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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.

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    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: http://wegmansnextdoor.com/

                            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.

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                                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.

                                      1. We're in a cold spell here. 8 C doesn't *sound* all that cold, until you factor in the dampness, the total absence of indoor heating (including at the office) and not very well insulated buildings.

                                        So I made sauerbraten with homemade spaetzel. First time I've tried the spaetzel, after falling in love with it in Germany this summer. The upside down Ikea grater lid made a decent spaetzel press. Fried the spaetzel with finely diced smoked pork belly and some cheese.

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                                        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                          Sounds wonderful. Glad you're here. Pull up a chair.

                                        2. Snow is here also...and sleet....and rain. Later tonight, ice rolls in. Warm comfort food is a must on this day so I have a pot of chili on the stove as per the fiancé's request. Grilled cheeses for the DF and pieces of cheese (smoked gouda & white extra sharp cheddar) and crackers for me.

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                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                            I should make chili. Thanks for the reminder!

                                          2. Tonight it was as simple as it gets -- pasta with some sauce and meatballs from the freezer. I also cooked some SBCB and made a quick quasi chicken parm to have along with the pasta. Done and dusted in about 30 minutes.

                                            1. G came home too late to make the meatloaf I had planned so... into the wok went a TJ's one-pound bag of Harvest Hodgepodge which is a mix of broccoli, carrots, baby corn, mushrooms, water chestnuts, sugar snap peas, red peppers, and onions for an ab lib stir-fry.

                                              A quarter pound of ground pork and some chopped garlic was first cooked till meat was brown & garlic was golden then in went the vegetables. That was stir-fried for a bit then a mixture of soy sauce/chicken broth/bourbon/sugar/sesame oil/minced ginger/cornstarch was added and everything was tossed and fried till the vegetables were crisp tender. Served with steamed jasmine rice that was dinner. Quite tasty and satisfying.

                                              With any luck at all the meatloaf will make it's debut tomorrow.

                                              1. Awaiting the latest onslaught of snow here in Northern NJ; there's a nice pot of chili just finished that's cooling on the stove. I'll put it in the fridge in about half an hour. That'll be tomorrow's dinner, and as many nights after that until I dig out. (I'll freeze some of it tomorrow for the next snow day.)

                                                Tomorrow, while the snow is falling, I'll be baking an Apple Pie.

                                                Is it March yet?

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                                                1. re: mcsheridan

                                                  Here in CNY we don't breath a sigh of relief until after Mother's Day.

                                                  All this talk of chili is making me have a hankering.

                                                2. On a fellow hound's rec I bought Gertler's Wurst Uber Kase Smoked Cheddarwurst at Costco while I was stocking up. They were fully cooked so I just stuck them in the oven on a rack for a bit while I made some steamed asparagus with melted butter and then toasted some hawaiian top cut rolls with a bit of kerrygold butter to make little sausage sandwiches with hot and sweet mustard from trader joes.
                                                  I'm near Philly and they had moved the seven hundred dollar generators to the front of the Costco store where people were buying them. Ulp.
                                                  I'm lucky enough to have a gas stove so I can heat up some potato soup with ham tomorrow even if I lose power. They were sampling David's Cookies cheesecake but I somehow managed to resist. I think I have some girl scout cookies around somewhere and a flashlight to find them if need be.

                                                  1. It was -26C here this morning. You know it's cold when you open the front door and the clouds roll in. At least dinner warmed up the house with the ovens fired up. We had chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella and ham, potatoes dauphinoise and Joe Beef's kale for a hangover. A couple of glasses of chardonnay (also in the kale) rounded it out.

                                                    The first time I saw Game of Thrones and heard the phrase "Winter is coming" I laughed my butt off. I don't think I'd be surprised if I saw an ice zombie. Heck, we're all so pasty and sun-starved looking I doubt you could pick one out in a crowd.

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                                                    1. re: jammy

                                                      I can't even imagine what -26c feels like! Stay warm.

                                                        1. re: Frizzle

                                                          I'm a spoiled southerner compared to those hardy souls in northern Ontario. I was "up north" a number of years back and experienced -46C. It's not something I ever want to feel again.

                                                          After the novelty of having your nose and eyelashes freeze shut, it gets old pretty fast.

                                                      1. I was planning on getting out of work on time to make stuffed shells that Mr Autumn has been begging for for a month, but then patient care happened. Like everyone's pain medications kicked in at the same time and all wanted their therapy NOW. After refusing all morning. . .

                                                        So we had chicken salad wraps using up refrigerator odds and ends. Since we are having a Go Team USA hockey party this weekend, space is good but the stuffed shells were sounding really good to me too.

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                                                        1. re: autumm

                                                          If you do get to make stuffed shells make extra and freeze them. They are a favorite freezer meal of mine as they go straight from the freezer to a 350 oven when covered in a marinara sauce. Ready in an hour or less. Thanks for reminding me- they're on the list!

                                                        2. Looks like the storm hits us in nyc thurs.....(((sigh))).

                                                          I had seaweed salad i picked up at whole foods that i put ontop of some greens, added shredded carrots and scallions. Also seared some tofu with a sesame/miso/soy sauce ontop that made it into the salad too. Oversized mug of miso broth on the side, x2. Candied ginger from chinatown (aka the spicy stuff!) for dessert.

                                                          Soaking black beans for i'm not sure what yet tommorow...

                                                          1. I have a huge eye round steak thawing. I'll put some kind of dry rub on it, cook it in the cast iron skillet, and slice very thinly. They are cheap as hell and actually delicious as long as you don't overcook them. I treat them like london broil. This one was like $4 and will easily feed the two of us.

                                                            I pulled Ad Hoc grits cakes from the freezer and I have some leftover creamed corn from the other night. The only thing we need is some kind of green thing. I'll probably just make a salad... maybe Alex Guarnaschelli's Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese. Yum.

                                                            1. WFD?
                                                              These were on sale, not sure what they are? Any suggestions on how to prepare?

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                                                              1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                They're beef short ribs. Low, slow braise. Red wine and onions and garlic is always good. Internet is full of recipes.

                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  I know....They are "CHORT" ribs...."not short ribs"...

                                                                  1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                    Ahh - sorry - thought you were asking about the "cortilla de res". :-)

                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                      That's funny! What kind of market did you find those?

                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                        a local market in Queens , NYC that has about 5 or 6 locations....obviously in an area that has many "Hispanic" employees...

                                                                        1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                          When I read your post I thought it had to be an ethnic market....

                                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                            C...actually they do have a great variety of ethnic foods, south American,(Peruvian, Columbian, Ecuadorian, Mexican) Korean, Chinese, Indian etc...that is why I like shopping there...I get a lot of inspiration when I encounter different products...

                                                                    1. Here is my snow gage, a table out on the balcony off the bedroom....it was clean last night...
                                                                      Maybe some comfort food tonight as another "snow day"..
                                                                      Thinking eggplant , some chicken along with a nice bolognaise sauce in the freezer.
                                                                      I think it is time for a temporary relocation of headquarters to the spread in South Florida!

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                                                                        1. I vowed to cook something hearty and warming if it snowed, and since Mother Nature delivered, so must I. My coworker and his fiance are probably going to join us for chicken/turkey paprikas and spaetzle. Sides still TBD but I have some good, if heavy, ideas in mind.

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                                                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                            In the end, we had:

                                                                            Liptauer (Austro-Hungarian paprika cheese spread) with warm pretzel rolls, cornichons, and Ollio boar sausage
                                                                            Turkey-leg paprikas w/ homemade spaetzle
                                                                            Steamed broccoli w/ coriander, lemon pepper, and brown butter
                                                                            buttertart's Finnish cardamom pound cake w/ whipped cream and blackberries drizzled with maple syrup

                                                                            I recruited an Alsatian to help me make the spaetzle, which worked out pretty well using my large-holed OXO ricer. Too many bottles of wine were opened considering work today opened with only a 2-hr. delay.

                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                              Oops, and the (crappy cell phone) pics:

                                                                            2. Put off making a ham earlier this week just incase I got snowed in today - and indeed home from work - going to bake a nice bone in ham - with a mango ginger glaze. right now I am baking a cake for breakfast and I have some no-knead bread in the fridge that I am about to take out and let proof so the house should smell good and cozy all day - heres hoping we dont loose power! I like t o see what I am cooking.

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                                                                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                What kind of cake are you baking "for breakfast?"

                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                  LOL - it was a recipe for "muffins' so that makes it ok right? Modified Apple Sauce Muffin recipe to include mango puree subbed some white flour with oats and whole wheat - it was pretty "breakfasty"

                                                                                  1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                    That does sound pretty breakfasty.

                                                                                    No judgment either way, I ate pumpkin pie for breakfast :)

                                                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                      Pumpkin Pie is the BEST breakfast. I love Pumpkin Pie.

                                                                              2. Hey all- I miss you!!

                                                                                I am going thru some tough times right now. While I am not doing much cooking (or eating) these threads are a ray of sunshine.

                                                                                Hope to get back in the saddle again soon.

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                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                  You're seat at the table will still be here when you get back. Hang in there!

                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                    As weezie said, we're saving a spot for you. I hope that things get better soon. Rest well.

                                                                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                      And we miss you too, foodie. I hope you ride this though smoothly and easily.

                                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                        Feel better, and come back to us!

                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                          I wondered what happened to you! Hope things work out and will keep a white light around you and your family.

                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                            Hang in there, foodie. The candle's in the window for you for when you return. :-)

                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                              hope things turn around for you quick, foodie!

                                                                                            2. We are getting bombarded with about another 10" of snow, so are hunkering down, staying in and making the best of things. The bigger little one and I are making valentine's cookies today using a citrus sugar cookie recipe. some will be stained glass cookies with hearts cut out. some will be decorated with red icing.

                                                                                              Might make some pizzas with TJ's wheat pizza dough for lunch.

                                                                                              WFD may be chicken enchiladas with black beans and baby spinach. possibly made into a layered casserole if i'm feeling lazy by then.

                                                                                              1. The plan was sole baked in tomato feta sauce, but the fish must have suffered the wrath of air as they were quite freezer burned. It was vacuum sealed frozen so I assume that there was a tiny hole. Fortunately, it's from TJs so no loss and I wasn't really in the mood for fish anyway. Instead, flank steak is on the menu. I might attempt to stuff it, though I gave up on stuffed meats many months ago. If so, spinach and mushrooms. If not, it will be served with spinach and mushrooms.

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                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                  Stuff it! You'll love it!

                                                                                                  I'm home on a snow day too so I'm thinking of getting some pizza dough started for this weekend. I'm really in the mood for baking but I've got a ton of baked goods in the freezer, so I think the bread dough will have to do.

                                                                                                  Speaking of the freezer, I need to do a dive to see what I can find for lunch and dinner. I have two gorgeous bulbs of fennel in the fridge, so perhaps I'll roast those up with some sausages tonight...

                                                                                                  1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                    I'm hoping I can handle butterflying it, because it's a thin cut I don't see that going well :) Roasted fennel and sausage, sounds great! I love fresh fennel haven't had it in a while, thanks for the reminder.

                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                      How about just rolling it? If it's already thin, even easier.

                                                                                                      I've made a Martha recipe with flank that I loved: cut into smallish pieces, pound thin, then wrap around slices of red bell pepper and green onion. Secure with toothpicks. You can either marinate the meat or brush before cooking with a vaguely Asian-y sauce. Grill (or grill pan) until charred on the outside.

                                                                                                      They are simple but mighty tasty.

                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                        Thanks. I just realized it's valentines day tomorrow, I'm thinking I might roll and eat it tomorrow

                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                        The fennel came out SPECTACULARLY well tonight - I cut it and a red onion into thick wedges, tossed them with some bacon grease and s&p and put them on a sheet pan. I poured in about a cup of dry rose and a half cup of chicken broth and put them in a 350 oven for an hour - the liquid helped tenderize them before it evaporated, and then they got nice and brown/crisp on the edges. We snarfed down ALL of it (two huge bulbs plus a medium onion). I might have to stop at the market tomorrow to see if they still have these nice big bulbs because they were delicious!

                                                                                                        1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                          Just cut and pasted your method for future consumption, biondanonima. I tend to eat fennel raw in salads and such, forgetting about its roastability. Thanks!

                                                                                                      3. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                        Steak was great. I'm not always a huge fan of flank steak and think I prefer it stuffed vs just seared as is. I stuffed it with basil, sun dried tomatoes, feta and spinach. Very tasty.

                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                          Yum, sounds like a great combo! DH hates ALL of those things so I will have to copy you some weekend when he's not around!

                                                                                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                            Now that you mention you, SO would not have been happy with that combo either. I miss him but nice to eat what I want all the time.

                                                                                                      4. Brrr chill from CNY. We're also expecting some snow, but not nearly as bad as other parts are getting. 1-3 inches today, 3-6 over night.

                                                                                                        Haven't posted in a while so I'll recap.

                                                                                                        Monday - pan fried salmon, leftover yellow rice with these tiny beans from a local Puerto Rican joint, sauteed spinach with garlic, onion, red pepper and parmesan cheese. Salad. Very yum.

                                                                                                        Tuesday - out to dinner for my mother's birthday.

                                                                                                        Yesterday was a dad's house day, so after we spent about an hour and a half after work cleaning up and throwing stuff away, I needed something quick and easy. I had some garlic and basil Belinksi chicken sausages in the freezer. These are fully cooked so I just sliced them and browned them up in a pan,then added some pasta sauce, boiled up some rotini, whipped up a salad and dinner was done!

                                                                                                        Stay warm and safe everyone, and to those of you in the warmer climates, you don't know all the fun you are missing (wink, wink).

                                                                                                        1. Sorry, it's not cold here in CO either. Currently 55 and partly cloudy... lovely day :)

                                                                                                          I learned last night that I shouldn't go to SO's hockey games. I decided to sit in the stands after all and some Big Fat Asshole tried to start a fight with SO (who is not a big person but can throw down if necessary), so I started yelling at the fat guy from the stands. Then SO got put in the penalty box cause the ref didn't see BFA trying to start something, only saw SO retaliating. BS. Anyway, after yelling I realized the little boy in the next group of seats might be BFA's kid. SO told me later that it wasn't, but I still felt bad for yelling "naughty" words with a kid nearby. Had dinner after, my yummy "honey turkey bavarian" sandwich that I always get at that bar... turkey sandwich with swiss and bacon and honey mustard on a pretzel bun.

                                                                                                          Tonight we head down to the big hockey arena to watch the movie Miracle on the jumbotron. They are raising season ticket prices for next season so I think they're trying to woo all of us to keep our tickets. There'll be free concession food so you bet I'll be taking advantage of that. $9 pizza slices for free? You betcha.

                                                                                                          On a side note, excited that men's Olympic hockey has started! USA had a great first game and so did Canada.

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                                                                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                            I must admit "BFA's kid" cracked me up more than the initial introduction of the BFA. Better luck tonight.

                                                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                              :):):) You just gave me my first good belly laugh of the day Julie. Love your *enthusiasm*!!!!!! Sounds like *good times* to me!

                                                                                                            2. The fiancé came home with a 30 lb box of turkey wings last night and after food savering all but a few this afternoon, those few went into the oven to roast basically seasoned with seasoned salt, pepper, onion powder, no salt seasoning blend and sage.

                                                                                                              I pulled a container of stuffing leftover from Thanksgiving from the freezer yesterday, intending to use it to stuff chicken breasts for today so that will be warmed up to go with the wings. A gravy will be made; broccoli will be roasted and I think this dinner calls for mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                              The good news; snow & sleet got washed away in the rains that followed..the bad news, it's a mud pit outside.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                Now, that's one box of wings that my husband hasn't come home with! He came home with a 40# box of chicken wings just before the Super Bow..

                                                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                  Now that is something I wish I could get in big bulk reasonably...

                                                                                                              2. A day's respite from the two four letter words blighting the UK - rain and wind. More tomorrow (sigh!). Tonight, butternut ravioli in a quick sauce of garlic, lemon rind, parsley and mascarpone, followed by apples baked with raisins and syrup.

                                                                                                                1. Oops, I just in the old thread by accident. Here's a repost:

                                                                                                                  I was so tired from my Olympics all-nighter yesterday that I didn't have more than a frozen pizza in me. Tonight I'm going to do much better. The rest of my boneless pork shoulder is becoming a pot of wonderful, slow-cooked green chili, with hot green chiles, roasted tomatillos, cilantro, onion, garlic and perhaps a hit of ground cumin ('cause I like it that way). Rice and pintos on the side, as well as some nice, fluffy, flour tortillas.

                                                                                                                  Not sure what's for dinner tomorrow. I'm working late, so the BF is making me dinner and has also promised a nice bottle of wine. We'll eat quickly so we can make the 11pm showing of some movie we've never heard of at our local B-movie theatre.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                    That is my kind of chile; sounds great!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                      It turned out perfect -- one of my best green chilis for sure. And I have roasted tomatillos left over for the freezer (and future chilis)!

                                                                                                                      1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                        Hmmm, I'm going to copy that chili this weekend as there is a boneless pork shoulder stashed in my freezer. Good idea to roast extra tomatillos for future use!

                                                                                                                    2. DEAL.

                                                                                                                      That's my four-letter mantra as I look out the window at yet another foot of global warming.

                                                                                                                      Lunch on this snow day was corned beef on rye topped with quality Swiss. A little Gulden's mustard on top of the melted cheese for spice.

                                                                                                                      Supper will be leftover chicken and rice. This is a hearty meal up to the task of spitting in the eye of Old Man Winter. Beer and wine will be available. I'm in the mood for some classic film noir tonight. We'll see.

                                                                                                                      1. I thought that all of you Halal Cart Chicken aficionados would find this article to be instructive.


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                                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                          I love that he drives a Baja bug in the snow!

                                                                                                                          those all looked really good.... dammit I may have to make this again. rice and all.

                                                                                                                        2. We went from snow to ice pellets to rain with more snow expected tonight. On the plus side a mystery neighbor seems to have shoveled my front walk all the way to my car! Having spent my formative driving years in Florida I try not to drive in snow and ice...the world doesn't need another fool on the road.

                                                                                                                          Dinner tonight will be a pot pie using the poached chicken from earlier in the week. Onion, celery, roasted carrots, parsley and some sort of re-hydrated dried mushroom covered with a cream chicken sauce. Probably some frozen corn and edamame will make it's way into the mix.

                                                                                                                          Tomorrow is supposed to be clear during the day. A little sunshine would be nice!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                            Wow, what a nice neighbor!! The pot pie sounds like a perfect snow day dinner.

                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                              This is the first time I've lived in a neighborhood like this since I was a kid. Perfect balance of privacy and helpfulness.

                                                                                                                              I'm trying to figure out who it was so I can deliver a yummy thank you!

                                                                                                                          2. Got let out of work around 2:00 p.m. - later than we should have been let out, as it was right in the midst of a snowburst, so driving home was great fun. NOT. And then the spoke road for my townhouse hadn't yet been plowed when I got home, although everyone else had been been. Whassupwitdat? But the car got through the 5-6" of snow and into the garage.

                                                                                                                            I started to shovel, and the mini plow came down our spoke road and cleared the road. He also stopped at the end of my driveway and apologized profusely - he somehow forgot about us while plowing out everyone else and only realized it when he saw my tire tracks. But when he finished with our little spoke, he turned the little mini plow at my driveway and pulled all of the snow out. So a 45 min. shoveling job ended up being only 5-10 minutes. :-) And my driveway was the only one he plowed out. Yay me! LOL

                                                                                                                            Anyway, I'm in the midst of trying to make some more Mom Freezer Meals (tm) before I head up there on Monday to take her shopping, so even though I had pasta last night, I'm having it again tonight. Baked Mac & Ham & Cheese.

                                                                                                                            Yup - there's wine.

                                                                                                                            Baked Macaroni & Cheese With Ham

                                                                                                                            2 Tbsp butter or margarine
                                                                                                                            1/4 cup unsifted flour
                                                                                                                            1 tsp salt
                                                                                                                            1 tsp dry mustard -- up to 2 tsp.
                                                                                                                            1/4 tsp white pepper -- more to taste
                                                                                                                            2 cups milk
                                                                                                                            2 1/4 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese -- divided
                                                                                                                            1/2 lb ham center slice, cooked -- sliced 1" thick ***
                                                                                                                            8 oz elbow macaroni
                                                                                                                            1/4 cup bread crumbs -- I use Panko crumbs
                                                                                                                            2 Tbsp Lipton's Savory Herb & Garlic dry soup mix

                                                                                                                            Cook elbow macaroni for 6 minutes in boiling water. Drain in colander. Cut ham slice into 1/2" cubes and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°.

                                                                                                                            In 2-qt. saucepan, melt margarine over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and mustard until smooth. Slowly add milk in 1/4-1/3 cup increments, stirring constantly, until flour mixture and milk are well blended. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Turn heat to low. Add 2 cups of the grated cheese, stirring constantly until all cheese is melted.

                                                                                                                            Turn elbow macaroni into 2 qt. greased casserole dish. Mix in ham cubes, then pour cheese sauce over top of all, making sure sauce is mixed in well throughout. In a separate bowl, mix Panko crumbs and dry soup mix; sprinkle over top of macaroni & cheese, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup grated cheese.

                                                                                                                            Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until top is bubbly. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

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                                                                                                                            NOTES : *** Ask for a 1" slice of Virginia baked ham from the deli counter...they'll look at you weird, but it's better than buying the packaged ham steak.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                              Mac & cheese with ham is perfect.

                                                                                                                              It's a Jersey thing.

                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                  Oy, that sounds sooooo good. With DH on his gluten-elimination test, I've had to forgo pasta for the last few weeks. I didn't realize how much I really enjoy pasta! And mac and cheese is simply one of my favourite things. Damn.

                                                                                                                                2. I chose to get snowed in with the (delicious) David Lebovitz peanut sauce from this cold salad: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/01/... Yesterday I had it on cellophane noodles & steamed broccoli, today I had it on pan seared tofu and wilted arugula. I could happily eat it with a spoon.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: THewat

                                                                                                                                    This looks good - the tea is an interesting addition and one I've not seen in other peanut sauce recipes. I'll have to give it a go!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                      i concur, and like the Szechuan peppercorns in there too. going to have to try this....

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                        Me too - it looks really interesting.

                                                                                                                                    2. Hmm I might be a bit late to this post - but tonight we had eggplant parmesan. I somewhat followed Mario Batali's deconstructed version, but I peeled stripes on the eggplant (easier to chew for an almost 2 yr old with not many teeth), and breaded it before roasting in the oven. Then followed the rest of the recipe except for adding bread crumbs since the eggplant was already breaded. No snow coming down here yet (Mtl) but it's definitely frosty at -16C...

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: rakeypakey

                                                                                                                                        Never too late to share your tasty food making, rakeyp!. Welcome to WFD.

                                                                                                                                        THewat, another I am copying and pasting. Most peanut sauce recipes are too sweet for my tastes. This one looks great, and I'm loving the idea of black tea in there. Would be great the ways you describe it too!

                                                                                                                                      2. Yesterday was our 1 year americannivsersary so I cooked rib eyes with chimmichuri (why haven't I made this before, it was so easy and delicious!) with griddled courgettes and a green bean, rocket and spinach salad. Little chocolate and almond cakes with raspberries and creme fraiche for dessert.

                                                                                                                                        Snow day today so I made chicken stock then used it to make Ottolenghi ricotta and oregano meatballs (pork not beef) to have with spaghetti, Just the thing on a cold snowy night.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                          lovely dinner, helen, and happymurricanversary! i still love how y'all bring the "courgettes" and the "rocket" to the table.

                                                                                                                                          as for chimichurri - i KNOW!!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                            I made chicken stock, too, yesterday, hehe. Happy anniversary---I'm glad you're here!!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChristinaMason

                                                                                                                                              Me too! Well it's still in the crock smelling up the house. Soup tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                          2. I am feeling fortunate that the latest storm didn't hit Ontario. But it's still damn cold and I'm sick of it. So dinner tonight was takeout pho from one of our local Viet spots. It's conveniently located next to the one Asian grocery store in my area, so I placed my order and wandered over to the store. Picked up a green curry paste and some coconut milk to make green curry chicken tomorrow night.

                                                                                                                                            Damn, I'm missing pasta and bread.

                                                                                                                                            1. Snow day + early V-day on account of travel tomorrow = fried chicken dinner. Chix, rice & gravy, string beans with Benton's bacon pot likker & squash casserole. No biscuit, regrettably.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: rjbh20

                                                                                                                                                  Wow that looks great! Do you use frozen squash for the casserole? I can find zucchini but not fresh yellow squash in my area this time of year.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                    The squash was fresh and it was all delicious!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                      Fresh yellow squash from the supermarket on the way to get fuel for the snowblower. In remarkably good shape considering it probably spent awhile in transit.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Lots of snow here today....again. Pepperoni chicken for dinner with roasted potatoes. Always popular in this house.

                                                                                                                                                        There was talk on another thread about steak for Valentine's day and I suggested grilling flank steak. Now I'm in the mood for that but it doesn't look like that will happen any time soon!

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: valerie

                                                                                                                                                          ai ai ai! that patio! hope you can dig yourselves out enough to enjoy your VDay.

                                                                                                                                                        2. The BF is still a bit under the weather and so was asleep when i got home, and hadn't cooked. as it happened, i had leftovers from the attorney lunch for him, which was going to be his midnight (pretty hefty) snack, but will now be his proper dinner, when he wakes up. Me, as it also happened, i walked through my very local FM on my way home and picked up 4505 Meats' merguez snausages, and a package of short ribs that were too expensive to even mention in front of the BF, but i'm trusting they'll be excellent.

                                                                                                                                                          so, dinner was merguez and egg, a blood orange, and a glass of vino tinto... well-nigh a perfect meal....

                                                                                                                                                          the short ribs are going to be treated to a port wine reduction, ala gini, come Sunday....

                                                                                                                                                          and now, off to the Oldster's. he had another spill, but did not hurt himself terribly. i'm afraid we have just more of those to look forward to tho..... ack.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                            Sorry about your dad. I hope he's okay.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                              thanks hon. he's ok. just hoping to avoid the next time.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                              Short ribs in port wine for all! I hope your dad feels better.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                thanks gini!

                                                                                                                                                                all set for tomorrow, and my sister made fresh pasta, so that's what i'm serving with it.

                                                                                                                                                            3. Tonight I am having Cheesy Baked Potato Topped with Ground Beef Sauce and on the side, there will be a Caesar Salad with homemade croutons. Just sitting here waiting for the potatoes to bake... Trying to be patient....


                                                                                                                                                              1. Bistro night ! I love bistro nights! Panini! Mmmm.....

                                                                                                                                                                I marinated chicken breast with an ottolenghi marinade (really into his recipes this week) in lemon juice, olive oil, cinnamon.... Very Mediterranean spices....all day in the fridge...

                                                                                                                                                                Sliced the breast thin and sautéed. The panini was -chicken breast, roasted red pepper and melty white cheese. In the grill, very sour dough bread, very nice.

                                                                                                                                                                Side salad was leftover spiced lentils and rice with artichoke heart and sun dried tomato.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Feeling a little crappy tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                  Luckily I baked some beautifully crusty baguettes, so WFD: half a baguette, a knob of butter, sea salt. A little bit of cheese and some balsamic on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                  Stressing about tomorrow. The bf and I don't want to brave the crowds, but I hadn't given a thought as to what to make until just now. He's not normally into V Day but is all about it this year suddenly.

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm thinking steak, haricots verts, and his only request: homemade rolls stuffed with cheese and bacon. Some other side probably needed, but no idea what.

                                                                                                                                                                  Dessert... no idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                    Strangely, my bf is the opposite this year. H e is usually all into it but this year he just made some dinner requests and asked to skip the cards, gifts and bubbles. The honeymoon is over. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                      Aww... How did it end up going?

                                                                                                                                                                      I made BLSL chicken breasts (he HATES BONES in food, can't even deal) seasoned with garlic and thyme. Simple roasted Yukon Gold potatoes. Braised green beans with tomatoes. And of course the homemade rolls filled with cheese and bacon. Made a salad but forgot to put it out.

                                                                                                                                                                      He scarfed down the meal, then set his eyes on the bread basket. Ate 3 rolls back-to-back, savoring every bite. He's obsessed with those things.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                        My dad hates bones too! Don't think the salad was missed. Do you think the cooked beans would freeze well? I hate frozen raw beans but perhaps cooked fare better.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                          Salad was definitely not missed!

                                                                                                                                                                          I have no idea about the beans. I've never tried freezing them. I don't like frozen raw beans either.

                                                                                                                                                                          I imagine the sauce surrounding them will help.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                          The little booger surprised me with fixin's for a surf and turf dinner for tonight. Now let's just hope he comes thru. sometimes he falls asleep watching tv and in that case it will be bologna sandwiches and crab tomorrow. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                            Aww. that's so sweet. Hope it was tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                            I got married when I was 21, and for our first V Day, he wanted lobster and filet. So we went and picked out a live one, and he left me alone with the lobster while he went to pick up my gifts. I was a vegan then, and felt so bad for the little guy. My dogs were still puppies and I ended up with all of them in the kitchen with a doggie gate up, running around. It was adorable watching the pups trying to play with the lobster.

                                                                                                                                                                            Hubby came home an hour later to this scene and went "WTF?!" He picked the lobster up, rinsed him off, and chucked him into the boiling pot of water.

                                                                                                                                                                            Intro to housewifery.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                              Great story! I have been pondering lobster for my birthday this week and my mom warned "keep the cat away from them" ...duh!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                That is too funny. I haven't had the heart to dispatch of a live lobster yet. Notice I said yet. Now if I do it, I will be tempted to freak the cats out with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                  I haven't either, SO usually does it. I might have to go with my second plan - cioppino.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                    The lobster had rubber bands on his claws luckily. And my (now huge) puppy was still in her first few months of life. She was soooo tiny and playful. I can still picture her just jumping around the lobster in circles, tail wagging, tongue hanging out. "Let's play, let's play, let's play!"

                                                                                                                                                                                    My other dog was full grown, but she's teacup sized, so they all were about evenly matched.

                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva--I hear it's kindest to freeze the lobster before sticking it into the pot. Supposedly they don't feel a thing (who knows).

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: meatn3


                                                                                                                                                                                        The big girl was just the cutest thing in the world when we got her. Only 6 weeks old and just happy as a clam. She's still the happiest dog you'll ever meet, especially at feeding time. Her entire backside shakes so wildly as her tail wags; she's been known to knock over furniture and break things with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry for the shameless photos. I love reminiscing about puppies!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                        I knew the lobster had rubber bands. I didn't think anything else. They are both precious.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                I don't eat bacon anymore (long traumatic story) so I do half with bacon/cheese, half with cheese/herbs. They only require a 10 minute rest, no rise time, 16 minutes in the oven. Back when we ate together every night, he requested these almost every day.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. It's Valentine's day here. This year I've been hopeless and haven't bothered to cook something special.

                                                                                                                                                                              We're starting with bresaola topped with parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                              Soup is the main, (I'm not in the mood for a heavy meal) it's a pea and zucchini soup from a River Cafe book. The photo in the book shows an iridescent green concoction that looks perfect for a summer meal.

                                                                                                                                                                              I hope all you northern hemisphere folk are staying as warm and dry as possible. With storms in the US and floods in Britain it sounds like one crazy winter you're experiencing.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ground Hog Day the movie is live here. It's snowing and a man just plowed the driveway. Same as yesterday and a few days before that. More snow coming. Last night WFD was some TJ bounty- red potatoes and fennel roasted with chicken sausage. I forgot to buy my favorite chocolate chip granola bars so my snow day project is to try to make a similar bar. Tonight is chili and cornbread. The wine situation is good. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                  The "more snow is coming" part made me cry. Yup, another 7" expected in my area on Saturday night into Sunday. Glad the wine situation is good. I'll have to make sure I stock up tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                    When I read about the weather back east I am just worried about all of the Chowhounds back there being snowed in, with zero electricity and possibly hungry and unable to cook:( Chin up LW *You can do it Rocky*!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MamasCooking

                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, based on the most recent reports (upgraded to blizzard for certain areas), the Cape is going to get hit hardest this go-round (they got mostly rain yesterday). A foot or more for them. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                2. The Asian-Style meatloaf was dinner last night and it was a huge success. Thank Goodness! The mix consisted of: 1 lb grnd lamb & 1/2 lb grnd pork, Panko, garlic, scallions, ginger, cilantro, chili garlic sauce, egg, white pepper, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, bourbon. Glaze was: ketchup, Sriracha, Worcestershire. Baked covered at 375F for 45 min then uncovered and baked another 15 min. The result was a dense but tender loaf that held together perfectly, spicy and full of flavor. Very little to no fat w/o spillage. Simply delicious. Stir-fried kale was the side along with the almost obligatory steamed jasmine rice. There's plenty left for banh mi sandwiches on Saturday night.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Given a choice for tonight's dinner of pork tenderloin or hearty soup G chose the soup. So I'll throw together cannellini, spicy sausages, collard greens, in a soffritto and chicken broth. With slices of garlic bread and a tossed salad it will be fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                      That meatloaf sounds delicious, Gio!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Snow and ice but now the sun is shining and my office is open.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Last night's dinner was herb focaccia, BLSL chicken thighs in an herb marinade with garlic and diced preserved lemons, and corn (from the freezer as produce bins are empty). We didn't shop before the storm due to amassed food stores so it felt good to use things up.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Lentil soup from Wednesday night is for lunch. I'm on a kick to finish up the jar of preserved lemons so I've added that to the soup which really kicks up the flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight, pizza with the last of the freezer dough. Guess I'll be making more of that this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have been going easy on the stocking up too. I'm so ready for spring. Costco membership plus a chest freezer means I'm good as long as the electricity stays on.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a gas stove so I can do some cooking even if the power goes out.
                                                                                                                                                                                          So the kirkland bacon comes four packages bundled together and I just used up package two. I had a lot of eggs because Costco bundles them also and I wanted to try the immaculate brand of refrigerated biscuits from the new wegmans. Also had organic potatoes from wegmans and a big bag of peppers from produce junction.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I browned some potato squares in the fat from the bacon I fried up and added in some pepper chunks and then finished them in the oven after the biscuits came out.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I made a couple of cheese omlettes and then assembled bacon egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches with a side of home fries. The home fries got devoured and half of the sandwiches so I have leftovers for tomorrow morning and if need be I can gently warm the sandwiches in a fry pan.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Nibbling on some Christmas Crack, the peppermint chocolate bark from Costco that I had stashed since November. It was time to bust that out. It is a good thing that my friend made me a canister of green smoothie from organic spring mix and some leftover blackberries that were looking a little tired. Oh and lemon water to sip on later.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                                                            I envy those of you with gas stoves.

                                                                                                                                                                                            And those bacon, egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches sound great! I'll have to try and remember "Immaculate" brand of Wegman's refrigerated biscuits next time I go there.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The storm was pretty pathetic in Boston proper yesterday - we had a bit of snow in the morning and then it turned to rain. Roads were slushy, but not too icy. We ended up with chili topped with scallions and sour cream last night.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight, I'm grilling up duck breasts to serve over an herbaceous, lemony risotto. There will potentially be some sort of vegetable as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Chocolate souflees for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. gonna try to wrangle a casserole out of leftover ham and my disaster of a creamed spinach - hopefully some eggs+cheese and a bake in the oven will help it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                            and some maple/ginger ice cream I made last night that should be nice and firm now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. My valentine informed me that tonight's dinner will be an old Friday favorite grass fed flat iron steak with anchovy butter and sauteed mushrooms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Because of nasty road conditions, we ended up moving last night's Sichuan jour fixe from our usual downtown joint to the hot pot place that was easier to get to. Perfect weather for hot pot, anyway. 3 of us got the spicy broth (Sichuan-style, ma la), my man got the tom yum which was also very nice -- heavy on the citrus, which I dig. The goodies to be cooked were lamb, chicken, tilapia, shrimp dumplings, veggie combo & shanghai bok choy and udon noodles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Stuffed, we went home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is looking like cheeborger club at the local bar where 3/4 of my band plays every Friday night -- no extra-speshul meal for us, as we don't give two shits about Valentine's Day :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                But then we're also expecting yet another snow storm after yesterday's 8-10 inch extravaganza.... supposta start at 4 PM. Might be a great excuse to be lazy and skip k-boxing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                  same here - EVERY day is VDay for me and my baby!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (ok, ok, the groaning may commence.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    As corny as that sounds, I totally agree! Plus, who needs an excuse to make an awesome meal?!!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I ended up getting tied up on the phone last night so scratched the pot pie. Ended up with an asparagus and Jarlsburg omelet with roasted tomatoes on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight is going be spent in flannel jammies with a House of Cards binge! Wine, cheese, charcuterie and a variety of homemade pickled goodies. My first venture into pickled watermelon rind has been delicious with brie and good bread. Looking forward to tweaking the recipe this summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy Valentines Day and hoping everyone has a lovely evening!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had to google pickled watermelon rind, it's not something you come across in New Zealand. Watermelon are dirt cheap here at the moment so I might have to give it a go.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is there a recipe you recommend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pickled watermelon rind is a tradition in the U.S. South. You put it up in the summer and it is ready by Christmas and often served with a Christmas ham. It was a staple for old fashioned relish dishes too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was 12 hours from home over the summer (caring for aging parents) and didn't have my arsenal of cookbooks at my disposal. So I went with the following link. I used a lesser quality of cinnamon since that was all I had access to. Next batch I'll use better stuff and decrease the cloves. I appreciate what cloves add to the symphony but don't care for them to be as front and center as they ended up. Star anise might be a nice substitute. I will probably up the citrus amount since I loved the pickled bits quite a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The rind has a wonderful texture. This sort of pickle works well with fatty things like cheese, ham and charcuterie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do be vigilant removing all of the melon. It doesn't hold up well in the pickle. The recipe was easy and most of the time invested is not active.


                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Report back when it's ready in July!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't wait for binge-watching House of Cards!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Me too. I think a home made vegetarian pizza and I might splurge and drink a cola with it and start Season 2 of House Of Cards:)My b/f is working a 12 hour night shift nursing shift so we exchanged Valentine cards yesterday.That is all I will accept.Not to sound smugly altruistic but I prefer he gives a donation to the homeless shelter and vice versa instead of gifting me.We both have money, security,homes and nice things so a card only on all holidays lest he get on my *bad side* then no more freebie meals:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I do traditional steakhouse stuff for Valentine's Day. Tonight will be roasted prime rib, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes chantilly, and Caesar salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. We don't really do Hallmark holidays and the man will probably have the opportunity to work late tonight which is fine by me since I have about 5 years worth of work to do (really... not an exaggeration- I figured that with just the inventory that has been counted I could list 25 items a day, EVERY day and not run out of merchandise for over 5 years!) The skies are blue and the windows are open- it's a good weekend for me to take lots of pictures and get a lot of work done so food will have to be easy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So..... there are more chicken thighs in the fridge to be cooked- if there is still fennel I might go crispy braised chicken thighs with preserved lemon, fennel and olives a la Keller's Ad Hoc. A london broil was thrown in marinade this morning for tomorrow night at the earliest and a whole chicken that needs to be Zuni-fied at some point today for possibly Sunday, maybe Monday. I am considering making the man some kind of special dessert, though- maybe a blood orange cheesecake with the last couple of them. He's had a hell of a work week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also picked a napa cabbage that had kind of gotten away from me in the garden. After having a bucket's worth of outer leaves removed and being cleaned it is still larger than a bowling ball and weighs 9 pounds 3.2 oz!!!!! I forgot to buy ginger at the store so it may get turned into sauerkraut and I'll kimchi the next one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like some good eats this weekend. And seriously? Nine plus pounds of cabbage, wow. Sauerkraut is a great idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It takes up almost a whole side of the sink!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot bacon slaw.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Add bacon at time of serving. Reserve leftovers of slaw for reheating as well as bacon seperate for the next day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Then microwave and add bacon at end.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/4 pound Bacon, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 Tablespoons Sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 Tablespoons Cider vinegar (or more to taste)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                4 cups Cabbage, shredded finely, via knife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/2 medium Onion, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Salt and pepper to taste

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shred, chop and dice ingredients
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brown the bacon in a large, heavy skillet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Remove bacon and cool. Then chop.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whisk in the sugar and vinegar into remaining hot bacon fat or a mix of drained fat and olive oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stir in the cabbage and onions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cover and reduce the heat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Simmer until the cabbage is tender (about 20 minutes).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Add a small portion of bacon back into mixture and sprinkle bacon of top as garnish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Serve warm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I serve with sauerbraten and I also do a green and black olive pasta with feta and romano with olive oil, garlic and butter where the slaw cuts the fat magnificently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for taking the time to type that up. Unfortunately, I don't love bacon and I don't add sugar to anything (I eat low carb so no serving it with pasta, either.) I've had bacon recently and won't want it again for a while- the cabbage will be long gone by then. I'm sure other hounds will love the suggestion, though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The inner leaves of Napa are sweet, tender, and delicious. I slice them Very thinly for a salad. Other vegetables can be included at will. It's also great with shredded cooked chicken, The salad is dressed with a vinaigrette that "seems" Asian: red wine vinegar, soy sauce, dark sesame oil, hoisin, grated ginger, honey, garlic chili sauce. Made it tonight in fact w just Napa & scallions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I cooked the chicken and decided I'm not in the mood for chicken so I made a meatloaf, too. Green beans and carrots on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll have the chicken for lunch tomorrow. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Supper tonight will be in the dining room. Good china, good crystal, good silver will make an appearance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              First course is a lobster bisque. Deb started the process over the weekend per Jasper White's (and Escoffier's) instructions. I'll boil up a whole lobster for the claw meat to give depth to this decadent dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Main course is Steak Diane. Simple, classic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wine is a decent champagne (brut rosé) followed by a California Pinot Noir.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheese and Port for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Billie Holiday will be on the box. There may be some dancing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You two are very good to each other. :-) Enjoy your lovely meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love your seasonal avatars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    if you're gonna do it, this is the way it should be done.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ♥ ♥ ♥

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Well DF is not getting home until probably around 8 p.m so no going out or cooking for me tonight. He's getting leftover chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The husband and son are on their way to Baltimore for a tournament scheduled on Valentine's Day weekend by those heartless bureaucrats at US Squash. My parting with my sweetie included a lovely box of chocolates, and last night's fried chicken dinner was our family celebration. Frankly, I am at a loss as to what to make for dinner tonight! The freezer is full with all manner of "inventory," as rjbh20 likes to call it, so it's just a matter of figuring out what appeals. Decisions, decisions!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I might have to borrow that term "inventory." I love it. Hope you're not too lonely tonight, I was quite jealous of that chicken dinner. Best I get around here is Popeye's. I'll wave to rjbh20 and son from Baltimore :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I've picked up some local-ish chincoteague oysters to have with a shallot vinaigrette (the nice man in WFM winked and tossed in a few extra oysters whilst wishing me Happy Valentines!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Olive-oil poached cod with mashed potatoes and spinach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Followed by passionfruit souffles (I finally found some passion fruits - wow, they are expensive here!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some french fizz that's not champagne (and therefore cheaper) but came highly recommended by the lovely french man in my local liquor store - maybe the first one'll be mixed with blood orange juice and a dash of Grand Marnier or something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cremants (methode champenoise bubbly made outside of the Champagne region) are THE best value in bubbly. I am constantly stocked with them and they are literally my everyday wine. I'm drinking a lovely Cremant d'Alsace as I type. :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've just got the bottle out of the fridge to check, it's Cremant de Bourgogne. I can't wait, I'm going to pop the cork the second my valentine walks through the door!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ooh, a surprise box of macarons to eat post soufflés! There are heart shaped fig ones, plus raspberry and rose.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: helen_m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fig macarons?!? Yum!!!!! What a sweet gift;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tonight's dinner is Thai green curry chicken with green beans and sweet red peppers served over sticky rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I must admit that I cheat and use a packaged spice mix, as they are super convenient to have in the pantry to pull out any time. I really like this brand, as the ingredients are totally legit with no weirdness. The green curry spice paste ingredient list:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Fresh green chillies, lemongrass, garlic, shallot, salt, galangal, fish sauce, basil leaves, white pepper, shrimp paste, kaffir lime peel, cumin, coriander."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      greyelf, if you're reading along this is the brand that I was telling you about re: beef rendang. I included a photo below for your reference. The company is "Asian Home Gourmet" (I got the name wrong before).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is one of DH's favorite dishes, so even though we don't celebrate the big V (we celebrate on our own terms -- flowers and gifts whenever we feel like it, dammit!), he is very, very happy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and "dessert" is a big bowl of popcorn with butter, soy sauce, sriracha and garlic powder. :o)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Can you elaborate on this? I make stove-top popcorn *all* the time (a little too often), but I generally stick to salt or other dry seasonings for fear of the popcorn gettin' all soggy on me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How do you avoid this with adding three liquids? Because it sounds freakin' delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I often use Maggi on popcorn, spritz it with a handy dandy sprayer bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just melt some butter in the microwave then add some soy sauce and sriracha and stir to blend. Add a bit of garlic powder and stir again. I use a teaspoon to drizzle the butter mixture over the popcorn, tossing well between drizzles. Some of the pieces definitely get a little on the soggy side, but they are soggy with butter, soy and sriracha! And only a part of the kernel gets soggy, the rest stays crunchy, so there's rarely such a thing as a wholly soggy piece. And really, I actually like the soaked pieces the best because they are loaded with all the good stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yum to dinner and dessert. I just had green curry and it is one of my favorite meals. It is way up there on my yum list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, Jo, I was wondering if it was that brand. I can also recommend their Indonesian vegetable curry (sayur lodeh) if you can find it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Is it awful that the most exciting thing happening at our house tonight is two or three episodes of House of Cards? We practically high-fived when we saw it was available starting tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I made a batch of chile verde yesterday to surprise my husband for Valentines. It's one of his favorites and will be much easier to prep and serve tonight than the duck two ways I'm sure he'd prefer, or the veal chop I've been craving.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He didn't seem particularly surprised by the stew when he saw it, so I'm betting the other two meals are in our near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I chilled some bubbly and picked up three delicious looking tartlets from a favorite local bakery, just so there's some element of surprise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last year I think I did a seafood pasta extravaganza and the year before that it was probably steaks in front of the fireplace, a la picnic-style. This year, ain't nobody got time for that. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I may set the table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know a lot of people who had House of Cards on the agenda last night - including us!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  < This year, ain't nobody got time for that. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I may set the table.>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Giggle. Sounds like you did just fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I said this down thread but here's a proper thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    'Thanks to somebody on this board we decided to look into House of Cards and are now just catching up season one- got a free month on Netflix.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks whoever you are.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope you're enjoying it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's funny, that show seems to be getting a lot of love on this thread.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We've only gotten through 1 1/2 episodes of the second season so far(thank you non-sleeping baby), but DAMN that was a good first episode to take us back! No spoilers here, I promise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We binge watched all 13 episodes on Friday and Saturday night (she says sheepishly as though she has no reason to go outside). It's perfect snow storm fodder. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gini

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I get cross eyed after 3 episodes so I take it 2 at a time. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Happy Valentine's Day to all that participate. Happy Friday to those of you who do not.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonights dinner was by request. He really let me off the hook.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pesto chicken breast with aged provolone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roasted asparagus with blender hollandaise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roasted rosemary red potatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and I threw in a half pound of U12 pink shrimp with cocktail sauce for good measure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here is where it took a weird turn. We agreed to no gifts but he came strolling in with a huge bouquet of lilies, some colossal crab legs and two porterhouse steaks professing that he was making me VDay dinner tomorrow. I have to say I am down with that even if I will be eating the steak for leftovers considering how big the steak and crab legs are. I can manage that. This is a first time that he has cooked a holiday meal for me so this will be quite the treat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds super-delicious. And whatta guy, suzi!! Great surprise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was floored. Jewelry is nice but surf and turf, now that I can get behind. I would have been upset if he bought me a gift when we agreed not to... but food is a different story. A girls gotta eat, right? Might as well be good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree. Thankfully SO knows not to buy me jewelry or any flowers other than tulips. I am missing that part of the X chromosome. Our gifts to each other often involve food :) I hope you enjoy both tonight and tomorrow night! Tell that stomach to behave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For me it is lilies and gerbra daisies... especially pink. For him it is sports, food stuff for me. And shockingly, I have been in what my Dr calls a semi remission. My stomach better not take away surf and turf night. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It really is good. Not the forum to talk about the details but suffice it to say I have gained a few pounds and have been doing leaps and bounds better. I won't get my hopes up that this will ever go away, but manageable is okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Definitely. Any improvement is good. Hope it lasts for a very, very long time filled with happy meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not the MickeyD kind, tho '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks. I hope so, too. It is a difficult condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So glad to hear it!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We just have to hang in there through the bad times. Stomachs are fussy, and there's always ups and downs. And then ups again :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope it keeps getting better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you. I know it is just a reprieve but I will take it. I am glad we met. It is nice to have someone to commiserate with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, uh I can't invite myself over tonight but can you do a repeat tomorrow? I love the Brit, such a great surprise!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would love to do a repeat for you tomorrow. Are ya sure you want pesto chicken? The steaks and crab have me drooling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They both sound delicious, I'll have one for lunch, the other for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. My Valentine's gift was "re-purposed" kibble left at the top of the stairs by one of the cats who then tried to "cover it up" by leaving scratch marks in the rug (luckily able to be rubbed out). :::Sigh::: Gee, thanks boys. I appreciate the effort. :-/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A simple dinner tonight figured out on the drive home from work: scrambled eggs with a garlic-herb cheese added, slowly cooked so the eggs stay soft. Bacon, and toasted and buttered English muffin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          More snow on the way tomorrow night, although I'm hoping we don't get what is expected to hit the Cape. I'm really REALLY done with this white stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We all seem to have hit the "done" point. What does Charlie Brown say? "AUGH!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Changed the menu to hamburg stroganoff- bring on the sour cream calories!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, the eggs sound great. Thanks for the idea for breakfast tomorrow. Fingers crossed for the forecast. I'm over the snow as well, but the ranting from my dad about snow as if it's the devil on earth has been quite comical. He's a bit OCD, so shoveling for him is a 6 hour affair everytime a snowflake falls. No wine? Are you feeling ok?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm fine, other than the annual depression brought on by this Hallmark holiday. Plus mercury is in retrograde AND it's a full moon tonight. Triple whammy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But mostly I just don't see wine with scrambled eggs. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scrambled eggs = breakfast = mimosas! Wine problem solved. :0)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I ended up pouring a snifter of Cuarenta y Tres (Licor 43). That and some nice chocolate is my dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We couple folk feel it too. Though met by pressure to perform correctly rather than depression.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I must agree. Wine and eggs sound icky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I attempted to avoid the depression of the fact that my valentine was a feline. It's creeping in as I lay here watching "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives" but that's what sleep is for :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Same as my Valentines. But they do cuddle very well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And I'm watching American Pickers. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So true! I was talking to my mom this afternoon and she heard a "meow" and asked "why does it sound like he's talking in the phone?" Well, he was. He was literally curled up on my shoulder. He's such a great little guy although I did not appreciate him staring at me from his comfortable perch inside on the windowsill while I shoveled the car out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had a period a few weeks ago when I was*sure*mercury was in retrograde. The sort of days when you feel you should just swath yourself in bubblewrap and hope for the best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So far no craziness (knock on wood).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Give yourself a perfect day. I figure Valentines is about love in general. Not just about romantic love. So I try to celebrate with little things that make me happy. And maximize the pluses of being unpartnered. And purrs just make every thing better!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yea it's a "love myself" day just like a birthday alone. My human valentine happens to be on the other side of the planet, so the cat had first dibs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Cuarenta y Tres made me happy, as did the purrs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And the main plus of being unpartnered - I get the remote. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I get hit by the full moon too Linda. For me it's this weird restless energy. The moon did look lovely last night with the snow and all. All orangey like a lantern.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The leader of my meditation group calls the full moon energy fertilizer and warned me that the energy amplifies everything good or bad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm hitting the chocolate pretty hard. It's late but I may still make my super secret tech hot cocoa with ice cream melted in plus a big spoonful floating on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow I'm not very into lunar cycles but yesterday by about 3pm I felt like utter sh*t. Now I blame the moon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your Valentine's gift from the kitties sounds like my last birthday. Awoke (still dark) to the sound of hairballs being born. And left at several spots, some only discovered since my feet were bare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Later that morning I was having coffee on the deck and pretending the hummingbirds were a Disney birthday greeting for me. And then realized I was being pelted with ittsy bitsy rain drops even though the sky was clear as a bell. Had a few more sips of coffee...put two and two together and the hummingbirds quickly lost their charm. Who knew they lightened their load when doing battle?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From that point the day just got worse.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, glad I spent most of the day inside except for a quick trip to the gym and coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tonight the spouse is grilling up some steak. It is a friends Birthday today, so we are having a few peeps over for steak, salad...and lotsa, lotsa wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cupcakes for dessert from a "Cupcake Wars" champion winner. Should be fun :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. NYC is ALWAYS a disaster on V-day, and given all the weather drama, it was obvious this year was going to be a bust. I had asked DH what he wanted earlier in the week, but he didn't have any special requests, so I was sort of playing things by ear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, by the time I got home and we dug the car out, it was late and we were hungry, so I decided to do breakfast for dinner. Heart-shaped egg-in-a-hole for DH, fried up in bacon grease with some pork sausages on the side. I'm not a fan of runny yolks so I just did a scramble for myself. Not fancy, but DH loved it. A scotch and a Chocolove Cherry-Chili bar for dessert!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what I call an eclectic meal! Sounds good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Marcella Hazan, wherever you are, you rock! Tonight was osso buco with gremolata and risotto Milanese. TK's bouchons for dessert. I'm in a food coma. So is hubby. Life is goooood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. our non-V Day dinner: bf cooked up a chuck cross-rib steak (i don't know what the hell that is but it was good) with butter, garlic and parsley, shrooms sauteed with mustard greens, a really delish cheesy potato dish, and a green salad with his blue cheese dressing. we'll go out later tonight for drinks, pool, and public displays of every-day affection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and for those of you not paired up today/not celebrating today.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It sounds similar to a flat iron or at least same region. The comic is great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you save me any cheesy potatoes? MMM that all looks good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          'fraid not, suzigirl! i had to *walk away* from the rest of the cheezy potatoes so i would not finish them all - and the BF did the honors before the night was over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those taters look amazing. Recipe, or did you freestyle it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the BF made those - and he free-styled, for sure. i'll ask him tho. one thing i know is that the potatoes were super thin, was was really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robin: Holy olio!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Catwoman: I didn't know you could yodel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Italian food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arugula and tomato "raisin" salad that I saw on a batali COTM thread. Tossed in a soft cooked egg just cause. It didn't harmonize with the tomato, but I didn't care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Main dish of pasta e fagioli with prosciutto, onion, potato, beans and a big mess of parmesan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lots of Italian food goin' on around here! It all sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am now craving some Old Skool Sunday gravy. I just happen to have some saved in the freezer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's good fortune when things you crave are waiting in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm considering pasta alla Norma for tonight. Maybe it will play out that way. Headed off to the farmers market soon. This is exciting I wonder what i'm going to find today.