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Feb 20, 2014 01:43 PM

What's for Dinner #277 - the Sun Will Come Out...Eventually Edition [through February 24, 2014]

I feel like a Mogwai sometimes, saying "Bright light! Bright light!" when we DO have sun in New England. While I don't envy California's drought, I *do* envy their sunshine!

Maybe if I start "cooking like Spring", it'll show up. What do you think? :-)

So tell us - what bright and sunny meals are on your tables?

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  1. Big fat short ribs finally went into the crockpot last night - after being dredged in seasoned flour and seared. sautéed a sliver of carrot we had left, diced onion, and crushed garlic cloves. Set aside the meat, and added about 3/4 cup of ruby port to the veggies, and reduced. Into the crockpot, along with enough chicken broth to cover, a hefty sprig of rosemary, and chopped fresh oregano and parsley. it cooked for about 3 hours, and the night-owl BF put it in the fridge when it cooled. I defatted a bit this a.m. I will serve it with a blood orange gremolata over my sister's homemade noodles, buttered, with a little more finely minced rosemary, and some steamed asparagus.

    this is the plan, anyway, (the Oldster continues to challenge all plans!)

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        Sounds great. I hope the Oldster is on the mend after his fall.

            1. re: mariacarmen

              ...Blood orange gremolata.....oooohhhh ...

              1. re: mariacarmen

                wow, that sounds fabulous, mc, hope that particular plan was not challenged! best to the Oldster...

              2. Fog is in the forecast here on the Sou'west Shore. Temps will be well above freezing, hence the ground-level soupy stuff. I'm happy with this.

                Supper will be Fettuccine Alfredo. Lots of cream, lots of grated cheese. It's a belly buster. I'm thinking some crumbled bacon would add that certain something to the mix but Deb has the helm. House red to wash things down. Maybe some Olympics on the plasma.

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                1. re: steve h.

                  Deb was classy and faithfully reproduced the traditional Marcella Hazan recipe. It was good. I bumped up my plate with some bacon that I rendered and crunched up. House red washed it all down. It was a heart attack in a bowl. I liked it.

                    1. re: ChristinaMason

                      Thank you. The sauce calls for a lot of cheese (Parmigiana Reggiano), cream and butter. The bacon was just me channeling my inner Homer Simpson. Deb's plate was traditional.

                      1. re: steve h.

                        Very nice. I also like it made with Pecorino Romano or a blend of the two. But it's pretty hard to go wrong with butter and cheese. Those are nice looking noodles; homemade?

                        1. re: ChristinaMason

                          No, the tagliatelle was made by Seggiano in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany. They use a bronze form to draw the pasta. It's very good.

                        2. re: steve h.

                          I always thought Alfredo was just butter and parm (or pecorino), no cream.

                          But cream makes everything better. Ok, maybe not carbonara :-)

                          1. re: linguafood

                            I know it is not authentic Italian, but I've also been known to make it with cream. It's pretty good. But I'd worry about the bacon. I don't want the authenticity police knocking at the door.

                            1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                              Pfff. I never open the door for the fuzz. I'm not *that* crazy.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                "...but if you got a warrant I guess you're gonna come in."


                  1. Gigantic bowl of seafood for one - Happy Birthday to me! Dinner was fantastic - mussels, lobster, squid, and shrimp in a spicy saffron marinara sauce all served up in one of my late grandmother's favorite bowls. It's my first birthday without her, but she was here in her own special way. The candles are waiting (I might be alone, but you always have to have candles on your birthday) are waiting and depending on my hunger will top either the free giant piece of carrot cake I randomly scored at Whole Foods or a big bowl of yogurt of berries.

                    Little Take was not a fan of the transient housemate.

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                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      That's a really good-looking plate.

                      Happy Birthday!

                      1. re: steve h.

                        Thanks, it's been way too long since I've cooked lobster. I will need to remedy that this year.

                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                        Happy, happy, fld! Perfect meal, great sounding celebration.

                        I'll toast to your health tonight (maybe there will be a little bit of seafood, too....)!

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Happy birthday! Drooling at the seafood feast.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              Happy birthday. That meal looks to die for. Hope you and Take had a great day.

                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                GREAT birthday meal, fieldhawk! Enjoy and happy birthday! And I love Take's markings. :-)

                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                  Happy Birthday! Go for the cake, don't be silly.

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                    What a gorgeous birthday meal! Best wishes to you.

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Happy birthday! I hope you and your handsome fuzzy dinner companion have a great night!

                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                        Happy Happy Birthday, Fldhky. Your dinner sounds Delicious.
                                        Many happy returns of the day.

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          Gorgeous meal! Happy birthday to you indeed!

                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                            Aww, happy birthday! And yes, one must always have candles on one's birthday!

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              Happy birthday! And cheers to grandma's memory!

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Happy Birthday and Take's fur is just stunning. His markings are unique!

                                                    1. re: MamasCooking

                                                      Yes - we need more kitty cooking photo's!

                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                        The yogurt won! Fine by me, one bite of the cake I remembered that I don't really cake :) There was a giant bowl of Cajun popcorn insteas. My dad reminded me to be sure to save the candles for my 82nd.

                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                          I like your Dad's humor!
                                                          Hope you had a perfect day.

                                                          1. re: meatn3

                                                            Thanks. I won't tell him, he thinks he's hilarious....I'd hate to encourage :)

                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              Belated Happy Birthday, you certainly celebrated in style!

                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                Happy belated B-day! Good looking meal, bug, and cat.

                                                              2. Last minute dinner out of the icebox for unanticipated dinner company -- chicken & Greek lamb sausage with artichokes & lemon. And the traditional Greek French fry garniture. Worked surprisingly well and kept the vampires away for days.

                                                                1. By request from the man and a good way to use up another couple of tomatoes.... old school tacos. I love tacos but it is a bit of a pain to pack for a work lunch. The man has no idea of that though. it's just a lot of fiddly packaging of pico and side bits to top the tacos. I am making pico de gallo by chopping tomato, jalapeno, green pepper, onion and cilantro and putting some aside before adding lime juice. The part that was set aside will be added to some jasmine rice along with some sofrito to make Spanish style rice. Refried beans with cheddar also along side. The usual suspects for taco toppings of lettuce tomato and cheddar for the taco beef. Stand and stuff shells cuz that's how I roll.

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                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                    "Stand and stuff shells cuz that's how I roll." I got a good chuckle out of that one, I hope they didn't roll. I remember the first box of "stand and stuff" that mom bought, it was revolutionary.

                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                      I love those little boogers. They seem to break less.