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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

The deadline fast approaches for us lagabouts who haven't yet filed. So us lagabouts are stuck inside gathering paperwork instead of being outside enjoying the nice weather - but at least my windows are open (and the cats think I'm the best cat Mom ever for opening them!)

So - are you into the weekend picnics yet? Or out enjoying the sunshine and working up an appetite? What's on your dining room table tonight?

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  1. As for me - yup. I'm a lagabout. It's a gorgeous day - and I've mostly been inside gathering up all the paperwork necessary for doing taxes. Why I've waited this long, who knows? Procrastinator Extraordinaire, I yam.

    I did get out to the stupidmarket to stock up on ingredients for Mom Meals, as she informed me her freezer was empty last weekend. :-) So, while it's not really stew weather, that's what I made this afternoon - beef stew. She doesn't mind the heavier meals in early Spring; she'll forego them for easier salads once it gets into the really hot weather in summertime. I've also got chicken corn chowder, mac and ham and cheese, and pork and sweet potato stew on the cooking agenda - we'll see how much else gets cooked this weekend.

    The stew was a chuck roast I cut up, tossed with flour, salt, pepper, dried marjoram and dried thyme, and browned in the fat left from frying up 3 slices of bacon. Removed the beef from the dutch oven, and added a handful of peeled and halved cippollini onions to the oil with some minced garlic and sauteed that a bit. In went 1 cup of beef stock and about a half a bottle of red wine and stirred to get the tasty bits off the bottom of the pot. Put the browned meat back into the liquid, added the cooked bacon, covered it, and it went into a 350°F. oven for a bit over 2 hours. I tipped the lid a few minutes ago to let off some of the steam while the taters and carrots boiled on the stovetop.

    Wine alongside.

    And taxes tomorrow. Lucky, lucky me!

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      1. Tonight's dinner was a stupid, simple, plate-lickin' delight. Thanks to several mentions by linguafood, I finally picked up a chuck eye from Wegmans. It was the star of dinner, super simple seasoned with salt and pepper and finished with a dollop of porcini red wine butter. The accompanying side was a new idea for me - diced Romaine hearts sauteed with olive oil, a minced anchovy and garlic.

        For dessert, I'll be following Take's lead...on the couch, remote in hand.

         
         
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        1. re: fldhkybnva

          <..."diced Romaine hearts sauteed with olive oil, a minced anchovy and garlic.">

          That is the classic way to cook any green leafy. Delicious to the Nth. I add a 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, peperoncino.

          1. re: Gio

            I wish I could dive into that photo. And kitty looks relaxed :-)

            1. re: thymetobake

              He was knocked out for a good hour. I guess a few oz of steak is like a kitty feast.

          2. re: fldhkybnva

            That chuck-eye cut is really a fabulous deal. Looks great, too! Mmmmmporcini red wine butter.....

            1. re: linguafood

              I can't take credit for the butter, it was whole foods idea. I borrowed the inspiration and copied it. Does your store sell it labeled as steak? I could only find it labeled as chuck eye roast, but they were in pretty varying sizes.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I think it just says "chuck-eye", not roast or steak.

          3. With rjbh20 in New Orleans Wednesday and Thursday, and with him and my son at a tournament in Philly this weekend, not a lot of exciting cooking going on here. Tonight I made my Chipotle burrito bowl hack for me and our visiting Egyptian, and I almost blew his head off. What seemed like a pretty mild Serrano to me, was super hot to him. Half was in the guacamole, and the other half was in the black beans. I wound up putting a ton of sour cream on his plate, and he ate it, but I can't say that he was loving it. Oh, well you get what you pay for, I guess! Can't wait until the guys are home tomorrow night,

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              1. re: thymetobake

                Yes, I love spicy food! I even put more jalapeños on mine!

            1. Tonight I made pan-seared salmon with horseradish-sour cream sauce, baked potatoes, and roasted cabbage with a mustard vinaigrette following a recipe in the March/April issue of Eating Well. I would have roasted it a little longer but will definitely try it again.

              1. This morning was crab eggs benedict and O'Brien potatoes with the leftover crab. I had a couple of shrimp that I snacked on with cocktail sauce this afternoon. Continuing the gluttony at James request, porterhouse steaks, new potatoes and spinach. That means omlettes tomorrow with my leftover steak( I eat the tenderloin and save the strip for brekkie). MMMM MMMM.

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                1. re: suzigirl

                  Lol. I read that you were eating crab eggs. Oh, yum.

                  1. re: roxlet

                    Hehe. No crab eggs here but if I had the chance I would try them.