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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

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We are not having to wait until May for the spring flowers resulting from the rains that we have had. Already many of the daffodils are up, and the hyacinth should be bloomed before Easter. Though our temperatures haven't really cracked 60, it's nice to see the happy movement towards spring.

Tonight's dinner will be leftovers: there is a surfeit of fried chicken and fixings in the fridge just waiting to be heated up. What's on your table tonight?

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  1. I never did get any daffodils this weekend - I was at Trader Joe's yesterday, but it was in the morning and I didn't want them sitting in the car while Mom and I were shopping. I need to remedy that - I *need* bright and cheery flowers in the house!

    I think tonight will be some of Trader Joe's battered cod. I'll make a remoulade of mayo and seafood cocktail sauce for dolloping, and rice and peas alongside.

    Oh - and I now have a brandy-new kitchen faucet. I'm stupidly tickled pink at that. :-) I can wash dishes now without worrying about the water leaking all along the back of the granite counter and under the convection oven.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Perfect ...Phreddy (the plumber)!

    2. That may well be the case in yer neck of the woods -- here it's chilly at 40 degrees and pissing rain all day.

      I guess that puts me on the April showers side of the equation. Wah.

      Dinner plans are sushi and cocktails. That should take care of the winter blues '-(

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      1. re: linguafood

        Psssttt....lingua. It's better than that other four-letter precipitation word, right? :-)

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Who knows if we're done with that. I ain't holding my breath, that's for sure....

          1. re: linguafood

            Bzzzzzztttttt!!!! Hushuppayourmouth, missy! It's done, it's OVAH!!!

            The fat lady has sung! I don't have a good voice, but this fat lady has sung - so it's done! ;-)

      2. It's steak night - flap meat seasoned with Penzey's prime rib rub and some more of the fresh spinach from yesterday. I might have to whip out the TJs Hollandaise to accompany.

        1. Either grouper or halibut...bought both this weekend and can't tell which is which. I think last night was the halibut with a lemon/olive oil/butter sauce and carrots that over-wintered in the garden for the side. Tonight is the other fish with a pomegranate butter sauce. Green beans from the freezer (from last season's garden) on the side.
          And rain, rain, rain for the next day and a half :(

          1. Somehow like a doofus, I opened the wrong tab on my tablet and posted on 288. Recap:
            Ipulled a small container of chili from the freezer from last week or so. While I was out I went to the butcher and got some Kayem natural casing hot dogs. MMMchilicheesedogs. Baked potato salad ( not really baked, just baked potato toppings. Boiled red skinned potatoes) with bacon, cheddar, sour cream, brown mustard, celery, chives, onion, mayo, some ranch powder and pepper.
            Somehow the project of a water heater and tile has morphed into a whole wall coming down and painting that will need done. We have a nice canary yellow from another project that will be perfect for a laundry room. I hate construction. Old houses. Hmmph.

             
             
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            1. re: suzigirl

              Be thankful you have a house that is not in foreclosure and you can fix and paint it how you like!

              Let me know how the potatoes (salad) was...

              1. re: PHREDDY

                You are so right. Thanks for giving me some perspective. I sampled the potato salad while I was making it because I am not a recipe follower. I think once it marries for a while in the fridge it will be in my arsenal regularly. It was quite good.

            2. Roasted zucchini with curry and paprika, roasted thighs, legs, hearts, gizzards with onions, red and yellow peppers. Garlic mashed potatoes with lots of cream and butter...real comfort meal....I need it...

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              1. re: PHREDDY

                Wrap me in a quilt and set me before a roaring fireplace. That sounds like a...."real comfort meal"....

              2. You and Harters have me quite jealous with your early blooms. My garden has yet to show but a few nubs in the thawed soil. Rain tonight so I hope to see something more than pointy little shoots appearing. Most won't bloom here till late May or later, including the Kerria.

                WFD: will be G's perfected Arriabiata with penne. He's adapted quite well to Italo-American cuisine in spite of his Scottish/Native American heritage. A tossed salad of wild arugula and various Spring leafy greens will also be served. Buon mangiare stasera tutti miei amici.

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                1. re: Gio

                  Penne Arrabbiata is possibly my favorite pasta. I have fond memories of sneaking one noodle at a time out of the fridge and eating cold leftovers as a child.

                  Do you care to share this perfect recipe?

                2. Hi, wfd! Sorry to see shitful weather hanging around for some. Not cool. I will decline to discuss my weather now...
                  Need to go back and review the previous thread to see what's been chowed down.
                  I went a little spicy with Friday night's Asian noodle fry and got me a bellyache, so I've been picking away at bland stuff over the weekend. All checked out and it had nothing to do with my surgery, just a bellyache.
                  Going very simple and still a little bland tonight with grilled turkey burgers and pesto. If I make those burgers big enough, raw veggie slices will be a good enough side ;)

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                  1. re: alliegator

                    Good to know it isn't serious. Dinner sounds like a good way to be kind to your belly.

                    1. re: suzigirl

                      Thanks, all. At least I have my handy "guide to your new guts" manual that told me this was a proceed to the doctor calmly tomorrow thing and not an ERNOW! thing :)
                      And my basil is going nuts, so it should make for some tasty pesto.

                      1. re: alliegator

                        Even in a healthy gall-bladdered person (I made a new adjective!), ingesting a fat-laden meal can cause quite a belly ache. My lovely father is a super clean, healthy eater (low fat, low carb, low sugar, low cholesterol) but treats himself to a Big Mac meal with a shake from McD's once a month. Even after years of doing this, he is kind of laid up the rest of the day after his fast food feast. He'll golf in the AM, eat the meal in the afternoon, and he's totally done for the night. Just can't be bothered.

                        Glad you seem to be recovering steadily though, and hopefully this little setback was aided by your turkey burger dinner :)

                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          Thank you, and it was :) Sorry to hear your dad has this issue, it's kind of a downer to not stuff your face with gusto. But, we all just learn our ways around it!

                  2. Dinner was a repeat of last nights-meatloaf, taters and broccoli. Boooooring but it hit the spot.

                    I have cooing class tomorrow, hoping for some more inspiration.

                    The daffodils are in full bloom at TJ's but not so much in my garden-they are just peaking thru the dirt at this point. After a lovely weekend it's cold and damp tonight. C'mon Spring!!!!

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                    1. re: foodieX2

                      they're teaching you to coo? awwwww... sweet!

                      couldn't resist.... (:

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        Yes, it's a dove calling class, LOL!!!

                        Cooooooooo!

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          I kept reading your message: COO? Coo? Ah, the missing K! I'm slow like that.

                    2. Hi all. Boy what a weekend and day today. This house stuff is wearing me out... and we haven't even gone under contract yet haha! We are doing contracts tomorrow on a so new it's not even built yet house on 1 acre! We were going to wait but the agent told me the builder was going to increase prices after this week so we had to hop to it.

                      Work has also gotten very hectic so of course, an easy dinner is in order.. a salsa chicken casserole where you just dump rice, salsa, some chicken broth, seasonings, and chicken thighs into a casserole dish, and bake it for an hour. Then top with cheese and let it get melty. Easy enough and will reheat well for leftovers.

                      Tomorrow night I'm headed to a "canvas and cocktails" event with my BFF... it's an alumni event for her high school, and she usually invites me to tag along even though I just went to measly public school instead of her fancy private high school :)

                      1. Simple was the theme of tonight - greek-marinated grilled pork tenderloin, with spinach brown rice and steamed green beans (small drizzle of olive oil and fresh cracked pepper on the beans).

                        1. mahogany short ribs were a hit. i think i forgot a few ingredients and they were still good. i mean, they're basically just red wine-braised short ribs with hoisin, so how can you go wrong? i used a little bit of carrot in these, and some fresh thyme. delish. but i was really excited to make pencil asparagus with a fermented black bean sauce - so easy, and so tasty! i took 2-and-a-bit-Tbls. of black beans, rinsed them, then put them in my mortar and smashed them around with a couple small cloves of garlic until they made a thick paste. added a little water to thin it out a bit. then cut the asparagus into bite size pieces, stir fried them in hot peanut oil, then dropped in the black bean paste. stirred that around, still at high heat, then added maybe 1/4 cup of chicken stock, and covered for a bit on low. that sauce was SO GOOD on the jasmine rice! the only problem were some of the ends of the asparagus stalks were a little tough - they were so thin i didn't think to shave them or cut them off. oh well. but i used to go to a chinese place for lunch near my office, frequented by mostly chinese people (and this wasn't in chinatown), and i'd get this black bean chicken and rice dish and it was so good, i would just wolf down that sauce and the rice. and this tasted just like it. i may have to make it again this week, maybe with chicken this time, and maybe with those lovely stir-fried eggs and tomatoes.

                           
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                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            Lovely! Nice asparagus, the spears are so thick here this week I could club someone.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              Exactly what I saw in the stupidmarket this weekend, fieldhawk. Bam-Bam clubs.

                            2. re: mariacarmen

                              Love the sound of your stir-fried asparagus, MC. I've copied and recorded it. Many thanks!

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                That asparagus sounds good!

                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                  That asparagus sounds great (actually, so do the short ribs, but I just used up all my short ribs and I have a crisper drawer overflowing with asparagus...) I may have to steal your idea and do an asparagus and chicken black bean concoction later this week.

                                2. WFD tonight was a very old school chicken, rice, broccoli casserole with cheese on top. I was really into casserole making last weekend! I have three of them, one in the freezer. Straight out of the 70's, lol. Tasty and hit the spot. Maybe I just need some comfort food! No photo.....these things are not very pretty!

                                  Anyway, served with a very nice spinach salad...baby spinach, red onion, blueberries, roasted cherry tomato and a bit of bacon in a raspberry mustard vinaigrette. An antioxidant bomb :)

                                  1. Super miso dinner tonight...
                                    I made these roasted carrots, but used a dark barley miso so i just used 1/4 cup, and i drizzled the miso over the finished carrots instead of more oil:
                                    http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101595...
                                    A side of miso soup (it was out anyways!) with lots of tofu, seaweed, and a huge handful of spinach.
                                    The roasted carrots recipe does not serve 4! More like two.... :)

                                    1. Tonight was a couple of the whey-fed pork chops our grocer started carrying. Seared them off, then made a sauce of canned tomatoes, semi-dry hard cider, garlic, garden sage, bay, castelvetrano olives, black pepper, and a touch of cinnamon. Made some cheesy polenta while the sauce reduced for about 40 minutes, then finished the chops under the broiler and served everything in shallow bowls.

                                      1. It was a supremely stressful day. Lots of those lately.

                                        It was also 86 degrees but felt even hotter. I had the A/C on all afternoon after running the oven at 425 for a batch of maple scones.

                                        There were beautiful veggies at the market, so I broke out the grill for the first time since last August.

                                        Grilled up the veg with some olive oil and herbs, a little garlic. Layered with some mozz and balsamic reduction. Pressed in between two slices of freshly baked French bread. Tater chips on the side with a nice cold fizzy Coke.

                                        Feels like summer and it's only going to get hotter this week.

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                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                          That sounds so good!

                                        2. Last night was supposed to be pasta e fagioli, but I got overwhelmed and my boyfriend made mac and cheese instead. I felt terrible afterwards, as I am wont to do when we resort to starchy convenience foods.

                                          Tonight is class night, so take out/leftovers. I'm thinking about hitting the new pollo asado place again and trying some different sides. (Plus, I owe the boyfriend a cream-filled churro.... I polished off the freebie they gave me last time without sharing! God that was delicious.)

                                          1. We're having Brazilian Chicken Stew from Daily Soups. I chose it for the interesting ingredient list which included: fresh ginger, tomatoes, jalapenos, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, ground cashews, whole cashews, bread crumbs, coconut milk and cilantro - among other things.

                                            We'll see how it turns out.

                                            1. Ham hash - using up the leftovers from Saturday's gammon. There's spuds and purple sprouting broccoli to into the fry-up as well.

                                              I think it needs "something" a bit wettish but am not sure if ketchup is the thing. None of the current batch of chutneys seem right. Maybe the HP Brown Sauce?

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                                              1. re: Harters

                                                a fried egg.

                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                  Good call, MC.

                                              2. Mapo Tofu!! I'm so excited. I plan to use Fuschia Dunlop's recipe with a few substitutions. Ground turkey for ground pork because I already have it. Actually it belongs to little Take because I usually eat ground turkey breast but I thought the fat from ground turkey thigh would be good in the dish. Also I will use chili black bean sauce instead of separate fermented black beans and chili garlic sauce. Instead of rice, green beans and traditional shirataki noodles (not the tofu noodle ms hungry girl phenom noodles).

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                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                  Love Dunlop's Mapo Tofu! She has the best recipes.
                                                  Thankfully my husband will eat tofu.

                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Outstanding!! Easy as tying my shoe, and so delicious!

                                                     
                                                  2. In Boston the weather is still pretty grim, but I figured Lobster is still good, it won't be soon. So tonight lobster, grilled artichokes, garlic bread and citrus salad. Sort of a goodbye to winter.

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                                                    1. re: ptrefler

                                                      If lobster and artichokes is winter, I'd be happy if it snowed all year long!

                                                    2. Well the houseguest are here - the dogs are unfortunately unable to get along and this is causing me much stress but we have been eating well and my friends dog is adorable even if mine don't think so and his new GF seems very amicable as well.

                                                      Saturday night when they arrived the Reubens were perfect, easily prepared and the home made potato salad and slaw made it really feel special

                                                      Sunday morning we made breakfast - filling tortillas with a combination of peppers and eggs I made and a corned beef and potato hash my buddy concocted

                                                      then for the beautiful weather we grilled in the Sunday afternoon - steaks, chicken, potato's, portabellas, some good whiskey

                                                      Last night was herbed pork chops, sautéed spinach, potato hash, mushrooms madeira and a green salad

                                                      now I will be back to work and toning it down but I was so happy to be able to enjoy eating and drinking with my buddy again - to see him enjoy this again after a bad stretch which really challenged out friendship I do believe things are looking up and there really is not a better way to make amends than to break bread and enjoy preparing and eating food together

                                                      so I was so happy to see him post on facebook that it was "good to be home, if only for a month".... a MONTH?

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                                                      1. re: JTPhilly

                                                        Wait. Does that mean he's your guest for a month as well?

                                                        And sounds like lots of good eats through the weekend!

                                                        1. re: JTPhilly

                                                          I'm holding my breath, JT, because I echo LW's question. It certainly sounds like he enjoyed all your cooking and good will.

                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                            Indeed - my house is the closest thing this friend has to a real "home" I am Family if not blood. If it was not for the dogs issue and a general lack of space everything would be great right now. I am happy to have them.

                                                            1. re: JTPhilly

                                                              Ahhh. That's wonderful. It was a happy reunion. I'm glad.

                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                Yes, so far so good thank you - it has been a long time coming and a lot of water to get under the bridge - as well as some managed expectations - but to be able to share and enjoy meals again has been great. Demons are at bay and life can resume.

                                                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                  Glad to hear it. You're keeping everyone's tummies quite happy and that helps a lot :)

                                                        2. WFD: From John Gregory-Smith's "Mighty Spice": Szechuan Chicken and Cucumber Salad. We made this two years ago and now that I read through the report I posted wonder why I haven't made it more often. It's perfect for leftover chicken. The chicken etc. will served over chopped wild arugula. Steamed brown basmati rice, and steamed pak choy will be served as well . Here's my report from yesteryear:
                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8052...

                                                          1. Last night was just me and #1 son. I made socca flatbread - it was pretty good but a bit undercooked on the bottom. Also, grilled sausages and a salad with mango, avocado, orange segments, and lime juice.

                                                            Tonight, chicken curry was requested but I am craving something lighter. Considering the chicken vegetable pad thai posted at the end of the last thread...

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                                                            1. re: tcamp

                                                              Pad thai it is. Hit the grocery store at lunch for carrots and bean sprouts. And $40 more in veggies, etc.

                                                            2. WFD tonight? Leftovers from last night's dinner, where we clearly over ordered...

                                                              We got the half roasted duck and sizzling tofu (a delicious dish that is roughly an entire block cut in slices, deep-fried, then topped with a sauce of fermented black beans, ground pork, mushrooms and other delectables). The tofu came first and should've been the only thing we ordered '-(

                                                              OTOH, I have a reasonable amount of duck leftover that will get a crisp-up under the broiler. Sides TBD, though I do feel like something on the lighter side. Salad is more likely than a veg, but who knows -- the farmers market or Wegmans might convince me otherwise.

                                                              My sweetie left for his conference this morning. Hate when he's gone.

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                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                Leftover duck.

                                                                What's that?

                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  I know. Usually, we have no problem polishing that off between the two of us. But the tofu was served first and I guess we were hungry :-)

                                                                  By the time the ducky arrived we were pretty full.

                                                                  Trust me, there won't be any leftovers from tonight's dinner.

                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                    The only time I have leftover duck is when I roast a whole supermarket one. Herself isnt keen on duck so usually makes herself something else. Of course, when I roast one of the smaller wild ducks bought at the farmers market, I can happily eat a whole one for dinner (greedy, yes, I agree)

                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                      I've not yet ventured into roasting a whole duck. Just searing off a duck breast for myself.

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        Thanks for the ducky reminder that there are three confit legs in the freezer. The SO is on his own tomorrow night as I have a meeting, then Thurs I'm baching it as he's off to a Canuck's game -- perfect!

                                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                                    MMM,roast duck. Hope the dude will keep you company and make the house seem less empty. I hate when James is out of town or gone very late.

                                                                  3. I thought we'd be running around tonight so loaded up the crockpot with skinny taste recipe for sante fe chicken. Thanks to Mother Nature, plans have changed, and we will be home. Good news is, dinner is already done.

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                                                                    1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                      I've made that recipe with thighs, although in a Dutch oven not a crock pot. It's pretty good!

                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                        I have the Santa Fe Chicken down for the week-end. Nice to know I'm in good company.

                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                          Ate the leftovers for dinner tonight, while the rest of the family had cheese ravioli. So good. Enjoy

                                                                    2. Trying to clear out the fridge as we will be in Mexico all next week. I have some ground beef thawed that I'll turn into a simple red meat sauce for pasta and I'll make a salad to go with and use up the green leaf lettuce, carrots, celery, and some of the onions.

                                                                      1. 2 crabcakes & a salad.

                                                                        And now today I go to San Francisco. I wonder what I shall eat!

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                                                                        1. re: gini

                                                                          many good things, i'm sure! holler if you want any recommendations!

                                                                        2. Saved some barbecue grilled tenderloin to fix with a salad. My roses are blooming in such abundance that I think I'll arrange some for the table. Thanks, I'm glad I tripped onto this site. Cheers.

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                                                                          1. re: FionaSum1

                                                                            Welcome to Chowhound. I hope you like it here. It is a pretty friendly place.

                                                                            1. re: FionaSum1

                                                                              Welcome! You're some place where roses are blooming! Jealous.

                                                                              1. re: FionaSum1

                                                                                are we taking bets Fiona's another Brit?
                                                                                ("cheers")

                                                                                whatever, we are happy to have you!

                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                  If Fiona is another Brit, then she's not living here at the moment. No chance of roses for weeks - I wouldnt have thought even the far south west will have them for a goodly while.

                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                    Australia or New Zealand maybe?

                                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                                      Far Southwest! Expect 90 degrees today in the USA.

                                                                                  2. re: FionaSum1

                                                                                    Roses? Egads. Here in Virginia, my climbing rose outside the front door is barely budding out. At least the daffodils are making their presence known.

                                                                                  3. I made roast pork in the slow cooker last night but with potatoes because I had defrosted it and then needed to cook - maybe for tonight maybe see if the guests came up with something as they bought a bunch of groceries yesterday - friend is inventive to say the least and most frequently employs tortillas - we will see.

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                                                                                    1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                      Potatortillas :-D

                                                                                      1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                        How nice your houseguests went to the grocery store! I'm sure after some adjustment the dogs will figure out how to get along.

                                                                                        Who knows, maybe your friend will come up with the next taco craze like those korean mexican tacos have become!

                                                                                      2. Wegmans FTW! I picked up a bunch of green asparagus and orange grape tomatoes.

                                                                                        I'm planning on cutting the asparagus on the bias, blanching the pieces very briefly, then chill in an ice bath.

                                                                                        The grape tomatoes will be chopped in halves and blistered in some peanut oil in a wok, maybe with some onions cut up "Chinese-style" (not sure how else to put it).

                                                                                        Once the tomatoes are nice and blistery, the asparagi come blustering into the wok for a bit. I'll toss it all around in some soy & butter mix.

                                                                                        Should be a good side for the roasted ducky :-)

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                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                          I think the word, "asparagi" is my favorite word.

                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                            Wegmans is always the winner!
                                                                                            Sounds mighty yummmmmful.

                                                                                          2. Cooked a Corned Beef yesterday. Will put it on the slicer tonight for Reuben Sandwiches. ~ I'm thinking a little Buffalo Trace beforehand.

                                                                                            1. Another gorgeous warm day means another dinner hot off the grill. Chicken satay and cauliflower steaks will be cooked outside and a spicy cilantro salad will be tossed together. Maybe some asparagus on the grill, too. I bought an awful lot of it this weekend. I slept like shit and my neck is killing me from it so there will most definitely be a cocktail or two involved for muscle relaxation purposes....

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                                                                                              1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                Man, so jelly of that nice weather....

                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                  Its 94 right now. I love it.

                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                    I'm sure you do.

                                                                                                  2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                    hate to rub it in, but it's been mid-70s here - with a nice breeze. perfect. I have to say I would not be happy at 94, weezie! I can't take that heat anymore, since leaving l.a. almost 20 years ago. but you enjoy!

                                                                                                    and lingua, hopefully your weather will warm up soon, in time for your trip to Berlin, and here's hoping it's nice there too this year!

                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                      Oh, spring has shprung in the fatherland weeks ago. Friends of mine keep posting pics of blue skies and sunshine while sitting in my favorite parks and enjoying a beer.

                                                                                                      Torture, I tell ya.

                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                        MC, I grew up in the Phx. area so this not so bad to me. :) I've also lived in SF, Denver, Mpls, San Diego and LA and it's amazing how you adapt in time.

                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                          twu, vewy twu. I adapted to the cold(ish) temps here happily!

                                                                                                  3. Pretty nice day here today, though the windiness made it feel cooler than the 65 degrees we reached. I actually ran an errand and did not wear a coat since I was going into a store. First time this season!

                                                                                                    Tonight's dinner will be cheeseburgers! Following will be a large salad. I may do sort of oven fries for the guys.

                                                                                                    1. Barbecued chicken legs and a quinoa, asparagus and tomato salad alongside. Maybe sweet potato spears, roasted. Depends if we want to turn on the oven.
                                                                                                      It's 73F here and the grill has been uncovered for the season.
                                                                                                      Time to research kiddie pools. Doesn't a gin and tonic sound like it should go with that task?

                                                                                                      1. Taco salad, except I didn't have any corn tortillas to fry up, nor did I have chips. Damnit!!

                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                        1. re: gemvt

                                                                                                          Funny! We had some leftover meat from burritos so I packed components for a taco salad at lunch time! Yours looks great.

                                                                                                          1. re: gemvt

                                                                                                            I ended up having a taco salad yesterday as well--I forgot my tortillas when I packed my lunch. It was good, though I missed something to scoop up the salsa!

                                                                                                          2. Drunken spaghetti with Ham, Ricotta and Walnuts - recipe recommended a few weeks ago on the WFD discussion is here http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/dru...

                                                                                                            Served with a tossed salad and garlic bread. That, as is traditional with so many cooks, was left warming in the oven until we were seated and starting to serve, then quickly retireved after a cry of "The Bread!"

                                                                                                            I think after hearing about Drunken Spaghetti for several years I was was expecting greatness. It was "just OK" for our tastes, so although it was easy and I'm glad I finally tried it I won't be making it again.

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                                                                                                            1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                                              My mother has always prepped corn on the cob by boiling and then slicing the kernels off into a glass bowl. She'll then cover the bowl with a damp paper towel and stick it in the microwave while she does other dinner prep. The meat will get grilled, salad tossed, bread toasted in the oven. The last step is hitting that "1 minute" button on the microwave and then bringing the bowl to the table.

                                                                                                              I cannot tell you HOW MANY TIMES someone has found that damn paper towel-covered bowl in the micro the next morning. I'd say she forgets it in there at least 80% of the time. Somehow no one ever remembers and screams "The Corn!"

                                                                                                            2. Sketti & meat sauce.
                                                                                                              Spinach salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and a quick vinaigrette.
                                                                                                              Crusty "artisan" rolls. (a.k.a. Pepperidge Farm)

                                                                                                              Easy-peasy.

                                                                                                              1. I am SO HANGRY and you people aren't helping! and I've still got an hour and a half to wait before walking in the door.

                                                                                                                Leftovers of the Monday night ottolenghi braised beef and eggplant are on slate for this evening's dinner - with or without eggs remains to be seen, as it's in the BF's hands. i'm hoping for eggs, but I told him he has carte blanche.

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                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                  Rumblies in your tumbly? ;-)

                                                                                                                2. I had another not so good day so I am sticking to a simple navy bean and ham soup with biscuits.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                    Really? Beans are ok? That's good then!

                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      I will just be dipping biscuits in broth. Canned beans, celery, onion, carrot, bay leaf and chicken broth. Canned biscuits. Very low key.

                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                        sorry about the tums, suzi, and enjoy the broth and biscuits. does sound very soothing.

                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                          Thanks Maria. So far, so good.

                                                                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                      Ugh, suzi -- sorry to hear. Hope the dipping biscuits will do the trick :-)

                                                                                                                      Last night's sizzling tofu actually continued to "sizzle" with me for most of the day, so instead of my usual brunch of scramblees, I went for some fage and Alphonso mango, but not until much later in the day. Some foods, man........

                                                                                                                      Let's hope the ducky and asparagus/tomato stir-fry behave themselves.

                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                        It's usually canned chix noodle but it is soooo boring. The worst part today was all the noise from the tile saw keeping me from calming down and resting. But my floorsies are so pretty.
                                                                                                                        Tell your tummy duck is good for it and asparagus is a signal of Spring. I can relate to the all day debate with the previous nights dinner.

                                                                                                                      2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                        Feel better

                                                                                                                      3. I got only a tentative go ahead from the BF last night for my chicken pot pie, but he actually really liked it. It was fairly basic: chicken, potatoes, celery, mushrooms, collard greens, onion in a thick chicken stock gravy, baked in the oven with some homemade rough puff pastry on top. I made the mistake of cutting a vent hole in the top of the pastry, which allowed the gravy to bubble through and sog up the middle, but it was otherwise pretty damn good. A really simple salad on the side.

                                                                                                                        Tonight we're doing "grilled" (broiled) brats in pretzel rolls. I'll probably reheat the rest of the spicy baked beans for a side, and maybe make a small potato salad. The celery in the potato salad counts as a vegetable, right? Whatever. It's my Friday.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                          what's not to love about a chicken pot pie, with a homemade puff pastry top, no less!

                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                            She had me at the 'homemade puff pastry' bit.

                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                              This is what I thought! It's just that he once (long before I was cooking for him) got food poisoning from chicken and dumplings and is still squeamish about that entire family of chicken dishes. Also, he tried to claim that it would be too similar to last week's tourtiere (which it wasn't). But when he ran out of arguments, he agreed and was still raving about it yesterday. So, like you said, what's not to love? ;D

                                                                                                                          2. I spent all day in computer program training hell and feel like a complete idiot....

                                                                                                                            There was wine before i had even taken off my heels.....

                                                                                                                            Snacky plate dinner with leftover roasted carrots, edamame with smoked maldon salt and pepper, babaganoush with snap peas, cucumber sticks and red bell pepper, and a handful of those smaller dr kracker pumpkin seed crackers....
                                                                                                                            I definately refilled the wine glass

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                              You need to be wearing flats, not heels, for computer training. Much less likely to have all the blood rushing to your toes (away from your brain). We've all been there at some point, whether taking the class or teaching it!

                                                                                                                            2. BF made the leftovers pretty. the ottolenghi braise tasted better than it did the first night, of course, and his egg was a thing of beauty. alongside he made beef koftes, as there apparently wasn't enough protein on the plate for him (remember, there was beef in that braise!), and a really yummy salad of lettuce, mint, minced olives, scallions, shallots, and lemon zest. my little braised tomatoes, and a little relish tray on the side.

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                To (loosely) quote S. Silverman: your BF is magic :-)

                                                                                                                                Well done.

                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                  I was going to say he's The Miracle Worker!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                    hey wait a minute...what does that say about my leftovers?? (:

                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                      That he had exemplary leftovers to work with, but he did read your mind about the egg, unless you dropped really heavy hints...(giggle) Personally, I liked the idea of YOUR braised tomatoes. [you know I'm just teasing you, I hope]

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                        of course!!! totally kidding you back. I did the little smiley face after... but I never know if i'm doing it wrong...

                                                                                                                                        and I definitely dropped big HINTS about the egg!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                          Whew!

                                                                                                                                2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                  Wow!!

                                                                                                                                3. Yeah...I am on a roll.....a "casse-role"...he, he, get it? Casserole. Yeah, I crack me up :/

                                                                                                                                  I have no idea why I assembled so many, but I did. Tonight was the tamale pie one. Layered.... Chorizo, corn tortilla, enchilada sauce, cotija cheese, more corn, more cheese...Mmmmm. Very good. Topped with sour cream. 30 minutes to dinner after getting home and popping it into the oven....In front of the t.v. Ahhhh.

                                                                                                                                  Apple, cinnamon whiskey, heavy cream for dessert. Life is good.

                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                  1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                    that looks very, very good...

                                                                                                                                    1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                      Me like. And so would the fam. Do you have a more detailed recipe or pretty much wing it with the ingredients you listed?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                        I winged it. Just did two layers (4 small corn tortillas overlapping per layer) sauce, cheese, cooked chorizo...repeat...scatter in some corn, a few black beans, and maybe a bit of onion/ garlic/ chili, I think I added a bit of leftover salsa in there too but was careful not to get it too saucy. Mine was nice and spicy (no kids at home anymore). Bake at 350 for around 30 minutes or until bubbly.
                                                                                                                                        I had not made one for years. I forgot how simple and good they were :)

                                                                                                                                    2. Tortellini and peas in nutmeg cream. Couldn't resist some really nice artichokes, so paired up with a salad of shaved artichoke hearts, pepper cress, mint, cilantro, and shaved Romano. Salad adapted from Jerusalem.

                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                        Goodness gracious. Did you make those tortellini yourself? Either way, it sounds great I love pasta with peas and a cream sauce.

                                                                                                                                        Was the sauce very heavy on the nutmeg?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                          I wish I made the tortellini but no. And I wouldn't say the cream was heavy on the nutmeg, but to me a little really does help cream sauces. It was enough, and actually I don't like when the cream starts tasting nutmeggy. It means you put too much in.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                            I agree. A hint of it works really well in creamy dishes. I like to add just a few sprinkles to creamed spinach.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                              as do I. But let us not make spinach eggnog.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                                Not even as a breakfast smoothie?

                                                                                                                                                All right, fine.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                  You could be onto something there with the spinach eggnog breakfast smoothie. I suggest you pursue this idea. Actually I dare you. No, wait. Chris double dog dares you to drink the spinach eggnog breakfast smoothie.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                                    Aw, dang. If only I had a blender '-D

                                                                                                                                        2. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                          Looks good. Love the idea of mint in there.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sedimental

                                                                                                                                            it worked very well but of course I cannot claim credit except following directions. Ottolenghi has obvious skills with vegetables and also spices, but it seems to me that his strongest suit is fresh herbs. It's a very nice salad.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: ChrisOfStumptown

                                                                                                                                            Damn, Son.

                                                                                                                                          3. I sadly don't have much time to cook the way I once did. All work these days.

                                                                                                                                            I was able to make a tasty and quick meal today however, thanks to a little marinating started this morning. Mongolian lamb chops grilled on a grill pan in a very hot oven, with sautéed bok choy and lovely, plump green beans. Completely hit the spot and even the hubs...who is not overly fond of lamb...was quite content.

                                                                                                                                            1. We'd planned a day in the city - specifically Sichuan lunch followed by a guided tour of Chinatown. However, we've seen the details of the tour and it basically seems to be a shopping trip round the Chinese supermarkets and bakeries - but we already know them well.

                                                                                                                                              So, a change of plan. We're back to tracking down a new crab apple for the garden.

                                                                                                                                              Dinner is "almost veggie" night at Casa Harters. Super fast. Pasta gets on the go. Garlic & chilli get a fry; anchovies are added as is lemon juice. In another pan, breadcrumbs and lemon zest get a fry until the crumbs are crispy. When the pasta has about 4 minutes to go, chopped purple sprouting broccoli goes in (recipe intro says that Italians would use rapini, but we don't see that in the UK). Pasta drained, mixed with the anchovies and served up, lemony breadcrumbs scattered on top.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                That's my favorite quick macaroni dish and I make it almost the same. The only difference is a small glug of white wine or vermouth and the Broccoli Rabe. Your addition of lemony breadcrumbs is inspiring.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                  The recipe is a cut-out from a magazine. I've no idea now who the cook was - but they said they got the ideaa when they were in Puglia.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                    Aha! My mother was born in Andria, Pugliia. (grew up in Trieste, though)
                                                                                                                                                    Smallish world isn't it.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                      Gets smaller. The father in law was a soldier (British Army). His first overseas posting, around 1950, was to Trieste.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                        Hahaha... Love it!

                                                                                                                                              2. Rick Stein's Spain provided the recipe for the meat portion of dinner tonight. Skinless chicken was marinated in a garlic & salt paste. It's then fried until golden, dry sherry deglazed the pan and was reduced with bay leaves to finish the dish.

                                                                                                                                                He recommends serving the chicken with mashed potatoes. I had some green beans that needed to be used so I tried a potato and green bean recipe from River Cafe 2 easy. It's just a rough mash of the potatoes with the beans, parsley and lots of olive oil.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                  Do you chop the beans quite finely to stir through the spuds, or are they biggish pieces?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I did. I think the recipe called for fine green beans, which mine weren't so I chopped the beans in half vertically and then into 4cm lengths.

                                                                                                                                                2. Last night's pad thai was perfect and the leftovers were good for breakfast with a fried egg on top.

                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, everyone's going in different directions so DIY tuna sandwiches are WFD. Salad greens and blue cheese dressing available on the side.

                                                                                                                                                  1. My visiting buddy made dinner - "Gringo Burritos" I contributed a semi-homemade pico that would make Sandra Lee proud LOL and rendered some out of season roma's edible

                                                                                                                                                    not "gourmet" eats by any means but nice to have some contribution and good simple filling

                                                                                                                                                    tonight everybody is out doing their own thing - I have a roast pork I made in the crock the other night I think I will slice for sandwiches so people can eat when they want.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                      So are your guests staying for the month?? I'm dying to know.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                        That seems to be the plan - they have a date they need to get back to the west coast for work so there is an end game LOL. Right now my only problem is the dogs not getting along and needing to be separated - as long as people behave this burden will be bearable price for being able to provide for a friend when they really need it.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                          Wow. You're a saint. A month-long visit? I can count on one hand the people I could have stay for that long.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                            So many, lingua. My congrats. I could count the number on Abu Hamza's hand.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                              I never said that I could use all fingers '-D

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                I just form my hand into a 0. That's my count ;)

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                I could count on one finger - this friend is like a brother - I almost lost him these last years. I am happy to see him be "normal" again- unfortunately he IS a high impact individual who always needs to be making some sort of noise or doing something noxious and arrived with a banjo playing GF and a energetic pitbull so its a handful - they will drive me nuts but I will miss them when they leave. In the meantime it is challenging in a small space and food become an issue I am trying not to be overbearing - always deciding the menu etc and leave room for them to do their own thing sometimes and not be snobby about my preferences.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                          That's great your friend/houseguest really seems to want to contribute- and sometimes gringo burritos really hit the spot ;)!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                            Yes. I am glad I don't need to describe a gringo burrito LOL.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                              as long as it wasn't this one....

                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                            saved the roast for tomorrow too nice to cut into sandwich meat for the vultures. Made some linguini with some leftover sauté mushrooms and the crust of a good Romano. The guests are out and about. Silence is golden.

                                                                                                                                                          3. Easy meals the last two nights. Tuesday was pizza with dough I made on Sunday. Always yummy and easy. Last night I managed to grill up the filet strips to top a delicious salad. Made some blue cheese dressing by blitzing a small piece of cheese, some TJ's yogurt chive cilantro dip, Fage plain yogurt, lemon juice, and lots of pepper. Hit the spot. Tonight I have a post work event so likely take out that I'll pick up on the way home.

                                                                                                                                                            1. WFD: A Chinese stir-fry of pork loin and scallions, from Breath of a Wok by Grace Young. I pretty much leave this particular recipe alone to do its thing which is simple, clean flavors from bourbon (rather than Chinese rice vinegar that has too much salt), soy sauce, dark sesame oil, white pepper, ginger, a little sugar, and a bunch of scallions. I do add and some crushed red pepper flakes, however. We've made it a couple of times and it's quite delicious. Roasted cabbage and brown rice will also be served.

                                                                                                                                                              1. So that asparagus/grape tomato/onion stir-fry was just ok.

                                                                                                                                                                The tomatoes kinda melted into the wok, almost creating a bit of a sauce with the soy sauce and sriracha.

                                                                                                                                                                The leftover duck, OTOH, was fab once I had crisped up the skin under the broiler. That was a LOT of leftover duck, and I was struggling to finish. Pathetic, I know.

                                                                                                                                                                I have some of that weirdo stir-fry leftover and will have it for my lunch topped with two fried eggs, because I, too, am a member of mc's fried egg fan club.

                                                                                                                                                                Dinner tonight will be out with two GFs at a local brew pub: they have a beef tartare I've had on my brains since last night somehow, and some decent salads to go with that. And a martini or two.

                                                                                                                                                                Ya know.... clean eating and all that jazz '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                  Just ok? It sounds so good.
                                                                                                                                                                  Mmmm, tartare. I'm pretty jelly-o. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                2. It's a beautiful spring day today, and my Saturday no less, so I'm planning sort of a not-charcuterie charcuterie plate, if you will. I'm trying homemade crackers for the first time (Ottolenghi olive oil crackers) and serving them with lime-cumin-caraway marinated asparagus, red wine vinegar-olive oil-fresh oregano marinated beef tongue and an as-yet-to-be-determined cheese. Possibly some apple slices as well. And a bottle of rose (or possibly red) to celebrate the BF's first ebay sale.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds great - I always think of that type of meal as "Antipasto for dinner" a plate of special savory things to pick on and a bottle of good wine makes a great meal - especially on a beautiful day like this.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly! Antipasto for dinner is one of my favourites -- almost as good as breakfast for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                        That's the best kind of dinner. Those crackers sound good; I made something that sounds like it would be similar (olive oil based dough with fresh herbs scattered on top before baking) years ago and it was so good with some roasted veggies and cheeses for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                      An update: cheeses will be TJ's cheddar with caramelized onions and a local dill chevre. Sliced apple will definitely make an appearance. The wine will be TJ's petite reserve rose (all 3 roses at the store were within $0.50 of each other and all looked about the same -- this had a good 2% more alcohol than either of the others).

                                                                                                                                                                      Afternoon snack is a tall glass of sweet yogurt lassi, made with homemade yogurt and lots of cardamom. I just had to add this 'cause it's so frickin' good, especially on a warm spring day.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. Last night I did breakfast sandwiches with English muffins, Canadian bacon, big fat ol' eggs and gruyere. Lazy folks thawed frozen berry mix for dessert.
                                                                                                                                                                      Thai green curry using David Thompson's curry paste recipe tonight. Chicken, Thai eggplants, red bell peppers, snap peas, lemongrass, holy basil and bird chilis will go into the dish.
                                                                                                                                                                      I love green curry and don't eat it often. Need to rectify that one :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                        Green curry is one of my very favourite foods in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. WFD? Nothing! I had a huge work lunch today at a local chain, Burton's. The burger consisted of "certified angus beef, topped with cheddar cheese on a griddled bun with chipotle mayonnaise, avocado, tomato jalapeno relish and shredded lettuce, hand cut french fries" I enjoyed every bit and OMG, I am still stuffed!

                                                                                                                                                                        My poor boy was home sick today and has had no appetite. Dinner for him will most likely be soup and toast. The man is at the sox game, the bum. Great day for it!

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                          I really enjoy Burton's Grill. I keep trying to get coworkers to go there (about 2-3 miles from my work), but since there's a restaurant stumbling distance from our company's front door, they all tend to go there. :-/

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                            That's too bad! I don't get to Burton's often but I really enjoy their burgers and had been "calorie saving" all week for it. Totally worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. An easy one tonight- some vac sealed lamb and feta meatballs were pulled from the freezer and will be served with the leftover caponata from night before last and leftover grilled veggies from last night. I'll cook the meatballs in a skillet and will just bring all the veggies to room temp. There is a mango that needs to be eaten that will probably become kefir smoothies.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. now marinating are bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs in my now-favorite blend of garlic, mushroom soy, brown sugar, fish sauce, scallions, leeks & shallots (i had a lot of odds and ends in the allium family), fresh ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, thai chili peppers, a little vinegar from whence the peppers were living, and fresh lemon & lime juice. this has been (more or less) the marinade of choice for pork shoulder lately; we'll see how it goes with chicken. sides to be determined.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                              BTW, lingua - I was gong to make NYT's TCC last night but we only had one measly half lime.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                Yah, that's not gonna cut it. You need to put the lime in da .... marinade. And the dipping sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                You're welcome for the earworm :-P

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Had lots of broccoli & cauliflower to use up, so I made a gratin. In my quest to not waste food, I tossed in a bit of deli Swiss with grated cheddar. This made the texture of the cheese sauce really strange - elastic-esque. Still tasted ok. Not like a gruyere gratin, though. Served with a tofu burger and some roasted cherry tomatoes. And the wine big gulp.

                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm still working on my pork leftovers, but am planning my next big cooking spree. So far it is an Italian American themed feast--with a beef and a chicken dish, veggies, and I'm thinking polenta. I'm not a big fan of pasta. I'm still working out the menu, but it will be next week's WFD!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Well, last night was breakfast for dinner. I made Eggs in a basket, maple flavored sausage patties and english muffins with honey. Used hash browns with butter to line muffin cups. Baked until golden. Added an egg to each and baked again. Then coated with cheese and some crispy fried pancetta. Yokes were still runny and delicious. Yummy. Tonight will be clean out the fridge night. There are lots of goodies there still.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, and speaking of April Showers - My tulip tree is in full bloom and so many blossom petals have fallen it looks like my lawn has snow! Of course, the tree is huge. It's over 50 years old!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                    those Eggs in a Basket sound UH-MAYYYYYZING!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks. They were. I got the idea from Sunny Anderson several years ago. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/su...

                                                                                                                                                                                      Made for a nice change.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hi. Lovely day here today, about 75 degrees when I got home. So grilling is in order. I've got a house ground patty defrosting, and I also need to cook up a package of bacon while I can still cook smelly things like bacon in my house, so bacon cheeseburger seems to make sense. I might do some asparagus that I have lingering in the fridge but really, let's get real. I'll probably have chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I worked until almost 7 and James is still working on the laundry room, I got some rare roast beef, horseradish cheddar and Kaiser rolls. The leftover baked potato salad will make an appearance. I have lots of beer for James to wind down with. I haven't been sleeping well and have been conking out around 5 am. Hopefully a long day will remedy that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        Get some rest :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                          I will try. You know that lack of sleep throws us off.
                                                                                                                                                                                          10ish PM and James just finished the floor and it looks fantastic. I think James has the bug. It may turn into an episode of "Love it or List it". He wants to fix it up and go. However, I want to stay and better use the space or move and rent this house. It needs alot to make it saleable since it is an older house, but can be an asset as a rental(in my limited experience) with alot less work.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sleep is #2 on my list of keeping well, right after *trying* to eat appropriately. Definitely important.

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's always good to have a handy man around! My bf has done so much work on my rental. My landlord loves him.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Congrats on the new floors--that can really transform a space! I rent my house and the biggest reason I jumped on it was a completely renovated kitchen (!!!). The house definitely needs some improvements, but my landlord has told me the budget she had when fixing it up and it's quite impressive what she was able to do. If only I could scoop up my property and move it to a better 'hood, I would happily call this my forever home, flaws and all.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Smitten Kitchen's Meatloaf recipe (in one big loaf), my husband's family recipe for what I call Heart Attack Mashed Potatoes (5 pounds potatoes, 1 stick butter, 2 blocks cream cheese, and some milk/heavy cream as well as salt and pepper mashed and then whipped until super-smooth and creamy). We are having some apparently tomorrow for dinner since it is so late here and things are still are in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The rest of it is going to be left here for our house/pet sitter for next week. That and a pan of my famous mac and cheese courtesy of Paula Deen.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Today was another hot one, 94 supposedly.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Did some gardening. Weeded the existing veggie garden, and got the other half of my raised bed filled with good soil. Planted a few rows of a new (to me) kind of carrot and transplanted my GIGANTIC pumpkin plant, grown from seed. It has been thriving in a pot and already has 8 buds or so. Sturdiest plant in my garden.

                                                                                                                                                                                          We got to picking oranges from my tree and ended up with a huge bag full. The boyfriend (we are now one of "those" on-again-off-again couples apparently) wanted to juice them, and so he did. My entire house smells so good right now. These are the absolute tastiest oranges ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                          For late lunch I made carrot "chips" which I'm newly obsessed with (roasted thin strips of carrots, tossed with olive oil and seasonings, including a pinch of chipotle powder for some kick). They get half crunchy, half chewy; I'm obsessed. I piled them into charred corn tortillas with cheese and hot sauce. I could eat a thousand of these.

                                                                                                                                                                                          WFD: We're going to a last minute dinner/pool party. No idea what's being served TBH. I'm bringing cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I will be snacking on homemade focaccia made earlier for sure, maybe fashioning it into a grilled cheese. Rosemary, garlic, pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                            How's the broccoli doing In your garden? Is it too hot now? Sounds like your garden is doing well. Lucky you. I can use citrus as an addition, but a glass of juice makes me suicidal. Ironic in the land of citrus.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Have fun at the party and enjoy the focaccia.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                              The broccoli has done amazingly well! I've been wanting to ask you actually--how do you know when it's "done?" I've taken off two huge crowns about one or two weeks apart. I was just about to pull the plant today (I accidentally planted everything too close this year and need to make space when possible for the other plants to get enough sun), but I got down close and see that several more tiiiiny heads are forming. The gift that keeps on giving! The plant is second only to the pumpkin as sturdiest plant in the garden. It is thriving in the sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't do citrus either but I enjoyed picking the many oranges and not-so-subtly suspended my nose above that juicing fest we had. I would kill to drink a glass of fresh squeezed OJ with no repercussions. The bf says this was literally the best OJ he's ever had, and he's an OJ guy.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Am eating the focaccia now, dipped in balsamic reduction. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                I kept collecting broccoli for weeks after I cut the first crown. Honestly, they just thrive. I finally pulled them when we had just had our fill of broccoli/wanted to plant other things. I can't say how long they last with any real certainty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                I can have a mimosa or a lemon or two in my tea, chicken picatta and such but an ice cold glass of oj ain't happening.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds like a great gathering with your friends and bf. Hopefully things change with the bf and it stays on instead of on and off. That sounds too emotionally taxing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Okay, I guess I will just let the broccoli do its thang. I've been sneaking steamed florets into everything I feed the bf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I adore making lemon granita. I can do that, but not a glass of lemonade. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope you get your new cabinets! Keep dropping hints to the man. What a makeover that will be! New kitchen parts make my knees weak. My mother gutted her 50+ year old kitchen last year and the transformation was astonishing. You literally wouldn't even know it was in the same home if you looked at before-and-afters. She'd been wanting to sell until the new kitchen was done. Now, you couldn't get her to leave for any amount of money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                  He hasn't revealed all of his plans, but more than floors are going in. A little kitty(no birdies here) may have mentioned new cabinets also. Whoopie! You're right, it is nice having a handy man.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  You never know when a neighborhood can change into an up and comer. Then you can try and buy your place. For me that is one reason I don't want to sell. I love my neighborhood so much. Aside from being in a flight pattern it is a great place.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                sounds good I am actually envious of the hot weather. It's finally warm but I could use some real summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight's dinner party was absolutely lovely and it totally felt like summer. The hot nights here are perfect. Warm enough not to need pants or sweaters, but cool enough to be perfectly comfortable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The 5 of us sat outside around a lit pool. Dinner was grilled chicken and asparagus with roasted carrots. Wine was poured, cookies eaten, laughter filled the air, and we all had a wonderful time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope the heat spreads east soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                  that on-again-off-again thing can be tough - take care of yourself, nw!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  those carrot chips sounds really really good. i'm going to try that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate to be "that couple," but it looks like we are. I shall embrace it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The carrot chips are so addictive. I make them at least twice a week now. I've made other people try them and they get rave reviews. You can easily eat 3-4 carrots and not realize it. Definitely one of my new favorite snacks, and the flavor combos are endless. I'm partial to a sea salt/onion/garlic/chipotle combo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beautiful photos, nothingswrong. I am so jealous of your garden and weather. Up here in Canada, it is impossible to have an orange tree. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. When i get very anxious/stressed out or nervous my tummy plays games with me......:/
                                                                                                                                                                                                    So tonight WFD was a super thick smoothie in a bowl with a spoon: lots of fresh spinach, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, a gob of almond butter, some of vega's vanilla almondilla, a few ice cubes and splash of almond milk. Very soothing and satisfying. Ginger tea in the near future, hopefully i'm good to go by morning

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a nervous belly too or as SO would say "uh no, you're just nervous in general" lol. I don't even bother to eat before tests or presentations, I'll just spend all day suffering. He's right but still your tummy soothing meal sounds nice. Hope you feel better. I bought some candied ginger last week that I read is also helpful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 3rd day of 80+ degree weather here in N. CA. Fired up the gas Weber and grilled up Merguez sausage, and mixed veggies tossed w/ minced garlic, EVOO and ras el hanout. Served on a bed of buttered couscous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. low 70s here today, with a bit of fog in the a.m., but mostly a sunny, lovely, brisk day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        dinner was a qualified winner. a winner because the flavors in the chicken were wonderful. i made the rest of the pencil asparagus, remembering to snap off the woody ends this time), adding 2-inch slices of scallions, stir-fried, with a sauce made of of chili sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar and fish sauce. a splash of dry sherry went into the pan at the end of the stir fry, then the sauce, and a drizzle of sesame oil to finish. so good! that sauce is a keeper. the BF made glutinous rice, which worked so well with the sauces. my third day in a row of eating rice - i'm feeling a little bloaty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        but it was a qualified success because i totally miscalculated and the chicken thighs were terribly underdone when i plated them (thank god i took my pics right away!) we had to put them back in the oven for another good 20 minutes - ack! i rushed them out of the broiler (first cooked - not enough- stovetop) because the BF is always ridiculously ravenous when i get home, because he doesn't eat anything all day, and so i always feel rushed when i cook during the week. no matter. by then the sauce had caramelized deliciously and the thighs were just scrumptious. i'd strained and reduced the marinade, and added a little matouk habanero sauce to kick it up a little more, since i had been craving the NYT's trini chinese chicken last night, and it was just pan-licking good. i think i almost like this prep better on chicken than on pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        tomorrow night out for dinner with my seester.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It looks & sounds super-tasty. I'll have to try that marinade for my next grilled BISO thighs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That whole meal looks and sounds tasty. Loving the color on the chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slightly OT, but why does rice cause bloat? I thought it was just me but I've heard a lot of people say that recently. Rice is one of those easier-on-the-tummy foods, but it really does a number on me now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                              thanks!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              not sure, but for me any carb does that. i'm just noticing it with rice since i've eaten it so often lately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Every gram of carbohydrate will hold 3 grams of water. It'll be gone in a few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought she was referring to just stomach bloat as in air like cabbage can cause but perhaps she meant water retention bloat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. We cured halibut fillets in salt, brown sugar, and five-spice powder for a couple hours. Alder-smoked the fish for a few minutes, then finished it under the broiler. Peas and arugula pureed with oil and lemon and garlic and (ahem) pea-water for a sauce. Dressed arugula underneath.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Borrowed the cure/smoke technique from a local restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mmm, pea water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meant to mention that I stole this recipe (the fish part, at least) from here: http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/911....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Had it at Ponti last fall (with different sides---article is three years old) and have been thinking about it since, but wasn't dying for the accompanying $30 price tag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cooks up just the same for about $20-$25 less per serving, though I would definitely recommend curing for more than 1.5 hours and being careful about your smoking temp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. WFD: TJ's chicken and cabbage goyoza, soba noodles with baby bok choy, and Japanese tomato salada. (sic) The goyoza will have two dipping sauces: sweet chili sauce and spicy lime & ginger. The soba will be tossed with dark sesame oil, slivered scallions, chopped chili, steamed baby bok choy, dashi, mirin. The salada comes from the cookbook Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We cook Asian food of one type or another frequently. It's a totally different taste sensation than our usual Mediterranean based meals. And, we think it's far better tasting and safer than the Asian take always we formerly had. Plus, we can control the ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've become nearly paranoid about the food that's being sold in regular chain supermarkets. GMOs, factory meats, BPA cans, processed foods - all these make me queasy just thinking about them. I can't wait for our local Farmers' Market to begin in early May, and for the local farms to begin reaping their harvests.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nothing wrong with cooking from scratch, no matter your reasoning!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your soba noodles sound delicious. They are definitely one of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks NW. I've been more or less cooking from scratch since we married. I don't remember much from cans growing up so I guess I picked up my mother's cooking methods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The entire meal last night was fabulous. It was hard to choose what was best. It was one of those nights when all the culinary stars were aligned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Another day home with a sick kiddo. Trying to think of a good slow cooker meal I get started today. Looks like it most likely will be pot roast as I have the fixings on hand and wont have to go to the store. Any other ideas for a beef bottom round roast?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok-warning! Husband bashing ahead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How is it when I stay home with a sick kid I manage to get all the laundry done, the kitchen cleaned, the gerbils cage cleaned (nasty), work out, do the ironing and walk the dogs. but when my husband stays home I walk in the door to the breakfast dishes still in the sink, no dinner made or anything else done? Argh!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Men.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I haven't been feeling well so no exciting meals for me but tonight will hopefully be a simple delight. I'm putting away the egg whites for scrambled whole eggs with bacon, chive & shallot Boursin cheese and duck fat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So the doc wasn't able to shed any light on what ails you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's gotta be so frustrating!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was just about to say the same thing. Very frustrating

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry you are still not feeling, fieldhockey!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nope! This week the swelling is 7 lbs worse and I wake up feeling sick every morning despite falling asleep every night by 8pm. Oh well, it is what it is...or at least that's what I tell myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is what it is? I can't wrap my head around this. You work in a hospital. Is there nobody who can make sense of this?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried changing up your diet, which seems (relatively) high in sodium/salt? That could make for a lot of the bloating, at least --- though I don't know that it would explain your feeling sick every morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You need to get to the bottom of this, and you're right at the source.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's baffling. Actually not sure where you gleaned the high salt diet info but it's quite the opposite. I've always had a relatively low salt diet because I've been prone to water retention for years but never anything that lasted more than a few days and never more than 5 lbs or so. I barely even cook with salt. It's pretty annoying really. Not that I really have a strong urge to go out to dinner but I often don't because I know the salt will make it worse. Now even when I'm sick I have to make my own soup. I'm so glad I can now make hot and sour soup because at least I won't have to worry about takeout bloat :) I've been to specialists all who conclude it's water retention but don't know why. I wish someone could help but I've run out of specialists. Maybe I need to call House :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All that cheese maybe?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I'm no doc. Hope you find a solution soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I must make it sound like a lot of cheese because someone else had that impression too, but on days I eat cheese it's no more than 2 oz :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Would diuretics help, fldhky?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They've tried gentle diuretics and they help a little but not much. They don't want to use more powerful diuretics because it can just establish a cycle that's hard to break in terms of dysregulating the body chemistry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's very good for me to know, fldhky! Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree with the others. You need to get checked. We need you healthy. Please go soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, hopefully a solution will arrive soon or I'll magically wake up and feel better. I hope it's sooner rather than later as unfortunately this whole thing is really eating away at my general mood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ugh. Sorry for this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fldhky, have you had your thyroid checked? Hypo can cause ongoing edema. Have you had a liver panel run?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, I think I've asked, but have you been tested for SIBO?? It could explain both the GI symptoms and the bloating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Back to the food... I'm glad you have your badass chest freezer. Methinks you should make a few batches of nice, soothing, low sodium soups and keep 'em at the ready. While your tummy troubles are obviously a PITA, at least you are culinarily-inclined. Hang in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fingers still crossed over here for a spontaneous recovery :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thyroid - check, it's fine :) Yea, I had mild SIBO and it's been treated. My GI symptoms are better now I'm just a water balloon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The soup idea is great. I make stock every week with the intention to freeze some of it but I end up drinking it before bed every night. I guess I should make a dedicated batch for freezing along with a few pre-made soups. Forcing yourself to make soup while sick is not always fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, I'd love that! I'm just tired of it but I know you can understand that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugh, fld. I wish they could find a solution. I can see why this would darken your mood. When I was at my worst, it was so hard to keep up my usually very chipper mood. Poor, sweet James had his hands full. It seems like you are doing everything right with no results. Hope you feel better and get this figured out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks. I hate to have it affect my mood so much but it really does. I'm glad at least I can still manage to smile and laugh, but most days getting home and finding a comfortable position is the highlight of my day. There were a few tears of frustration shed on the drive home, but that's kind of how it works these days :) Fingers crossed. While I love him for many many other reasons, I can't explain just how nice it's been to come home to little Take the past few months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Take- personal therapy cat. Best reason ever to have a pet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Poor you. I know you take care of yourself and eat well so very frustrating to have this issue continually plague you. I hope you get a solution soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the most part, I feel like I treat my body well but at the same time these days I feel like I'm running in circles. My Mom Mom was a great woman, but particularly in times like this she was always there to hold me upright. I miss her dearly and try to remind myself daily of all the wise words she would be telling me right now if she were still alive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aww, fieldhawk, I'm so sorry for your situation. And missing your grandmother is an ache on top of it all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I (and everyone) want you to get better. Please, keep going to different doctors and keep making noise until someone figures it out!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wishing you well :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds really crappy!! Have drs been testing your electrolytes as well? Maybe there is a potassium vs sodium balance issues....?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And please consider acupuncture- i have had amazing results (no dr, thanks anyways but i will not be taking rx painkillers for the rest of forever....!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yea my electrolytes can get out of whack so they check weekly but they've been ok recently. Actually the vet suggested that, apparently she's specialized in acupuncture and massage for cats....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Tonight will be Hungarian Chicken & Mushroom Soup. It will have tons of sliced buttons and crimini mushrooms. Usually it's a no meat dish, but DH wants chicken. So I'm happy to accommodate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ooh sounds yummy. Is it your recipe?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not really. It's a combination of a couple of recipes. I'm taking what I like from each one and adapting it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://fitfool.livejournal.com/253543...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://damndelicious.net/2011/07/03/h...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am going to cook the chicken breast and then shred it into the soup. Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, sounds great. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Somehow I knew you would like this one! Doh - it's shrooms!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Last night was fun. One GF had to cancel b/c her son got hit in the leg by a baseball bat (!!), so it was just the two of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My friend had already had dinner, so I had to finish the beef tartare all by myself -- easily an 8 oz. "patty". Did go well with two Rangpur gimlets, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's Thursday, so Sichuan food is WFD. The weather is almost balmy here for the first time since...oh, I don't know -- September?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So I should try to run around and enjoy at least some of it, if only to get away from the desk for a while. Pick up some wine for after dinner celebrations and anti-scratching tape for my ass cat who has taken a liking to our furniture again recently. Never mind the two scratching posts RIGHT in the middle of the goddamn room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OUCH!! I was once hit with a field hockey stick on the back swing and it still hurts to think about it. Gotta love those felines, curious creatures they are! Enjoy your Sichuan feast!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Curious is one way to put it. I wish his curiosity was slightly less destructive :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lingua, I found that microfiber/microsuede for the (relatively) new recliner and the new couch was the way to go for me. The fabric isn't set in "loops" so their claws can't get caught in the fabric and tear it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Of course, this only works if you are looking for new furniture to replace shredded old furniture, as I did last year. :-) Otherwise, the sticky tape usually helps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the tip, but we're really happy with our furniture (well, sans the shredded sides....) and not looking to buy any new.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was expensive enough. But perhaps with the sticky tape and repellant spray (do those even work?) we might get somewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never had any luck with the bitter apple spray. Friends have suggested just a water bottle that you squirt the cat with when they attempt to sharpen their claws.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ahahahaha. Yeah, we have one of those, actually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The problem is that he generally doesn't do it right in front of us (well, he did yesterday) -- now that would be *really* obnoxious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No, I usually hear scratching noises when I'm all comfy in bed, and by the time I run over there to yell & spray, he's long gone. SOB.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have a microfiber couch and my cat managed to get her claws in it without any trouble. The only things that worked for me were regular claw clippings (they do less damage when they're not sharp, at least to microfiber) and putting a layer of clear tape (I used wide packing tape) over her favorite surfaces. The tape didn't look too awful, and with her dulled claws she couldn't rip through it. Anytime I noticed her trying to scratch at it, I would pick her up and take her to her post, and move her paws in a scratching motion on the post. It didn't take her long to catch on and start using the post exclusively, although I still kept the tape on the couches just in case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My cat must be really obnoxious because she has no qualms about posting up with the claws right in front of me. My male is a horse of a different color. He always uses the appropriate spots. Now if I could keep his furry ass off my shelves with my sweaters....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Take scratches on the posts but I just noticed him scratching the leather recliner so I'll probably need scratch tape soon too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried moving the posts around? I'm sure you have, but thought I'd mention it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our cat ignored a post that I thought was perfectly placed (central location, great sightlines) until I moved it to vacuum and he suddenly started mauling it. There in the corner it has stayed, to everyone's happiness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, we actually have 2, one in each living room.... but apparently the furniture is his preferred scratching vessel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm sure it's to do with the fabric. He's just being a trouble maker lately. Turning into an old man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A very cute old man though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, yeah. He's got that going for him. Lucky b'stard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dogs and cats are obviously quite different, but as my pug got old (he's 16.5!) he became brazenly bad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  His current fun thing is to take a dump right in front of me and look at me like "meh".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow! Thanks for the early morning chuckle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My dog has always enjoyed doing this. Especially when we forget to take her for a walk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I'm stealing mariacarmen's idea and making stir fried chicken and asparagus with black bean sauce. I've got 2 whole legs in the freezer, so I'll bone and skin those, and may even do the silking thing for a few hours (not sure if I have time to do it properly, but dark meat chicken shouldn't dry out anyway, so it's really just an added precaution). Sauce will consist of black beans (soaked and mashed in my mortar and pestle), garlic, ginger, rice wine, chicken stock, soy and whatever else it tastes like it needs. All served over rice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mmmm... sounds so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was! Thanks for the inspiration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Last night was leftover mapo tofu with a fresh hit of peppercorns to liven it up, plus the first rosé of the spring! I was in the panhandle of Texas for the last three weeks, where the weather was decidedly springy but there was nary a rosé to be found (they were fond of white zin or "Sweet Blush," yikes), so I was thrilled to find both lovely weather AND a fabulous bottle of wine in NYC upon my return!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DH has a rehearsal tonight so I'm on my own for dinner - I anticipate a freezer dive for protein. I'm pretty sure there are some pork sausages with fontina cheese that I made a few months ago, so perhaps those with a salad - a mustardy vinaigrette sounds good. And the rest of that rosé.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Tartiflette last night. Fondue tonight made with gin and wild boar salami. Yes before you ask I am in the Alps.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Niiiiice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, very nice, PB.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All I got for a trip was Brentford.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          again on this thread, turning green with envy. enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gah! Tartiflette in the Alps is one of those meals that haunts my dreams. Glad you enjoyed. I want it now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Today is my law clerk's last day at the office for a few months (he has finals and then the bar exam) so we are going to take him out for a nice sushi lunch. Dinner will have to wait until after I finish an evening meeting, so maybe take out from the meeting place?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last night was a wine tasting event. When that was done I walked across the parking lot and picked up two porchetta sandwiches. Thin sliced porchetta, topped with apple slaw, shredded brussel sprouts, and an egg! Pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Napoli continues to impress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Morning/early afternoon was spent strolling the Chiaia district and spending quality time at the royal palace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Back at our flat, we nibbled on fresh mozzarella and tomato on the terrace. Both benefited from a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and fresh pepper. White and red wines washed it down. Late afternoon sun here is intoxicating. I may have to take up painting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We had some fettuccini(!) in the pantry, fresh eggs, guanciale, quality cheese and so on so pasta carbonara was supper. Deb was a magician. We washed it down with a quality red. Gelato for afters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOOK at the lovely bright orange of those egg yolks! Dinner sounds wonderful, as does how you spent the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Living on the economy, shopping every day is its own reward here. Deb is now a believer in Napoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Napoli will turn anybody into a believer who has a heart and a pulse plus taste buds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But what is with this cooking Roman dishes in Napoli?!?!!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you are getting out and about and eating some authentic Neapolitan pasta and not just pizza. (And I hope you will tour the inside of the opera house while you are in the nabe, and the cloister at Santa Chiara).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But time to dig into what the locals eat -- anchovies, escarole, clams, that fabulous pasta alla genovese and the pasta with provolone and potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Be a TRUE believer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi bee, guilty as charged! That is a meal in the style of Rome. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The seafood here is spectacular. I'm especially fond of the braised octopus and the wonderful anchovies. I'll share chapter and verse on the Italy board after I return.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking forward to the whole book. I had totally memorable braised octopus at Donna Teresa up in Vomero. The menu changes every day though, but whatever is being served, that is a great Neapolitan eating destination. It is probably the closest you can get to home cooking without getting into somebody's house for a meal. But you can do that too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.homefood.it/en/cerca-menu/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i would even consider taking a flyer on this

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.eatwith.com/#!/offering/66...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope you have already found the Porta Nolana fish market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.wired2theworld.com/2011/11...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the info.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A humorous aside: Deb and I visited the owner of our flat at her beautiful home off the Riviera di Chiaia for a late afternoon glass of wine. Her place is part of the palazzo. I showed her a picture of last night's meal and she introduced it to her children, in Italian, as Roman food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have so much to learn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Funny! Good you are helping to expose the children to new and foreign concepts. Just a tip: Don't mention you've also eaten "Roman pizza." That's an oxymoron in Napoli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aw, cute. Like Chicago vs. NYC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  More intense. Amp it up to 11.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You need to vacation here again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How about the Red Sox and the Yankees? Better?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ouch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Got it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Impressive! How lovely is that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Too kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That looks incredible. Carbonara MUST be in my immediate future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh yeah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That looks luscious. I want to plate dive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It satisfied at every level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that pic made my jaw drop open. so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The kitchen in our flat is really good. It makes you want cook. And then there's the terrace...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              <"I may have to take up painting.">

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do it!! Sounds like you and Deb have "gone native" in Napoli. I love how you're spending your days and the food you're eating along the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you. I like blending in here, it makes me feel like I belong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. I've settled on spaghetti with broccoli rabe, garlic, and sausages. Late dinner - the boys are packing up for a weekend scout camping trip tomorrow afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. WFD was sauteed baby spinach, creminis, cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic and white wine. Mopped it all up with a big slice of sourdough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Curry turned out so, so tasty last night. The funniest thing about it, is that it turns out to be magical ;) I slept like a baby for 8.5 hrs and had dreams about Thailand. Weird.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today will be more takeout. A nasty habit I need to break. Beautiful weather today, so I flopped at the pool leafing through Bon Appetit and Travel and Leisure. The sun leaves you drained. A Five Guys burger for pap, and a healthier chicken (dearlordimsoffookingsickofchicken) shawarma wrap from a healthier place nearby for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Day trip to Tucson tomorrow to have a good hard look at some newer condos for the papster and I to consider for later. Tucson may be a good place for us. Food there blows Phoenix away!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but... but... but.... the Czech Republic......?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Working on it and keeping options open. Meeting resistance from the madre on Europe (doctors, etc). But, pap is his own entity (no power of attorney crap). So, we'll go slow, try to keep folks happy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Off for my lazygurl takeout!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Teriyaki pork tenderloin sautéed snap peas and cherry tomatoes in garlic and sesame oil and jasmine rice. Very simple to feed the (still working) man. He wants to finish mudding the walls so he can sand them. He is already running out of gas. He bit off more than he can chew. We shall see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Doing a new recipe tonight after I pick up SO from the airport that uses up a red bell pepper and crown of broccoli that are on their way out from the crisper, a half empty box of pasta, and some italian sausages from the freezer... http://bevcooks.com/2013/05/creamy-ro...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you leave the caterpillars out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL! Her blog is so funny. The recipes usually turn out pretty good though, this one was great. SO didn't like the sausage I used but I did... spicy italian.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. So I ended up making pot roast after all along with some TJ's Israeli couscous and frozen fava beans. Fava beans were a bust but the pot roast and couscous were great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My sick kiddo was craving chinese so I indulged him. His dinner was take out peking ravioli, chicken/veggie fried rice and chicken teriyaki skewers. He is finally feeling better thankfully-missing two days of school is a record for him.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad he's feeling better! Chinese is a cure-all :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it is indeed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I put the fava beans in a soup and was unimpressed. I chalked it up to not following the package instructions but the TJ's thread had a bad review as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I followed the package directions but at 3 minutes they were still completely frozen and I have a high powered microwave. Cooked them two minutes more and while they weren't hot they tasted over cooked and overly chewy. So sad as I LOVE fava beans and was hoping to have a good out of season option.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Still having some anxious tummy issues....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I picked up a great fresh bagel earlier (ees a bagel) and had a big chunk of it to nibble alongside my miso with todu and ginger- who knew pumpernickle and miso were so good together??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope your tummy gets back to its usual self. Feel better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have grabbed a bagel to eat alongside many random dishes over the years, and they really somehow just "work" every time. It's strange!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope your stomach feels better soon. Time for some quiet time with breathing and meditation maybe?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Tonight was an easy dinner of rotisserie chicken.... and room temp soba noodle salad. I love this soba noodle salad with green beans, garlic, sesame oil, red dried chili peppers and sesame seeds. Such a good combo, more than the sum of the parts kinda thing. Easy and delish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sounds yummy. I've been seriously craving noodles. Do you just eyeball the ingredients, or is there more to it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. i got told off for posting on a dead thread. oops! anyway, took a trip to Costco and wanted to see how these flounder flakes were. Wild caught and cheaper than farm raised tilapia. Win-win? pretty good fish :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: simplelife

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aw, I don't think they told you off- they just don't want to miss your pictures! Glad to see you found the new one. When a thread gets near 400 posts either LindaWhit or Roxlet usually starts a new one so keep an eye on the numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: simplelife

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah. Someone pointing you to the current thread is being helpful, not telling you off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome to the new thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i was just messing about, folks. i came around and saw a dreamlike carbonara dish. glad to be back here and getting so see real foodies :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I've been offline for the past week so to recap on those meals, steak & gravy one night and Chinese takeout for both nights over the weekend. So far this week, we had braised pig feet (with potato salad & turnip greens), braised pork neck bones (cooked with mirepoix on the stovetop then mixed with rice and finished in the oven) served with green beans and breakfast for dinner (pancakes, cheddar omelettes and smoked venison sausage).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight, dinner was skillet browned and oven finished chicken breasts served with chicken flavored egg noodles and leftover green beans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. It's Fuchsia Dunlop yet again tonight. Her Every Grain of Rice book is just perfect for week nights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tofu bamboo in spring onion oil, steamed squash with chilli bean paste and black beans and 'send the rice down' beef mince and celery. We're skipping the rice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There'll be no cooking over the weekend as we have two birthday events to attend. I'm looking forward to the break.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frizzle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love that book, EGOR! I keep it in a pile of frequently used cookbooks that lives beside my chair just so I can use it when the mood hits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tonight, my boyfriend cooked us up some curried pork chops braised in apple cider with onions. The recipe was from the Epicurious website. I was busy studying, so he also took over cleaning duty! Yay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. well I finally gave up on pushing the roast pork on everyone for dinner and sliced it and left it for sandwiches but OMG it is dry - I did it in the slow cooker a bit too long but it is definitely needing mayo to get down but the orange glaze (from the Jerusalem chicken salad extra) tastes great ButI am glad it did not serve it as a meal it would have been painful to watch everyone's mouth go dry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last night the housguests and the roommate decided to fire up the webber - which sits on the ground like a fire pit - it was a beautiful night a neighbor and another friend stopped by and we had a good time hanging out in the yard - burgers, pork chops and chicken- of course the merriment was followed by an alarm this AM reminding me that last was indeed not a Friday night LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight IS a Friday night and I am thinking of doing something I haven't done in a long time - ordering a pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But today is Friday and I think I wi

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dry pork is a drag. That's what I end up most times I cook a loin. I make soup out of it once it becomes evident it isn't going to be gobbled down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yes a big disappointment because the flavors were spot on. While I love the slow cooker it was a mistake for this dish - it would have been far better done in the oven faster and hotter. Live and Learn. I assume the hungry lazy people in my house will eat it up anyway - probably covered in siriacha and mayo covering all my flavors anyway LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. There's a brown gloop pasta sauce defrosting. There'll also be obscene amounts of Pecorino to be grated over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm thinking breakfast for dinner tonight. Scrambled eggs with green onions (one of my favourite combos), asparagus (again), sausage links, pan fried potatoes, tortillas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sounds really good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was really good! I fried the potatoes in the last of my Christmas duck fat (along with some garlic and green bell pepper) and dusted the asparagus (roast) with some piri piri and sliced some avocado on the side and it was just perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. WFD: Salmon salad w diced celery, dressed w mayo/S&P, on whole Romaine leaves; Potato salad, w shaved carrot, sliced cucumber, minced scallion, w sweet chili sauce vinaigrette; tomato slices seasoned w S & P, EVOO, balsamico.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks like I have a few conflicting dressings there, but I think they will work. If not, the tomato will be dressed w the vinaigrette.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. We're having Mexican shepherds pie. I received Truly Mexican yesterday and got inspired. I read the whole thing in the afternoon and I'm officially in love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Already had 2 cups of chile paste in the freezer that I made from dried peppers. Couldn't wait to try an adobo recipe (and many other things) from the book. So I winged a pork adobo (keeping in mind the recipes from the book) and man is it good. Decided to throw in some carrots and tonight I'll add peas and corn and top with mashed potatoes. I've got a bag of organic ones that are sprouting so that's why I came up this idea. I bet sweet potatoes would be fantastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Forgot to say with a simple tomato, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro salad on the side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds good. I would love to hear how it turns out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We really liked it. Well, hubby loved it. I could tell by all the grunting. I've got leftovers in the freezer and will try it with sweet potatoes next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stealing this idea. Glad it came out well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: thymetobake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Same here. So simple and satisfying'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Morning @ work = shitstorm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Evening @ Dali = as far from a shitstorm as you can imagine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sangria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mango martinis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tapas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ahhhhh......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh wait - taxes. Well, at least tonight will be an Ahhhhh.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mohitos after taxes are less likely to result in an audit than mohitos before taxes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OK, the tapas were: Garlic Shrimp, Baked Goat Cheese w/Tomato & Basil, Deep-fried Potatoes w/Piquant Tomato Sauce & Alioli, Deep-Fried Saffron-Batter Fried Shrimp w/Mojo Sauce, Broiled Sea Scallops in Saffron Cream, Shrimp/Scallop Ravioli w/Shellfish Cream Sauce, Roast Duckling w/Berry Sauce, Lamb Meatballs w/Tomato-Mint Sauce, Beef Tenderloin w/Pimento on Toast, and Curried Chicken Thigh w/Shallots, Eggplant on Spicy Sour Cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There was sangria, there were mango martinis, and a few of the Lovely Ladies ended the evening with coffee. No after-dinner drinks or dessert. The libations were good, the food was yummy, and the company was superb! Just what was needed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  P.S. I meant to say that I've never been a fan of eggplant, but the cubes of eggplant on the skewers were very good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think a lot of eggplant haters have had undercooked eggplant, which is akin to chewing on shoe soles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It doesn't have much flavor on its own -- it just soaks up the flavors of whichever it is cooked with, so the texture is really important.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chinese eggplant in particular gets so lovely and creamy when cooked right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you like melitsanosalata or baba ganoush at all?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never had melitsanosalata, and while I've had baba ganoush, it's not something I go looking for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That all sounds amazing. Glad you had a good time and were able to unwind a bit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have spent the last half hour covering the war zones on our furniture in order to protect them from further dude attacks. Let's hope it works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a dreary day: grey and rainy, but dec enough to run some errands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonight, I'll join some ladies to celebrate a good friend of mine passing her licensing exam for special ed as well as another friend's birthday at a local, new-ish place that, sadly, varies widely in food quality and service. They have a fairly large small plates menu, and there are a few things they do all right. A southern pea soup with bacon and creme fraiche comes to mind.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm also debating a few tunes with my bandmates before I head over there. It's a huge alumni weekend and the bar is likely to be packed. Such a fame whore '-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We'll see how motivated I am after k-boxing, etc. etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The weather is *finally* supposta improve this weekend with temps in the 70s. Back to 40s on Tuesday. Sucky sucky sucky.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope everyone's weekend'll be nice, weather be damned!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Supper was leftover pasta. We washed it down with our landlady's red - she's also a vintner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ain't that just the life? I need to get out my makeup because I am a bit green with envy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's been a good trip. Ate well, met a lot of nice folk. We'll be back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It sounds like it has been wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hope you are heading back with a checked bag full of dried pasta. They make great dried pasta around there. Some fantastic lengths and shapes you can't get in the US plus it has heft and texture that makes all the difference. You can pick up more at the airport.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My Neapolitan landlady also made wine from grapes grown on a plot a land her family had near Ravello on the Amalfi coast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've not scratched the surface here. More research is necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Edited to add: only carry on, never checked luggage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flying home, I check a bag that is filled with purchases. But even if you are against that, check out what is for sale inside the airport once you have been through security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are many great Neapolitan paste that you almost never see in America, but I think my favorite is fusilli lunghi bucati. Spaghetti lunghi is also a fave but you can often find that in America.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, bee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have some seriously good pasta and wine importers where I live. It's funny though how the cheeses never translate well when exported to the states. Conspiracy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, it is not a conspiracy. Cheese isn't meant to travel or be refrigerated. I no longer buy Parmigiano Reggiano unless I am in Parma or know a vendor who goes to Parma and just brings it back by car. Otherwise I eat local cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is also true that in many locales in Italy, the vendors don't ship out the best product the highest bidder. They keep it locally. That isn't true everywhere, but it some places where the entire reputation of the town rests on the production of a single great product, they see a certain wisdom in making sure when you come to that town you can taste the highest quality. Plus, the locals like the product and know what is the best and want to eat that! It is the food of their land and their ancestors. It sustains them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      steve, I just saw this. When you're in the city, check out DiPalo's in Little Italy. They fly in their cheeses rather than shipping by boat. Their gorgonzola dolce is to weep over it's so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gratzie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We ate a pound of it while there and brought another pound home :) It got less good over time but still better than any DG we've ever had. Fresh from the store it's pretty much running over the plate :) IIRC, ALL their cheeses are from Italy (which would make sense) except their ricotta which they make inhouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I see that pasta all the time here in NY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is actually easier to get some regional pasta in NYC than it is for me to get it in Italy. I don't know where steve h. lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But also realize that pasta made around Napoli isn't merely about shape. It's about the machine manufacture that uses old bronze parts in the extrusion process, which roughs up the surface of the pasta with micro-scratches so the sauce clings better. And then there are water and flour issues when it comes to taste. One or two of the Neapolitan pasta makers have significant export marketing. Others, no.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: barberinibee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, the machines that manufacture pasta with bronze dies that create texture are well-known here among foodies. I think that when Martelli came on the scene here about 20+ years ago, this was the differential advantage that was written about then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "a bit green"? I've been the wicked witch of the west for days now!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And your little dog, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of my favorite movies. I generally sit on the floor and recite all the dialog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I resemble that pic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. I made chicken piccatta today--I forget how much I love this dish, since I don't make it very often at all. I do love capers and lemon, so I should eat this more often. I steamed some broccoli to go alongside and I'm baking some foccacia to go with the leftovers for the next couple of meals. I actually found a "lighter" recipe for this, but didn't follow it exactly--it said to use two pans and cook all of the chicken cutlets at once. I don't have enough hands to lay out four cutlets into two pans at the same time. Batches seem easier than dirtying two pans!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway that is WFD today and tomorrow, on Sunday I'm going to try another Italian american staple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I took a picture, but forgot to attach it! So here it is!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Usually piccatta is so... beige. Your plate looks beautiful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: SarahCW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Absolutely adore piccata. It's on heavy rotation at casa lingua -- at least every other week or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Simple (and kinda boring) dinner tonight: salmon cakes (croquettes) seared in skillet then finished in the oven. To go with, there are leftover chicken flavored egg noodles, leftover corn and I'll make a garden salad to round the meal out. Tomorrow is my no cook day...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. As a treat for my hard working man dinner will be simple and delicious. Colossal crab legs and U12 shrimp with asparagus. That's it. Oh wait, butter and lemon for everything. I am a very happy girl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Fresh seafood here. Kumamoto, small pacific and Shikoku oysters, a whole crab, sweet potato fries and dry Riesling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The sun is finally OUT!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. guest and roomate out doing their things - pizza delivered - square, upside down, the real Philly good stuff. Peace, quiet and a ... just as I was typing this zen post catfight in the yard. now the dogs are roused never a break..... (well deserved glass of red wine)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Chicken tikka masala, baingan bharta and saag paneer courtesy of our local Indian take away joint. I love that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. take-out pizza and homemade salad. flavors were salami, sausage, and pepperoni - not all together. this place, you order a slice, they give you two. so we order three slices, one of each meat, and get 6 total. enough for both of us for dinner and leftovers for the post-nightcap snack. BF's salad was lettuce, basil, cherry toms, shaved parm regg, minced black cured olives, and shallots, in a nice little vinaigrette. about to have a glass of wine, pre-nightcap. it's FRIDAY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is it weird that I'm fixated on that salad? It looks spectacular.