mix and canned tomato sauce and flour and beef broth in the ground beef. They will be served on toasted Martin's sesame rolls and will be accompanied by ..... tater tots. Oh yeah. I am gettin' my fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sloppy joes and tater tots bring back a LOT of really happy memories. I haven't made sloppy joes in years and years. I may have to remedy that soon, once we're done with this gluten-elimination thing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You inspired me. Sloppy joes tonight here too. But with homemade French fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had to get my tot fix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. It finally crawled above freezing today (+2 Celsius), so we celebrated by firing up the grill!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salted and peppered some strip steaks an hour and half before grilling, and served with garlic sauteed spinach and a cucumber and red onion salad. And because I picked up tater tots today in order to make totchos tomorrow, I had to bake up some tater tots, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Poured a rather delicious 2011 Cab Sauv from Ravine Vineyard, which is 4 minutes away from us -- it was perfect with the steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, and god bless the Thermapen. It has taken all the guesswork out of getting a perfectly done steak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner was damn tasty, but I must admit that I'm really looking forward to my totchos tomorrow... :0)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks excellent. The Thermapen is great -- perfect example of an expensive tool being worth the price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On a tot-related note, I had the most fascinating conversation on Facebook with my friends today about their experiences with tater tots. All my American friends and I have fond memories of tater tots served at lunch all through elementary school and beyond. Apparently tater tots were never served in school cafeterias in Canada, so most of my Canadian friends never had tots growing up. My French-Canadian husband had never even HEARD of tater tots until he met me 15 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The lack of tater tots in one's childhood food pantheon makes me a little sad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's a tater tot epidemic. Mariacarmen, I'm looking at you tater queen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your dinner sounds lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, you aren't kidding about the epidemic -- mariacarmen's photo of her totchos platter last week has literally had me dreaming of tater tots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If only my bf ate nachos I would be having those for dinner. One day soon for a lunch though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that steak looks incredible!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Man, that looks good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, everyone! Sometime a hunk of steak seriously hits the spot. But DH is in charge of steak grilling, so I can't take any credit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He gets our gas grill as screaming hot as it will go -- about 580...not anywhere close to a Big Green Egg or charcoal grill, but quite respectable! He loves the Thermapen as much as I do. For the steaks, we prefer somewhere between medium rare and medium, so he took ours to 150 and the "extra" two to 140. Those will get sliced up and quickly fried for hash, sandwiches or salads in the coming days, so we keep them a bit more rare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. We took an epic trip to Costco this morning and came home with a nice looking steelhead filet. So, dinner tonight was seared steelhead filet with a tequila-lime beurre blanc, accompanied by sauteed Brussels sprouts with parmesan. The skin crisped up beautifully - good eats indeed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dang, now I want salmon. Instead, WFD is leftover Shanghainese. Gung hey fat choy to all (a day late).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds so delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I was just about to light the grill when the man interrupted with a message to get dressed for dinner out with one of his famous actor buddies..... Hmmmm......... I have no idea where we're going or what's for dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh boy. Have fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like to tease him "Oh, are you hanging out with your actor friends today? Don't come home thinking you're special now." Totally teasing of course. They race vintage go karts together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really hope there is steak on the menu, my taste buds were primed for beef and them I saw TorontoJo's picture and it really sealed the deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How cute. I can't blame you for the steak jones. That pic is really mouth watering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The man is just so darned likable that he gets along with everyone. :) Its an awfully nice invitation, too. Any of the restaurants at that hotel would be a major splurge for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. His treat, too? Sounds like a great night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MMmmmm... prime rib. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is where we had dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is beautiful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, how lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh wow - that's gorgeous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Still wondering about that famous actor buddy! LOL)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prime rib with a view. Jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Famous actor buddy? Either way, enjoy dinner (fingers crossed for steak!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I fell ill late last night with a stomach ache and nausea. The worst is over today but none the less...dry toast.....Progresso vegetable soup and cold sugar free juices for today:(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Feel better....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glad you're feeling better, hope you're back on your feet soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A veritable heat wave -- temp in mid 40a today. Time to bust out the warm weather fare:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Salmon ceviche on avocado followed by Scorned Woman chicken on fried corn. The latter had the benefit of fat from this morning's bacon from Benton's. Unbelievable stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I never thought to use salmon in ceviche. How long do you marinate it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't actually marinate it in the traditional ceviche manner. I let the fish cure with the aromatics & seasoning for an hour or so then dress with lime juice just before plating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will have to try it. I love ceviche. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's a big favorite here and a great way to practice your knife skills -- cut the salmon in ribbons, don't chop it. Doesn't turn to mush that way .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So sorry you are feeling puny. It sounds like a smart and simple dinner choice. Feel better soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yuck. Feel better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Last night we had an incredible Chinese New Year dinner cooked by helen_m and her hubby. Early evening entertainment provided by their cutie pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The food was pretty freakin' amazing. I hope we get repeat dinner invitations because these two can COOK!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On the menu was (I'll do my best to recount but helen_m can give you the details):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -jasmine gin tonics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -redskin salted peanuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -pork and prawn dumplings w/ Chinkiang-ginger and soy-sesame dippings sauces (we crimped our own, which was fun)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -fish-fragrant eggplant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -smacked cucumbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -skin-on pork shoulder braised with 5-spice (I think)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -steamed whole black bream with scallions, ginger, soy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -fluffy white rice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -dry-fried green beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -marsala-braised pears w/ ginger sorbet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -cava, Alsatian Riesling, and a Bordeaux (?)...too many bottles, really!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After dessert helen_m whipped out a *second* homemade dessert---chocolate truffles with Szechuan peppercorn. Also fantastic. A fun evening!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amazing!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a feast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that sounds really amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Incredible!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gotta remember the Sichuan peppercorns for our next batch o'truffles -- whatta cool idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you guys keep upping the ante on each other, what fun!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow! Nice work Helen M.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Dinner tonight was grouper al mojo de ajo with red cargo rice (i.e. red jasmine rice) and broccoli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That looks SO good! Fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gorgeous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Roast pheasant tonight( well two actually.Clearing out the freezer ahead of a trip to Billingsgate fish market on Saturday so cooking them both.) Covering with streaky bacon and serving simply with potatoes, peas , broad beans and gravy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Having a fig tart for afters with Greek youghurt and probably a berry compote to use up the frozen berries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Inspired by the Super Bowl but not too far astray from my usual eating routine, dinner will be cod filets seasoned with fajita seasoning and served with TJs Guilt-Free guacamole. I hate that name btw...it's not completely guilt-free because I'm hooked and could inhale the entire container in one sitting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What makes it "guilt free", fldhkybnva?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's "guilt free" because it is a mix of avocado and Greek yogurt. It's fewer calories than avocado alone but in comparison to both the guacamole I make at home and my favorite store brand, it's a measly 10 calories different. My enjoyment of guacamole/avocado varies and so I prefer this version since it's less of an overwhelming avocado hit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Interesting, I haven't seen it before., I'll have to look for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's right next to the regular guacamole. It was on their list of top 25 products last year so someone must like it :) It sort of makes me want to try their yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is guacamole even something you should feel guilty about anyway? Everything in it but the avocado has pretty much no calories. I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to avocados otherwise I'd be inhaling it too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Exactly, another reason I don't like the name. I'm actually not a crazy fan of avocados and like them in small doses which I think is why I like this "guacamole."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. USDA Prime dry aged Strip steaks grilled over screaming hot lump charcoal, grilled cold water lobster tails, roasted mixed vegetables, grilled baked potatoes, home made garlic bread with fresh chopped garlic, hot off the grill roasted peppers & homemade desert that guests are bringing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tom34

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow!! any room for another guest? I can whip up something to bring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well I will have to tell you everything was delicious.....everything cooked to order & served hot......little sweat on the forehead to pull it off..... wife received a text after the game that she won $350.00 in a soccer mom pool....lots of laughs with that....Moms are already planning a night out :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Tom34

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NICE! That's tailgate food, Tom. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Wings. What else? rjbh20 will be preparing 200+ for his customers, and I hope we get a couple! Otherwise, it will be leftover chicken from last night, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Incredible, have fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One stove, 3 pots, 90 minutes, one beer. Presto -- 20 dozen wings ready to be sauced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Game Day food will be ribs, baked beans (doctored B&M "Boston's Best" beans - they already have molasses, brown sugar, pork and spices in it, but I'll probably add a hefty bit of dry mustard to it - we'll see what else), and carrot & raisin salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Most of this rub went on the ribs last night:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Tbsp. salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 Tbsp. sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1-1/2 tsp. paprika
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 tsp. cumin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 tsp. garlic powder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 tsp. dried minced onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 tsp. black pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll wrap the ribs up in some foil, put it on a baking sheet, and bake for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours at 250°F. I'll open up a small area of the foil, pour in some unpasteurized apple cider (maybe a half cup?), and then seal it back up and bake for another hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Open up the foil, drain any liquid, and sprinkle the rest of the rub I have over top and back into the oven for about 20 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The BBQ sauce will be the small bit of non-HFCS Bullseye I had in my fridge mixed with some Stubbs Original. I've not yet tried Stubbs, but several BBQ sauce threads recommend it as one of the better store brands (without HFCS). I might doctor it a bit after tasting. That'll get slathered on the ribs; I'll turn the oven temp up to 350° and the ribs will be baked for another 15 minutes or so until the sauce caramelizes a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the carrot-raisin salad, I'll plump the raisins in a cup of hot apple cider, shred some carrots, and toss the lot of it with some green onion, mayo, and a bit of milk to make a dressing, maybe a pinch of sugar if needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There will probably be wine. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What time is the game anyhow (no TV here.) I need to run the wood chipper today and don't wanna piss off the neighbors.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4:30 mountain, so 3:30 for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How courteous of you :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We like our neighbors and they like us, it's good to keep it that way. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ribs sound great, I just saved your recipe for later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can be there for kick off!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LW...we have an old family baked bean recipe (in fact it's so old no one remembers where it came from) that uses B&M Baked Beans as the base. The recipe starts out with 2 cans of beans and the caveat that unless you can use B&M, you should really consider not making them at all... ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The recipe is ridiculously simple and I've taken it to potlucks and picnics. People see you walking in with a big old mess o' baked beans and they look at you like...really?...beans? Then they try them and they end up being one of the first dishes to run out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want the recipe I can post it for you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please do, DD! My mom always doctored B&M baked beans with ketchup, dry mustard and something else that I can't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And yes, baked beans and deviled eggs are those picnic items that always go first. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here you go...Joe's Baked Beans. We have no idea who Joe is. One of my aunt's acquired this recipe in the late 30s or early 40s. She thinks she got it when she was in St. Louis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JOE'S BAKED BEANS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 - 1 lb cans of B&M baked beans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3/4 Cup of granulated sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3/4 Cup of catsup (and, yes, Heinz works best)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 small onion chopped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 slices of bacon diced (meaty bacon is better than fatty)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/4 tsp each of ground nutmeg and cinnamon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1/2 - 1 Cup corn flakes (go with the 1 cup)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In a bowl mix the beans, sugar, catsup, onion, bacon and spices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spray a casserole dish with pan release (i.e. PAM) and put the beans in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bake in a 400* oven for an hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Top with the crushed corn flakes for the last 20-30 minutes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interesting use of the crushed cornflakes on top! (And Heinz ketchup is the only ketchup I use - the one without HFCS, as that's what I had growing up.) I like the idea of meaty bacon as well - takes place of the pork in baked beans. Cinnamon and nutmeg is an interesting add as well. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stubbs (spicy) is our standard bbq sauce. i like the regular version too. good stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We like Rufus Teague -- the blazing hot one really does have quite the kick & a good hit of celery seed; the whiskey maple one was a bit too sweet for me, but they're good in combination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow Linda, that sounds sensational. No doubt I'd enjoy your meal wayyyyyy more than the game!!! : )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It smells wonderfully good in my house, Bc! I'm looking forward to dinner in about 10-15 minutes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P.S. I do have to say I *love* the first play of the game with a safety against the Broncos with Manning being out of place for the snap. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...and then he throws an interception! Assuming you had your feast in front of you at that point Linda, I hope you had a toast to that!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Let us know how it all turned out Linda...the food that is!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am SO enjoying halftime before halftime even starts, Bc. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yeah - the food was pretty good too! Perhaps a bit too much cayenne in the rub, but overall, everything was wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm thinking some vanilla ice cream with some chocolate syrup drizzled on top for dessert. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DESSERT! Now that's stamina Linda!! I'm finishing my wine and hoping I can stay awake through halftime...I'm sooooo full at this point! Enjoy the rest of the game!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well the wine I've had is making for a nice Sunday evening. But the ice cream is easy-peasy to "make". :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Yesterday friends invited us over for a dumpling-making party. My friend made two fillings: pork, mushroom, and ginger and squash, glass noodle, and other good things. I learned to pleat the wrappers properly, which is fun. My friend made a host of dipping sauces and condiments: pickled garlic, ginger-scallion, chili oil, soy, etc. We also had Chinese sweet sausage with slices of raw garlic and smacked cucumbers. And we wrapped some of the leftover veggie filling in egg roll wrappers and deep fried---those were awesome. There was also fish cake and wheat gluten with peanuts. Another guest brought orange cupcakes, and my friend made almond butter cookies, which were delicious. Green tea to finish. My contribution to the meal was a bottle of champagne and a homemade syrup of ginger, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorn. Mix the two and add orange bitters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought I was dumplinged-out after this weekend, but this morning I had some leftovers for breakfast before my eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, man. that syrup for the champagne cocktails sounds delicious. would you care to share proportions/recipe for the syrup? I read the ingredients and mentally did a quick rundown of the pantry. It sounds so delicious, I'm tempted to run out for some sparkling wine to make this later if I can whip up the syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really just eyeballed it, but it was approximately 1 full finger of ginger, peeled and grated (maybe 3-4 Tbsp.?), 5-6 whole star anise pods, 3/4 tsp. Szechuan peppercorns, 1 c. brown sugar and 3/4 c. white, and about 1.5-2 c. water. I boiled it for about 7-10 min., let it cool a bit, and then strained into a bottle. I also added a little bit of tangerine juice, since I had one cut, but it didn't add much flavor-wise. Try it, and let me know what you think!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        p.s. the cocktail tastes better with more syrup (don't go too light or you won't taste much)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, what a feast! I want to be invited to the next dumpling making party. No worries, I won't get in the way: I'll just watch and eat :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. 100 pork and spinach pot stickers now done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gotta do 5 California sushi rolls next.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last nite was angel hair and ricotta ravioli pesto due to the warmer weather along with mediocre grocery store romas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can't be spring fast enuff for me. LOLZ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everything sounds incredible jjjrfoodie! That's a lot of pot stickers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If those pesky groundhogs get their way, we have more winter ahead though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. We're headed to a Super Bowl party. I was going to bring lettuce wraps but have a little palate fatigue for "Asian" flavors after all the Chinese New Year gorging.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Today we're bringing homemade buffalo chicken dip. Never tried this before, but it's a good excuse to eat celery and baby carrots ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spread cream cheese (in this case, Neufchatel) in the bottom of a glass baking dish, top with chopped scallions, celery salt, and toasted onion powder and cover with a layer of shredded roasted chicken mixed with Frank's red hot sauce. Cover that with a layer of blue cheese dressing mixed with more blue cheese crumbles and some Hidden Valley ranch dressing (made with sour cream) and lots of cracked black pepper. Top the whole shebang off with shredded Monterey Jack and a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles and bake until bubbly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Serve w/ baby carrots, celery sticks, and tortilla chips. Beer is mandatory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It would be difficult to keep my composure around that and not end up doing a full on face plant into that dip. That sounds delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My thoughts exactly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's going to be a total salt lick. Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                She's going in!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Darn! I thought no one saw that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That dip sounds very, very healthy :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I meant to say tasty!! Yumboski.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Difficult to lurk around trying to be inconspicuous about trying to eat that whole container of deliciousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Pot luck with about a dozen people: I am making mini sloppy joe's (Rachael Ray's recipe for standard sloppy joes) served with bread and butter pickles. Also I made a fast rice wine vinegar cucumber salad to go with someone else's teriyaki chicken wings. And I made that NYT apple bundt cake--a standard easy cake for me. And bringing some fresh munchies like baby carrots, grapes, orange slices to balance the excess!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. This dang football game drove me nuts all weekend. First HE couldn't care less, HE wasn't watching it. So I thought, "fine, ... we will do a Grace Young shrimp dish with Chinese ancillary dishes." Then comes, "I'm watching the game and don't want to be hanging over the stove." (game starts around 6PM Boston area). [For those who don't know at this point, G cooks, I do the prep because I have extreme mobility issues.]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So, tonight we will have turkey meatballs in tomato sauce on Italian bread with mozzarella and grated Romano over top, and a tossed salad. When did you say baseball season starts?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aww, geez, Gio! Well, the meatballs in sauce subs still sound great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And Sox pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training on Feb. 15th, first full team workout is Feb. 20th. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio It sounds like you knocked it out of the park with a last minute change of plans! Undoubtedly any football fan would delight in your Superbowl supper!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio the sandwiches sound delicious! Less work for you too :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks everyone! The subs were pretty tasty, and a big tossed salad capped it off. Clementines for afters, as usual this time of year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's MacaroniMonday w fusilli and a sauce yet to be determined.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. We are snacking on garlic parm roasted edamame, hummus and chips, and veggies with a homemade Greek yogurt ranch dressing. Keeping it simple and mostly healthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I used to cook for 2 but since my mother passed last month I've been cooking for 1. I've also come to the realization that I was eating out too often because it was easier to just "stop and pick something up" rather than to actually cook for myself...and grazing just isn't a long term eating plan. So I went on a cooking binge this weekend to stock up for the next couple of weeks. In the last 24 hours I've made:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Jarlsberg & Dill scones (Carol Walter recipe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Lazy Daisy Cake (recipe from Vintage Cakes)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. The grouper al mojo de ajo I already posted below
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins which will be frozen for future use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Puerco en Salsa Verde (pork chile verde) is in the slow cooker and will be used this week and then frozen. Got a bonus from the pork in that it had a thicker than expected fat cap so I rendered out the lard, also for future use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Hummus from scratch using the recipe in Jerusalem, which is really good. This is for the SB and lunches next week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7. For dinner tonight I'm doing Camarones a la Pimienta, Mexican pepper shrimp for which I still need to shell and devein the shrimp. I'll get two meals out of this dish

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I'm done for the weekend...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My condolences for loss of your mother. Wow, what a fiesta! It all sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DD, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I think your Mom would be pleased knowing you were puttering away in the kitchen this weekend making lots of great food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DD I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely way to spend your weekend. Cooking always provides time for reflection and I hope your weekend preparing delicious dishes felt like a big hug.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All my sympathy Dining Diva. It's tough to carry on but you hit your stride this weekend. Early days are hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you Gio. At 94 her passing wasn't unexpected, tho' she'd been in remarkable health and vitality, but it's still difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it will be difficult, dear Dining Diva. My mother died 2 weeks before her 85th birthday I miss her every day. And, we had a legendary mother-daughter conflict ridden relationship. It doesn't go away but I remember every good moment too. Plus the food she cooked so deliciously.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so very sorry to hear about your loss. i bet your mom was hovering over you, watching all the good things you made.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very sorry about your loss. I think it is great you are cooking up a storm though:)Therapeutic! Bon appetit:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So sorry to hear about your mother, DD. I hope all the yummy-sounding cooking was therapeutic. Do take very good care of yourself (whatever that means for you). Agree with Gio that early days are hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Oh dear. I'm in love. And I blame mariacarmen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Totchos. Finally. Where have you been all my life?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lots of aged white cheddar, spicy chile beef, yellow tomatoes, chopped pickled jalapenos and scallions. Sour cream and salsa on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mine. All mine. DH is having a chopped salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Washing it all down with a rosé Cremant d'Alsace. Because I drink bubbles with just about everything, including terrible-for-you party dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm totally blissed out right now. :0)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How on earth is your DH eating a SALAD when THAT is available?!?!?!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Poor guy is still battling GI pain, so keeping spicy foods to a minimum, even though we don't think they are the problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aw, what a bummer, especially on game (and totcho) night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fast Tract Digestion has some great recipes for upset tummy. Check it out! (Helped me!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, I'll take a look. Done all the blood tests already (perfectly normal). He's got an ultrasound scheduled this week and scoping from both directions (ew) next. This has been going on for over a month now. We're really hoping it's nothing serious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, the double scope. Good times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope he figures it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Could it just be ulcer/s? Here's hoping it's something benign and easy to find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yum to that plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, don't those look amazing TJ! Poor DH, I feel for him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      loaded totchos with bubbly rose -- that's a foodfest I can get behind. sounds delightful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOOKS GREAT! i still haven't made them for the BF, but tomorrow night! and your rosé Cremant d'Alsace is a fabulous choice to go with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How is your hubby sitting eating a salad while you dine on such fare? Man of steel obviously:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I feel myself being pulled over to the dark side... That picture is total food porn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mmm pink bubbles!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The best kind! :o) (dry, of course)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Making Fat Rice's Fat Rice based on this recipe http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/fat-.... It's smelling really good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: brooklynmasala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                whoa -- this looks amazing. i just bookmarked it to try soon. An Asian inflected take on a paella type dish. All of my favorites with a new spin. must. try. soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Just a simple comfort food dinner on what might end up being a rainy night (fingers are crossed!) Grilled london broil (marinated 2 days,) cauliflower fauxtatoes with some green onion cream cheese stirred through and some snow peas from the garden warmed in a little browned butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. rainy day here today, finally. after running to the Oldster's to take him to an appt., i came home and started marinating. change of plans - totchos will happen tomorrow night - did a lot of the prep work already. but tonight was Halal Chicken again, sans rice. Served it as a salad on the iceberg lettuce, with tomato wedges. i made double the marinade and it turned out great. the marinade and juices from the chicken made a really delicious dressing. i didn't have to make any more white sauce because i still had a ton left from last week. and STILL do. added some chopped scallions on top, which gave a nice little oniony bite. and squoze out the last bit of harissa from the tube - need to get some more of that stuff. i served it with pitas, but really this dish doesn't even need a carb, it's so flavorful and satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Every dish needs a carb :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Really this dish doesn't need a carb, it's so flavourful and satisfying" -- okay, I give, Imma try the halal chix just as soon as I get some bless thighs in (alls I gots is bone in at the moment).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight's WFD was an impromptu revisit to a higher end Shanghainese place on the way to drop the SO at the airport. Dang they do a fine crab XLB, and the only version of micro-dried shrimp and cilantro salad I've found. They were slammed with lunar new year banquets but still managed gracious service for the two gweilo walkins :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree!! I had it as a salad again for lunch on Saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I like your suggestion of serving it on lettuce, etc. That looks great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yogurt sauce makes a great dressing. I have been making it for salads for lunch even without the marinated chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                did you say you made the sauce like the recipe calls for? for me, that's too sweet, so I doctored it up some. still too sweet for an actual dressing for me, but if you add enough harissa, that sure fixes it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And Thank You, MC!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I always forget to add any sweetener mostly because I don't own sugar but it's great without.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *I don't own sugar* Could you be anymore hilarious?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It just flies out of my mouth or off of my fingers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I more or less eat it on lettuce, but my son adores that rice, and even asks for it with other dishes, so I simply couldn't skip it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have to get on it and try this chicken. Sounds good, mc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do it, I'm hooked! It's just so easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I might have to finally make that this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yeah, I was thinking of you, lingua, and weezie - it's really good just on a bunch of crunchy lettuce with some tomato wedges. don't skimp on the coriander, fresh oregano for the marinade, and harissa for the topping. and I personally don't think the yogurt sauce needs any sugar at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll go find the recipe! Wednesday might be a good night for this....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've made 3 batches in two weeks now. :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm hooked too. What did you do TorontoJo? I even sacrificed a Cornish hen for the recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yay! Thanks for helping a lazy cat out!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm planning on using kefir in place of the yogurt and I can let that go tart before I make it by leaving it out for a while longer. I wasn't planning on adding sugar and I make mayo without sugar so I should be good. I picked up the chicken thighs this morning so it should be soon.... have to see if I still have harissa or if I need to get some.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used sriracha on mine and it was delicious :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That we definitely have!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used sriracha, too. Sambel oelek works as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have some halal cart chicken (breast) marinating now. I made the yogurt sauce with almost no sugar and a good hefty few squirts of harissa. I plan to make the rice, but add in some onion and other spices as well. I made the marinade as per the recipe, but it the tastes a little too sweet/ not spicy enough to me, although there's no sugar in it at all. perhaps it's my oregano? Not sure. but next time i may doctor up the spices a bit. i'm reserving judgment til i taste the finished product, but to my palate it's not so close to the actual halal cart version at 53rd & 6th. that version has way more spices and i believe vinegar in the marinade for the chicken. anyway, i'll keep an open mind til i taste it once cooked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MAH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maybe your lemons were overripe, and sweeter? hmm... I don't find anything sweet in that marinade. hope you like it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Love the plate on the left.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. After flying in on Friday, I picked up some biso chicken thighs, which I stuffed with a mixture of lemon zest, thyme, oregano, parsley, and olive oil and baked until crispy. The man had his with leftover green rice and I had mine with some mushrooms and green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On Saturday, I roasted sockeye salmon, then garnished it with scallions, cilantro and evoo. Alongside, some mashed acorn squash and some garlicky sauteed spinach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night we attended a fabulous party - three types of wings, spare ribs, chili, various dips, chips, veggies, a cauliflower pizza, coleslaw. I made a kiwi-lemongrass icebox pie for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I was burned out with being snowed in most of last week; yesterday the temps got into the high 50's so DF lit the grill and we cooked sirloin pork chops and chicken leg quarters. Sides were a potato gratin and French green beans. Leftovers today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mmmmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Snow day!! I am rotating at the Medical Examiner this month and due to the forecast of snow which has yet to arrive yet, the Chief Medical Examiner thought it best that the residents stay at home and not have to bother with the road conditions. Today was supposed to be my first day so my plan for dinner was going to be something quick and easy but now that I'm home with nothing to do I'm thinking of something else. I bought some bone in chicken breasts yesterday (rare, if ever purchase for me) and I think I'll do a simple pan roast with a thyme Marsala sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's arrived here in far western Massachusetts- this is a new development- thought we were snow free until Wednesday!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have lots of odds and ends that should make a Tex Mex flavored dinner tonight. Most of them involve carbs in the form of rice or flour tortillas. I don't see a no carb future in our lives. Last night I was shocked to learn that the owner and master baker at our favorite French restaurant had gone gluten free and not because of a celiac condition. Gluten makes her crash and burn so she's gone off it for good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm "gluten makes her crash and burn" wow, what a statement against poor lil' gluten! Are they planning to make all gluten-free goods now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No thank goodness! It's a classic French restaurant with house made bread and desserts to die for. She's a vegetarian too but they serve a meat centric menu- we had foie gras last night ...mmmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, can you she taste anything they make anymore? :) I've never had foie gras, on my bucket list of foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Actually she just posted a pic of a Vegan Einkorn Pumpkin Spice Cake with Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce & Gingered Pears...so it appears she is working on gluten free classic pastry. They also have an Eikhorn entree that is kind of a risotto clone . I ordered it once to balance out a trio of pates but prefer meat or fish for my main course..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/h...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's not uncommon, I thought it was normal to be tired in the afternoon until I stopped eating wheat. Turns out, it's not!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hey, I'm excited to hear that your and MC's experiments with halal cart chicken atop a salad have turned out well, the rice is why I've never made it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enjoy your day off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have a fun snow day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks! The day is off to a great start, I just cozyed up to a vat of turkey soup and watching the kitten run amok is quite entertaining. Shiitake is having a ball, I wonder if this is what all of his days are like :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I finally gave in to the Braised Chicken in Milk recipe. I couldn't sleep at night knowing that I bought that milk only for it to go to waste. I'm so glad I did. I was very hesitant because of all the mixed reviews but this dish is fantastic and defines easy. I used a bone in breast instead of a whole chicken, so had to adapt the recipe slightly in terms of timing - I let the sauce cook alone in the oven for 15-20 minutes then added the chicken for 25 minutes. The sauce to meat ratio was great but after I had a quick taste and realized it was delicious I just poured it all on the plate. For the carb lovers out there, I think this would be great with a good slice of bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would probably be good w/ mashed potatoes too :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Definitely!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How did you feel about the cinnamon? I'm debating leaving it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't usually like cinnamon in savory foods but it added a nice hint of earthiness. I think it would just as good without it. I added a big heap of sage as well as a sprig of rosemary and the lemon combined with the herbs was flavor enough. In the original recipe, he only mentions to add the zest (thick slices of rind vs. small shavings) but in a video apparently he adds sliced lemon wedges as well so I did that too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. It feels good to be back in the kitchen after almost 2 weeks away. Last night I made lamb chops with briam, and tonight I'm making a beet/cabbage/short rib borscht in a slow oven. I've usually made borscht on the stovetop, and this will be my first oven version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Well, our Super Bowl party was a success, even if the game wasn't. Way more people showed up than had RSVP'd so I'm glad I had made extra food, and everyone brought some kind of something to munch on. I had 7lbs of pulled pork and all but about half a pound was gone by the end of the night. My pizza rolls were well received also. Other highlights were SO's friend's queso, and another friend's buffalo chicken dip. The keg is nearly empty too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm still sort of in a food coma today, but as usual, still can eat some more. Dinner will just be macaroni and cheese leftovers. I used Pioneer Woman's spicy mac n cheese recipe, and had added some diced up habanero and green chile chicken sausages from Costco to it. Glad to have leftovers to eat since I still have a ton of dishes to do tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice work, sounds like a fun night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like a successful party. I'll be quiet about the game. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ha I don't even really care that much. I don a Broncos t-shirt and cheer for them for SO, but in all reality, football is not really my thing, I think it's kind of boring. I do wish the game last night was at least closer and more interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hockey on the other hand, is awesome. And, after the Olympic break, it's getting to be the good part of the season for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like a great party in spite of the game!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wanna get drunk and full at your party. Sounds like you had a great time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C'mon over, the keg isn't empty yet!! haha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It will be if I get after it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        /mouth waters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. The porkapalooza on Saturday was quite lovely, although I think the shoulder coulda used maybe another hour or 2 in the smoker -- or perhaps Alder wood is just one of the milder ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had Rufus Teague's Blazin' Hot bbq sauce which has quite a kick, with a nice hit of fennel seed, and the whiskey maple one, which was too sweet for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The gratin was lovely as usual, if a bit dry for my taste (more CREAM!!!), and the slaw was a success as well, thanks to rox's tip of adding red onion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The coconut cream ice cream was also really wonderful and creamy, though the 1/4 cup of rum just disappeared! WTF!! Next time.... more RUM! :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Took the leftover pork (about 2 lbs.) over to our friend's place who was hosting the shitbowl last night. I had pulled it all apart so it was 'proper', and brought the blazing hot sauce along.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This week should be healthier eats, but then I just found out about a place in town that serves soul food. Fried chicken, here I come. Gotta replenish all those calories I'll burn at kickboxing, after all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Porkapapalooza sounds great. If you eat at the soul restaurant I would love it if you post a link to the review if it is worth a review. I love soul and southern foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No dice. Closed, and for good, it would appear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went to the newish ramen & yakitori place instead which was dec, but not great. Again, they were "out of" (or never really have them) chicken livers and hearts, and this time also out of chicken skin. Meh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll stick to the ramen for the future, and cry into my non-existent fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Boo-effin-hoo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds super, lingua.