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

LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 04:56 PM

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. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 04:57 PM

    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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      fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 05:05 PM

      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.

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        Ttrockwood RE: fldhkybnva Feb 12, 2014 09:51 PM

        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!)

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          sedimental RE: Ttrockwood Feb 13, 2014 06:29 AM

          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!

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            ChristinaMason RE: sedimental Feb 13, 2014 06:38 AM

            Same, here.

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              Querencia RE: sedimental Feb 13, 2014 04:45 PM

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

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                LindaWhit RE: Querencia Feb 13, 2014 05:00 PM

                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.

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                  ChristinaMason RE: Querencia Feb 14, 2014 06:17 AM

                  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.

          2. re: LindaWhit
            linguafood RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 11:02 AM

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

          3. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 05:07 PM

            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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              LindaWhit RE: weezieduzzit Feb 12, 2014 06:08 PM

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

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                fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 06:10 PM

                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.

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                cornedhash RE: weezieduzzit Feb 13, 2014 04:30 AM

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


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                  Njchicaa RE: cornedhash Feb 13, 2014 05:04 AM

                  skin on?

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                    TorontoJo RE: cornedhash Feb 13, 2014 05:12 AM

                    I assume it's "bone in, skin on".

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                      weezieduzzit RE: TorontoJo Feb 13, 2014 08:11 AM

                      Yes, bone in, skin on.

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                        cornedhash RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 06:17 PM

                        Ohhh, thank you. That makes perfect sense now.

                2. gini RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 05:14 PM

                  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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                    MamasCooking RE: gini Feb 12, 2014 08:32 PM

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

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                      ChristinaMason RE: gini Feb 12, 2014 09:12 PM

                      Short ribs....short ribs...drooool

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                        ludmilasdaughter RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 08:50 AM

                        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!

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                          gini RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 13, 2014 10:00 AM

                          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!

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                            ludmilasdaughter RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 01:00 PM

                            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/

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                              Gio RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 01:53 PM

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

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                                LindaWhit RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 02:49 PM

                                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.

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                                  gini RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 08:33 AM

                                  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.

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                              mariacarmen RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 02:53 PM

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

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                                Frizzle RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 09:26 PM

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

                              2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 05:18 PM

                                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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                                  biondanonima RE: suzigirl Feb 12, 2014 05:25 PM

                                  I love those Maesri curry pastes. Instant delicious dinner.

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                                    suzigirl RE: biondanonima Feb 12, 2014 05:29 PM

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

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                                    headRN RE: suzigirl Feb 12, 2014 06:52 PM

                                    What is Maesri curry and where do you get it?

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                                      ChristinaMason RE: headRN Feb 12, 2014 09:14 PM

                                      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.

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                                        grayelf RE: ChristinaMason Feb 13, 2014 04:30 AM

                                        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!

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                                      JTPhilly RE: suzigirl Feb 13, 2014 06:41 AM

                                      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.

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                                        suzigirl RE: JTPhilly Feb 13, 2014 04:07 PM

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

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                                      tzurriz RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 05:23 PM

                                      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.

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                                        tastesgoodwhatisit RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 05:37 PM

                                        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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                                          suzigirl RE: tastesgoodwhatisit Feb 12, 2014 05:56 PM

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

                                        2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 06:02 PM

                                          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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                                            gini RE: Cherylptw Feb 13, 2014 07:25 AM

                                            I should make chili. Thanks for the reminder!

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                                              Cherylptw RE: gini Feb 13, 2014 12:13 PM


                                          2. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 06:14 PM

                                            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. Gio RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 06:56 PM

                                              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. mcsheridan RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 07:11 PM

                                                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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                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: mcsheridan Feb 13, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                  givemecarbs RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 07:59 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    jammy RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 08:02 PM

                                                    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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                                                      Frizzle RE: jammy Feb 13, 2014 09:28 PM

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

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                                                        linguafood RE: Frizzle Feb 14, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                        It's a bit chilly.

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                                                          jammy RE: Frizzle Feb 14, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                        autumm RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 08:38 PM

                                                        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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                                                          Berheenia RE: autumm Feb 13, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                          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. Ttrockwood RE: LindaWhit Feb 12, 2014 10:02 PM

                                                          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. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 05:04 AM

                                                            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. PHREDDY RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:01 AM

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

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                                                                LindaWhit RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 06:31 AM

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

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                                                                  PHREDDY RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:41 AM

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

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                                                                    LindaWhit RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 06:51 AM

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

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                                                                      Cherylptw RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 12:15 PM

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

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                                                                        PHREDDY RE: Cherylptw Feb 13, 2014 02:09 PM

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

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                                                                          Cherylptw RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 05:42 PM

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

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                                                                            PHREDDY RE: Cherylptw Feb 14, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                            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...

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                                                                    ludmilasdaughter RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 09:59 AM

                                                                    Snort. Reminds me of this: http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos...

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                                                                      PHREDDY RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 13, 2014 12:00 PM


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                                                                      Gio RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 01:03 PM


                                                                      The word Chort means 2 short ribs.

                                                                    3. PHREDDY RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:05 AM

                                                                      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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                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: PHREDDY Feb 13, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                        Your pic reminded me of this one...

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                                                                          LindaWhit RE: weezieduzzit Feb 13, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                          That's an angry Star Wars AT-AT Walker. :-D

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                                                                            PHREDDY RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 05:08 AM

                                                                            Oh yeah!

                                                                        2. ChristinaMason RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:41 AM

                                                                          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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                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Feb 14, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Feb 14, 2014 06:23 AM

                                                                              Oops, and the (crappy cell phone) pics:

                                                                            2. JTPhilly RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:44 AM

                                                                              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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                                                                                nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly Feb 13, 2014 12:41 PM

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

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                                                                                  JTPhilly RE: nothingswrong Feb 13, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                  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"

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                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: JTPhilly Feb 13, 2014 09:34 PM

                                                                                    That does sound pretty breakfasty.

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

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                                                                                      JTPhilly RE: nothingswrong Feb 14, 2014 07:46 AM

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

                                                                              2. foodieX2 RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                                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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                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 08:23 AM

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

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                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 08:33 AM

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

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                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 10:03 AM

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

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                                                                                        roxlet RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                        Feel better, and come back to us!

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                                                                                          Berheenia RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 11:31 AM

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

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                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 02:51 PM

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

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                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: foodieX2 Feb 13, 2014 03:01 PM

                                                                                              hope things turn around for you quick, foodie!

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                                                                                              MAH RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 08:25 AM

                                                                                              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. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                  biondanonima RE: fldhkybnva Feb 13, 2014 09:07 AM

                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: biondanonima Feb 13, 2014 09:27 AM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 13, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 13, 2014 01:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                        biondanonima RE: fldhkybnva Feb 13, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                          grayelf RE: biondanonima Feb 13, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: biondanonima Feb 13, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          biondanonima RE: fldhkybnva Feb 13, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: biondanonima Feb 13, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                            tcamp RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 06:42 AM

                                                                                                            Next time, try this with your flank steak.


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                                                                                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 10:09 AM

                                                                                                        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. juliejulez RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 12:02 PM

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Feb 13, 2014 12:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                              MamasCooking RE: juliejulez Feb 13, 2014 02:22 PM

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

                                                                                                            2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                roxlet RE: Cherylptw Feb 13, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                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..

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                                                                                                                  Cherylptw RE: roxlet Feb 13, 2014 05:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                Londonlinda RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                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. BananaBirkLarsen RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                    Cherylptw RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 13, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                    That is my kind of chile; sounds great!

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                                                                                                                      BananaBirkLarsen RE: Cherylptw Feb 14, 2014 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                      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)!

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                                                                                                                        tcamp RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 14, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                      Jeanne RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 14, 2014 11:50 PM

                                                                                                                      I would love you recipe!

                                                                                                                    3. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 02:02 PM


                                                                                                                      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. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 02:46 PM

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


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                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: roxlet Feb 13, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                          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. meatn3 RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: meatn3 Feb 13, 2014 03:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              meatn3 RE: fldhkybnva Feb 13, 2014 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                              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. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                              Mac & cheese with ham is perfect.

                                                                                                                              It's a Jersey thing.

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                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 04:17 PM


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                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                  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. THewat RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                    biondanonima RE: THewat Feb 13, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: biondanonima Feb 13, 2014 07:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                        helen_m RE: mariacarmen Feb 14, 2014 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        Me too - it looks really interesting.

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                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: THewat Feb 14, 2014 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                      That sounds really good!!

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                                                                                                                                      rakeypakey RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                        grayelf RE: rakeypakey Feb 13, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                        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. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: helen_m Feb 13, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                          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!!

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                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Feb 14, 2014 06:43 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: ChristinaMason Feb 14, 2014 07:20 AM

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

                                                                                                                                          2. TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                MamasCooking RE: rjbh20 Feb 13, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                You had me at pot likker:)

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                                                                                                                                                  meatn3 RE: rjbh20 Feb 13, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: meatn3 Feb 13, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                    The squash was fresh and it was all delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                      rjbh20 RE: meatn3 Feb 13, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: rjbh20 Feb 13, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                      that is some mighty fine lookin' chicken...

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                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: rjbh20 Feb 14, 2014 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                        A feast!

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                                                                                                                                                        valerie RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: valerie Feb 13, 2014 07:12 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                        2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Feb 14, 2014 02:34 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 10:04 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              gini RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 08:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: gini Feb 16, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                thanks gini!

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

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                                                                                                                                                              NancyChin RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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....


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                                                                                                                                                                sedimental RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 10:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 14, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 15, 2014 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 16, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 15, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 02:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 03:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                      meatn3 RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      They are just way too cute!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: meatn3 Feb 16, 2014 06:47 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                        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!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 06:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 14, 2014 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, rolls stuffed with bacon

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                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Frizzle RE: LindaWhit Feb 13, 2014 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: Frizzle Feb 14, 2014 01:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                And the soup...really easy and tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: Berheenia Feb 14, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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*!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit RE: MamasCooking Feb 14, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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. Gio RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: Gio Feb 14, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      tcamp RE: Gio Feb 14, 2014 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      That meatloaf sounds delicious, Gio!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking RE: Gio Feb 14, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds delicious Gio.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. tcamp RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                          givemecarbs RE: tcamp Feb 15, 2014 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: givemecarbs Feb 16, 2014 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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. gini RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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. JTPhilly RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: JTPhilly Feb 14, 2014 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds like a good repurposing!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                How could I forget? I'm on VACATION! 9 days of rest!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: linguafood Feb 14, 2014 12:56 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (ok, ok, the groaning may commence.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Feb 14, 2014 12:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 12:59 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                2. meatn3 RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frizzle RE: meatn3 Feb 14, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      meatn3 RE: Frizzle Feb 14, 2014 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: meatn3 Feb 14, 2014 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          meatn3 RE: Frizzle Feb 14, 2014 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Report back when it's ready in July!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      helen_m RE: meatn3 Feb 14, 2014 01:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        MamasCooking RE: meatn3 Feb 14, 2014 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 12:11 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. weezieduzzit RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 02:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It takes up almost a whole side of the sink!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                jjjrfoodie RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 03:18 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weezieduzzit RE: jjjrfoodie Feb 14, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: weezieduzzit Feb 14, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit Feb 15, 2014 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love the avatar

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 01:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :::aw shucks:::

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perfect celebration of San Valentino.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: Gio Feb 14, 2014 02:04 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Love your seasonal avatars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 02:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: mariacarmen Feb 14, 2014 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...just two old smoothies.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're doing it right!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Frizzle RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds wonderful, enjoy your evening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can feel the lurv. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jammy RE: steve h. Feb 14, 2014 07:16 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. roxlet RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: roxlet Feb 14, 2014 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. helen_m RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: helen_m Feb 14, 2014 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    helen_m RE: TorontoJo Feb 14, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    helen_m RE: helen_m Feb 14, 2014 04:00 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ttrockwood RE: helen_m Feb 15, 2014 07:26 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: helen_m Feb 16, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well done, Valentine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Feb 14, 2014 04:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: TorontoJo Feb 14, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Feb 14, 2014 04:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TorontoJo RE: linguafood Feb 14, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: TorontoJo Feb 15, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ima hafta try that. Like, pronto :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: TorontoJo Feb 14, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grayelf RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. rabaja RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gini RE: rabaja Feb 15, 2014 03:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: rabaja Feb 16, 2014 08:35 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I may set the table.>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Giggle. Sounds like you did just fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Berheenia RE: rabaja Feb 16, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rabaja RE: Berheenia Feb 16, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gini RE: rabaja Feb 16, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Berheenia RE: gini Feb 16, 2014 02:07 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 04:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 14, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So glad to hear that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good tummy news!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 15, 2014 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 10:01 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not the MickeyD kind, tho '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 15, 2014 10:08 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Me too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 04:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 04:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 05:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 05:19 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 05:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit RE: TorontoJo Feb 14, 2014 05:41 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Feb 14, 2014 05:50 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And I'm watching American Pickers. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Feb 14, 2014 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sooo not french of you two. ( :

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        meatn3 RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: meatn3 Feb 15, 2014 05:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: meatn3 Feb 15, 2014 01:43 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            givemecarbs RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 11:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: givemecarbs Feb 16, 2014 05:08 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meatn3 RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: meatn3 Feb 14, 2014 06:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: meatn3 Feb 14, 2014 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hummingbird sprinkles. How lovely. :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sedimental RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. biondanonima RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Berheenia RE: biondanonima Feb 15, 2014 04:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jammy RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: jammy Feb 15, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, she rocks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 05:36 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lol Batman!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 09:56 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          '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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 01:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I LOVE that comic, mc! :D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robin: Holy olio!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Catwoman: I didn't know you could yodel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. ChrisOfStumptown RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sedimental RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 15, 2014 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChrisOfStumptown RE: sedimental Feb 15, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NancyChin RE: LindaWhit Feb 14, 2014 11:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The boyfriend cooked me Valentine's dinner. Chicken Marsala topped with shiitakes and portobello mushrooms on a bed of pappardelle pasta, all topped with a garlic-infused rosemary gravy and Pecorino Romano cheese. Dessert was strawberries and chocolate fondue. All of this was prepared while I sat on the couch playing on Pinterest. Yayyyy.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NancyChin RE: NancyChin Feb 14, 2014 11:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Forgot to post my photo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 02:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The bloke requested pasta tonight so we used the last of the gorgeous pici pasta the in-laws brought back from Italy as a gift for us. It's a very fat spaghetti. The sauce was fresh tomatoes, skinned and seeds removed cooked down with garlic. Black olives and fresh oregano finished it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: Frizzle Feb 15, 2014 02:09 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: Frizzle Feb 15, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gorgeous plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Gio RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will be Banh Mi with the rest of the Asian meatloaf. It won't be terribly authentic but the spirit will be there. I'll make a daikon and carrot Vietnamese pickle (from Andrea Nguyen's book "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen") this afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We'll Try to find a proper roll and if we can't find them I'll use an Italian sub roll w a crisp crust. The filling will be: sliced cucumbers/meatloaf/chopped cilantro/sliced jalapenos/ a few slices of Genoa salami I want to use up/the D & C pickle. The bread will be slathered w Sriracha mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It feels like Christmas! The new freezer just arrived, the new crock pots are working on lunch and dinner, and I finally unpacked the Food Saver I got for Christmas. Dinner will be pretty simple. I was going to try Guarnaschelli's roasted mirepoix but instead I decided on braised chicken thighs with a mirepoix and white wine sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh boy. A whole host of new toys to play with. Sounds like a good day to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooh, have fun! One of my splurges in the new house was an all fridge and all freezer. 32" full height freezer! That plus my vacuum sealer make for a very, very happy combination. My old chest freezer was passed to another chowhound who is planning on filling it with dumplings. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: TorontoJo Feb 15, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hope you made a deal for a few dumplings in exchange for the freezer. I love dumplings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TorontoJo RE: suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My chowfriends are very generous, so I'm sure I will see dumplings in the future. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Woohoo, it fits perfectly in the back mud room and just the right height for Take to gaze out the window. Today I'm appreciating the little things :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He's thinking "Woohoo! She got me a new thing to sit on and look out the window AND she can keep noms in it!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit Feb 15, 2014 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is a win/win, it means more raw meat for him to eat as well :) He's currently just fascinated by the drain cap at the bottom. The things they find interesting...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Win, win. He is going to love his new perch. What we won't do for our furry friends. And, lucky you, he'll let you use it when he isn't.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PERFECT! And that isn't a little thing for you or Take, considering all the food that you both will enjoy from its depths. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cherylptw RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You will enjoy the food saver; I LOVE mine...you'll want to shop more and store more...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    steve h. RE: fldhkybnva Feb 15, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That is so cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Berheenia RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WFD will be Ham and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese - not Michael Symons but my own version. The recent Trader Joe's bounty includes a bag of cauliflower and broccoli florets and a hunk of Cheddar Gruyere. I almost forgot the ham steak I bought Monday- the SNOW is freezing my brain. I'm in the mood for dinner in a bowl- white wine on the side. 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. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm going Mexican tonight. We booked our trip last week and I'm so excited! I must have had Mexico on the mind for the past couple of weeks because I now have FIVE bunches of cilantro in the fridge!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, tonight dinner comes from last May's COTM: Mexican Everyday. I'm doing the Chipotle Beef Tacos with Caramelized Onions and Cowboy Beans. I don't have any green veg to turn into a suitable side but we have leftover grilled romaine salad from last night so that will work well enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cherylptw RE: Njchicaa Feb 15, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Consider turning that extra cilantro into pesto, gremolata or chimichurri

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ttrockwood RE: Njchicaa Feb 15, 2014 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you have a juicer? I add cilantro to vegetable juices, really good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Had a power outage before I even got out of bed this morning - and the snow hadn't even started! LindaWhit without her cawfee ain't a pretty sight! And a Buster without his chicken isn't a happy kitty! (I couldn't make a new batch as he had finished it up last night.) Luckily the power came back on within an hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Showered, and out the door for errands - including more ice melt. Flurries started on my way home, but they're still very light by me. The bulk of the storm is supposed to be overnight - the Cape and the Boston area is supposed to get hit the hardest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the food agenda is some of my roasted red pepper and chicken corn chowder for Mom, and making dinner for myself. A biso Frankenchicken breast was rubbed with oil, and seasoned with salt, pepper and za'atar, and will be roasted at 400°, spooning any juices in the pan over top as needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Israeli couscous alongside, along with broccoli florets tossed with olive oil, sprinkled with lemon juice and salt and roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh - and since I didn't have any last night - Wine. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You're probably a quart low. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: steve h. Feb 15, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HEY!!! :-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. meatn3 RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm attending a potluck with an Italian focus tonight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Made Pollo Alla Cacciatora from Saveur adapted from a Marcella Hazan recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wonderful aroma! Hopefully the group will enjoy the dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              meatn3 RE: meatn3 Feb 15, 2014 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I came home with an empty crock pot! Several people requested the recipe. I used chicken thighs (frankenthighs cleavered(?)into quarters), added a little s/p to the sauce and added a little water in order to have all the chicken covered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This recipe has a delicacy to it - not as rustic as most cacciatora I've had. Definitely a keeper.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plus the best feeling when one woman said it tasted just like her Italian grandmother made. She teared up as she told me she hadn't had that exact flavor since she was a child. It is so great to feed someone and have the dish trigger special memories! So thanks Marcella!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: meatn3 Feb 16, 2014 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You rock, I have some thighs I was trying to decide what to do with for dinner tomorrow. They will now be in the crock.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  meatn3 RE: fldhkybnva Feb 16, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made the dish on the stove and then transported in the crock. But I'm sure browning and then finishing off in the crockpot will work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was rushed and some of the chicken could have been browned a bit longer. Which resulted in some pieces having flabby skin. I removed the flabby bits when I was transferring them to the crockpot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope you enjoy it! I'm sure it will freeze well to!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Groundhog Day, the movie:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brunch was blood orange mimosas and lobster bisque.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Supper will be beef tenderloin, peas and potatoes roasted in duck fat. A California red to wash it all down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's snowing. Temperatures will drop to single digits tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Weather happens...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Cherylptw RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's been raining all day...dinner tonight is grilled chicken & smoked sausage gumbo. Grilled spinach herb tortillas to go with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. gini RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night I just could not deal with stopping at the grocer on the way home, so I made due with what was in the house:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  butter/white wine/lemon poached shrimp over a lemony/chivey/parlsey risotto. A decent white alongside (someone brought it to our house long ago) and chocolate souflees for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It finally started snowing for real where I live in Boston this afternoon - I put a pot of chili on the stove to simmer, lit the wood stove, and am now contemplating when I'll dig in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happy snow day!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: gini Feb 15, 2014 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Boy, I like how you "make due". I want to make due at your house gini.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gini RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're sweet! Truth is, I feel like I have a much less stocked pantry than everyone else on this thread. While we have a house, we do live in Boston, so there's really not much space for storage! When I "make due", I basically deplete all the stores. The risotto was damn tasty though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My poor DH has been really missing his bread while on this stupid gluten-elimination test. So I dove into my next gluten-free baking experiment and made the sandwich bread recipe from the King Arthur web site. I used Namaste's Perfect Flour Blend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, well, who would've thunk that a loaf of gluten free bread could actually be decent? Certainly while I was making the dough, I was *highly* skeptical. But the end product was more than edible -- it was actually pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DH got his grilled cheese (with a side of lentil salad) and I got enormous brownie points. :0)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Cremant de Limoux is tonight's quaff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cherylptw RE: TorontoJo Feb 15, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Which recipe from the King Arthur site? I'm going to start with the elimination diet in the next week or so and I'm having a hard time deciding to give up the bread. Yours look good....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo RE: Cherylptw Feb 15, 2014 04:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry, it's this one:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cherylptw RE: TorontoJo Feb 15, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks so much; I'll try it....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: TorontoJo Feb 15, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        what a nice wifey!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm now craving Cremant, thanks to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the problem is if i open a bottle, i can't finish the whole thing alone. well, i COULD, but... that would mean an early night. and the BF doesn't like bubbly. insufferable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rabaja RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Get a champagne stopper! I love ours, it means I can open a bottle of bubbly any old time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We used ours last night, when I realized I couldn't finish the last glass or two. Because I'm old and tired. Mostly tired.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: rabaja Feb 15, 2014 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i never knew if they really worked - but i'll take your word for it, rabaja!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'm mostly old.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 04:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I stop my bottles of bubbly with this style of stopper:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Which, even though it specifically states "not for use for champagne", works beautifully. It will keep my bubbly bubbly for 3 or 4 days easily, allowing me to just have a glass or two at a time (DH prefers red) and not feel like a lush. :0)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thanks, TJ! funny, the first review says "Even works with Champagne and other sparkling wines like Prosecco." So your right on the mark. i like that it'll work for both still and sparkling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The trick is to just be careful as you release the lever. It's holding back a lot of pressure, so just flip it slowly and make sure you have a good grip on it so it doesn't go flying!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. MamasCooking RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am marinating some chicken pieces from a cut up fryer in the Trini chicken marinade. I bought something called sambol oelek as the hot sauce portion because I could not locate scotch bonnet hot sauce at Safeway. I am going to fry the chicken in vegetable and sesame oils as the recipe calls for but I think others have grilled it. I am making pearl rice with butter, parsley and lemon zest to go with it. Probably steamed broccoli and ice cold orange slices to combat the heat(and the possible brief loss of consciousness when the heat hits the back of my throat):):) Living dangerously!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo RE: MamasCooking Feb 15, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sambal Oelek is great stuff -- a nice, well-rounded chile sauce. Lots of flavor. Not as hot as scotch bonnet, but plenty of heat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: MamasCooking Feb 15, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let us know how you like it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. biondanonima RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We waited around all day for the "storm" to hit and basically got nothing - maybe an inch or two of snow. However, it didn't stop until after dark, so bad timing for digging out the car, etc. So, we watched a marathon of Face Off and had a tasty dinner of chicken and basil meatballs (from Costco) in a quick marinara, accompanied by an orzo salad with kale, olives, roasted cauliflower and some leftover tahini dressing from earlier in the week. Very satisfying!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: biondanonima Feb 15, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am in consistent awe at the talent on that show. These people know so much about all kinds of techniques and crafts and materials.... even the bad ones! I don't think there is a single other "reality" tv show/competition where the contestants are versed in so many things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry, totes OT. My bad '-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                weezieduzzit RE: linguafood Feb 15, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what the man's 16 year old daughter does- she's a paid intern at a FX studio working with several people who have been on that show. She's done things for Avril Levigne's tour, worked on the teddy bears for Miley Cyrus, and makes some killer movie monsters- the kid is super talented so it's awesome to see her getting to use it (all while still in high school!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A bonus is that being around such a motivated, ambitious, open minded, artistic, and "cool" bunch of people has opened her eyes to new foods since they go out to eat all sorts of different foods. She used to be the pickiest eater ever (some of you have read my rants about her crying at the table because there were veggies....) She's actually enjoyable to have a meal with these days! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. MamasCooking RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just posted about my Trini chicken *enterprise* going on here this afternoon. When I cook a new recipe (especially one that CH posters endorse on here ) I like to use the authentic ingredients listed in the original recipe. Can anyone please give me some name brands of scotch bonnet sauces? I just posted that I purchased a sambol oeluk sauce after not having located scotch bonnet@Safeway yesterday. I realize now I should have found the section that has assorted hot sauces@Safeway. Thank You:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                biondanonima RE: MamasCooking Feb 15, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The one I used when I made it recently was Melinda's Habanero sauce, which has a carrot base. It's plenty hot and tangy, but the carrot adds a little sweetness and rounds out the flavor. Not sure if it's exactly what the recipe called for but I really enjoyed it!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: biondanonima Feb 15, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like Melinda's. I'm sure it's elsewhere but I've always seen it at Whole Foods if anyone is looking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ETA: I just checked the kitchen and I also have a Grace Co. scotch bonnet sauce and a Tropical Pepper co. xtra hot habanero sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: MamasCooking Feb 15, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matouk and Grace. I LOVE the Grace brand. It's pretty to look at (bright orange, really appetizing) and packs a really nice heat with that floral hint that's characteristic for scotch bonnets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: linguafood Feb 16, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't tried Grace's, but I can second the Matouk recommendation. I have the green-label one and think of excuses to use it all the time: http://s4839.sites.pressdns.com/for-t...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. suzigirl RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight is slated to be Valentines Day The Sequel. As I mentioned last night James brought home two colossal crab legs and two huge tbones that one of may as well be a porterhouse. Lots of drawn butter and some spinach will be the accompaniments. Now, fingers crossed James gets his tail out there before it gets to late and we have grilled cheese and tomato soup. ;-0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    weezieduzzit RE: suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds delicious! Enjoy!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TorontoJo RE: suzigirl Feb 15, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ain't nothing wrong with grilled cheese and tomato soup! ;o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tonight at the oldster's we're doing take-out indian food, since he's actually requested it a couple times that we've passed by a resto. cream pepper chicken and palak paneer, take me away....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tomorrow i plan on doing that peanut/sichuan peppercorn/tea sauce that someone posted earlier (sorry, i can't remember who), with some chicken and rice noodles, and prolly some type of cabbage salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      monday - and oh THANK HEAVEN for a three-day weekend! - i'll braise the lovely short ribs in some port i picked up today (thanks, gini!), with rosemary and other usual suspects. i haven't decided yet if i'll make buttered wide egg noodles with that or some creamy polenta. vee shall zee....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i also have a chicken to roast but i think that will have to wait until next weekend.... spurred by the monthly TJ's thread, i bought some african smoke seasoning, as well as ground dried ghost pepper, and i can't wait to try them out. i may roast a chicken for the oldster tomorrow - sans all that flavah, of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm "testing out" some of the port with the indian food - it'll do just fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChrisOfStumptown RE: mariacarmen Feb 15, 2014 09:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It would be irresponsible not to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 01:50 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen RE: steve h. Feb 16, 2014 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i know, i know.... but my sister was nice enough to give some of her home-made pasta today - wide egg noodles. gotta use 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. ChrisOfStumptown RE: LindaWhit Feb 15, 2014 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sliced eggplant, tossed with OO, garlic, S&P, and ran under broiler. Put leftover marinara through the food mill and warmed with fresh basil. Cooked giant rigatoni in water. Most of those overly expensive things split down the sides. But no worry, combined them all. Voila! Pasta alla Norma, which even the vegetable hating teenager liked. And I had mine with a good grating of ricotta salata.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paired up with thin shaved fennel in vinaigrette and a San Pelegrino Limonata.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 16, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds delicious. The broiler is such a great way to cook eggplant with less mess and oil, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChrisOfStumptown RE: ChristinaMason Feb 16, 2014 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, I thought a thick steak was the ultimate. I highly regarded deep fried eggplant dripping with melted cheese. That stuff sits pretty heavy now and I think it always did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Broiling gave some nice char to the eggplant, but it softened up really nicely in the sauce. The hot spot of my broiler is small and I'd have a hard time scaling the recipe up. I'm thinking this would be nice to do over charcoal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frizzle RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We spent the day organising excess belongings today. A chore we had put off since arriving in the country almost a year ago. After much lifting and shifting we were too tired to cook a proper meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner was no knead bread fresh from the oven and a Calabrian spread. I don't know what it's called as the recipe is just entitled 'explosive mixture' but it's a mix of aubergine, courgette, green tomato, capsicum, chilli, capers, garlic and olives. The fresh vegetables are treated to a day in salt to remove moisture, then a day in vinegar. The drained mix then goes into preserving jars with olive oil to seal. If anyone knows the correct name for this I would be much obliged.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gio RE: Frizzle Feb 16, 2014 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What you have is Italian giardiniera. (jar-din-YERAH) it can be used as an antipasto, alone or with slices of various salami, cheeses, marinated mushrooms,etc. Add it to salads too. Actually use it any where and with anything you want. It's delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: Gio Feb 16, 2014 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had looked at giardiniera recipes wondering if that was what it is but most recipes seem to have carrot and cauliflower which this doesn't. Also this is cut to be a chunky spread. I guess there are regional differences at play perhaps. My recipe is supposed to be Calabrian and come from an Australian Italian cookbook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is delicious. I could eat it straight from the jar! We're planning on making a new batch this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Njchicaa RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner tonight is easy: beef bourguignon pulled from the freezer over rice with roasted broccoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm also going to start working on the chocolate peanut butter cheesecake that was posted on Smitten Kitchen as well as making some Bagel Bombs from the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NancyChin RE: Njchicaa Feb 16, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The bagel bombs are on my list of things to make too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Gio RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday dinner tonight will a regular ole roast chicken, one I've been making ever since forever. It's the way my mother did it and one of my husband's favorite meals. In the cavity goes S & P, a lemon sliced in half, and a handful of unpeeled garlic cloves; I like to slice off the root end so if they've cooked well we can slip the roasted garlic out of their skin. I usually don't rub or drizzle EVOO or butter over the chicken unless it's called for in a specific recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In the same roasting pan will go sliced potatoes, onions, and carrots that have been seasoned with S & P, sweet or smoked paprika, and EVOO. These will be strewn around the chicken. The same seasoning will be sprinkled over the chicken breast. No oil, tho. Into a pre-heated oven it goes to roast for about 1 hr 15 min. Rest before serving. (My father loved to take a hunk of fresh Italian bread and swipe through the pan juices, until his doctor told him not to. Poor guy.) A tossed salad will be served.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. jenniferrt RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Made a crazy good pork shoulder with root beer. I know! Here's what I did. Cooked onion, garlic and jalipeno. Stirred in can of root beer (organic, of course), sm. can of tomato sauce, big squirt of ketchup, t. cinnamon, few shakes of liquid smoke, couple minced chipotles, T. mexican oregano, t. of instant espresso powder, S&P. I had 4 lb pork shoulder, but I think this made enough it could of handled more meat. Cover and throw in 325 oven for 4 hrs. or more. I poured the liquid off and refrigerated. Cooled the meat and shredded. Next day easily removed fat and mixed with meat and heated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: jenniferrt Feb 16, 2014 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    did it taste like root beer? i don't like root beer, personally, so i'd sub dr. pepper or coke - but otherwise sounds great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You know, I was wondering the same thing. Love pork shoulder (as you know), but cannot abide root beer. At all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: linguafood Feb 16, 2014 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yeah, can't stand the stuff. but maybe it doesn't taste root beery in this prep... still, i'd probably sub cola or something else anyway.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Or make it with a nice spicy ginger beer as I've done in the past.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lauracohenromano RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was going to post my excitement @ last night's dinner concoction on fb, but then thought there'd be more who can relate, here! I'm new to trying to be creative with healthy cooking,and having fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I put chickpeas, canned pumpkin, almond/hazelnut drink, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper, a little mirin, wine and vanilla in blender. Browned some tempeh (am not vegetarian but used to be and still eat that way some of the time) in olive oil, removed from pan, then heated up green beans in vegetable stock for couple minutes, then added back the tempeh and blended sauce. Served it over whole wheat couscous cooked in the veggie stock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A couple other things I made recently came out ok, not great, but this one was so good that dh overate it and licked the pan clean!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grayelf RE: lauracohenromano Feb 16, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just discovered whole wheat couscous, and I am in heaven. I keep looking at the package to see if they are lying, as those little puppies taste just as good as regular couscous! I've been trying to cut down on white carbs drastically (sugar, white rice, refined flour, potatoes, you know the drill -- basically anything that's white and isn't cauliflower is on the no-fly list) and it's such a bear finding "sides." My go-to has been quinoa but the addition of the ww couscous is brilliant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: grayelf Feb 16, 2014 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How come potatoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I get why people get down on white flours and sugars, i.e. things that have been bleached and stripped of nutrients or otherwise overly processed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't get all the hate on potatoes. They are whole foods, all natural, full of fiber and vitamins, potassium, etc. I find it a bit curious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          grayelf RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 09:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They, sadly, convert into sugar double quick. Or maybe my GP is just pulling my leg, she says hopefully.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: grayelf Feb 16, 2014 09:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, a sugar/carb thing. Nevermind! They do convert to sugar quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a bummer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: grayelf Feb 17, 2014 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They metabolize pretty darn quickly and sweet potatoes aren't that much better

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lauracohenromano RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, we try to use sweet potatoes instead of white most of the time, and even then, use sparingly. And I too only just found the whole wheat couscous and was thrilled! If someone's out there lying to us, I don't want to know :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On another note, is a "recommend" on chowhound the basically the same as a "like" on fb?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight am thinking butternut squash stuffed with plain yogurt, rice pilaf, kale and roasted slivered almonds. Ideas for adding anything to these ingredients, welcome. I know the squash must convert to sugar quickly too but there's only so far I can go!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  meatn3 RE: lauracohenromano Feb 17, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  People use it in different ways. Some use it as a way to say "me too" or "way to go" or "great idea" without increasing the posts to a thread. Sometimes I use it as a bookmark so I can more easily find an idea I liked at a future point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is a newish feature here so no strong traditions in it's usage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ludmilasdaughter RE: lauracohenromano Feb 20, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, whole wheat couscous is great. Unlike regular pasta, you really can't tell the difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I make stuffed squash I use similar ingredients to yours, but add sauteed hot turkey sausage to the mix. My husband likes it when I also add a bit of maple syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fldhkybnva RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My nose won't stop running....I finally went to the Penzey's store. I'm on the border of regret and glee. I stocked up on some old favorites and bought a ton of new things. I'm glad dinner is already cooked so I can spend all day coming up with new ideas. Friday I made smothered pork chops in the crock pot on a bed of cabbage and bacon. I'm looking forward to tasting how it turned out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SO got a last minute invite to play in a hockey tournament in Cheyenne with all of his old friends from his hometown, so, that is how we spent our Valentine's weekend. So romantical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Schedule consisted of driving up on Friday late afternoon, cleaning up puppy puke in the car after a run to Home Depot to buy cleaner, paper towels, and Febreeze because I forgot to pack my stash (still smells weird in there), check into hotel, game #1 then dinner at Pizza Hut, then on Saturday, game #2, then breakfast at Village Inn, nap, game #3, lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, nap, game #4, then dinner at a local brewpub. Sounds exciting eh? And, it was our first trip with the pups in a hotel room. Went pretty well, although I think we'd get a suite next time, only so there's more room to run around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're heading home here in a few, and dinner tonight will be easy and will produce lots of leftovers.... my "gringo" enchiladas (ground beef, flour tortillas, canned sauce, cheese). I am dining with my cousin tomorrow night, and SO has a work dinner Tuesday night. Rice A Roni mexican rice on the side of course.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Turns out I'll be back in the kitchen tonight after all, as our drinks & dinner & karaoke invite for this evening was cancelled due to a sick hostess. Wah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This means I can finally use up the English cuke and campari tomatoes & a lonely red onion that have been sitting around, and I think I'll make a salad that buttertart posted on FB recently: tossed with soy sauce, rice vinegar, crushed garlic, serrano peppers and cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The main "protein" is TBD, though I could imagine seared pork tenderloin or something similar plus a veggie we're in the mood for. A trip to Wegmans is likely and should clear up the remaining mystery ingredients for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night out was decadent: numerous cocktails, Chengdu edamame, pork dumplings, two Cantonese roasted half ducks, beef & asparagus in xo sauce.... and our friend offered to pay for everything (we host a LOT and so she felt like reciprocating -- not gonna argue with that :-))!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Think after a party weekend that basically started on Wednesday, tonight will be mellow and couch-y: TWD and True Detective are on, after all. Oh, and Downton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yep. Looks like a teevee night to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TorontoJo RE: linguafood Feb 16, 2014 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ooh, can you tell me how the Chengdu edamame were prepared, please?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's pretty much just edamame tossed in chili oil with toasted & ground Sichuan peppers, ginger & garlic slices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Positively addictive. I really can't go back to the regular salt water ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TorontoJo RE: linguafood Feb 16, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds wonderful, thanks for the description! I have visions of me wanting to just lick all the pods...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TJ, there is a recipe for this in Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PORK. Another four letter word.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's a pork shoulder in the oven, been there for some time, and it's beginning to smell delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pulled pork is on the menu tonight. It will be topped by cole slaw on a potato bun. Beer and wine will be on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I shoveled the driveway for the umpteenth time this year: no need for a health club. Snow is forecast for Tuesday. Weather happens. I'm pushing back by plotting an August road trip in Northern California. After Car Week in the Monterey Peninsula, I'm taking my bride north to the "Lost Coast" region. I'm still noodling the details. There will be shunpiking. I'll post on the California board as I begin to flesh out plans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe a Hitchcock movie on the plasma tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. gini RE: LindaWhit Feb 16, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're having friends over to celebrate their return from a month at sea in the Pacific with Jason (ROV). Robots are so cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway, here's what I'm making:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  olive tapenade, marinated goat cheese, rosemary crackers to start (with some bubbly, perhaps)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roasted butternut squash risotto with thyme and sage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  seared sea scallops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fennel and grapefruit salad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cranberry-pear pie with almond gelato (gelato maker = the best thing my in-laws have ever gotten us)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They're bringing the wine. Good thing it's not a school night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NancyChin RE: gini Feb 16, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That menu sounds amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MamasCooking RE: gini Feb 16, 2014 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love the sound of that fennel and grapefruit salad with all of the other foods:) Lucky friends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mariacarmen RE: gini Feb 16, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fantastic - they'll want to leave to sea again just to come back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          arp29 RE: gini Feb 17, 2014 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What gelato maker do you have? We have the kitchen aid ice cream maker and are less than thrilled. Would love to know what you are using!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gini RE: arp29 Feb 18, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have this bad boy: http://www.gelataio.delonghi.com/inde...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's pretty heavy to lift around, but the refrigeration unit is dope.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              arp29 RE: gini Feb 18, 2014 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! I will add that to my wish list. And then I should start working out more regularly before it enters my home :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: gini Feb 17, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So many great flavors going on there. I'd love the pie recipe, por favor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: gini Feb 20, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DH said he was just going to have a salad for dinner tonight. So I've decided to totally blow the supportive wife bit and make full-of-gluten, loaded mac and cheese. I pulled out some homemade breakfast sausage (a Jimmy Dean knock off I make and keep in the freezer), diced up some red onion and chopped up some broccoli and cauliflower. The sausage and veggies will all get sauteed together. Then I'll make a cheese sauce with some Bella Vitano cheese (sort of an aged parm/cheddar cross that I recently shred and froze), some leftover local beer I had saved in my freezer for just this application and some magical sodium citrate. I'll toss the cheese sauce with the elbow macaroni and the sausage and veg mixture. I'll bake it up for half and hour and then do my best to eat the whole thing so DH won't be tempted...because I'm considerate that way. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the reminder, I need to get on the sodium citrate train.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First of all, yummy. Secondly, may I have the sausage recipe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: suzigirl Feb 16, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sure, I adapted it from a recipe someone posted on Chowhound once upon a time. I like lots of flavor in my sausage, so I believe I bumped up the herbs quite a bit. I find that 1 teaspoon of salt is actually a good amount, but if you taste it immediately after mixing the sausage, it will taste super salty. But once it sits in the fridge or freezer for a day it mellows out nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  16 ounces ground pork (I grind pork shoulder for this)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon savoury

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mix all the ingredients together. If you want to taste for the seasonings, allow the mixture to chill for several hours before frying up a sample to taste. You can form into patties to freeze, or just make balls that you can flatten in the frying pan when you cook them up. I also freeze 1lb packages in bulk to use for sausage gravy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds great. I need a good sausage recipe without all the preservatives.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I make that same breaky sausage sometimes, it's great! Must do it again soon. Though I've recently been getting a very decent, wheat-free turkey snausage from the Dangerousway, since we've got so many folks going gluten-free in our circle. I'll post the brand if you're interested for hubs, Jo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On VDay, we found ourselves at the SIL's at dinner time. I had the bright idea to try a newish resto in the hood but then someone said "Hey won't it be crazy busy on VDay?" to which I replied "Duh, yup" and promptly got a dinner invite. Maybe not so romantic, but lovely to be with my favourite niece and three of my bestest humans over a frittata that someone else constructed :-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last night I bit the bullet and chopped up the yam that has been staring in an accusatory fashion from the counter for at least a week. I'm trying also to incorporate more veggies that I don't usually eat, and yam is a challenge. I believe the recipe came from someone here (a quinoa chile). I made some modifications on the fly and it came out quite well, though rather sweet. I think I'd use pureed tomatoes in place of tomato sauce next time. Doctored with a bit of lime, it went over well (and the leftovers for lunch today were just right in the middle of a rainstormy day).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight is either Thai shrimp curry with the leftover quinoa (I made a cup last night to see how much it would come out cooked. That would be a lot!) or my new obsession, pinhead oats with kale and streaky bacon (thank you, random English guy online). It's a great alternative to risotto, which is alas another taboo white carb.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TorontoJo RE: grayelf Feb 16, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, greyelf! I make sausage in massive quantities so I always have some in the freezer. I think my last sausage making effort was a 17 lb. pork shoulder! 11 lbs. went to sausage, the rest to carnitas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BTW, did you see my post to you recommending a great beef rendang spice paste? The brand is Asian Home Gourmet. Good stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      grayelf RE: TorontoJo Feb 16, 2014 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, I did and responded upthread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9643...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TorontoJo RE: grayelf Feb 17, 2014 04:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Doh! :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 04:35 AM