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What's for Dinner #281 - The March Towards Spring Edition [Through March 9,2014]

Winter fatigue is definitely a part of the the landscape for everyone in the colder climes of the US. We are ready for a change, and it does look like the ice floe in my backyard is slowly receding.

Tonight will be an early and quick dinner of sausage with peppers and onions, a meal that says summer and street fairs to me. The sausages are from Arthur Avenue, and the bread to have with them is from Tarry Market, the mini Eataly in my part of NY.

What's on your tables tonight, hounds?

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  1. Spring is in the air here on the Sou'west Shore of Connecticut.

    Temperatures got up to 32 degrees today. They'll fall back to 10 degrees tonight but I'm a glass-is-half-full kind of guy. The corner has been turned. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Buffalo chicken wings are up tonight. Deb's wings are killer. Beer and wine on the counter, Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes will be on the plasma.

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    1. re: steve h.

      Two great classics -- the wings and the movie. You weren't in Tarry Market today, by chance?

    2. Spring still seems a long way off in DC. I'm making most of the chilly temperatures and making a chicken and tarragon pie. I'll serve it with veg box busting sides - roasted rainbow carrots (we have yellow, purple and orange) and some buttered cabbage.

      I'm having a glass of picpoul de pinet, it seems to be the house white at the moment while I wait for my husband to get home from the gym. We'll be watching the last episode of series one of The Bridge (the Sweden/Denmark one) post dinner.

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      1. re: helen_m

        Helen, I'm jealous of your wonderful veg box. Do you mind sharing where you get this treasure? I just signed up for my summer CSA share but may not make it until late May. Had some terribly boring green beans from the regular grocery store last night.

        It was the rainbow carrots that did it.

        1. re: tcamp

          Sure! I use the Washington Green Grocer, I get the local box. You don't have to get it every week and can 'dislike' items (kohlrabi, I'm looking at you!) which is handy.

      2. Trader Joe's butternut squash triangolini with a sherry cream sauce. The sauce was relatively simple: 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and lightly browned, blended with 1/4 cup of sherry and then reduced a bit. About 1/3 cup of heavy cream, salt, pepper, and some minced fresh rosemary (maybe a tsp?) was added and simmered to thicken.

        Pasta was cooked, mixed in with the sauce in the same pot after draining, and then plated. A few pinches of grated Parm-Reg on top.

        A small salad with vinaigrette alongside, along with a glass of wine.

        And it is good. :-) Another Trader Joe's "Yay!"

        Survivor and Criminal Minds on the Big Butt. (gotta imitate steve h!)

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            1. re: Frizzle

              Yes, I'd never have thought of doing a sherry cream sauce but I bet it goes really well with butternut pasta.

            2. re: LindaWhit

              Oh man I love Criminal Minds. I have a weird thing for Dr. Reid, particularly when his hair is tidy.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I hope it was as tasty as it sounds!

              2. I am not weighing in on the weather in my area so I can save you all from groaning and wishing a frost on me.

                The sandwich made another appearance at the lunch table and will probably will all week since I eat so small. That's okay. It was really good and the bread held up perfectly.

                Tonight is my mom's version of chicken ala king. Let me preface this with I love my mom but her cooking, not so much. So this is not traditional AT ALL but it was one of the few meals I copy from her with a few small tweaks. I haven't the foggiest where she came up with it but for me it screams childhood. It isn't light by any means.

                Two BLSL chicken thighs, chopped into bite sized pieces
                Some leftover red and yellow peppers, chopped
                Button mushrooms, sliced
                Sliced jarred pimentos
                Half a medium onion, chunked in bite sized pieces
                Two cloves garlic, minced (they were small)
                A sprinkle of flour
                Turmeric
                Badia
                A pint of half and half
                Enough milk to thin it to the right consistency
                End it with a shot of sherry and an egg yolk stirred in( I admit it, I don't temper it. Never had a problem)
                My mom obviously never used Badia. She used straight milk(she was a meat wrapper with three kids.Half and half never made it in our budget). And sherry and an egg yolk are from another recipe I read.
                Served on toasted buttercrust white toast.

                I will dream of a blood orange mimosa and will have a couple of plugs of blood orange and feed the rest to James instead. Not quite the same, but it'll do.

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                1. re: suzigirl

                  That sounds really good and really easy.....Stealing!

                  1. re: sedimental

                    Be my guest, steal away. It is one of my favorite meals.

                  2. re: suzigirl

                    "I am not weighing in on the weather in my area so I can save you all from groaning and wishing a frost on me."

                    Not that you would find this super important, but as a result of that comment I removed your name from the naughty list and placed it on the nice list. :-D I apologize for hollering at you when you were boasting of the unbelievably nice weather down there when many of us were suffering through sub-zero temperatures and snow storms which prevented us from getting to the liquor store.

                    1. re: Fowler

                      Your last sentence had me laughing way too loudly here at this hour:)Funny stuff.

                      1. re: Fowler

                        That unbelievably nice weather has disappeared. It has been rainy all day and grey. Depressingly so. But it did not prevent me from getting to the liquor store. Now that would be a travesty.

                        1. re: Fowler

                          Snow that prevents a liquor run?! I can't even imagine such a thing.

                      2. Didn't feel like "cooking" (i.e. making a salad & crisping up pork belly... yes, I am lazy today), so we ordered Thai delivery instead. Drunken noodles "medium" Thai spicy -- boy do they have a kick -- and shrimp noodle tom yum. Unfortunately, the soup came with rice instead of noodles, so we're sitting around waiting for the noodles to be here.

                        Wah.

                        Good thing I don't have to be anywhere until 10:30. I would, however, much prefer not having to be anywhere at any time tonight....

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                        1. re: linguafood

                          Dinner sounds good. Having to go out afterwards sucks. But do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life. Right?

                          1. re: suzigirl

                            Haha. You have a point.

                            I better put my big girl rockstar pants on '-)

                            1. re: linguafood

                              You look better in a dress. At least that's how I saw you. ;-)

                              1. re: suzigirl

                                And you were right. I never sing in pants!

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  I remember from the youtube video.