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Feb 3, 2014 07:29 PM

What's for Dinner #273 - 6 More Weeks of Winter Edition [Through February 9, 2014]

Or so says that fat rodent from Pennsylvania.

I'm not liking that rodent much these days, especially with a couple of storms coming into New England in the next 6 days, and I know those in the NY & CT area got a lot more today. Bleah.

Anyway - I'm still enjoying comfort food. What about you all?

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  1. Sorry to hear the rodent is not performing as desired. Stay warm and drive safe!

    Not to gloat but NZ has been having a magnificent summer. The toddler and I had a brilliant road trip last week with lots of swimming and too many takeaways. It's back to cooking this week.

    Last night was orecchiette with broccoli and bacon and post dinner we bottled (canned) 4 kg of cherries with vodka and syrup. The bloke likes them on ice cream but I prefer them on my breakfast cereal.

    Tonight I'm doing a segregated dinner. Liver and onions for me and refried beans and pico de gallo for the bloke.

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    1. re: Frizzle

      We remain, as always, uber-jealous of your lovely summer weather, Frizzle. And your orecchiette with broccoli and bacon sounds good - what kind of sauce?

      1. re: LindaWhit

        No sauce. Just fry the broccoli florets till brown. Fry diced bacon (or pancetta) and garlic and add cooked pasta to fried items with a healthy glug or two of olive oil. Chilli flakes can go in with the bacon and garlic if you want. Serve with parmesan. Simple and yummy.

      2. re: Frizzle

        Vodka cherries on breakfast cereal?? Awesome! ;)

            1. re: jammy

              Simples for dinner last night: pan-fried sole with brown butter and lemon squeezes, plus long-sautéed dino kale with garlic, oil and a few sprinkles of the mysterious powder I bought at the Russian deli. Kinda love that there is zero English anywhere on the small plastic bottle, despite our legion of laws that insist on same. This is how I should always eat when the SO is away on business!

              1. re: jammy

                Don't drive angry.


                I just LMAO at that one.
                Bill Murray. Pick up truck. Groundhog. Classic. Ha.

                I'm doing pork braciole stuffed with spinach, currants, pine nuts and other goodies in a long cook Sunday gravy tonite over farfalle.


                This ice and snow shi% is getting old.
                Really, really old.
                Snow plus 1 to 3 inches of ice tonite.

                Suck it Mr. Snow Meiser


                "I'm Mr. White Christmas,

                I'm Mr. Snow.

                I'm Mr. Icicle,

                I'm Mr. Ten Below.

                Friends call me Snow Miser,

                Whatever I touch

                Turns to snow in my clutch!

                I'm too much."

                Do do do, do do do do, do do.....

                1. re: jjjrfoodie

                  I'm soooo ready for Heatmeiser to make his appearance! Stupid White Death....

            2. We're getting snowed on here. I'm just glad it's light and fluffy so I can use the shop broom to sweep it off our north-facing driveway. It likes to snow a lot when SO is gone.

              Tonight I'm making a Budget Bytes quick n easy recipe... pasta with spicy italian sausage and broccoli. Very easy but tasty.

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              1. re: juliejulez

                No snow here, but freezing rain and ice in the forecast to worsen overnight.

                1. re: juliejulez

                  Freezing rain in my forecast too. Yuk, much worse than snow. Perfect weather for pan grilled sausages, cheesy grits, and steamed broccoli, which is WFD tonight.

                  Oh, and I will also spend some kitchen time tonight observing my 3 day old kombucha tea. It seems to be on track but I will probably be taking pics and texting them to the friend who gave me the SCOBY. I'm learning a whole new language to boot. It is entirely likely that my husband will leave me due to the escalating number of fermenting foods crowding the kitchen.

                  1. re: tcamp

                    I'm secretly hoping it's bad enough that I don't have to attempt to drive in it. Wow, homemade kombucha. I've been meaning to try it but haven't yet.

                  2. Snowfall accumulation on Wednesday is supposed to be 3" by 7:00 a.m., 5" by 9:00 a.m., 8" by 10:30 a.m, and 10" by a bit after noontime. Wednesday will be a work-from-home day - already decided in-house at work.

                    While I still have ribs to finish up, I'm cooking tonight. I think juliejulez and I are going very similar - pasta, Italian sausage (I'm going with sweet) and broccoli all mixed together with a spicy light tomato sauce. Crusty rolls (freezer-to-oven ones) alongside, with a small salad.

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                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Change of plans...the few of us left tonight at work trying to finish up stuff before the expected snow day went out to Jaime's just down the street.

                      Bacon Cheeseburger for me, fries, and wine. And lots of good chit-chat.

                      Glad I have tomorrow to sleep in a bit. :-)

                    2. It's apparently 10 degrees warmer than it was all of last week but it feels quite awful outside. I'm home early this afternoon which i great because my first day at the Medical Examiner was horrifying. I managed to hold in the emotion but now I'm sitting here like a stunned lump on a log. I'm also still in the mood for comfort food, LindaWhit. I am having soup as a late lunch and dinner will be chicken breasts stuffed with kale, Feta and sun dried tomatoes.

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                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        Change of plans - ran out of kale yesterday and forgot and that was the part of the meal I really wanted. Never fear, I remembered I had a bag of Brussels sprouts in the fridge and all of your great ideas from a few threads ago. Dinner tonight was turkey breast seasoned with shallot pepper and served over bacon braised Brussels sprouts with malt vinegar and Worcestershire.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Do you have a mentor you can confide in? Things can be so graphic and provocative in medicine and most in the profession are sensitive souls. Just let it rip if you are home alone. I once burst into tears on an ICU unit when I saw the condition of a new admissions necrotizing fasciitis on her leg:( The other staff were very gracious and very supportive:( Eating some comfort foods and just grab your handsome kitty and veg out fldhkybnva:)To the other posters sorry I got off subject but I wanted to show support.

                          1. re: MamasCooking

                            Fortunately the safety gear pretty much covers your face so a few tears can be shed though then your mask gets all foggy :) I was so happy to get home today to the excited kitty. I had similar feelings on my psychiatry rotation in med school and finally realized that everyday I needed to have quiet time (e.g. a walk, sauna) to get out of my head and out of the situation. Most are sensitive, or else they probably wouldn't be there, but it's amazing how much people have to harden to get through the day without breaking down. I once had an awful autopsy case at the hospital and it took me all day to be able to even think about doing it and none of my colleagues seemed to understand why. I have found that "letting it rip if you are home alone" works well and then you take a long nap :) As the ME said today "you can do anything for a month." I hope she's right.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              My heart goes out to you, Fldhky.

                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                Being stoic and squaring our shoulders is necessary but it is healthy to have strategies ( as you do ) for diffusing some of that internalized horror. Fueling your creative side with shopping for wonderful ingredients and cooking is a very good thing too. I have only cried twice in my career and both situations were just beyond my capacity for stoicism:( But people understood.

                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                  You know I need to thank you for what you do. It take a special person to be in the medical field. It is got to be right up there with the military in importance. Everyone gets sick and sadly, our country will always need protection. I feel sad that you had a really tough day. Here's to the kitty being extra sweet and cute tonight to shake off your day.

                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                    Thanks, it's much appreciated but as many of us feel in the medical field "it's all in a day's work." I was fortunate for another snow day but I know I have to go back tomorrow :) Every autopsy is someone's loved one to me. I'm the girl they laugh at in the room talking to the deceased. I just can't see them as an object. Shiitake was the best part of 2013, he sure has become my best pal. Today he's been working on a hairball and has been intermittently unhappy but hacks and then immediately returns to full energy playing which I find fascinating and inspiring...sometimes I have to push myself to just roll with it like he does.

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      I agree that every autopsy is another ones loved one. My mom asked me why I never became a nurse. She said I had the compassion needed for it. I told her I couldn't separate the patient from the illness and would be in constantly upset. Besides, no one ever says "Shit, here comes Suzi to come clean my house and make it smell pretty." That works for me. And I get the luxury of handing a pain in the ass client a rag and say " do it your damn self."
                                      Shitake was a perfect family member at the perfect time. What a great way to stave off lonely times without the SO than to have a furry little purrbox. They keep us sane. As to the hairballs... put a small bit of softened butter on his front paw to lick off and it helps lubricate it to pass. Putting it on his paw forces him to either fling it or ingest it. Ya got a good shot he will eat it and the hairball will pass more easily. Good luck.

                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                        Oooh butter, thanks for the tip! He's working it up but the sad cries are very upsetting. I'll lather him up STAT! Although, the thought of him flinging it would be quite comical. People often ask "why are you a pathologist? you must not like poeple." Not only is that a crazy thing to say but is the complete opposite of the truth for me. During my clinical rotations in med school, I was too torn up by it all and wrapped up in my belief that everyone is a person with a story. It'd get really frustrated at the healthcare system and the limitations of medical knowledge. With pathology, I can care for patients but also be somewhat removed from direct care so as to stay sane.

                                        I cracked up at your comment "do it your damn self." My dad is the type who would take you up on your offer. He insisted on cleaning before the cleaning lady came "fldhkybnva, the house can't be dirty, it's getting cleaned today."

                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                        You are Ducky from NCIS, talking to the deceased.

                                        And for the hairballs, go to PETCO and look for a tube of PetroMalt. My cats love it and it helps work things through their system.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          Great, another tip which I'm sure will come in handy as he's still only a wee tot with probably many more hairballs to go. Ducky is great! You gotta talk to them it's like brushing off a grandma.

                                        2. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Coconut oil or even just plain Vaseline works great for hair balls as well. Plus, my cat loves both. Just give her a tiny bit and she laps it right up.

                                          1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                                            Thanks, I tried butter last night. The first wee bit was thrown at me but the second time he licked it and I encouraged it into his mouth. I'm not sure he liked the feeling of the butter, he licked his chops for an hour so. But, I came home today and he's rip-roaring energetic so hopefully he's feeling better. I'm on the lookout for random bits of puke.

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              You can also buy a hairball helper that comes in a tube - it's basically meat-flavored Vaseline. My cat LOVES it - she won't eat butter or plain Vaseline but this stuff she gobbles up. I give her an inch or so every few days as a treat/preventative, and a little more if she seems to be working on something big.

                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                Thanks, he's short haired but probably needs something long term especially as he has now fully learned how to groom himself. When he was younger, he didn't do it as much.

                                                1. re: biondanonima

                                                  As a lifelong dog owner who's never spent any considerable amount of time around a cat, I find all this slightly horrifying.

                                        3. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Wow. That's one tough job you got there...... feed yourself something nice and comforting!!

                                          1. re: linguafood

                                            Absolutely. My first thought in times like this is "what's for lunch, dinner, anything, what can I cook." I keep craving the same foods over and over and while I usually try to have some variety in my meals, right now I'm OK with safe, comfortable repeats. I must say, your side gig is a pretty tough job, you won't catch me singing on stage...ever! :)

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              Ha! And you won't catch me in a morgue any time soon :-)