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Feb 27, 2014 10:56 AM

What's for Dinner #279- The Neverending Story Edition! [through Mar 3, 2014]

Yes, it's true -- another big storm is being forecast for Sunday into Monday into Tuesday into, well, they're just not sure. Suffice to say it will be disgusting, icy, cold and snowy. Period. End of story.

Now that my son is working with a coach in Greenwich most nights at somewhere between 8 and 9 PM pretty much until Nationals mid-March, dinners will be fast, early, and simple. No more flights of fancy from rjbh20. No more nuclear tater tots -- there just isn't time before we leave. Tonight, I am planning my Chipotle Chicken hack, which can be eaten early, and won't be too artery clogging before practice.

What's on your menus, oh fellow orphans in the storm?

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  1. Atreyu, the Rock Biter, and Falcor. A favorite movie of mine. ;-)

    I have a few more of the lamb meatballs that I will probably finish up tonight, because it's easy - I'm not in a mood to cook. No idea of the veg.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Ditto on the movie- I feel like a ten year old every time I watch it.
      WFD is leftovers that need to get eaten so the soup pot of frozen chicken broth can come in from the cold and turn into chicken soup. Currently the enclosed back porch is our extra freezer. looks like I get the chicken pot pie and he gets the vodka sauce pasta.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Not sure if an English translation exists, but the book was one of my favorites as a kid. I read it several times (and was a bit let down by the movie, to be honest).

        1. re: linguafood

          I had never heard of it until the movie came out. Was well beyond the usual age to read it in 1979 when it was first published.

          I see from Wikipedia that the book goes far beyond the ending the movie had. And it looks like the last half of the book could be a whole other movie.

      2. In Toronto today for an appointment, and meeting friends for dinner later, so decided to just grab a hotel room to work for the rest of the day. My appointment was just down the street from my favourite cupcake shop and I picked up half a dozen to take home with me.

        So it turns out that half a dozen cupcakes locked in a hotel room with me is a bad thing. It looks quite likely that no cupcakes will make it into my freezer...

        Dinner will be at Toronto's rip off version of Balthazar in NYC. Though perhaps I will call the cupcakes "dinner" and anything I eat later will be "snacks".

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          OK, I just snort-laughed, ToJo! Ummm, yeah, those cupcakes would be history with me as well. Maybe not the whole half dozen, but.... :-)

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Lol! TorontoJo vs. Cupcakes. It's cupcakes for the win!

            1. re: roxlet

              This was my cupcake container less than TEN MINUTES after I landed in my hotel room. We're currently down to two remaining.

              Help. Me.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                You may need to get back to the cupcake shop before they close for the day.

                  1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                    That was my thought as well. Won't you have some disappointed mouths at home otherwise?

                    1. re: rabaja

                      DH is still doing the gluten-elimination test (we keep screwing up and accidentally getting gluten in his food, argh). So I'd like to think that I am actually doing him a favor by not bringing tempting, gluten-laden treats home.

                      See? I'm actually being a thoughtful wife by eating all the cupcakes!

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          Oh. Well then, you're totally doing him a faaaavor. Good job. Resume eating cupcakes.

                    2. re: TorontoJo

                      Those are little cupcakes. I was picturing the behemoth Sprinkles type cupcakes. I can put down 6 of those no problem.

                      I say go ahead and finish 'em off ToJo (BEST NICKNAME EVER!).

                      Because DH will suffer if you parade those around in front of him, and you are a thoughtful and loving wife.

                      1. re: nothingswrong

                        They are not little, they are normal sized cupcakes! :0) Those Sprinkles and Crumbs monstrosities scare me. And they aren't very good. These have a moist and tender crumb with really excellent European buttercream frostings. Kind of like the cupcakes you ate as a child, just elevated to what you always wished they would be.

                        Dinner at the French bistro was fun. My friend and I decided to order one beef bourgignon and ALL of the sides, except the frites, to share: green beans amandine, sauteed brussels sprouts, wild mushrooms, mac and cheese and pommes puree. There was a lot of food and we pretty much wiped the table clean. I figure that I consumed about a stick of butter in all those sides. Tasty, but eep!

                        Thinking I need to make a quinoa and kale salad for dinner tomorrow.

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          They look like your average home-baked-sized cupcake. To me, that's a little cupcake. Then again, I once ate an entire sheet cake in less than 48 hours. For no other reason than I'd baked it and was home alone.

                          Your dinner sounds fun. My father once took me to dinner for my birthday at a very upscale restaurant here in L.A. The rest of my family was out of town. He ordered every single side dish on the menu for the two of us, and some meat. Our entire table was covered in food. We had such a lovely time.

                          After the cupcakes and French feast, I second your rec for greens tomorrow :/

                          1. re: nothingswrong

                            I often find that I'm more drawn to the appetizers and side dishes on a menu than to the mains. Fortunately, I have friends who enjoy ordering the same way ("yes, we'd like this entire section of the menu, please").

                            Definitely picking up some kale for dinner.

                  2. re: TorontoJo

                    I love it when other CHers fess up to indulging in their favorite things! How fun ...alone in a room with 1/2 of a dozen cupcakes:)

                  3. I need to make more time to come here for inspiration!

                    I've been in a bit of an easy meal rut due to my severe lack of sleep these days!

                    Tonight is no different, but at least delicious! I'm making Tuna in JalapeƱo Escabeche from Rick Bayless. Will put the tuna in corn tortillas with some avocado. I'll jazz up some canned black beans. The tuna is so simple, delicious and looks positively revolting! ;)

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                    1. re: tiffeecanoe

                      sounds tasty no matter what it looks like! nice to "see" you tiffee!

                      1. re: tiffeecanoe

                        That sounds great. How is the tuna made?

                        1. re: roxlet

                          Here's the link to the actual recipe

                          I kind of eyeball things a bit. I also just use 2 cans of standard, 4.5oz, tuna in olive oil. I also don't let the mixture cool before adding tuna. Maybe I'll try that tonight though, I never really want to wait ;) I do think the avocado makes it. It's just fine on it's own and it's actually great left over, but the creaminess of the avocado just brings it to a new level. My husband will put the leftovers - if there are any - in a wrap for the next days lunch with lettuce, tomatoes and more.

                          1. re: tiffeecanoe

                            That sounds totally amazing, thanks tiff, who cares what it looks like! I am so making this, avocados and all, it is going straight into Pepperplate.

                      2. Ugh, good luck with that storm. And the cupcakes are beautiful!
                        I mentioned grilled fish for my dinner tonight, and I'm working on planning out tomorrow. I'm thinking I might roast a chicken and make soft tacos with some sort of herby salsa.

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                          1. re: juliejulez

                            Hi julez!! Missed you guys! Long story short: minus one gallbladder, mending one pancreas. Back to cooking for the first time tonight. I'm so sorry about your grandparents. I send you all my best wishes. I'm catching up by reading back on threads. You're the burger girl, and turkey or chicken burger recipes?

                            1. re: alliegator

                              Thanks! Just found your intro on the other thread. Glad to hear you're feeling better!

                              I like all kinds of burgers, I would eat them everyday if possible. Were you asking for good chicken or turkey burger recipes?

                              For chicken, I took this and turned it into a burger and it was tasty

                              For turkey, I haven't tried this one specifically yet but it's on my list come summer... I like the idea of mixing the pesto in with the ground turkey

                              I often just use different seasonings and cheeses on plain turkey favorite was homemade taco seasoning with pepper jack cheese.... and one time I made a "chicken parm" burger... took ground chicken, then put panko on it, pan fried, then topped with marinara and mozzarella.

                              1. re: juliejulez

                                Thanks! They both look great. I looked for burgers, but the chicken meatballs really caught my eye! I'm off beef, pork, cheese, and alcohol :( for quite a while, but since spring is here, I'll really use tons of herbs. I found this for tomorrow's planned chicken:
                                And H-Mart!! You are so right. I love that place. Awesome seafood.

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    Haha! I wish. Since I already tanked one organ (which was not my appendix, I was alarmed to learn), I'll keep my lungs pretty and pink.
                                    Maybe I'll get hooka :)
                                    Btw, n/a beer is the worst thing on planet earth.

                                    1. re: alliegator

                                      Skip the n/a beer and try kambucha- i swear it has the same yeasty flavor, just get the original flavor.

                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                        Very good suggestion. It's really healthy, too! I drink it on non-boozin' evenings.

                                    2. re: alliegator

                                      My sister makes a very tasty turkey burger...she mixes crumbled feta cheese, diced Kalamata olives and (I think) finely minced onion with the ground turkey, and then grills as she would a regular burger.. Absolutely delicious! I don't think there are measurements...she just kinda eyeballs it, and they work every time.

                                      1. re: alliegator

                                        No booze?!?! oh allie, even worse than no cheese!

                                        These Ottolenghi Turkey Zucchini burgers are awesome: They make excellent meatballs too.

                                        1. re: GretchenS

                                          Thanks for the recs! I got some great ideas here. I don't happen to own Ottelenghi's Plenty, so in addition to trying that recipe, I need to order that book.
                                          And hi, MC! Thanks for the welcome back on the last thread:)

                                          1. re: alliegator

                                            of course! happy to have you back.

                                            and I've found Ottelenghi's recipes online... maybe not all, but a few.... but of course, the books are so pretty....

                                        2. re: alliegator

                                          Think of it as a chance to try out ALL the n/a party beverage recipes. Like these

                                          1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                            Thanks, MTT. I thought about cocktail fakeouts for upcoming bbq activities. I can add booze for the others, and then for myself laters after I'm and angel now and turn in awesome, sparkly bloodwork for a few months;)
                                            And MC, I'm a book junky. I just like having them. I can look at my shelves and survey all that I own, mwuhahah!

                                            1. re: alliegator

                                              yeah, same here. i just put a stop to myself when i moved out of the country in 05. i've been trying not to build back up - on everything. but books are the hardest to resist.

                                1. Vegetable box day! Which usually means I have to try to use up the remainder of last week's to make room in the fridge... I have a white and a red cabbage, a huge watermelon plus other as yet unidentified huge long green radishes so I think they are saying slaw to me, with an asian-y dressing. I have been thinking about David Lebovitz's peanut sauce since I read about it on here so I think I'll make it and some chicken satay to dip in the sauce.

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                                  1. re: helen_m

                                    Cabbage lasts forever, so if you want to move on to the new veg box, you easily could.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      It's a good job that cabbage lasts forever, I've just shredded about a quarter of one, 3 thin carrots, two green radishes and the remains o yesterday's mangetout and created a huge bowl, way too much for two. The lime, ginger and crushed peanut dressing should help.

                                      1. re: helen_m

                                        Yup, it makes a LOT! I was having a lot of coleslaw when I was participating in my summer CSA. :-) The dressing sounds great.

                                      2. re: helen_m

                                        I can't quite believe that I got to 37 without making it chicken satay before. What have I been doing with my life!

                                        I used this recipe and will definitely be making it again!

                                        1. re: helen_m

                                          Satay is a regular around here. It's one of the mans most favorite foods!

                                          1. re: helen_m

                                            Is that a typo? 8 chicken breasts or 10 chicken thighs to feed 2-4 people?

                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                              I was confused by the meat proportions too. I did a whole pack of chicken thighs (think there were 6 in the pack) and cooked 4. 2 went in the freezer in the marinade for a night when one of us is home alone.

                                              1. re: helen_m

                                                Yeah almost looks like she used tenderloins? That would make sense.