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What's for Dinner #278 - It's Not Over Yet Edition! [through Feb 27, 2014]

Despite a warming trend here this weekend, we are being told that winter is far from over and that we are to expect more of that white precipitation and arctic temperatures. But this morning is lovely, and we'll take what we can get!

Are you as tired of warming foods as I am? I want cooling foods, and things in glasses with parasols! With rjbh20 off to Las Vegas for a conference (blast him!), my son and I have plans to put our parasols in hot chocolate. We can dream, can't we?

What's on your table these days?

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  1. Tonight will be a "use up what's in the fridge" night. I've got salad greens that haven't been touched, asparagus, venison taco meat.... Hmmm. I've had asparagus tacos and venison tacos, but maybe venison and asparagus tacos? Why not!

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    1. re: Kontxesi

      Asparagus tacos? Can you elaborate pretty please?

        1. re: Kontxesi

          Cool, thanks. Sounds interesting; I wouldn't think the flavors would go together, but will try it next time I get some asparagus.

          I linked on that site over to the potato tacos. Now THOSE are right up my alley!

          1. re: Kontxesi

            That is a great site. I try to go meatless 2 often 3 days per week. There are some great recipes on there.

            1. re: MamasCooking

              My uncle showed it to me a year or so ago; the girl who runs it is a friend of his. Her stuff is good enough that my meat-loving man is content to eat meatless on occasion. :)

      1. It was nice to have a taste of early spring yesterday, I guess.

        Ridiculous week in store with work deadlines and multiple events per night so WFD will be easy, easy, easy. Tonight, Costco rotisserie chicken, oven roasted green beans and some starch TBD (naan?). Tomorrow, meatball subs.

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        1. re: tcamp

          I happen to love the Costco roasted chickens! Maybe I'll get one tomorrow.

          1. re: roxlet

            Me too! Sometimes I buy 2 of them. One for dinner, one just for shredding, then keep it packaged in the freezer. So easy to make a quick dinner for 2out of shredded chicken. Then I have enough bones for stock right away too.

          2. re: tcamp

            Does costco have an organic rotisserie chicken....? I never buy them but my parents probably should....

          3. I've been craving a vodka and lemonade, but to me, that's just screams summer, and it certainly ain't that in our neck of the world! Besides, I think I'm craving the V&L *because* it screams summer.....and I want summer to get here already!

            Tonight's dinner will be the rest of the Frankenchicken breast sliced up and served over some mesclun lettuce with some radishes (I think I have some in the crisper), some shaved carrots, and sugar snap peas, drizzled with a maple-balsamic vinaigrette. Oh - and I'll make some croutons from a slice of Nashoba Bakery's sourdough bread.

            Lunch today will be some more of the meatballs in roasted red pepper sauce. I'm thinking they would make a most excellent sub sandwich with some melted provolone. I might have to get some sub bread on the way home from work today...

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              "I've been craving a vodka and lemonade" lol plus!
              It's a true Monday morning in late February in New England. I remember standing in line at a greasy spoon on a dreary Monday waiting to order and this guy says "scotch rocks" and the whole place fell apart laughing- there was actual snorting but the floor was too dirty to roll on. You had to be there. :-)
              Food! The long awaited chicken pot pie is WFD tonight! House of Cards has become an obsession and I haven't made much for dinner beyond leftovers or burgers. High of 23F right now is the best we can expect this week.

              1. re: Berheenia

                Hmmm, it is not quite 10 AM. Too early for a vodka lemonade?

                  1. re: Berheenia

                    As much as I hate HFCS, I always have a can of frozen lemonade in the freezer. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Then drink the VL!!! It sounds like your meal is a bit summery; you need a drink to go with it, don't ya?

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        add a splash of cranberry juice! My absolute favourite summer time drink!

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Could always go Russian and have vodka and caviar - with lemons on the side as decoration.

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    That's funny; I guess I was feeling it, too. I made a stevia-sweetened raspberry lemonade for dessert.

                  2. While I'm dying for Spring to get here, at least the cold, blustery day we're having here is appropriate for Chinese hot pot tonight with friends (hot pot is always better with friends!). Pork bone stock is ready, most of the meats are sliced. Just need to slice the steak and prep the veggies. On the hot pot menu:

                    Appetizer:
                    -green onion pancakes

                    Hot pot choices:
                    -beef striploin
                    -pork belly
                    -pork shoulder
                    -scallops
                    -shrimp
                    -fried tofu
                    -soft tofu

                    -glass noodles
                    -rice noodles

                    -enoki mushrooms
                    -shiitake mushrooms
                    -napa cabbage
                    -baby bok choy
                    -white radish

                    Condiments:
                    -Taiwanese BBQ sauce
                    -chile oil
                    -teriyaki sauce
                    -garlic infused sesame oil
                    -chopped green onions

                    Dessert:
                    -tang yuan (mochi balls) filled with black sesame paste in a sweet ginger soup

                    And we're doing a sake tasting with 3 different junmai ginjo sakes and a nigori sake.

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                      1. re: Kontxesi

                        If you suddenly find yourself living on the Niagara peninsula, let me know!

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          Eh, only an ~8 hour drive from here....

                          1. re: TorontoJo

                            That's going to be a Fabulously Delicious hot pot dinner!

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Clearly we need to have one giant WFD hot pot night some day! There's nothing quite like sharing a communal meal to bring people together, especially when it's so friggin' cold out.

                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                  I've never been but have a good friend from there. One fine day...... keep the doors unlocked!

                                  Wait -- don't *all* Canadians keep their doors unlocked??? :-D

                                2. re: linguafood

                                  I had the singular honour of chowing with TorontoJo in TO last year. If she had a Recommend button, I would click it repeatedly :-).

                                  We are experiencing day two of *snow* here on the left coast of Canada. This being a highly unusual event, I thought I should mention it.

                                  WFD tonight is a snuffle through the fridge to ID any "rotting carps" in there and use them up -- the veggie crisper in particular needs some attention. Thinking I might do a Thai veg curry for one, as the SO is still in SF.

                                  1. re: grayelf

                                    Aww, shucks. <blush> Right back atcha, grayelf!

                                    Enjoy your sloppy West-coast coast snow!

                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                    This sounds fun and delicious. I love interactive eating. Enjoy!

                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                      *Sigh*

                                      There's nothing quite like the contented stomach you have after hot pot on a cold night! This was our friends' first hot pot dinner and they loved it. Even the two young teens were totally into it (one even loved the BBQ sauce).

                                      As always, one of my favorite parts is the little bowl of soup I have at the end made from the remnants of sauce in my bowl mixed with the hot pot broth that has been simmering all dinner absorbing all the goodness that's been cooking in it. So good.

                                      This was my first time making tang yuan. I took a shortcut and bought frozen rice balls (because who has the patience to make these by hand?!), but made a really delicious syrup from green tea, ginger and coconut sugar.

                                      If the WFD crew were ever to break bread together, it should be over hot pot!

                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                      1. Trying to tighten things up (bellies and thighs, for example '-)) this week in view of my upcoming double whammy gig weekend....

                                        Thus, chicken piccata, our trusty old friend, is on the menu again @casa lingua tonight, sided by m√Ęche with orange grape tomatoes & walnut dressing as well as minty creamed peas.

                                        Between the lemony white wine caper sauce and the minty peas, it's almost like spring has arrived on our plates. Or not.

                                        More snow on Wednesday. Gah.

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                                          1. re: ChristinaMason

                                            It was quite tasty, even though I kinda rushed the whole cooking b/c I was working late. I have a Friday deadline to meet and, as usual, am playing catchup. Gah.

                                            The walnut dressing came out particularly well (maybe because I used roasted hazelnut oil instead of roasted walnut), as did the peas. I managed to overcook the chicken breasts ever so slightly, but the piccata sauce helped "make it go down" :-D

                                            Food did not agree with me, but what else is new. Sashimi out is likely WFD tomorrow, and finally catching up with Sunday's episodes of TWD and True Detective at a friend's place. Woot.