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Feb 12, 2014 04:56 PM

What's for Dinner #275 - The Four Letter Word Edition [to 2/16/2014] - old

SNOW. That lousy four-letter word. It's coming in.

ENVY. Another four-letter word. And it's what those of us in the U.S. still have of Frizzle and those in the Southern Hemisphere.

FOOD. That's what this thread is all about. What's cooking, regardless of the hemisphere you're in?

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  1. As for me?

    I picked up some dried roasted garlic and parsley linguine at Home Goods a few days ago.

    Decided I wanted a bit of spring for dinner with the impending storm, so a lemon cream sauce was made - some garlic sauteed in some butter, added some lemon zest, then about a Tbsp. of lemon juice and a half cup of white wine. Let that simmer and reduce, then slowly whisked in some heavy cream and let it simmer on low, stirring occasionally, while it became sauce.

    Some peas and chopped red bell pepper were sauteed while the pasta cooked. Drained the pasta, added the peas and red bell pepper, then the sauce and heated it through.

    Into a bowl, sprinkled with a bit of grated Parm, a crusty roll alongside, and some wine. Decided to forego the green salad. The peas and red bell pepper are my veggies for the night.

    8 Replies
    1. re: LindaWhit

      My mom finds the best, most random foods at Home Goods. Last time I was home she had a jar of marinated asparagus which was insanely addictive. I really need to go browse one day.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I found a huge jar (16oz) of Artisana raw coconut butter at a home goods in CA for $8! Its like no one knew what it was....(aka expensive and awesome!)

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          I have a TJ Maxx store near me that has the best random, expensive, healthy foods. I go there just for the small food aisle!

            1. re: sedimental

              They sometimes have SaraBeth jams. At a good price, too.

              1. re: Querencia

                It's where I used to get the Aloha from Oregon Tangerine Marmalade - seriously the best marmalade I've ever had. Now all they have is Aloha's Habanero Jelly, so when I run out of the jars of tangerine marmalade I have, I'll have to order from their website online, unless I can find it at other retail stores near me.

                1. re: Querencia

                  I love those jams and was just raving over the selection at my TJ Maxx. My DH doesn't get it. My favorite is the strawberry peach.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Cream sauces are the way to go when it's all cold outside. Sounds lovely, LW!

          2. I'm not really hungry but the man will be when he gets home and he'll need lunch tomorrow (I cook extra so there are leftovers for his lunch,) so food must be made.

            BISO thicken thighs will be spiced rubbed (cumin, cinnamon, garlic, s&p, za'atar,) and cooked on the grill. Asparagus or zucchini will be brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with some kind of seasonings to cook along side the chicken.

            *ducking Linda's evil glares* Its just after 5 pm and the temperature just dropped below 80, I think it was 83 today and completely blue skied. We're supposed to be 62 for a high in 10 days, though. Its been a strange "winter."

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            1. re: weezieduzzit

              No evil glare, weezie. Just green with envy and a big sigh of resignation that we have to wait in New England. :-)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I might send the glares for LW :) I might have lost a few fingers today but I'm not sure because they are all still numb.

              2. re: weezieduzzit

                I have a question: what does the O in BISO mean? I figured it was "Bone-In Skinless....."


                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                        Ohhh, thank you. That makes perfect sense now.

                1. Last night: braised short ribs in a port wine reduction over rosemary polenta for the man and over mashed acorn squash for me.

                  I went to Rochester and back today, so tonight I just snacked on some raspberries in cream, almond butter and apple, and some dates. I think it's time to go be horizontal.

                  I'm so excited for more snow! I hope we get buckets-worth.

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                  1. re: gini

                    Your *snacks* sound luscious luxurious and right up my alley!

                      1. re: gini

                        Gini - is that Rochester, NY? If so, I live in Syracuse and my husband and I make a trek out there every once in a while to shop at Trader Joe's. But now there's rumor that there's one opening up in Syracuse, so we won't have to make that drive out there any more!

                        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                          Indeed, the very same. I'm a bigger fan of Wegman's since we don't quite have one yet. But it's hard to go grocery shopping and then get on a plane back to Boston!

                          1. re: gini

                            Next time you are out there you should try the restaurant that is owned by Wegmans. It's right across the street from their flagship store in Pittsford and FANTASTIC:

                            1. re: gini

                              Gini, Wegmans has 2 locations in MA:
                              Wegmans Chestnut Hill, 200 Boylston St. (Rt. 9 W)
                              Wegmans Northborough, 9102 Shops Way.

                              1. re: gini

                                Pssttt.....seriously - drive out to Northborough - don't wait for the Chestnut Hill store to open in April (it won't be as big as the Northborough store).

                                It's REALLY worth the drive. :-)

                                And Burlington should be opening some time in Fall, 2014.

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  Thanks! I haven't made the trek to Northborough yet since I loathe the car, but it's good to know it's worth the drive.

                            2. re: gini

                              ooh, must do a port wine reduction for short ribs next time instead of red wine. sounds amazing. as does rosemary polenta!

                              1. re: gini

                                Sounds like a great meal. I'm craving polenta now!

                              2. I am being a brat and reposting here to join this thread.
                                Maesri green curry with chicken breast, orange bell pepper, zucchini and green peas in coconut milk finished with scallions and thai basil. Jasmine rice to go with.

                                7 Replies
                                1. re: suzigirl

                                  I love those Maesri curry pastes. Instant delicious dinner.

                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                    And so much cheaper than going out. I could eat the curries that Maesri makes twice a month if I could.

                                  2. re: suzigirl

                                    What is Maesri curry and where do you get it?

                                    1. re: headRN

                                      It's a canned or jarred Thai curry paste--the brand is Maesri. You can find it on Amazon if there are no markets near you that carry it. The Thai Kitchen brand you find at most supermarkets is, by contrast, much milder and (IMHO) blander. Our favorite is the panang, but they're all pretty good.

                                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                                        I also like Mae Ploy brand curry paste, the red in particular. The plastic tubby keeps a long time in the freezer, if you balk at paying for the smaller sachets.

                                        WwasFD last night (damn you, insomnia!) was a bit disappointing. I read that a chef here in Gastown was grinding his own beef mix for burgs so med rare was an option. Alas, overmixed and underseasoned, sorta stodgy bun. It shouldn't be hard to cut a burger in half, right? I expected more for $17. With the $15 cocktail (I had never tried absinthe so...) that was kind of an expensive meal for what it was. Oh well, the non-puck burger quest continues... and the pork t-loin is already defrosted for tacos tonight!

                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                      Maesri paste is one of my favorite finds from the Asian grocery - so good and so cheap. I always hated TJ's curries and thought i could not get that taste at home - great stuff.

                                      1. re: JTPhilly

                                        To me it is the best alternative to my local thai place. It is so yummy.

                                    3. I made chow's broccoli and cheese soup, along with a basic loaf of white bread tonight, and it was delicious. The baby (15 months old) ate three bowls! The bigger kids enjoyed dipping their bread in it.