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What's for Dinner #276 - After the Loving Edition [Through February 20, 2014]

mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 08:42 PM

Not that we're all done loving after Valentine's day... (and, coincidentally, "love" is another four-letter word), and this is NOT an adjunct to that "whaddaya wanna eat after making whoopie" thread.... but what are you loving to cook this week? i know most of you still have another month or more of hellish cold... we here in CA have a drought we still don't realize how bad it will be... as steve h. says, weather happens, and we keep on cooking.

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  1. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 08:47 PM

    and of course i'm reposting my post from the last thread - because i looooooved that peanut sauce soooo much.

    many thanks to THewat for posting the David Liebowitz peanut sauce recipe - it completely ROCKED. i could and did indeed treat myself to spoonfuls of it. I can think of many things it would be delicious on - including, funnily enough, boiled potatoes - there is a Bolivian dish called Papa a la Huancayna that uses a spicy peanut sauce (the Peruvian version of the same dish is a cheese sauce, which i actually like better, but this peanut sauce is above and beyond good) over cold boiled potatoes, with sliced hard boiled eggs, a couple of olives, and maybe a wedge of cold corn on the cob. tonight i did the sauce with BLSL chicken breast i boiled with some ginger and garlic, cooled and shredded, and thinly sliced red cabbage, iceberg, scallions and chopped cilantro. The sauce is truly drinkable - i could definitely taste the sichuan peppercorns and would even add more next time. couldn't really taste the tea, even though i stopped at a fancy tea-house to buy some. i balked at the $16 for 2 oz stuff that i originally wanted to get, got the $9 for 2 oz instead. (i'm not a tea drinker so this felt like quite a splurge.) anyway, the sichuan peppercorns, the lime juice, and ginger were the dominant tastes (plus a bit of heat from a big fat red jalapeno), and it was just excellent. i froze half the sauce - the recipe makes a lot. i think it would be delicious on cold tofu, on just a wedge of iceberg, or over shrimp. yum. make this, people! http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/01/...

    thank god it's another "Saturday" tonight. going out later for cocktails and pool with the BF (and leftover cold chicken and peanut sauce as a late night snack!), and besides taking the Oldster for an appt., have the whole day to myself to putter around the apartment and work on the short ribs.

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      weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 09:10 PM

      I'm going to have to try that recipe- the man loves peanut sauce!

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        sedimental RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 09:55 PM

        I adore a good peanut sauce.

        Did you thin it?

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          mariacarmen RE: sedimental Feb 16, 2014 09:58 PM

          i did, but it could have used more. i ended up using 2 cups of tea, and it still could have been a bit thinner. however, my blender is old so maybe it just wasn't liquefying properly.

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            MidwesternerTT RE: mariacarmen Feb 25, 2014 04:28 PM

            Ty for this mariacarmen. I used 1 C. tea for a half-recipe in my new, very effective, blender. So I think there may be a typo in his orginal at the link.

            Fun as it was to make once from roasted peanuts, I'll be going back to a modified version of my tried & true hot peanut sauce that uses peanut butter. But I will start using hot black tea & lime in place of water & lemon in it.

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          Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 10:00 PM

          That sauce sounds fabulous.

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            TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 04:53 AM

            That sauce is bookmarked!

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              roxlet RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 06:24 AM

              That sounds amazing!

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                adirunner RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 06:48 AM

                Sounds fantastic! Did you use lemon or lime juice? My mind immediately goes to lime for peanut sauce, but I only have lemons on the counter right now.

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                  mariacarmen RE: adirunner Feb 17, 2014 09:45 AM

                  i used limes. limey goodness!

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                    adirunner RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 12:25 PM

                    Thank you! I'm definitely giving this one a try this week.

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                  BananaBirkLarsen RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 04:51 PM

                  Thanks for the link. This looks amazing (and it seems I missed it the first time around)

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                  sedimental RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 10:01 PM

                  I thawed a jar of my big batch Sunday gravy tonight. Mmmmm. Made some Gnudi (Pecorino parsley) and some meatballs from ground chicken and a very herby fresh bread panade with buttermilk. I have been really liking buttermilk in things lately.

                  It was very filling with only 2 gnudi and 2 meatballs per plate.

                  1. ChrisOfStumptown RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 10:06 PM

                    The store had great looking ribeyes. Surly teenager suggests frozen pizza, so that's how it went down. She ate pasta alla Norma last night so I figure take a little leave a little.

                    After she left I caught up with what others did last week: chicken with mustard cream and tarragon. Paired up with steamed and then roasted baby red potatoes. This makes for a very moist result.

                    Sorry for my poor plating skills by the way.

                     
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                      sedimental RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 16, 2014 10:11 PM

                      That sounds like a great technique for whole potatoes. How long do you steam them for?

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                        ChrisOfStumptown RE: sedimental Feb 16, 2014 10:57 PM

                        The technique is peel off a strip of skin all the way around the potato. You can see the strip in the photo. Steam until the potato is tender but not done when pierced by a knife, which should be 15-20 mins. Coat with fat of your choice and finish at 425F for 40 mins or until done. I used a small cast iron skillet. When done, toss with S&P and herbs of your choice.

                        The recipe is in "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone". To be clear, the times are for baby size potatoes.

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                          nothingswrong RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 16, 2014 11:30 PM

                          Interesting. Thank you for sharing! Will be trying this week.

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                            linguafood RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 16, 2014 11:38 PM

                            Why the peeling off a strip of the skin?

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                              roxlet RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 06:25 AM

                              Style points!

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                                ChrisOfStumptown RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 08:42 AM

                                I'm not sure - I would expect it helps the potatoes absorb water during steaming. The potatoes remain moist despite the long roast.

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                                Gio RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 01:40 PM

                                The potatoes Do sound delicious, and your photo proves it. I have that book BTW and there's small red potatoes in the pantry... so... any night now. Thanks, COS.

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                              linguafood RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 16, 2014 10:23 PM

                              Aw, man. Those taters look freaking perfect. I echo sedi's question -- how long do you steam & then how long do you roast? High temp briefly to finish, I guess?

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                                nothingswrong RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 16, 2014 10:38 PM

                                OMG @ the potatoes. I want to face-plant into them.

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                                  LindaWhit RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 05:42 AM

                                  Love the brown on those potatoes!

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                                    suzigirl RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 10:11 AM

                                    Poor plating? I think most of us are drooling over that plate.

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                                      ChrisOfStumptown RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 11:09 AM

                                      thanks for saying so. Some of the people on these threads really impress me with their ability to present food. Not to mention the regular display of breathtaking tableware. I know it is not a contest but I confess to sometimes feeling a bit of pressure to keep up.

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                                        juliejulez RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 11:09 AM

                                        My dinners are usually thrown on the plate. That's why I don't post pictures :)

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                                          weezieduzzit RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 11:13 AM

                                          You're right- it's not a contest, it's about the food and the good company!

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                                            ChrisOfStumptown RE: weezieduzzit Feb 17, 2014 05:02 PM

                                            I'm exaggerating somewhat. But here's the thing: I think we all would like the food to look nice, or we wouldn't bother. When I'm happy with the presentation, I'm quite excited to post pics. And I'm happy to see what other people are doing too. But if I'm just going through the motions, it's not a satisfying feeling. I'm glad it got a good response, but I'm not thrilled with it.

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                                            mariacarmen RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 02:23 PM

                                            please do not feel that way! we're all just sharing.

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                                              MamasCooking RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 02:40 PM

                                              I can only tell you about what I think but I LOVE it when people post their food pics on here. In fact I actually got my camera out and set it in my kitchen so I could start doing food pics of my creations.

                                        2. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 10:17 PM

                                          Dinner was strange. My man ended up getting some pork tenderloin at the supermarket nearby for The Main.

                                          I cut it up into bite-size pieces and tossed in seasoned flour (cayenne, hot paprika, s&p) and fried it up in butter. The pieces started leaking this revolting white gunk (I am guessing or rather *hoping* that this was merely protein like you sometimes get with wild salmon). I found it really off-putting so shoved my nose in there to see if maybe it smelled bad. Nope. It didn't smell bad raw when I cut it up either, so I'm kinda mystified as to what that icky shit was.... seriously, despite the lack of bad smell I was *this* close to tossing the whole freaking mess and heating up TJ's Alsatian tart for dinner instead. >sigh<

                                          I took the meat out when it had a nice sear on all sides and tried a piece to make sure it was ok to eat. Deglazed the pan with white wine and pretty much poured out the wine along with the white gunk into a bowl. Cleaned out the pan (which I generally wouldn't do), added more butter, sautéed 1/2 onion, baby bellas, a red pepper and half a green pepper, added more wine, some crème fraîche, some more cayenne. Added the pork tenderloin back in and tossed around to heat through.

                                          It was ok -- tasty enough & we didn't die or have any bad after-effects. But.... ick. It all just left a bad taste in my mouth so we didn't keep the leftovers.

                                          The Greek salad and roasted cauli on the side were definitely the better part of the meal.

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                                            nothingswrong RE: linguafood Feb 16, 2014 10:41 PM

                                            Yuck. Meat does some funky things sometimes!

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                                              linguafood RE: nothingswrong Feb 16, 2014 11:33 PM

                                              The thing is - the dish was perfectly fine: the meat didn't taste "off", the mushroom flavor really came through, the peppers were cooked perfectly.... it was just the process that *really* turned me off.

                                              Seriously, if someone had served this to me and I hadn't seen what I saw, I probably would've enjoyed it. But making it -- blurgh.

                                              I had a similar experience with soaking fresh (and very expensive) morels in water and basically having an ant farm in a bowl.

                                              Some things are better unseen :-)

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                                                nothingswrong RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 12:17 AM

                                                Lol @ the shrooms.

                                                I completely understand, believe me. I will handle meat and serve it to others, but often when I crave it for myself, I become so repulsed at the process that I no longer want it when it's done.

                                                Also reminds me of the first time I picked up an organic head of lettuce from WF years ago. I was breaking it up into a colander in the sink and it was full of random dead bugs. I was vegan at the time and found the whole thing kind of ironic.

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                                                  Gio RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                  Yes, but those bugs proved you actually bought Organic lettuce. To guard against having some of those bugs in your finished dish, wash the lettuce in a bowl of salted water. Lift out, repeat, put into colander to drain.

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                                                  MamasCooking RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                  The ants in the bowl are straight up out of a horror flick:) I have eaten them as a curious child they bite your tongue!

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                                                TorontoJo RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 04:57 AM

                                                A lot of grocery store pork tenderloin is injected with a salt solution, so I wonder if that was the "leakage"?

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                                                  ChristinaMason RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                  I think it was that as well.

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                                                    linguafood RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                    That is my guess. And yet another reason to do the grocery shopping myself. Gah.

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                                                      fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                      They can't be trusted :)

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                                                    ludmilasdaughter RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 11:11 AM

                                                    I've had that happen to me with both chicken and pork (and salmon). Not sure what it is, but it can definitely be off putting.

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                                                      linguafood RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 17, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                      It really messes with my sense of esthetics and also fucks up the sauce. Ick. Never again.

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                                                        MamasCooking RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 02:38 PM

                                                        I am not sure about this but I think sometimes there is an infusion of some type of sodium/saline solution injected into some pork. I have experienced that same *syndrome* with very lean pork a few times.

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                                                          fldhkybnva RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                          They call it "enhanced"

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                                                            meatn3 RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                            Kind of like Botox - too much and it just becomes very wrong!

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                                                              MamasCooking RE: meatn3 Feb 17, 2014 08:10 PM

                                                              My momentary visual of a Juva Dermed Botoxed pork tenderloin just cracked me up in an uneasy sort of way.

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                                                      Gio RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                      Gosh, that's ugly! We buy and cook pork tenderloin regularly and have never encountered that. I'd have screamed for sure. Molly Stevens and Jacques Pepin have some really very tasty and simple recipes for the tenderloin. Worth a look maybe? It's a nice lean and tender cut I think.

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                                                        linguafood RE: Gio Feb 17, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                        The lack of recipes isn't the issue, tho. I just need to make sure I get better quality meat next time.

                                                        And I've never experienced this revolting leakage with pork tenderloin before. Just thinking about it makes me queasy again '-(

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                                                          TorontoJo RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 03:03 PM

                                                          Meat should never leak. Eww.

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                                                            MamasCooking RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                            LOL eeewww how graphic!

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                                                            Gio RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 03:07 PM

                                                            What can I say... we buy from the farm or WF. I hate that it happened to you.

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                                                              linguafood RE: Gio Feb 17, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                              I usually get it from the farmers market or the "organic" pork from Wegmans. This was a Weis market factory meat purchase by my dear, dear husband.

                                                              Bless his heart.

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                                                                fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Feb 17, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                I was going to suggest Wegmans, that's usually where I buy pork tenderloin if not Whole Foods. Even the non-organic at Wegmans has been un-enhanced.

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                                                        Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Feb 16, 2014 10:53 PM

                                                        I turned some gorgeous full cream milk into cheat ricotta today. It's going to be served on top of a lentil and mizuna salad.

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                                                          Gio RE: Frizzle Feb 17, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                          "cheat ricotta". OK... now I'm intrigued. I know it's a simple matter to make homemade ricotta but these days I need all the help I can get.

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                                                            Frizzle RE: Gio Feb 18, 2014 02:20 AM

                                                            What I make is from milk not whey, so technically not ricotta. It is better than the awful 'ricotta' we get in New Zealand though.
                                                            1 litre of milk, a teaspoon of salt and a couple of tablespoons of cream are heated to between 165 and 185f. 30 ml of white vinegar is added off heat and stirred. I then let it sit for half an hour before lifting out the curds with a slotted spoon into a cheesecloth lined sieve.

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                                                              Gio RE: Frizzle Feb 18, 2014 04:07 AM

                                                              Thanks very much, Frizzle. Sounds easy.

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                                                          Kontxesi RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 04:00 AM

                                                          All I know is that tonight will involve mushrooms. I have a pound of oyster mushrooms and then some creminis that my fiance bought and never used.... Maybe pasta of some kind?

                                                          EDIT: Looking at pasta with mushrooms a la creme or a kale (collard, in this case) and mushroom stroganoff. Leaning towards the latter right now, as it doesn't require a stop at the grocery store on the way home.

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                                                            Ttrockwood RE: Kontxesi Feb 18, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                            A day late, but this mushroom ragu is wonderful- i usually have it over polenta but it would be great on pasta too
                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101519...

                                                          2. TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 04:59 AM

                                                            Missed the new thread, so I'll repost from the old one:

                                                            My loaded mac and cheese was awesome. The beer, cheese and the sausage totally complimented each other and the broccoli and cauliflower made me feel like I wasn't being totally gluttonous. I ended doing a quick sauteed spinach and served my mac and cheese on top of that to up my greens content a bit more. Of course, I didn't bother with the spinach for the second and third helpings...burp.

                                                            I love how using sodium citrate lets me use beer or even just water to melt the cheese and still get a super creamy end result. It's also super fast and mindless -- I don't have to worry about making a good bechamel for those quick fix mac and cheese cravings. Hooray for science!

                                                            The leftovers are about to be breakfast.

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                                                              grayelf RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 06:11 PM

                                                              Apparently my google skills are worse than even I imagined. I can't find anything useful on how sodium nitrate works in the way you are suggesting, Jo. Do you have time for a quick primer?

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                                                                fldhkybnva RE: grayelf Feb 17, 2014 06:36 PM

                                                                Citrate, not nitrate. Here's a link to a mac and cheese recipe http://cookingmadly.com/modernist-mac...

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                                                                  TorontoJo RE: grayelf Feb 17, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                  Well, if you were googling sodium nitrate, then you were definitely out of luck since it's sodium citrate. :0)

                                                                  Sodium citrate is an emulsifier and allows even the hardest, driest, sharpest of cheeses to melt into any liquid and stay creamy without breaking. It eliminates the need to make a custard or a bechamel when making mac and cheese. It's also how you make "american cheese slices" if you are so inclined. A couple of useful links:

                                                                  http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/05/s...

                                                                  http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

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                                                                    grayelf RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 08:56 PM

                                                                    LOL, I am officially the worst researcher in the world! Thanks to both of you for the corrective steering. V. cool product.

                                                              2. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 05:41 AM

                                                                Since today is a holiday, I'll be heading up to Mom's to take her mattress and button shopping (don't ask! LOL). I'm also stocking her fridge with small containers of beef stew; pork & sweet potato stew; chicken corn chowder, and mac & ham & cheese.

                                                                Since she's getting my freezer stew, I thought I'd make some more for me. Sirloin tips were taken out of the freezer to defrost. I'll wallop them around in some flour, salt and pepper and whatever spices strikes my fancy later this afternoon, brown the tips in oil, and then add red wine, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and mushrooms, and maybe some dried thyme. Sides will be my standard boiled potatoes and carrots.

                                                                And more snow tomorrow. ::::Sigh:::: I really really really really REALLY wish we could send this precipitation to southern CA so you could get a respite from your drought, mariacarmen!

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                                                                  mariacarmen RE: LindaWhit Feb 17, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                  i don't want your snow! send us rain!

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                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 10:24 AM

                                                                    It would melt don't worry = rain equivalent...win/win for all :)

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                                                                    nothingswrong RE: LindaWhit Feb 17, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                                    Button shopping! I have to ask.

                                                                    Are you literally shopping for buttons?

                                                                    Who knew this was such a task, but I had to pick up some plain white buttons to sew onto a homemade baby-shower gift last week and it proved to be the biggest PITA ever. Hope you two have fun and find what you're looking for!

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                                                                      LindaWhit RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 03:40 PM

                                                                      But I *told* you not to ask! LOL

                                                                      Yes, we were literally shopping for replacement buttons for the cuffs and collar of a nice blouse she's going to wear to one of my step-niece's weddings in late March. The ones on the blouse she chose (brought to her by one of my step-SILs) were just slightly too large for the buttonholes and her fingers were unable to button the blouse. So we found some that are dressy but a tiny smidge smaller. Jo-Ann's Fabrics to the rescue. :-)

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                                                                        nothingswrong RE: LindaWhit Feb 17, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                        I had to ask because you said not to!!!

                                                                        JoAnn's is great. I should've just gone there first for mine. Glad you guys got some without too much hassle.

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                                                                    charlesbois RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 06:57 AM

                                                                    I have 20 lbs of basmati rice to use up, that the significant other just had to buy at Costco. I told him to get ready for a whole lot of Indian food. His request was for country captain chicken (not Indian but oh well). The inspiration for this was an MRE he had eaten a few years ago when we were winter camping! It was astoundingly good, the MRE that is.

                                                                    The one I made last night was decent. I cobbled a few internet recipes together. It just needed way more depth of flavor. I'll have the leftovers today and see how much the flavor deepened after sitting in the fridge. I had to use BLSL breasts, as they were seriously cheap. I think next time I'll use a cut up chicken. Had an $8 bottle of Chardonnay with it, which was nice, serviceable.

                                                                    Next up, chicken johl, vegetable biryani, and maybe butter chicken.

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                                                                      MidwesternerTT RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                      Uncooked rice keeps very well. In our house a 10 pound Costco bag took almost a year to deplete. Just portion into 2 pound bags for storage/resupply at the back of the pantry and enjoy the "wealth" for a year.

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                                                                        TorontoJo RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                        When I was growing up, we always had a 100-lb bag of rice in the house. Imagine my surprise when I first went rice shopping as a young adult in a regular grocery store and saw all these itty bitty 1-lb bags! :o)

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                                                                          jjjrfoodie RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                          I agree with the others and bulk rices keeps a long time.
                                                                          I buy my sushi and long grain white rices in bulk as well.

                                                                          Due to past experiences with flour moths and wheat beetle/weevils, both of which can easy get into or pincer their way into plastic bags no matter the guage, I use 32 oz/2 lb glass mason ball jars for storage.
                                                                          I buy them at the summer flea mkts and garage sales for way cheap and then just buy the new lid insert discs at the grocery. Clean, wash, rinse jars and lid rings (or boil if you are a germ phobe), then dry.

                                                                          Keeps the rice fresher , longer since glass does not allow gas permeation as opposed to plastic and it keeps the critters and bugs of all sizes out like a charm.

                                                                          Just an idea.

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                                                                            charlesbois RE: jjjrfoodie Feb 17, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                            Yes, my main concern is pests more so than the rice going bad. I wouldn't mind investing in some large mason jars. Thanks for the tip!

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                                                                              nothingswrong RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 01:00 PM

                                                                              Amazon carries them at a good price with free shipping if you have Prime http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Wide-Mouth...

                                                                              The biggest plus being they're shipped to you so you don't have to lug them around.

                                                                              I recently bought several dozen in varying sizes and completely organized the pantry and cupboards. It's made things so much easier.

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                                                                                MamasCooking RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 01:39 PM

                                                                                I started ordering all of my cat products and household items online too. I figured out that in order to get a 40 lb. box of cat litter out of the grocery or pet store and into my home it involved at least 8 *lifts* in/out cart/into/automobile/out of automobile into house!!! Ain't nobody got time for that! This way I press a few buttons online....pay with PayPal....Fed Ex leaves it on my front porch 1 lift to get it in the house and free shipping!!!!!

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                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                  I'm quite sure by now that my UPS driver HATES me.

                                                                                  I've become addicted to Amazon Prime...

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                                                                                    MamasCooking RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                    LOL and yes it is addicting but there are so many good deals to be found:) I also went online to Penzey's for spices because everyone on here recommends them. I had to force myself to just stop. I will go back when I can stay focused. Have you ordered any food products from Amazon?

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                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                                                      I went to the store this week and told myself to focus and my credit card can testify that I failed in that goal.

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                                                                                        MamasCooking RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 05:52 PM

                                                                                        I went online to go to Amazon to scout out some decent truffle oil, truffle salt and scotch bonnet hot sauce. Somehow I ended up at Annie's Linen's online store ordering two gorgeous 12 piece comforter sets for my bedrooms. I swear I was in a psychic fugue state:) Heading to both Penzey's and Amazon in a second and loving every minute of it!

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                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                          I just did that last night!!! Ended up *almost* ordering a side table I have no use for, and several blankets even though it's 80 degrees out.

                                                                                          I then realized it was 2 AM, I was on my second slice of cake with whipped cream, and it was just time to close the internets and go to bed.

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                                                                                            MamasCooking RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 08:06 PM

                                                                                            You are hilarious. Live it up!!! I like the sliced cake with whip cream decadence. It falls into my luxury foods category:)

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                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                                                        I understand about Penzey's. I ordered a bunch for a Christmas gift for my good friends, and made them a gorgeous gift "basket" of herbs, spices, peppers, etc. in a Le Creuset baking dish with some other kitchen knickknacks. I was selfless and didn't order anything for myself, though Penzey's added a free gift jar of Italian herbs, which I kept.

                                                                                        So last month I went back to just look (ahem) for myself and ended up with a cart FULL of stuff I "really need." It wasn't good. I had to close the browser and just push it out of my mind. I have yet to revisit the site. I could easily drop a few hundred dollars.

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                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                                                          Oh forgot to answer your question!

                                                                                          Yes, I have ordered food products from Amazon recently. First some finely ground almond flour to experiment with some GF and low-carb recipes for friends. I was really pleased with the quality, and the things I baked were amazing.

                                                                                          I've also ordered hard-to-find snacks. Most recently, a giant box of Pocky sticks, since my local grocery store stopped carrying them (they are such a good snack, shh!). Was worried about them arriving melted, since it's been over 80 degrees here in L.A. but they were perfect and intact.

                                                                                          Ordered chocolates once and it was a disaster. All melted.

                                                                                          My boyfriend is a personal assistant to a celebrity and has to constantly keep her multiple homes stocked with hard-to-find organic products. I turned him onto Amazon's Subscribe and Save service and he's used it several times to order drinks in bulk (like Kombucha, teas, waters, "health" sodas, etc.) and organic dog food. He loved that he didn't have to drive all over town looking for the stuff, let alone do the multiple pick up/put down thing you described.

                                                                                          Can't remember what else I've ordered off Amazon... Oh, bread flour once. That was great. Ordered 15 lbs (UPS hates me for this reason). And a few bottled products--hot sauce, vinegar, etc. Always came on time, sealed, and intact.

                                                                                          Sometimes I wonder if Amazon employees know me by name.

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                                                                                            MamasCooking RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 06:01 PM

                                                                                            I am going to order from Amazon in a minute. You made it sound easy.

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                                                                                              nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                              It IS easy. Too easy. Amazon has taken over. I actually had a dream about it last night, that I was working for them, only it was this sci-fi like futuristic warehouse dungeon thingamajig.

                                                                                              But I got to carry a lightsaber and wear a leather catsuit which was pretty cool.

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                                                                                            Berheenia RE: MamasCooking Feb 18, 2014 04:27 AM

                                                                                            Love my prime time - I just got a message that my can of Dulce De Leche is in transit. I'm snowed in (can't get up the driveway) so UPS to the rescue. At least I can bake now.

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                                                                                              nothingswrong RE: Berheenia Feb 18, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                                              That will be lovely! What are you going to make with it?

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                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                          I also order cat food online. Unfortunately I can't get packages at home since I'm usually not here to receive them. The first time I ordered 24-12 oz cans of cat food, I quickly realized just how far the parking garage is from my desk :)

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                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                                                            They make you sign for them? I've never had to sign for anything from Amazon. They just leave it all in front of the door. They're the best!!

                                                                                            They even drop packages off on Sundays sometimes.

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                              This is Baltimore. Packages left outside cease to exist within minutes.

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                                                                                                MamasCooking RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                I just semi retired in 2013 so I am usually here during delivery hours or I would not order and have it delivered. Our *Neighborhood Watch* captain always sends emails about packages being snatched.

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                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 06:31 PM

                                                                                                  Ohh gotcha. I should have remembered that part. I think I shared my uncle's story about his TVs getting stolen several times in college.

                                                                                                  What a bummer!

                                                                                                  Although Amazon now has Amazon Locker, where they leave your packages in P.O. Box type lockers around the city for you to pick up at your convenience. Don't know if there's one conveniently located near you, but just saying.

                                                                                                  I sound like I'm being paid by Amazon, but I really am not. Just obsessed.

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                                                    Wow the locker idea sounds useful when the crazy old lady down the street isn't home. She gathers most packages in the sunmer.

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                                                                                          LindaWhit RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                          In addition to Mason jars, think about large storage containers like Click-Clacks (found at Bed Bath & Beyond) or airtight seal containers that have a latch-top (found at Home Goods). That's how most of my dry goods are stored in my kitchen - pasta, oatmeal, rice, flour, sugar, etc.

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                                                                                            TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 17, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                                            I'm a big fan of these Oxo containers:

                                                                                            http://www.crateandbarrel.com/search?...

                                                                                            The pop top seals the container nicely and the big container fits a bag of flour or sugar. The plastic means they are nice and light, too.

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                                                                                              LindaWhit RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                              The OXO and Snapware would definitely work like my in-cabinet Click-Clacks. Can't find the names of the smoky gray hinged lid storage containers I use for my counter flour, sugar and trail mix Scooby snack mix. But I got them at Home Goods for short money.

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                                                                                                charlesbois RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 05:39 PM

                                                                                                I have a couple of those, they're great. I espied a few more on sale at Marshall's I may have to snatch up.

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                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: LindaWhit Feb 17, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                I use Snapware for my various flours. I love them. I've even dropped an entire 5 lb's worth of flour in one of those things and it didn't pop open.

                                                                                                I keep the lesser-used, more perishable flours in the freezer. Love the Snapware because they stack nicely.

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                                                                                            LindaWhit RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                            I'm telling you, rice will keep for quite some time. I think I said on another WFD thread that I buy rice in 15 lb. sacks at BJ's Wholesale Club, and it's perfectly fine when I get to the bottom of the sack.

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                                                                                              charlesbois RE: LindaWhit Feb 17, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                              Oh I know, I remember. And the husband even sent me links documenting how long it lasts. Still, we don't go through it very fast, and with me having gestational diabetes last year and being warned to cut back on "white" foods, the 20 lb bag had me shaking my head.

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                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: charlesbois Feb 17, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                Ahhhh - well, yes - the cutting back on "white foods" is a definite issue. Looks like he'll be eating a lot of rice this next year. :-)

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                                                                                              LaLa RE: charlesbois Feb 21, 2014 06:43 AM

                                                                                              The Lee Bros have my fave country capt recipe!

                                                                                            3. melpy RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                                                              Gained close to six pounds on my NYC weekend. Almost entirely worth it.
                                                                                              Very healthy eating this week, starting with steamed cod.

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                                                                                                melpy RE: melpy Feb 18, 2014 06:41 AM

                                                                                                The steamed cod was great.

                                                                                                http://allrecipes.asia/recipe/793/ste...

                                                                                                The brown rice I tried to make with it took way longer than the 45 minutes listed on the bag, this is probably why I almost never make rice, especially brown. Along with the cod I steamed snow peas, yellow bell pepper and carrots all julienned. Then I noticed we had some of those crispy noodles that go in soup from the chinese resturant getting stale in the cupboard so we each had a few of those with duck sauce on the side.

                                                                                                Tonight I was going to make acorn squash soup and a carrot sandwich with olive spread and goat cheese.

                                                                                                http://www.marthastewart.com/336548/a...

                                                                                                http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2010/0...

                                                                                                The problem is that I have salmon that needs to be cooked. I might just cook it and save for the wheatberry salad on Thursday. Yes, that sounds like a good plan now that I have typed it out.

                                                                                              2. fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 07:21 AM

                                                                                                I have no idea what's for dinner. I have chicken thighs and crimini in mind but no clue what to do with them. Any ideas?

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                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                  Change of plans. I couldn't resist playing with the new food saver. I sealed the thighs and will use them later for some sort of braised dish. I bought a 3 lb pork loin roast a few days ago and so I figured I'd figure out a different plan before freezing part of it. The plan is to brine in buttermilk for a few hours and then braise a la Hazan with milk.

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                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 03:49 PM

                                                                                                    Wow, buttermilk works chemical magic, the chops were great! The chicken thighs and crimini managed to end up in a pot of coq au riesling which I'll enjoy sometime this week or freeze for later.

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                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                      Look at you talking about freezing for later. New freezeritis. It is a progressive disease. ;-)

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                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                                                        I know I've lost my mind already. And....Whole Foods just informed me whole chickens are on sale this Friday. Fortunately, I woke up at the butt crack of dawn on Sunday and spent an hour at Target loading up on different sized compartments and I spent a very productive vacation afternoon at home today making a Google Doc drawing outline...OCD, much? It's not my fault, I blame my parents :) I must admit it's been super convenient already. Just today after I made the chicken dish, I realized I had 2 extra leeks that were starting to look sad so I chopped them and plopped them in the freezer. I would have loved to do that before but there was never enough room.

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                                                                                                    TorontoJo RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 08:01 AM

                                                                                                    For the mushrooms, what I've been doing lately is sautéing them in butter, then when most of the water is out of the mushrooms, I add some soy sauce and when the soy sauce is absorbed, I add some dry sherry and cook until that is absorbed. It's hard to go wrong with butter, soy sauce and sherry. :)

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                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: TorontoJo Feb 17, 2014 08:15 AM

                                                                                                      I basically have mushrooms that way at least every other day. It's so great, but I thought I should branch out but perhaps stick with what works :)

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                                                                                                        Gio RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 02:19 PM

                                                                                                        Add a little chopped garlic:
                                                                                                        Heat EVOO in a saute pan, add chopped garlic and cook till just pale golden, add sliced mushrooms, S & P. Let the resulting liquid reduce, splash in a little white wine, continue cooking about a minute or so. Taste for seasoning then add a sprinkle of minced parsley.

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                                                                                                          Ttrockwood RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 08:44 PM

                                                                                                          I just smeared some miso paste on shrooms, drizzled with a little toasted sesame oil and roasted them in the oven...... Really amazing. They let off a bit of liquid which became a delicious sauce for my seared tofu and greens.

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                                                                                                        LindaWhit RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                        I would have seasoned and seared the chicken thighs, and then sauteed the mushrooms and added marsala or madeira to the pan to deglaze, and maybe a smidge of heavy cream for a saucy-sauce. :-)

                                                                                                      3. JTPhilly RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 07:27 AM

                                                                                                        Last night was s simple braised beef -thin chuck steaks hit with mallet and lightly floured - browned and then braised in the deglazed aromatics with green peppers and canned crushed/diced tomatoes some garlic and a bay leaf - served with white rice and green salad - cheap fairly quick meal that gave just a little of that "sunday sauce" feeling to my busy day.

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                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: JTPhilly Feb 17, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                                                          Sounds similar to Swiss Steak?

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                                                                                                            JTPhilly RE: ChristinaMason Feb 17, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                                                                            Ha, yeah I had to look it up but yes pretty much exactly

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                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: JTPhilly Feb 17, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                            Thanks for the dinner inspiration JTPhilly. I am having swiss steak tonight after I read this post this afternoon.

                                                                                                          3. ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                            Yesterday we had a huge Szechuan lunch followed by a movie and cocktails out. Dinner was just the last of the Greek meatloaf from the freezer, which my DH crisped up on both sides in bacon grease and topped with American cheese. Gilding the lily, but it tasted good.

                                                                                                            Not sure WFD tonight.

                                                                                                            1. Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                                                              Thanks for 'splaining.. I don't feel very romantic today. I'm calling in a national sloth day. Fried eggs for breakfast and leftover ham mac and cheese for WFD. I'm thinking frozen peas for the side. Got to head back to bed and finish my mystery.

                                                                                                              1. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                For the first time in awhile, I'm having dinner cooked for me! Not by SO though, but by my cousin, who is a great cook. She lives about 5 minutes from my office, but since I'm usually on puppy duty on weekdays, I've never gotten together with her for dinner at her house. Since SO is off today, he gets to be on puppy duty, and I am going to cousin's for dinner. She said she's making some kind of creamy chicken and vegetable pasta. My contribution will be wine.

                                                                                                                1. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                  Hanging out with two of my lady friends tonight to get back into our uke groove. My little baby's been sitting around being ignored for months now.... >sigh<

                                                                                                                  I heard black bean soup and salad's on the menu, which works a-ok for me. Last week was a bit on the decadent side and I need to drop a few: I have a month of gigs coming up and need to squeeze into those vintage dresses :-)

                                                                                                                  1. meatn3 RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                    We are having a local Chow-down at a Chinese place for dinner tonight. One of the Chow-pups carefully writes down our order and gives it to the waiter. She's become a real pro!

                                                                                                                    The food is always excellent and it will be nice catching up with the folks. We order *a lot* so there will probably be leftovers for tomorrows lunch!

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                                                                                                                      meatn3 RE: meatn3 Feb 17, 2014 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                      Amazingly the only dish left over was a noodle soup which arrived at the table last. Since it was ordered for the two youngest (almost one and almost 4) it seemed logical for that family to bring it home.

                                                                                                                      Perfect sized group tonight and we've done this enough that conversation rambled enthusiastically and comfortably. Got to sit next to my favorite Chowpup and exchange whispers and giggles. So a really great day!

                                                                                                                      Plus my fortune was quite favorable. Perhaps the lucky numbers will be too?!

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                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: meatn3 Feb 17, 2014 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                        At most family gatherings I still sit at the kids' table. I love it.

                                                                                                                    2. Paprikaboy RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                      One pot wonder tonight. Chickpea and tomato stew with kale and prawns (would normally use octopus but the missus aint keen),

                                                                                                                      1. ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                        I think tonight I'm going to see whatever steaks look good at the store and serve with portabella mushroom caps stuffed with gorgonzola, cream cheese, chopped spinach, onion, thyme, and garlic. Some salad greens to round things out.

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                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Feb 17, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                          I could make a meal out of the mushroom alone. That sounds good. I wonder if I could do that with broccoli leaves that are braised in chicken stock instead of spinach.

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                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                            Broccoli leaves! I just planted my broccoli today and was admiring the gorgeous leaves with you in mind.

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                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                              You're killing me. More snow is in our Tuesday forecast. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: steve h. Feb 17, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                It is crazy to me that the weather from coast to coast is so extremely different right now! We had an overcast day on Saturday, but other than that, it's been 80 and sunny the last week.

                                                                                                                                I was at a coffee shop yesterday and overheard a bunch of L.A. strangers talking about how we haven't had one day of "winter" yet. They were kinda pissed.

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                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                  This East Coast winter reminds me of the '60s. No big deal. Weather happens.

                                                                                                                                  I'm still envious you can plant right now.

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                                                                                                                                    meatn3 RE: steve h. Feb 17, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    Weather is odd this year. We still have snow on the ground with forecast saying '70's on Wednesday!

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                                                                                                                                      Berheenia RE: steve h. Feb 18, 2014 04:31 AM

                                                                                                                                      Back in the 60's and 70's I had snow tires- wish I had them this year.

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                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                                  Definitely try the leaves. They get so sweet when cooked. I pulled some broccoli early today and will use it tomorrow. Just a heads up... fresh from the garden turns purple when you refrigerate it. Here is the proof...

                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    Lol @ the Gaviscon nearby.

                                                                                                                                    Your broccoli is gorgeous! Even more so with the purple tinge. I haven't dared try it in a while now, but it was my favorite veggie for years.

                                                                                                                                    My plant's in the ground, so come harvesting time, I'll definitely try the leaves and report back. Thanks for the tip!

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                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      I had a giggle at the Gaviscon too. All in this together, no offense. I need to find full jackets so I can get some broccoli leaves.

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                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 17, 2014 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                        Totally snort laughing. I didn't even notice the Gaviscon in the pic. That is just one of many bullpuck attempts at wellness. I have a whole OTC drugstore.
                                                                                                                                        So far, to my good fortune it hasn't turned on me so I continue to eat broccoli. I know I shouldn't, but I do. I have to eat it very well cooked and army green.

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                                                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                          Ha, I figured you didn't notice! I do that all the time too, I don't even notice them. I have a dedicated medication cabinet, but things make their way to the coffee table, dining table, even on the piano.

                                                                                                                                          When friends come by, they are particularly interested in fiddling with my IV equipment.

                                                                                                                                          Keep eating the broccoli! I only gave it up because my doctors told me to, even though it didn't seem to be giving me more trouble than anything else. Now I haven't had it for a few years and I'm terrified to try it again.

                                                                                                                                          IMO there's little rhyme or reason for some of the things we can or can't stomach. I was also eating an entire bag of popcorn 3 times a week with no problem, and that's a big no-no. I'd like to try that one out again; popcorn is the best snack in existence and nothing comes close as a substitute.

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                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                            OOOOOOHHHHHH POPCORN!!! I miss popcorn. You are right, there is no decent substitute for buttery popcorn. I can't eat corn either. I dream of corn on the cob and salad sometimes. It sucks. And you are so right about there being no logical reason for things I can't tolerate. Goat cheese seems harmless enough, right? One bite and I am in bed moaning in agony for hours. Same thing with beets. Those both seem so smooth and innocent. The corn I get.
                                                                                                                                            It is the fiber in broccoli that we should avoid. The dreaded bezoar is to blame. I know I eat things I shouldn't but if I can still tolerate them, I want to enjoy them while I can. I keep having to mark things off the list anyway. I want to keep as many things in the "good" category as I can for now.

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                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                              I've all but given up trying to figure it out, it's so random for me.

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                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 18, 2014 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                For me too. I can eat something one day and have it kick the crap out of me the next. My most random attack would have to be Gatorade. Really? And it was on a day I was doing good. Kept me in bed for two days. GI problems are a fickle bitch.

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                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Wow, crazy about the Gatorade! I hate that stuff. I stopped trying to drink it years ago. Vitamin Water was much better for me, but I can't handle fruity drinks anymore at all. If I drink just one sip mid-morning, I will be burping up the taste well into the night. TMI, sorry, but it ferments and tastes like crap within a few hours. Leaves me gagging.

                                                                                                                                                  Mmm, WFD. Appetizing convo for this thread, apologies.

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                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                "I know I eat things I shouldn't but if I can still tolerate them, I want to enjoy them while I can."

                                                                                                                                                Totally, I say go for it if it's not causing issues. Obviously if it makes you sick, you won't want to eat it anymore. I've had the same reaction to peanut butter as you have to goat cheese and beets. I've heard so many people with GP can eat peanut butter with no problem, drives me nuts. What I wouldn't give for a PB&J once in a while.

                                                                                                                                                And I hear you on salad and corn. I used to eat corn probably 5 times a week. Toss it into hash, on tacos, or just plain. I was eating corn until a year ago too with no problem, and then had one bad experience and it put me off.

                                                                                                                                                I spied a box of microwave popcorn in the back of my cabinet the other day that hasn't expired. I'm going to try it soon. I'm pushing my luck, but hey.

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                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Sometime one bad experience is enough. I had a very bad attack the last time I ate sauerkraut even though it has never bothered me before. It was so bad that i will likely never try it again. Same with wine. Never again. I have the same reaction to wine that you do with fruity drinks, that is if it doesn't come right up and leave me in hell for however it feels like staying.
                                                                                                                                                  I have no problem with peanut butter. I often use it to get back on track after a nasty attack to get some quick calories and protein. I seem to digest it okay. It is funny what your stomach desides is the enemy. Some things just seem so harmless, but can set me up for days of bedridden pain. I haven't had an attack that severe since Thanksgiving. I have had painful days but nothing severe like it had been. I hope i didn't just jinx it.

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                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                              I've been told to really limit my fiber, but I just can't part with my beloved vegetables. I'm OK with looking 4 months pregnant at night :)

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                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                People with gp tend to have bloaty belly too. Something to do with the slow digestion process. One of many delightful side effects to GP.

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                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Yea, my "cornflake" test was pretty consistent with a mild case of gp. I could have told the doctor that without costing my insurance a few $1000.

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                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                    They made me eat the dreaded microwavable Dinty Moore beef stew. And worse yet the pieces that they injected were the carrots. Horrid little mushballs. It sounded like gp to me too. All to familiar symptoms when you were attacking.

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                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                      They made you eat beef stew for your gastric emptying scan? Where did you have it done?

                                                                                                                                                      I've heard of that and it sounds AWFUL. I would've just thrown it back at them.

                                                                                                                                                      My first test was done with plain oatmeal, second with toast and grape jelly. They tried to get me to do eggs but I told them that would never happen.

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                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                        It was Sarasota Memorial Hospital. I had a choice between that and an egg salad sandwich. I chose the stew thinking I could cheat and eat the potatoes and push the rest around a bit. There was no way I was eating eggs in the middle of an attack. And then she gave me the dreaded carrot news and took the potato scam off the table. :-(

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                                                                                                                                                          nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Ha, I would've done the same with the potatoes. Yuck, that sounds totally gross!

                                                                                                                                                          You can totally taste the radioactive isotope, can't you? They tell you it's "totally" flavorless, but I could taste it subtly. The more noticeable thing was it COATED my tongue and throat. Both times I had it, I literally could feel it all over my mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Yes you can taste it. They tried to feed me that same line. But I am a little sensitive to medications. I can taste a saline push. I swear they were trying to kill me when they put me on a heprin drip. It was like they were putting paint thinner in my IV. And i know you are aware of what the dreaded R drug does to your insides. Has the stomach spasms subsided yet btw?

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                                                                                                                                                              nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm super sensitive to meds too. The saline taste is legit. I can't believe some people can't taste it.

                                                                                                                                                              Last month in the hospital, they put a double-lumen picc line in without telling me first, so it has two ports to clean and use and take care of. I have to flush them with 2 syringes of saline daily. So that's 4 nice pushes of saline flavor after dinner. I chew gum now when I do it because sometimes the taste just makes me nauseous.

                                                                                                                                                              I've been taking double doses of the D drug (Dom--------) 3 to 4 times per day, and one dose of the R drug at night before bed. This has been working wonders so far. I don't notice the spasms if they're still happening, since I go to sleep immediately. The best part is now when I wake up, I'm not still burping up food from the night before. It's so awesome not to feel totally nauseous every morning. Last night I actually fell asleep early without taking the R and I didn't even realize it until I felt so heavy and full and sick this AM.

                                                                                                                                                              So for now, I'll be staying on this cocktail of meds and hope it keeps working.

                                                                                                                                                              Glad to hear you haven't had a bad attack since Thanksgiving. That's a nice long streak! I'm going on a couple weeks here and it feels like an eternity in the best way possible. Just yesterday I was feeling SO INCREDIBLY amazing that I almost broke into tears as I drove around in the L.A. sunshine. It was a lazy gorgeous Sunday afternoon and I felt so damn grateful. My bf reminded me that my intense "amazing" feeling is just probably how a healthy person feels every day, and it made me all the more grateful that I get to feel like that now and then.

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                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                They tried me out on the Dom for a bit but it made me sick every time I took it. So it is R 4x a day. Dr backed me down to 10MG too. I am really happy they found a drug cocktail that is working for you. I still feel like every good day is still a gift. I don't think that will go away since it is fresh in my mind how it feels.
                                                                                                                                                                I am so glad that you have two weeks of feeling good behind you. It's a good feeling. You really drink in a good day like a fine champagne.
                                                                                                                                                                Good to know I am not alone in tasting IV drugs. The first time I got an IV and she did the push I said ""what the hell?". The nurse said only about 5% of patients taste the meds. We are the minority.
                                                                                                                                                                To be honest, I am glad we both have the attitude that we have. I can't be better but I can be accepting of my illness. I will not let it rule me nor make me angry and bitter. Not that I don't get downright pissed off at this situation, I just don't stay that way and have it effect my life around me. I will always have hope for every GP sufferer.

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                                                                                                                                                                  nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 12:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Nicely put Suzigirl.

                                                                                                                                                                  I had no idea only 5% of people taste the IVs. That seems crazy to me! I've had a few nurses ask me recently if I could taste the saline as they injected it in the hospital. And my mom asked me too. I'd never been asked that before, and just assumed everyone could taste it.

                                                                                                                                                                  I flew too close to the sun this afternoon and ate half a PB&J on some homemade bread from yesterday. I just couldn't resist. 20 minutes later and I was writhing in pain, sweating profusely, nauseous, etc. It just subsided. That was about 6 hours of blah, but could've been worse. I'm hoping it's over for the night. Nothing worse than being up all night with the dry heaves.

                                                                                                                                                                  Feeling so grateful today. Boyfriend just left; he is so good to me when I'm sick. And for all the sh*t people give to modern Western medicine, it's truly a miracle to be on drugs which allow us to eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 12:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Honey don't give into temptation again. Going into shock over 1/2 of a PBJ is not good:( That is too much stress on your little body.End.Of.Story.......Nurse Ratchett:)

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                                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 19, 2014 12:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you Nurse Ratchett!

                                                                                                                                                                      I already told the boyfriend to stop me next time I try to eat PB. He's been trying to talk me out of it for days. I wouldn't even keep it in the house, except I use it for my homemade dog treats. I think I learned my lesson today finally.

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                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I totally understand the siren song of forbidden foods. I have punished myself with both lettuce and wine. Goat cheese too, I am pretty sure. You start thinking that you feel better, why not? And then the pain and retching set in and why not turns into WHY???
                                                                                                                                                                      How did we get so lucky with our boyfriends? Oh the horrors mine has seen. Between the trip to the ER for nearly stroking out with my BP,three heart attacks in one day and GP(and you know how very unflattering that can be)...it's a wonder how he can deal. Just proves there are good ones out there.
                                                                                                                                                                      I know a lot of people who are anti prescriptions, my bf included, but I can't imagine my life without them.

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                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, lettuce. I totally get it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Chow has very politely reprimanded me about our chatting here. So we'll have to end it. Thanks for commiserating Suzigirl, and yes, we are lucky to have our men (and meds!).

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                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          it has been nice chatting. I am surprised the Mods let us chat so long.

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                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Me too!

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                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Ugh, I've had total reprieve from bloating for the last couple years and now (seemingly) out of nowhere, it's baaaaaack!

                                                                                                                                                    And with a vengeance. I'm not eating any fiber so I can't figure out what's causing it.

                                                                                                                                                    I've resorted to taking selfies in the mirror to show to my doctor. They always dismiss symptoms like bloating, saying "It's not a big deal." My damn pants don't button up!!! I know it's not dangerous, but it's seriously uncomfortable.

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                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The bloating is the worst. I hate the Ethiopian baby belly syndrome. I always have a distended belly from this. Just another charming side effect.

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                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Aww, well hopefully it will go away someday. Mine went away overnight almost when I started on meds. I'm still on said meds, but the belly is huge. It looks even funnier when the rest of you is like a skeleton. I convinced myself I must be pregnant last week when this all began again.

                                                                                                                                                        If anyone comments on it, I'm just going to play the pregnant card.

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                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Im so glad you can relate. I have my tiny little sticks for arms and legs, I lost my booty entirely but the belly remains. Lets hope your Dr listens to you and gets the bloating thing worked out. It sucks when you feel like you swallowed a bus.

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                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Don't even get me started on the booty. I keep telling bf that if I had a nice big butt (and boobs to match), I'd probably look pretty proportionate. Or even if I could get back to normal.

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                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I kept the boobies. ;-) Lost the booty though. My bf teases me that my feet are so small(size 4) and my boobs are so big(DD) that I should fall over all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 12:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Ha!

                                                                                                                                                                Isn't it crazy where the fat comes and goes?

                                                                                                                                                                My boobs were one of the first things to suffer. It was unfortunate. The butt stayed until a few months ago, which makes me think my booty was entirely muscle. It held strong through the weight loss, until the muscle wasting set in.

                                                                                                                                                                I found this "Victoria's Secret Model Workout" on Pinterest and it promises amazing butt results. Like everything else on Pinterest, I'm sure I'll get 2 minutes in and realize it's a sham, but hey.

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                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Up until GP when I lost weight the boobs were the first to go. And unlike tour booty, my boobs have no muscle so why they stayed will remain a mystery.
                                                                                                                                                                  good luck trying the VS workout. Can't hurt, right?

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                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                Does it ever turn yellow? I've noticed often store stuff is yellow inside. With your green thumb, maybe you'd know, is that a sign of age?

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                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Yes it is. If it were still in the ground , it would be flowering. It can still be used for soup so it isn't wasted.... wait, inside? No, I wouldn't eat it if it is yellow inside. That is too old.

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                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yellow inside the stalks?? I've never seen that.

                                                                                                                                                    Yellow on the tips I've read is mature brocc. I used to find it like that at WF a lot and ate it anyway, sometimes with flowers even, and thought it tasted fine.

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                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                      No, no, not the stalks. Yellow on the florets on the interior where they are adjacent to each other.

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                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Oh, okay. Yes I used to get those all the time from the local grocery store. Sometimes I'd pull off the really yellow/white parts if there were a lot, but can't say it seemed to affect their taste negatively. Then again, maybe I just loved broccoli so much that it didn't bother me.

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                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 18, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I haven't noticed a difference either just something I observed.

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                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: ChristinaMason Feb 17, 2014 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                                              I never made it to the store, so this didn't happen. A friend came over and we snacked on cantaloupe chunks, buttered popcorn, snack mix, and cashews while watching the latest Downton Abbey. My DH is making fried rice with bits and bobs from the fridge, so I imagine I'll have a little bit of that as well.

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                                                                                                                                                TorontoJo RE: ChristinaMason Feb 17, 2014 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                That sounds sorta perfect. :o)

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                                                                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                              WFD tonight is going to be a mash up of this past weekends successes and failures.

                                                                                                                                              I took the day off on Friday, and the hubster requested meatloaf and scalloped potatoes for Vday dinner. No problem, right? Well, I decided to double the meatloaf recipe so that I could throw one in the freezer. Decided to cook that one meatloaf earlier in the day, not sure why, but good thing. I decided to take a little nap for the hour that it takes the meatloaf to cook. TWO HOURS later I wake up to the smell of the meatloaf, WAY overcooked. Luckily I didn't fall asleep for the cooking of the second one.

                                                                                                                                              Saturday I did a roast chicken on a bed of root vegetables. Came out excellent, but I have WAY to many of the roast vegetables now.

                                                                                                                                              So my idea is to make a roast vegetable meatloaf soup! The overcooked meatloaf tastes good, but is just too dry for my liking (although the hubster claims he thinks it's fine). I'm thinking about heating up some chicken stock, throwing in the root veggies and then pureeing that with my hand blender. Add in chopped up meatloaf to heat through. It'll either be splendid or down the drain. Wish me luck!

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                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 17, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                You could also use the roasted veg. and meatloaf in a shepherd's (really cottage) pie. Make a nice brown gravy, cover the crumbled meatloaf and chopped up veg., maybe some sauteed onions, peas, and thyme for good measure. Cover in (cheddar?) mashed potatoes, run the tines of of fork over the top, drizzle with melted butter and bake off until bubbly.

                                                                                                                                                I'm hungry thinking about it.

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                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: ChristinaMason Feb 18, 2014 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Oooo...I'll have to remember that for next time. I think the hubster would approve.

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                                                                                                                                                  Gio RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 17, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                  That's a perfect save, if you ask me. Last night we roasted a chicken on root vegetables!! so tonight we're heating up leftover soup with beans, cabbage, and sausages we made two days ago and adding the L/O veggies to it. With garlic bread it should be quite enough to get us through a frigid New England night.

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                                                                                                                                                    givemecarbs RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 17, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Let us know how it turns out. I like your idea I think real cooks never make the same soup twice. Can't help but chime in on what I would do though. I like my meatloaf moist so I make it with a thick catsup bark but also make rich beef gravy with mushrooms, onions and garlic. I almost always make mashed potatoes and I love the way the potatoes look with a crater of brown gravy with mushroom slices.
                                                                                                                                                    I recently bought four pounds of stew beef from Costco just so I could make a beefy gravy. 'Course I used the stew beef for other things too.

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                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: givemecarbs Feb 18, 2014 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Oh man, I LOVE mushroom gravy, but the man does not abide by mushrooms, so I rarely make it.

                                                                                                                                                      Drumroll...the soup came out great, with one small tweak. I felt that it was a bit salty and missing "something." I then decided to add a bit of sour cream to it, and voila! You couldn't tell that the meatloaf was overcooked, and the roasted vegetable base of the soup was fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                  2. MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I had a huge chicken breast (bone in skin on) set aside from the Trini chicken that has been in the fridge dry brining (Zuni style). Tonight I am going to do the chicken with milk recipe. I have 1/2&1/2 instead of milk. Sides will be buttery mashed potatoes and just barely steamed super crisp asparagus. A roll to use as a mop for the milky sauce. I love this thread because I have gotten so many great recipes to try from here!

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                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: MamasCooking Feb 17, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The sides sound just perfect for that meal.

                                                                                                                                                    2. TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Tonight is a "work through dinner" night, so I'm keeping it super simple: roasted broccoli and cauliflower with a bowl of spicy hummous to dip 'em in.

                                                                                                                                                      Fortunately working from home means I can still have my glass of Cremant while I work. :0)

                                                                                                                                                      1. steve h. RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Leftover duck will be pulled from the coolerator (leg, thigh and a left breast). Deb will bathe some Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered, in duck fat, carrots will round out the meal. Wine will be red. Supper will be late tonight but I don't mind. Car stuff will be on the plasma.

                                                                                                                                                        1. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Inspired this afternoon by JTPhilly's post I am smelling a big pot of swiss steak bubbling away on the stovetop. Cubed steaks were dredged in seasoned flour(badia, garlic powder, sunny paris and pepper) and pan fried and put aside. Part of a red pepper was diced up and sautéed in the pan and two peeled and chopped tomatoes went in along with half a can of V8 that James opened for a bloody mary yesterday, some tomato paste, beef broth, a couple of minced garlic cloves and a bay leaf. The beef was added back in and it is bloop blooping away as I type. Jasmine rice and frozen sweet peas to go with.
                                                                                                                                                          I pulled two heads of broccoli from the garden today and am contemplating what to do with them. They look so pretty. Can't wait to cook them.

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                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 17, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                            "bloop blooping" best sound ever.

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                                                                                                                                                              grayelf RE: fldhkybnva Feb 17, 2014 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Thought the SO was away for dinner tonight but he is coming home so it will be prawn and cod Thai red curry over leftover quinoa with a bit of broncoli and monkey brains that need using up (not very Southeast Asian, I know, but the glugs of fish sauce will cover it up!).

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                                                                                                                                                                grayelf RE: grayelf Feb 17, 2014 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Turns out this was a happy combo, prawn and cod, and the SO has requested that it reappear in future :-).

                                                                                                                                                          2. tcamp RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I decided to spend some time with the pressure cooker this weekend. Dinner was braised beets in the PC, braised short ribs also in the PC, and polenta/cheesy grits. Right after I put the PC and ribs on, I had to run out to the HOA board meeting for a finance emergency so DH did the polenta. I walked in just as they were sitting down to eat.

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                                                                                                                                                              sedimental RE: tcamp Feb 17, 2014 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I love my PC and use it about every other day...twice on Sunday :)
                                                                                                                                                              Very underutilized in the USA. Great piece of kitchen equipment. Oxtail will go in it tomorrow!

                                                                                                                                                            2. Cherylptw RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I had some Thanksgiving stuffing to use up & chicken breasts so that became stuffed breasts for dinner. A box of Uncle Ben's broccoli cheese rice (with some steamed broccoli added in for good measure) and the last of the refrigerated green peas. Drippings from last week's turkey wings and slurry were turned into a sauce to spoon over the top of the chicken. T'was a good meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                jammy RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I got sucked into the Jerusalem vortex today. Potato and parsnip latkes for lunch and chicken soup with kneidel for dinner, accompanied by falafel with hummus and tahini. I'm so full I feel like I'm going to platz. Mr. Jammy said it was the best chicken soup he'd ever had, Jammys junior ate latkes despite them containing weird things (parsnip) and green junk (chives), and the leftover falafel are slowly disappearing every time I open the fridge. L'chaim!

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                                                                                                                                                                  ChrisOfStumptown RE: jammy Feb 17, 2014 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  love that book

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                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight was a Cornish hen in the pressure cooker with Sweet chili sauce and soy sauce covered in chopped garlic, chinese broccoli strewn over the top for 9 minutes and quick release. Perfectly cooked and succulent. Sides of white rice and spicy eggplant topping. Very quick and easy. Start to finish was about 30 minutes. Riesling went well with it all.

                                                                                                                                                                  Dessert was hot cinnamon whiskey and fennel almond cookies. Nice and herby sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: sedimental Feb 17, 2014 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. ChrisOfStumptown RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 10:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Five spice pork chop with mango salsa and coconut rice. I will need to figure out the right water level for the rice as swapping out some water for the same quantity of water left the rice a bit dry.

                                                                                                                                                                    Desert of lebovitz's blackberry lime sorbet, tangerine wedges, and pineapple run under the broiler with ginger syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                    Decided to plate well rather than grousing about not plating well.

                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                      MamasCooking RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 17, 2014 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Now I am hungry:)

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                                                                                                                                                                        GretchenS RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 18, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Gorgeous!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 19, 2014 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Very nice! Sounds (and looks) delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                          NancyChin RE: mariacarmen Feb 17, 2014 10:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Pasta with homemade marinara sauce, tossed with shredded chicken, arugula and shaved pecorino romano.

                                                                                                                                                                          It was tasty and helped to clear out my fridge. Win win.

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.yummyreads.com

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                                                                                                                                                                            NancyChin RE: NancyChin Feb 18, 2014 12:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            ...And it's now 1am and I've started working on a strawberry vanilla buttermilk ice cream. It will be 3am by the time it has cooled, blended and churned. Tired, but excited!

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                                                                                                                                                                              NancyChin RE: NancyChin Feb 20, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Mmm! I don't like ice creams that are too creamy and this one was perfect. Slightly tangy from the buttermilk, small chunks of strawberries and perfect texture.

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                                                                                                                                                                          2. fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight's dinner will be French Onion pork tenderloin with braised kale. However, I can't stop thinking about Thursday's dinner, a Fra Diavolo sauce is "bloop blooping" (to borrow a phrase from suzigirl) on the stove in preparation for a giant birthday pot of seafood.

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                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Nice birthday dinner plans. It sounds really good.Bloop bloop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks. I've been craving mussels so I figured it was a good time. Now I just need to figure out what kind of seafood I want to throw in. I roasted enough animals around the holidays so though I usually have some part of a roaming beast for my birthday, I thought I'd save it for Easter.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight is an old beater recipe from Allrecipes. It involves chicken breasts marinated in Italian Salad Dressing then baked with roasted peppers (we have red) and Havarti cheese. The sauce is a hoot- a tablespoon each of Wooster, white cooking wine, butter and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt. Served on white rice, courtesy of TJ's. Down to my last fresh veg- a bag of TJ's chard of many colors. Tomorrow we face the driveway as we are running out of stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: Berheenia Feb 18, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I love that kaleidoscope chard and I too will be hitting the pavement to replenish the kitchen tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. gini RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Last night we ate up some leftovers: roasted salmon with herbs and asparagus with gremolata. A chocolate souffle with some vanilla ice cream rounded things out.

                                                                                                                                                                                I'll either brown some sausage and throw it together with sauce tonight over kale, or we'll have chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  SO has a work dinner thing tonight so I get to do a little experiment in the kitchen. I guess it's not really a crazy one, but it should be interesting. I'm taking the Bayless Chipotle Meatball recipe and turning it into meatloaf, for DOTM. I'll have it with brown rice and either asparagus or broccoli since I have tons in the fridge. I can add two chiles instead of just one to the sauce since SO will not be partaking.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Also since I have some room left in my grocery budget this week, I'm going to check out the middle eastern market that is near my work. I plan on buying za'tar (sp?), harissa and some turkish chile paste since I've had some recipes I've been wanting to try for awhile that involve those ingredients. Also picking up some mint for the meatloaf. And, we'll see what else strikes my fancy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Feb 18, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    You'll love your market purchases. I no longer can live without harissa and use za'tar pretty frequently too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: fldhkybnva Feb 18, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh it was fun. But, alas, they did not have harissa! The market is pretty small, it's actually in an old Blockbuster store. But I got something called "hot pepper paste" so I don't know if that's the same thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The biggest find there though was the spices. 3oz of za'atar for $1.49? OK yes please. Most of their spices were no more than $2 for the bag. They even had Saffron for 9.99/oz. The lamb looked pretty cheap at 3.99/lb for lamb shoulder but my freezer is full up at the moment. My mint was also 79 cents for a huge bunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Feb 18, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        It sounds similar, and either way I'm sure very delicious. Wow, such a great find. It's amazing how spice prices can vary even at the same store. Wegmans sells the some of the same spices in the regular spice aisle and the International aisle and the spices in the International aisle are much cheaper. I really need to find a middle Eastern market, and an Indian one as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: juliejulez Feb 18, 2014 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice haul Julie. Sounds like a place that I would shop often.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. JTPhilly RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a pound of cow-share ground beef defrosted and some hominy in the fridge and a block of Jack so I am thinking enchiladas or chili or some kind of casserole that is a hybrid.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Black bean soup and salad last night was yum, and we even got some ukin' in between shootin' the shit :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        My man picked himself up some pulled pork and smoked thighs from a local 'cue purveyor, so we'll be having the leftovers from that. I'll augment their (too sweet) slaw with some leftover shredded cabbage & a bit of shaved red onion, and we should be good to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Friends coming over after dinner to watch Sunday's epis of TWD and TD. Woot.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yeah, and we got another 4 inches of snow last night. Might really be time to get that sled out of the garage!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 18, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Any of the bbq worth getting around here can only be had on the weekends after five when the health inspectors are off duty. the bbq trucks come out to their usual haunts and sell for the weekends only. Damn it, now I want bbq.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll soon be smoking my own again but really can't be bothered with 20 inches of snow on the patio :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                            Soon, tho. But not soon enough...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 18, 2014 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I lost custody of the smoker in the divorce. I miss it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Dang.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzi, there's a well-rated stovetop smoker sold online for about $50. if you want, I can dig up the link. I got one for Christmas but have yet to try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Feb 19, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does it work on a ceramic cooktop? If so than yes please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not positive about that, but check it out: http://www.cameronsproducts.com/stove...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        suzigirl RE: ChristinaMason Feb 19, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will. Thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just checked it out. I will have to check my manual first or the manufacturer. Thanks for the link.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fowler RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "I lost custody of the smoker in the divorce. I miss it."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    So you are single again? Just so you know, there are approximately over 1,000,000 men that would love to be with you based upon all of your great qualities.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: Fowler Feb 19, 2014 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I lost the smoker but gained a wonderful bf that has been my friend since I was 14. We have been together 8 years now. Couldn't ask for more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fowler RE: suzigirl Feb 20, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Suzi, I am not surprised and that could make a great country western song. Think about this with a Tammy Wynette style southern drawl of singing..."I lost the smoker but I got me a great man..." :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: Fowler Feb 20, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now you're talking. We'll ask lingua to do vocals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 20, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the offer, but I really, really, *really* hate country, save for a few notable exceptions (we do a Patsy Cline tune).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 20, 2014 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It was worth a shot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: suzigirl Feb 20, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Suzi, Maybe if you translate the lyrics into German and you write some Oompah music to go with those lyrics she could get on board. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                steve h. RE: linguafood Feb 20, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Big fan of Patsy Cline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Good call. What is the song?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Last night we had chicken tacos. I know nothing about Mexican food so used this recipe: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...
                                                                                                                                                                                                And used guacamole instead of the lettuce as we had avocados that had to be used - and a couple of fresh tomatillos from the garden. They were very nice despite the overly enthusiastic application of sour cream by the bloke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight there's half a Savoy cabbage that needs to be dispatched. I'm thinking of turning it into an Italian soup with bread and cheese layered in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: Frizzle Feb 18, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I want to eat those now!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja RE: Frizzle Feb 18, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just keep looking at this photo, hoping I can will those tacos to my front door.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Absolutely mouth-watering!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: Frizzle Feb 18, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      tacos are maybe my favorite food - they're so versatile - so many filling options!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      those look great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kontxesi RE: Frizzle Feb 18, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Taco night is the best night. Nothing gets my mouth watering like pictures of fried tortillas. <3

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: Frizzle Feb 19, 2014 01:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And the cabbage and bread soup. Plenty left over for dinner tomorrow night too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ETA: And thanks for all the kind words about the tacos. I'm a total newbie to Mexican food so it's good to know what I'm making looks ok to those who know much more than I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: Frizzle Feb 19, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The tacos seriously looked amazing. I've gone back to click on the picture 3 times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. mariacarmen RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          the best of plans....

                                                                                                                                                                                                          no short ribs happened. nada happened in the kitchen last night, as my Oldster fell, yet AGAIN, yesterday morning. we spent all day in the ER, got pizza delivered for him when we got home. no broken bones but a very bruised and VERY sore back/ribcage. no bueno.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          the BF treated me to a fabulous late dinner last night tho - argentinian steak place around the corner from my house - ginormous rib eye that we split, roasted small potatoes, chimichurri, a grilled artichoke, and a hearts of palm/avocado salad. big fat glass of red for me, made me feel almost human again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          at the Oldster's again today - he really can't be left alone to do anything right now - and will roast a chicken for him tonight. my sister and i will indulge ourselves in the crispy skin he always peels off, and to-go sushi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          short ribs are in the fridge to make tomorrow night, eat Thurs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Poor man. You ladies are the best!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: Berheenia Feb 18, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You ladies are the best. We all get old and that's a simple fact of life. Family makes a difference. Well done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              :( Poor guy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm sorry to hear Olster had another all, but it's good that he's bumped and bruised but no other damage. Your dinner out with the BF sounds like a fantastic treat. You are such a great daughter and I really admire how devoted you are to your father's care. As someone with a very sick mother, I know that it can be very hard at times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dang. The falling is our biggest worry with my FIL, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry for you gals and the old man. Hope he and you have a luckier run for the foreseeable future!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Poor him and poor you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good thoughts your way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh no. Not again. That poor man. He is very lucky to have you and your sister so close and so willing to step up when the shit hits the fan AND on a day to day basis. You and your sister have hearts of gold.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was nice of the mister to treat you to steak after such a tough day. Now enjoy that chicken skin tonight. Here's to a speedy recovery for your dad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad he didn't break a rib, mc!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: roxlet Feb 18, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks, all, you're all too wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very scary, but glad nothing is broken. It's so hard to watch our parents age and become less and less self sufficient. He is very fortunate to have his family around him!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And your late dinner sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh no, mc, so sorry to hear about your Oldster and so glad it wasn't worse. Poor man and poor daughters!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope your father feels better soon MC. Thank goodness he has you and your sister to look after him. I hope the spare ribs are as rich and delicious as they sound on Thursday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Awwww, Oldster! I hope he rests and heals quickly, mc! Enjoy your crispy chicken skin. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grayelf RE: LindaWhit Feb 18, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pobre papi, must be scary for him to be so wobbly on his pins :-(. As others have said, you are the best hija. Having my own wobbly oldster, I feel for ya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, I will toast you and he with a piece of fried chicken, if the lineup gods allow it. Trying out a newish place in town...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mc, a few years ago, my grandpa fell and broke his hip, went to rehab etc etc and about a week after he got home, he fell and broke the other one. Went through rehab again, and while it was rough there for awhile, he has gotten a lot better and at almost 94, he's doing pretty well. Plus he has two titanium hips so those can't break again! He and grandma (who is almost 89) still live independently. So, I think the Oldster will pull through just fine :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rabaja RE: juliejulez Feb 18, 2014 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You've got some good genes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: juliejulez Feb 18, 2014 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yeah, no kidding!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the thing is, he's got acute leukemia, so there's not too much chance of him pulling all the way through... but he is 85 and if he can enjoy whatever time he has left, we'll be happy with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thanks julie!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and everyone else too - kind thoughts, good wishes - all really appreciated!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hang in there, sista! ribeyes sound fab.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ludmilasdaughter RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh your poor pappa. He is very lucky to have you and your sister in his life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kudos to your BF for comforting you with cow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. TorontoJo RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another business trip, so WFD the rest of the week is restaurant food. Tonight is Peruvian, which means I get to have lomo saltado, which makes me very happy! I hate traveling two weeks in a row, since eating out all the time makes it a challenge to maintain weight. Fortunately, back-to-back trips are not frequent. Willpower is not one of my strengths!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: TorontoJo Feb 19, 2014 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That would be a fun one to try making from scratch...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TorontoJo RE: ChristinaMason Feb 20, 2014 03:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, it's been on my list of "must make someday" forever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sadly, this version wasn't that good. I did make up for it last night with some excellent Indian food. Had 6 colleagues with me, so we got to order a bit of a feast. I love having lots of little bits of different dishes! The bottle of Conundrum white was pretty nice, too...BYOB in Jersey is sometimes a hassle, but sometimes pretty handy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ludmilasdaughter RE: TorontoJo Feb 19, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hear you on the weight thing while traveling. I'm off to Madrid in the beginning of March and full plan on coming back at least one dress size larger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              linguafood RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 19, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You likely won't due to all the walking. Just stick to the ham and seafood tapas :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nothingswrong RE: linguafood Feb 19, 2014 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                @ludmilasdaughter: Best pastries ever. Eat them too please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: linguafood Feb 19, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But what about the suckling pig?!! And the Spanish omelette? And the sausages? And Paella? And the cheese? Not to mention the pastries that nothingswrong mentions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm doomed!!! (I know, poor me, I don't expect any pity.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 19, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I say eat it all. You may not get to go back for many years, or ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't imagine the regrets I'd have if I'd been "dieting" while on vacation in Europe. Food is as big a part of traveling overseas as the sights IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Go and gain a few pounds; you won't regret it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Njchicaa RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leftover Beef Bourguignon pulled from the freezer will be served over rice with roasted broccoli. I was exhausted all day and my nap after work didn't help the situation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Red beans and rice. Made over the weekend with Rancho Gordo beans cooked in a lovely ham stock made with a gorgeous ham shank, andouille and diced smoked pork shoulder. Can hardly wait!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  duhhh-roool...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GretchenS RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK if I may be immodest, I have nailed this recipe. That after an incredibly disappointing version following the normally reliable Cooks Illustrated a couple of weeks ago (which was nonetheless scarfed down at a potluck). Differences: Rancho Gordo beans, homemade ham stock (shank cost $2 or $3, big deal, plus copious aromatics), double the trinity and add it towards the end so it retains some integrity, up the amount of andouille. I will say though it is a pretty stodgy meal, would no doubt have helped if I had a sous chef to put together a nice salad but I didn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What are rancho gordo beans?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tcamp RE: fldhkybnva Feb 19, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Your bank balance doesn't want you to know about these 'tho your taste buds may.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.ranchogordo.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: tcamp Feb 19, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          too funny, it is a splurge but so very worth it to me...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You are not gonna get away with alluding to but not posting your perfect recipe :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GretchenS RE: ChristinaMason Feb 20, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here goes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 lb good quality red beans -- I used Rancho Gordo Sangre de Toro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kosher salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 meaty ham shank or hock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 carrot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 celery stalks (divided), 2 diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 bay leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          few sprigs thyme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 tsp Tabasco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 small onions, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 garlic, minced by hand (not through a mincer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1 cubanelle (or green bell) pepper, diced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bacon grease or other fat of choice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          12 oz andouille, cut lengthwise and sliced into 1/4 pieces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4 to 6 oz ham or smoked pork shoulder, cubed small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          red wine winegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          optional: juice from jar of hot deli sliced peppers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brine beans 12 to 24 hours (mine took 24 hours to get rid of their wrinkles) in water to cover by a couple inches plus 3 T kosher salt (Cooks Illustrated method).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Make a ham stock with your ham shank or hock, a carrot, a celery and 8 cups water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Simmer beans in ham stock, adding bay leaves, thyme, Tabasco and a pinch more salt if needed after 30 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sauté diced onion, celery and pepper in bacon fat till starting to brown. Add garlic and sauté till fragrant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When beans are about done, stir in sautéed aromatics and simmer another 5 or 10 minutes (or more if too soupy).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When enough liquid is gone, add andouille, ham, 1 tsp red wine vinegar and 1 tsp hot pepper juice, simmer a few minutes and then check for seasoning and adjust to taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Serve with rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeanne RE: GretchenS Feb 20, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you use smoked andouille Gretchen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: Jeanne Feb 21, 2014 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yes, I do, did not realize there was any other kind, sorry would have specified if I had known

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mariacarmen RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooh i love rancho gordos.... looks completely scrumptious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A true C.O.R.N. night:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 cup of coleslaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1/2 baked potato (I'll add butter & sour cream)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 cup of roasted broccoli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yeah. I'm SICK OF SNOW. Another 7" fell today - left work early, and it took me triple the usual time to get home. Thankfully, it'll be around 40° tomorrow and mid-50s by Friday, with some expected rain on Wednesday and Friday (and some sun on Thursday). Although the rain and warmer weather probably mean flooding, as the ground is frozen 20" below the surface so it can't absorb the melting snow. Wish we could ship some of the snowmelt to southern CA for their reservoirs as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. weezieduzzit RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am positively freezing despite the warm weather- it's just me. I want something both spicy and well spiced to warm me up from the inside so I'm going to create a one dish chicken skillet with Moroccan flavors like assorted veggies and cinnamon, ginger, garlic, chiles, preserved lemon, cumin, turmeric, coriander, s&p, coriander, etc. I'll dig around in the cabinets for dried fruit and will see what kind of nuts we have in the freezer. The impending purchase of another vintage car means there will not be any extra shopping for a couple of weeks, just lots of making due but that's alright, I'll use it as an opportunity to clean things out around here. Greens from the garden will be sauteed with garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm guessing the man will want rice so I'll toast it with some spices and cook it with the chicken stock that happens to be on the stove today. Sort of like halal cart rice but more full flavored. I can put the leftover chicken over the leftover rice for his lunch tomorrow and we'll all be happy. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GretchenS RE: weezieduzzit Feb 19, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            weezie, that may be a frugal meal but it sure sounds divine! my guess is you will dine better than most over the next couple of weeks, shopping or no...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weezieduzzit RE: GretchenS Feb 20, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thank you, Gretchen. It should certainly get more interesting as the week progresses! Its amazing what a well stocked spice cabinet can do, though- don't you think?!!? Essential!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: weezieduzzit Feb 20, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's amazing what I can create when I force myself to use what I have. Some of my favorite go-to meals were the result of cleaning out the fridge and cabinets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Fowler RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Total "comfort food". Apple wood smoked and grilled venison, green beans sautéed with bacon, roasted garlic and pearl onions and a side of cheesy hash brown potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: Fowler Feb 18, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hi Fowler!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fowler RE: juliejulez Feb 18, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi juliejulez! I was thinking of you when I was in Chicago last week. Great city, but I think you made a good decision to move out west. It is good to hear from you and I hope everything you are eating is tasty and things are going well!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: Fowler Feb 18, 2014 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha I've definitely been happy with that decision this winter! Glad to see you posting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. steve h. RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We're cleaning out the fridge. I found a duck breast, Deb discovered a bit of steak (tenderloin). We went our own ways: Deb made a sandwich on rye when the meat warmed to room temperature, I gently steamed the duck breast sufficient to render some fat and some leftover peas. House red washed it all down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NCIS will be on the plasma tonight, Deb insists.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit RE: steve h. Feb 18, 2014 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Geez. Your C.O.R.N. dinner was WAY better than mine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 18, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leftovers can be pretty good here. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS RE: steve h. Feb 19, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cleaning out the fridge in anticipation of the annual trip to Italy? Which I seem to rememebr is not Rome this year?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I believe he said Naples.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve h. RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No, just a routine clearing out of the coolerator. Napoli in April. I rented a nifty place with a large terrace that overlooks the bay. There's a well-equipped kitchen so we should be able to share "what's for dinner."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roxlet RE: steve h. Feb 19, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you have a particular service you use to find these gems? And do you always plan to be close to a market?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steve h. RE: roxlet Feb 19, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I use the interwebs to find places. Sites like VRBO in the States and Roman Reference can be helpful but broad search inquiries can work too. Due diligence is key.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Markets are important to me because they're both fun and educational. Living on the economy, shopping every day, chatting up the locals, etc. makes me feel connected. I would be a total failure at an all-inclusive resort.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nothingswrong RE: steve h. Feb 19, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad to see a rec for VRBO. I've been eyeing a few rentals from there but don't know anyone who's used it personally. Thanks Steve!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steve h. RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 04:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VRBO can be a good reference site. I booked a houseboat in Sausalito last year for the month of August and was very happy with the results. Be aware that dealing with owners is not the same as dealing with an international hotel chain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Due diligence is key.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rabaja RE: steve h. Feb 19, 2014 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another fan of vrbo. Have found amazing homes in Hawaii we can't wait to go back to.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like anything, you have to do your homework, but it's a great resource.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mariacarmen RE: rabaja Feb 19, 2014 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ditto only local stuff (napa, sonoma) but have had great luck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  there's also airbnb.com, which i haven't tried yet but friends of mine have to great success.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've used it. We found a great condo in Hawaii via VRBO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juliejulez RE: nothingswrong Feb 19, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My old boss rented an amazing condo in Maui through VRBO, he had a very good experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothingswrong RE: juliejulez Feb 19, 2014 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, what I wouldn't give to go to Maui sometime soon. One of my favorite vacation spots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm hoping to rent a small house (since I have to cook all my own food these days) in Palm Desert/Springs for as long as possible for the $$ I've saved up. I'm thinking several weeks to a month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did a preliminary scouting of VRBO a few weeks back and it looked like there were quite a few with little pools. I'd be in heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sun, pool, my little pup, food, and desert silence.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fowler RE: steve h. Feb 19, 2014 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The people I know eat copious quantities of duck but never prepare it using a steam method. What is the advantage of steaming a duck breast versus grilling or baking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            steve h. RE: Fowler Feb 19, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I roasted a whole duck last week. The leftover breast was gently steamed to warm it up a bit and slightly render a little of the fat. It was a tasty dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken teriyaki tonight. I am blanching and shocking and patting dry the broccoli. I have some red, green and orange peppers that are going in the mix and some chicken breast. If I don't use the peppers in the next couple of days they will go in the freezer. A sauce of kikkomans teriyaki sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, sambal oelek and corn starch will finish the stir fry and leftover jasmine rice will be fried with an egg, some garlic and ginger and soy sauce for a simple fried rice topped with scallion greens.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fowler RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Suzi, I love how you never cut corners and also take the time to prepare whatever you are making the "hard way" rather than the easy way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You are doing a great job.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: Fowler Feb 18, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is so sweet and totally not true. I used jarred almost everything for the sauce. I added ginger and garlic. I will say that the fresh broccoli was worth growing. It was crazy sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzigirl RE: suzigirl Feb 18, 2014 06:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I didn't use the green pepper and only used the small broccoli head. More broccoli tomorrow and for days to come... Chicken and sauce in the background pic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thazz some purrty colors, suzi :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suzigirl RE: linguafood Feb 19, 2014 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why thanky, my friend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What beautiful colors! Nice job keeping that broccoli nice and green!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    suzigirl RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 19, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was pretty easy since the broccoli had only been out of the ground for a few hours. It is ridiculously sweet this way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I did not prepare chicken with milk with my dry brined giant BISO chicken breast ( when I try a new recipe for the 1st time I always want to use the authentic ingredients. I have 1/2 & 1/2 and it calls for milk so another day)The breast had numerous herbs under the skin, thyme, sage and tarragon and I rubbed the top with salted butter. I roasted it in a preheated hot oven (450) until it sizzled then I basted it with a mix of sambal oelek and orange marmalade and let it sizzle with that. Sides were super crisp asparagus with a Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and mayo sauce sprinkled with hard boiled egg yolk. I made more buttery parsley rice because it is delicious and another Waldorf salad. My b/f stopped by just as I was ready to plate it:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChrisOfStumptown RE: MamasCooking Feb 18, 2014 10:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's creative. I've had orange marmalade in the fridge for months and never considered it for basting anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MamasCooking RE: ChrisOfStumptown Feb 18, 2014 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just discovered the sambal ( bought it for the NYT's Trini chicken because I could not locate scotch bonnet ) and then another CHer posted elsewhere that he mixes it with apricot preserves for many dishes. I am out of apricot and raspberry is too sweet. This was perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nothingswrong RE: MamasCooking Feb 19, 2014 12:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like a good combo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Ttrockwood RE: mariacarmen Feb 18, 2014 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Got home late and ready to eat my hand.....needed dinner asap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made a huge salad of stuff, massaged kale with olive oil and lemon, added in some leftover roasted sweet potato chunks, meatless balls, sunflower seeds, chopped cucumber, cilantro and a basalmic yogurt dressing. Huge mug of miso broth to sip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Baked butternut squash bread yesterday, so i had leftover squash. Tossed it with cream, nutmeg, s&p. Made wonton skin ravioli and brown butter with sage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also made simmered lentils with pancetta and aromatics that I found online from Batali.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ChristinaMason RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight's plan is Smitten Kitchen's broccoli fritters with spicy red pepper and tomato sauce. A few of you have posted about soup, which sounds good, too, so I may make something brothy to go with. I suspect DH wil sear up some good Polish sausage we picked up in Baltimore to go with.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tcamp RE: ChristinaMason Feb 19, 2014 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I made those broccoli fritters recently and loved 'em!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: tcamp Feb 19, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Er, yeah. I ended up freaking out after reading an article about the flu killing lots of people and insisted we go get flu shots like, right. away. tonight. no. arguing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So we did. Then we came home and had a quick green Thai currry w/ lots of veg. (broccoli, snow peas, asparagus, red pepper, and eggplant). Jasmine rice, but not too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A glass of red for my dessert; the man had more of the vanilla ice cream w/ blackberry-chocolate-bourbon sauce he made two days ago. Yeah, this is why I don't buy ice cream :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: tcamp Feb 19, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am about to be in oodles and oodles of broccoli. How do the fritters reheat if you had leftovers?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tcamp RE: suzigirl Feb 20, 2014 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I took them for lunch to work and reheated briefly in the microwave, then the toaster oven for about 5 minutes to recrisp a bit. If I'd been at home, I would have done the second part in a heated CI pan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: tcamp Feb 20, 2014 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great. Thanks. James only has a microwave at work so I will try them on a weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: tcamp Feb 19, 2014 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dammit! i just finished steaming and cooling some broccoli for my lunch and so ran into the kitchen to make the fritters after reading this, and D'OH! NO EGGS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. tcamp RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night was dirty rice, chicken sausages, and roasted broccoli. Pretty uninspired meal except for I used roasted garlic olive oil to coat the broccoli and everyone loved it. The oil was a gift and I find it too strong for almost everything so nice to find a way to use it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight, rice bowls with snow peas, pickled radish, and sautéed, sliced ribeye.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: tcamp Feb 19, 2014 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your rice bowls sound snazzy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rjbh20 RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              After a long and typically culinarily grim weekend in Baltimore, the young athlete and his roadie needed real food. Pan seared strip, fries & shrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: rjbh20 Feb 19, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ouch!! Nice recovery!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: rjbh20 Feb 19, 2014 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's too bad! Hard to eat well on the road when you have outside forces influencing your schedule. If you ever want any rec's, let me know. We had a great eating weekend in Baltimore the same time you were there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rjbh20 RE: ChristinaMason Feb 19, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Baltimore has some great food -- just not where we were or on our schedule. Hooters on the way home was the gastronomic high point. And a couple of other high points too ....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: rjbh20 Feb 20, 2014 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now, now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Gio RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stir-Fry Wednesday will see us cooking a melange of vegetables with the addition of leftover roast chicken: broccoli, carrots, baby corn, mushrooms, water chestnuts, sugar snap peas, red peppers, and onions. Sound familiar? It's TJ's "Harvest Hodgepoge", a bag of frozen chopped vegetables. Perfect for a stir-fry with minced garlic/ginger/chilies/dark soy sauce/chicken stock/bourbon/white pepper/dark sesame oil. Other dishes will be a stir-fry of broccoli rabe, daikon & carrot & cucumber quickle pickle, and steamed brown basmati.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I find stir-fries to be a quick, easy, and tasty mid-week evening meal. And, relatively healthy too since we use only a tablespoon or two of organic peanut oil for each veggie dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. fldhkybnva RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am resisting eating the steamed insect waiting in the fridge for dinner tomorrow. Instead, I will have almond Parmesan crusted chicken breast with braised kale.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Snort. "Steamed insect." Love that. I would have a hard time resisting as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 20, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He's still staring at me. I grabbed broccoli for breakfast and was stunned. I forgot he was hiding out in the veggie drawer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sea bug wouldn't have lasted this long in my crisper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kontxesi RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vegetable lo mein tonight, and I'm oddly excited about it. I haven't made it in a while. I have carrots, cabbage, celery, onions, and oyster mushrooms to go in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gio RE: Kontxesi Feb 19, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love lo mein. In fact I love Chinese food and all the other Asian food as well. Family history says I have nothing but an Italian heritage, but but I'm beginning to doubt that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi RE: Gio Feb 19, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have Viking blood, but I'm all about Asian food. My mom lived in South Korea for a year and a half, so I'm going to guess that's where it comes from.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kontxesi RE: Kontxesi Feb 20, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Meh. Got home late, and then got distracted by Jeopardy and the Olympics. Trying for lo mein again tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. GretchenS RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          After my tasty but stodgy rice and beans last night I was looking forward to fish tonight: Wednesdays are fish share days. But we got a sad email saying they had no power today and thus no light to filet the fish by. I so hope that this does not mean that lovely fish goes to waste. Since I clear the decks (as it were) for fish on Wed and Thurs I am really at a loss. But tcamp's mention upthread of dirty rice sounded awfully good and I have everything I need at home but chicken livers, so maybe that's the answer....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: GretchenS Feb 19, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would love a recipe for that one, too, if you have the time. I was JUST thinking about dirty rice being a good vehicle for organ meats...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GretchenS RE: ChristinaMason Feb 20, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I posted it (well, not really a recipe, a method) along with a link to shecrab's version which inspired it, back on WFD 101 (August 2011). Wow, time flies! I miss shecrab, she cooked such interesting things and had such interesting stories. Remember when her poor cows got hit by lightening? :(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8008...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. biondanonima RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For some reason, I am having a KILLER chocolate craving today - all I want for dinner is a Black Magic layer cake with ganache frosting. Not a piece of cake, A cake. However, since I am supposed to be on a diet (trying to drop a few Xmas and cruise pounds in preparation for a gig in April!), I will have to content myself with something healthier. I have a leek, a red pepper and some mushrooms languishing in the fridge - perhaps a stirfry with chicken. That sounds so boring, though. Maybe a frittata with some sausage or bacon alongside...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kontxesi RE: biondanonima Feb 19, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cake sounds infinitely better than veggie lo mein. You've got me second-guessing myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roxlet RE: Kontxesi Feb 19, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uh-oh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kontxesi RE: roxlet Feb 19, 2014 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't worry. I don't keep lots of dessert-making materials on hand, and I don't like to shop off my usual schedule. No way to make a cake! :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    biondanonima RE: roxlet Feb 19, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I blame you for this craving, roxlet. You had to make that Epicurious chocolate cake into those adorable cupcakes, and post about it on the baking thread. I've been craving it ever since!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BTW, we had frittata for dinner. Meh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      roxlet RE: biondanonima Feb 20, 2014 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ooops. Sorry for the craving!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. linguafood RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's tropical here in HV today (a whopping 4°C!), so I had a craving for Trini Chinese chicken -- though it remains to be seen if I feel like stepping out on the patio to grill the thighs once the sun is gone. I remember CM roasting them in the oven, which should work just as well. The skin crisps up even more under the broiler than on the grill, anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Side will be two hot-crash potatoes for each of us & a mixed salad of spring greens, mâche, grape tomatoes, avocado and blue cheese in a balsamic/soy/olive oil vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: linguafood Feb 19, 2014 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yum, work out for you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use my broiler for everything, including browning and softening eggplant. Works great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Feb 20, 2014 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It did. I was a bit worried about the different cooking temps for the taters and the chicken: 450/400 respectively, so I did both at 425 :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but figured the cooking time would be similar.... plus, ya can't really overcook oven potatoes. Well, you can burn them, but thankfully, that didn't happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My crash potatoes were a bit messier than the PW's, but quite tasty & very creamy inside, almost like roasted mashed. I would've liked them crispier, but that's a personal issue of mine: crispiness above all!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still prefer the chix grilled (tho one day I *will* fry them, for sure), but the skin crisped -- see, here I go again -- up nicely under the broiler.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My man was very happy with everything, proclaiming it one of the best meals I made in recent memory. Mmmmkay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had taken a pic but it got lost in the cloud, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp RE: linguafood Feb 20, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your post is causing me to rethink tonight's dinner. Meatloaf, made previously and pulled from the freezer this AM, is the main but maybe hot crash spuds instead of mashed and spring greens instead of steamed snow peas. I've got blue cheese, avocado and greens on hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    45 degrees when I left the house this morning early. Warm, sunny and melty out the window now. Indeed tropical!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ludmilasdaughter RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last night I made these chicken pesto lasagna rolls that I stole from juliejez's Pinterest board: http://traceysculinaryadventures.com/....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They were so good! Hubby claimed it's one of his favorite meals that I've made (then again, he loves everything pasta).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Simple side salad. Wine to drink. Jamo for desert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      juliejulez RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 19, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yay glad you liked them! They're a favorite around here too, and freeze very well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. LindaWhit RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's days like today that I'm ever-so-thankful for food in the freezer. Had to shovel out the 2" of snow after carefully driving home - a bit slippery driving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lazy Girl Chili pulled from the freezer and plopped into a small pot on the flame tamer. (I think I called it lazy girl because it was a throw-together from stuff in the fridge and freezer - leftover meatloaf, frozen tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, blah, blah, blah).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Elbow noodles to be boiled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheddar to be grated. Sour cream to be dolloped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And it is dinner. With wine. Forget the salad. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        steve h. RE: LindaWhit Feb 19, 2014 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kick back on the couch, feet up, scratch the kitties, sip some wine, stream a movie. Warm weather is moving in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TorontoJo RE: LindaWhit Feb 20, 2014 03:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I adore my freezer diving dinners. :o)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Berheenia RE: TorontoJo Feb 20, 2014 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our freezer diving earlier this week yielded a 3/4 pound steak tip from August 2013 (blush). A forgotten beauty, it made a killer beef stew last night with the dregs of a bottle of forgotten cheap red and a can of Campbell's double beef broth. TJ's garlic and herb butter on toasted day old baguette was a winner too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. BananaBirkLarsen RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alright, here's another catch-up post, since I've been away from the computer most of the week. Friday was a Valentine's spaghetti with hot Italian sausage made by the BF and a bottle of pinot noir, followed by a really bad (but fun) late movie out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saturday, I made cheese enchiladas and topped them with the rest of last week's green chili. Lettuce, tomato and avocado on the side, and a healthy dallop of sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday was supposed to be beef back ribs, but somebody panicked that they had been in the oven for too long and pulled them out while they were still tough and gummy (and I was still at work), so it was a frozen pizza instead, with added fresh tomato and lots of garlic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monday, those beef ribs went back into the oven to finish cooking. I had marinated them in a soy-ginger-sesame-star anise sauce, and slow cooked them with thinly sliced onions. They came out perfect. The meat was just falling off the bone. Served with stir fried veggies (mushrooms, green beans and carrots) and rice to soak up all the beefy delicious sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last night I made avgolomono soup out of the carcass and a lone breast of a roast chicken that had been in the fridge for a while. Wonderful, creamy, lemony, chickeny goodness, served with warm buttered baguette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tonight I'm frying up some yak strip steaks. That's right, yak strip steaks. They've been sitting with a paprika-mustard-allspice rub in the fridge for a couple days, and will get a sear in the cast iron skillet and a finish in the oven (they're very lean and I've never cooked them before, so I'm hoping to err on the side of rare). Roast beets and red onions with an orange butter sauce and boiled potatoes with sour cream will be my sides.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm thinking a green curry tomorrow, since I have a family-sized pack of b/s chicken breasts to use up, but I'm not sure about the details yet. Might try a white-meat version of halal cart on Friday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BananaBirkLarsen RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 19, 2014 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uh, so I thought they were light-coloured beets, but when I cut into them they were completely white inside and a touch spongy. They're either enormous radishes or very mild turnips. In any case, I'm still roasting them with red onions and topping them with orange butter sauce. We'll see how it goes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 19, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              <I had marinated them in a soy-ginger-sesame-star anise sauce, and slow cooked them with thinly sliced onions. They came out perfect. >

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds mighty fine. Did you make up the sauce? Any tips?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BananaBirkLarsen RE: ChristinaMason Feb 20, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I pretty much improvised it. I think there was some garlic and rice wine in there as well, and a tablespoon or so of sugar (it was sweet, but not syrupy or sugary). I used a whole star anise, so the licorice flavour was strong, but these were grass fed back ribs and were nice and beefy-tasting. I also added a fair amount of water when they went into the oven, which all cooked out. It's funny -- all those strong flavours and the beef was still dominant, even in the sauce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Frizzle RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 19, 2014 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let us know how the yak turns out. I'm intrigued!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GretchenS RE: Frizzle Feb 20, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  me too, tell us about the yak!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BananaBirkLarsen RE: GretchenS Feb 20, 2014 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The yak was... interesting. Nice taste, but very, very lean. I managed to get it to a perfect light medium-rare and it was still kind of dry. I've had a yak steak before, but it was a ribeye and I think the extra fat made a huge difference. I'd be kind of interested to try a fattier slow-cooking cut like chuck or brisket, where you might get the unique flavour with a little more moisture.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MamasCooking RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 19, 2014 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So I googled yak and they look similar to a buffalo. Where do you purchase yak meat may I ask? I can not wait to hear what the flavor profile is like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BananaBirkLarsen RE: MamasCooking Feb 20, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I bought mine from the local co-op. Apparently the yak are local as well. The flavour is similar to beef or buffalo, but a little sweeter and gamier. Mine tasted strongly of paprika, and I'm not quite sure how much of that was the meat and how much was the spice rub that was on it for a couple days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MamasCooking RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 20, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You are far more adventurous than I though I would love to try an ostrich burger and roast goose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood RE: MamasCooking Feb 21, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ostrich meat is fantastic. Like beef, but leaner and very tasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tcamp RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 20, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm curious as to the fate of the wanna-be-beets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made some really good beets the other day after ignoring the bag in my fridge for a few weeks. Never seemed to find time to roast them. Anyway, I braised them in the pressure cooker, then peeled, sliced into small wedges, and dressed with minced shallot, capers, and blood orange olive oil. Yum. Kids hated them, however. Oh well. Day is not complete unless you've annoyed at least 1 teenager in some way!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MamasCooking RE: tcamp Feb 20, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I planted a few beets seeds in my teeny tiny little veggy patch last year and they grew so big hearty and gorgeous! I sautéed the beet greens with olive oil and garlic and they were savory too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weezieduzzit RE: MamasCooking Feb 20, 2014 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beets are a 2 for 1 bonus in the garden! I love beet greens, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MamasCooking RE: weezieduzzit Feb 20, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was just reading an article in a ladies magazine about how to use everything: cauliflower leaves.....carrot tops...radish tops. Everything seems edible. I know I love the celery *ruffles* as I call them:) I am getting ready to start some seed here in a minute.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BananaBirkLarsen RE: MamasCooking Feb 20, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beet greens are one of my all-time favourites! Maybe I'll try to plant some this spring.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BananaBirkLarsen RE: tcamp Feb 20, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooh, your beets sound wonderful. My wanna-be-beets were actually pretty tasty. I'm fairly certain, based on taste and consistency, that they were some sort of enormous red radish. I couldn't get enough of them out of the pan when I first took them out, but they didn't quite go with the rest of the meal. I ended up adding blue cheese to the sour cream potatoes, and the flavours just didn't quite go together on the plate. Would've been better with beets. And maybe goat cheese instead of blue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. suzigirl RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beer brats, green peppers and onions and sliced tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette. The tomatoes are running low out in the garden but the brocooli and herbs are doing fine. I showed the broccoli fritters from smitten kitchen to James and he was four square against it. Damn. They look so good and simple. I may make them anyway and hope for the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliejulez RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Suzi I've made those fritters and they are good. SO thought they were weird, but I liked them a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: juliejulez Feb 19, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Being that we are both a family of four(two four legged members) how do the leftovers fare? Can they nuke successfully? Because that is James' only option. I can use the toaster oven etc.. if I am home. They really look good to me and it is a nice use for the broccoli I have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              juliejulez RE: suzigirl Feb 19, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You know I don't remember if I had the leftovers... it's been awhile since I had them. I think heating them up in the toaster oven, or even back on a pan would work fine though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: juliejulez Feb 19, 2014 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Julie. I think I will try them on a weekend so they can be properly rewarmed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suzigirl RE: suzigirl Feb 20, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            James spied the hot dog buns and requested his brats on a toasted bun. I followed his lead. Mustard and cheddar for me. James had these plus relish and ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. MidwesternerTT RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beef stew meat, slow cooked in the oven in a homemade teriyaki sauce. Served over rice. With a side of steamed fresh sugar snap peas. Fresh blackberries (Driscolls - perfection! and they were on sale) & vanilla ice cream for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We only "discovered" fresh blackberries a few years ago when they came as a garnish on a breakfast plate -- had to ask our server what they were. Anyone else have a favorite fruit (ok, or vegetable) they first tasted after age 40?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight is SO's hockey night (no I am NOT attending this week, don't need to get worked up again) I'm cobbling together a dinner out of bits and pieces from here and there. I'll grill up a turkey burger on my grill pan and cook some bacon... so it's turkey burger with bacon and some cheese. Sides will be some chips and salsa, and some steamed broccoli. Odd sounding dinner I guess, but it'll use up some things!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                suzigirl RE: juliejulez Feb 19, 2014 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds perfectly edible to me. I had bologna sandwiches on Sunday with broccoli. it was just fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. MamasCooking RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After cooking a big dinner last evening tonight I made comfort food after a very busy day. Beef hot dogs on toasted buns with sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup and relish. I was too lazy to mince some onions:) Not a proper dinner by any means but it was tasty unhealthy and hit the spot!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sedimental RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made oxtail in the pressure cooker. Smothered for a few days in the fridge with tomato sauce, spicy jerk seasoning, salt. Then made corn pancakes to go with it. The corn pancakes were just like breakfast ones-but with cornmeal and niblet corn with smoked paprika and garlic powder. Served with sour cream and salsa. Really great flavors and I will do these again, play around with seasoning. Chinese broccoli with lemon was a nice green with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: sedimental Feb 19, 2014 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mmmm!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BananaBirkLarsen RE: sedimental Feb 20, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those pancakes sound wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sedimental RE: BananaBirkLarsen Feb 20, 2014 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They were really good. I got the idea here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://pink-apron.com/2011/09/savory-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But they were way too bland. I wanted them very Latino:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I added more salt, omitted the vanilla and added smoked paprika and garlic powder for spice. Much better. I like the whipped egg white technique for lightness and the niblet corn was killer!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today was a grinder left me no desire to cook but ravenous - thankful for provisions on hand - smoked salmon, ryvita crackers, dilled farmers cheese. Some black pepper, lemon a and a bottle of Pinot Grigio

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nothingswrong RE: mariacarmen Feb 19, 2014 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight I had early dinner: Mac and cheese, roasted Yukon Golds, and green beans. The end.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Simple stuff today. Flat red chile enchillada with stringy Oaxaca cheese. Tiny radishes some as small as a dime. More pineapple grilled until the edges were darkening. Today I felt a need for bold flavors - the weather is getting to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. gini RE: mariacarmen Feb 20, 2014 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good old mashed potatoes & kale for me last night - a big plop of salted butter and grated pecorino on top and this was salty/warm/mushy heaven. We leave for Bishop tomorrow for a week of bouldering - I need to figure out how many things I can freeze vs eat!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva RE: gini Feb 20, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ludmilasdaughter RE: mariacarmen Feb 20, 2014 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night's dinner was really hit and miss. I made fish tacos using TJs frozen fish nuggets. For sides I made red cabbage that I dressed with a jalapeno cilantro buttermilk dressing (great!), avocado, shredded jalapeno cheddar, and refried beans. All of the fixings were great, but I thought that the frozen fish nuggets were really way too fishy. Ugh. Oh well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The hubby leaves for Iraq again tomorrow, and I've got a hair appointment after work, so we're doing takeout from a Puerto Rican/Cuban place that just happens to have the BEST fried chicken. Oh, and they deliver. Beware my ever expanding waist line.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 20, 2014 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fried chicken is also on my meal plan for today, also from an unexpected source - the neighbor Chinese takeout restaurant. Safe travels to your SO. I can't wait for my SO to get back from the desert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ludmilasdaughter RE: fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can image! He's been gone quite some time, hasn't he? Hubby gets back at the end of March.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeay for fried chicken!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva RE: ludmilasdaughter Feb 20, 2014 08:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, I just tried to remember how long and couldn't...how sad. I stopped counting I figured the time would pass by faster. The past few years I have sorted through the list of restaurants and take out we would have and fried chicken is really the only thing that I need off of that list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. juliejulez RE: mariacarmen Feb 20, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tonight is a Thai Ginger Chicken Stir Fry (apparently the "fancy" name for it is Gai Pad Khing?)... new recipe I'm trying out from The Kitchn. We'll see how it goes, will serve w/ jasmine rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva RE: juliejulez Feb 20, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've seen it called so many things - around her it's usually Gai Pad Ka Pow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grayelf RE: fldhkybnva Feb 20, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight will be thawed and hopefully bbq'd (if the SO is up for it and it doesn't hozzle rain) nem nuong from the local shop that supplies half the Viet restos in Vancouver. I'll do a lettuce-wrappy thing with them, and include some konnyaku noodles, cilantro, shredded carrots and maybe cukes, plus lots of fish saucy dipping sauce. Need something light after dining out the last two evenings!